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.
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 an 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.
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 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 SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason.
Roster checks will be performed by an 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.
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 6 players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the 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.
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 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.
SSC T-Shirts are your team’s uniforms. All players must wear the appropriate color uniform with the current 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 SSC T-Shirt must be worn on the outside of any jacket or sweatshirt worn during play.
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.
If a team is short the minimum number of players to play a regulation game, the game will be ruled a forfeit.
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 an 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 SSC sport or event until they are paid in full.
If game forfeiture notice is submitted to the SSC via email (email@example.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 5.
Whenever possible, the 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 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 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.
Whenever possible, the 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.
1. Head to Head
2. Total Runs Allowed
3. Total Run Differential
GAME RESCHEDULING POLICY:
In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the SSC will make every effort to reschedule all games. In the event of multiple cancellations, the 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.
The SSC will provide all bases and playable balls for each game. Bats, gloves, and protective equipment are not provided.
When a male is at-bat, the ball in play will be 12” and .52 COR/300 LB compression.
When a female is at-bat, the ball in play will be 11” and .44 COR/375 LB compression.
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/
Players that are caught using an illegal bat will be called out. If the discovery is made after a batted ball, all runners will return to their original base you. The legality of any bat used in SSC games shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire.
It is recommended, though not required, that catchers wear protective masks while behind the plate.
Shoes are required for all players. Shoes with metal or ceramic cleats are not permitted.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:
In the event of inclement weather, the San Antonio SSC will make every attempt to make up all scheduled games. In the event of multiple cancellations, the SSC will have the option of shortening the regular season and/or the play-off schedule (and the # of teams that make the play-offs) if inclement weather dictates such action. 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 by actions taken by the city or facility managment.
BEVERAGES AT FIELDS:
Alcohol is not allowed at the field.
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% of the playoff seeding. This format will help balance out the caliber of teams in both leagues.
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.
Win 2 points…Tie 1 point….Loss 0 points.
The maximum number of players on the field is 10 (no more then six men). The minimum number of players is eight (6 men/2 women). There is no maximum number of women allowed on the field or in your line-up.
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 (download here) must be filled out at the beginning of the game with the players’ first name/last initial. Completed line-up cards must be handed to the umpire when the ground rules are given. The umpire’s card will be the official card. All changes to your line-up must be reported to the umpire and opposing team.
The umpire’s clock is the game clock and they will inform both teams when the game has started. There is no minimum # of innings for a complete game if the time limit has been satisfied. There is no warm-up pitch between innings and have your team hustle on and off the field. After your game is completed, please clear all benches ASAP. No new innings will start after 46 minutes. The last inning will always be completed.
Players will have a one-ball/one strike count on them when they come up to bat. The player is out after a third strike. With two strikes, the batter has one courtesy foul. The second foul with two strikes will be an out. Note: If a fly ball is caught in playable foul territory, the ball remains live and runners may tag-up. In 1-pitch format (late fall season & tournaments), the count is 3-2 with a foul ball.
Positions can be changed during your half inning in the field, however new players may not substitute in unless the team is short fielders or due to an injury. Players may move freely from one field position to another at any time. The batting order must stay the same despite any changes in field position.
Teams shall consist of a maximum of 10 players on the field and a minimum of eight players, with no more then six guys on the field at any time. If a team does not have enough females, they must play short and will get an automatic out when that position is reached in the batting order. If you play with fewer than 10 players but have at least 4 women you do not have to take an automatic out. One of the players must be catcher. 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 line-up.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.
Less then 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 have the option to walk or bat (again, this only applies if there are two outs).
Only one Home Run is allowed at Rusty Lyons and Tony Martinez Fields per team, per game. Anything Home Runs hit after the one allowed will result in an automatic out.
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. This is the bag that the runners must touch if running through first base. The normal one is for the fielders.
San Antonio SSC is non-contact and all players must avoid unnecessary contact at all time. Runners must give themselves up, get out of the way, or slide. If a fielder is blocking the base/in the base path, fielders interference will be called and the runner will be safe.
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. You may not slide into first base, period.
Injured players may receive a pinch runner once they reach a 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.
There must be four outfielders in the grass at all times, assuming 10 players are on the field. If an outfielder comes onto the infield dirt before contact is made, all runners will be called safe.
Nine run maximum scoring allowed per inning. After the ninth run crosses the plate, play will stop regardless of the # of outs (exception: in the last inning). The mercy rule will be put into effect if, after completing five innings, one team is ahead by 12 runs or more. In one-pitch format, the run rule is 20 runs or more after five innings.
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.
PLAYOFF EXTRA INNINGS:
If extra innings are required in a playoff game, both teams (away, home) will have the opportunity to bat / kick. The player who was AT BAT the previous inning when the third out was recorded will start at 2nd base with no outs. The person at the plate will start with a 3-2 count (0 outs) and will not be allowed a courtesy foul (thus, it’s 1-pitch). This “extra-inning” rule will continue for all extra innings until a winning team is established.
*Any rules not mentioned follow those of the ASA (www.softball.org).