Social League Rules
· Games are 1 hour in length, with a 10 minute rule.
· The 10 minute rule states that no new inning will begin after 50 minutes have been played.
· The league is a mixed competition. Each team must have a minimum of 3 females.
· If there is not 3 females on a team, the opposing team will be given 1 bonus run per inning. This stacks up, for example if a team has no female player the opposing team will recieve 3 bonus runs per inning for the entire game.
· Home and Away teams for each game will be decided by a coin flip conducted prior to the game by the two captains and the umpire. The Home team fields first while the Away team bats first.
· Each team must be able to field at least 7 players in order to play. If a team is lacking the required number, they may borrow a player(s) from the opposing team.
· A team may field a maximum of 10 players on defence at one time, but will be allowed to bat all players on their roster. The team may choose where they place the extra fielder.
· Teams are encouraged to have a uniform shirt. This can be as simple as all wearing a black tee-shirt, but teams are encouraged to be creative.
· Each game will be provided with one kit bag per game. Teams will be responsible for any equipment that is lost or not returned after the game.
· The winner of each game will be determined by the team who has the most total runs at the end of scheduled time.
· A run is scored when a player on the batting team crosses home plate.
· An inning will end when three outs are made or 6 runs are scored.
· Umpires will be responsible for keeping the score of each game.
· 3 points will be awarded to the winning team.
· 1 point will be awarded to each team if the game is draw.
· All batters must hit in the batting order provided by the team captain.
· At the begining of a new inning the batting order will resume from the place where the last out was recorded in the previous inning. Example: If the 5th batter in the order was the last out; the next inning will begin with the batter in the 6th spot.
· If a pitched ball hits the batter, they will have the option of a free pass to 1st base.
· A home run will be recorded when a hit ball clears the home run fence in the air. If the ball bounces over or rolls through the fence, the batter will be automatically advanced to 2nd base.
· Walks will be issued when the pitcher throws 4 balls in an at-bat. The batter will then be giving a free pass to first base.
· Only one runner will be able to occupy one base at a time. If there is more than one runner at each base the lead runner will be called out.
· A runner may not leave their base until the batter makes contact with the ball. (If a runner leaves early, the umpire will send the runner back to the base previously occupied)
· Base stealing, or advancing on passed balls and wild pitches, is prohibited.
· Base runners are required to run in a force situation.
o Example- A runner at 1st base is required to run to 2nd when the ball is hit by the batter.
· It is the base runners duty to avoid contact with fielders on the base paths. There will be no penalty for a base runner that attempts to avoid contact with fielders.
· If a runner does not make an attempt to avoid contact with the fielding player, the runner will be called out.
· If a fly ball is hit and caught by a fielding player all base runners must return and touch the base previously occupied before advancing.
· Pitchers may deliver the ball overhand/underhand and on an arced trajectory (Minimum height of 6ft- or over head height).
· The defensive pitcher must throw at a speed that is deemed hittable by the umpire. Failure to meet the umpires required speed will result in a ball.
· Pitchers must remain on pitching rubber at all times when delivering a pitch.
· If a pitcher continues to disregard pitching rules he/she may be replaced at the discretion of the umpire.
· Pitchers can throw a maximum of 2 innings (6 outs) per game.
· Only one ball is allowed on the playing field at any given time.
· An out can be made in the following ways:
o The batter is struck out.
o A hit ball is caught in the air.
o A hit ball is thrown to a base before the batter runner reaches.
o A runner is tagged by a fielding player with the ball in hand or in the fielding player’s glove.
o A hit ball hits a base runner.
· Players may switch position throughout the game with no penalty.
· Catchers will stand 2-3 meters behind the plate, and not be required to wear conventional catching gear. In this form of the game the catcher will only need to return the ball to the pitcher and cover home plate should there be a play.