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2014 SOAC MINORS LEAGUE RULES

SOAC MINOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL PROGRAM:

Minors will use 11" solid core softballs.

·        Game is played for 1 ½ hours.  Coaches need to agree to the final inning at the 1 hour mark.

·        3 outs results in the changing of the sides or once a team has 5 runs.

·        In the final inning, there is no run limit except under the following circumstances:

¨      If the Visiting team is ahead by 10 runs going into the last inning they capped at 5 runs and a change of side will occur.  The Home team cannot score more runs than the visiting team.  If they have been able to catch the Visiting team, an additional inning will be played or the game will result in a tie.  If you can play an additional inning, there will be a 5 run limit placed on the inning.  These rules will be used in the playoffs as well

¨      The Visiting team will be allowed to score upto a maximum of a 10 run lead then a chance of sides will occur.  The Home team cannot score more runs than the visiting team.  If they have been able to catch the Visiting team, an additional inning will be played or the game will result in a tie.  If you can play an additional inning, there will be a 5 run limit placed on the inning.  These rules will be used in the playoffs as well

·        If a player walks and/or hits 4 players during an inning the pitcher is to be removed and a replacement pitcher brought in.   If there are 4 runs in, and the bases are loaded you may allow the player to pitch to one last batter, but must be agreed by both coaches.  The player may pitch again the next inning. 

·        A pitcher is not allowed to pitch more than 2 innings in a row.

·        Distance for the pitchers is 35 feet.

·        A player may steal 2nd or 3rd base once the ball crosses the plate.  There is no stealing of home base.

·        We are encouraging catchers to attempt to throw out the player stealing and in the case of an errant throw; the runner may not advance another base.  

·        Players are expected to slide to slide on any close plays.  Each team will be given 2 warnings that the player must slide.  The 2nd time during a game that it happens, the player is called out if they does not slide.

·        In the case of an errant throw during normal game play, the runners may only advance one base.  This is the case when the ball is thrown out of the field of play as well.

·        Each player is required to play at least one inning in the infield each game.

·        There will be 10 players in the field, including 4 outfielders.

·        Each player is required to wear a helmet with face cage while at bat and on base.

·        Anyone that pitches must wear a face guard while they are pitching.

·        Every player will bat in the order set before the game beings, regardless if they are playing in the field or not.  Any player that arrives after the start of the game will be added onto the batting order at the bottom. 

·        If a team is not able to field 10 players, please have the opposing team fill the field.  We do not want any missed games so please ensure that each team has 10 players on the field at all times.

·        For the playoffs we will extend the time to two hours for the game.  In the case of a longer game, both coaches need to agree on the last inning at the 1 ½ hour mark.  Seeding will be based on standings in the event of a tie we will use the run total to decide who has the higher seed.  In the event of a tie in the run total, a coin will be flipped. 

·        For the first round of the playoffs, 2 will be the home team and play 3.  1 will play the winner of 2 and 3.

Infield Fly Rule:

 

Applies only with runners on 1st and 2nd or 1st, 2nd and 3rd and with less than two outs.

The umpire should call it, any time a catchable pop fly ball is hit within the infield 
territory (from the edge of the outfield grass to homeplate). The batter will be called 
out. The runners may advance at their own risk if in fair territory.

 

UMPIRES:

(1) One parent, one youth or two youths (if no umpire is available for a game, then the 

coaches or a mutually agreed upon parent will umpire when their team is in the field - from 
behind the mound) will constitute the umpiring team for all games.

 

(2) The umpires assigned by the club are in complete charge of the games. Once a game begins, the game is completely in the hands of the umpire.

 

(3) The umpire has the authority to:

(a) Eject any player or coach who persist in arguing a call and/or uses profane language 
directed at the umpire, manager, coach or other players. The use of profane language is an 
automatic ejection.

(b) Eject any player or coach for flagrant unsportsman-like conduct such as fighting or 
throwing equipment or committing intentional over aggressive acts that could injure 
another player. Anything here should be referred to the league commissioner

 

GAME LIMITS:

Games will begin promptly at the scheduled times. Teams should be at the assigned fields 

AT LEAST one half hour prior to starting time. Each team will be allowed infield practice 

for one half of the time interval between the end of the previous game and the scheduled

starting time of their games.

A game and score is official after the completion of 3 1/2 innings, with the home team 
leading, or 4 innings with the visiting team ahead (Championship games excluded). Losing 
team must have had 4 complete turns at bat. The score of an official game terminated

before the completion of six innings reverts to the score of the last complete inning.

Partial (incomplete) games or rainouts will be resumed from the point of play stoppage.

Official games that end in a tie after 6 innings, but where the two-hour time has not 
expired, will continue until the time has run out. Games ending in a tie at the end of 6 
innings will be recorded as "Ties". No replay or continuation will take place (Championship 
games will continue until there is a winner).

 

CANCELLATION:

Game cancellations will be at the discretion of both the managers. The decision should be 
at least one hour prior to game time.

Generally, games will be cancelled only in extreme weather conditions, (i.e., heavy rains or 
flooding). Threatening weather and/or damp grounds are not sufficient cause for 
cancellations.

Games in progress may be "delayed" by the umpire. After a reasonable delay, games may 
be terminated (if official) or suspended (if unofficial), at the discretion of the umpire, 
based on existing conditions. Visible lightning causes immediate termination or suspension, 
as appropriate.

If an entire day's slate of games is cancelled, the Commissioner will reschedule a full 
replay program, probably pre-empting team practice and possibly requiring the playing of 
Sunday afternoon games.

Be prepared for Sunday or weeknight games as needed due to rainouts. Makeup games 
take priority over practice. Rescheduled games will be worked out between coaches.

 

 COACHING:

Coaches are asked not to argue calls with the umpire so as to set an example for the 
players. If a coach feels the umpire is performing inadequately, the coach should 
talk privately to that umpire in between innings in a non-confrontational manner..  

Any Coach that argues with an umpire will be suspended for a 1 game and possibly the rest of the season.

 

 H. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:

 

Players must wear protective batting helmets when "at bat" or waiting On-deck to bat

. All players on base must wear a protective running helmet with facemask

Pitchers must wear a face mask while they are pitching

. All players with the exception of those on the field or at bat must remain behind the 
dugout fences.

  . No spectators, players or coaches will be permitted to stay behind the home plate 
  backstop.

. Players shall not throw equipment. Such players are subject to ejection from the game 
by the umpire.

 

Practices:

We will have (1) 1.5 hours of practice per week. We will be teaching players how to pitch at 
least ½ hour per practice and try to have the players pitching batting practice. All coaches will
attend a class on how to teach pitching properly.   

  

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