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Regulation and Technical Code

The Pan American Softball Confederation (CONPASA) establishes the present Regulation and Technical Code, by which the softball competition (men, women, boys and girls) for Pan American Championships and (men and women) in the Pan American Games shall be governed.

ARTICLE - 1. THE FOLLOWING BODIES WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND REALIZATION OF THE PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES.

            A. The Pan American Softball Confederation (CONPASA)

            B. The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO)

            C. The Organizing Committee of the Host Country.

            D. The National Softball Federation of the Host Country.

            E. The Technical Meeting.

            F. The Technical Commission.

            G. The Disciplinary Commission.

ARTICLE - 2. THE DUTIES OF THE PAN AMERICAN SOFTBALL CONFEDERATION (CONPASA) ARE:

            A. To ensure that the regulations of CONPASA are observed.

            B. To persuade all affiliated countries to participate in the tournament for the championship titles of CONPASA.

            C. To persuade all the National Olympic Committees of the countries, which qualified, to participate with a team, male or female, or with both, at the Pan American Games and confirm the participation of those teams by the required date.

            D. To convene the Technical Meeting and an umpire’s meeting for the Pan American Championships and/or Games prior to the beginning of the softball competition.

            E. Being aware of and approve the list of participants presented to the Technical Commission by the participating countries and/or the Organizing Committee.

            F. Receive a written report of the results of the Championships or Games from the Technical Commission

            G. Receive, approve and announce the final standings of the teams and individual champions in the competition from the Technical Commission.

            H. Receive and take cognizance of the results of penalties imposed by the Disciplinary Commission.

            I. Receive from the host country and the Technical Commission the record book, final statistics and other documents of the competition at the end of the softball championship.

ARTICLE 3.

During the whole competition, the following softball authorities shall continuously represent CONPASA:

            A. The President of CONPASA or his representative.

            B. The Technical Commission, consisting of three members appointed by the President of CONPASA.

            C. The Disciplinary Commission, consisting of three members appointed by the President of CONPASA.

            D. The Umpire-In-Chief and the Assistant Umpire-In-Chief, both appointed by the President of CONPASA.

ARTICLE - 4. THE HOST COUNTRY

The responsibilities of the Organizing Committee of the host country are:

            A. To coordinate and resolve all that is necessary for the realization of the hosting of the Tournament, officials and participants in the tournament, and to speed up matters with authorities, official and private organizations to ensure a timely and smooth competition.

            B. To provide to the Technical Officials of CONPASA the requirements for their management responsibilities and for the effective development of the softball competition during the Championships or Games.

            C. To provide the necessary facilities for the softball competition during the tournament, including dressing room for umpires, meeting rooms for Technical and Disciplinary Commissions, access to a business center, etc.

            D. To anticipate, organize and arrange matters concerning; Reception, Protocol, Security, Local Transport, Lodging, Meals, Medical care, First Aid and Dental Care, etc. for officials of CONPASA.

            E. To appoint the commissions necessary for Reception, Protocol, Accommodation, Meals, Domestic ground Transportation, Security, Interpreters and First Aid for the participating delegations.

            F. To draw up a competition schedule in accordance with the standards established by this Regulation and to be approved by the Technical Commission.

            G. To coordinate in conjunction with the Pan American Softball Confederation and the National Association/Federation, all final event of the competition.

            H. To secure the cooperation of the sport-press organizations, the press, radio, cinema and television, in order to realize an intense promotion of the tournament by all means available.

            I. To publish at least six (6) months prior to the dates of the tournament, a monthly report on the progress of the plans for the tournament, which must be sent to CONPASA and other affiliated countries.

            J. To keep CONPASA informed of all activities regarding the Softball Championship.

            K. Within a period not exceeding thirty (30) days after the closing date of the Softball Tournament, the National Softball Association/Federation of the host country shall file a general report of the activities to CONPASA.

            L. The National Association/Federation of the host country shall terminate finished its functions as organizer of the tournament with the approval of the report submitted to CONPASA.

ARTICLE 5 - TECHNICAL MEETING

The Technical Meeting will consist of the following:

            A. The Members of the Board of Directors of CONPASA.

            B. The Delegates of the countries participating with a team in the softball competition of the Pan American Championships or in the Pan American Games.

            C. The Members of the Association/Federation of the Host Country and of the Organizing Committee.

            D. The tournament Umpire-In-Chief and his assistant

            E. Invited personalities.

All the members of the Technical Meeting, may participate in the deliberations, but only the delegates of the countries participating with a team in the Pan American Championships or in the softball competition of the Pan American Games will be entitled to vote.

ARTICLE 6 – RESPONSIBILITIES

The responsibilities of the Technical Meeting are:

            A. To inform the appointments of the members of the Technical and Disciplinary Commissions by the President of CONPASA.

            B. To approve, amend or reject the competition schedule of the games submitted by the Host Country.

            C. To settle all issues with reference to the nature of the Technical Meeting

ARTICLE 7 - THE TECHNICAL COMMISSION.

The members of the Technical Commission will be appointed by the President of CONPASA at least four (4) months before the start of the softball competition at the Pan American Championships and Pan American Games. It will be integrated by three (3) persons being over 25 years of age.

