Land O’Leagues Girls' Softball Program
2009 GIRLS Fast-Pitch SOFTBALL RULES & REGULATIONS
Adopted January 2009
The League Office is located at the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department, W240 N3065 Pewaukee Road,
Pewaukee, WI, 53072. The Recreation Supervisor’s office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The League
Office contact number is 262-691-7275; email firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX is 262-691-6078. Note: Scoresheets
may be faxed in.
The primary purpose of the Land O’Leagues Girls' Softball Program (L.O.L.G.S.P.) is to offer an educational experience in a healthy
competitive setting. This is a recreational-level league comprised of teams throughout the area that do not have a local program
available to participate in. The emphasis of this program, under the supervision of the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department,
shall be participation, character development, good sportsmanship, instruction, and enjoyment.
1 -- PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
A The League Office shall be the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department. Supervision of league operations in
the name of the Land O’Leagues Girls' Softball Commission shall be the Recreation Supervisor.
B The Land O' Leagues Commission shall consist of four league representatives. The Recreation Supervisor
shall also serve on the Commission and act as Secretary/Treasurer. A sincere attempt should be made
to have one representative from each of the leagues (ie: Sparrows, Robins).
Vacancies will be filled by appointments made by the Recreation Supervisor with approval from the LOLGSP Commission.
C The Commission shall have the authority to rule on protests, make rule changes, adopt rules, and make final
determinations on suspensions beyond one day. Commission members cannot be involved in his/her own team protests.
D In protests or hearings, the officials, players, or coaches directly involved shall have the right to appear and produce
witnesses and to have a statement entered in the record.
E Commission decisions shall be made in closed sessions. A quorum shall consist of one-half of the Commission.
Commission decisions shall be final and conclusive and shall not be subject to appeal.
F Commission meetings shall be called by the Recreation Supervisor on the formal written request of team representatives or
G No group or sponsor may practice discrimination because of race, sex, color, or national origin.
2 -- TEAM REGISTRATION
A A team's registration form and fee must be in the League Office by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date, as determined by the
B A team wishing to join the league must be reviewed and accepted by the Commission.
C Team rosters, completely filled out, are due in the League Office by 4:30 p.m. ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE TEAM’S
FIRST GAME to allow the League Office to check them before the first game. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of
that and all subsequent games until rosters are filed in the League Office.
D Team managers and players are considered to be under the jurisdiction of their sponsor.
E There will be no limit to the number of bona-fide teams that will be accepted in the total Land O’Leagues Program, but no
community may submit five or more teams in any one age level/league.
F Team rosters must have a minimum of 14 registered to prevent game forfeits. Teams with less than 14 may enter but
must receive approval from the Commission. There is no maximum limit, however a limit can be set by the team
sponsor if they so choose. Team rosters freeze on June 19, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
G Teams must provide a home diamond to play on and this diamond must be located within the geographical boundaries in
which the players reside. Exceptions to this must be cleared with the Commission.
H All coaches are required to complete the American Sports Education Program’s “Coaching Youth Softball” online course.
Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
I Open registration must be held in each community, and the opportunity for all interested eligible players to play must be
advertised and made known to the community’s residents. Teams who conduct try-outs, select their players, or whom already
have a local recreational league for that age group must request to the Commission their placement in a separate
"select" division. A minimum of four teams are needed in order to conduct a select division.
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3 -- PLAYER REGISTRATION
A Players must register with the local community in which they are playing for and their name is to be submitted on the
team roster on file in the League Office by 4:00 p.m. one week prior to the team’s first game.
B Players registered after the first game of the season must be called or faxed into the league office prior to the game they first
participate in and prior to the roster freeze date.
4 -- PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
A SPARROWS -- 12 Years Old and Under, player must not be 13 before 5/1/09
ROBINS -- 14 Years Old and Under, player must not be 15 before 5/1/09
B There are no minimum ages for the respective leagues. Players must play with a team in their proper age bracket unless
no team exists for that age group. Once a player registers and plays in a higher age group, she may not move back
down during that same season.
C A team may use players borrowed from younger league teams only when there are not enough players from the regular
roster. This should not occur more than twice during a season.
D Except for the special provisions elsewhere in these rules, a player must:
* Play with her own community team.
* Play with a team in her own school district if there is no team in her own community.
* Play with a team in a bordering community if no team exists in her own community or school district.
* Play with a team from another community with written release from the coach.
