Fall Softball Rules

Updated 10/1/18

Your team -- and your opponent -- depend on you to field a full team and have a competitive game.
If your team forfeits a game, the team will be subject to a $50 penalty fee via the team captain.
100% of this fee will be donated to a local non-profit charity --  the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC).

Any team that fails to pay this penalty will not be eligible to return the following season.
Any team with 2 forfeits will not be eligible to return the following season.

If an umpire doesn't show up, please contact the league managers immediately.  
Until a solution is reached, the last batter to come up in each half inning will serve as umpire.  
All games will be 7 innings. No extra innings in regular season games -- they may end in a tie.
Games will start at 6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 (Subject to change once pace of play is determined.)
After the game, please be courteous and efficient when leaving your bench for the next team.

If a game is called because of rain before the conclusion of the 5th inning, it does not count and will start over again (0-0) from the 1st inning at a later date.

We have 6 teams with 5 regular season games each.  
That means each team will play all other teams once at a minimum.
If we have available time at the end of the season this has the potential to add flex games.

The top 3 teams in each league will make the playoff.
 #3 seed @ #2 seed will play to in a Semi-final game. 
#1 will play in the Championship game.

Seeding tiebreakers:

1. Head-to-head regular season record
2. Lowest Runs Allowed [PSA]  
3. Coin toss    

Teams are allowed a maximum of 25 players on their roster.
If teams have players who can't commit to all the games, we encourage captains to register them as 'alternates' and charge them less than their full-time players.  This is also a fair way to determine who gets the most playing time in playoffs games.  Better attendance in regular season is rewarded with more playing time in big games.
Captains need to email the league manager prior to the game for 'clearance' if they need a non-registered player to avoid a forfeit.
Teams will be given a forfeit if it is determined that non-registered player participated without 'clearance.'  

All teams need to try their best to wear team colors during gameplay. We know it's colder out and your hoodie might not match your team colors. But to avoid confusion and increase player safety, please make an extra effort to be in "uniform" color.

No metal cleats.
Players must supply their own gloves and bats.
Team captains are responsible for bringing new & clean balls to each game.  We use 12" Clincher Balls. They can be purchased at any Modell's, Paragon Sports near Union Square, or a few blocks from our fields at BQ Sports.
The home team of the first and last game will be responsibile for picking-up/dropping-off the bases. We have a sets of bases in a canvas bag that will be stored in a shed behind the Turkey's Nest, we will provide you with a key to gain access.

Mercy rule of 20 runs after the 5th inning.  
No more than 3 people of the same gender may bat in a row.
Everyone on the team bats in a consistent order through the entire game, regardless if they are playing the field in that specific inning.
Pinch hitters are not allowed. If someone is injured or has to leave, they will be skipped over in the batting order.
Batters start with a 1-1 count.
Batter will be ruled out on the 2nd ball hit foul with 2 strikes.

No bunting.
No intentional walking.
Modified arc pitching rules. The ball must reach higher than batters head, but no higher than 12'.
Strikes are pitched balls that land in a box defined by the umpire behind home plate. This box is approximately 18'' from the corners of the plate, and exactly as wide as the plate.

Outfielders are not permitted to be beyond the grass/dirt line before the ball is hit. It's not fair to some of the non-power hitters.

If a batted ball comes within contact of an object, pedestrian, or person on the opposing field, the ball will be played as is.
If a batted ball is impeded upon (picked up, thrown, kicked) by a pedestrian, or person on the opposite field, the play will stop, and the runners will advance at the judgement of the umpire.

Infield fly rule is enforced.

10 players on the field.  At least 4 must be female.
If a team is short on females, they can begin play, but they must follow the system below:

9 total fielders (6 male, 3 female).
Maximum of 9 male players in the batting order.
Otherwise you will not be able to enforce the gender batting order rule: �?�¢??no more than three people of the same gender may bat in a row.�?�¢??

9 total fielders (6 male, 2 female, 1 catcher from the opposing team that can't cover home).
This system is designed assuming that late female players are still planning on showing up and we do not want to delay the start of the game.  
Anything less than 3 females by the top of the 3rd inning will result in a forfeit.  Free play may continue afterwards.
Otherwise you will not be able to enforce the gender batting order rule: �?�¢??no more than three people of the same gender may bat in a row.�?�¢??

Courtesy runners are only allowed if a player is injured.
There is no stealing or leading off any base. Baserunners can only leave once the batter has made contact with the pitch.
Sliding is allowed at the runners discretion. In some cases it can be safer to slide into a base than run upright into the defender.
Intentional contact by a baserunner in an attempt to dislodge the ball or take a defender out of a play is prohibited. The baserunner will be out. Don't plow anyone over.

If a ball is thrown out of play (dead ball territory), there will be 2 bases awarded from position of the runner at the time of the throw.
EXAMPLE: No one is on base, batter hits the ball to the Shortstop, the Shortstop overthrows the First Basemen, and ball goes out of play. The batter is awarded 2 bases from the time of the throw (1st base and 2nd base). The batter is now on 2nd base.


If the field is unplayable due to weather, weÃ??Ã?¢??ll send your captain a cancellation email at least 90 minutes before the start of a game, and post updates on our social media

Please note that we are limited on field space and field dates in the fall.  We will make every effort to make up games that are rained out, but there is a chance games will NOT be made up. 

Alcohol is prohibited on the premises of our fields.

All registration fees are final. When you register, we account for your place on evenly distributed teams and lock other interested parties out.

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