Fastpitch Rules

GENERAL GAME PLAY

If a rule is not listed on this page, WCP Tournaments will defer to the USA Fastpitch rule book

Click here to download an Official Copy of the USA Fastpitch Rules Book

Home team will be determined by COIN TOSS for all pool play games in all divisions. For Playoffs, Higher Seed has choice of home/visitor.

All age divisions will play 60’ bases, the below pitching distances will be utilized for each age group.

10u: 38’ Pitching Distance
12u: 40’ Pitching Distance
14u/16u/18u: 43’ Pitching Distance

Metal Spikes will only be allowed in 14u/16u/18u Divisions.
Absolutely not Metal Spikes in 10u/12u Divisions.

Any players who have played on a college roster (JUCO, NAIA, NCAA), are NOT eligible to play in WCP Events

Teams are required to register with West Coast Premier Tournaments and complete all required documents prior to the start of the tournament.

Teams who are unable to attend a game during the event will be required to take a 8-0 forfeit and will receive no refund.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

The age cutoff for WCP Tournaments is December 31st. The players age on January 1st is the age they will be considered for the rest of that year. Example: If a player turns 15 years old on January 1st of 2019 they can not be put on a 14u roster for the 2019 season.

TIME LIMITS

Home team will be determined by COIN TOSS for all pool play games in all divisions. For Playoffs, Higher Seed has choice of home/visitor.

All ages will play 7 innings or 1 Hour 45 Minute game times, no new inning (whichever occurs first)

The time starts upon completion of the plate meeting. It is the responsibility of the coaches to get the start time from the crew chief.

The new inning starts as soon as the third out from the previous inning has been recorded.

In the case that the home team is winning and time is reached while they are batting, the game will be ruled complete.

There is no time limit for Championship games in the top Bracket (Platinum Only). All other playoff games will follow game times as listed above.

TIED GAMES

Pool play games will end at the conclusion of the allotted innings or time regardless of the score.

Pool play games will end in a tie if there is no time left. Example: a 7 inning game is tied 2-2 at the end of 7 innings and there is 15 minutes left on the time limit, this game will be ruled complete and scored as a tie ball game.

Tied games will go down as half a win and half a loss.

If a playoff game is tied at the end of the allotted innings or the time limit, they go to accelerated international tie-breaker for bracket games (runner on 3rd and 2nd–last outs from previous inning–no outs)

MERCY RULES

15 after 3 innings, 12 after 4 innings, 8 after 5 inning

SEEDING AND TIE BREAKERS

  1. Win/Loss record
  2. Head to head (when all tied teams have played each other)
  3. Runs allowed
  4. Run differential (min/max of 8)
  5. Runs scored
  6. Fewest runs allowed in a single game
  7. Most runs scored in a single game
  8. Coin flip
  9. We will never revert back to a previous tie breaker once a tie has been broken
  10. When ties are involved, teams will be rewarded half a win and half a loss; This will help determine seeding. Example: 2-1 in pool play is the same as 1-0-2.

BATTING ORDER AND SUBSTITUTIONS

All teams can choose to use a DP/Flex and EH.

At any time in the tournament, teams may choose to bat their entire lineup

Lineup Details
*Flex/DP and an Extra Hitter are optional.
*Extra Hitter is a free substituting player that can hit anywhere in the lineup.
*Flex must designated before the start of the game and placed in the 11th hole if the EH is being used if not place in the 10th spot in the line-up.
*If a team uses more than one EH than the teams must bat their entire line up.
*Teams do not have the option to bat two EH’s and have one bench substitute. However if all players are batting and a player gets injured and cannot play it will result in an out the first time the batter hits and then the lineup will collapse.
*Coaches must name all players on the lineup card to be game eligible.
*If a player comes late and is not listed as a substitute the player is not an eligible player to be in that game.

**IMPORTANT**-All players must be on the tournament roster (submitted online via TournKey account) before the tournament starts to be eligible to play in the tournament.
IE. A player does not show on Saturday but shows on Sunday and is on the tournament roster is eligible to play.

COURTESY RUNNERS

Courtesy runner for pitcher and catcher ONLY.

If you bat the entire line up the last batted out will run for the pitcher or catcher otherwise courtesy runners need to be bench players and will be married to the catcher or pitcher.

SPORTSMANSHIP

All players, coachers and fans will be expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. Razzing, heckling, taunting and making disparaging remarks to the opposing team and umpires will not be tolerated.  Any player, coach or fan whose conduct is unbecoming or abusive will, at a minimum, be removed from the premises at the discretion of the Tournament Director, Umpire-in-Chief and umpires. Any individual ejected from the game will miss the remainder of the game, plus the next game. If the same person is ejected for a 2nd time, he, or she, is suspended for the remainder of the tournament. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the game.

PROTESTS

NO PROTESTS ARE ALLOWED AT WCP FASTPITCH EVENTS