2018 Portland Cup Rules of Play

The 2018 Portland Cup will generally conform to the USA Softball (ASA) Rules of Softball, latest edition, except as noted below.

The following are exceptions to the USA Softball (ASA) Rules:

  • No metal cleats shall be worn by any player, manager, coach, or umpire.
  • All batters will begin with a one (1) ball and one (1) strike count. One (1) courtesy foul shall be awarded after the second strike.
  • The pitch height shall be 6 ft. to 12 ft.
  • Electronic score-keeping is deemed an acceptable score book format.
  • Following an over-the-fence home run, the batter-runner shall only be required to touch first base. Any runner on base during the at-bat is only required to touch the next base.

Extra Players on Offense

  • Teams may include up to twenty (20) players on their line-up card.
  • Each player included on the line-up, with the exception of players listed as substitutes, are considered a part of the line-up in which changing from 'extra-hitter' to an 'on-field defensive player' are not considered to be a substitute.
  • If a player included in the batting line-up is required to be removed from the line-up for any reason, including ejection or injury, and no substitute is available to replace that player, an out will be accessed when the vacant position comes up in the batting order.


  • A team must have at least 9 players present to begin or continue a game.
  • If a team begins a game with less than 10 players, the vacant position must be listed last in the batting order, and an out will be assessed when the vacant position comes up in the batting order.
  • If playing short-handed and an additional player arrives, that player may enter the game immediately, and at any time during the game.  That player is required to be inserted into the vacant position, but must have been listed on the line-up card as a substitute to do so.

Home Team

  • The home team for each game will be determined by a flip of a coin by the umpire.
  • Teams that have traveled the furthest shall call the flip.  In the case of two teams being from the same city, a double flip will occur.
  • The official score book will be that of the home team.

Length of Games

  • For all games, no new inning will begin after 55 minutes. A new inning will begin if time has not expired prior to the last out of the previous inning occurring prior to time expiring or the completion of 7-innings.
  • Game time is forfeit time. If games are behind schedule, game time will be as soon as the umpire starts the game clock. If a team is unable to field the minimum required number of players at game time, they will forfeit the game, and the game scored as a 0-7 loss.

Mercy Rule

  • The mercy rule will be in effect for all games; Twenty (20) runs after 3 innings, fifteen (15) runs after 4 innings, and ten (10) runs after 5 innings.

Pool Play Games

  • If the game is tied after time has expired or the completion of 7-innings, the game will be recorded as a tie.

Bracket Play Games

  • Bracket play will consist of a seeded double elimination format, with seeding based on the results of pool play games.
  • If the score is tied after the completion of 7-innings of play, or time has expired, the International tie-breaker rule shall be in effect.  At the beginning of each half-inning, the last batter from the previous inning shall be placed on 2nd base, and the game shall continue until the tie is broken.

Ties will be broken in the following order to determine bracket seeding:

  1. Head to Head Play
  2. Least runs allowed
  3. Most runs scored
  4. Coin flip


  • Teams are not required to have uniforms that are identical, including uniforms of similar color.
  • All players are required to wear a jersey with a whole number (0-99) on the back, which must be easily identified in manner similar to when providing a number of contrasting color that is at least 6-inches in height.n
  • No players on the same team may wear identical numbers.


  • All bats shall be USA Softball (ASA) approved and compliant. It will be at the discretion of the game umpire and tournament UIC to determine compliance. 


  • Team Rosters are required to be submitted no later than July 14th, 2018. Teams may add additional players to their roster after July 14th, 2018, however any additional player(s) added to a roster shall be included in the team rating total.
  • All participants must be 18-years of age or older prior to July 28th, 2018.
  • All players must register prior to taking the field by signing their team's official Portland Cup Roster, and must do so prior to taking the field.
  • Any team found to have a player who has not signed their team's roster will be subject to forfeiture of the game in which that player participated.
  • No player shall be included on more than one team roster.
  • Team Rosters shall include a rating for every player per Chapter 25 of the NAGAAA Governing Manual, current edition. Team rating totals will be calculated using the NAGAAA Governing Manual format.
  • Non-Players, such as coaches or scorekeepers, must be included on the team roster for them to be allowed on the field or in the team dugout. Non-players are not required to have a player rating, nor will they be counted towards the maximum number of players allowed on a roster. 

2018 Portland Cup Tournament Divisions Thresholds

Max Team Rating

Max Player Rating

Max Out-of-Park Home Runs

B Division




C Division




D Division




Once a team has reached their maximum of Out-of-Park Home Runs, any additional Out-of-Park Home Runs will result in a dead ball, and an out accessed to the batter.

Code of Conduct

  • All participants are expected to adhere to the Portland Cup Rules, as well as the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.


  • Protest procedures and forms are contained in the 2018 Portland Cup Protest Procedure document.

Special Situations

  • The Portland Cup Tournament Director, or his designated appointee, shall be the final arbitrator of any and all matters, and the decision shall be final.

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