Summer Softball Rules

RULES
Updated 3/29/17
Changes highlighted in RED

FORFEITS & GAME TIMING
Our starting times are tight due to the limited amount of sunlight.  
In April, May, August, we will begin each game at 6:20 PM.
In June, July, we will begin each game at 6:30 PM. 

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 -- this season it will be Make The Road NYC.
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.
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. 

WEIGHTED & FLEX SCHEDULE
We have 10 teams with 11 games each.  
Each team will play a weighted schedule over the first 9 games based on 2016 results.
The remaining "flex" schedule will be released on June 16 for each team's final 2 regular season games.
Each team will face the 2 teams closest to them in the standings as of June 16.

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'.  

PLAYOFFS
Top 6 of 10 teams will make a single-elimination playoff -- top 2 teams will get byes.
Regular season record will determine playoff seeding.
Seeding tiebreakers: 
1. Head-to-head regular season record 
1b. If 2 or more teams finish with the same record and did not face each other in the regular season there will be a "play-in" game to determine playoff seeds
2. Head-to-head run differential 
3. Coin toss

PLAYOFF ROSTERS
To ensure that teams are not adding new players, playoff team captains will confirm their Week 1 roster with the League Manager at the end of the regular season.  Any additions are subject to approval.
Once finalized, the League Manager will email all captains their opponent's roster. Before each playoff game, teams will need to exchange lineups and cross reference. 
If someone sees a player not listed in the lineup that is not on the opposing team's roster, please notify the umpire right away. 

UNIFORMS
To improve player safety, all teams are will be required to wear team colors during gameplay.
For each player who fails to wear their team colors during gameplay, there will be 1-out given to their team at the start of the game. (This will not apply to a team's first game.)

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.
It will be the home team's responsibility to pick-up/drop-off the bases. We have 2 sets of bases that are labeled and stored in a locked gate behind the Turkey's Nest.

OFFENSE
Mercy rule of 20 runs after the 5th inning.  Free play may continue afterwards.
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 0-0 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.
When playing on Field #2, if a batted ball is hit and rolls underneath the distant iron fence along Driggs Avenue side, it is considered a home run.

DEFENSE & FEMALE REQUIREMENTS
A foul ball caught in the air will result in an out, regardless if the catch is made outside of the field of play.
Outfielders are not permitted to be within 25 feet or 10 "paces" of 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 anyone over.
If a ball is thrown out of play, runners will get 1 base past the nearest base at the time of the overthrow. 

RAINOUTS
If the field is unplayable due to weather, we will send your captain a cancellation email at least 90 minutes before the start of a game, and post updates on our social media

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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