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2016 ISSA Tournament Rules and Information

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2016 ISSA Tournament Rules and Information 


All playing rules and regulations for the tournament will be governed by the current edition of the ASA Official Guide and Rule Book with the following clarifications and exceptions: 

A. The homerun limit in the Super (Major Plus teams) Division will be ten (10) then the one-up rule. Over the fence homeruns beyond the limit are outs. Teams can score a maximum of seven (7) runs per inning until the last inning which is open. Teams will hit their own 2015 ISSA ball purchased at the event. 

B. The homerun limit in the Major Division will be six (6). Over the fence homeruns beyond the limit are outs. Teams can score a maximum of five(5) runs per inning until the last inning which is open. (35+ and 40+ Masters teams will play by the Major senior rules unless sufficient teams are entered to support a AAA Division) 

C. The homerun limit in the AAA Divisions will be three (3). Over the fence homeruns beyond the limit are outs. Teams can score a maximum of five (5) runs per inning until the last inning which is open. 

D. The homerun limit in the AA Divisions will be one (1). Over the fence homeruns beyond the limit are outs. Teams can score a maximum of five (5) runs per inning until the last inning which is open. 

E. A tie ball game will begin the extra inning(s) using the International Tie Breaker(ITB) Rule (See Rule 5.10 of the ASA Code) until a winner is determined. When using the ITB a courtesy running can not be used for the runner placed on 2nd base until the runner has advanced to 3rd base. 

F. The number of divisions in each age classification will depend on the number and rating of the entered teams. When divisions are combined in Preliminary Pool Play the lower homerun limit will be in effect unless otherwise posted. 

G. The over-the-fence homeruns are walk off. The batter and all base runners are not required to advance to the next base and may exit the field of play. 

H. The 4-3 pitch count with NO courtesy foul will be used in championship play. 

I. A time limit will be in effect for all games until the championship game. After one hour and ten minutes the teams will complete the inning they are in and play one more inning (last inning unless a tie game requires continuation.) The game time limit will not apply to the championship game or "if" game if necessary in all divisions of play.  And at most tournaments the time limit is waived for Sunday games, see Supplemental Rules for the event.

J. All bat models approved for the Senior Division by ASA, ISF, USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISSA, SPA and SS-USA will be allowed in this tournament including the Masters Divisions (35+ & 40+). 

K. The ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least six (6) feet from the ground and not exceed a maximum height of 12 feet from the ground. 

L. The ten foot (10') pitching box will be used for all divisions of play including the Masters Division. 


In championship tournaments play on the first day will begin with preliminary pool play to determine seeding. Ties in four team pools will be broken by head-to-head then by fewest runs allowed. Ties in three team pools will be broken by fewest runs allowed and then by head-to-head. Ties in the five team pools will be broken by head-to-head then fewest runs allowed. If ties still exist after the first 2 tie breakers, then it will be highest runs scores then run differental. Teams will be scheduled a minimum of four (4) games. (The format for preliminary pool play may vary depending on the number and rating of the teams). 

Championship play will be double elimination unless otherwise stated.


All teams are encouraged to compete in identical uniforms, short and long pants may be mixed. Coaches should either be in team uniforms or dressed identically in the team colors. Any decision on uniforms is handled by the tournament officials and is not subject to team protest. 


Tournament officials will provide line-up cards if needed. An official line-up must be submitted to the opposing team and scorekeeper (if available) prior to the last inning of the preceding game and given to the umpire prior to game. 


Please follow the times listed on the tournament bracket. Game time is forfeit time. Teams should be prepared to immediately start a game once the preceding game is completed. A time limit will be in effect for Preliminary Games and Double Elimination games unless set forth otherwise in the Tournament Supplemental Rules. 


NO infield practice will be permitted. Warm-up is allowed in designated areas only. Teams may warm-up in the outfield grass if time permits. Teams wishing to practice may reserve (if available) a practice field by contacting the tournament officials. 


Players, coaches, sponsors and a bat person are the only individuals allowed in the bench area. 


The tournament committee will decide all protests. As manager, please be familiar will rules of the game including proper protest procedure. See ASA Playing Rule 9. 


The twenty (20) run rule is in effect after 5 innings. Complete innings must be played unless the home team scores the total to go ahead by the limit while at bat. The run rule is in effect for all games including the championship games. 


In the event of rain or any cause which interrupts a game, the game must be resumed at the exact point where it was stopped. It is the manager's responsibility to contact the Tournament Representative at the field for rescheduled game information. 

In the event the tournament can't be completed within the scheduled time frame and more than forty-percent (40%) of the scheduled double elimination games have been completed, the official final order of finish will be determined by the position of the teams in the bracket. The following procedures will be used to break ties and among teams in the same spot in the bracket: 

  1. Won-loss records except among undefeated teams.
  2. If only two teams are tied for a position and have played each other, the winner of that game.
  3. The teams will be ranked according to the fewest runs allowed per game played.
  4. If a tie still exists, by a coin toss.


11. HOME TEAM : 

The Home Team is determined by a coin toss prior to the start of each game. 


Unless agreed otherwise, the team listed first or at the top of the bracket will use the first base dugout. The team listed second or on the bottom of the bracket will use the third base dugout. In the event a team plays back-to-back they will not be required to move to another dugout. 


In the 65+ men’s divisions and up and all women’s divisions eleven defensive players shall constitute a team(Teams may elect to start and play with 10 defensive players with no penalty). ASA rules for re-entry and extra players will apply. In the 70+ Division the roster may include up to three 69 year old players. In the 75+ Division the roster may include up to four 74 year old players. And in the 80+ Division the roster may include up to five 79 year old players. 


