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                  2009 INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL RULES AND TEAM CAPTAIN INFORMATION

                      Consult the Intramural Policies & Procedures manual at http://www.utrecsports.org/intramurals for complete details.

Who can play Intramural Softball?
• Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student with a valid University of Texas at Austin ID.
• UT faculty and staff with a current RecSports membership.
• Approved spouses of students or faculty/staff with a valid RecSports membership. (Restrictions apply, see page 2)

Do captains need to submit a team roster?
• YES! A roster of all players you anticipate to play for your team must be submitted using the online form by 5pm on Thursday, March 19th.

Online Roster Submission:
           • Captains will be required to submit player first and last name, and EID for each member of the team.
           • Team Captains can submit their roster using the online form:
                                              http://www.utrecsports.org/forms/?form=d7bb7af8e7
           • After the start of the regular season, captains may add eligible players to the game scorecard on site.
           • If you have any questions about online rosters, please refer to this website:
                                        http://www.utrecsports.org/intramurals/roster_submission.php
            • Roster size for teams is not limited, however the maximum number of championship t-shirts awarded per team for softball is
               eighteen (18).
Who CANNOT play intramural softball?
• Current scholarship softball players, walk-ons, and squad members.
• Any student who has earned a letter in intercollegiate softball. (Exception--Graduate and Graduate Coed)
• Guest Pass holders, Student Associate, Community, and Alumni RecSports members.

How many teams can I play for?
• Each individual must meet the requirements for the Division(s) in which he or she wishes to play.
• An individual can play for only one team per Division.
• Example – an undergraduate student could play for as many as 4 teams by meeting all the requirements:
Orange, White, Coed, and Fraternity

Can University of Texas intercollegiate athletes play on my team?
• Students that appear on a current team list for UT athletics are limited by the 2 person rule – only two of these individuals may be on any
one Intramural team.
•If a University of Texas letter winner remains in school after NCAA eligibility has expired, he or she will be limited by the two-person rule in
non-associate sports and is subject to the 2 person rule.
•If a letter winner quits a team and remains in school, he or she will be considered a varsity letter winner and be ineligible for that sport or
associate sport and is subject to the 2 person rule.
•Students in the above categories must play in the highest division offered (Coed B, Grad Coed, Orange A, White A, Graduate,
Fraternity and Women are the highest divisions offered for softball). Current scholarship softball players, walk-on and squad
members are NOT eligible.

When does my team play?
• Once a week for 5 weeks on the day and time for which you registered.
• Each team will have one bye week off – the week corresponding with the numbered slot in which you registered. (Bye week subject to
  change--Team captains must review their final schedule after the registration period ends)

How does my team make the play-offs?
• All teams who finish the regular season with at least 3 wins, or finish in the top 2 spots (top 3 spots in Orange A and White A) in their
league, will qualify for the single elimination playoffs. Coed qualifiers may be placed into different brackets for the playoffs at the discretion
of the Intramural Staff.
• Ties for qualifying spots will be broken in the following in order: season record, head to head competition, defensive runs allowed. Three
way ties will use the same procedure until a first place team has been established. The process will then start over with head to head
competition to determine the second place team.
• To be eligible for the playoffs, a player must have played in at least one regular season game for the team(s) he or she intends to
represent. The playerʼs name and UT EID MUST appear on the scorecard and be checked off for the game(s) played.
• All teams are subject to evaluation of ability throughout the regular season and may be moved to a higher skill level of play for playoffs.

Inclement Weather
• In case of inclement weather, call 452-2235 on game day. Weekdays after 4pm, and Sundays after 1pm.
• Teams may also check the weather link on the Intramural webpage for the latest field conditions.
• A lightning detection system is in place at the fields. If it sounds your team should take cover at the Control Building or in your vehicles.
DO NOT leave the fields, as games may resume when the all-clear sounds.

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                                 INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL PARTICIPATION POLICY
This information is provided to the team captain with the understanding that the team captain is responsible for providing
the following information to their team.

1) Individuals who elect to participate in Recreational Sportsʼ Programs sponsored by the University do so with the understanding
   that such participation is voluntary.
2) Please be aware that participation in physical activities involves a higher degree of risk than normal activities. Consult your
   physician if in doubt.
3) The University cannot assume responsibility for the loss of personal property or injury to participants.
4) Participants must present proper ID for facility access, equipment checkout and contest participation.

