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July 19 - 22, 2018

Thank you and welcome to our 10th Annual Friendship Tournament !! We’ll see many returning teams along with some new faces; teams know where the action is. Lots of good teams, we’re expecting some great softball...Please pass along information to parents and coaches.


Team Check In: 

All teams must have with them a copy of items listed below:

  • USA Championship Roster
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Copies of Birth Certificates

These must be on hand and be provided upon request. Any team that does not provide the required forms at request will have to forfeit all game(s) If anyone is using pickup player forms, please show these to the tournament director or tournament staff, even if you have already pre-checked in.


USA Softball Roster Forms

Out of state teams entered in RI Tournaments: Beginning in 2018, with the exception of teams entering a college showcase tournament, all out of state teams need to send a copy of their USA Softball Roster/Waiver form, noting team classification, signed by their respective USA Softball commissioner or designee to the USA Softball of RI JO Commissioner @ riasajosof@cox.net. no later than 10 days prior to the start of the tournament.  Roster/waiver forms need to be scanned electronically, not mailed.   Failure to do so will result in removal from the tournament and loss of entry fee. Should a team need to add players to their roster due to injuries, defections, etc, a pickup player form is needed for each player being added. Players being added must come from a team that was in the same classification in the current year. Example: Players that were on a class "A" team's roster during the current year, cannot be placed on a team of a lower classification.

Upon demand by tournament officials, a player must produce proper identification any one of the following will be accepted:

  1. Photo ID card issued by the local commissioner and his/her designee.
  2. Birth certificate.
  3. Baptismal certificate.
  4. Hospital certificate.
  5. Driver's license.


Tournament format is a three-game pool play to determine seeding into a single-elimination bracket.

Reporting Scores

Winning teams, please text or email scores and team names to Mario Vendittelli (401) 749- 1601. Please report winning team, losing team and score. These will be used to determine the elimination bracket seeding on Sunday. Scores will be updated each evening on the Leaguevue Website.

Team Conduct

Softball is supposed to be a fun and competitive atmosphere. Managers are expected to control themselves, coaches, fans and players. Failure to do so may result in game forfeit and tournament ejection. Let’s keeps this a positive experience. No arguing with umpires. If anyone is thrown out of the game, they must leave the field immediately, they will not be allowed back on the field for the remainder of the tournament. NO EXCEPTIONS! PLEASE - NO personal grills or open flames allowed at any softball field (per Town regulations), NO Smoking, NO Alcoholic Beverages and NO Dogs

Weather and Refund Policy

The following refund policy is to be used in all USA Softball RI sanctioned tournaments:

  1. Tournament cancelled completely, no games played. Teams issued a refund less tournament expenses that cannot be recovered. Examples: perishable foods, T-shirts, trophy plates, etc. Create a tally sheet of these expenses, and send teams a copy along with their refund. Refunds due to teams must be disbursed within 7 days from when the tournament was scheduled.
  2. One game played: 1/2 of entry fee returned.
  3. No refund if two or more games played.
  4. If a team drops out of a tournament and a replacement team is found, the team gets a full refund, if a replacement team cannot be found, no refund is issued to the team dropping out.


USA Softball RI Modified Invitational Tournament Guidelines/Rules for Class "A", "B" and "Open" Tournaments

USA Softball Rhode Island takes great pride in our invitational tournaments, the teaming of quality tournament directors, trained USA Softball umpires along with support and guidance of USA Softball Rhode Island is the reason teams "PLAY USA Softball".

Team managers have become very cognizant of the benefits of USA Softball umpires, USA Softball rules, and the guarantee of registered, and classified teams, thus keeping the field equitable.

Teams entering USA Softball RI Invitational tournaments are to be directed to the opening page of the USA Softball RI web site (http://www.rijoasa.org) to view the USA Softball RI Modified rule for Invitational tournaments.



Only USA Softball registered, and classified teams are eligible to participate.


Team Insurance

Teams must provide a copy of their insurance certificate. Out of state teams need to scan a copy to the USA Softball JO Commissioner @ riasajosof@cox.net 10 days prior to the start of the tournament entered, failure to do so will result in removal from the tournament, and loss of entry fee.