E Players may only play with a team subject to the conditions of the release. Releases are for one year only.
F Players on a team roster from the previous season must remain with that team unless:
* Her community enters a team in the program for the first time.
* She is released by the manager or sponsor.
* She moves into another community during the off-season.
G Players may complete the season with their team even if a change of residency has occurred.
H Summer residents are eligible providing they are registered with a team on or before June 20, 2008. New residents
moving into the area may register any time during the season.
I When a team from the previous season fails to file its team registration form as of the deadline date, it is considered to be
dropped. Players on its roster follow procedure in Rule 3.
J A player may only play on one team in the Land O’Leagues Girls Softball Program at a time (unless using the option
outlined in Rule 4-C).
K W.I.A.A./High School Rule: High School players on any level are ineligible to register or play concurrently with a
Land O’ Leagues team and their High School team. The penalty is forfeiture of games and possible suspension.
5 -- PLAYER TRANSFERS
A A player proving just cause to the Land O’Leagues Girls Softball Program Commission may be granted a release.
B Once a player has registered with a team, said player must not register nor play with any other team until a written release has
been signed by the original manager and filed with the League Office.
C Players living in communities that have more than one team in the league, may transfer players between these teams on
or before June 19, 2009 -- providing both managers approve.
6 -- MANAGERS & COACHES
A A manager on record in the Land O’Leagues Girls Softball Program must be at least eighteen years of age.
B At the start of the game, the coach and assistant coach from each team shall identify themselves to the Umpire-in-
Chief. Only these two individuals shall be permitted on the playing field during the course of the game.
C A team may have adults in both coaches' boxes at first and third base.
D The home team & visiting team managers must cooperate in ensuring that spectators do not interfere with the game.
E An adult supervisor must be present with each team throughout the entire game.
F Winning coaches will be responsible for turning in scoresheets to the League Office within one week of the game played.
Games played during the last week of the season should be reported within 48 hours of the completed game. Penalty: If not
received in the allotted time, game is recorded as a double forfeit. Players last names only should be listed on the scoresheet.
G At least one coach per team is required to be ASEP Certified by the start of the season.
H A signed copy of the Coaches Code of Ethics must be on file with the League Office prior to the first game of the season.
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7 -- UMPIRES
A Umpires must be at least 16 years of age to work Robins games.
B It is recommended that umpires wear the proper uniform: Blue shirt and black or blue trousers or shorts. Umpires must
provide their own protective equipment (chest protector, face mask, shin guards). It is also highly recommended that umpires
have a ball/strike indicator.
C The League Office will make every attempt to schedule a head umpire for all Robins games through the utilization of the
Arbiter software program. If the League Office is unable to fill a game, notification will be given and it will be the home
team’s responsibility to secure an umpire. Umpires should fill out the scoresheet to receive payment.
D The League Office will assign umpires for all playoff games.
E In the event that an umpire does not report, the teams will be expected to make arrangements for an alternative
acceptable to both team managers within 15 minutes of the schedule start time of the game. Time expired and the official
game time will then be kept by the home team. Such games are official league games. The substitute umpire will be paid by
the League Office, provided he/she signs the scoresheet and includes an address where payment can be mailed. Home teams
must promptly notify the League Office if such changes occur and note them on the game reports. It is recommended that
home teams have a ball/strike indicator available for use by the umpire.
F Umpires shall notify the League Office of any player or coach ejected.
G Umpires must print their name on the scoresheet (provided by the home team) at the conclusion of the game verifying the
score is correct and ensuring that it is given to the winning team to turn into the League Office. Umpires will also receive a
game log form that should be completed and returned by the deadlines indicated to ensure proper payment.
H All umpires are paid three times during the season by the League Office.
Umpires Wages: Robins: $40.00 $45.00 with WIAA Certification on file with League Office
I The Recreation Supervisor has the authority to terminate an umpire for either the remainder of the season or
permanently from the Land O’Leagues Girls Softball Program. If this occurs, all coaches will be notified and if a coach
uses an umpire who is no longer eligible to officiate in the league, it will constitute an automatic forfeit by the team who
provides the umpire. Umpires who are terminated by the Recreation Supervisor may appeal to the Commission.
8 -- GAME PROCEDURES
A National Federation High School Playing Rules shall govern games with the exceptions outlined in these League Rules &
Regulations. One copy of the current High School Rule Book will be provided to each team registered.
