Rockland Coed Softball League Rules These rules will be updated with the 2010 version in the beginning of April. In the meantime, check your hardcopy of the League Rules. Sorry for the delay! The HARDCOPY of the rules constitutes the governing set of rules; if there is a conflict between the rules on this site and the hardcopy set of rules, the hardcopy set of rules governs play!
The Fielding team:
We play with 5 women
and 5 men in the field. There is free substitution of players in and out of
the field. If a team does not have enough players, they may play with 8 or
9, but with no more than 5 men. Less
than 8 is a forfeit; however, in the event of a shortage of players on a
team, on consent the other team can lend players to the team that's short so
the game can be played; in the event of such a loan, the game DOES COUNT in
the standings. It is the League’s position that teams should readily agree
to lend players in order to avoid forfeits. (Please note that umpires will
not stay for forfeited games).
In addition, teams may
agree to allow play with 6 men and 4 women (or some other combination) to
avoid a forfeit. (However, such an agreement should ONLY be done to avoid a
We play with what we
refer to as “modified slow pitch”: no arc is required, but if there is
an arc, the arc cannot be more than 6 and 1/2 feet. (This is NOT arc ball).
A legal pitch has a dip (i.e., it dips by the time it reaches the catcher).
The pitcher must begin the delivery with at least one foot on the
rubber, the pitching arm cannot go above the shoulder and the first step of
the pitcher during the delivery must be towards home plate (i.e., forward).
The back (i.e., pivot) foot of the pitcher must be on the rubber at the time
the ball is released. The pitcher must begin his/her pitching motion (i.e.,
the backward swing of the pitching arm) with the palm of the pitching hand
up (i.e., towards the sky). Windmill
and sidearm motions are prohibited; any other aspect of a motion is allowed
so long as the pitch is of a legal speed (i.e., has a dip and/or is of a
speed which would exist if the pitch had a dip -- in other words, a pitch
may not have a dip and still be of an appropriate speed). Obviously there
has to be some discretion on the part of the umpire as to the legality of
the speed, but the guiding principle is that this is NOT a strikeout league
and the pitching rules are designed to ensure that the average co-ed league
player can consistently make contact with the ball. If problems continue to
develop with the pitching, we may amend the rules during the season.
(Note: These rules are NOT designed to make this into a lob league or
to require that the pitching be lethargic: the pitches CAN be straight
(i.e., flat) and CAN have some zip to them. So a pitch can be 20 miles an
hour or 45 miles an hour —
both are permitted).
A pitch CANNOT be
rising at the time it crosses the plate.
Any pitch which is
illegal (for any reason) will be called a ball.
If a pitcher
consistently throws illegal pitches (i.e., throws more than three illegal
pitches in an inning or more than five illegal pitches during a game, the
pitcher will be removed from the game as a pitcher.
If a pitcher is
removed from two games because of illegal pitching, the pitcher will be
banned from pitching during the remainder of the season (including
It is the captain’s
responsibility to object to any pitching that he or she deems improper.
Raise your objection with the umpire and ask him/her to closely
review the pitching.
If a complaint about
pitching is made, all parties are urged to try and resolve any problem in
the spirit of good sportsmanship.
The propriety of the
pitching is considered an issue of sportsmanship. (See the statement on
league sportsmanship). Most pitchers and/or coaches know the difference
between an illegal pitch and a legal pitch; please conduct yourself
according to the basic spirit of the league.
We play with a
pitcher's mound, which is 40' from the plate. (If the field has a permanent
mound that is 42'or 43', we use that mound).
male batter is walked with a 4 - 0 count (4 balls, 0 strikes), he
automatically goes to second base. If there are runners on
base, they advance two bases.
Batting Order and Fielding Participation:
Alternates by gender
(see attached example). If a
team fails to follow the established order or bat two players of the same
gender in a row, the batter is declared out.