            A. One (1) President

            B. One (1) Secretary, who shall be the Secretary General of CONPASA

            C. One (1) Commission member

ARTICLE 8 – DUTIES OF THE TECHNICAL COMMISSION:

            A. Ninety (90) days prior to the opening of the competition for the Pan American Championships and competition in the Pan American Games, the facilities where the softball events will be organized and the facilities to host the participants will be inspected by one (1) member the Technical Commission of CONPASA. A report shall be sent to the President of CONPASA.

            B. The Technical Commission is responsible for the technical management of the softball competition softball at the Pan American Championships and Pan American Games.

            C. Regulation and Technical Code and the Official Rules of Softball (the most recent edition) of the International Softball Federation, shall be the playing rules for events authorized by CONPASA, unless otherwise specified. The Technical Commission must handle all protests on the ISF Official Rules of Softball and the Regulations and Technical Code of CONPASA during the softball competition in the Pan American Championships and Pan American Games.

            D. The Technical Commission and the Organizing Committee will approve the schedule and rescheduling of any games during the softball competition in the Pan American Championships and Pan American Games.

            E. The members of the Technical Commission should be involved in the procedures established for the anti-doping test by the Doping Commission during the softball competition in the Pan American Championships and Pan American Games.

            F. Revise and examine the registration forms of the participating players of the teams, rejecting those that do not meet the requirements outlined in this Regulation.

            G. To require from the Umpire-In-Chief, within a reasonable time limit (not exceeding six hours), a written report on any situation of a nature of administrative or technical eligibility, or disciplinary which arises during a game.

            H. To make the technical staff (Umpire-In-Chief) fulfill the obligations arising from the Statutes and the Regulations and Technical Code of CONPASA for Pan American Championships and Games, the ISF Official Rules of Softball and the resolutions of the Technical Commission.

            I. To require from the Umpire-In-Chief, a general report on the performance of the personnel of which he is in charge, to inform CONPASA.

            J. To present to the representatives of CONPASA prior to the closing session, the final classification of the competition at the Pan American Softball Championship or Pan American Games, indicating teams and players that have to be rewarded.

            K. To provide to CONPASA all recommendations that contribute to a better development of future Softball competitions in the Championships or the Pan American Games.

            L. The Technical Commission will meet daily while the tournament lasts. The sessions will be valid with two (2) of its members. The President shall be invested with a qualitative vote in case of a tie.

            M. The Technical Commission will meet with delegates of the participating countries whenever it deems necessary. Notice for such meetings shall be delivered personally, at least three (3) hours in advance of the meeting time.

            N. When delegates wish to meet with the Technical Commission, they will have to give notice of it by means of a written communication, signed by at least three (3) of them. The Technical Commission shall fix the date, time and place of the meeting.

            O. The Secretary of the Technical Commission will be responsible for the files, minutes of meetings and other documents of this Commission.

ARTICLE 9 - THE DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

The members of the Disciplinary Commission shall be appointed by the President of the CONPASA at least four (4) months before the start of Competition softball at the Pan American Championships, or Pan American Games, and will be composed of three (3) persons to be over 25 years old. In a case where a country and a Member of the Disciplinary Commission is involved, the Member concerned is unable to participate in the deliberations.

ARTICLE 10 - OBLIGATIONS OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

            A. The Disciplinary Commission shall have the authority to deal with and take appropriate action against any player or official which their actions or conduct off the field during Softball Tournament are reported as being detrimental to the sport of softball action.

            B. The procedures for the Disciplinary Commission to investigate the report and hearing of the Disciplinary commission should continue like those exposed by the removal of a player, manager, coach of the game in the sections under the letters "f", "g", " h "and" i "section.

            C. When any player, manager, coach is ejected from the game for reasons as referred to in Rule 4, Section 13a official Rules of Softball ISF, or for any other reason which can be considered as being detrimental to the sport of Softball the arbitrator concerned (through the Umpire-In-Chief of the tournament) submit a written report to the Disciplinary Commission immediately after the conclusion of the game where he was expelled player, manager, coach.

            D. Any player, manager, coach expelled in accordance with the letter "c" mentioned above, pending the decision of the Disciplinary Commission will be required to remain outside the very next game that his team is scheduled to play, serving a suspension automatic one (1) game.

            E. Any player, manager, coach ejected from the game for violation of the reasons as mentioned in Rule 4, section 13 of the Official Rules of Softball ISF, or for any other reason that may be considered as being detrimental to the sport of Softball , you will be required to appear before the Disciplinary Commission.

            F. The Disciplinary Commission shall notify the Manager, Team Manager, Manager, Coach expelled equipment, time and place for the meeting of the Disciplinary Commission. This meeting will be convened as soon as possible after the conclusion of the game.

            G. The player, manager, coach will be allowed to be accompanied by the Administrator, Team Representative to the hearing of the Disciplinary Commission.

            H. The Disciplinary Commission shall have the authority to impose any of the following penalties:

                        1. Rebuke the player, manager, coach.

                        2. Suspend the player, manager, coach, for additional games or all the remaining games of the championship.

                        3. Suspend the player, manager, coach, in cases where due to the seriousness of the offense a more severe punishment is considered necessary, in addition to the penalty under point 2, for any number of games in future championships in softball, Regional, World and Olympic country in which the offender is participating.

            I. The Disciplinary Commission shall notify the offender and his Association / Federation of its decision immediately after the meeting. In cases where the penalty imposed must be fulfilled in future international competitions, will be required of the Association / Federation concerned enforce this penalty, meaning that if an Association / Federation does not comply with this decision, you may be canceled your membership.

