Slow Pitch Softball Rules

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COED SOFTBALL RULES

Regular SCMAF Slow Pitch Softball and LLL Special Slow Pitch Softball Rules to be enforced.

 TEAMS ON THE FIELD

There is a limit of 10 Players on the field.  In Coed Softball, there is no limit to the number of female players that may participate at any time during the game, but not to exceed the total of 10 players. 

LIMIT: THREE MALE PLAYERS MORE THAN FEMALE PLAYERS on the playing field at any time.

 Examples of Players on the Field: 3 Women-6 Men; 4 Women-6 men; 5 Women-5 Men

LEGAL GAMES

 A LEGAL GAME may start with each team having at least FIVE (5) players, ONE (1) of which must be an attorney AND ONE (1) which must be a female player. 

 By the beginning of the 2nd Inning, both teams must have SIX (6) players, THREE (3) of which must be attorneys AND THREE (3) of which must be female players.  Otherwise, the game will revert to a "Sanctioned" Game and continued to be officiated.
NOTE:  If teams start with one or two female players, during the 1st inning, an "Out" will be declared each

   time the "missing" female player(s) would be at bat.  Thereafter, if a "Sanctioned" Game is declared,

   the alternating gender batting rotation does not apply.                                               

 If one of the THREE (3) required women is injured during the game, the team proceeds to play without her. 

When the injured woman’s position comes up to bat, an automatic “Out” will be declared per SCMAF rules, unless she is replaced by another female.

 SANCTIONED GAMES ARE OFFICIAL GAMES   (NO Points Deducted)

 SANCTIONED GAMES are played when either team meets ANY of the following conditions at GAME TIME:

             1.  has less than five players on the Field

            2.  has no attorneys on the Field

            3.  has no female players on the Field

4.  uses players from the opposing team or another LLL team

DEFENSE RULE

   Prior to the bat contacting the ball, all outfielders (4) must be positioned at a minimum of 160 feet from home plate.

           A) Our umpires will set cone to mark the distance of 160 feet from homeplate as a visual indicator of the              “restriction line” to the Outfielders.

           B)  Umpires will raise their left hand to indicate a violation of the Defense Rule.

  Delayed Dead Ball”: the ball remains live until the conclusion of the play. 

                  Batter will be awarded first base unless he/she reaches any base safely.

  “WALKS”

 A male batter who is walked on three consecutive balls with no strikes thrown during his time at bat shall be awarded second base.
A male batter who is walked on three balls with at least one strike thrown during his time at bat shall be awarded first base.
A female batter who is walked, regardless of the count, shall be awarded first base.

 BATTING ROTATION

 The Batting Order MUST ALTERNATE BETWEEN Men & Women throughout the game, including “Tie Breaker” innings, regardless of:

 1.      The total number of players batting

2.      The respective NUMBER of male or female batters

3.      Whether or not a continuous line-up is used

Example:  A team has 10 men (Numbered 1-10) and 4 Women (Numbered A-D) Batting Rotation will be:

                 1-A   2-B   3-C   4-D   5-A   6-B   7-C   8-D   9-A   10-B   1-C……etc.

 COURTESY RUNNERS

 A Courtesy Runner is defined in the enclosed Slow Pitch Softball Rules.  This runner must be of the SAME GENDER as the player for whom they are running, whenever physically possible per Umpire’s discretion.

  LANDAU LAWYERS LEAGUE TIEBREAKER

Coed teams must alternate gender: If a FEMALE is placed at 2nd Base, the Batting Order is M-F-M

            If a MALE is placed at 2nd Base, the Batting Order is F-M-F.                     

 

LANDAU LAWYERS LEAGUE PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT

REVISED:  March 14, 2011

THE LANDAU LAWYERS LEAGUE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE PARTICIPATION TO ANY PLAYER OR TEAM, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONER AND/OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, RECOGNIZING IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TEAM CAPTAINS TO HELP ENFORCE THE FOLLOWING RULES:

 OFFICIALS' DECISIONS ON PLAYERS/SPECTATORS ACTIONS ARE FINAL-CANNOT BE PROTESTED!

 1.        NO PLAYER SHALL:  Refuse to abide by officials' decision.  Only the Captain may discuss rules with the official.

2.        NO PLAYER SHALL:  Use profane, obscene, vulgar language or verbally attack another player, official, director or spectator.

3.        NO PLAYER SHALL:  Be guilty of physical attack as an aggressor, upon any player, official, director or spectator.  Anyone

                                                   intentionally striking another person shall be banned from the League permanently.