All tournaments must carry USA Softball Tournament Insurance, to purchase tournament insurance, go to http://www.rpsbollinger.com, click on Sports Insurance > Tournament Insurance, select USA Softball from the list, then complete the application (Note: Insurance needed to be purchased is Youth accident and Liability). Only USA Softball registered umpires may officiate tournament games. Two umpires will be used in all games, (pool play and bracket), in all age divisions and classifications.  All umpire assignments will be issued by the USA Softball Rhode Island Umpire in Chief.

Time Limits

75-minute time limit (no new inning starts after 75 minutes). Pool play games (only) may end in a tie. Bracket games, tied at the end of 7 innings or after the time limit has expired, will use the International Tie Breaker to determine a winner.

The 75-minute time limit is for all games, (pool play and bracket), except for championship games which are untimed games.


Should rain or the threat there of require games to be shortened in order to complete the tournament, the following method will be used to shorten games:

Games will be shortened to 5 innings, (4 and 1/2 if the home team is ahead), OR no new inning will begin after 60 minutes, whichever comes first.


Team Lineups

Nine defensive players will bat or teams have the following options:

  1. Bat nine players without the DP/Flex.
  2. Bat nine Players and use the DP/Flex.
  3. Bat up to and including all roster players without a DP/Flex.
  4. Bat up to and including all roster players with the DP/Flex.
  • Players not listed in a defensive position will be listed as an EP
  • EPs will be listed beginning in the 10th spot of the batting order
  • When not using the DP/FLEX any 9 can play defense
  • When using the DP/FLEX any 8 and the FLEX can play defense
  • The Batting order will always remain fixed
  • Any Player may be used as a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher
  • Any Player can be used as a pinch runner
  • If a player is on base when it is their time to bat;

They will be removed from the base and take their turn at bat. The person who they are running for will be called out.

  • When only batting nine defensive players or using the DP/FLEX

If an injured player is not able to bat an out will be recorded for their turn at bat unless the team has a substitute not already in the batting order that can take their place

  • When batting more than nine defensive players and have no available substitutes

If an injured player is not able to bat in their place in the batting order, the batting order will be compressed to the number of batters in the batting order less the injured player with no out recorded for the injured player unable to bat.

An injured player cannot return to the game in which she was injured


Reportable Changes

When batting the entire lineup and NOT using a DP/Flex

  1. A pinch runner
  2. Courtesy runners for the pitcher/catcher (It cannot be the same courtesy runner for both the pitcher and the catcher)
  3. Whenever the lineup is condensed because a player has left the game

When Batting the entire lineup and using the DP/Flex

A) All of the changes noted above, and whenever the Flex is put in to bat and the DP is removed

When NOT batting the entire lineup and NOT using a DP/Flex

  1. Any available substitute put into the game
  2. Any player that is re-entered into the game
  3. Any available substitute that is a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher

When NOT batting the entire order and using a DP/Flex

  1. Any available substitute put into the game
  2. Any player that is re-entered into the game
  3. Any available substitute that is a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher
  4. When the Flex is put into the game to hit and the DP is removed from the batting order


The DP is listed in the batting order and hits, the Flex plays defense and is listed last in the order


Courtesy Runners are for the pitcher / catcher only. They can be anyone in the lineup if batting the entire roster. They are tied to whoever they run for but can run the entire game. The same courtesy runner may not run for both the pitcher and the catcher Pinch runners can be anyone if batting the entire lineup but can only run two times

because they are treated as a sub for the person they are running for. They will continue to be in the lineup to bat. When not batting your entire lineup and have available substitutes, the subs need to be used first as either a pinch runner or courtesy runner. The EP rule allows any of the players in the batting order to play anywhere on defense. When you have no DP / FLEX any nine can play defense and when you use the DP / FLEX any eight plus the FLEX may play defense. These are not substitutions, it is just playing defense. The only time an EP becomes a substitute is when they run as a pinch runner. Then they can do that twice and no longer be a runner but still bat. Any player can be run for.

Defensive Players

All divisions— Nine defensive players.


Determining Home Team

The home team is decided by a coin flip in all pool play games. The higher seed in games on Sunday will be the home team.


Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Coaches that get themselves ejected from a game are at a minimum suspended from coaching their team's next scheduled game. Depending on the circumstances of the ejection, coaches may be suspended for the remainder of the tournament, and may also be facing a disciplinary hearing.


