March 27, 2011
VERONA CEDAR GROVE
2011 Cedar Grove - Verona
PLAYING RULES (2011 CG-V SOFTBALL RULES)
THE FOLLOWING GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL LEAGUES
RULES a. Mask with Helmet and throat guard (batting
helmet with a cage is NOT a substitute).
Official Rules – ASA (Amateur Softball b. Chest protector.
Association of America) Official Rules of Softball c. Shin guards.
apply, unless otherwise specified.
4. Metal spikes are not permitted at any time.
5. Jewelry - No player may wear any jewelry,
1. Bat Requirements - All bats must conform to ASA including earrings, necklaces, watches and
standards, designated by either the ASA 2000 bracelets, during a game or during pre-game
certification mark or the ASA 2004 certification warm-up. It is the responsibility of the manager
mark, or must be included on a list of approved to ensure that his or her players remove all
bat models published by the ASA, and must be jewelry before taking the field. For safety and
marked, “Official Softball” by the manufacturer. insurance reasons, this rule will be strictly
6. Game Balls - Each home team will supply two
new balls per game.
7. Uniforms – Players are given a full uniform prior
to the season and should wear this uniform for all
2. Batting Helmet – Each batter must wear a batting
helmet with an attached face mask and chin
3. Catcher’s Equipment – Catchers must wear the
following protective gear:
1. All games consist of six innings. c. At Cedar Grove’s Panther Park, there is no
Gatorade, gum are sunflower seed allowed;
a. Pony/Intermediate League Only: only water. Games must end at 9:30.
International Tie-Breaker Rule: If the game is
tied after 6 innings and daylight and weather 5. Lightening/Bad Weather – If a game is stopped
is not a factor, the game will continue using due to weather, darkness or any other
the “International Tie-Breaker Rule”. Under unforeseen reason prior to the completion of an
this Rule, each team starts the inning with inning, there are two scenarios. First, if the
the player who completed the last official at previous complete inning makes an official game,
bat, as a base runner on second base. Each then the score reverts back to the previous inning
subsequent inning will start the same until a and the game is over. If there is thunder and/or
winner has been determined. lightning in the area – the game, for safety of all
present, will immediately be stopped. The game
b. Major League Only: Extra innings may be can be started again if the umpire agrees it is
played, time permitting. safe to continue (minimum of 20 minutes from
previous lightning bolt).
c. Minor League: There are no extra innings in
the Minor League. Managers do not have
discretion to extend the game past six UTILIZATION OF PLAYERS
1. Each team shall use a full-roster batting order,
2. Ground Rules – will be agreed upon before the using all players who are present for the game in
game by the 2 managers and umpire. the batting lineup.
3. Official Game Defined a. Any player who arrives after the first pitch of
the game must bat last in the order.
a. A game is official after 4 full innings, or 3½
innings if the home team is ahead.
2. To start a game, a team must have eight players.
b. A game called before it becomes official will
be played over in its entirety, schedule a. Pony/Intermediate and Major Leagues
1. No team may play a game with fewer than
c. If a game is called after it becomes official eight players.
and the score is tied, the game ends as a tie.
2. There is a 10-minute grace period,
4. Time Limitations beginning at the scheduled start time, for
any team with fewer than eight players.
a. No inning shall begin after two hours from
the start of the game. a. If, after the expiration of the 10-minute
grace period, either team still does not
b. At Verona’s Everett and Cedar Grove’s have eight players, that team will forfeit
Memorial Field, no new inning may start after the game.
10:00 p.m., from Sunday through Thursday
except during the playoffs.
b. If neither team has the required
number of players, at the end of the RULES RELATING TO THE GAME
10-minute grace period, the game
will be declared a double forfeit, with 1. Bunting is permitted at all levels. Fake
each team receiving a loss. bunting/slashing is not permitted.
c. Should a forfeit or double forfeit occur, 2. Ball out of play
the two teams may engage in a
practice game, for which no umpire is a. A pitched ball that goes under the backstop
needed. Any manager or assistant fence, behind home plate or gets caught in
coach may umpire the practice game, the fence so that the catcher cannot
as part of his or her responsibilities as immediately retrieve it is considered a dead
a voluntary coach. ball and each base runner shall advance one
base. (Pony/Intermediate and Majors only).
d. No manager is permitted to forfeit or
reschedule a game for personal b. A dead ball shall be called for any ball
reasons. If games are rescheduled crossing the line extending from the pole at
without first consulting the League the end of the backstop to pole at the end of
Commissioner, each team will be given the fence protecting the dugout (both
a loss for that game. dugouts). The ball must cross over the line.