                                                                             ELIGIBILITY GRID

                                Division            Undergraduate             Graduate/Law             Faculty/Staff              Spouse
                                                       Student                  Student               (with RecSports         (with RecSports
                                                                                                       membership)             membership)
                               Orange                       Yes                      Yes                    Yes                     Yes
                                White                       Yes                      Yes                    Yes                     Yes
                              Women's                       Yes                      Yes                    Yes                     Yes
                                Coed                        Yes                      Yes                    Yes                     Yes
                              Fraternity                    Yes                      No                      No                      No
                              Graduate                      No                       Yes                    Yes                     Yes
                            Graduate Coed                   No                       Yes                    Yes                     Yes
         Grid shows general eligibility guidelines. Participants must meet specific requirements for each division as outlined below.
         All spouse participants must be approved prior to the start of the season. Refer to page 21 of the Intramural Policies and Procedures Manual for specific
         instructions.


                                       Divisions – YOU CAN PLAY FOR ONLY ONE TEAM IN EACH BOX!

  Orange A, B or C – Any student, faculty or staff RecSports members, and eligible spouse RecSports members. A player may play on
  one total Orange Division team. A player may play on one Orange and one White team.

  White A, B or C– Any student, faculty or staff RecSports members, and eligible spouse RecSports members. A player may play on
  one total White Division team. A player may play on one Orange and one White team.

  Fraternity– Any active or new member of any fraternity with membership in one of the Greek Council Communities recognized by the
  Dean of Students Office (GLIE) – IFC, UGC, NPHC, TAPHC, UPC and Affiliate Organizations. A fraternity may register multiple teams.
  A player may play for only one team in this division.

  Graduate – Any student registered in law school, the MBA program, other graduate school program, or faculty/staff RecSports
  member. A player may play for only one team in this division.

  Women – Any female student, faculty, staff, or spouse RecSports members. A player may play for only one team in this division.

 Coed B, or C – Any student (Undergraduate or Graduate), faculty or staff RecSports members, and eligible spouse RecSports members.
 Participants on a team in this division may NOT play for a Graduate Coed team.

 Graduate Coed - Any student registered in law school, the MBA program, other graduate school program, faculty or staff RecSports
 members, and eligible spouse RecSports members. Undergraduates are NOT eligible for this division. Participants on a team in this
 division may NOT play in Coed B or C.

Attention Intramural Team Captains: Notice Concerning Your Information
Please note Team Captains’ information provided on the UT RecSports website (UTRecsports.org) or to other team captains. The Texas Public Information Act, with a
few exceptions, gives you the right to be informed about the information that The University of Texas at Austin collects about you. It also gives you the right to request a
copy of that information; and to have The University correct any of that information that is wrong. You may request to receive and review any of that information, or
request corrections to it, by contacting the University’s Public Information Officer, Office of Financial Affairs, PO Box 8179, Austin, Texas 78713
(email:cfo@www.utexas.edu).




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                             INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY
                     Consult the Intramural Policies & Procedures manual at http://www.utrecsports.org/intramurals for complete details.

No player, coach, or team follower shall:
   1) Use foul or derogatory language, threaten, or verbally abuse any other participant or intramural employee before, during, or after the
      game. This includes verbal taunting.
   2) Participate in a game for which he/she is ineligible.
   3) Argue with a game official.
   4) Intentionally strike, push, or trip another person. Fighting is prohibited.
   5) Mistreat the facility, equipment, or supplies of the University of Texas.

Warning/Ejection:
  A warning/ejection system will be used to promote positive sportsmanship. Individuals may be issued a warning for unsporting behavior.
  A second warning may result in an ejection. Ejections may be issued without warnings in specific situations, including all those that
  involve fighting.

       Warning                                            Ejection                            Game Forfeit
       Verbal warning to captain                          2nd verbal warning                  2nd ejection from one team


   •   Any player, coach, or team follower receiving an ejection must meet with the Intramural Coordinator before participating in
       the next Intramural contest.
   •   Team captains are responsible for the conduct of their players, sidelines and spectators.
   •   Fighting is defined as a participant intentionally striking, pushing, slapping, punching, elbowing, tackling or committing any other
       malicious act toward any other person. Fighting is never permitted during Intramural contests. Participants who fight will be ejected
       immediately and suspended from all further participation until the outcome of a disciplinary action meeting with the Intramural Staff.

