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DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 # of players 13 # of A, B, C A-5 B-4 C-4 A-6 B-3 C-3 A-7 B-2 C-2 A-8 B-1 C-l Odd Innings Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Even Innings Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play 12 11 10 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE Serving the Youth of Fenside, O'Connor Hills and Victoria Village Since 1958 OFFICIAL SOFTBALL RULES 1 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 I. GAME ADMINISTRATION 1. Games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and must start no later than 6:45 p.m. 2. The Coach of the Home Team is responsible for postponement of games and MUST notify the opposing Coach, Division Convenor and Umpire-in-Chief at least one hour (1 hour) before game time ( 5:30 p.m. or earlier). 3. Games can only be postponed for the following reasons: poor, unsafe field conditions, inclement weather, or school commitments which reduce a team's strength to less than seven players. 4. To reschedule a postponed game, the Home Coach must contact the Umpire-in-Chief as soon as possible. The Umpire-in-Chief will advise the Coach of available diamonds. The Home Coach will inform the Opposing Coach of dates and diamonds available, and both Coaches must agree on a date for replay. If both Coaches are unable to agree, then the Division Convenor will set the date for replay and both teams must appear or forfeit. The Home Coach is responsible for obtaining Umpire(s) for the replay of postponed games through the Umpire-in-Chief. 5. All regular League games not played by season closing date (the Thursday prior to Championship day) are forfeited. II. DON VICTORIA LEAGUE SPECIFIC RULES FOR SOFTBALL The Don Victoria Softball League plays all games in accordance with the C.A.S.A. rulebook. Additional ‘league specific’ rules for Softball are indicated below. Coaches may request to borrow a copy of the C.A.S.A. rulebook from the league. 1. Games shall consist of seven innings and will be considered an Official Game after one complete hour of play or 4 innings, regardless of score or inning. (Official score will revert to last complete inning.) 2. No complete inning shall start after 8:15 p.m. An official time piece is to be agreed upon before the start of the game. The official time piece shall be the Umpire's watch. If the Umpire does not have a watch, the home team or visiting team must provide the time piece to the Umpire. 3. A game may be terminated early if in the opinion of the Umpire it is unsafe to continue play and/or by mutual consent of the Home and Opposing Coaches. 4. Games that are rescheduled to other times, e.g. 4:30 p.m., shall be limited to seven innings. No inning shall begin after 1.5 hour of play. 5. The Home Team will keep official score and is responsible for giving the score to the Division Convener on the night of the game. The League's official score card will be used by scorers. 2 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 6. The Home Team will supply a new ball and the Visiting Team will supply a satisfactory second ball to the Umpire before the start of the game. 7. The Home Team will occupy the third base bench and the Visiting Team will occupy the first base bench. The coaches are responsible for controlling their players on their respective benches. On diamonds without player's benches, the coaches will keep their players in an orderly group outside the playing lines. Coaches are responsible for making sure that parents behave in an orderly manner that sets a suitable example to the players. 8. Team jerseys must be worn at all times. If a player does not have their jersey for a game, the player will not be permitted to play. When at bat, batting helmets MUST be worn. All catchers must wear full equipment (shin guards, body protectors, face masks and throat protectors) 9. A. Shoes: Metal cleats or shoes with detachable cleats are not allowed. No hard plastic, nylon or polyurethane spikes similar to a metal sole and heel plate. Soccer shoes are not allowed. Turf shoes are acceptable. 10. B. Jewelry: Exposed jewelry such as wrist watches, bracelets, any type of earring, neck chains or any other items judged dangerous by the umpire may not be worn during the game for insurance purposes. Effect – Time will be called to allow the player to remove it. Players will not be permitted to play while wearing exposed jewelry. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are exempted. 