ARTICLE 11 – THE VENUE

The venue for the Championships OF CONPASA, Male and Female will be awarded in the General Assembly, which will be held at every opportunity.

ARTICLE 12 – THE DURATION OF THE SOFTBALL COMPETITION

The duration of the softball competition, including the inauguration and closing dates, shall not exceed twelve (12) days.

ARTICLE 13 - GENERAL PROGRAM

The Organizing Committee of the host country will present to the President of CONPASA the general program, which contains the opening and closing ceremonies and other activities to be organized during the Softball Competition, which will be subject to approval.

ARTICLE 14 – PARTICIPANTS

The participating countries may be represented by only one delegation in each category.

ARTICLE 15 - REGISTRATION OF TEAMS IN PAN AMERICAN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

            A. The applications for inscription must be submitted by the National Softball Associations/Federations of the countries affiliated only to CONPASA, which will forward a copy to the Organizing Committee of the host country.

            B. The applications for the inscription registration of the participating countries, must be authorized by the signature of the President or his substitute of each National Association/ Federation and must be in writing.

            C. The CONPASA establishes the payment of two hundred US Dollars (US $. 200.00) for each team of the participating countries in the CONPASA championships. The application for inscription should be forwarded together with a payment of two hundred US Dollars (US $. 200.00) per team.

            D. The Association/Federation that has entered a team for a championship and withdraws his participation or fails to notify the CONPASA the withdrawal of its participation with forty-five (45) days in advance of the commencement of the event, could be subject to disciplinary measures; while the participation fee will be confiscated and entered to the funds of CONPASA.

ARTICLE 16 - REGISTRATION OF TEAMS IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES.

            A. The application for inscription must be submitted by the National Olympic Committee of the participating to the Organizing Committee of the Pan American Games host country.

            B. The confirmation for participation of the countries must be authorized by the signature of the President or his substitute of each National Olympic Committee and must be submitted in writing to the CONPASA.

            C.CONPASA establishes the payment of two hundred US Dollars (US $. 200.00) for each team of the participating countries in the Pan American Games, which must be paid during the Technical Meeting.

            D. The CONPASA also establishes a fine equivalent to one thousand US Dollars (US $. 1,000.00) for the National Association/Federation of the participating countries that has qualified to participate with a team (male or female) in the Softball Competition of the Pan American Games, which participation has duly been confirmed by its National Olympic Committee, for withdrawal of its team (male or female) without notification to CONPASA within a time limit of three (3) months before the commencement of the Pan American Games.

ARTICLE 17 – THE DELEGATIONS.

After the confirmation of the registration, the National Softball Association/Federation may be represented in Softball Competition at the Pan American Championships and the Pan American Games by a delegation of no more than twenty four (24) persons as follows: 17 players, 1 Manager, 2 Coaches 1 Delegate 1 Umpire and 2 auxiliary officers at its choice.

ARTICLE 18 - THE DELEGATES

Delegates must attend the Technical Meeting to be held in the host city at least one day prior to the start of the softball competition at the time and place indicated for this purpose. The delegates shall present their credentials, which must be signed by the President or his substitute of the National Softball Association/-Federation, besides the complete roster of the members of their respective delegation.

ARTICLE 19 - FLAG AND ANTHEM

The Delegates shall bring with them the National Flag and Anthem of his country. The flag will be hoisted in a place of honor at the site of the competition.

ARTICLE 20 - AMATEUR STATUS AND ELIGIBILITY

            A. AMATEUR STATUS: In the event of an amateur player competes with, or against a professional in sports other than softball, not for money or other monetary reward, then the Association/Federation to which the athlete belongs shall be the Judge of such competitor’s status according to its own rules, and its certificate as to the competitor’s status must be accepted by all other Associations/Federations.

            B. ELIGIBILITY: An individual shall cease to be eligible to compete by committing any of the following offenses in playing softball:

                        1. By competing under a name other than his own.

                        2. Softball players of an Association/Federation may not compete against softball players of any other country that is not affiliated, where there is already a governing body of the softball game. The violation of this rule will result in the player being declared ineligible to participate in any competition approved by CONPASA up to and including international competition, Pan American Championships and Pan American Games.

                        3. No athlete or team will be allowed to represent his nation at any game other than those approved and organized by an Association/Federation.

                                    a. The athlete who wishes to participate in any softball competition at the Championships and Pan American Games must be a citizen of the country of the National Association/Federation, which registers him.

                                    b. All disputes related to the country's determination that an athlete can represent in softball competitions in the Pan American Championships or in the Pan American Games will be resolved by the Executive Board of CONPASA.

                                    c. The athlete who is a citizen of more than one country at the same time may represent either of the two, as he may elect. However after having represented one country in the softball competition in the Pan American Championships or Pan American Games, this athlete may not represent another country unless he meets the conditions set forth in paragraph IV described below, which apply to persons who have changed their nationality/citizenship or have acquired a new one.

                                    d. An athlete who has represented one country in the softball competition in the Pan American Championships or Pan American Games, and has changed his nationality/citizenship or acquired a new nationality/citizenship will not participate in competitions of softball in the Pan American Championships or the Pan American Games to represent his new country until three years after such change or acquisition. This period may be reduced or even canceled with the agreement of the National Association/Federation concerned and on the approval of the Executive Board of CONPASA.