Sportsmanship Ratings
   1) Ratings are given to teams after each contest by intramural officials/supervisors. These ratings reflect behavior before, during, and
      after the contest. Ratings will be:
           A = 4 points. Above average conduct and sportsmanship. Players cooperate with officials and team members. The captain
           calmly converses with officials and has full control of the team.
           B = 3 points. Average conduct and sportsmanship. Team members complain about officials and show minor dissension, which
           may or may not merit a warning. Teams that receive one warning may receive no higher than a “B.”
           C = 2 points. Below average conduct and sportsmanship. Team members complain about officials and/or the opposing team,
           which may or may not merit a warning. The captain exhibits minor control over the team. Teams receiving multiple warnings or
           one ejection may receive no higher than a “C.”
           D = 1 point. Poor conduct and sportsmanship. Team members continuously dispute the officials’ calls or abusively speak to the
           officials or opposing team. The captain has little control over self or team. Teams receiving three or more warnings or two
           ejections may receive no higher than a “D.”
           F = 0 Points. Unacceptable conduct and sportsmanship. Team members are completely uncooperative. The captain has no
           control over self or team.
   2) In order to qualify for post-season playoffs, a team must have a 3.0 average in sportsmanship during regular season play.
   3) Teams may submit an appeal to change their grade to the Intramural Staff, in writing, prior to 5pm the next business day following
      the contest.
   4) Any team receiving a "F" rating during the regular season will be declared ineligible for post-season tournament play. These teams
      may submit an appeal to the Intramural Staff.
   5) The rating information serves as a guide for team captains and participants. The IM staff reserves the right to modify ratings based
      upon individual incidents and/or situations that may arise.

Special contest situations:
   1) A team winning by no show will receive an “A” rating. A team losing by no show will receive a “C” rating.
   2) Special sportsmanship policies exist for playoffs. Teams must receive a "C" or higher rating in order to advance.
   3) Other conditions may be apply to the playoffs.

Championship awards
To be eligible for a t-shirt award, a player must have played in at least half of the total number games, including playoffs. Injured players
and a maximum of two non-playing coaches may be given special consideration. Teams must declare coaches and injured players on their
roster for t-shirt awards at the play-off captain's meeting. If not present to pick up their award, winners have one month to claim their award
at the Recreational Sports Programs office. Roster size for teams is not limited, however the maximum number of championship t-shirts
awarded per team for softball is eighteen (18).




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                                     SPRING 2009 INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL RULES

GAME RULES
Intramural slow pitch softball will be governed by the official USSSA rules and the following intramural modifications.

PLAYER EQUIPMENT AND TEAM AREAS
  Note: Bats and gloves are available for check-out at the Whitaker Control Building. One bat and up to 3 gloves may be
  checked out per person with valid UT ID.
   1) BALLS - Game balls will be provided. Both teams must play with the provided game balls
   2) BATS - Any bat that is “softball approved” maybe be used. Wooden bats are not permitted. Baseball bats are not
      permitted. All bats must be covered with tape or manufacturer's covering 10-15 inches from handle.
   3) GLOVES – Any glove or mitt is permitted.
   4) MASKS - Catchers are required to wear masks (masks are provided) on their faces!
   5) SHOES - Sandals or bare feet are not permitted. Metal cleats are not permitted.
   6) UNIFORMS – matching uniforms and player numbers are not required. It is strongly recommended that players wear
      athletic apparel.
   7) NO casts/splints will be allowed under any circumstances. No pads or braces will be allowed above the waist. Players
      who wear a knee or other brace must cover any exposed metal or metal hinges.
   8) It is the responsibility of each team to keep their equipment and players in out-of-play territory behind the backstop.
   9) All players and spectators must remain in the bleacher area (not by the backstop or along the baselines in foul territory).
      Only one coach is permitted in each coaching box. No gloves or other equipment are permitted in coaching boxes.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS
A regulation Intramural Softball team includes 10 players. A team may play with a minimum of eight (8) players. A team must
start play with 8 players present. Players arriving late may be added to the bottom of the batting order at any time. If a team
drops below 8 players for any reason, they may continue playing if the umpire feels they still have a legitimate chance to win the
game.

GAME TIMING/INNINGS
All games will be played through 7 innings or 50 minutes - whichever comes first. Should time expire, an inning that has started
will be completed. An inning officially starts when the third out is made at the end of the preceding inning. If the game is tied
after regulation, only (1) extra inning will be played. The umpires will keep the official game time. NOTE: Regarding inclement
weather, the game shall be declared official if 4 innings or 35 minutes of play have been completed when the game is stopped.

NO SHOW
Teams not ready to play within 10 minutes after the scheduled starting time (not when the preceding game finishes) will receive
a no show loss. Below is a summary of penalties for a team that is late:
   Game Time = automatically designated the “visitor”
   5 minutes late = loss of first “at bat”
   10 minutes late = loss 5-0 and C in sportsmanship
Teams who no show twice will not be eligible for the playoffs.

