Thank you for entering this years Circle City USSSA Major NIT at Indy Sports park..Hopefully we will have better weather than last year, in case anyone remembers that.
I have heard some grumblings about the field, i will say this.The field does have some great from the Midwest.Yes there is a lot of local teams,you just never know who can win these tournaments,the only way to grow this is from the bottom up, some may like it and pursue it in the future..Gotta play the best to be the best...That is what the conference is.
Below are some rules. park rules and reminders for this years biggest and best show in softball, USSSA Conference..
All games are at Indy Sports Park
The park does have a 5.00 gate fee for everyone, if you have an issue with that contact the park at 317-919-6940
There are no bottles of any kind to be brought into the park.The park does have 2-3 concession areas and a lounge.
There is a church across the street to hit at your own risk, you can also try bluff road park to hit.Please do not hit on the diamonds, also another tournament being played.
Balls are provided.
30/20/15 run rule
12/8 hr limit
Uniform rule only applies to conference teams.
50 ft rubber/no floating
Speed up rule will be used.
Parking by diamonds at your own risk, using 2-3-4-5, 5 will be issue.
Excessive arguing,cursing,etc can make you subject to removal from the game or tournament.
Any weather issues, will be posted right on this message board.
For the local teams who have not paid, cash only in an envelope with your team name on......
All bats must conform and continue to perform within the current USSSA Bat Standards. All bats will be checked-in prior to first game played in Conference USSSA event. All teams will be allowed to check 25 bats to get 20 into their bucket. Each team member must check their own bat and indicate on their bat their name or number. A managerís signature may be required once bats have been tested. All bats that fail compression check will be kept by the tournament director until the team has been eliminated from the tournament.
A manager must let the tournament officials know that a player will be arriving late so that they may hold a spot for him to have his bat tested when he arrives.
A team may not remove a bat from the bucket unless a bat becomes broken. At that point they will be allowed to present a replacement bat to a USSSA official and it will be tested and placed in the bucket. The broken bat will be kept by the tournament director until the team has been eliminated from the tournament. TD/UIC/Staff may cut open any bat at anytime.
Re-testing of bats that have been tested and are in the teamís bucket will NOT occur unless that team makes it to Sunday or the Championship Rounds, in which case, all bats will be retested and those that have bats that fail will be given the option to replace with another bat.
On field Umpire Crews will count bats each half inning to insure the proper numbers of bats are present in the buckets. Tape on buckets will have team names and number of bats in bucket. Top number depicts good bats; bottom number depicts broken or bad bats.
Great efforts have been made to keep our Conference USSSA games playing on a tight schedule. In keeping with our initiative to increase the "Pace of PlayĒ, we have identified between-innings delays as a contributor to longer game times. In an effort to speed up between innings delays for the pitcher, we will be using a new Pitcher's Courtesy Runner Rule. This will be in place for our first 3 weekends (Vegas, Houston, HOF Dual) and after that time an assessment of the rule will be made. The runner rule will be mandatory each time your pitcher reaches base.
Pitcherís Courtesy Runner: The pitcher, having reached base safely, will be required to use a courtesy runner. T The pitcher is defined as: The pitcher who threw the last pitch and/or recorded the final out of the previous or defensive half inning. here is no option for the pitcher to remain on base. Substitutions may be made only when there is a dead ball and after the batter has touched a base. The courtesy runner can be any player in the lineup. If the courtesy runner is still on base at the time his/her turn at bat comes up, that spot in the batting order will be an out. If the pitcher of record is removed for a pinch hitter, that pinch hitter then is required to use a courtesy runner. It is the pitcher of recordís batting position that determines the pitcherís courtesy runner.
EFFECT: If an incorrect courtesy runner, one not from the lineup, enters the game, and the defensive team completes a proper appeal before the next pitch, illegal pitcher action, intentional walk, or before all fielders have left fair territory, the runner will be declared out.
EFFECT: If the pitcher is walked and never touches first base, he/she can be called out on a proper appeal.
EFFECT: If the pitcher does not exit the game for a courtesy runner, when noticed, a proper courtesy runner will be inserted without any further penalty. Anyone who continues to misuse the Pitcherís Courtesy Runner will be subject to removal from the game.
NOTE: No substitution may be made while the ball is still in play. All runners will be liable to be put out.
We will be testing by the hangrite tent, between diamonds 3-4, by the volleyball courts.
The bracket will be live, have hand brackets at both hubs.
ANY INDIVIDUAL, WHO IS CAUGHT STEALING TOURNAMENT BALLS AT AN EVENT, WILL BE EJECTED FROM ANY GAME BEING PLAYED, REMOVED FROM THE PARK, COMPLEX AND CONFERENCE EVENT FOR THAT WEEKEND. THEY WILL ALSO BE SUBJECT TO FURTHER PENALTY, NOT LIMITED TO SUSPENSION FROM FURTHUR USSSA PLAY.
This especially applies to teams playing in the allniter as well as those who come into watch and bag balls...Please throw them back into the field.....We have eyes everywhere to monitor this.....This is not Yankee Stadium...
All other rules are in strict accordance with USSSA and Conference rule books.
Thanks for participating in the best even softball has to offer at beautiful Indy Sports Park, in the Amateur Sports capital of the World, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Good luck to all teams and have a great weekend in Indy.
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