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San Antonio SSC Softball Rules

San Antonio SSC Softball Rules (July 2013 Revision)

SAN ANTONIO SSC LEAGUE POLICIES

TEAM ROSTERS:

There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster provided all players have signed the Team Roster and Waiver Form.  It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure players are in compliance with this policy.  Teams have up until the third week of the season to make changes to their roster.  After the third week, rosters will be frozen.  Roster changes that require additional T-Shirts will be subject to availability.  All roster changes must be communicated to and approved by the league office.

WAIVERS:

To be eligible to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver form. Waivers can be downloaded by clicking here. Captains are required to turn in completed waiver forms to a San Antonio SSC Coordinator prior to their first game.  Players not present for their team’s first game must still submit a signed waiver form prior to participating.

Players that register individually agree to the waiver policy electronically, so there is no need to submit a separate waiver form.

PLAYER RESTRICTIONS:

All SSC participants must be 21 years of age or older prior to their first scheduled game.

Players that have participated in Division 1 Collegiate or Professional sports must be a minimum of two years removed from participation to be eligible to play in a similar San Antonio SSC sport.

Players may only be on one roster for any given sport on a given night, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered.  Violation of this rule may result in game forfeiture by both teams.

The San Antonio SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason.

Roster checks will be performed by a San Antonio SSC Gameday Coordinator at the request of the challenging team.  Only individual players may be challenged.  Entire teams may not be challenged.  The challenging team must provide legitimate reasons for submitting a roster check request.  Challenging teams must report their intention to initiate a roster check to an SSC Official as soon as possible to ensure the preservation of playing time.   Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after the third inning, except in the case of a late-arriving player.

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.

If a team retaining more than six players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the San Antonio SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

We are all adults, and the SSC expects all participants to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player being ejected from the game. An ejection may result in further suspension from participation in current and/or future SSC sports and events. Ejected players are required to leave the playing area immediately.  Refusal to leave the playing area may result in a team forfeit and/or further suspension.

OVERLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS:

All San Antonio SSC sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of an SSC staff member.

UNIFORMS:
San Antonio SSC T-Shirts are your team’s uniforms.  All players must wear the appropriate color uniform with the current San Antonio SSC front logo to participate.  Past season’s uniforms are not permitted, even if they are the correct color.  Any player not wearing the appropriate uniform will be sidelined for that game.

The San Antonio SSC T-Shirt must be worn on the outside of any jacket or sweatshirt worn during play.

UNIFORM ALTERATIONS:

Players are permitted to modify their uniforms in any way provided they do not cover up or obscure any of the logos printed on the shirts.

FORFEITS:

If a team is short the minimum number of players to play a regulation game, the game will be ruled a forfeit.

FORFEIT FINES:

If the forfeiting team is short the minimum number of players to play an exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This fine is transferred in full in the form of a gift card or voucher to the offended team who showed up with no game to play. Provided the fine is paid on time, the offended team can collect the forfeit fine from a San Antonio SSC Coordinator the following week.

Forfeit fines must be paid prior to the end of the offending team’s next scheduled game.  Payment can be made to an SSC Coordinator by either cash or check made payable to “San Antonio SSC”. Unpaid forfeit fines may result in additional forfeits and/or suspension from the league.  Teams with outstanding fines from past seasons will be barred from future registration in any San Antonio SSC sport or event until they are paid in full.

If game forfeiture notice is submitted to the San Antonio SSC via email (info@sanantoniossc.com) by 5:00 PM on the preceding day (Friday for weekend games), no forfeit fine will be assessed.

The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is five.

DIVISION PREFERENCE:

Whenever possible, the San Antonio SSC will separate divisions based on playing experience and/or ability. In the event multiple divisions are not possible, all players will be placed into a single division.

Division placement for all teams will be at the sole discretion of the San Antonio SSC.

Any team that wins a super social championship will automatically be placed in the social division for the next season in which they participate.  Top finishers from the previous season may also be moved up at the discretion of the San Antonio SSC.

Any player, or team based on the majority of their players, that is determined to be in the incorrect division may, at any point during the season, be asked to switch divisions at the discretion of the SSC.