                        4. The players and teams must obtain in writing from their National Association /Federation, where they reside as citizens, permission to compete in other countries where they are not permanent residents. The players and/or teams competing in the area of a National Association/Federation and are suspended for violating the rules of that National Association/Federation, this suspension shall be recognized by the originating National Association/Federation to which the players and/or teams pertain.

ARTICLE 21 – ROSTER CHANGE DEADLINE

            A. Changes in the official roster can be made only for injury, illness, death or other incapacity as determined by the Technical Commission of CONPASA. Substitution in the Pan American Games can be made only from the pool of eligible athletes in accordance with the procedures approved by the respective National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the participating countries.

            B. Changes may be made at any time prior to final approval of the Technical Meeting. Once approved these rosters shall pass to the Technical Commission, which shall be responsible for its distribution to the delegates.

ARTICLE 22 – QUALIFICATION OF TEAMS FOR THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES

The tournaments for qualification of the teams for participation in the Pan American Games (male and female) will be effected during the celebration of the Pan American Championships of CONPASA.

Female: In the Women's division a maximum of eight (8) teams will qualify for participation in the Pan American Games.

Male: In the Men's division a maximum of ten (10) teams will qualify for participation in the Pan American Games.

ARTICLE 23 - QUALIFICATION OF TEAMS FOR THE ISF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The tournaments for qualification of the teams for participation in ISF World Championships the Pan American Games (Men, Women, Boys and Girls) will be effected during the celebration of the Pan American Championships.

Female: In the women’s division a maximum of five (5) teams will qualify for participation in the ISF World Championship.

Male: In the men's division a maximum of five (5) teams will qualify for participation in the ISF World Championship.

Youth: In both male and female divisions up to five (5) teams will qualify for World Championships.

ARTICLE 24 – COMPETITION

The softball competition in the Pan American Championships or in the Pan American Games shall be governed by what is referred to in the Regulation and Technical Code of CONPASA for Championships and Pan American Games and the Official Rules of Softball adopted by the International Softball Federation (ISF). If a conflict arises in the application of both legal instructions; the Regulation and Technical Code of CONPASA shall have priority.

ARTICLE 25 - GAME SCHEDULE FOR SOFTBALL COMPETITION IN THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES.

The timetable for the softball competition in the Pan American Games will be prepared according to the following criteria:

            A. When there are ten (10) or less entries, the teams will play in one (1) section. In case there are less than eight (8) entries; teams will play a Double Round Robin, culminating in a final series under the PAGE system among the four (4) best classified teams.

            B. When there are eight (8) or ten (10) entries, the teams will play a Single Round Robin, with the four best classified teams playing for the title in a final series under the system known as the Page system.

ARTICLE 26 - PAGE SYSTEM (4 TEAMS)

The Page system shall comprise of two (2) semifinals, one (1) final and one (1) Grand Final. Two (2) days shall be set aside for the conclusion of the tournament according to the PAGE system. The two (2) semi-finals shall be played one (1) day before the last day of competition. The final and grand final shall be played on the last day. The application of the "PAGE" system to the softball competition at the Pan American Games is described in the following sections:

ONE SECTION:

            A. First Semi-final: The teams ranked third and fourth in the Round Robin shall play for a place in the Final; the loser is fourth in the Championship.

            B. Second Semi-final: The teams ranked first and second in the Round Robin shall play for a place in the Grand Final.

            C. Final: The winner of the first semi-final and the loser second semi-final second semi-final shall play for second place in the Grand Final; the loser is third in the championship.

            D. Grand Final: Winner of the second semi-final and the winner of the final shall play for the championship; the loser is second in the championship.

ARTICLE 27 - GAME SCHEDULE FOR PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The game schedule for the softball competition at the Pan American Championships will be prepared as follows:

            A. When there are seven (7) or less entries, the tournament will be a Double Round Robin with the four (4) best-classified teams playing for the title in a final series, under the system known as the "PAGE" system.

            B. When there are eight (8) to eleven (11) countries, the tournament will be of one (1) single Round Robin, with the four (4) best classified teams playing for the title in a final series, under the system known as the “PAGE” system.

            C. When there are twelve (12) or more entries, two (2) sections will be formed. Within each section a single ROUND Robin will be played. The four (4) best classified teams in each section will be playing for the championship title in a final series under the system known as "DOUBLE PAGE".

            D. Where a team(s) registered for competition fail(s) to appear and the non-appearance of the team(s) gives cause to review the number of games to be played according to this article, then the following shall be mandated:

                        1. If the non-presence of a team (s) does not affect the number of entries in a section to the extent that it should revert to an earlier section of this article, the competition will continue as scheduled with all scheduled games for the absent team(s) being dropped. The host country with the approval of CONPASA will be allowed to make the adjustments to the game times to ensure continuous play.

                        2. Where the non-presence of one or more teams affects the number of entries in a section to the that it should revert to an earlier section of this article, CONPASA reserves the right to maintain the section’s schedule but for needed adjustments to ensure as much as possible a balance in the number of teams in each of the two sections, and the continuous flow of the games.

ARTICLE 28 - PAGE SYSTEM ONE AND TWO SECTIONS

The Page system shall comprise of two Semi-finals, one Final and one Grand Final. Two days will be set aside for the finalization of the championship according to the “Page” System. The two Semi-finals will be played on the second to the last day. The application of the Page system to the competition of softball in the Pan American Championships and the Pan American Games is described in the following sections.