On the line is not a dead ball. On the first
3. If a team plays with only eight available base dugout side the dead ball line goes
players, no automatic out is recorded every from the far pole of the fence protecting the
time the ninth spot in the order is reached. dugout to the front edge of the cinder block
wall of the dugout. The outfield side of the
4. Pony/Intermediate League only: If a team first base dugout is in play as is the fence
starts a game with nine or more players from the dugout all the way to the outfield
and for any reason a player must leave the fence.
game, no automatic out is recorded for that
player whenever his or her position is c. Any blacktop area is dead ball territory.
reached in the lineup.
d. A thrown ball that goes under or through any
5. Substitute “Guest” players – any team may opening in the fence behind first base is
request a guest or substitute player from dead, in which case an extra base is
another team in its league to fill their 10 awarded to each base runner.
player roster. The substitute player must
bat last and play the outfield. No more e. A fair ball that goes under any opening in the
than 2 substitute players per team per outfield is dead, in which case a ground-rule
game. double awarded.
3. Base-Running PITCHING
a. On a tag play, when the fielder has control of 1. Pitchers are encouraged to use the windmill
the ball, the base runner must slide or avoid motion; however, it is not mandatory.
the tag. Willful disregard of this rule may
result in an out depending on the umpire’s 2. Pitching Regulations
judgment call. This rule is for the protection
of the defensive player. a. Before starting the pitch, the pitcher must
take a position with both feet in contact with
b. A runner will be called OUT if he or she runs the pitching rubber, and within the width of
into the fielder, even if the fielder drops the the pitching rubber. The pitcher’s shoulders
ball. shall be in line with first base and third base.
Both feet must remain in contact with the
c. Fielders are not allowed to obstruct a base pitching rubber at all times before the pitcher
runner or block a base without possession of takes a forward step.
b. The pitcher must bring her hands together for
d. On bang-bang plays, collisions are often at least one second and no more than 10
unavoidable – this rule is meant for plays in seconds before starting the pitch. The pitch
which collisions can be avoided. starts when one hand is taken off the ball
after the hands have been placed together.
e. The umpire’s word is final on such plays,
which are discretionary and may not be c. The pitcher may drop the arm to the side and
argued or contested by managers, coaches to the rear before starting the pitch. The
or players. pitcher may make only one revolution of the
arm before releasing the ball, and may not
f. The “Infield Fly Rule” is in effect for make another revolution after releasing the
Pony/Intermediate Leagues only. ball.
4. A courtesy runner rule for pitchers & catchers is d. The delivery of the pitch must be an
not used at any level in recreation softball. underhanded motion, with the throwing hand
below the hip and the wrist no farther from
5. Injured player may be replaced by another player. the body than the elbow.
This includes a base runner, which can only be
replaced by the batter who made the last out. e. The release of the ball and the follow-through
must be forward and past the straight line of
6. Substitutes – Reentry is unlimited on defense, the body.
except for the pitching position (See league specific
pitching rules.) f. When delivering the ball, the pitcher must
take one step with the non-pivot foot (the foot
opposite the pitcher’s throwing arm) at the
same time she releases the ball. The step
must be taken in the direction of the batter
and land within the 24-inch width of the
g. The pitcher’s pivot foot must remain in
contact with the pitching rubber or the ground b. Profanity will not be tolerated by anyone at
at all times throughout the pitching motion, any level.
including the follow-through. The pitcher
may drag the pivot foot across the pitching c. Managers and coaches may not use cell
rubber and along the ground, but she may phones while on the field.
not lift the pivot foot off the ground. No crow
hop allowed. d. Both team managers are responsible for
cleaning up and shutting down fields after
3. Walks every game.
a. No pitcher may intentionally walk a batter. e. Home team managers and their coaches are
responsible for putting away the bases after
b. Majors/Minors: A walked batter may not every game.
advance past first base until the next pitch is
thrown. 6. Managers are required to report all injuries
immediately to the League Commissioner.
