Softball League Rules

Last updated January 28th, 2019


OFFICIALS

  • Officials will be provided by SARC. These are not professional referees, so please be courteous to them, as they have the power to throw you out with our ZERO TOLERANCE policy.
  • Only team captains are permitted to politely and maturely discuss a questionable call with the umpire and manager.

SPORTSMANSHIP

All SARC Leagues follow our general rules and regulations. A team captain is the ONLY person that can speak to the referees during the game about calls, fouls, etc. The team captain is expected to address the referees and staff in a respectful manner that follows the SARC guidelines. We have a strict sportsmanship policy. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated and offenders will be banned from the league.


PARTICIPANTS

  • 18 to party and 21 to drink
  • Should have health insurance.
  • Must be registered (paid and waivers)
  • Players must wear some sort of athletic shoes, but METAL CLEATS not allowed.
  • Teams are responsible for their own bats and gloves as long as they are USSSA approved (bats must have USSSA stamp) or be approved by SARC management.
  • Teams has right to ask officials to inspect bats.
  • SARC will provide game balls (44 cor .375 compression). Teams must retrieve game balls or a $10 replacement ball fee will be assessed.

REGISTRATION & ROSTERS

  • Must show proof of payment to league manager, league owner, and/or SARC official.
  • Minimum of 12 players- NO MAX of players.
  • 4 Females and 6 Males on the field.
  • Females can compensate for males, but not vice versa.
  • Minimum of 2 females in the INFIELD.
  • Teams can play with the minimal of 7 players from their roster, but outs will be assumed in place of missing players.
  • Every player present hits in the designated batting lineup. Hitting out of order results in an out for the batter that was out of order and the batters future turn is skipped.
  • Players that are late are added to the end of the lineup as long as they arrive before the start of the 4th inning.
  • Players must play at least 3 games during the regular season (excluding preseason/practice game) and have signed the waiver/roster to be eligible for playoffs.

GUEST PLAYERS

  • No more than 3 guest players allowed playing in a game. Guest players do not have to be okayed by opposing team. No guest players are permitted if other team is short-handed as well until teams are at equal strength. Guest players ONLY allowed if a team is playing with less than 10 players.
  • Guest players must hit at end of the lineup and play only in the outfield or pitch. If all 3 guests are girls, then 1 girl can play catcher and the other 2 in the outfield.
  • A guest player CANNOT play/substitute/be a guest on multiple rosters.  Once that guest player has played a game for a team, that guest is tied to that corresponding teams’ roster.
  • Teams that are shorthanded CANNOT pickup guest players from another team who is a guest player.
  • If a guest player plays 2 games during the regular season they must pay the full registration fee to play in future games for that season.
  • Players must have paid registration fee before the start of the 3rd regular season game to be eligible to play the 3rd regular season game and future games for the current season. 

SAFETY & NON-PLAYERS

  • For safety reasons, only players and officials can be on the field or in the dugout.
  • For players with children, they must be OK’d by the umpire to be in the dugout.
  • No animals in the dugouts or fields unless they are a service animal. (Subject to change based on park site

TEAM CAPTAIN

  • Each team should have a team captain that is responsible for registering the team.
  • The team captain needs to attend the "coin toss" at the beginning of the game, and is the ONLY person that can speak to the referees during the game about calls, fouls, etc. The team captain is expected to address the referees and staff in a respectful manner that follows the SARC guidelines.
  • The team captain shall serve as the "liaison" between SARC and their team, and is expected to attend captains’ meetings, and notify teammates of cancellations, changes, rules, policies, etc.
  • Any disputes or contested calls must be addressed with the SARC officials and team captains.  The dispute or contested call must occur before the next pitch in an at-bat otherwise it is no longer valid and play resumes.

GAME PLAY

  • Minimum of 4 innings and Max of 7 innings or 60 minutes.
  • After the 50 minute mark has passed, we will not start a new inning. Once the current inning has completed, the game will be over.
  • Tie games are possible but not favored. OT if time permits.
  • 10 minute grace periods for shorthanded teams.
  • Teams must exchange lineups before start of the game.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors will determine home and away during the regular season.

PITCHING

  • Pitches must be underhand and slow in velocity.
  • Pitcher must set the plant foot on the rubber before the windup.
  • Pitch must be at least 5' in height but no more than 10' in height.
  • Pitch can have any spin desirable.

HITTING

  • Batters start with a 1-1 count.
  • Only USSSA stamped bats are permitted. Use of any altered bats will result in at least the guilty player expulsion from the league.
  • Bunting is not permissible.
  • Batter must stand in batters box when making contact.
  • There is no rule on making the batting order for gender spots.
  • Teams can hit 2 more homeruns than their opponent. Any ball over the fence after that is an out.
  • If the ball hits the pitching net it is a foul ball on the first time in the at bat. If it happens again in the same at bat the batter is out.
  • If the batter has a 2 strike count and hits the net, it is an out.
  • If a male walks with a female batting after, the female must hit unless the walk occurs with 2 outs. The female then has the option to hit or walk. The male batter is awarded 1st base in all cases unless the female chooses to walk in which case the male is awarded 2nd base.
  • All batters must touch each base they are advancing to when a walk occurs.
  • Batters who hit a home run must touch first base otherwise the batter is called out. If any runners are on, they return to their respective base and no runs count.