11. Only equipment provided or approved by the Equipment Manager may be used in any scheduled game or playoff game. 12. In all levels of play, all players must bat in consecutive order (as identified in their batting line up) and play in the field at least every other inning. A's, B's and C's do not refer to your player ratings, but rather to a system used to identify which players will be playing defense during which innings. The Coach designates players as A. B, or C prior to the start of each game. The following chart illustrates when each category is used. # of players 13 # of A, B, C A-5 B-4 C-4 A-6 B-3 C-3 A-7 B-2 C-2 A-8 B-1 C-l Odd Innings Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Even Innings Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play Play Sit Out Play 12 11 10 3 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 13. A player, regardless of classification A, B OR C leaving a game due to injury or sickness may return to the game. Once the player (and resultant "substitutions") returns to the line-up, all affected players revert to their originally designated classifications. A player must have been on the field or taken a turn at bat before this rule applies. 14. An injured player may be replaced. The injured player may return to the field once. If they are removed again they MAY NOT return. If a player is injured sufficiently as to be unable to run the bases, a substitute runner may be inserted once. The injured player leaves the game and does not return. 15. Players coming late can be inserted into the line-up before the start of the SEVENTH INNING. 16. A team will consist of not more than fifteen (15) players who have submitted signed applications to the REGISTRAR. Any games played with players not signed and registered on an official League form will be forfeited. 17. Home Coaches should layout the diamond as diagrammed in Appendix "A” to these rules. III. 1. GAME SCORING Regarding TIES. If, after completion of the season, teams are tied: a) When time permits: I. If two teams are tied, they will play a sudden death playoff game in a neutral park. The Home Coach or Convener will contact the Umpire-in-Chief to arrange an umpire. If three teams are tied, a bye shall go to the team ranked highest who will then play the winner of a game between the other two. NOTE: RANKING: The season's won/lost record among the teams involved in a tie will determine the team ranked highest or the winner as the case may be. If after that a tie still exists, all runs for and against in the season will determine the team ranked highest. III. If four teams are tied, then ranking as noted above shall be used to determine pairing for two semi-final games. II. b) When time does not permit, the season's won/lost record among the teams involved in a tie will determine the winner without additional play off games being scheduled. If after (b) a tie still exists, all runs for and against in the season will determine the winner. c) IV. PROTEST PROCEDURE: inform the umpire and other Coaches at the game at time of incident; discuss with Division Convener that night; within 48 hours, remit an explanatory letter, the score card (which must be signed by the Umpire), and twenty dollars ($20.00) to the League President; Umpire(s) and Coaches will be requested to file reports with the League President; Protest Committee to rule and inform all parties of outcome of protest within five days; Money will be returned only in the event of a successful protest. NOTE: A protest can only be lodged for these basic reasons: 4 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 1. 2. 3. rule misinterpretation by Umpire having effect on game outcome; gross incompetence of Umpire (usually lodged by BOTH Coaches); unsportsman-like behaviour of Coaches and/or players. 2009 2. Discipline Rule: Any player or Coach ejected from a game will be reported by the Umpire to the Umpire-in-Chief, who in turn will advise the Division Convener of disciplinary action. A player who is ejected a second time will be suspended for two (2) games. A player ejected a third time will be suspended for the balance of the season. V. SETTING UP THE DIAMOND PITCHING AND BASE DISTANCES ARE AS FOLLOWS: Level Mite Girls/Boys Squirt Girls/Boys PeeWee/Novice Bantam Pitching Distance 37” (from back of Plate) 40” (from back of Plate) 40” (from back of Plate) 40” (from back of Plate) Distance Between Bases 55’ 55’ 55’ 55’ VI. UMPIRING SIGNALS Safe: Out: Ball: Time: Foul Ball: Strike: Arms extended horizontally from the body; palms down Right arm bent at 900 and raised in "hammer" position Called ball, no signal Arms above head; palms forward Both arms extended over the head in time signal and point foul Right arm brought up in hammer position, then extended away from the body with fingers indicating # strikes VII. 1. COACHING The home coach lays out the diamond: place the bases using a tape measure and locate the pitching plate. Hammer in the bases (on the spike only, avoid the straps) using the hammer provided. Appoints a player or players to chase foul balls and keep the extra ball ready for play at all times. Designates a base coach if required. Announces the batting order before game to all team members and have the next batter "On Deck" at all times so that the game is not held up. Keeps their team well back of "Dead Ball line" or back of the line of the screen. Respects the umpire's decision and avoids delaying the game. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. VIII. PITCHING Strike Zone: From arm pits to top of knees: while batter takes natural stance. 