RULES RELATING TO 7. Any manager who violates the rules may be
MANAGERS’ CONDUCT required to appear before the Board of Directors.
1. Managers are required to keep a copy of the 8. Each winning team manager must notify the
rules with them at all games. League Commissioner of the game result as
soon as possible after the game
2. The home team on the schedule occupies the
first-base dugout or bench.
3. No team may carry any personnel in the bench REMOVAL OF PLAYERS AND COACHES
area except players, the manager and assistant
coaches. 1. A manager may remove a player from a game for
unsportsmanlike conduct, use of foul language,
4. During a team’s at-bat, only the first- and third- talking back to an umpire, or any inappropriate
base coaches are permitted in the area of play. behavior. In such cases, the league
Commissioner must be notified immediately after
a. All other coaches must remain in the dugout the game. If a player gets removed from the
or bench area. game, it is an out when they would have come up
b. Coaches are not permitted to stand or kneel
in any area of play. 2. No manager may suspend a player for any game
without prior Board approval.
5. Managers are required, at all times, to conduct
themselves in a professional and exemplary
a. Use of alcohol or tobacco products is strictly
prohibited at all playing fields.
3. Any manager, coach or player who engages in
aggressive behavior or any form of fighting will
be automatically ejected from the game by the b. Managers are permitted to question only the
umpire and/or League Commissioner and is umpire’s interpretation of a Rule.
subject to removal from the league.
c. While the umpire’s interpretation of a Rule
4. Any adult ejected from the game must leave the may be discussed, the umpire’s
premises. determination of how a Rule should be
interpreted is final.
5. If a manager or coach is ejected, he or she will
receive an automatic minimum one-game d. Only the manager may talk to an umpire. No
suspension with a right to appeal to the Board. assistant coach is permitted to talk to the
umpire about calls or rule interpretations.
6. A suspension will not go into effect until after the
appeal, if any, is decided by the Board. e. Repeatedly questioning umpire calls, riding
or berating an umpire, publicly embarrassing
7. If a manager or coach is expelled from the an umpire, or conducting oneself in any way
league for the remainder of the season, the less than that of a proper role model will not
expulsion will continue through post-season play. be tolerated.
f. Managers are encouraged to discuss umpire
RELATING TO UMPIRES situations and problems with their league
1. Umpires shall be present at the field at least 15
minutes prior to a game and advise both 3. Players are prohibited from throwing equipment.
managers five minutes before the scheduled
starting time. a. An umpire will give a pre-game warning to
both managers about throwing equipment.
2. Effect of a Call by the Umpire
b. Should any infraction occur at any time in the
a. Umpire decisions involving judgment calls game, each team will receive a warning.
(including but not limited to fair and foul, After the warning, a batter will be called out
strikes and balls, and safe or out) are final without further warning.
decisions that no manager, coach or player
may argue or contest.
1. Only one player at a time is allowed in the on-
2. Managers or coaches are not allowed in front of
the fence protecting the dugout area.
3. Only one manager and up to, but no more than,
three approved coaches are allowed in the
dugout area (4 total).
4. Food is not permitted in the dugout. Gum, water
and sunflower seeds are allowed.
5. Spectators – No spectators will be permitted
within the confines of the playing field at any time
during the course of the game. This includes
standing directly behind the backstop. This rule
will be interpreted by the judgment of the umpire.
