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Section 174 – Softball Qualifications

Athletic By-Laws
Sections 130-198

  1. ELIGIBILITY.  Only girls may try out for and participate under the high school Girls’ Softball Plan.
  2. STARTING DATE. Starting date for
    • practice,
    • scrimmages,
    • first playing date,
    • and district certification are shown on the TAPPS current calendar.
  3. NUMBER OF GAMES AND TOURNAMENTS
    • No team shall compete in more than
      • three (3) individual tour­naments,
      • plus 22 games in a season, up to and including the last date for certifying district champions.
    • Those students who play on both the JV and varsity may play in no more than
      • three (3) tournaments
      • plus a total of 28 games(Varsity and JV games combined)
    • No games may be scheduled after the certification date, except by teams that are in the play-offs. No additional games may be played by a team once it has been eliminated from the play-offs.
    • A district tournament or district play-off does not count as one of the three tour­naments.
    • Games after district certification
      •  No VARSITY games may be scheduled or played after the certification date, except by teams who are in the play-offs.
      • No additional games may be played by a team once it has been eliminated from the playoffs.
      • no SUBVARSITY games can be scheduled or played after the district certification date.
    • Schools may
      • substitute two (2) games for a tournament
      • or drop two (2) games and add an additional tour­nament.
      • These changes should be clearly noted on the school’s official schedule.
    • A varsity starter shall not play on a junior varsity team unless the opposing coach agrees, and there are not enough junior varsity players to begin the contest.  Under no circumstances should a varsity starter be allowed to play when there are junior varsity player(s) on the bench.
    • All district games must be played and all district games count as varsity games on the schedule.
    • No game is to be scheduled on Sunday
  4. SCHEDULES AND ROSTERS
    • Schedules should be input into TAPPSter prior to the first interscholastic contest and should be updated as changes occur.
    • Rosters should be input into TAPPSter prior to the first district contest and updated as changes occur.
  5. ADVANCE TO PLAYOFFS – See Section 141 and playoff format
  6. RESOLVING TIES IN WIN-LOSS PERCENT­AGE.  Districts should outline procedures (before the season begins) for determining the repre­sentatives in their district.   Definite procedures should be outlined (in writing) to provide orderly facilitation for teams tied in win-loss percentage.  Especially remember to outline a procedure to be used when three teams are tied for the district runner-up spot.
  7. CERTIFICATION.  The District President shall certify the District Champion and other play-off qualifiers to the TAPPS office by the deadline indicated on the current year TAPPS calendar.
    • District President’s certification, play-off entries, and program information (rosters, etc.) shall be completed in TAPPSTER