Everyone on the team
is to be in the batting order whether or not he or she plays the field in
any particular inning. (There is no DH, no "substitutions" in the
batting order and no pinch hitters; nor is it permissible to have an “A”
team and a “B” team). All
players must play at least three innings in the field.
Anyone who bats
must play at least three full innings in the field and anyone who fields
must be in the lineup from the first inning they are present at the game.
However, no player may be inserted into the game after the second inning of
play, unless (I) that player is the ninth or tenth player (of a team playing
with 8 players) OR (II) that player will take the place of a loaned player
from the opposing team AND (III) the opposing team agrees to such a
substitution. If a player comes late, he/she may be inserted as the first
batter of the same gender in that inning.
A violation of the
three-inning rule or inserting a player improperly into a game will result
in a forfeit by the violating team.
It is suggested that
each team request the opposing team to provide it with a line-up at the
beginning of each game.
If a team has an even
number of men and women, an alternating batting order is easy to make and
every individual in the order bats in consecutive order and the same order
throughout the game. However,
if there is an uneven number of men and women, it can become
confusing. So, for example, if
seven men and five women show up for the game, the batting order will look
Woman 1 *
Woman 1 etc.
In other words,
because there were an uneven number of men and women, and there were fewer
women than men, the women bat more often than the men.
So in the above example, after Man 6 bats for the first time, all of
the women have already batted, so Woman 1 bats again (i.e., a second time) before
Man 7 gets to bat the first time; and before the first person in the order
(i.e., Man 1) gets to bat a second time, Woman 2 has already batted a
second time as well. (Thus, in
the above example, the women have already batted TWICE even though only
three of the seven men have batted a second time).
In addition, you should note that as a result of the uneven number,
the batting order CHANGES each time around (i.e., although each man follows
the same man in the order and each woman follows the same woman in the
order, as the order progresses the same people DO NOT continue to follow
each other in the order. Because
this can get confusing, it is suggested that each player note the player of
the same gender that they follow in the order and NOT the actual
player they follow in any inning (since the player they follow will change
as the order changes).
3 strikes, 4 balls. (If you don't know what this means, call Danny or
your captain IMMEDIATELY!)
Base runners can leave
on the pitch (i.e., when the ball leaves the pitcher's hand), but must
return to base before the next pitch (i.e., between pitches) if there is no
advance by the hitter on that pitch. A
base runner that leaves the base before the pitch leaves the pitcher's hand
is automatically OUT (i.e., a pickoff is NOT required).
If a base runner leaves the base legally, they CAN be picked off if
the pitch is not hit: the fielder merely needs to touch the base which the
runner left before the runner returns to the base - the runner does NOT have
to be tagged (i.e., it is a "force" play).
If there is an overthrow on a pick-off play ("hello Matt, hello
Margaret, hello Sam"), the runner CAN proceed to the next base, but
only AFTER returning to (and tagging) the bag he/she is leaving.
There is no
Players MUST try to
avoid collisions (but can do so by sliding, which is allowed).
If you fail to attempt to avoid a collision, you will be called OUT
and may be thrown out of the game. The umpires make the decision as to
whether any contact was intentional.
**CLARIFICATION: The collision rule involves some
discretion by the umpire. The rule
prohibits intentional collisions. Unintentional contact is evaluated by the
Umpire based on various criteria, including, but not limited to, the attempt by
the offensive player to avoid a collision, the likelihood and location of a
play at the base (or place) of the contact, the conduct and positioning of the
defensive player, and interference with the progress of the play by either or
both the offensive and the defensive player.
Please note that both offensive and defensive players have an obligation
to try and avoid collisions.
There is free
substitution of base runners. (Umpires do NOT need to be advised prior to
the start of the game of substituted base runners; however, umpires must be
notified of a substituted runner at the time of the substitution).
Base-running substitutes must be of the same gender and must be the person
of the same gender who made the last out (unless that player is injured and
cannot or has not been running or is the next batter of the same gender; in
that event, the last physically able player of the same gender who last made
out is eligible to substitute as a base runner. No runner can be substituted
for a second time during the same rotation around the bases unless the
substitute runner is hurt and must leave the game.