VERONA CEDAR GROVE
RULES SPECIFIC FOR
PONY/INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
1. Field Dimensions for Pony/Intermediate League
a. Bases are 60 feet apart.
a. The maximum amount of players, that
b. Pitching distance is 40 feet from the farthest can come to bat in innings 1 thru 5, is
point of home plate. 10...The tenth batter of the inning MUST be
pitched to (“intentionally” walking the tenth
2. Guest Players batter is unacceptable at this level of
play)....for the 6th inning through any extra
a. Should a Pony/Intermediate League innings played, three outs must occur in
manager know in advance that his or her order for the 1/2 inning to end (unless the
team will have fewer than nine players for a mercy rule applies).
game, that manager is required to invite a
guest player from another Pony/Intermediate b. No player may sit more than two innings in a
league team. game. If a player sits two innings, those
innings may not be consecutive.
b. If a guest is invited to another
Pony/Intermediate League team but that c. No player may pitch more than four innings
team ends up, at any point in the game, with in a game. If a pitcher throws one pitch, it
at least 9 players, then the guest player is to counts as one inning. The innings do not
serve as an EH (Extra Hitter). An EH takes a have to be consecutive.
regular turn at bat, but may not play the field.
d. 5 steals per inning; no stealing of home is
c. If a Pony/Intermediate League player from a permitted. Steal: leaving on the release to
team using a guest player shows up after the advance to next base, advancing after pitch
start of the game, that player must bat at the is caught by catcher and/or advancing to
end of the batting order, after the EH. next base on a pitched ball that passes the
catcher. Continuous walks are not permitted.
If the runner is thrown out on the steal, it’s
3. Mercy Rule considered one of the 5 steals allowed per
inning. Double steals count as 2 steals. You
a. There is a 10 run mercy rule. A game will end can advance only one base on an overthrow.
if a team goes ahead by 10 or more runs No delayed steals. After Mother’s Day,
after five innings; 4.5 for home team. stealing of home is permitted.
b. If the visiting team goes ahead by 10 or more e. When the ball is in the pitching circle and
runs after five innings, the home team must controlled by the pitcher, the ball is dead and
have the opportunity to bat in the bottom half it is the umpire’s discretion where to place
of the inning. the runners.
f. Dropped 3rd strike rule applies. If catcher throws
to first, the ball is live and all runners can
advance at their own risk. If there is no throw
down to 1st and runners run, it is counted
towards the 5 steals in an inning. Runner on
3rd can only advance when bases are loaded
(force) or once catcher releases ball to a player
other than pitcher as an attempt to get an
opposing player who is stealing. The batter cannot
advance past first base on a dropped 3rd strike if
there is an overthrow to first.
VERONA CEDAR GROVE
RULES SPECIFIC FOR
MAJOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL
1. Field Dimensions for Major League 3. Mercy Rule
a. Bases are 60 feet apart; a. There is a 12 run mercy rule. A
game will end if a team goes ahead
b. Pitching distance is 35 feet from the by 12 or more runs after five innings;
farthest point of home plate. 4.5 innings for home team.
If the visiting team goes ahead by 12
or more runs after four innings, the
2. Guest Players home team must have the
opportunity to bat in the bottom half
a. Should a Major League manager of the inning
know in advance that his or her team
will have fewer than ten players for a
game, that manager is required to 4. Lineup
invite a guest player from another
Major League team. d. The maximum amount of players,
that can come to bat in innings 1 thru
b. If a guest player is invited to a play 5, is 10...The tenth batter of the
on another team, and that team ends inning MUST be pitched to
up, at any point in the game, with at (“intentionally” walking the tenth
least 10 players, then the guest batter is unacceptable at this level of
player is to serve as an EH (Extra play)....for the 6th inning through any
Hitter). An EH takes a regular turn at extra innings played, three outs must
bat, but may not play the field. occur in order for the 1/2 inning to
end (unless the mercy rule applies).
c. If a Major League player from a team
using a guest player shows up after b. No player may sit more than two
the start of the game, that player innings in a game. If a player sits
must bat at the end of the batting two innings, those innings may not
order, after the EH. be consecutive.
c. No player may pitch more than three
innings in a game. If a pitcher
throws one pitch, it counts as one
inning. Pitchers do not have to pitch
d. 3 steals per inning. If a runner is thrown out
on the steal, this is one of your team’s 3
steals per inning. Delayed steals and
continuous walks are not permitted. There
will be no base advancement on overthrows
behind a running leading, however, those
runners can be tagged out. Be courteous
to the other team.
e. When the ball is in the pitching circle and
controlled by the pitcher, the ball is dead
and it is the umpire’s discretion where to
place the runners.
f. Only one base on an overthrow is permitted
whether the ball ends up in dead ball area,
outfield grass or foul territory grass…If the
ball stays on the infield (dirt), all runners
may advance at their own risk until the
ball is returned to the PITCHER in the circle.
g. No dropped 3rd strike rule.
