Macpherson Tournament

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Welcome to the
2022 JAN MACPHERSON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

Welcome to the 23nd annual Jan Macpherson Memorial Tournament, May 27-29, 2022, in San Carlos, California.
Begun in 1991, the tournament was renamed in 2000 to celebrate the memory of Jan Macpherson – former coach, manager, league president, excavator (with her husband James) of Macpherson Field, and one of the true heroes of our league. The tournament has been run every year since, with the exception of 2020 which was cancelled due to the pandemic.

In this USA-sanctioned pre-qualifier tournament, teams will play at least 4 games; 3 games in a pool type format with a single seeded game on Sunday.

Rules

Full Tournament Rules
(updated 2022)

Rules for All Games:

1.  All teams must be registered with USA Softball and be a Class 'B' or Class 'C' team as defined by the current Pacific Coast JO Handbook.

2.  All teams must provide proof of insurance covering all players that will participate in the Tournament. While approved USA Softball rosters are preferred, it is understood that paperwork may not be finalized prior to the games. Under no circumstances shall a team use players not covered by their insurance or in violation of the age level for their respective division.

3.  Players' proof of age is required. The burden of proof lies with the manager if challenged by an official protest. We recommend that all teams carry proof of age to all games.

4.  All games will be governed by the current year's official Norcal USA Fastpitch Softball tournament rules, except as modified by the local Jan Macpherson Tournament Rules, as stated herein.

5.  Each team is responsible for knowing where and when their games are played. Game time is forfeit time. Should the prior game end early, games may start up to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. So please arrive early and be ready to play once the field is prepared.

6.  Teams listed first on the schedule will occupy the 3rd base dugout. For pool games on Friday and Saturday, home team will be decided by coin flip.  During Sunday bracket matchups, home team will be the higher seed and will be listed first on the schedule and occupy the 3rd base dugout.

7.  Each manager must submit a line-up card to the umpire and opposing team 10 minutes prior to the start of the game.

8.  A team consists of 9 players however a team may start and finish a game with 8 players. Should a team start a game with 9 (or more) players in the batting order with no substitutes and lose a player due to injury, that spot in the order will be skipped with no penalty. The injured player may not return to the game. Should a team not have any substitutes and a player needs to leave a contest early AND that is disclosed to the opposing coach and umpire prior to the game, when the player leaves they will be removed from the lineup without penalty. If prior notice is not given, then a substitute must be used or an out will be recorded in that spot each time it comes to bat.

Exceptions to the player limits are noted below by age level:

8U Rec & Comp:

a.  A team may elect to field 10 players (4 outfielders).

b.  Everyone on the lineup card is eligible to bat and free defensive substitutions are allowed for all games.  Only substitutes in the batting order need to be reported to the umpire and opposing team and normal player replacement rules apply (i.e. a starter can come out and return to the batting order once). Players not on the starting lineup card for a game may sit in the dugout and not play at all.  Alternatively, players not on the starting lineup card can be used as a substitute during that game (sub in and out), but the number of batters cannot change (e.g. if you elect to bat 13 at the start of the game, you have to bat 13 spots the entire game).  Note:  The intent behind this rule is to help coaches of teams with larger rosters (13 or more players) manage their roster more effectively and allow players who are not on the starting lineup card to be subbed in and be part of the team experience.

10U B & C:

a.  In the 10U “C” division, a team can field 10 defensive players (4 outfielders).

b. In the 10U “B” division, a team can field 9 defensive players (3 outfielders).

c.  Continuous batting and free defensive substitutions are permitted throughout. Only substitutes in the batting order need to be reported to the umpire and opposing team and normal player replacement rules apply (i.e. a starter can come out and return to the batting order once).

d. Courtesy runners are allowed for pitchers and catchers and can be any player from the bench or line-up. If a courtesy runner from the line-up is used and their spot in the batting order comes up while they are on base, the runner will be declared out in order to make them available to hit. The courtesy runner shall be for the pitcher or catcher of record. If the team intends to change the pitcher or catcher in the following inning and notifies the umpire as such, then a courtesy runner may be used for that player. The player, however, MUST pitch/catch the following inning as communicated to the umpire. This will help speed the game up and should not be abused.

e. Teams may use the DP/Flex rule throughout the tournament in 10U, regardless of the number of batters in the line-up.