On an overthrow into
out-of-play territory, the base runner(s) get the base they are going to
PLUS one base.
In the event of extra
innings, we do NOT start with a runner at second base; all extra innings are
played with the same rules and format as a regulation inning.
|MUST wear a mask with
a throat guard. (If you do not have a catcher's mask with a throat guard,
the umpire will not allow the team to play!).
independently required to provide bases (including a home plate) and a
catcher’s mask with a throat guard. The Home team supplies bases for the
game. The bases must be at least 1½" thick! (The thinner bases cannot
be seen by the umpires and are prohibited).
Metal cleats are strictly prohibited.
Plastic and rubber cleats are acceptable. No baseball bats are
allowed. Bats must be softball bats.
teams must have a COMPLETE set of bases (3 bases AND a home plate). The home team must provide such; if the home
team does not have a COMPLETE set of bases, and the visiting team does not have
their bases with them, the umpire WILL declare a forfeit against the home
team. (While the visiting team is under
no obligation to provide bases, it is suggested, in order to insure a game is
played, that they bring their bases with them.
However, even if they do, they are under no obligation to provide them
and have the option of taking the forfeit.
There appear to be a few teams that are trying to get away without
buying bases: BEWARE - if that is determined to be the case, all your games
will retroactively be deemed forfeited and lost, even if played due to the good
graces of your opponents!)
|In the event of RAIN,
SNOW, SLEET, HAIL, HURRICANES, TORNADOS, SNOW and/or various EL NINO and LA
NINA phenomenon: go to the Leagues web-site (Rocklandcoedsoftball.tripod.com),
call your captain or call Danny (845-664-8059) after 5:00PM to see if your game
has been canceled. If the phone system has various message banks, please use
the one indicated for softball or sports activities.
If there is no message, ASSUME THE GAME IS ON (even if you think that
Danny is just nuts). Please note that the umpire has the last say as to
whether a game is canceled and it is possible the umpire may not cancel a
game until he or she inspects the field at game time!
Moral: go to the field if there is no message canceling the game.
(You don't want to forfeit a game because you ASSUMED the game was cancelled
due to the weather only to find out later that the field conditions were
acceptable or, as often happens, the weather conditions at the field were
different than those at your location when you called). WE TRY AS HARD AS
POSSIBLE TO PLAY GAMES AS SCHEDULED. (There is no guarantee that we can
re-schedule games, but we will TRY to do so and to do so as soon as
possible. Please let Danny know
as soon as possible after the canceled game when your team is available
and/or unavailable to make-up the game!
Your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated and will
be to your benefit: otherwise a game will be re-scheduled without your
input! (Please note that this will be the first year we will be using a
website, so if there is inclement weather and there is no notice canceling
games, it is suggested you ALSO call Danny to see if there is a cancellation
Please don't harass
the umpire. He/she has the authority to throw you out of the game; keep in
mind that the umpire is schooled and doing the best he/she can. While they
may be blind and drunk as a matter of course, they are a necessary
aspect of the game and in order for the games to be fun; you have to
accept their errors just as your teammates will accept yours (C'mon, you
know you stink up the house sometimes!).
If you have a real
problem with an umpire, let your team captain or Danny know and they will address it with
that umpire or the commissioner of umpires.
We do expect the umpires to be professional while acting in the
overall spirit of the league. Please
try and get the name of the umpire at the beginning of each game (It is hard
to determine a pattern of improper conduct by any particular umpire if Danny
does not know the umpires involved in the complaints made by the captains).
Under no circumstances
can you punch, bite, kick, spit at, grab, pinch, kiss or otherwise have
physical contact with the umpire. If you do, you should say farewell to your
teammates since you will be thrown out of the league and banned! No
kidding... this is NOT the NBA or major league baseball!