PLAYOFFS:

Whenever possible, the San Antonio SSC will hold a single-elimination playoff tournament after the regular season has concluded.  The number of teams to advance to this playoff tournament will vary from season to season based on team records and available venue space.  The playoff tournament may be held on a day and time other than the normal day and time of regular season games.

GAME RESCHEDULING POLICY:
In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the San Antonio SSC will make every effort to reschedule all games. In the event of multiple cancellations, the San Antonio SSC reserves the option to shorten the regular season and/or the play-off schedule. Make-up games may be scheduled on days other than the regularly scheduled days of the week. Neither refunds nor pro-rated refunds will be given if the season is shortened due to inclement weather or due to actions taken by the venue.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD:
The maximum number of players on the field is 10. The minimum number of players on the field is 8. The maximum number of males on the field is 6. There is no maximum number of females on the field.

GAME EQUIPMENT:
San Antonio SSC will provide all bases and playable balls for each game. The only ball used for play in SSC Softball games is the 12” .52 COR/300 lb Compression ball. Bats and gloves are not supplied.

All bats must have either the ASA 2000, ASA 2004, or ASA 2013 approved certification mark and must not be listed on the ASA non-approved list. If the bat has been manufactured before 2000 or its certification marks have been worn or faded, it will be left to the sole discretion of the umpire as to whether the bat may be used in for SSC play. You can find the complete non-approved ASA bats list at www.softball.org/about/certified_equipment.asp.

Any players using an illegal bat will be called out. The illegal bat will be removed from the game. If a batted ball has occurred, then all runners will return to their original base.

Catchers are recommended to wear a mask at all times (not league provided). Teams may bring personal softballs for practice between games.

Metal cleats are not permitted. Any player wearing metal spikes will have to remove them immediately or they cannot play

BEVERAGES AT FIELDS:
Alcholic beverages ARE allowed at Rusty Lyons but NOT at Tony Martinez Fields. The following is the Alcohol Policy for Tony Martinez Field: Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may be consumed in the dugout, common area, and coach’s boxes, but not on the field of play itself. All players are responsible for removing all trash from team areas and the parking lot before leaving the park.

Alcohol and Tobacco is not allowed under any circumstance at MC Sports Park and The Park Day School. Anyone caught doing so may be asked to leave the premises.

All San Antonio SSC participants, officials, and staff share the responsibility to leave all San Antonio Park venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

DIVISION PREFERENCE:
Whenever possible, San Antonio SSC will separate sports into divisions based on playing experience. In the event multiple divisions are not possible, all players will be placed into a single division.

Teams will continue to participate in their prior season’s league (social or super social) unless moved by the San Antonio SSC. Super social teams may move up to social, and social teams with a 0-6 or 1-5 record may move down to the super social league. Last year’s super social champion will automatically move up to the social league along with the teams that finish in the top 10%. This format will help balance out the caliber of teams in both leagues.

Any player, or team based on the majority of their players, that is determined to be in the incorrect division may be asked to switch divisions at the discretion of the San Antonio SSC.

POINTS AWARDED:
Win – 2 points Tie – 1 point Loss – 0 points.

SOFTBALL GAME RULES

START OF GAME:
The home team will take the field first and use the first base dugout. The official score is kept by the umpire and is displayed on the manual scoreboard.

LINE-UP CARDS:
Completed line-up cards must be handed to the umpire before the game begins. Cards must be filled out with players first name & gender. The umpire’s card will be the official card) All changes to your line-up must be reported to the umpire.

GAME CLOCK:
The umpire’s clock is the game clock and he will inform both teams when the game has started. There is no minimum number of innings for a complete game if the time limit has been satisfied. Warm-up pitching between innings is not allowed, and teams should hustle on and off the field. No new innings will start after the umpire has declared time expired. After the game is completed, teams are required to clear the dugout for the next game.

FIELDING TEAM:
The maximum number of infielders is 6 (including the Pitcher and Catcher). Outfielders must stay in the grass until contact is made. If an outfielder comes onto the infield dirt before contact is made and is in any way involved in that play, all runners will be ruled safe.