            ONE SECTION:

            A. First semi-Final: The teams ranked third and fourth in the round Robin shall play for a place in the Final; the loser is fourth in the championship.

            B. Second Semifinal: The teams ranked first and second in the round Robin shall play for a place in the Grand Final

            C. Final: The winner of the First Semi-Final and the loser of the Second Semi-Final shall play for the second place in the Grand Final; the loser is third in the championship.

            D. Grand Final: The winner of the second Semi-Final and the winner of the Final shall play for the championship title. The loser is second in the championship.

            DOUBLE PAGE SYSTEM

            TWO SECTIONS (8 teams)

            A. The Double Page system shall comprise of two (2) Preliminary Page Systems "A" and "B", consisting each one of two (2) Semi-Finals and one (1) Final.

            B. The Preliminary Page System “A" and "B", shall each comprise of two (2) Semi-Finals, one (1) Final.

            C. The Championship Page System shall comprise of two (2) Semi-Finals, one (1) Grand Final.

            D. It is recommended that two and a half days shall be set aside for the Double Page system playoff. The two (2) Semi-Finals of each Preliminary Page System "A" and "B" shall be played on the third to last day; one (1) Final of each Preliminary Page System “A” and “B” and two (2) Semi-Finals of the Championship Page System shall be played on the second to the last day; and the Final and Grand Final of the championship Page System shall be played on the last day.

            PRELIMINARY PAGE SYSTEM "A"

            A. Shall comprise the first and third teams from Section 1, and the second and fourth teams from Section 2.

            B. First Semi-Final: The teams ranked third in Section 1 and fourth in Section 2 shall play for a place in the Preliminary Page System "A" Final.

            C. Second Semi-Final: The teams ranked first in Section 1 and second in Section 2 shall play for a place in the Championship Page System second Semi-Final.

            D. Final: The winner of the first Semi-Final and the loser of the second Semi-Final shall play for a place in the Championship Page System first Semi-Final.

            PRELIMINARY PAGE SYSTEM "B"

            A. Shall comprise the first and third teams from Section 2, and the second and fourth teams from Section 1.

            B. First Semi-Final: The teams ranked third in Section 2 and fourth in Section 1 shall play for a place in the Preliminary Page System “B” final.

            C. Second Semi-Final: The teams ranked first in Section 2 and second in Section 1 shall play for a place in the Championship Page System second Semi-Final.

            D. Final: The winner of the first Semi-Final and the loser of the second Semi-Final shall play for a place in the Championship Page System first Semi-Final.

            CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE SYSTEM

            A. First Semi-Final: Winner of the Final of Preliminary Page System “A” and the winner of the Final of the Preliminary Page System “B” shall play for a place in the Final; the loser is fourth in the championship.

            B. Second Semi-Final; The winner of the second Semi-Final of the Preliminary Page system "A" and the winner of the second Semi-Final of the Preliminary Page System “B” shall play for a place in the Grand Final.

            C. Final: The winner of the first Semi-Final of the Page System of the Championship and the loser of the second Semi-Final of the Page System of the Championship shall play for a place in the Grand Finale the loser is third in the championship.

            D. Grand Final: The winner of the second semi-final of the Championship Page System and the winner of the final of the Championship Page System shall play for the championship title; the loser is second in the championship.

RESOLUTION OF TIES:

            A. A tie exists within one (1) section, or across two (2) sections, when two (2) or more teams have the same win-loss record.

            B. A tie shall be resolved by following, in order, the procedure set out below:

                        1. Within one Section Round Robin :

                                    a. Rank the tied teams by the results of games among themselves; a winner is placed ahead of a loser.

                                    b. Rank the tied teams in order of their runs against record in games among themselves; the team with the lowest runs against record is first.

                                    c. Rank the tied teams in order of their run against record in all Round Robin games; the team with the lowest runs against record is first.

                                    d. Rank the tied team by random selection; the first team selected is first.

                        2. Within two Sections Round Robin:

                                    a. Rank the tied teams in order of their run against record in all Round Robin games; the team with the lowest runs against record is first. The team with the second lowest runs against record is placed ahead of the others, etc.

                                    b. Rank the tied team by random selection; the first team selected is first.

                                    c. For a tied team "runs against" is the total number of runs scored by the specified opponents of that team.

EXCEPTION

Where teams are tied for a place in the "PAGE" system the Members of the Board of Directors present may decide that such tie may be resolved by playing an extra game, provided that the Members of the Board of Directors agree that the conditions are satisfactory for such game.

ARTICLE 29 – COMPLETION OF GAME

All games must go at least seven (7) innings, except as provided for in the following sections:

            A. 15/10/7 run ahead rule. A game must be called a regulation game if one team leads the other by:

                        1. Fifteen (15) runs or more after three (3) innings;

                        2. Ten (10) runs or more after four (4) innings;

                        3. Seven (7) runs or more after five (5) innings.

            B. THE TIE BREAKER. If after the completion of seven (7) innings of play, the score is tied, the following tie breaker will be played to determine the winner: Starting with the top of the eighth (8) inning and each half inning thereafter, the offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the player, who is scheduled to bat ninth (9th) in that respective half inning, being placed on second base.

