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Modified Official Rules Amateur Softball Association of America

With the following exceptions:  3/2 Softball. Each batter starts with a ball and a strike.

PLAYERS:

Players: A team may bat 7 guys and 4 girls / 8 guys and 5 girls or any amount of girls not to exceed 13 batters and field 4 girls/6 guys

A team may start with 8 players, if all 8 players are male, the team may take an out for each female player, for the required ratio and a female ghost batter be placed on the lineup card.. No more than 2 guys batting in a row, no more than 14 batters on the line up.  The roster can be up to 20 but ONLY 13 prizes will be awarded. In order to add a player on the batting lineup after the game as started (and if already batted thru the order) you must have a ghost batter in that spot, then remove ghost batter and add name of batter when they arrive or switch out players.   (this means you can add players as they arrive BUT if your team has batted thru the line up, you CANNOT add unless you had a ghost player on the lineup card and replace the ghost player with an actual player)……If you have to forfeit, it  will count as a 7-0 win.

A Player must played 1 reg season game  and be signed on the team’s roster and CANNOT be on another’s team roster, to qualify to play in the playoff’s. (this means a team can NOT pick up players during bracket play and championship game) 

ELIGIBLE PLAYOFF PLAYERS: All players, including added players, must sign their team’s roster/waiver BEFORE the Start of their first game. Any player found not have signed in, will be an illegal player. Playing with ineligible players will result in a forfeit.   It is the responsibility of the team captains to make sure all players in their line-up card are eligible players for all games.   If a team has won in league and has 60% of the same players, that team will need to move up one division for their next league. If that team needs to be moved back down, if run ruled, they will go back down the following league.

 PICK UP players allowed, you may pick up a “POOL PLAYER” ,  approved by the umpire, during reg. games.  (pool player meaning that player is currently on a roster with another team, in your division ).     A team may pick up players, the opposing team will be granted two (2) runs for each player pick-up. No more than 4 pick up players. (cap of 8 runs) A pick up player should be in the same division HOWEVER lower teams will be allowed to pick up 1 girl, from an upper division) and if the one drop player is the missing player for that night, the lower team may replace that drop player, with equal player.  Upper divisions may pick up anyone from lower.   Pick up players CANNOT replace a roster player when fielding or batting. A roster player has priority, meaning a roster player cannot sit out while a pick-up player plays.     A player can only be on one roster, that will be the team they will need to play on in the bracket play and championships games. IF you have 10 roster players you cannot pick up pool players, roster players MUST play.  However, you can pick up a girl to meet the batting ratio.  (this may be changed at the discretion of the director due to unknown forces of natural, the loss of fields, etc) 

PICK-UP RUNS:  pick up runs do not count towards the run rule meaning, if a team was awarded runs from pick up players for the opposing team those runs DO NOT count towards the 10 run rule to end an inning. Coaches shall inform the umpire of pick up players.

 Foul Balls: after 2 strikes the batter may have ONE courtesy foul.

Fielders position: A defensive player may not impede a runner’s progress by standing in the baseline, unless the defensive player is fielding a batted ball…. Blocking of the bag without the ball shall result in an obstruction call, a warning to the offending player, and the runner will be awarded the base. There are no set positions for fielders. Meaning, you may play male or female in any fielding position.  However, no designated outfielder may play on the dirt or infield  while a female is batting, if the batter has hit (no matter where the ball ended) the female batter will be  awarded first base.  The catcher may not interfere with the batters ability to swing, this means the catcher must remain behind the batters box for their safety, any catcher who interfere’s with the batter by reaching into the batter’s box, 1st offense warning, 2nd offense the batter will be awarded 1st base. 

Outfielders position:  NO  co-ed line when girl is batting,  no outfielder can be on the dirt.

Courtesy runners:  Designated or pinch runners are allowed with the umpires permission.    Runner must be same gender, if runner is on base, when time up to bat an out will go towards the turn at bat.

No designated fielders, any and all fielders must be placed in the batting order and bat.

Injured players: MUST report the injury immediately to the umpire. At the umpire’s discretion will the player be allowed to continue to play.

PROFANITY: Profanity will not be tolerated and may be grounds for players being called out or ejected at the discretion of the umpire.  Absolutely no F word directed at anyone.  The umpire will give one warning to the individual, then take action as deemed necessary to control the situation.  Please be considerate and respect our children and not play music containing explicit lyrics.  Tampabay Softball will require all loud, explicit music to be turned down low or turned off.   TBS staff will take any action as deemed necessary for failure to comply.  

Ejection from game: Once ejected a player cannot play in that game. It will be the umpire’s discretion,  if the player will be allowed to play any remainder games.  Fighting, wrestling, or pushing will not be tolerated and may result in multi-game suspensions or ejection from the league all together. Verbal abuse of officials or players, fighting, foul language, spitting, kicking of dirt and continued rough play could result in player ejections. If a player is ejected, the team may not replace that player with another player. Meaning, if you have a 13 person line up and one player is ejected you continue to play with 12 and take an out for that 13 player.

Two out rule: If a guy walks after two (2) outs and a female batter is next to bat, the female batter has the option to bat or take the walk.

Running to first base (orange base) “extra base” is being used at first base , players must step on the orange base when overrunning first base, or when there is a legitimate play at first base (ball still in the infield).  Players stepping on the white base when the ball is in play in the infield may be called out.  Balls that  have reached the outfield will allow the runner to touch the white base in an attempt to advance to second base.  When in doubt runners should touch the orange base to avoid being called out.  .  Runner may overrun first base, any aggressive attempt towards second base the fielder may make a play on the runner. There MUST be aggression or attempt made and it’s umpires discretion.