B Before the start of each game, the home manager shall explain the special ground rules and curfew regulations (if any) to
the other manager and umpires. The Umpire-In-Chief shall settle any disputed ground rules and shall have the authority
to change ground rules prior to game time.
C Coaches should remind umpires of rule differences for that level during the pregame conference.
D Home teams are expected to complete their practice first so that the diamond will be available to the visiting team at
least fifteen minutes prior to the game time.
E A full team will consist of nine players. A team may start a game with eight players, but if someone needs to leave the game
for any reason, it will result in an immediate forfeit.
F The Umpire-In-Chief shall have sole authority to determine if a game is to be suspended because of rain, darkness, or
other conditions. Any game called because of darkness or weather conditions will be considered an official game if
five full innings have been played, or four and one-half if the home team is ahead. If an inning is not completed, the
score will revert back to the last complete inning. A win will count for two points and a tie will count for one point.
G All Robins games will be seven innings or a one and one-half hour time limit, whichever comes first.
Games tied after seven innings with time remaining on the limit may go into extra innings. If a tie exists after the time limit is
reached and seven innings have not been completed, and if there is enough daylight to continue, the tie can be played out 1
inning at a time up to seven innings. If the game remains tied after seven innings, it will be recorded as a tie.
H Continuous batting will be in effect. Teams must list all players including those not playing defensive positions in the
batting lineup and each player then bats in that order. If a player needs to leave the game for any reason, her spot in the
batting order will be an out the first time it comes up, and the batting lineup will close up thereafter, with no subsequent
outs being charged.
I Teams will play 4 balls, 3 strikes as in regular High School Rules.
J The Double First Base shall be mandatory in this program.
K Point of Emphasis: Please refer to High School Rule regarding sliding.
L All games will begin at 6:00 p.m.
M There will be a 12-run rule anytime after five innings of play, or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead. If both coaches
agree, teams may continue playing after the run rule is reached, but the official score for the game is the score at the time the
run-rule is reached and that score must be indicated on the official game report that is turned in to the League Office.
N In the Robins League, there will be a "No Stealing Second Base" rule (see explanation/situations at the end of these Rules).
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O Teams will be limited to one complete rotation of the batting order per inning. The rotation limit in any inning will be the
number of batters on the smaller roster in that particular game. This rule will not be in effect during the final inning, as
announced by the umpire prior to the final inning’s start.
9 -- SUBSTITUTING
A There will be free substitutions and all players must play at least two innings defensively.
10 -- POSTPONEMENTS AND RESCHEDULING GAMES
A All games must be played according to the league schedule and no games can be cancelled for reasons other than
weather. Exceptions may be granted by the league office only and must be done prior to June 19, 2009. Each team is
allowed 3 requests to reschedule prior to the deadline date. Both coaches must have agreed to the re-scheduled date
propr to the deadline or the request becomes null and void. No exceptions.
B. If the game is to be postponed because of weather, the home manager shall notify the visiting team manager and umpire
immediately. No game shall be called off more than two hours before the scheduled game time. In cases where
diamond conditions are unfavorable for safe play, the home team should make every effort to get the game played on the
scheduled date. This may mean finding a neutral diamond or playing on the opponents diamond. Note: Failure to follow
the notification/postponement procedures outlined above may be grounds for protest and subject to the review of the
Commission (see Rule 12-B for protest procedure).
C Games cancelled because of weather must be made up within TWO WEEKS of date of cancellation. If the home team
cannot provide a diamond within this two-week period, they should make arrangements to play on the visiting team's
diamond, but will not forfeit their "home team" status in the game situation. Games not made up within the two-week period
will result in a double forfeit.
D All games cancelled during the regular season must be played by the conclusion of the regular season schedule. Should
any of the final day's games be cancelled, they should automatically be rescheduled by the home team to be played
within 48 hours of the original date. If games involving first place remain un-played within 48 hours of the final day of the
season, they will result in a double forfeit.
11 -- LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP & AWARDS
A One team from each division in all leagues will qualify as Division Champion. When a tie exists, teams will have a choice of
playing one divisional playoff game or staying co-champions. If a playoff game is desired, it shall take place within three
days. The teams shall flip a coin with the winner being the home team and providing the field. The league office will
schedule two umpires for all playoff games. Teams requesting to be Co-Champions will share the cost of an additional set of
B In the case of a three-way tie, teams will draw for the bye and the bye team will play the winner of the first game at a
time agreed upon by both coaches.