It is also noted that threats and/or cursing directed at the umpire
could get you tossed. Bottom line: this is a recreational league, it is not
your career (except for a few notable exceptions), and you should be having
fun (and not be getting bent out of shape because you think an umpire blew a
| Umpires get paid $20 by each team at the field prior to the game.
Forfeits are annoying
to everyone, particularly the other team.
There should be no reason to forfeit: Captains should check with all
their players a few days before the next game to determine whether you will
be short players; if you are going to be short, call The Commish and he will
find substitutes for you! Any team that forfeits will have to pay the league $50 for
any game forfeited. This forfeit fee will have to be paid by the following
Tuesday or the forfeiting team's next game will be canceled. If the forfeit
fee is not paid within two days after the canceled game, the remainder of
the team’s season will be deemed forfeited and all remaining games
canceled. There will be no
refunds for any such cancellations.
If you know in advance
that there is a week or a particular game that your team cannot play (for
reasons such as a group vacation or a wedding) let Danny know IN ADVANCE and
he will try to re-schedule the game. However, we're talking advance notice here, not simply the
day before a game! (Thus, if
you let Danny know at least three full days (i.e., 72 hours) prior to the
scheduled game that your team cannot play, it will NOT be deemed a forfeit
for penalty purposes and the game will be re-scheduled.
The Rules in General:
ASA rules apply unless
changed by our rules (i.e., the above, any addendum or changes in the
future). If there is a dispute
as to rules, the umpire will make the determination, although team captains
can agree to the applicability or interpretation of a particular rule for
that particular game, which agreement will overrule any rule interpretation
by the umpire. In the event
that there is a rule problem or ambiguity, which arises during a game,
please contact Danny so the rule can be clarified or changed for future
Suggestion 1: Read our rules
Suggestion 2: Bring our rules with you to the game
Keep in mind that the
umpires are not schooled specifically in the unique rules of our league.
This means they rely on ASA rules or their own rule interpretations if no
one knows the rules or if there is a rule dispute. It is your responsibility to know the rules (or at least have
the rules with you at the games) and inform the umpires of such. The umpires
are to follow our rules, regardless of any other understanding they have.
|Nothing particular is
required at this time, but team members should at least wear the same color
shirts so you can be identified as the enemy.
|If you have any
problems, please feel free to discuss them with Danny. If you have a problem
with Danny, just shoot yourself.
|We play 7 innings.
Completion of 5 innings will be deemed a complete game if there is a
rainout/dark out, etc. Of
course, tie games can go into "extra" innings as necessary.
(Please note that we play each extra inning the same as every regulation
inning: we do NOT use the ASA rule, which begins extra innings with a runner
on second base).
Games will begin at
6:30PM. Please don't be late. Remember
the first week or two it gets dark early, so if you want to get in a full
game you MUST start on time.
Umpires will give you
a 15-minute grace period. If you need a few more minutes, ask the other
captain; if there is consent to wait a few more minutes, the umpire should
stay (he/she gets paid if they show up at the field, so if the captains
agree to extend the waiting period, the umpire should stay.
If the umpire does not stay when the two captains agree to extend the
grace period, please let the Commish know --- refusing to stay a few more
minutes when the captains consent to such is considered inappropriate by the
League and will be addressed with the head umpire).
We urge captains to agree to an extension if it appears likely that
the other team will have enough to avoid a forfeit in a few more minutes.
Scores and Standings:
Since we have playoffs
(as a result of public demand and resolutions by the US Congress and the UN
General Assembly), it is necessary to keep track of wins and losses. As
such, captains (or anyone designated by a captain) MUST report their game
score and RESULT within two days after a game by calling or e-mailing Danny.
