Sunday, 4/12/2015 @ 7:44 PM
Unless modified by this
set of rules, all games of the league shall be played in accordance with the
current slow pitch rules of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA).
1 – GENERAL RULES
conduct will NOT be tolerated in our softball league, including abuse (verbal
or physical) of other players or game umpires. Additionally: (a)
If an umpire ejects a player from the game, he MUST immediately leave the ball
field and the surrounding area; (b) the player will be suspended immediately
and be suspended until completion of the next week of game play, possibly
longer, at the discretion of the commissioner(s)*; (c) suspended players may be
replaced by substitute, provided the substitute is not in the current batting
lineup and is a valid player on the team. If no such substitute exists,
this position in the batting lineup will count as an out. If the ejection
causes the team to play with less than the minimum 8 players, the team will
forfeit the game. (d) a second ejection during the season will result in a
player being suspended for the remainder of the season (e) captains shall,
provide the name of the ejected player to the commissioner(s) and upon request,
to the umpire, and (f) captains have a responsibility to set an example for
their team and ensure that all players treat opponents and umpires with
respect. Should the need arise, captains are required to inform their
players in CLEAR EXPLICIT language that unsportsmanlike behavior is
unacceptable and must stop!
*Team managers will serve a suspension for the
remainder of that game. Because managers must have the ability to argue
calls for their team, they will not serve a suspension for the following week,
unless there are extenuating circumstances. If extenuating circumstances
do exist, a suspension will be issued at the discretion of the commissioner(s).
ROSTER: A team is
limited to 25 players on the team roster; however, the minimum roster is 12
players. A team may play with a minimum of 8 players. They bat 1
through 8 and then start with number 1 again. There is not an automatic
out in the 9th and 10th position. If a player leaves during a game
and is not replaced by another player, there is no automatic out. The
umpire and opposing coach must be informed when a player leaves early. If
the early departure results in a team fielding less than eight players, the
game is forfeited. Players may not be listed on more than one team roster
within the league, even if they are members of multiple Emergency Service
Organizations, and must be members of the respective Emergency Service
Organization, unless prior approval is given by the commissioner(s). All
rosters for individual games MUST be entered into Softballtracker.com to have
an accurate record of the number of games individuals play.
Disabled List: A
player may be placed on the disabled list at any time during the season,
provided that they have played at least 1 regular season game. A player
may be placed on the disabled list prior to the season provided that they
played more than half of the games during the prior season. Players placed
on the disabled list will count as part of the 25 player roster. Players
may be placed on this list provided that they submit a doctor’s note stating
that they are physically unable to perform (please do not include cause or
injury) and may be released from this list with a doctor’s note stating they
may return to an active roster. Players placed on this list up to half of
the regular season may play in playoff games provided they play 50% of games
during the half (or greater) games that they are on the active roster. A
player may only be added to or removed from this list by notifying the
Commissioner(s) and submitting such request in writing with applicable
GAME TIME: The
first game of double headers will begin at 5:15 pm and the following game will
begin immediately following the first game.
HOME TEAM & OFFICIAL
SCORE: The home team is determined by the schedule. Home team is
responsible for keeping an official score book for the game. In the event
of a discrepancy that cannot be resolved, the score in the official (home team)
book shall be the final score. Both teams are encouraged to keep score
and confer periodically throughout the game.
AGE: The minimum
age for any player is 14 on game day.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the playoffs, a ball player must have
played in AT LEAST HALF of the team’s regular season games.
A team that forfeits games due to lack of players on three Sundays
may be subject to removal from the league for the season and/or following
FORFEIT RESULTS: A
forfeit for any reason results in one loss for that team and a win for the
opposing team. Once the season has started, should a team fold, all
remaining games scheduled for that team will count as wins for their scheduled
WAIVER: Prior to
starting the season, each player must sign a waiver of liability. If
under the age of 18, the waiver must be signed by their parents or legal
guardians as well.
2 – GAME PLAY
Players can be freely substituted between any positions at any time
during the game. Players may NOT be substituted in the batting
lineup. The batting lineup will consist of 13 players, 10 players who
previously played the field and 3 extra hitters.
One courtesy runner per inning will be allowed for any batter who reaches base
safely. The substitute runner must be the person who made the most recent
out, either as a batter, or as a runner. Only in the case of injury would
more than one courtesy runner be allowed per inning, then runners are chosen in
reverse order of who made the last out (i.e., most recent out, second most
recent out, etc.). However, no one may be a courtesy runner more than
once per inning. A courtesy runner whose turn at bat comes while he is on
base will be out. He will be removed from the base to bat. A second
courtesy runner cannot be substituted at this time.
RUNNING: A runner may not leave a base until a pitched ball has been
hit. Runners should take care to avoid unnecessary contact. Stand-up
collisions MUST be avoided. Sliding is permitted provided the
players follow the Slide or Surrender rule. A runner who has
been forced out should not obstruct an ensuing throw. Failure to do so
can result in an out call, at the judgment of the umpire. Batters are at
no time permitted to carry the bat while running up the first base line; this
will result in the player being called out.
