Participant Age Range
30 to 70
May 28th, 2017 to September 17th, 2017
September 23rd, 2017 to September 24th, 2017
30+ Coed E division Slo Pitch League out of Bradford, Ontario
League Rules Slo-Pitch Ontario Affiliated
All games will be played as per the posted schedule on the league website, which will be considered the schedule of record. For further information, please contact a member of the league executive.
ALL OTHER RULES AS PER THE CURRENT SPO HANDBOOK
1. Have fun, play safe, and respect the game and each other.
2. No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the fields or in the dugouts. Players involved in an ongoing game who are found to be consuming alcohol during the game will be suspended by the umpire for the remainder of the game.
3. Shoes with METAL cleats are not permitted.
4. A game will consist of seven (7) innings or one (1) hour & fifteen (15) minutes in duration, whichever comes first. No new inning will begin after one (1) hour. Should a game be called due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, that game shall be considered complete if a minimum of four (4) full innings have been played; three and a half (3 ½) innings should the home team be ahead in score. Regular season games are permitted to end in a tie.
5. Should a game be called off at the Umpire’s discretion at any time due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances and the conditions of a complete game are not met, as described in rule 4, the game may be rescheduled at a mutually agreed upon date, should time permit.
6. Games must start within 10 minutes of the scheduled time; otherwise the umpire has the right to call the game, charging the team causing the delay with a forfeit loss.
7. Teams must field a minimum of seven (7) players to be considered a game. A minimum of five (5) rostered players must be present in order to use call ups. Rostered players may be added to the bottom of the line-up at any time after the game officially starts to a maximum of ten (10) players.
8. Call Ups - A team may call up players to a maximum of ten (10) total players for any game. The only exception to exceeding the maximum of ten (10) total players is when call up female players are required in order to achieve four (4) total female players. Teams may use call up players from any team so long as the player is in good standing with the league.
9. Teams must field defensively a minimum of three (3) females and a maximum of six (6) males. Any team not able to field the minimum of three (3) females will forfeit their game.
10. In the event that both teams are unable to meet the requirements of rule(s) 7 and/or 9, the game shall be ruled a forfeit loss to both teams. If teams are aware that a forfeit will occur prior to their game(s), they should contact the league scheduler, minimum one (1) week in advance, and the game(s) may be rescheduled at a mutually agreed upon future date, should time permit.
11. Forfeits – Any team charged with a forfeit loss will receive a score of zero (0) for the game. Any team receiving a forfeit win, shall be given a score of seven (7) for the game, therefore winning the game seven (7) to zero (0).
12. No player shall continue to participate in a game if they are bleeding or have bloodied clothing.
13. Jewellery must not be worn during a game. If discovered, the umpire will advise the batter or fielder that they must remove the jewellery before they can participate. When batting it will not be considered an out. A Medic Alert bracelet, necklace or other Medic Alert identifying device shall not be considered jewellery. Medical braces have to be covered if they have exposed metal.
14. Courtesy Runners – Each team will be permitted a maximum of seven (7) courtesy runners during a game. The courtesy runner can be used at any time after a batter reaches base and must be reported to the umpire. Any player on the games line-up may be used as a courtesy runner. Courtesy runners must be male for male, female for female or female for male. You MAY use the same courtesy runner more than once. A courtesy runner is NOT charged as one of the seven (7), if a player is injured on the play requiring a substitute runner, which will be the last out in the batting order, of the same sex.
15. Base running – No stealing or lead-offs. If a batter swings and misses, a runner anticipating contact is allowed a two-step maximum off the base. If more than two steps are taken the runner is out. On a pitched ball, should the runner leave the base before the ball has crossed the plate, hit the ground or is swung at by the batter, the runner shall be called out. Umpires must observe the lead-off and they will immediately call the base runner out and declare no pitch. If a base runner is called out for lead-off, and is the third out in an inning, the person who was batting at that time will be the first batter in the next inning.
16. First Base – Orange Safety Bag – The batter/base runner MUST use the Orange portion of the double first base when running to first base and has no intention of going to second base on the play. The only exception is if the runner is attempting to avoid a collision with a fielding player. The defensive fielder MUST use the white portion of the double first base to make fielding plays. Should it be evident that there will be no play at first base, the defensive fielder, typically the first baseperson must move out of the way of the runner should the runner have the opportunity to run to second. The umpire can automatically award second base to the batter/base runner should their progress appear to have been impeded by the defensive fielder.