Team Managers and coaches are asked to have complete control of their players both on and off the playing field. Any report of damage by hotel and/or park management will be dealt with by the tournament committee.  Managers are reminded that an ejected player must have a substitute or the game is a forfeit.


Participation in ISSA World Championships is open to amateur players only. A player may only play with one team per Age Division. A player on two rosters in different age classifications must be at the same skill level unless approved otherwise by the tournament director. All United States teams should refer to the ASA code and check with the Tournament officials for clarifications and interpretations. The ISSA has established residency requirements for team rosters in all divisions. Unless approved otherwise in writing, all rostered players must reside in the teams home state or adjacent state. The home state is determined by the one where in the most players on the roster have legal residency. 

Teams must play with the same roster that was used to determine their classification by the ISSA Rating Committee. EXCEPTION: A team may use up to three pick-up players by advising the ISSA office prior to the tournament. The pick-up players must come from a team(s) in the same rated division. The use of any other pickup players must be approved in writing by the tournament staff prior to the tournament and may result in a higher team classification. A complete and accurate player softball history must accompany any request to use pickup players. All players must be on the roster prior to the start of the tournament, under no circumstances will teams be allowed to pick up players at the tournament. 

Non-rated teams must submit their roster in advance for approval and team classification. Teams with no playing history will not be placed in the AA Division under most circumstances. 


There will be no admission charge. 


All players will be required to check with the tournament committee and produce proof of identity with a picture ID. Players are required to carry their ID at all times since random ID checks may be made prior to any game. It is the team manager’s responsibility to verify the eligibility of all players on the team. Player eligibility is never waived or approved by virtue of the ID check-in at the tournament site. 

18. AWARDS: 

The following awards will be given: 

1. All Divisions: Sponsor Awards and Individual Awards - See Supplemental Rules for specific tournament awards. 

19. BATS: 

All bats used in ISSA play for all divisions must be official softball bats certified by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and/or certified BPF 1.21 or less (unless prior approval given by the tournament officials). Bats must have their original paint markings for complete identification. Tournament officials have the right to keep any bat suspected of being altered or otherwise illegal for a period of thirty (30) days to have it inspected and/or tested. Any bat found to be altered or illegal could result in the player and manager being disqualified from future participation in senior softball. Any team protesting a bat alleging it to be altered must post the Bat Protest Fee of $350.00. 


The current bats first pose a clear competitive imbalance issue and to a much lesser extent a risk of injury issue. The use of too soft bats by some players and not others is an unfair advantage which ISSA believes must be removed from the game. In addition, it has been argued that such bats may increase the risk of injury from a batted ball. Even with the current composite bats in play during recent years, it remains the statistical and insurance experience that the game of softball remains among the safest athletic activities in America. However, this does not mean there is no risk of injury from a batted ball. There is, and always has been, risk inherent in the game of senior softball from being struck with a batted (or even thrown) ball, A risk of injury from a batted (or thrown) ball does exist. Anyone who has a concern about an injury occurring from being struck with a ball during an ISSA Senior Softball organized tournament should address that concern by the use of protective gear which is available and has always been allowed in ISSA play. 

21. BALLS: 

All balls used in the ISSA senior tournaments are ISSA-COR44, 375 psi Compression. 


Souvenir T-shirts will be available throughout the weekend at some venues. 


NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES may be brought into most of the parks. Park Rangers often monitor the parks and any player(s) caught with alcoholic beverages may be disallowed in the park system for the remainder of the tournament. Pets are not allowed to run loose in most parks. Participants should verify park rules at each venue and comply. 


Entry fees are non-refundable. Teams that withdraw after paying the entry fee and more than 30 days prior to the start of the tournament may be given a credit toward a future ISSA tournament in the same calendar year. Written requests for a partial refund for withdrawal with cause may be considered. 


At most ISSA senior tournaments we will permit individuals and businesses (Vendors) to promote and market their products at the park (fields and parking lot).  All Vendors are required to obtain approval in writing from ISSA and pay a Vendor Fee.  It is the Vendor’s responsibility to fully comply with all local laws, codes and ordinances governing the business activity.   The Vendor Fee will vary depending on the size and conditions at each ISSA event.  Anyone interested in promoting or selling their product(s) should contact the ISSA Office prior to the event.  This Tournament Rule applies to all players and teams as well as business interests and failure to comply could result in removal from the event.


The Deadline for entering each ISSA senior tournament is posted in the Fact Sheet for each event.  All participating teams should submit their Entry Fee online or mail to the ISSA Office by the "Deadline" date.  Also, the Online Entry Form should be submitted when the team decides to participate and prior to the Deadline.  However, some tournaments may reach the field capacity much sooner than the published Deadline in which case the event will be closed at that time, the Online Entry Form taken down and thereafter any team desiring to play must submit an email requesting to be placed on the waiting list. 


Some 2016 ISSA Senior Tournaments are designated as Ring Tournaments (on the 2016 Tournament Schedule) and the ISSA will award at no cost a championship ring to all the players on the 1st Place teams.  The free rings are purchased in bulk from various vendors.  

Also, the players on the winning team in each division of play in ring tournaments are eligible to purchase a custom ISSA World Championship Ring. Custom Ring orders can be made directly with Jostens by contacting their ISSA representative below:

Jostens/Matt Robertie 
4121 Plank Rd #504
Fredericksburg VA 22407
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  1. ISSA World Championship Rings
  2. ISSA Smoky Mountain Senior Classic Rings
  3. ISSA US Northern Championship Rings
  4. ISSA US Southern Championship Rings
  5. ISSA Winter Nationals Rings
  6. ISSA US Open National Championship Rings
  7. ISSA/ISF World Tournament of Champions Rings
  8. ISF Senior World Cup Rings

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