12U/14U/16U:

a.  A team can only field 9 defensive players throughout the event.

b.  Continuous batting and free defensive substitutions are permitted throughout. Only substitutes in the batting order need to be reported to the umpire and opposing team and normal player replacement rules apply (i.e. a starter can come out and return to the batting order once).

c. Courtesy runners are allowed for pitchers and catchers and can be any player from the bench or line-up. If a courtesy runner from the line-up is used and their spot in the batting order comes up while they are on base, the runner will be declared out in order to make them available to hit. The courtesy runner shall be for the pitcher or catcher of record. If the team intends to change the pitcher or catcher in the following inning and notifies the umpire as such, then a courtesy runner may be used for that player. The player, however, MUST pitch/catch the following inning as communicated to the umpire. This will help speed the game up and should not be abused.

d.  DP/Flex rule is in effect throughout the tournament in 12U/14U/16U. DP/Flex can be used in combination with continuous batting.

9.  8U will follow the current ASA Tournament Rules, with the following exceptions/notes:

For the 8U Comp Division:

a.  Player pitch only; pitch at 30 ft distance.

b.  No innings limits for player pitchers.

c.  After the count of four balls, the batter will walk to first base.

d.  Batter will be awarded a base on a Hit by Pitch from the player pitcher only.

e.  Stealing will follow USA Softball rules for 8C: players may steal one base per pitch. No stealing of home plate.

f.  Bunting allowed.

g.  This division will use the 10” Dudley Protector Level 1 softball for all games

For the 8U Rec Division:

a. A run limit will be in effect for each inning. No more than 5 runs will be counted for a team in a single inning. Continuation does not apply - i.e. additional runs beyond 5 that score on the last play of an inning do NOT count.

b.  Player pitch to start each batter and coach to take over as noted below; pitch at 30 ft distance.

c.  No innings limits for player pitchers.

d.  Batter will be awarded a base on a Hit by Pitch from the player pitcher only.

e.  Stealing will follow USA Softball rules for 8C: players may steal one base per pitch. No stealing of home plate. No stealing allowed on coach pitch.

f.  Bunting allowed on player pitch only.

g.  We will use player/coach pitch rather than player only pitch. The following rules will be applied:

- A coach will enter to pitch when the count has reached 3 balls called by the umpire during player pitch

- The coach will pitch from within the pitcher's circle and must throw "legal" pitches from the rubber

- The coach will inherit the strike count on the batter and be allowed 1 pitch for each remaining strike in the count. Each coach pitch thrown is deemed a strike, regardless of pitch location or if the batter swings.

- If the ball is not put in play by the last coach pitch, the batter is out. Exception: if the last pitch is a foul ball, pitching continues until the ball is hit and put in play or the batter is called out on pitches.

- If a coach interferes with the play (as judged by the umpire) the batter will be called out and runners will return to their prior occupied base(s). A batted ball hitting the coach does not constitute interference unless the coach makes no attempt to avoid contact or intentionally moves into the path of the ball. If the ball contacts a coach and interference is not ruled by the umpire, then the ball is dead and the pitch will be replayed with no strike being counted on that pitch. The coach may not provide coaching assistance during play and must remain in the circle until the play has completed.

- Bunting, stealing, and hit batters are not in effect during coach pitch and are in effect during player pitch as described above

h. This division will use the 10” Incrediball SofTouch softball for all games

10.  The home team will be responsible for keeping the official score and reporting it to the Field Desk at their venue, immediately following the conclusion of the game.

11.  A complete game will be 6 innings in 8U & 10U or 7 innings in the older divisions.

12.  Game time limits:

8U Rec & Comp:

a.  No new inning after 65 minutes during pool play

b.  Ties are permitted during pool play

c.  No new innings after 80 minutes during bracket play

d.  USA Softball tie-breaker rules will be used for bracket games only.

10U & 12U:

a.  No new inning after 75 minutes during pool play

b.  Ties are permitted during pool play

c.  No new inning after 90 minutes during bracket play

d.  USA Softball tie-breaker rules will be used for bracket games only.