COMMENCEMENT / DELAY / SUSPENSION / DEFERMENT / RESUMPTION OF GAME

            A. In the advent of adverse weather conditions the Umpire-In-Chief shall decide whether a game shall be:

                        1. In the case of a game that has not started:

                                    a. Commenced, with particular attention being given to an impending storm, and for both teams to have equal innings of playing conditions, or,

                                    b. Delayed, with any such game being rescheduled at a later time and/or date;

                        2. In the case of a game that has commenced, but with less than five (5) innings played:

                                    a. Suspended for a short period of time (up to a maximum of three (3) hours), or

                                    b. Deferred for a long period of time (in excess three (3) hours), with particular attention being given for both teams to have equal innings of playing conditions.

            B. Where, due to darkness, rain, panic or other cause, a game is suspended or deferred;

                        1. The game shall be regulation game if five (5) or more completed innings have been played, or if the home team has scored more runs than the visiting team has scored in five (5) or more innings.

                        2. The game shall be resumed at a later time and/or date at the exact point where the game was suspended or deferred, if a result has not been obtained under Article 29B, number 2i, above, or if the scores are tied at the time of suspension or determent.

EXCEPTION: When the Umpire-In-Chief suspends a game, this game shall be resumed at the exact point where the game was suspended.

ARTICLE 30 - TIME LIMIT

There will be no time limit for the scheduled games, however starting from 24.00 hours no game will be started, unless the Technical Commission decides otherwise.

ARTICLE 31 – PROTESTS

All protests must be settled on the playing field. No protest will be considered following the completion of the game, or on a judgment call. Protests on eligibility will be handled by the Technical Commission of the Championship.

ARTICLE 32 – CHOICE OF INNINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS OF DUGOUTS

            A. Choice of all innings will be decided by toss of a coin by the Umpire-In-Chief of the tournament, at the Technical Meeting. All tosses for the Round Robin will be held at this time. If two (2) rounds are played the choice of innings will be reversed in the second round.

            B. In the Page system, the choice of innings will be decided by toss of coins by the Umpire-In-Chief of the tournament before each game on the playing field.

            C. The home team will be assigned the third base dugout and the visiting team will be assigned the first base dugout.

            D. In the Page System final where the winning team from the final plays back to back in the Grand finale, the winning team may keep the dugout utilized in the previous game.

ARTICLE 33 – REPORTING TO THE PLAYING SITE

At least 30 minutes prior to the start of a game, teams must be present at the playing site and at that time the starting lineup of players to participate in the game must be submitted to the Umpire-In-Chief/Plate Umpire in quadruplicate when entering the playing site. The Organizing Committee of the host country is responsible for transporting each team and the umpires to the playing site on time.

ARTICLE 34 – TEAM MEMBERS ON PLAYING FIELD OR IN DUGOUTS

            A. Only team members in uniform, "coach", "Manager", Masseur and Committee Members will be permitted on the playing field.

            B. Also it is strictly forbidden to all team members, to smoke and/or use alcoholic beverages in the dugouts or drink alcoholic beverages while in uniform.

            C. Permission to be on the playing field, for other than players, "coach" and "manager" can only be given by the Umpire-In-Chief, or his assistant.

ARTICLE 35 – TEAM PRACTICE

Teams scheduled to play will be given five (5) minutes of practice on the diamond on which they are scheduled to play their first game. The team batting second in the first inning, practices second and remains in the field for the start of the game. After all teams have played, at least one game the Umpire-In-Chief can deny practice on the diamond if the tournament is behind schedule.

ARTICLE 36 – UMPIRES

Prior to the softball competition in the Pan American Championships or in Pan American Games, the President of CONPASA shall appoint an Umpire-In-Chief, who shall be in attendance at the championship and be responsible for the game assignments of umpires. The Umpire-In-Chief may not officiate as an umpire. The President will also appoint an Assistant to the Umpire-In-Chief.  In order to officiate in the softball competitions in the Pan American Championships or in the Pan American Games, an umpire must be duly certified by the ISF. The assignments will be made taking into account the umpires accompanying each delegation and those invited by CONPASA.

ARTICLE 37 - OFFICIAL SCORER

The Officials Scorer(s) will be assigned by the host country and will locate himself (themselves) close to the Umpire-In-Chief, when possible and practical. All official score sheets will be filed with the Secretary General of CONPASA the conclusion of the competition.

ARTICLE 38 – BATS CHECKED

            A. Each team must have their bats checked by the umpires prior to the start of their first game, and thereafter, if necessary, throughout the tournament. All bats must meet all the specifications in Rule 3, Section 1 of the Official Rules of Softball of the International Softball Federation.

            B. All bats to be used must be approved by the ISF. Notification of Approval must be made by adding the name of the bat and model number to the approved list maintained on the ISF website; once this requirement is met that bat is approved for use in the CONPASA championships. If after this fact a manufacturer withdraws from the bats Certification Program; this certification will be valid up to five (5) years from the date of his withdrawal.

            C. With respect to bats of two piece interchangeable construction:

                        1. Manufacturers must prove that the bats of interchangeable construction offer good safety for the male and female players.

                        2. The components of the bat should be designed in such a way to prevent alterations with non-certified equipment. The logo of approval of the ISF must appear on both the safety knob and the barrel.

ARTICLE 39 – TEAM UNIFORMS

            A. All players must be uniformed alike on a given team. Players must have the name of their country on the front of the uniform, or an emblem depicting national origin and also his uniform number chest high on the right side of his uniform shirt. The same number should be on the back of the uniform shirts, both light and dark; and be six (6) inches in height. These mandatory provisions shall not preclude display on the uniform, in one position only, the name or logo of a sponsor; provided that such display measures no more than three (3) inches by two (2) inches. A miniature flag or emblem of the country may be placed in the front of the cap, one (1) inch above the visor is recommended.

