Fall Softball Rules

RULES
Updated 8/27/16

FORFEITS & GAME TIMING
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).
Failure to pay this penalty will result in the team captain and team members being prohibited from joining future NoPro Sports leagues.

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.

SCHEDULE
We have 6 teams with 6 regular season games each.  
That means each team will play all other teams once and one team twice during the regular season.  

PLAYOFFS
Top 3 of 6 teams will make a single-elimination playoff.  
3 Seed (Away) vs. 2 Seed (Home) to see who will play 1 Seed in the Championship.
Seeding tiebreakers: 
1. Head-to-head regular season record 
2. Overall run differential
3. Coin toss

ROSTERS 
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'.  

UNIFORMS
All teams are will be required to wear team colors during gameplay.

EQUIPMENT
No metal cleats.
Players must supply their own gloves and bats.
Team captains are responsible for bringing new balls to each game.  We use 12" Clincher Balls. They can be purchased at any Modell'sParagon 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 black canvas bag that will be stored in a locked gate behind the Turkey's Nest.

OFFENSE
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.
No pinch hitters are 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.
There is no rule for a batter out on a fouled 3rd strike.
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.

DEFENSE & FEMALE REQUIREMENTS
Outfielders are not permitted to be beyond the grass/dirt line at any time. It's not fair to some of the non-power hitters.
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:

3 FEMALES
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.”

2 FEMALES 
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.”

BASE RUNNING
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 the catcher over.

RAINOUTS
If the field is unplayable due to weather, we’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. 

REFUND POLICY
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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