Home plate and bases: All plays at home plate and or a base where the fielder is in possession of the ball, the runner MUST slide to avoid any injury. The player MUST slide or give up, any un-sportsman like conduct will not be tolerated.

Taking a base on a walk: The runner MUST touch each base.

Stealing: Baserunners may attempt to advance once the ball has crossed the back corners of home plate, when pitched to batter or the pitched ball has landed on the ground behind home plate. The ball is dead if the batter has swung and missed,  foul tips, and if the ball lands in front of home plate or lands on home plate, any fake swing in an attempt to distract the catcher. Runners are allowed to steal home on a live ball.

NO BATTER shall impede the catcher when throwing the ball to a fielder while a base runner is attempting a steal.

Please note: an overthrown ball  from the catcher, in the catcher’s field position,  to the pitcher,  is a live ball  and runners may advance at their own risk. This also means a runner on 3rd may advance to home at their own risk. However, the catcher must be in the catchers position when returning the ball to the pitcher.   Example:  Ball is thrown infield, umpire calls time, balls rolls down the 1st base line, or 3rd base line, catcher retrieves the ball and over throws the ball to pitcher. The catcher is out of position at this point and not able to make a play at home,  the ball remains dead and base runners may not advance.

DEFENSELESS PITCHER:  Pitchers MUST wear a mask. If a net is available the net may be used. Any pitcher hit with a batted ball, the batter is out, second offense is ejection. (bat will be removed from the game) 

Rainouts: If you have played less than 5 innings, a new game will be scheduled.     More than 5 innings the game is considered to be final.

Tie breaker: No game shall end in a tie. The Texas tie breaker will be utilized using a 1 pitch format. Once time limit has expired and game is tied, the remainder of the game will be texas tie breaker format

Game time: 55 minute  game time, games will start on time. A 5 minute grace period will be granted upon the first game if requested.   A team consisting of less than 4 girls will  take outs for missing girls or forfeit. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME max time ONE HOUR AND 15 MINUTES.

THROWING BATS: Intentionally throwing the bat in anger or frustration after your turn up to bat is not tolerated and will result in an automatic out for the batter and may result in player’s ejection, upon umpire’s discretion

10 Run rule:  A 10 run rule will apply per inning, after 5 innings, a 12 run rule will cease the game. In the final 10 minutes of the game the 10 run rule DOES NOT apply.     This rule does not apply to the championship game.

PLAYERS: Must be at least 18 years of age and signed roster with liability waiver prior to the start of any game. A player found not to be listed on roster and/or not signed liability waiver WILL be ejected from the game.

Fake tags: are prohibited.  A fake tag will result in the base runner being awarded one additional base (the base they were running to, plus one) The fielder faking the tag will be warned. The 2nd offense from any player on the team faking a tag will be ejected.

Intentional ball drop: If any fielder who catches a ball and intentionally drops it, in an attempt to force a double play, the batter is out, ball is DEAD and runners may not advance. Fielder will be given a warning, 2nd offense ejection. Dropping of the ball is umpire’s discretion.

When the ball is in the air and the umpire signals that he is invoking the rule, the batter is out (and all force plays removed) regardless of whether the ball is caught.

Appeal play or protest:  Appeal play must be made after the play has ceased and before the next pitch. Protest can only be done by the team captain.

DIVISIONS:

If enough teams register for 3 divisions:  Lower–Trail run for season 1 2017, one ranked Silver/D player   Middle: No more than 2 Silver/D ranked players  Intermediate: combination of bronze, silver and one Gold 

Home Run Rule: LOWER DIVISION  1 and 1 up, up to 3, IE if illegal HR 

 MIDDLE: 4 Hr and done, IE after 4       Intermediate: 8 and done IE after 8

If only 2 divisions, divisions will be based on skill level of teams to determine the division

  Batter does not have to touch bases with an over the fence home run. All home runs count, no matter the gender.  ALL HOME RUNS COUNT!!!!!  example: runners on base, 9 runs already scored 10th run standing on 3rd, another runner on 2nd, once that home run is hit the runner on 3rd scores and the homerun counts.

BATTERS BOX AND PITCHER: Any batter standing in the batter’s box MUST be ready to bat or ask for time out.

Any pitch by the pitcher when NO batter is in the batter’s box is a dead ball. Any ball pitched while batter is in the box and has not called for time is a live ball. Any batter standing in the box with the intent to swing an illegal bat will be called out, no matter if the batter has swung.

EQUIPMENT:

Each team may purchase the game balls AT THE FIELD. A team may bring balls but the ball must be approved by the umpire prior to the start of the game.

44/375  Each team is responsible for their own ball and a back up ball. Girls may use the 11″ ball. 

Home team will be determined by a coin toss.

Forfeit time is game time unless it’s the first game and a 10 minute wait will be granted which will be deducted from the game time. Games are 55 MINUTES unless teams are tied.

Arch of Pitch: no less than six (6), not greater than twelve (10)

BATS:  All bats must be approved by the umpire.  First offense caught with an illegal bat,  the batter is considered out. The second offense, the batter is out and ejected with possible league suspension. The batter does  not have to swing, if standing in the batters box with the intent to swing using an illegal bat. No Sr bats, No Ultra’s, no bat on any non approved list or considered to be altered. Each individual  and captain is responsible for using legal bats. TAMPABAY SOFTBALL  and the umpires reserve the right to disallow a bat should it be thought the bat may have been doctored.

NO Metal cleats. A player caught playing with metal cleats WILL be ejected. It is up to the team captain to make sure no metal cleats are worn prior to start time.

REFUNDS: once a team has paid there are NO refunds.

 

 

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