Rules of Play

Your spot is not reserved until payment is received. Registration is not complete until all rosters and ratings have been received. The entry fees are non-refundable unless a written cancellations is received before October 1st.  

Team Ratings & Rosters
Ratings must be sent via e-mail to: aloharainbowclassic@hotmail.com

and rosters sent by October 11th, 2019. Changes to ratings or roster after October 11th must be made IN PERSON at registration by the manager only. 
 

Player Registration
Players and managers are required to register with a photo ID before stepping on to the field.  Registration is available Friday night at the Princess Kaiulani hotel ( 120 KaΚ»iulani Ave ),  6pm - 9pm,  or Saturday morning at the fields. 

Players must register before 12pm on Saturday. No Sunday registrations allowed. 


General Information

Number of teams

Teams are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is not complete until all rosters and ratings have been received and the entry fee has been paid in full. The entry fees are non-refundable unless a written cancellations is received before October 1st. 

Divisions Offered

Competition will be offered in Open B, C, and D Divisions. All players according to the ratings rules will be placed into  the division at the discretion of the tournament directors. 

Rosters

Team rosters may not exceed 20 players (Open Division), along with one manager/coach, and one scorekeeper. Final rosters must be submitted by the registration deadline. All teams are required to have & submit their ASA  registration cards to the tournament directors. 

Ratings 

Player ratings, using the NAGAAA rating system, must be submitted for each player on the roster. 

The following team rating guidelines apply: 

  • Open B Division - total team rating (sum of the 10 highest rated players on the team) must be 180 or less.  No player on the team may have an individual rating higher than 20.
  • Open C Division - total team rating (sum of the 10 highest rated players on the team) must be 140 or less.  No player on the team may have an individual rating higher than 15.
  • Open D Division - total team rating (sum of the 10 highest rated players on the team) must be 110 or less.  No player on the team may have an individual rating higher than 12.

Awards

Trophies will be given to the top 3 teams for all divisions.  

Games

  • Game time is forfeit time - if not ready to play when called, your team may be forced to forfeit.
  • To start a game, a minimum of 9 players on a team is required. If you have fewer than 9 players, you will be required to forfeit  the game.  If you have exactly 9 players, your line-up card must  include a 10th batter slot, which will be an automatic out each  time it comes up. If an eligible 10th player becomes available  during the course of the game, that player can take the empty batter slot during the game.
  • All batters will start with a 1-1 count throughout the tournament, with one free foul after the second strike the exception to this rule is for championship games all batters will start with a 0-0 count, no free foul given. .  
  • The home team in each game will be determined by a coin toss.
  • The home team must act as the official scorekeeper for the game.
  • Line-up cards for each game must be completed in triplicate and given to the home plate umpire prior to the start of the game.
  • There is no stealing of bases allowed.
  • Once games begin, they are under the jurisdiction of the umpire.  Umpires shall have the authority to rule on any specific point not covered in these rules. Games may be protested for rule interpretation only.  Judgement calls may not be protested. Calls protested must be done at  the time of the disagreement or before the end of the game. A ruling of  the protest will be made by the protest committee of the Aloha Rainbow Classic. Such rulings will be final and NOT subject to appeal.

Run rule in effect as follows:

  • 20  runs after 3 innings
  • 15  runs after 4 innings
  • 10  runs after 5 innings

Two (2) extra players are allowed in the batting line-up. 

Courtesy Runners

Prior to the start of the game, up to two (2) players may be  identified as requesting a courtesy runner.  They must be identified on  the line-up cards prior to the start of each game.  Use of the courtesy runner is not mandatory, but if requested, the courtesy runner must enter the game prior to the next pitch. 

  • The courtesy runner will be the last completed at bat.
  • A person designated as requesting a courtesy runner may have the courtesy runner every time up, even if they bat more than once in the same inning.
  • A non-starting player may be designated as requesting a courtesy runner, in which case the above rules would take effect once the player enters the game.

Home run (over the fence) limits are as follows: 

  • B  Division: 3 homeruns per team per game; every additional home run will be considered outs.
  • C  Division: 1 homerun per team per game; every additional home run will be considered outs.
  • D  Division:  no homeruns are allowed; all will be considered inning ending outs.

Uniforms

  • All team players shall properly wear numbered uniforms, blue jeans and cargo shorts are permitted, but we will not tolerate a player's appearance that exposes any portion of the buttocks, genitilia, women's breasts, underwear, or any other portion of a player's body that may be deemed offensive to other players.
  • Bandanas do not qualify as headbands and can not be worn around the head or neck at anytime.  
  • Jewelry and watches can not be worn while on the field.  .

Round Robin Play

  • No new inning after 50 minutes.
  • All games can end in a tie.

Double Elimination Play

  • Overall record, head to head record, and run differentials will determine each team's seed.
  • No new innings after 50 minutes.
  • The ASA Tie Breaker Rule is in effect after 50 minutes or 7 innings of play.
  • All championship games will have 60 minute games, with 0-0 count.  

Bats & Bases

  • Any bat used during the tournament must be ASA approved.
  • All team bats will be checked prior to the game and must be made available to the umpire in front of the dugout. 
  • The ASA NON-APPROVED BAT LIST rules will be in effect. If use of a NON-APPROVED (OR ALTERED) bat is discovered in play, the player will be EJECTED from the tournament and the team will  FORFEIT that game.  
  • Use of an illegal bat (dented, cracked, loose grip tape, etc.) will result in the player being called out.
  • If there are two bags at first base, the ASA double bag rule is in effect.

Equipment & Other

  • All divisions will use the .52 COR, 300 Compression, Gold Dot 12 inch ball.
  • Metal cleats or metal screws in cleats are illegal. Rubber type cleats are permitted but optional.
  • Any player with an open, bleeding wound MUST leave the game immediately until the bleeding has stopped and has been properly bandaged. The game may be halted for a maximum of five minutes to allow the player to comply without penalty. After five minutes, a substitution must take the place of the injured player.
  • Fake tags are illegal. You may hurt someone seriously by doing this. Committing player is subject to ejection.
  • Collisions: A player must slide or otherwise give up in order to avoid  hitting the player making a tag. YOU CAN NOT RUN OVER A PLAYER THAT HAS THE BALL! This could result in automatic ejection of the committing player. This rule also applies to breaking up a double play. If the runner stays in the baseline and is hit with the ball or prevents the fielder from making a throw to complete the double play by staying in the baseline, then the committing base runner and the batter/runner shall be called out! This rule applies to double play attempts at any base. This is an umpire judgement call.

Eligible / Ineligible Players

  • An eligible player is a player who has signed the proper forms prior to playing their first game; has a player rating that fits that player and  the Division in which that player plays.
  • If a team plays with an ineligible player, it will forfeit all games played in by an ineligible player(s). A team contesting a player's eligibility must register an official protest to the umpire in the game in which it suspects that playing is playing.
  • Managers and coaches and /or players falsifying information on the roster, line-up, player waiver, or ratings sheets will be automatically ejected from the ARC Tournament.

Player Conduct

  • One's conduct, rather than sexuality, will dictate whether one is allowed to play. As long as a player, gay or straight, understands we are a gay softball tournament and respects the rights of others, players may participate. Anyone not respecting the rights of others can be ejected from games and or removed from the tournament.
  • Alcohol or drug use is not permitted at any time while on the fields. If a player is intoxicated/high or seen drinking alcohol or injesting drugs between games that player will be ejected from the next two game(s) and or removed from the tournament.

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