VERONA CEDAR GROVE
RULES SPECIFIC FOR
MINOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL
1 Field Dimensions for Minor League
ii. the whole team has batted once
a. Bases are 50 feet apart; around through the lineup,
whichever comes first. If one
b. Pitching distance is 35 feet from the team has fewer players, the
farthest point of home plate. team with more players will have
batted once around when it has
2 Lineup batted the same number of
players as the other team has.
a. No player may sit more than one inning,
when a team has 12 or fewer players b. For innings 1 -5, there is a maximum of 6
available. In the spirit of the Minor runs per inning per team. If a play
League, all players should sit an equal results in multiple runs, pushing a team’s
amount of time. run total over 6 for that inning, the team
is awarded only 6 runs for that inning.
b. There are no forfeits in the Minor
League. c. In the sixth inning, each team bats until
there are three outs. There is no limit to
i. Number of fielders: at the minor the number of runs either team can score
league level there will be 10 in the sixth inning.
d. Base runners are not permitted to steal.
ii. If a team has fewer than 10 There is leading permitted on the
players, that team must bat all of pitchers release of the ball. A base
its players and borrow fielders runner may run only after a ball is hit. A
from the opposing team, as base runner cannot advance on an
necessary, to field a team of 10. overthrow.
iii. The player borrowed from the e. When the ball is returned to the infield,
opposing team in any inning all play is stopped, and all base runners
must be the last player to bat must return to their respective bases.
from the previous inning.
3 Innings Defined
a. For the first through fifth innings, each
team will bat until:
i. there are three outs or
c. Games in Which Both Players and
1 Pitching for Minor League Softball Only Coaches Pitch – The following Rules
apply to all games played in the second
a. Pitching in Minor League Softball shall part of the season, in which both
be conducted as follows: coaches and players are scheduled to
i. In the first part of the season, a
coach from each team shall pitch i. A player will pitch to the
to that team’s batters for the opposing team’s batters for the
entire game. first, third and fifth innings.
ii. In the second part of the season, ii. A coach will pitch to the batters
beginning April 26th, a player will on his or her team for the
pitch half the game and the second, fourth and sixth innings.
coach from each team shall pitch
half a game. (See c. i and ii.) d. Maximum Innings Pitched
iii. In the third part of the season, i. For all games played in the
May 23rd forward, players from second part of the season, in
each team shall pitch to the which both coaches and players
opposing team’s batters for the are scheduled to pitch, no player
entire game. Max 2 innings per may pitch more than one inning.
ii. For all games played in the third
part of the season, in which
b. Coach Pitch players pitch the entire game,
only one pitcher from each team
i. Any time a coach is pitching, may pitch up to two innings,
balls and strikes will be called; which innings need not be
however, a batter to whom a consecutive.
coach is pitching may strike-out,
but cannot walk. iii. If a player throws one pitch, it
counts as one inning.
ii. Any time a coach is pitching, the
fielding team will position a
defensive player beside the
coach who is pitching.
iii. A coach who is pitching must
make every reasonable effort to
avoid interfering with a ball in
play or interfering with any
player who is attempting to make
a defensive play.
e. Removal of Pitchers
i. If a pitcher walks three
consecutive batters or a total of
four batters in any one inning, or
hits two players in any inning,
the pitcher must be relieved by a
coach of the team at bat. The
manager has no discretion and
must relieve the pitcher
ii. The relieved pitcher will remain
on the field and field from the
pitcher’s position, on either side
of the manager or coach who
relieves her. The manager or
coach will pitch the remainder of
iii. If a pitcher is removed in any
inning, she may not return to
pitch that inning. She may,
however, return to pitch in a
subsequent inning, subject to the
rule governing Maximum Innings
f. Hit by Pitch
If a player is hit by a pitch that hits the
ground first, it is counted as a ball. The
batter is not awarded first base unless it
is ball four.