4.        NO PLAYER SHALL:  Be guilty of objectionable behavior such as throwing balls, bats, gloves or other forceful action such as kicking walls or balls.

5.        NO PLAYER SHALL:  Appear on the court/field of play at any time in an intoxicated condition or smelling of alcohol.   Neither shall they bring alcoholic beverages to premises nor drink on grounds/parking lots.  DRUGS ARE FORBIDDEN ON SITES

Infractors will be permanently banned from the League.

NOTE:  The term "PLAYER" shall apply to ALL TEAM PERSONNEL, such as game participants, team captains, scorekeepers, etc.

The term "OFFICIAL" shall apply to REFEREES, TIMERS/SCORERS AND UMPIRES receiving payment from the League.

The term "SPECTATOR" shall apply to ALL INTERESTED PARTIES who watch and have a relationship with your team. The term "DIRECTOR" shall apply to SCHOOL/PARK REPRESENTATIVES AT THE SITE.

 

CAPTAIN'S RESPONSIBILITY - ALL CAPTAINS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THEIR TEAMS'/SPECTATORS' BEHAVIOR AS WELL AS SUPPORTING OFFICIALS' DECISIONS AT THE GAME.  CAPTAINS IN VIOLATION OF RULES 1-6 ABOVE CAN NO LONGER HOLD THEIR CAPTAINCY POSITION.

 PENALTIES - THE OFFICIAL AT THE GAME DETERMINES PENALTIES FOR AN INFRACTION OF RULES 1- 6 ABOVE.

 EJECTIONS - THE OFFICIAL HAS THE AUTHORITY TO EJECT A PLAYER, WITHOUT WARNING, FOR UNSPORTSMANSHIPLIKE CONDUCT OR FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THE OFFICIAL'S DECISION.  THE EJECTED PLAYER MUST IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE PREMISES AND IS SUSPENDED AS BELOW:

SUSPENSION - AN EJECTED PLAYER IS AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES AND MAY NOT SHOW UP FOR THE NEXT 2 GAMES THAT HIS/HER TEAM (S) ACTUALLY PLAYS IN ALL SPORTS.  SUSPENDED PLAYERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY PLACED ON PROBATION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT SEASON.  PLAYERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY OUT FOR THE SEASON OR PERMANENTLY FOR STARTING A PHYSICIAL CONFRONTATION, DEPENDING ON THE DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND/OR THE COMMITTEE ON CONDUCT.

SECOND EJECTION RULE - PLAYERS EJECTED TWICE IN ONE SEASON, REGARDLESS OF LEAGUE, DIVISION OR SPORT, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM PARTICIPATION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT SEASON.  THEIR REINSTATEMENT IS NOT AUTOMATIC.  SEE BELOW:

 SEASON SUSPENSIONS - PLAYERS SUSPENDED FOR ONE SEASON MUST SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONER FOR PERMISSION TO PLAY IN THE LEAGUE THE FOLLOWING SEASON.  THE REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED AND A WRITTEN DECISION, FROM THE COMMITTEE, WILL BE MAILED TO HIM/HER.

REINSTATEMENT OF TWICE EJECTED PLAYERS - THE CAPTAIN OF SUCH EJECTED PLAYERS MUST CALL THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONER TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF SUCH PLAYER AND FIND OUT WHEN HE/SHE WILL BE REINSTATED.  THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONER, UPON THE ADVISE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS &/OR COMMITTEE ON CONDUCT, DETEREMINES THE TERMS OF THE SUSPENSION AND REINSTATEMENT OF SUSPENDED PLAYERS.  THE SUSPENDED PLAYER MAY NOT PARTICIPATE UNTIL THE LEAGUE COMMISSIONER HAS APPROVED REINSTATEMENT.

 AUTOMATIC "POOR" SPORTSMANSHIP FORFEIT" - THE OFFICIAL HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CALL A GAME "FORFEITED", AT ANY TIME, FOR UNSPORTSMANSLIKE BEHAVIOR OF A PLAYER (S), TEAM OR SPECTATOR (S).

ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE LANDAU LAWYERS LEAGUE MUST FOLLOW THE ABOVE STANDARDS.  THE PURPOSE OF THE LEAGUE IS TO PROVIDE AN ENVIRONMENT OF FUN AND RECREATION FOR EVERYONE.

 THE LANDAU LAWYERS LEAGUE HAS FINAL SAY IN ALL DISCIPILINARY MATTERS.