Member Softball Game Ground Rules

Coaches and players are responsible for knowing all the rules. Click here for PDF of the Rules

FORMAT:  10v10 Coed Softball

  • First pitch will be promptly at 5:30pm
  • 5 Inning Game
  • 60 foot bases
  • Slow pitch softball arch required
  • Minimum of two (2) girls must be in the field at any given time
  • 10 players in the field at one time, but batting lineup must consist of all players so everyone will bat
  • Fielding substitutions are made at the team’s discretion
  • Captains will meet for a coin toss before the game to determine home field

EQUIPMENT:  

  • Basic equipment will be provided (softballs and bases)
  • Each player is required to bring their own glove
  • You may bring your own bat if desired
  • Wooden bat ONLY for men, NO metal bats are permitted for men. Women are permitted to use metal bats
  • NO  Spikes are allowed
  • Additional protective equipment is to be provided by players at their own discretion (including batting helmets, mouth guards, eye protection, protective cups, face guards or Catchers mask)

PLAYING RULES:

BATTING:  

  • Everyone will bat, there is not lineup
  • 3 strikes is a strikeout
  • Balls hit over the outfield fence, brick wall or blue railing is a Home Run
  • Balls that bounce over the fence will be considered a ground rule double
  • Players hit by a pitch are not awarded a base rather the pitch will be deemed a ball and the at-bat will continue.
  • Leading off and stealing is not allowed.
  • Leaving the base before contact results in a dead ball and runner is out.
  • Obstruction of the base runner’s path by a defenseman is illegal and can result in an extra base and/or player ejection if deemed deliberate by ump
  • Base runners must veer around, slide by or surrender to a defenseman trying to make a tag-out.  Any attempt to knock the ball out of a defenseman’s glove by contact will result in an out and/or ejection.
  • Feet-first sliding is allowed (except into 1st & home, in which there is ABSOLUTELY  NO SLIDING), however if a player slides into a base to break up a double play or to intentionally interfere with any defensive play, both the runner and the batter will be called out.
  • Pinch runners may be used if necessary due to injury

DEFENSE:

  • With the exception of the ‘gentleman’s rule’, fielders may cover the field in any chosen configuration with a max. of 10 players.
  • The 10th fielder or rover position is permitted to ‘rove’ between outfield and infield whereas the Left, Center and Right fielders must observe the gentleman’s rule (see below).
  • All fielders (including pitcher) must stay on or behind the pitchers mound until the ball is hit.
  • A base runner struck by a thrown ball will advance to the nearest base.

PITCHING:

  • Pitching mound is approximately 45’ from home plate (approx 15 paces)
  • An underhand slow pitch delivery is to be used.
  • The ball shall be pitched to the batter with an arc approximately 6 ft off the ground min., and no more than 10 ft off the ground max.
  • A pitch is considered over the plate and a strike if it falls within the parallel sides of the plate and within approx. 18 in. of the back of the plate (anything that lands on the plate is a ball).
  • Ball, strikes will be determined by the umpire from behind the pitcher’s mound.
  • Intentional walking is prohibited and will be determined by the umpire.

INFIELD FLY RULE:

On an infield fly (any ball hit within the infield with significant arc and deemed an “easy catch”) with less than 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd or 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the batter is automatically out and runners can advance, BUT at their own risk.

GENTLEMANS  RULE:

  • All outfielders must remain behind the outfield foul cone when a female is up to bat until after contact has been made.
  • If an outfielder crosses the line before contact has been made, the batter advances to first.
  • No more than 7 players are allowed in the infield.

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