2017 Canada Cup Futures Playing Rules
- Tournament rules will be W.B.S.C. unless otherwise stated.
- 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 6 (Futures Select) or Sunday, July 9, 2017 (Futures 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. Only Futures Gold players may play in more than one Canada Cup Championship, only as it applies to the Women’s Tournament. They may be on a Women’s Team Roster as well as a Futures Gold Roster subject to the age eligibility criteria. Any Futures Gold players playing in more than one Canada Cup Championship must be registered on both rosters before the commencement of the tournament. Players may NOT play in more than one Canada Cup Futures or Showcase Championships. PICKUPS: Pickups only from same classification or lower.
- Eligibility and Age Restrictions: Eligible players MUST be born in 1998 or more recently. Players born in 1997 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.
- A.S.A pitching rule will be permitted. Pitching distance will be 43 feet.
- 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.
- The Worth Core 47 Red Dot Ball is the official ball of the Canada Cup International Softball Championship and will be used during all tournament games.
- Five-minute infields will be allowed each game, time permitting. The Games Supervisor will notify teams if infields are discontinued.
- Run ahead rule: 10 runs ahead after 3 innings or 7 runs ahead after 5 innings constitutes a win.
- All protests will be handled prior to the next pitch. Protest committee shall consist of the Canada Cup Director, Canada Cup Games Supervisor and the Canada Cup Futures & Showcase UIC or their assignees. All decisions are final.
- The WBSC 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.
* Rules are subject to change without notice.