C Each Divisional Champion will receive up to sixteen individual trophies. Arrangements for additional trophies can be
made through the League Office at the expense of the team or sponsor.
12 – PROTESTS
A Protests on an umpire's judgement of play will not be accepted.
B Protests on interpretation or violation of rules are accepted, but only if the correct protest procedure is followed.
Protests in which the proper procedure is not followed will be automatically denied. If, in the same game, there is more
than one incident in which a coach chooses to protest, each incident must be protested separately by following the proper
procedure. The protesting party must state to the Umpire-in-Chief that he/she is protesting the game at the time of the play
and before the next pitch after such a play, or before the umpire leaves the field if the play in question is the last play of
the game. The umpire shall then inform the coach of the opposing team and the official scorekeeper, and the scorekeeper
must in turn indicate that the game is under protest on the official game scoresheet signed by the umpire. A written protest
form must then be on file in the League Office within 24 hours of the incident if on a weekday and 48 hours if on a
weekend. All written protest forms must be accompanied by a protest fee of $30. All protests will be ruled upon by the
LOLGSP Commission in a timely manner. The protesting team may request a formal hearing of the Commission to present
it’s case provided the request accompanies the protest fee and forms. All Commission rulings will be given in writing and
mailed the day following the hearing. If the protest is upheld, the $30 will be returned. If rejected, funds go to treasury.
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C Protests on player eligibility by team managers must be filed within 48 hours of the game being protested on the protest
form stating the violation. The protesting party then has 24 hours in which to furnish the burden of proof. Eligibility
protests do not require a deposit. Protests which are upheld will result in forfeiture of the game and all previous games played
by the illegal player. The manager and player(s) involved will be subject to suspension from the L.O.L.G.S.P. as determined
by the L.O.L.G.S.P. Commission. Recreation Departments will be held 100% responsible for any illegal players and may be
subject to suspension from the league the following year if found breaking eligibility rules.
D In making decisions regarding protests, the Commission shall use their discretion concerning the strict application of
13 -- FORFEITS
A A team has a ten-minute grace period from game time in which to appear and field eight players. The one and one-half
hour time limit will begin when the game starts. The Umpire-In-Chief will determine the official time.
B When a team fails to appear by the required time, the umpire shall call "play ball" and then call the forfeit. A game
report must then be completed and filed with the League Office by the appearing team, indicating the 7-0 forfeit score.
C It is recommended that an attempt be made to play all games by loaning duly registered players. In all such games, the
score should be corrected to the 7-0 forfeit score. Umpires are requested to work a few innings of such games.
D Any team forfeiting twice during the season will be dropped from the league.
E The League Office will have forfeit jurisdiction in cases where missing rosters or unregistered players are detected.
14 -- CONDUCT & DISCIPLINARY ACTION
A Participation in the League is a privilege that may be denied or suspended for just cause. By the act of participating in
the Land O’Leagues Girls Softball Program, all sponsors, teams, players, managers, and coaches acknowledge that they are
acquainted with and will abide by the league rules and regulations as a condition of this privilege.
B Players are responsible for their own conduct before, during and after league games. Team managers and sponsors are
responsible for the conduct of their players and spectators before during and after league games.
C No coach, player, field attendant, or umpire shall smoke or drink alcoholic beverages on the field or in the vicinity
of the bench during the pre-game warm-ups or before, during, or after the game.
D Ejections of players and/or coaches due to unsportsmanlike conduct will be handled in the following manner: The first
ejection will result in a one game suspension, the second offense will result in a one week suspension, the third offense will
result in expulsion from the league and the player and team coach must appeal to the LOLGSP Commission to be reinstated
for the following season. (Players at all levels are also required to have their parents or guardians attend the reinstatement
E Participants who have physical contact with a game official, coach, or other players (other than the normal course of play)
may be suspended indefinitely from the date of offense by the Commission.
F Failure of participants or spectators who have been ejected by game officials to leave the playing field or premises shall
result in immediate forfeiture of the game.
G Participants who fail to return any property to a team sponsor or representative shall be suspended until such a time as
the property is returned or reimbursement is provided.
H Use of an ineligible, unregistered, or suspended player shall automatically result in the offending team forfeiting the game on
which the protest was filed. The participant in question, as well as the team's manager, may also be subject to suspension for
a period ranging from one game to the remainder of the season, as determined by the Commission.
15 -- EQUIPMENT
A All teams will be playing High School Rules in terms of required equipment.