Metal Cleats

Metal cleats are allowed in this tournament.



NO SLASHING. In a tournament where slashing has been banned, the penalty for a batter that slashes is as follows: A dead ball will be called by the umpire, the batter will be declared out, and all base runners will be returned to the base that they had previously occupied when the slashing occurred.


Seeding From Pool Play

Seeding from pool play into bracket play is determined by the following:

  1. Best winning percentage.
  2. Most wins.
  3. Head to head (head to head tie breaker does not apply in situations when 3 or more teams are tied with the same record.
  4. Runs allowed
  5. Runs For
  6. Coin flip.

In tournaments that are uneven in number that necessitate a team playing an extra game in order to ensure that all teams get their alotted number of pool play games, the game will not count for the team that plays a 4th game. The team playing the 4th game does not get to pick and choose which of the 4 games is used for seeding as seeding will be done off of that team's first 3 games.

Seeding From Pool Play (continued)

For a game in progress in pool play that is subsequently forfeited due to a team falling below the required number of players, if the team ahead receives the forfeit, the score remains as is when the forfeit occurs, despite the inning. Should the team that is losing receive the forfeit, they would be credited with the win, and runs allowed would count for seeding purposes.


When rain prohibits the completion of pool play and a number of teams do not get all of their pool play games in, seeding will be done as follows: Example, in a ten-team tournament, 6 teams play all three pool play games, and 4 teams only get to play two pool play games. Seeding from pool play into bracket will be off of all teams first two games in pool play. Teams that did play their 3 pool play games do not get to pick and choose which of their 2 of their 3 games are used towards seeding, the first two games will be used.


There will be 2 umpires for every game. (unless something drastic happens to one of them and the game will continue with one umpire until a second can be provided) There will be a UIC at the Whipple complex. Please direct any questions or concerns directly to our Tourney Director and he will direct it accordingly. Please do not call our Tourney Director to complain about a call with which you don’t agree or the strike zone. Let the girls play the game...



Whipple Field Complex, Smithfield RI

Whipple Rd and Fenwood Ave, Smithfield RI 02917

From South: follow Rt. 295 to exit 7A, merge onto PUTNAM PIKE/US-44. Turn left at the first traffic light (ESMOND St). Follow to stop sign, turn left onto RI-104/WATERMAN Ave. Take an immediate right onto WHITMAN St and follow to the stop sign. Take a left onto LINCOLN St, then an immediate right onto FENWOOD Ave. Follow to the stop sign, go straight then take an immediate left into the park. Whipple field 2 is to the right nearest the concession stand. Whipple 3 is to the left. Whipple 4 is at the end of the parking lot.

From North: follow Rt. 295 to exit 8A (DOUGLAS AVE/RT-7). Merge onto DOUGLAS AVE and follow to the traffic light at WHIPPLE Rd. Take a right onto WHIPPLE Rd and follow to the stop sign at the bottom of the hill. Take a right then an immediate left into the park.


Smithfield High School (Behind school)

90 Pleasant View Ave Smithfield, RI 02917 Smithfield High School is about 10-minutes from the Whipple complex. All fields will be groomed be our field crew before each game. Please be considerate of them and there is NO WARMUPS IN THE INFIELD!


Gallagher Middle School (Behind school)

10 Indian Run Trail Smithfield, RI 02917 Gallagher Middle School is about 10-minutes from the Whipple complex. All fields will be groomed be our field crew before each game. Please be considerate of them and there is NO WARMUPS IN THE INFIELD!


There is plenty of space to warmup at Smithfield High School field and Gallagher Middle School. Whipple complex warm up area is as follows.... Field 5 (Baseball field) will be used for warmups. Also area near cages behind fences can be used as well; be considerate of other teams. Use nets for hitting to protect players......2 Batting cages are located at the Whipple complex for teams. be considerate and do not “hog” the space. Our Tourney Director and BoD will be monitoring all areas during event. 15- minute max in the cages if there are teams waiting.


Our field crew will be working hard to make sure each game is prepared and ready to go on time. Some things are out of our control, so bear with us if a setback occurs.

Whipple Parking... see image below. It will be tight. I have attached approved parking areas from the Smithfield police dept. Please advise parents as they will be ticketed for illegal parking. Green marks are okay to park and red is NOT!

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