2019 Canada Cup Showcase Playing Rules

    1. Tournament rules will be W.B.S.C. unless otherwise stated.


    1. Roster Size: The Canada Cup International Softball Championship will be using an expanded roster of 20 players. This is an elite invitational tournament. We welcome the best female fastpitch players in the world. There is no residency or citizenship rule in effect.  We request that final rosters are submitted at the Coaches Technical Meeting on Thursday, July 4 (Showcase Select) or Sunday, July 7, 2019 (Showcase Gold).   It is MANDATORY that final rosters are turned into the Games Control Supervisor at the pre-game coin toss, 30 minutes prior to the first tournament game and no changes will be accepted after this point.  Showcase Gold or Select players may NOT play in more than one Canada Cup Championship. PICKUPS: Pickups only from same classification or lower.


    1. Eligibility and Age Restrictions: Eligible players MUST be born in 2002 or more recently.  Players born in 2001 or earlier are NOT eligible to participate.  Players must carry proof of age in the form of a passport, birth certificate, baptismal certificate or other recognized government identification.  Photocopies of proof of age documents are sufficient to meet this requirement.  Teams may be asked to present this information to tournament officials.


    1. The WBSC Pitching Rule will be used. The WBSC Pitching Rule can be found at https://softball.ca/resources/bulletins.  Pitching distance will be 40 feet. Five (5) warm-up pitches to start the game and each time a pitcher is relieved. All other times, only three (3) warm-up pitches or one (1) minute is permitted. On an injury to the pitcher where they leave the game, the new pitcher may throw as many pitches as they wish.


    1. Any bat that meets current ASA or WBSC Bat Standards may be used. Only ASA bats having the 2000 or 2004 Certification Mark and not on the list of ASA Non-Approved bats with Certification marks will be allowed.


    1. The Rawlings Core 47 Red Dot Ball is the official ball of the Canada Cup International Softball Championship and will be used during all tournament games.


    1. Five-minute infields will be allowed each game, time permitting.  The Games Supervisor will notify teams if infields are discontinued.


    1. Run ahead rule: 10 runs ahead after 3 innings or 7 runs ahead after 5 innings constitutes a win.


    1. All protests will be handled prior to the next pitch. Protest committee shall consist of a Canada Cup Director, Canada Cup Games Supervisor and the Canada Cup Futures & Showcase UIC or their assignees.  All decisions are final.


    1. The International Tie-Breaker rule will be used in all games played.
      • Tie-Breaker Rule:
        Starting in the top of the eight inning and each 1/2 inning, thereafter, the offensive team shall begin its turn at bat, with the player who is scheduled to bat last in their respective half inning being placed on second base. The player who is running can be substituted in accordance to substitution rules.


    1. Uniform Conflicts: In the event of a conflict in colours of uniforms, the team that wins coin toss will have the option.  The games supervisor has the discretion to call for a uniform change if they feel the colours will be too difficult to differentiate for spectators, media or athletes. Both teams must have 2 sets of uniforms at the park for every game. Coaches must be neatly attired, including the wearing of suitable footwear, or dressed in team uniform in accordance with the colour code of the team. If a coach wears a cap, it must be approved headgear. Caps are mandatory for male coaches.


    1. Masks: All catchers must wear masks, throat protector and helmet. Catchers (or other members of the team, including parents) must wear a mask, throat protector and helmet while receiving warm-up pitches from the pitching plate, or in the warm-up area. If the person catching the pitch will not wear the mask, throat protector and helmet they must be replaced by a person who will do so. An extended wire protection attached to the mask can be worn in lieu of the throat protector. If the person catching for the pitcher will not wear the mask, throat protector and helmet after a warning, they will be removed from the game. If the person catching for the pitcher is anyone other than a team member and they will not wear the mask, throat protector and helmet after a warning, it shall mean the removal of the head coach or manager of the offending team.


    1. Accreditation does not need to be worn during games but must be put on as soon as the game is completed.


    1. DISTRACTING ADORNMENTS. No exposed items, including jewelry, judged by the umpire to be distracting to opposing players may be worn or displayed. The umpire shall require the item to be removed or covered.


    1. Metal Cleats are permitted in both the Showcase Gold and Showcase Select Divisions.


    1. 20-second clock will not be used.


    1. Intentional Walk will not be used.  Must pitch to batter.


* Rules are subject to change without notice.