SUAACT coverage 20210320 -- Grand Final week!

Weather permitting, this week is the Grand Final week for all ACT local leagues.  SUAACT will cover every finals game this weekend, and certain "consolation" games.

SUAACT coverage

This means:

  • u8
    • As usual, local "game managers" will be used.
  • u10
    • The Grand Final match between Fraser Falcons and Giralang Stars
    • The consolation match between Hurricanes Hornets and Boomerangs
  • u12
    • The Grand Final match between Storm Surge and Hurricanes Comets
    • The consolation match between Boomerangs and Giralang Stars
  • u14
    • The Grand Final match between Sutherland and Boomerangs Red
  • 17
    • The Grand Final match between Hurricanes Black Hawks and Hurricanes Wild Cats
  • Open Women & Men
    • All Open games will be covered on Saturday afternoon and Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Rules for Grand Finals

Result

  • All Grand Final games must get a result.  This means that the game can't end as a draw. Tie-breaker innings will be played until we have a winner.

Match length

  • u8 & consolation matches of any age -- no change to normal rules.

  • u10 -- instead of a hard stop on 60 minutes, finish the inning in progress until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.

  • u12 & u14 -- finish the inning in progress at 70 minutes until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.

  • u17 -- finish the inning in progress at 80 minutes until a winner is found.  if the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.

  • Women's E, D, C grade -- finish the inning in progress at 80 minutes until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.

  • Women's Premier League -- rulebook rules.

  • Men's C grade -- finish the inning in progress at 80 minutes until a winner is found. If the score is still tied at the end of this inning, play tie-breaker innings until a winner is found.

  • Men's B, A grade -- rulebook rules.

Tie-breaker innings

  • The player scheduled to bat ninth in a tie-breaker inning will start the inning at 2nd base as a runner.
  • In junior games, the 5-run inning limit will not apply during tie-breakers.

A word on timing

The Competitions expect that some games will run well over time because of the need to find a winner in each finals game.  This may cause your game to start late, either because a diamond or the umpires are unavailable.  Be prepared to be flexible.

Participant conduct

The finals series is always an exciting and passionate time, representing the culmination of an entire season's worth of hard work and grit from you and your team-mates.  That's great!  Everybody loves finals!

Of course, it's not uncommon for excitement and passion to be twisted into poor sportsmanship.  Softball ACT's zero-tolerance policy on player behaviour remains in place even for finals, as does SUAACT's trainee umpires policy.  Please remember to behave appropriately, and in particular, not to approach or address green-shirt umpires.

If you have an issue with a green-shirt, you can approach their blue-shirt partner (if available) or one of our senior members to discuss your concerns.  Do not expect that your wish to express yourself will ever override the safety of our members.




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