FORFEIT
Should a game be stopped at some point due to a violation of intramural rules (ie, fighting, eligibility, sportsmanship) and
declared a loss for either team (or both teams), the word forfeit will be written boldly across the scorecard. Any team forfeiting a
game is automatically ineligible for playoff competition.

ROSTERS and LINE-UPS – All players that participate in a game must be listed on the ROSTER and on the LINE UP.
The ROSTER is the list of players that are eligible to participate with each team. First names, Last names, and UT EIDs are
required on the ROSTER.

The LINE UP is the list of players in batting order. Teams must submit their LINE UP at least 5 minutes before game time.
Scorecards will be on a clipboard on the score table -- you may save time by writing down your starting line-up prior to your
game. First initial and Last name are required on the LINE UP. Home and Visitor will be determined by a coin toss prior to the
start of the game.



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SCOREKEEPING
A scorekeeper must be provided by each team. He/she will sit at the scoretable directly behind the backstop. If one team
furnishes a scorekeeper, the other team should check each inning to verify the score. The team captain should notify the umpire
at the start of each half-inning of the first batter's name. All protests concerning scoring should be made at the time an error is
noted. An Intramural Staff member should be contacted immediately to address the protest. No scoring protest will be heard at
the end of the game.

TEN-RUN RULE
The 10-run rule will be enforced after 3 1/2 (or 4) innings, or 35 minutes in all games. NOTE: Unless already winning by 10 runs,
the home team always gets to complete their half of the inning, even if the visitors get ahead by more than 10 runs. In the
playoffs, the10-run rule will be enforced.

SUBSTITUTION RULES
  1) Unlimited substitution is permitted at each position in the batting order. Player A & B may "share" a spot in the
     batting order - either may bat or either may play the field, but may not play in the field at the same time. Once a player
     enters the game, either as a starter or substitute, he or she may only re-enter the game in the same batting position.
  2) Unless a player is injured and cannot continue no pinch runners will be allowed under any circumstance. If players are
     sharing a spot in the order, the player that starts an at-bat must finish the at-bat. The player sharing the position may not
     pinch run unless the other player is too injured to continue. See Injured Runner Rule.
  3) 3. If a team begins with less than 10 players there is no penalty for the empty spots in the batting order. Players arriving
     late may be added to the bottom of the line-up at any time. If a team begins with a           full batting order (10 players)
     and a player is injured or cannot otherwise continue and the team does not have an eligible substitute, then the team
     must take an out for that spot in the order. An eligible substitute is one who has not yet played in the game, either as a
     batter or fielder.

PITCHING RULES, BALLS AND STRIKES
   1) Each batter will start with a 1 ball and 1 strike count. The regulation 4 balls will result in a walk and 3 strikes in an out.
      With a two-strike count, the batter will be allowed one foul ball called a “courtesy foul.” The batter will be declared
      out on the second foul ball of a two-strike count. The ball is dead and runners may not advance. Exception: If a player
      catches this foul ball, the ball is live and runners may tag and advance at the risk of being put out.
   2) The strike zone is the zone over home plate from the bottom of the batter's knees to the top of the shoulders. Pitches
      should have an arc of 6-12 feet. An “illegal pitch” will be called if the pitched ball does not meet this requirement. All
      “illegal” pitches are considered “balls” unless they are the batter chooses to swing, in which the result of the play will
      count.
   3) The pitcher must pause for one second prior to starting their pitching motion, and must have one foot in contact with the
      pitching rubber when the ball is released.
   4) A pitched ball striking a batter does not entitle them to first base. The pitch shall be a strike or a ball depending on
      location.
   5) If the pitcher desires to walk a batter intentionally, the pitcher notifies the plate umpire who awards the batter first base.
   6) Each pitcher is permitted five warm-up pitches at the beginning of the game only. No warm-up pitches or infield throws
      will be allowed between innings. *Substitute pitchers will be allowed three pitches before they begin pitching.

BATTING RULES
  1) A batter shall be out if the batter bunts or intentionally chops the ball downward.
  2) If a batter throws their bat, a team warning will be issued. After the warning, any team member throwing the bat will be
     called out, the ball will become dead, and all runners will return to their original base.
  3) A batter who steps on the plate or clearly and completely in front of the plate while contacting the ball will be called out.
  4) A batted ball in the out-of-play area is a dead ball and may not be played.

