2022 BACa Memorial Softball Tournament Rules & Guidelines

THIS IS A CHARITY EVENT Many of the umpires, field managers and staff donate some or all their time and energy to put on this event.  Please help us in making this a great event by cleaning up after yourselves and maintain the spirit of the event with kindness and respect for others and the fields
PLEASE JOIN US AT 1 PM each day on B1 for a group picture, moment of silence and remembrance and hear about why this event is so important to our softball community.

PARK RULES – ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS or ANIMALS allowed anywhere at Aurora Sports Park (including the parking lot).  There are officers working the event to ensure 100% compliance.  If you are caught by park or event staff, you will be required to leave the event.  If you are caught by an officer, you will be ticketed.  BACa volunteers will also be enforcing these rules – no exceptions. PLEASE do not make this an issue. 

We will be following 2022 USSSA Rules and director discretion (pitching, run rules, player substitutions, etc.).  We will require all pitchers to wear a mask, NO EXCEPTION.  We will continue to offer fun add on items for purchase to raise additional funds for the charity (Unlimited HR & Mulligans).  55 Minute game times and you can bat up to 12 (COED must alternate sex or can bat extra women).

RANKINGS – Men’s and Women’s – A team can have up to 3 players ranked a single classification higher than your team is ranked. If you have 4 or more players ranked a single classification higher, then you have to play that higher division. If a D team has 4 C players, they will play Open.  No B players or higher can play with a D or E Division.

COED – Women can play down one level and you can have as many women play down one level. Men cannot play down at all.  Whatever your highest ranking man is, you have to play at that level.  If you have one guy that is B, your team will be B.

BALLS – We will ONLY allow an 11” Classic W for Women.  We will ONLY allow a 12” Pro M and Classic Plus for Men.  We are following 2021 USSSA current ball guidelines.  For COED we will be using both the women’s and men’s balls as outlined above.

HOME RUN RULES, MULLIGAN RULES, AND PAYMENTS –  A minimum deposit of $150 will be due by August 20th to be entered into the tournament.  This will be a non-refundable deposit unless you remove yourself from the event before August 20th  The remainder of the tournament fees will be collected PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST GAME and a signed roster must be submitted.  Each team is allowed 2 home runs per game and then they are outs.  Each team has the option to purchase unlimited home runs for the entire day for $100.  Any team can change their minds and come back to registration to purchase unlimited home runs anytime (including the championship game).  Each team also has the option to purchase 1 offensive mulligan for the entire day for $50.  It will allow you to redo one offensive at bat during each game you play as needed.  We will issue wrist bands for both. Payment methods accepted at the sports park: PayPal(bacafoundation@gmail.com), Venmo(@BACa-Foundation), and cash. 

HOME RUN DERBY – Home Run Derby will be 8:00pm Friday night on the B2 Field.  Fee to enter is $20, payable at the park the night of the derby.   Each participant will get 8 balls and must swing at 7 (you are allowed one passed ball). If you hit a home run with your last ball you will keep going until you miss.  Player with the most home runs will win.  Ties will be given 3 additional balls each (including 1 pass) until the tie is broken.  You will need to provide your own pitcher and be ready to go at the start of the Home Run Derby.  We ask that you also assist in the ball retrievals as well. We will have a Men’s and Women’s winner and they will receive half of the entry fees. Women will hit from 2nd base. Any bats or balls are allowed for the Home Run Derby. We will have balls supplied.

BAT RULE, PITCHING RULES & ROSTER RULES – All bats must have a USSSA stamp (no senior, wood, baseball or fastpitch bats) for the tournament. ALL PITCHERS MUST WEAR A MASK.  All pitching rules will follow 2021 USSSA guidelines.  All batters start with a 1 and 1 count and there is NO courtesy foul in any division.  Pitchers get an option of a courtesy runner at any time and each team is allowed 1 additional courtesy runner per gender per inning.  Any roster protest requires a $100 cash and it must be done before the game ends.  The Tournament Director will address immediately with an ID check and player review per USSSA guidelines.

WEATHER POLICY – Any rain out or similar Act of God that causes us to have to cancel any part of the tournament will result in a credit based on number of games played (example we have a 3 game guarantee, so if you play 1 game we would refund 2/3 of your entry fees paid including mulligan and home run fees).  If the game guarantee is met no credit or refund will be given.  Once a game starts it is considered a game played regardless of inning count.  If you decide to take a refund you will not be included in any coin flip for prizes.

WOMEN’S RUN SPOTTING – We will follow the Colorado Women’s run spotting guidelines of 3 runs per class.

The important thing is to have fun and help us raise money to support www.BACaFoundation.org!  We look forward to another amazing weekend of softball, fun and raising money to help people affected by cancer in our softball family.  Please remember that everyone that is out here is donating their time and energy to make this a great time for a great cause.  Thank you everyone for your amazing support!