BOTH teams (winner AND loser) must report the game results!
games is CRITICAL to the playoff format and it's unfair to Danny and all the
other teams if you fail to report scores and results. You will NOT be chased
for this! Instead, if a team fails to report a score by the following
Tuesday: (I) the winner will NOT be given credit for a victory in relation
to the playoffs and will be given a "penalty de-merit"; the losing
team will be given a "penalty de-merit" as well. Penalty demerits
work against you in the event of a tie in the standings. This rule will be
Absences and Tardiness:
|Please, please let
your captain AND Danny know as soon as you know you will be late or unable
to attend a game. The worst
thing is when a team forfeits: it is unfair not only to your teammates but
to the members of the opposing team as well. Letting your captain AND Danny
know will allow your team to try and arrange for a substitute if necessary.
The League may have "floaters" available to fill in for players
who will be late or absent, so if you let your captain and Danny know early
they may be able to arrange for a substitute to avoid a forfeit by your
team. If a team requests a substitute, they must be treated as an equal with
all your other players (i.e., you cannot discard them simply because a
player on your team eventually shows up!); if you treat a requested
substitute differently than a regular player, the League will not act on any
further requests from your team to help find a substitute.
Although the League
has insurance, each player should have their own health and medical
insurance since there are deductibles ($500), limits of liability,
supplemental provisions, and exemptions, which affect coverage for players.
The insurance is
supplemental for those with insurance and primary for those who do not have
Remember, you assume
the basic risks of playing! (Also,
note that any injury, which is incurred or caused by a player who has
consumed alcohol, is NOT covered by the insurance --- such an occurrence is
specifically exempted in the policy! Again,
every field owner, both public and private, prohibits alcohol and they will
pull the League's permits if there is alcohol consumption at the fields.
Do NOT jeopardize everyone's season by drinking at the fields!)
The Playoff format
will be issued a little later into the season. It will resemble that of past
years, but the particular standards of qualification may vary slightly
depending on how things develop during the season.
Please note, however,
that during the playoffs, the league playing rules are strictly enforced and
not subject to consent amendment.
Teams will be required
to submit rosters by the third week of the season in relation to the
playoffs. The details on this
will be forthcoming.
Additional Playing Time:
|If you are interested
and available to sub for another team on a day when your team is not
playing, let Danny know. After
the first few weeks subs are needed on a regular basis.
|If you're interested
in practices on weekends, let Danny know.
|We tried to
accommodate teams to as great extent as possible with regard to specific
scheduling problems. If a
scheduling problem exists, please let Danny know and we'll try to
accommodate you. (However, do NOT wait until the last minute to ask for a
|If you have any
suggestions, don't be shy: tell Danny.
|Captains: Please make
copies of the rules and distribute it to your players so they are familiar
with the rules, procedures, notification requirements, etc.
Also, please inform your players about the league website, as we are
planning on utilizing it as much as possible for informational
purposes. The site address is http://rocklandcoedsoftball.tripod.com.
27. Substitute Players:
team cannot use substitutes from other teams within their division.
28. Sunday League:
|There is a possibility
we could have a Sunday afternoon league at minimal cost.
If you are interested and available, call Danny.
29. The Fall League:
|Remember, we have a
limited number of fields available in the fall because of our need to have
lights. As a result, we also
have a limited amount of space for teams.
So if you are planning to play in the fall, sign up EARLY to avoid
losing a spot!
Good luck, Have Fun and
GROUND RULES FOR FIELDS
|Some of our fields
present physical characteristics, which have resulted in the application of
different ground rules by different umpires. This is a clarification:
THIELLS MT. IVY
Any ball hit over ANY
part of the fence in on a fly is a home run (so long as it is in fair
territory). (Some leagues play
that the left field portion of the fence is a double; we do NOT play that
SPRING VALLEY HS
Any ball hit into the
woods in right field on a fly is a home run.
Any ball that rolls or
bounces into the woods is a ground rule double. Any ball hit onto ANY part
of the roof of the building is a home run.
Any ball that hits any
portion of the building to the left of the doorway on a fly is in play.
Any ball that hits any of the portions of the building from the
doorway to the right of the doorway on a fly is a home run.
Any ground ball that hits the building is in play.