Fielding positions can be changed between players on the field while on defense, however new players may not substitute in except for a pitching change, the team is short fielders, or due to an injury. The batting order must always stay the same despite any changes in field position.

THE COUNT:
Batters will start with a one-ball/one-strike count. With two strikes, the batter has one courtesy foul. The second foul with two strikes will be called strike three and the batter out. In 1-pitch format, the count will be 3-2 with no courtesy foul.

BATTING ORDER:
All players bat but no more than two males can bat in a row. Females can re-hit if necessary. (For example, a team has 9 guys and 4 girls. One girl would be designated in the line-up to bat twice to ensure proper ratios).

There are no substitutions in the batting line-up.

If a team plays with fewer than four females, they must play short and will receive an automatic out when that position is reached in the batting order.

If a team began the game short the minimum number of females resulting in an out in that batting spot has a female show up after the game has started, that team may insert that female into the designated spot in the lineup at any time and will no longer have to take an automatic out.

All late arriving players may be inserted at any time. Late arrivals must be inserted into the bottom of the batting order, or as close to the bottom to ensure gender rules apply.

BATTING OUT OF ORDER:
If the error is discovered while the incorrect batter is hitting, then the correct batter will assume the ball/strike count of the incorrect batter. If the error is discovered after the incorrect batter has safely reached base, the incorrect batter will be called out, and all runners will return to their original base. The opposing team must make the umpire aware of batting out of order before a pitch is thrown to the next batter. If it is not, then the incorrect batter will stay on base.

WALKED BATTERS:
Less than two outs, All walks are one base awards.

Two outs  If there are two outs and a male batter is walked with a female batter up next, the male runner walks as normal (stops at first). The female batter will then have the option to walk or bat.

HOME RUNS:
There will be a 1 home run rule limit for both divisions. Every home run after 1 will be ruled an out.

BASE RUNNERS:
There is no leading off or stealing of bases. Doing so will result in the runner being called out.

Every field has an extra first base bag, known as the “safety” base located outside the baseline. This is the bag that the runners must touch if running through first base. The inside bag is for the fielders.

All San Antonio SSC sports are non-contact, and all players must avoid unnecessary contact at all times. Runners must give themselves up, get out of the way, or slide. Interference on the part of the runner or the fielder shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire.

If the contact was considered unsportsmanlike, that player will be ejected.

HEAD FIRST SLIDE:
Runners may not engage in a head first slide when approaching any base on the field. If a runner’s momentum has caused them to overrun a base, they may “dive back” in a head first manner to regain possession of that base.

INFIELD FLY RULE:

An infield fly is a fly ball in fair territory which, at the sole discretion of the umpire, can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied with less than two outs.  In this situation, the umpire will declare “Infield Fly”.  The ball remains live and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught.  If the ball becomes foul, it will be treated the same as any foul.

INJURED RUNNER:
Only injured players may receive a pinch runner once they have safely reached base. If a male player is injured, the last player out will become the pinch runner, regardless of gender. If a female player is injured, the last female out becomes the pinch runner.

SCORING:
The maximum number of runs allowed per inning is nine. After the ninth run crosses the plate, play will stop regardless of the number of outs. The only exception to the nine-run rule will be in the final inning with the scoring team behind.

The run rule will be put into effect and the game called if one team is ahead by 12 runs or more upon completion of the fifth inning (4 ½ if the home team is ahead).

Regular season games can end in ties. There are no extra innings during the regular season once time has been called.

PLAYOFFS:
Playoffs will begin the week after the regular season ends and all make up games have been played. The number of teams in each division to make the playoff will be determined by the San Antonio SSC. Depending on the season, multiple nights may combine into one playoff.

If extra innings are required in a playoff game, both teams will have the opportunity to bat. The player who was AT BAT the previous inning when the third out was recorded will start at 2nd base with no outs. The batter will start with a 3-2 count with no courtesy foul (1-pitch format). This extra-inning format will continue for all extra innings until a winning team is established.

*Any rules not mentioned follow ASA rules governing Slow Pitch (www.softball.org)



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