            B. Two (2) teams shall not in any game wear the same or similar color uniforms. Each team shall be required to have a white/light colored shirt, and also a contrast color/dark color shirt. The home team will wear a contrast/dark color shirt and the visiting team will wear a white/light color shirt.

            C. Female players must wear shorts in all events organized by CONPASA, unless the Board decides otherwise.

            D. The players must have their uniform numbers displayed chest high on the front right-hand side of their uniform shirt, 7.62 cm (3 ") high.

            E. COACHES.

                        1. The head coach (manager) is responsible for signing the lineup card.

                        2. Coaches must be neatly attired (in the men’s game the wearing of long pants is mandatory), alike in color, trim and style, including the wearing of suitable footwear, or dressed uniformly altogether in accordance with the identification color of the team. No manager, coach or player on the same team may wear identical numbers. Managers, coaches and players without numbers will not be permitted to play. Ball caps are mandatory for all male players.

                        3. An offensive team coach (base coach) is an eligible member of the team at bat, who takes his place on the field, within the coach’s box.

            G. Two coaches are allowed to give words of assistance and direction to the members of their team while at bat.

            H. One shall be stationed near first base and one near third base and they are required to remain, with both feet, within the confines of their respective coach’s box. EXCEPTION: A coach may leave the respective coach box to signal a runner to slide, advance or return to a base or move out of a fielder’s way, as long as he does not interfere with the play.        

            I. A base coach may address only his own team members.

            J. A coach can have in his possession in the coach’s box, a score book, pencil, pen or pencil, and an indicator, all of which shall be used for score keeping or record keeping purposes only.

            K. A defensive team coach/manager is an eligible member of the team in the field, who may be either a non-playing coach, who remains in the dugout, or a playing coach who takes his place on the field. This coach may give direction and assistance and direction to his team while they are playing defense.

            L.   Coaches may not use language that will reflect negatively upon players, umpires or spectators.

            M. No communication equipment is allowed between:

                        1. The coaches on the field;

2. The coaches and the dugout;

3. The coaches and any player;

4. The spectator area and the field, including the dugout, coaches and players

ARTICLE 40 – HELMETS

Approved helmets are mandatory for all batters, on-deck batters, batter-runners, runners, catchers, youth age coaches in the coach’s boxes and youth age persons acting as bat boys/girls while in the dugout and the playing area in all games of a CONPASA sanctioned championship.

ARTICLE 41 – BALLS

CONPASA together with the Association/Federation and Organizing Committee of the host country, will select the ball that will be used in each tournament for the Pan American Championships or the Pan American Games and will inform the affiliated countries six (6) months in advance. All balls must meet ISF specification as set out in the Official Rules of Softball approved by the ISF

ARTICLE 42 – EQUIPMENT LEFT ON THE GROUND

This will be the responsibility of the team. Umpires must see that no equipment is left on the ground in a way that obstructs playing the game or presents a hazard to players or umpires.

ARTICLE 43- MAJOR DISRUPTION TO PLAYING SCHEDULE

When there has been a major disruption to the playing schedule during the round robin or playoff rounds, the determination of placements and winners of medals shall be decided by the Technical Commission.

The following guidelines are for assistance in making such determination:

            A. Every attempt should be made to determine a winner through the playing of games (i.e. complete the round robin games as a minimum).

            B. If the round robin games cannot be completed, the placement should be decided on the games actually played. However, consideration should be given to the number of games each team has played.

            C. If any of the playoff games cannot be played or continued due to any circumstances, the following method will be used to determine the placements:

                        1. No playoff games played: Placement and medal winners will be determined by the final rankings at the completion of the Round Robin. Rankings to be determined in accordance with the provisions of Article 28 RESOLUTION OF TIES, of this regulation.

                        2. Playoff rounds have commenced and cannot be completed:

                                    a. Any game where a team has been defeated and eliminated from the remaining playoff games will be considered legal;

                                    b. An undefeated team (including round robin and playoff round games) will be declared the winner.

                                    c. In the event of there being more than one undefeated team (including round robin and playoff  round games) the winner will be determined  in accordance with Article 28 RESOLUTION OF TIES, of this Regulation;

ARTICLE 44 - PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR ADULTS

Pan American Championships for adults (men and women) shall be organized every four (4) years.

            A. At least six (6) months prior to the Pan American softball competition, the Organizing Committee of the host country shall send invitations to the members of CONPASA, giving at that time the fullest possible details, including in particular:

                        1. The host city

                        2. The date of commencement of the championship

                        3. Method proposed program or game

                        4. Financial Details, including offering lodging and any assistance that the host country can give visitors

                        5. The deadline for entries to be four (4) months before the championship.

            B. Immediately after the deadline for registration for participation, the Federation shall circulate information to all National Associations/Federations informing them the participating countries.

ARTICLE 45 - PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR YOUTH (JUNIOR)

There will be a Pan American Championships for juniors (boys and girls) eighteen (18) years of age and under. The qualification of the age is determined as of December 31 of the year prior to the Championship. The Pan American Championships for juniors shall be organized every four (4) years, but shall be conducted two (2) years apart.