17. Scoring – A run is scored by a runner touching or crossing the ‘home base’ line. The wooden home plate shall not be stepped on by a base runner attempting to score a run. A runner shall be called out if they step on the wooden home plate while attempting to score a run. The only exception is if the base runner is attempting to avoid a collision with a fielding player.
18. Home Run Rule – “MATCH PLUS ONE" is in effect in all fenced parks or parks with a designated out of play area. At no time during a game will the number of home runs (over the fence or out of play) hit by one team be more than one (1) more than home runs hit by the opposing team. When a home run is hit, that is in excess of the number allowed, the batter will be declared OUT and the runners do not advance. On any fair-batted ball hit over the fence (touched or untouched) for a home run, the batter and all runners are credited with a score. The batter and any runners do not run the bases but go directly to their team area.
19. Commitment line – Is a line drawn, in foul territory, 6.40m (21 ft.) from the back of home plate and perpendicular to the third base line. Any runner crossing this line MUST continue running towards ‘home base’ line. If the runner touches or crosses the commitment line and then either stops or retreats towards third base, the runner will be called OUT by the umpire. Runners, who have not crossed the line or who cross the line but must tag up on a caught fly ball, may return to third base. No tagging of the runner is permitted after the commitment line by any defensive player(s).
20. Pitching – A pitcher must pitch from the 2 (two) foot wide pitcher’s zone (50’-60’ from Home Plate) and must begin with at least one (1) foot inside the pitching zone. A strike shall be called if the batter swings and misses the pitched ball or if the ball strikes any part of the home plate board prior to hitting the ground.
21. Batting – Each team will draw up their batting order prior to each game and list it on the league provided score sheet/book. A male or female may bat first, but each subsequent batter must be of the opposite sex. If there are more males than females on the team, the females must be recycled through the order in the same order that they were originally placed in.
22. Outs – An out is declared if the batter accumulates three (3) strikes during a single at bat. A foul ball is ruled a strike. A foul ball on third strike is ruled an out. An out is declared if a batter bunts the ball (Umpire’s discretion). An out is declared if the ball is caught by a fielder before touching the ground. An out is declared if the ball is retrieved by a fielder and thrown to another fielder on first base before the batter (runner) reaches first base. A foul tip of any height caught by a fielding player is declared an out.
23. A defensive line consisting of an arc, 150 feet from home plate shall be used and represented by pylons on the first (1st) and third (3rd) fair/foul lines and/or other on field markings. No outfielder (minimum of four) is allowed in front of this line until the ball is hit. Infielders must be beyond the base path until the ball is hit by the batter. If either is violated, the offense has the option of taking the result of the play or an award of one base to the batter and all runners.
24. Infield Fly Rule – The batter is automatically declared out when an infield fly is hit AND there are less than two (2) out AND there are runners on first and second, or first, second and third. The ball will remain live until the play (or Time) is called by the umpire. Calling of an infield fly is at the discretion of the umpire.
25. Walks – When a male batter receives ANY walk, he is awarded second base and the female batter must take her turn at bat.
26. Runs – A maximum of five (5) runs shall be scored by the offensive or batting team per half inning, other than the last inning which will be announced prior to that inning by the umpire as an “open inning”. A half inning is over when the offensive or batting team scores five (5) runs or has three (3) outs recorded against them. During the “open inning”, a team will continue to score runs until they obtain (3) three outs recorded against them.
27. Sliding and Diving is not permitted by any base runner(s). The determination of whether a base runner slides or dives shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire.
28. Bats – We will follow the USSSA Bat Certification Program which states that only bats bearing the “new” USSSA logo located on the barrel of the bat are allowed. This logo is also more commonly known as the “Thumbprint” and is shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 1
29. Throwing of a Bat – A batter who throws a bat will be declared out by the umpire.
30. Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policy – please refer to the by-laws within the leagues Constitution and By-laws document.
31. Suspensions – All suspensions must be served and will carry over into future seasons, if necessary, until the entire length of the suspension has been served.
32. Determining Final Standings – SPO tiebreaker rules will apply for the Final Regular Season Standings.
33. Setting up the Fields – The two teams who are scheduled on each diamond for the first game will be jointly responsible for setting up the diamond, and the two teams who are playing the last game will be jointly responsible for cleaning up and making sure that the equipment is locked away.
Win is worth 2 points
Loss is worth 0 points
Tie is worth 1 point