San Antonio SSC Wiffleball Rules
SAN ANTONIO SSC LEAGUE POLICIES
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 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.
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 fourth 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 four 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.
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.
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.
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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 three.
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.
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.
The San Antonio SSC will supply all field equipment including bat and balls. No gloves are needed for Wiffleball.
PLAYOFF TIE BREAKER:
If the time limit has expired and the game is tied, a tiebreaker inning(s) will occur. All players will clear the field and the home team will take the field w/ the visiting team at bat. The batting order will continue from the previous inning. A runner, (player to make the last out in the previous inning) will be placed on second base. The batter will now have 2 strikes on them (one foul to give). After 3 outs, the home team will start their inning with the same format. The tiebreaker will continue until a complete inning has resulted in one team scoring more runs than the other. Home team will always have the last opportunity to win the game.
SAN ANTONIO SSC SPORTSMANSHIP:
Any San Antonio SSC member that does not conduct themselves (on or off the field) in a sportsmanlike manner can/will be removed from the game and potentially the league. If a staff member believes a player should be removed, a meeting between myself, the coaches involved & staff member will occur to discuss removal.
BEER ON FIELD:
No alcohol is allowed in the gym.
Win 2 points…Tie 1 point….Loss 0 points. Regular season games will not go into extra innings
DEAD BALL (FIELDING):
The pitcher’s mound will be considered “dead ball territory”, providing the pitcher is on the mound. The umpire will automatically call a “dead ball “when the ball reaches the pitcher inside the circle and all play will stop.
Runners must stay within the base line and fielders must stay out of the base line. Fielders trying to make an out on the base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline to avoid contact with the runner. Runners hindered by any fielder within the base line shall be safe at the base to which they were running. Neither leading off base, nor stealing a base is allowed. A runner off of his/her base when the ball is hit will be called out. You may overrun first base, however you must touch the wall after you pass the base so the umpire and fielders know you did not intend to go to second base, since space in the gym is too limited to turn right.
1. Maximum # of 5 players (at least 2 women) on the field at one time. No maximum # of players on your roster. Minimum number of players in the field/your starting line up is 5 (3 men/2 women or vice versa). There is no maximum # of women allowed on the field/in your line-up. No more than 3 men are allowed on the field at on time. If a player arrives late, they will be inserted into the bottom of the order. You are allowed to place that player in the field, if your team is not batting.
2. Everyone on your team may bat, but you will need 2 men to 1 woman-batting ratio. If a team has less women to accommodate this, than they will bat twice in the order to obtain the 2 to 1 ratio. (3 women in the starting line up – 1 will bat twice/ 2 women in the starting line up-2 will bat twice).
3. Starting players may move freely from one field position to another, but the batting order must stay the same.
4. Each batter will start with a one-strike count on them. THERE ARE NO WALKS. The batter is out after a third strike, including two foul balls hit after two strikes. NOTE: If a fly ball is caught in playable foul territory after the third strike, the ball remains live.
5. A ball thrown by the pitcher will be called a strike if it hits the target behind the batter. Ball thrown by the pitcher must be slow pitch overhand when a man is at bat and slow pitch underhand when a woman is at bat.
6. No bunting.
7. 9 runs maximum scoring allowed per inning. After ninth run crosses the plate, play will stop regardless of the number of outs.
8. Balls hit off of the ceiling and side poles are considered a fair ball and can be played by the defense. A ball hit off the wall is always playable, but is only ‘fair’ if the initial hit is in fair territory. If it is caught in the air off the wall, the batter is out.
9. Balls hit into the other conjoining field will be considered foul. Also, any balls thrown into the other field during the field of play will be considered a dead ball and all runners will advance one base and the play is dead.
10. A ball into the back net in center field will be an automatic home run. If a ball hits the sidewall first, then over the same line in center field, it is still a home run. Once it hits this line, it does not matter if the ball is caught.
11. Injured players may receive a pinch runner once they reach first base. If the injury occurs after the runner reaches a bag safely, the pinch runner can be used. The last player out of the preceding inning will become the pinch runner. No leading off or stealing. Runners can leave base once the ball is hit.
12. NO SLIDING IS ALLOWED. (Sliding will result in an automatic out)
13. Runners must give themselves up and avoid contact at all cost. (Contact will result in that player ejected from that game and suspended for the next game)
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