AV SOFTBALL's Al Acosta did the right thing.  After announcing the 2018 Player "CHIP" Rules, he listened to ways to tweak it to make it more fair & balanced.  Many players reached out to Al to offer input and, to his credit, Al encouraged the player's comments in reaching a final version for the 2018-2019  Chip Rules.

AV SOFTBVALL will be running D5, D4, D3, D2  & D1 divisions and special tournaments.  Here is the breakdown  on eligibility requirements for players in these tournaments:

D - Division will be allowed 3-4 Chips depending on Chips
E - Division will be allowed 1-2 Chips depending on Chips
Rec - Division will be allowed 1 Chip depending on Chip

Please make sure to ask about your chip players if they can play, if have not played yet.   
Chip players not allowed to play if rated A, Open, Major.

***  sometimes, a player may be "overrated".  For example, a player may appear on a "C" roster but perhaps that player never actually played for that team or there were other circumstances whereby that player should not be rated a "C".   You MUST CHECK WITH AVBEFORE  THE  DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT  if you have any questions about such players.  AV will then gather more information and make a final determination.

Teams, and specifically Team Managers are expected to know all player eligibility rules and are required to advise AV about the identity of any "chips" in your lineup.   Any failure to properly inform AV of a "chip" could result in a team forfeiting games, their tournament fee and/or any prizes.  

Please contact Al Acosta at Al@AVsoftball.com with any questions on the 2018  AV SOFTBALL Chip Rules.    Thanks again for playing AV SOFTBALL and we look forward to a great & competitive 2018.



At the AV SOFTBALL / ELITE SPORTS "ONYX BAT" Tournament in Lancaster on February 29th,  high drama and a bunch of free bats were the themes of the day.

High drama?  16 games were decided in the bottom of the 7th inning.   Free bats?  When the day was done, it was TRAILER TRASH winning the "D" division,  BLUE DEVILS winning the "E" division and OTS winning the "E/REC" division, with each team taking home 12 brand new,  Elite "ONYX" bats for their big win in a very competitive day of softball.

D DIVISION -  TRAILER TRASH, of Lancaster, CA, defeated UNICORN CREW in the undefeated game and advanced to the Championship.  UNICORN CREW  then faced always-strong BIG NASTY in the elimination game with the winner advancing to face TRAILER TRASH & the loser settling for 3rd Place. UNICORN CREW was up on BIG NASTY by 2 runs in the seventh with 2 out & 2 on.  But suddenly,  an outfield error allowed BIG NASTY to score 3 big runs & eliminate UNICORN CREW, 13-12.     TRAILER TRASH then lost the first Championship Game to BIG NASTY, 29-17,  forcing the "if" game" .    Led by D Division, Tournament MVP WYATT JONAS,  TRAILER TRASH rebounded & found their groove again pounding BIG NASTY 28-7 to win the D Division Championship.

E DIVISION -   BLUE DEVILS, of Oxnard, CA, got challenged by S.C. CHINGAO who came back from an earlier loss to the BLUE DEVILS by beating powerhouse SERIO to get another crack at BLUE DEVILS in the Championship Game.   But, led by E DIVISION, Tournament MVP PHILLIP TOCYNSKI, BLUE DEVILS held off S.C. CHINGAO to be the only undefeated champion of the day.

E/REC DIVISION - OTS, of Santa Clarita, CA, lost earlier in the day to a strong  SPAM & EGGS team but came back to beat  AD/39 to gain another shot at the only team that beat them.  Powered by some timely hitting, OTS double-dipped SPAM & EGGS to take the E/REC Championship.  OTS was led by E/REC Tournament MVP RYAN MAHOTZ.  OTS went 6-1 winning 3 of those games by one run.

AV SOFTBALL would like to thank ELITE SPORTS USA's  Carlos Vega for his participation in this tournament and for providing quality bats for the winning teams.   AV would also like to thank the many teams that came out and provided a great day of exciting softball demonstrated by the 16 games that were decided in the 7th inning.

Thanks to all  from AV SOFTBALL.  See full Tournament Results HERE.