STRIKE OUTS

  • 2 fouls equal an OUT.
  • 3 strikes is a strike out.
  • With 2 strikes any foul or strike thereafter results in an out.

FOULS

  • The ball must stay in between the 1st and 3rd base, but after the bases it can roll out of the foul line and still be fair.
  • If the ball ever touches a player in fair territory, ball is fair. If ball ever touches a player in foul territory then ball is foul. Where ever it is first touched determines if it is fair or foul.
  • If a player is standing in fair territory and reaches into foul territory to touch the ball, it's a foul ball.

OUTS

  • 3 OUTS per hitting team per inning.

FIELDING

  • When females are hitting, ALL outfielders must be behind the 200' line in the outfield.
  • If the official determines the rule above was broken during the at bat, the female batter will be awarded 1st base.
  • 1st baseman must be on or against the white bag and not the safety bag when attempting to field a throw from another infielder for an out.
  • Fly ball foul tips to the catcher are outs only when the tipped ball surpasses the batter’s height otherwise it is a foul ball or a strike out depending on the count.

RUNNING/SCORING

  • Runners must stay within 3ft of the baseline/vice versa for fielders. Exceptions are made when rounding bases at full speed.
  • Runners' interference is safe to base (catcher making contact with hitter while hitter is making contact with the ball or a fielder impeding the baseline). If referee deems that runner could have another base as a result, another base can be awarded.
  • NO leading off when pitcher has ball until ball is hit by bat.
  • Base runners leaving early while a player is hitting will be called out, and play is dead. Batter must re-hit.
  • Tagging runner or base is permissible.
  • Tagging up is permitted.
  • Ties DO NOT go to the runner.
  • Overthrows over the fence are out of bounds and give a runner an extra base and dead ball. (1 extra base past the one they are heading towards).
  • NO running past another runner (2nd runner will be out)
  • In the event a runner and fielder collide in the base path or on the base, the runner is automatically safe (unless the fielder has the ball in clear possession which results in an out) and could be awarded the next base if deemed necessary by referees.
  • Fielders CANNOT block any base on a play at the base. If an errant throw leads them into the runner's path then they must make every effort possible to get out of the way of the runner after making the catch.
  • Infield fly is in effect (multiple base runners in force out situation means batter is automatically called out) with less than 2 outs.
  • Sliding is allowed as long as NO CONTACT with any fielder. Violation of this rule will result in an out and possibly an ejection or suspension.
  • There will be NO SLIDING allowed into 1B when running from home plate unless there is a safety base.
  • All hitters running through 1B must use the safety base or they will be called out. Runners looking to round the base can use the inside base.
  • When girls are hitting ALL outfielders must be behind the 200' line in the outfield.

PINCH RUNNING

  • Pinch runners must be of same gender.
  • Limited to one per inning.
  • In the event of an in game injury, player may be removed without penalty (as long as game minimum requirements are met), and cannot reenter.

BASE COACHES

  • Are optional.
  • Cannot touch the ball in play or interfere with the defense.
  • Cannot physically assist runners.
  • Any interference will result in an out for the batter and/or runner.

BALL IN PLAY

  • Ball to the pitcher in the pitchers area can result in the play being over.
  • If a hitter runs through first base, and turns around back to base, they must show intent to run to second to be considered in play.

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • All present players bat in the designated lineup.
  • Free and unlimited subs allowed in the field.
  • 1 defensive switch per position, per inning (pre-pitch). Players can move wherever after the ball has left the pitchers hand.

CATCHER POSITIONING

  • Catchers must stand set up behind the batter and home plate until ball is hit.
  • Catchers cannot block home plate on a play at the plate unless they have possession before the runner gets there.

FORFEIT FEE

  • Any team that forfeits within 4 hours of scheduled game time is to assume a $25 inconvenience fee.
  • 3 forfeit fees in one season are grounds for removal the league with no refunds.

CLEAN UP RULE

  • Bring a trash bag or any sorts to clean up after your self after each game. If season gets cancelled, there will be no refunds. TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU.
  • If failure to clean up happens, there will be a warning, then a $25 fine and/or a loss in the standings, then subject to removal from league.
  • Any adult beverages MUST BE IN A CUP if inside the park.

PLAYOFFS RULE

  • All playoff games are subject to mercy rule. 15 run lead after 3, 12 after 4, 10 after 5.
  • NO guest players are allowed for playoffs unless team is shorthanded.
  • TEAMS MAY NOT PICK UP PLAYERS ON ANOTHER TEAM including any guest players they brought in.
  • Guest players must pay $20 to participate in playoffs.
  • Players must play at least 3 games during the regular season to be eligible for playoffs.
  • In extra innings, the last batter of the previous inning will start on 2B.
  • This runner cannot be pinch ran for and the inning still starts with no outs.
  • If last "batter" was an automatic out to end the previous inning, then no runner starts on 2B.

FOR ANY RULES NOT SPECIFICALLY FOUND HERE CAN BE FOUND AT THE USSSA WEB SITE.

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