8th Annual Brian DelGozzo Memorial Softball Tournament

September 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Time and Location

The 8th Annual Brian DelGozzo Softball Tournament will be held on September 23rd, 2017 at 9:00am at Cherry Hill West High School in Cherry Hill, NJ.


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Teams

There will be a total of 10 teams participating in the tournament. Each team will consist of 10-16 players. All teams must include one female out on the field at all times. Please note that all 10 captains must register their teams by September 1st, 2017. At this time, registration is limited to captains only, however this process will be expanded in the future to include Free Agent (Individual) Registration as we continue to grow and reserve additional playing fields. Captain's must fill out their entire roster and submit payment for the team and include shirt sizes for each player. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team! For more information, please email us at admin@rememberingbrian.com.


Rules

All participants are required to complete a waiver of liability form each year. All participants assume the risk of injury.

TEAM: A minimum of ten players constitute a team. A minimum of one female participant must be in the lineup and on the field at all times. Team captains are responsible for distributing shirts to their roster and notifying the Remembering Brian staff of any roster replacements or additions.

GAME TIME: Games will consist of seven innings. During the competition, a “mercy” rule will be enforced. If, after the completion of the fifth inning, one team is leading the other by 10 runs or more, the game will be stopped. There is no time limit.

SHOES: Shoes (sandals not included) must be worn at all times.

DISTANCES FOR PITCHING MOUND AND BASES: The pitching mound will be 53’ away from home plate. The bases will be 65’ away from home plate for all games.

UMPIRE'S JUDGEMENT: An umpire's judgment should not be contested. Failure to adhere to an umpire's judgment may warrant ejection. No appeals. The umpire's decisions are final. Only rule interpretations may be protested immediately following the issue in question.

BALLS AND STRIKES: Each batter will start his/her at bat with a count of one ball and one strike. In other words, two pitched strikes equal an out and three pitched balls equal a walk. A small carpet will be affixed to the back side of home plate. If the ball lands on either home plate or the carpet, it is a strike. A batter who hits a second foul ball, including foul tips, on a count of two strikes will be out. If the batter preceding a female batter is walked, the female batter will automatically be awarded first base.

BUNTS OR INTENTIONAL CHOPS: The batter will be called out if they bunt or intentionally chop at the ball.

BASE RUNNING: Under no circumstance will stand-up collisions, at any base, be tolerated. Sliding is strongly encouraged, but not required. HOWEVER, the responsibility of avoiding contact lies with the runner. If, in the umpires' judgment, the runner fails to take the necessary steps to avoid contact, and causes contact, they shall call the runner out. On double play situations, runners tagged out at second must refrain from interfering with the throw to first base. Any interference by the baserunner will cause the runner going to first base to automatically be called out for runner interference. Any excessive force used to tag a base runner out, or to force a fielder to drop a ball, may warrant an ejection.

STEALS: No stealing is allowed. A base runner may not leave the base until either a pitched ball is hit or it crosses home plate. If the base runner leaves early, the umpire will declare "no pitch" and the base runner will be called out.

INTERFERENCE: A fielder (catcher also) has the right to go into the base path when (a) he/she has the ball (b) he/she is in the act of fielding the batted ball or (c) he/she is in the act of fielding the thrown ball. If accidental contact is made under these circumstances, the umpires will decide if the runner will be awarded the next base. If the contact was blatantly made by the runner, then the runner will be called out.

INFIELD FLY RULE: A batter is called out on an easily caught pop fly to any defensive player near or in the infield when there are runners on first and second or the bases are loaded and there are less than two outs. The batter is called out and all base runners advance at their own risk once the fly ball has been touched. When such a hit is made, the umpire should immediately call "infield fly the batter is out". When in doubt, the umpire should call "infield fly, the batter is out if fair", or “infield fly, if fair”.

PITCHING: Pitches should be greater than 6 ft, but may not exceed 12 ft in arc. Any pitch outside of this range of arc will be called a ball. The arc of every pitch will be at the umpire's discretion and may not be disputed. A pitcher must keep one foot in contact with the pitching rubber during the entire pitching motion. Otherwise, it will be ruled an illegal pitch and considered a ball. On an illegal pitch, if a batter swings and misses, then it will be considered a strike. Once the batter is set in the batters box, the pitcher may pitch the ball. If the batter is not set in the box and the pitch occurs, it will be called "no pitch".

SUBSTITUTIONS: A lineup of no less than ten (10) players must be submitted to the umpire at the start of each game. The lineup will contain the first and last name of each player, their position, uniform number, and place in the batting order. A player not starting in a defensive position should be designated as either a Designated Hitter (DH) or an Extra Player (EP). A DH will bat in the same position every time through the batting order and has the ability to rotate freely in the field at any point during the game and as many times as desired. The EP is a substitute that will bat in the order of the player that was replaced. A player in the starting lineup who has been removed for an EP may re-enter the game one time. The returning player may only replace the EP for whom they were replaced and, therefore, will retain their position in the original batting order. There is no requirement for the EP to play a minimum number of innings or bat. They are only required to bat when their place arrives in the batting order and the starter chooses to remain on the bench.

FURTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO:

Christopher Reynolds
> Email: chris@rememberingbrian.com


Donate

Please make checks and/or other gifts payable to:

Brian DelGozzo Memorial Foundation
c/o Patrick Welding
136 Mansfield Blvd South
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

 

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