2. Legal Pitch: If the ball is delivered while the wrist is not farther from body than the elbow. 3. If a batter is hit by a pitched ball they are awarded first base, if a sincere effort is made to avoid the ball. 4. A "raised plate” is agreed with the umpire before the start of the game. A pitched ball that hits the front edge of 1. 5 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 a "raised plate" is called dead and counted as a ball. No advance of base runners is allowed on the pitch. 5. The Catcher shall return the ball directly to the pitcher after each pitch: except after a strike out, foul ball, or put out made by the catcher, or with runners on base. The pitcher has 20 seconds to release the next pitch. (PENALTY: an additional "Ball" is awarded to the batter.) 6. Mite through Bantam - pitchers can only pitch a maximum of four (4) innings. NOTE: No age restriction on pitching at Bantam boys level. IX. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. BATTING Batter's box is 7' x 3' (6" away from home plate). Batters cannot touch home plate. They will be called out. If the batter's foot is out of the batter's box when contacting a pitched ball, the batter is out. A bunt that goes foul on the 3rd strike, the batter is out If it is discovered that a player has batted out of order, see addendum re appeal play. If the catcher interferes with a batter on a pitched ball, the batsman is awarded first base. This rule applies unless he hits a double. triple or home run. The batter is out if he hits a foul tip on his third strike which is caught by the Catcher. X. BATTING RULE 7 SEC. 2 – Batting out of order: Batting out of order is an appeal play which may be made by the manager, coach or player of the defensive team only. 1 If the error is discovered while the incorrect batter is at bat, correct batter may take his place, assume any balls and strikes, and any runs scored or bases run while the incorrect batter was at bat shall be legal. If the error is discovered after the incorrect batter has completed his turn at bat and before there has been a pitch to another batter, THE PLAYER WHO SHOULD HAVE BATIED IS OUT. Any advance or score made because of a ball batted by the improper batter or because of the improper batter's advance to first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls. or a hit batter shall be nullified. The next batter is the player whose name follows that of the player called out for failing to bat. If the batter declared out under these circumstances is the third out. the first batter in the next inning shall be the player who would have come to bat had the players been put out by ordinary play. If the error is discovered after the first pitch to next batter, the turn at bat of the incorrect batter is legal, all runs scored and bases run are legal, and the next batter in order shall be the one whose name follows that of the incorrect batter. No one is called out for failure to bat. Players who have not batted and who have not been called out have lost their turn at bat until reached again in the regular order. No base runner shall be removed from the base he is occupying to bat in his proper place. He merely misses his turn at bat with no penalty. The batter following him in the batting order becomes the legal batter. 2 3 4 XI. FAIR AND FOUL BALLS 1. Infield: where it is touched or settles in the infield. If a ball starts in foul territory and rolls into fair territory before reaching 1st or 3rd base and is touched, it is a fair ball. If a ball rolls out of the fair territory before reaching 1st or 3rd base without being touched, it is foul. 2. Outfield: where it is touched or lands in the outfield. If a ball goes over 3rd base but curves and lands in foul territory it is a foul ball. 3. A batted ball hitting home plate and bounding into fair territory is a fair ball. 6 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 4. Fielder in fair territory: ball in foul: foul ball. 5. Fielder in foul territory: ball in fair: fair ball. 6. Ball hits 1st or 3rd base bags: fair ball. 2009 XII. INFIELD FLY RULE When none or one out, men on first and second, or first, second and third, a fly ball batted, not bunted, and can be handled with ordinary effort by an infielder anywhere in fair territory is an infield fly and the batter is out. A runner on base, if hit by an infield fly is not out, the ball is dead. XIII. BASE RUNNING 1. Stealing is not allowed at the Mite Boys or Mite Girls level (based on ages 8-9 … stealing is permitted if league is running combined ages from 8-15). 2. The runner is out if off the base and hit by a batted fair ball in front of a fielder. If the ball goes through the fielder and hits a runner who is behind the fielder, the runner is not out. 3. The runner is out if he interferes with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball. 4. When the Pitcher has the ball in the 8-foot radius of the pitcher's plate the only place a runner may stop is on a base. The runner is out for jockeying around or stopping between bases. 