14/16U:

a.  No new inning after 100minutes during pool play

b.  Ties are permitted during pool play

c.  No new inning after 120 minutes during bracket play

d.  USA Softball tie-breaker rules will be used for bracket games only.

13.  Mercy rules of 15 runs ahead after 3 complete innings, 10 runs ahead after 4 complete innings, or 8 runs after 5 or more complete innings will be used for all games. If the home team is trailing and coming up to bat, they will always be given the opportunity to bat and bring the run differential inside of the Mercy rule limit.

14.  Points will be used to determine standings during pool play with a Win = 10 pts, Tie = 5 pts, and Loss = 0 pts. Order of finish will be determined by number of points earned. To determine seeding for bracket games, ties will be broken using the following breakers: 1) Head to Head (for a tie of 3 teams or less) 2) Runs Allowed 3) Run Differential with a cap of 15 run difference for a single game 4) Coin Flip.

15.  Managers and Coaches will be responsible for the conduct of their respective teams and spectators. Any player, coach, manager, or spectator displaying unsportsmanlike behavior (particularly toward players or umpires), on or off the field, may be ejected from the premises by the umpires or tournament staff.

16.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises, including the parking areas. No BBQ equipment of any kind can be used at any of the locations.

17.  Nobody is allowed on the turf fields at Highlands before 8 am.  No metal cleats, sunflower seeds, or eating are permitted on the artificial turf fields at Highlands.  No amplified sound systems of any kind are allowed at Highlands and Stadium fields.

18.  All protests or disputes regarding equipment, rules, or any other matter will be referred to one of the tournament directors, whose decision will be final.

(Revised 5/20/2021)

 

The most frequently asked-about rules are:

Dugout Assignments

Team listed first gets 3rd base dugout; team listed second gets 1st base dugout.

Home Team
Game Duration
Game Score Reporting
Seeding
ASA field dimensions (see diagram)
Special Restrictions
Conduct
Protests

Schedule

Fields

The fields listed in the schedules are at the following venues. Players are advised to bring undershirts for early and late games.

Highlands Park (North, South and Stadium) – 200 Aberdeen Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070.

We are using these fields at Highlands:

  • Highlands North - By the Snack Shack, Tournament Desk, restrooms, and playground. All turf field.
  • Highlands South - By the tennis courts. All turf field.
  • Stadium - Upper field behind snack shack. Dirt infield/grass outfield.

By city ordinance and permit, nobody is allowed on the turf fields at Highlands before 8am (violators may be fined and ejected from the Tournament). Highlands North and South have artificial turf; no metal cleats, no sunflower seeds, and no eating on the fields.

Tierra Linda Middle School (Hopkins and Firenze) – 750 Dartmouth Avenue, San Carlos, CA 94070.

We are using these fields at Tierra Linda:

  • Hopkins - By Tournament Desk and play structure. Dirt infield/grass outfield.
  • Firenze - Opposite of Hopkins. Dirt infield/grass outfield.

Flanagan & Madsen Fields @ Burton Park – 1000 Woodland Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070.

  • Flanagan - Nearest the corner of Brittan and Woodland Avenues. Dirt infield/grass outfield.
  • Madsen - Opposite of Flanagan and at the corner of Brittan Avenue and Cedar Street. Dirt/grass infield/grass outfield.

Bal Kay and South Fields @ Macdougal Park – 1405 Solana Drive, Belmont, CA 94002.

  • Bal Kay - Nearest the entrance to the park. Dirt infield/grass outfield.
  • South - Opposite of Bal Kay and nearest the blacktop/parking area. Dirt infield/grass outfield.
HIGHALNDS PARK (STADIUM & HIGHLANDS NORTH AND SOUTH)
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TIERRA LINDA SCHOOL (HOPKINS AND FIRENZE)
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MACDOUGAL PARK (BAL KAY AND SOUTH FIELDS)
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BURTON PARK (FLANAGAN AND MADSEN FIELDS)
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Parking

Parking at Highlands Park is limited at both ends of the fields. Some street parking is available nearby. Please note that parking is not allowed on Aberdeen Drive across the street from Highlands Park. Cars parked there will receive tickets.

Sponsors

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Monday - Friday:
Field Hotline at 650-802-4333.

Saturday and Sunday
and weekdays after 5pm:
(650) 399-4470 for field status updates.