BASERUNNING RULES
  1) Under no circumstances are runners permitted to steal a base.
  2) A base runner shall be declared out if he/she leaves their base while the pitcher has the ball in legal pitching position or
     before a legal pitch is hit.
  3) Runners may slide head first or feet first into any base. Any runner sliding “cleats up” or with intent to injure will be called
     out and may be ejected.
  4) When a defensive player has the ball and is waiting to tag a runner and the runner remains on their feet and deliberately
     crashes into the defensive player, the runner will be called out. The ball is dead and all other runners must return to the
     last base touched at the time of the collision. NOTE: If the act is determined to be flagrant, the offender shall be ejected.




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INJURED RUNNER
If a batter reaches base safely and is injured too severely to run, the player sharing that spot in the batting order will replace the
injured runner. However, if that spot in the order is not being shared, the last man or woman to make an out will replace the
runner. An injured runner may not re-enter the game if replaced with a pinch runner.

OVERTHROW RULE
  1) When the ball is overthrown into FOUL TERRITORY, every base runner may advance at their own risk. The ball remains
     in play and such runners are liable to be put out while advancing. There is no limit on the number of bases a runner may
     take.
  2) Should the overthrown ball go into OUT-OF-PLAY TERRITORY, the ball is dead and the awarding of bases automatic.
     Balls that rebound from the light poles are in play until they pass beyond the pole line.
  3) TO DETERMINE THE AWARDING OF BASES: Runners are awarded two bases on overthrows into OUT-OF-PLAY
     TERRITORY. The two bases are from the last base touched at the time the ball left the thrower's hand. The award of
     bases is determined by the position of the front runner if there are two runners between the same base at the time of
     award.
  4) CATCH and CARRY Rule: If a fielder catches a fly ball and carries it into OUT OF PLAY TERRITORY, the ball is dead
     and all runners are awarded one base.




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                              2009 COED SOFTBALL MODIFICATIONS (COED B AND C)

NUMBER OF PLAYERS
A regulation coed team includes 5 males and 5 females. A minimum of 8 players are required to start the game, and at least 4
must be female. NOTE: At all times, a team can play with more females than males: however, there must be at least 1 male, but
never more than 5 males, on the field at one time.
Special Note:
If a team has 5 men and 4 women present, the team captain has two options:
     1) Play with 9 players both in the field and batting with the 10th batting position being an automatic out or:
     2) Play with 8 players both in the field and batting with no penalty.
NOTE: A team may not change from one strategy to another after the first pitch. Players arriving late may be added to the
bottom of the roster at any time to fill the team batting order to 10 players.

RESTRAINING LINE
There will be a 150-foot restraining arc painted in the outfield. At least 3 outfielders must be behind this line and are not
permitted to break this line until the batter contacts the ball. The penalty for violation of this rule is obstruction (live ball).

BATTING ORDER
The line-up must alternate male/female or female/male. If there are more females than males in the line-up then at some point
two or more females will bat back-to-back.

SUBSTITUTION
  1) Substitutions must be male for male and female for female. Exception: If a team has more females than males in the line
     up, a male may substitute for a female in order to bring the team to a 5/5 ratio, as long as the batting order alternates.
  2) Any starter or subtitute that re-enters the game must re-enter in the same batting position as he/she started (Therefore in
     Exception in #1 above the male and female will be sharing a spot in the line-up and either may bat or play in the field).

WALKS
Any time a male is walked, the female following him in batting order has the option of hitting or taking an automatic walk, but she
must declare her intention before entering the batter's box.

DEFENSIVE POSITIONS
No restrictions are placed on defensive positions of males and females. A team playing with 8 must have a catcher.

                                 2009 GRADUATE COED SOFTBALL MODIFICATIONS

NUMBER OF PLAYERS
A regulation coed team includes 6 males and 4 females. A minimum of 8 players are required to start the game, and at least 4
must be female. NOTE: At all times, a team can play with more females than males: however, there must be at least 1 male, but
never more than 6 males, on the field at one time.

RESTRAINING LINE
There will be a 150-foot restraining arc painted in the outfield. At least 3 outfielders must be behind this line and are not
permitted to break this line until the batter contacts the ball. The penalty for violation of this rule is obstruction (live ball).

BATTING ORDER
There are no restrictions on the batting order in this Division.

SUBSTITUTION
  1) Substitutions must be male for male and female for female only.
  2) Any starter or subtitute that re-enters the game must re-enter in the same batting position as he/she started.

WALKS
Any time a male is walked, if there is a female following him in batting order she has the option of hitting or taking an automatic
walk, but she must declare her intention before entering the batter's box.

DEFENSIVE POSITIONS
No restrictions are placed on defensive positions of males and females. A team playing with 8 must have a catcher.



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