5. Two players on same base, the original occupant is the owner. 6. If a runner passes another runner, the runner passing is immediately called out. 7. Returning to a base, the runner must touch all intervening bases, unless time has been called by the Umpire. 8. When one or none out and first base occupied, three strikes on the batter and the ball is dropped by the catcher, the batter is out. 9. Runner misses a base: not an out until opposing Coach or players appeal to the Umpire. a. The base runner is out if he/she runs more than three feet from direct line between the bases, to avoid being touched by a ball in the hands of a fielder. 10. A base runner who holds his/her base on a fly ball may advance the moment such a fly ball touches the fielder. 11. On a force play it is not necessary to tag the runner with the ball. 12. A batter running to first base should run to the right of the foul line as he/she nears the base and run over the ORANGE side of the first base safety while the first base fielder will use the opposite side of the safety bag to complete their fielding of the ball. 13. A ball that goes under or through the screen, the runners advance ONE BASE NOT TO INCLUDE HOME. 14. It shall be mandatory for all players to wear a league supplied batting helmet while in the act of batting and running the bases with safety straps secured. Each participating team to carry a minimum of four (4) helmets. 15. NOTE: There shall be no penalty to a base runner if the helmet falls off while in the act of running the bases provided the safety strap was secured prior to beginning the play. 16. UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS AT ANY BASE - When a defensive player has the ball and is waiting for the runner and the runner remains on his/her feet and deliberately, with great force, crashes into the defensive player, the runner is to be declared out. EFFECT: The runner is out. The ball is dead and all other runners must return to the last base touched at the time of the collision. 7 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 NOTE: If the act is determined to be flagrant, the offender shall be ejected. 17. CATCHER: If catcher is on base with two out, he/she may be replaced with pinch runner to get ready for next inning. XIV. 1 2 SCORING In the MITE and SQUIRT categories, the batter is out on the third strike, regardless if the ball is caught or not, and the ball remains alive. Five (5) runs capped per inning, last inning uncapped. Last inning is the 7th unless otherwise agreed by the Umpire and communicated to BOTH Home and Opposing Coaches PRIOR to the beginning of the last inning. XV. 1 2 3 4 5 Base on Balls: The batter/runner is entitled to one base without liability to be put out. The ball is live unless it has been blocked. The batter/runner is now able to progress on the play just as though he had hit the ball including being able to progress beyond first base. If the batter/runner rounds first base without stopping he may attempt to take second base with liability to be put out. If the batter/runner stops at first base before progressing, and the ball is returned to the pitcher, he must now: a) immediately attempt to advance, or b) return immediately to first base. Umpires may not rule on these plays unless requested to do so by the defensive coach or team captain. All appeals must be made by the defensive coach prior to the next pitch or in the case of a third out, before the players of the defensive team have left the field. 6 7 XVI. Appeal Plays: XVII. missed base failure to tag up on a caught fly-ball missing home plate batting out of order COACH RESPONSIBILITY – RATING PLAYERS SCHEDULE "A" Each coach is responsible for rating each player on their team. In your coach package you will find a rating form which must be completed for each player and handed in to the convener prior to getting your team pictures. The form identifies certain skills and asks you to rate your players on each one and then to provide an overall rating for each player. We ask that you do this at the beginning of the season (within the first two weeks) and again the first or second week in June so they will be ready when pictures are ready. 8 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES HOW TO RATE: 2009 "A" Player • An A-player does everything consistently well. Hits,catches, runs, throws and has baseball sense. "B" Player • A B-player has developed more than 1/2 of the required skills, puts forth a good effort and is showing a good understanding of the game (i.e. knows where and when to throw to first or second base), "C" Player • A C-player's skills are just beginning to develop, there is no consistency, lack of effect and little or no understanding of the game. NOTE: Please ensure to mark the pitchers with the letter 'P' before the A, B or C rating. 9 DON VICTORIA SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES 2009 10
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