STRIKE OUTS AND WALKS:
When a batter enters the batter’s box, he will have the count of one ball
and one strike. Balls and strikes shall be called by the umpire using a
sanctioned mat. A legally pitched ball per ASA rules (6' to 12' arc)
hitting any portion of the mat and/or plate (including any plate trim) shall be
called a strike. A legally pitched ball per ASA rules (6’ to 12’ arc) not
initially striking the plate and/or mat, shall be called a ball. Players
are out on a called or swinging third strike. Walks are awarded
after the fourth called ball, however teams should provide a pitcher who can
throw reasonable pitches and all batters should swing at all hittable
pitches. Walks result in a slow pace of game play. Pitchers MUST be
in contact of the pitching rubber while pitching the ball, if they are not, the
pitch will be considered illegal, regardless if it lands in the strike zone.
FOUL BALLS AND FOUL BALL
OUTS: Foul balls shall be called by the home plate umpire. The foul
lines are the base lines extended to the outfield foul poles. A foul
ball after obtaining two strikes IS considered an out.
BALLS HIT FAIR STRIKING
AN OBJECT: A fair ball hit in the outfield which strikes and object
(bush, tree, building, etc.), which is not playable, will be considered a
ground rule double, unless altered by ground rules for individual fields.
bases will be awarded from the point of release.
may not be players appearing on a team roster in the League. The umpire
is responsible for calling balls, strikes, walks, strikeouts, and outs.
If a captain has a problem with an umpire or a specific call, the issue
should be raised to the commissioner(s) after completion of the game in a
calm professional manner. As in ASA rules, an umpire may not be changed
once the game has begun unless due to injury or illness. All umpire
decisions are FINAL.
TEN RUN RULE: If
any team is winning by ten or more runs, following the end of the fifth inning
or any inning thereafter, the game is over and considered a win for that team,
resulting in a loss for the team down by ten or more runs.
FIELD: If play
does not occur on sanctioned fields, the bases shall be placed 60 feet
apart, with the pitching mound 50 feet from the rearmost
corner of home plate.
Please consult the Ground Rules for each field. The sanctioned fields are
Brysher Field – FELL
Bustard Road Park
Upper Perkiomen High School
PLAYING TIME: Everyone
on a team roster that shows up for a game should be allowed to hit and play the
field. The game roster should be limited to 12-14 players, unless injury
or illness forces a substitution.
GRACE PERIOD: A 15
minute grace period is allowed before a forfeit is granted.
FORFEITS: It is
the captain's responsibility to field a full team. If a team can't field
the minimum number (8) of players, the captain shall notify the opposing team
captain by noon of game day. The two captains will then decide if the
game will be rescheduled (at the discretion of the commissioner[s]) or
forfeited. Makeup games will be arranged to be played, including field
accommodations, as decided by the captains, with prior notice to the
commissioner(s). If accommodations can’t be made, makeup games may be
played on makeup days, but weather related cancellations will be given
priority. If a captain requests a schedule change from the captain of an
opposing team by Noon two days prior, the game may be rescheduled or canceled,
but it is not a forfeit, unless the game cannot be rescheduled on or before the
open Sunday after the last league game.
INTERFERENCE: When a
runner interferes with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball or
interferes with a throw, the runner is out. If the runner interferes with a
fielder during a POSSIBLE double play and the runner did not make a REASONABLE
attempt to avoid interference, the immediate succeeding runner shall also be
LENGTH: Games will
be completed in seven innings, unless game length is altered by the 10 Run Rule
or extra innings in the case of a tie at the end of seven.
TIES: Any game
with a tie score at the end the ninth inning will result in extra
innings. The winner at the end of a complete extra inning wins the game.
The winning team captain is responsible for submitting the game score on
Softballtracker.com. If the game ends in a tie, the home team will submit
the score. Any score not reported will be declared a tie. A full roster
of players competing in games MUST be entered for each game played, NO
EMERGENCY CALLS FOR
SERVICE: Should a team have to leave the field for a call for emergency
service, the game is to be considered a complete game provided that a winner
can be determined after five innings. If there have been less than five
innings, or at five innings there is a tie, the game will be rescheduled with
the umpire cost being placed on the team that left the field for the emergency
call. Should the game not be able to be rescheduled, this will result in
a forfeit for the team leaving the game for the emergency call.
Should a team not be able to field a team due to
an emergency call prior to game time, the game will be rescheduled, with the
cost of the umpire falling on such team that fails to show at game time.
3 – EQUIPMENT
official game balls are green stamped ASA Slow Pitch Softballs
(12” 52 core softball with a “300” compression rating). Each team will
furnish 1 new ball to start the game. If additional back-up balls are
needed, the team that loses the ball shall furnish ball(s) as needed.