B The league ball shall be the first or second best ball of any manufacturer. A 12" ball will be used in all levels. THE BALL
MUST BE “OPTIC”(ORANGE OR YELLOW) IN COLOR.
C All home teams must furnish the umpire with two new balls at the start of the game and have in reserve a sufficient supply of
balls that are acceptable to the Umpire-In-Chief.
D Team uniforms are optional in all leagues.
E Only molded rubber spikes are allowed in all leagues (No Metal Spikes of any sort allowed).
F Catchers must wear a face mask, throat protector, batting helmet, knee pads, chest protector, and catcher's head protector.
Batting helmets are required for all batters and baserunners.
G “Players are prohibited from wearing jewelry such as rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces (including cloth or
string types), barrettes, or other decorative items that are hard. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are not considered
jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body, so as to remain visible. All casts, splints, and braces must be padded.
Prostheses may be worn. Any equipment to be judged by the umpire as potentially dangerous is illegal. PENALTY: If a
player violates the jewelry rule, the umpire shall issue a team warning. Any subsequent offender on that team shall be
restricted to the dugout for the duration of the game.”
H DOUBLE FIRST BASE is MANDATORY. Game will be forfeited if not used.
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16 -- SOFTBALL FIELDS
* No field will be accepted into this program unless minimum requirements are met *
A The pitching distance shall be 40' and the bases distance shall be 60' for all Robins games.
B All bases must be fastened down and secure.
C Home teams are responsible for making a suitable, properly marked, and safe field available for league games. FIELDS
MUST BE LINED AT LEAST TO FIRST AND THIRD BASES. A 16-FOOT DIAMETER CIRCLE MUST ALSO BE
MARKED AROUND THE PITCHING RUBBER. Batters boxes are not required, but are recommended. Home or
visiting team managers who have a question as to the suitability of a field may request an inspection by the League Office.
The League Office shall have the right to transfer games from unsuitable fields. The Umpire-In-Chief shall have the
authority to order a game postponed when unsuitable conditions exist on a field.
D League rules specifically forbid the sale of alcoholic or malt beverages during any regular season or playoff game in the
immediate vicinity of the diamond or by the sponsoring body of the team(s) in the program.
E There shall be no admission charged or donations sought for any reason for any L.O.L.G.S.P. league games.
F No pitching rubbers are allowed in front of pitching rubber used during a game. Failure to remove will result in forfeiture by
the home team.
"Robins" Fast-Pitch Softball League Rule Regarding
"NO STEALING SECOND BASE"
A pitch is officially completed when the catcher is in possession of the ball in either his glove or bare hand. It is at that point that the
following situations are judged:
#1 -- Runner on first takes a leadoff. When the pitch is completed, the runner must be headed
back to first base. If the runner hesitates in an attempt to draw a throw or is still headed for
second base, the umpire will immediately call the runner out.
#2 -- Runner on first takes a leadoff. After pitch is completed, runner is returning to first, but the
catcher tries to pick the runner off. The Runner may either return to first or head for second
base. This is not considered a steal.
#3 -- Runner on first takes a leadoff. The pitch goes past the catcher, bounces off the catcher and
is laying on the ground, or catcher drops pitch and it lays on the ground immediately in front
of her. This is either an error or wild pitch and runner may go to second base.
#4 -- Runners on first and second with less than two outs. Both runners attempt a double steal.
The catcher makes a throw to third base. Umpire will wait until the play is completed and
then declare the second runner out.
#5 -- Same situation as #4, but the throw goes into the outfield and both runners score. Umpire
will wait until play is completed and then declare the second runner out.
#6 -- Same situation as #4, but with two outs. The plate umpire should immediately move into the
infield and call the second runner out to avoid any further action or injury as a result of the
first runner sliding.
#7 -- Same situation as #6 with any number of outs, but only the first runner attempts to steal 3rd
while the second runner on first stands on the bag or is returning to the base. Second runner
may now attempt to advance on the overthrow at third at his/her own risk.
#8 -- Same situation as #7 but ball goes out of play somewhere down the baseline. First runner
will score and second runner gets third.
#9 -- Same situation as #7 but the catcher drops the ball in his attempt to throw runner out at
third. When the ball hits the ground, the second runner may now advance to second because
this will be a charged error.
#10 -- Runner on first takes a leadoff. The pitch bounces in the dirt but is clearly caught and
controlled by the catcher. This signifies a completed pitch and both situations #1 and #2
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