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Softball/International Tie Breaker Rule in Softball


Vince wrote at 2010-04-02 19:05:38
Sorry do not have a copy of NCAA rules but follow simular to ASA and did not see this on the difference list.

2010 ASA Rule book Rule 5 Section 11 (pg 60) Tie-Breaker Rule (Code Article 510 N)

(Menís 40-Over, Menís Senior, Womenís and Junior Olympic Girls Fast Pitch) When after the completion of the seven (7) innings of play (or 1 hour and 40 minutes in JO pool play) the score is tied, the following tie-breaker rule will be played to determine a winning team.

A. Starting with the top of the eight inning, and each half inning thereafter, the offensive team shall begin itís turn at bat with the player who is scheduled to bat last in that respective half inning being placed on second base (e.g., if the number five batter is the lead off batter, the number four batter in the batting order will be placed on second base. A substitute may be inserted for the runner)

Vince Cordi

ASA Umpire 9 years

NFHS Umpire 7 years

3 National ASA Tournaments

2 State High School Tournaments

3 ASA National Schools  

BretMan wrote at 2010-04-02 22:02:57
Actually, ASA and NCAA rules do get specific about this.

Of course, the standard rule is that a substitute can be inserted anytime there is a dead ball. Since there isn't any rule specifically stating a sub can't be inserted for the runner placed on base for the tie-breaker, the standard rule would apply.

But just so there's no confusion, ASA and NCAA spell this out under the guidelines for their tiebreaker rule. Both say that a substitute CAN be inserted for the runner.

The ASA rule is 5-11-A. The NCAA rule is 6.15.1.

The NCAA rule book can be found here (PDF file):  

David Mossor wrote at 2016-06-21 16:36:05
Here is a situation that happened to me. We went to the international tiebreaker rule. In the eight the home team was to place their last batter on second base but they didn't have a player in the order. All their batter had been in the game and had batter. The opposing team had taken an out in the seventh inning for the third out. In my opinion the home team should take an out and no player should be put on second base.t4e6t


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