Dallas Section of the Society Petroleum Engineers
11th Annual Oil & Gas Softball Tournament
What: Co-ed (2:1 male:female) Double Elimination Oil & Gas Softball Tournament hosted by SPE Dallas encouraging industry camaraderie and benefitting SPE Dallas's Community Outreach & Education Programs including oil and gas workshops for teachers, DFW Future City Science Fair, Brookhaven Earth Science Fair, Perot Museum initiatives and various STEM programs.
When: Saturday, April 7th First games start at ~8:30 am (pending number of teams)
Where: Heritage Yards Softball Complex 4525 Hedgcoxe Road, Plano, TX 75024
How: Email team name and contact information (name, email and cell phone number) to Brian.Chacka@Denbury.com and pay the $250 entry fee by April 2nd, 2018 at http://connect.spe.org/dallas/home or send a check to:
5320 Legacy Drive
Plano, TX 75024
Who: Tournament is only open to oil and gas industry employees and their spouses over 18 (no ringers). Rosters with names and company affiliation must be submitted prior to the tournament and will be checked to ensure there are NO RINGERS. Complimentary lunch, snacks and beverages, so invite your colleagues to attend. The winning team name and year of victory will be inscribed on the Tournament Champions Cup and they get to keep the cup until next year’s tournament.
Sponsorship! PLEASE CONTACT YOUR EMPLOYER/COMPANY ABOUT SPONSORING THIS EVENT. SPONSORSHIP IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF MAKING THIS EVENT A SUCCESS!
$500 – Diamond Field Sponsor – (Sponsorship A below) Donation will help pay for field rental and umpire fees. Sponsorship includes recognition on the tournament bracket banner, tournament program, SPE webpage and during tournament announcements. You are welcome to hang your company banner on one of the fields.
$200 – Gold Food/Drink Sponsor – (Sponsorship B below) Donation will go towards paying for food and drinks for participants. Sponsorship includes recognition on the tournament bracket banner, tournament program, SPE webpage and during tournament announcements.
$100 Bronze Sponsor – (Sponsorship C below) Donation of $100, prizes (sports tickets, gift cards, etc.) or giveaways (backpacks, cups, coozies, drinks, desserts, etc.) will be recognized at the tournament.
Sponsors may hand out promotional items at the tournament.
Additional: Event is sanctioned and officiated by ASA. Game balls will be provided.
Teams are required to furnish their own gloves and bats, which must be ASA certified.
Uniforms (same colored shirts) and numbers are strongly encouraged. Double elimination tournament format with 55 minute games and extra innings if needed. Team seeding is based on the previous year’s finish.
Absolutely no alcohol allowed in the park.
Team captains will be informed of inclement weather or emergency schedule changes.
Questions? Brian Chacka: Brian.Chacka@Denbury.com or 972.673.2177 o, 972.835.1920 c
SPE Dallas Softball Tournament Rules
Players must be at least 18 years old and work in the oil and gas industry or be the spouse of an industry employee. (Unemployed O&G workers are eligible to play.) Teams must have at least 9 players, of which at least 2 must be female, or they will forfeit. If a team only has 9 players, an out will be taken at the 10th spot in the lineup. If a team only has 2 females, an out will be taken every time the third female would bat. A maximum of 7 of 10 fielders can be male. There is no max for female fielders. If a team only has 2 females, they can only have 9 players in the field. There are no restrictions to where players can be positioned in the field, and substitutions can be made anytime.
Teams can bat as many players as they want (bat the bench), but no more than two males can bat consecutively. If a team does not have an exact 2:1 M:F ratio of batters, write both male and female batting lineups and switch between them following M-M-F. A team of 8 men and 4 women works well because all 12 players bat, 7 men and 3 women play in the field, and 1 man and 1 woman sit each inning.
Official ASA softballs will be provided for each game. Teams furnish their own gloves and bats. Bats must be ASA certified and will be checked. Metal spikes are not allowed. Uniforms with numbers are encouraged.
Prior to each game, team captains submit batting lineups (including any subs) with jersey numbers or player names to the home plate umpire and opposing team captain. Anyone batting out of order will take an out.
Standard men’s 12” ASA softballs will be supplied and used for all batters. The 11” women’s ball will not be used. The batting team must retrieve any ball hit out of play (home run or foul) and return it to the field.
All batters start with a 1-1 count with 1 courtesy foul allowed after 2 strikes.
To prevent teams from pitching around a male batter to face a female, if a male is walked and the next batter is female, the male will be awarded second base if there are less than 2 outs. If there are 2 outs, the female batter can skip her at bat and take first base. If a male batter walks before a male, he gets first base as usual.
Pitching arc is 6’-10’. Fake or trick pitches (such as behind the back) are not allowed.
No base stealing. If a runner leaves base early, he/she will be called out without warning. Each team is allowed one pinch runner per inning to replace an injured player. The runner must be the last out of the same sex.
Three over the fence home runs are allowed per team each game. After three, any over the fence home runs will be an out. There is no “one up” rule.
If there is a play at first base after a batted ball (usually an infield grounder), the batter running to first is expected to touch the orange safety bag and the fielder use the regular white bag to prevent injuries.
Double home plate and commitment line will not be used. Unless there is a force out at home, a player running home must be tagged out and is free to return to third base.
Teams are required to hustle on and off the field between innings. No warm-ups allowed after the first inning. Any attempts to stall will be addressed by the umpires.
Games will be played 7 innings, but no new inning will start after 55 minutes, which will be monitored on the scoreboard. If a game is tied, extra innings will be played 1 pitch per batter with no courtesy foul.
Mercy run rule: 20 runs after 3 innings, 15 after 4, and 10 after 5. Flip-flop rule will be used.
Any regulations not mentioned follow ASA’s slow pitch softball code and will be interpreted by the ASA umpire staff and Director if necessary. http://downloads.asasoftball.com/about/pdf/2016asacode_1182016.pdf
A rule interpretation can be politely questioned by one player, but judgment calls are at the discretion of the umpire who have the authority to eject any unruly players.
For any questions or issues contact Brian Chacka (972.835.1920) or 911 for an emergency.
Heritage Yards Softball Complex is located at 4525 Hedgcoxe Road in Plano between Preston Meadow Drive and Robinson Road ~2 miles south of 121 and ~2.5 miles east of the Dallas North Tollway. The complex is ~24 miles north of Dallas and ~45 miles NW of Fort Worth.