BATS: The first
game will use WOODEN slow-pitch softball bats certified by ASA 2000, ASA2004,
and ASA2013. The second game will use slow-pitch
wood, composite, or aluminum softball bats certified by ASA 2000, ASA2004, and
ASA2013. These certifications MUST be stamped on the bat. Bats
listed on the current banned bat list, even if they have the ASA 2000, ASA
2004, or ASA2013 stamps, are considered illegal bats and are not legal for game
play. Teams may use a maximum of 7 bats per game, which are the only bats
to be placed against the backstop in the team bench area. The ASA altered
bat rule from Article 510, Section M, Number 6, of ASA rules, will
apply. NO altered bats may be used in game play.
Any bats shown to be altered in any way will be confiscated, with players and /
or teams disqualified. Teams or players attempting to use an altered bat
will be disqualified from the league for two years. Players and the team
captain will both be suspended as in section 1 for the use of illegal
bats. Team captains and umpires shall inspect all bats prior to game play
and no other bats may be introduced into the game after this time.
BASES: The home
team shall furnish softball bases for each home game not played at a League
Sanctioned Field. Arrangements may be made with the visiting team to supply
The umpires’ on-the-field decision as to playability of a field is final and
shall supersede the commissioners’ decision to allow league play. If the
umpire cancels the games due to playability issues, he/she will leave the field
and will not work the games, even unofficially. Teams may not use the
field if games are cancelled due to poor field conditions. If the umpire cancels
a game because of an unplayable field, it will be counted as a rain-out.
Make up dates will be scheduled by the commissioner, when possible.
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">STANDINGS: Prior to playoffs,
team averages will be calculated and the teams will be ranked from first place
will be played starting with 1-1 counts. A player will be
struckout after 2 strikes or foul balls. The team with the most
number of runs after nine innings wins. No games will end in a tie.
All tie games must be completed in extra innings. The team obtaining the
most scores after any complete extra inning will win the game.
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">BRACKETS: The playoffs will be
played in a maximum of 4 Sunday games, with the winner of the last game being
the League Champion. Byes in the playoffs, as needed, will be granted
only in the first round to the highest ranked teams, dependent upon number of
teams participating in the league. The playoff schedule will be arranged
so that the lowest placed teams play the highest placed teams playing in that
specific round of the playoffs.
5 – OTHER GUIDELINES
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">FIELD MAINTENANCE: Please rake
the field BEFORE AND AFTER each game, time and weather
permitting. Batters boxes and area around bases should be filled in and
UP: PLEASE BE SURE TO THROW ALL YOUR CANS, BOTTLES AND TRASH IN THE
GARBAGE! LET'S TREAT THE FIELDS AS IF THEY WERE OUR OWN!
BEHAVIOR: AT NO TIME SHALL
ALCOHOL BE CONSUMED ON THE PLAYING FIELD, OR NEAR TEAM BENCHES, OR ANY TIME
DURING THE GAME. CONSUMPTION OF ALOCHOL DURING A GAME BY ANY MEMBERS OF A
TEAMS ROSTER WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT.
6 – GROUND RULES
Universal Ground Rules
Ground Rules pertaining to individual fields apply.
A player is not
permitted to step or go into a team bench to make a catch.
player is permitted to reach into a team bench to make a catch. If a player makes
a catch outside the bench area and the player's momentum carries him into the
bench, then the catch is allowed and the ball remains alive as long as the player
does not fall while in the bench area.
The facing of fences
surrounding the team benches are in play.
A batted ball striking
the backstop is considered a dead ball.
A thrown ball striking
the backstop is considered in play.
All white lines are in
A pitch striking the
strike mat and/or home plate is a called strike. Pitches thrown while the
pitcher is not in contact to the pitching rubber will be called a ball.
Field: Ball hit downhill / into brush: Two Bases.
Center Field: Ball hit downhill / into brush: Two Bases.
Field: Ball hits Fencing: In Play.
Field: Ball hits tree and is playable =In Play. Ball hits tree/or
rolls under tree and is unplayable = Two Bases.
Field: Tree hit in the air: Two bases. Tree hit on the ground: All you can
get. Ball down the hill: All you can get.
field: Hit the fence: All you can get.
to Right: Foul line is all you can get
Foul Line to Center: In the air over the fence or tops of trees is Home Run. Bounce
over the fence, umpire discretion. Rolls into fence, all you can get, unless
inaccessible, then umpire discretion.
OUT OF PLAY
Base Side: Dugout fence to Third Base fence of next field
Base Side: Dugout fence to Pine Tree along outfield fence.
Plate: 90° from fence to dugout on both sides.
Field: Dead ball if hits tree on Third Base side.
OUT OF PLAY
Base Side: End of fence to the 3rd Tree and straight down path.
Base Side: Fence line to Middle of fence on baseball field.