ARTICLE 46 – BIDS PROCEDURE FOR PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

            A. Bids to host a Pan American Championships shall be made, at least one (1) year in advance to the proposed date for implementation. Detailed bids must be consigned to the General Secretariat of CONPASA not less than two (2) months prior to the Assembly convened for that purpose. Likewise, the Secretariat of CONPASA shall circulate to the affiliated National Associations/Federations copy of all proposals presented, at least one (1) month prior to the date of the determining Assembly.

            B. Bids must be in writing on the proper form provided by the Secretariat of CONPASA.

            C. Bids must contain and provide the following minimum guarantees:

                        1. Provide free housing (including breakfast), domestic transportation and logistics coverage for all Participating teams in the championship. The total number of persons attending for each team will be a maximum of twenty (24) persons including the umpire.

                        2. Provide housing, meals, domestic transportation and logistics coverage for Officers of CONPASA, ISF Guests, Umpires, Scorers and entire Technical-Operating staff participating in the championship.

                        3. Fix a stipend of three hundred US dollars (US $. 300.00) for each umpire participating in the championship.

                        4. Give a contribution of ten thousand US dollars (US $. 10,000.00) to cover operating expenses. Likewise, grant the airfare of the President, Secretary General and Umpire-In-Chief to attend the event.

                        5. If a playing facility has not been constructed when bid is presented, then a copy of the proposed architectural drawing must be included.

                        6. Playing facilities must seat a minimum of 1,500 spectators and be equipped with lights for night play.

                        7. Bids must include a good faith deposit of five hundred US dollars (US $ 500.00.), which will be kept on deposit by CONPASA and applied against financial guarantee; if bidder does not fulfill all requirements of CONPASA for hosting the Pan American Championships, the deposit will be confiscated.

                        8. Bids must contain a financial guarantee to CONPASA of at least 10% of the gross receipts.

                        9. A representative of the Board of Directors of CONPASA will visit the site of the Pan American Championship at least four (4) months prior to the inauguration of the championship and will meet with the Organizing Committee and inspect playing facilities. Immediately after making the inspection, he will submit a report to the Board of Directors of CONPASA. The Organizing Committee will be responsible for transportation and accommodations for the representative of the Board of Directors of CONPASA.

                        10. Each host country of the Pan American Championship must file a financial report to the Secretariat of CONPASA, which will be due no later than thirty (30) days following the completion of the Pan American Championship. A host country that does not file the required report may have its affiliation rescinded.

ARTICLE 47 – DOPING CONTROL

For Pan American softball competition in which drug testing is used, the procedure established by the International Softball Federation will be in effect.

ARTICLE 48 – AWARDS

            A. In the softball championships for men and women of CONPASA, the first four places will be granted an award as follows:

                        1. Trophy to the winning team: Gold medals will be awarded to each member of the delegation (24 persons)

                        2. Trophy to the second place team; Silver medals will be awarded to each member of the delegation (24 persons)

                        3. Trophy to the third place team: Bronze medals will be awarded to each member of the delegation (24 persons)

                        4. Trophy to the fourth place team

The host country will provide certificates of participation to all the members of the delegations of the countries participating in the softball tournament for the championship title of CONPASA. The host country will provide award certificates or any other distinction to all those persons who at its judgment have collaborated excellently for the realization of the tournament.

In the softball tournament for the championship title of CONPASA, the President of CONPASA will present the tournament trophy and individual medals to the first place team. He may invite the region Vice Presidents and/or President of the Organizing Committee of the host country to make presentation of the 2nd and 3rd place awards and if he desires.

            B. In Softball competition for the Pan American Games for men and women, the first three places will be granted an award as follows:

                        1. Gold Medals to each player of the delegation.

                        2. Silver Medal to each player of the delegation

                        3. Bronze Medal to each player of the delegation.

The host country will provide certificates of participation to all the members of the delegations of the countries participating in the softball competition for the Pan American Games.

The award presentation in the softball competitions for the Pan American Games (Men and Women) will be the responsibility of the Protocol Commission of PASO in consultation with the President of CONPASA.

ARTICLE 49 – MISCELLANEOUS

            A. The function of the Members of the Board of Directors of CONPASA, Delegate, Members of the Organizing Committee, or Members of the Commissions of CONPASA, is incompatible with that of Player, Manager, Coach, or with any other related with the team.

            B. Likewise, the Managers and Coaches cannot be players, unless the manager and coach are registered as such among the 17 players.

ARTICLE 50

Members of the Board of Directors of CONPASA and the Technical Commission are empowered to solve all matters which are not covered by this Regulation for Championships.

ARTICLE 51 – DISPOSITIONS

All the previous dispositions that were drawn up on this matter are voided.

The Statutes and Regulations of the Pan American Softball Confederation (CONPASA) entered into effect, published in this brochure, were approved in the Extraordinary General Assembly of Delegates, held in the city of Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, on March 31, 1984 and modified at:

            1. Extraordinary General Assembly of Delegates held in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon - Mexico, October 16, 1993

            2. Extraordinary General Assembly of Delegates held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 17, 1995

            3. Extraordinary General Assembly of Delegates held in the city of Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, December 13, 1999

            4. Extraordinary General Assembly of Delegates held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, February 26, 2004

            5. Extraordinary General Assembly of Delegates held in the city of Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, April 1, 2012.


REVIEWED AND TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH TO ENGLISH BY JULIUS OSCAR HELLBURG