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Significant/ Special Rules – Major League

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1.       A forfeit will be called if one team has less than eight (8) players.  Minor league players may be added to prevent a team from having to forfeit.  If both teams have less than eight (8) players, the game will be replayed later.  The time at which a forfeit will be called is 5 minutes after a first game is scheduled to begin and at the time a second game is scheduled to begin.


1.       A complete game will consist of six (6) innings, unless tied.  A game will also be complete after one (1) hour and ten (10) minutes of playing time has expired regardless of the number of innings played.  Because our fields do not have lights, it is necessary that all evening games should begin and end on time.  If there is a second game scheduled, the umpire should end the 1st game promptly at the end of 70 minutes, even in the middle of a batting order, and the score reverts back to the end of the previous inning.  The umpire will determine when the game is over.  If tied, the first game will end subject to the above time limit and will be recorded as a tie in the standings.  The second game, if tied, will continue until completed or until the umpire calls the game due to darkness.  For any game, if the inning begins but is not able to be completed, the score at the end of the last full inning will be the official result, even if tied.  For tournament play only, the American Softball Association (ASA) tie breaker rule will be in effect if a game is tied after six (6) innings or by the time limit.


2.       The home team occupies the third base dugout and will be responsible for placement of the bases.  The base paths will be sixty (60) feet. 


3.       It is the Board’s desire that good sportsmanship be emphasized.  No taunting of batters or harassment of pitchers is allowed.  Judgment calls by the umpires cannot be questioned.  Any discussion of rules should be between the Home Plate Umpire and the Head Coach/Manager only.  This discussion should be brief.


4.       No more than nine (9) players may play in the field at the same time; however, each player must play in the field at least six (6) outs.  All substitute players must play those six (6) outs within the first four (4) innings of the game.  (It is suggested that team managers make substitutions every other inning.)  A player arriving late to a game may not play if the third inning has begun.  (The third inning is begun when the home team makes the final out in the bottom of second inning.)  Eligible late players are added to the bottom of the batting order.


5.       .  Major League players may bunt and steal any base.  A runner may leave her base when a pitched ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.  The batter is out on the third strike if ball is caught by the catcher.  If the pitched ball hits the dirt or the ball is dropped and the batter swings, the batter may advance to first base, if unoccupied or there are two outs. The catcher must tag the runner or throw the batter out at first base. Sliding is permitted.


6.       Base coaches may be coaches or players.  If they are players, they must wear a protective helmet.  Base coaches must stay in the base coaches’ box and should not touch or aid a base runner.


7.       Any player may pitch.  All pitchers will pitch from 40 feet.  The pitching distance is measured from the front of the pitcher’s plate to the back of the home plate.  This is a fast pitch league.  A pitcher must begin her pitch with her pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate.  The non-pivot foot may begin in contact with the pitcher’s plate, or the non-pivot foot may begin behind the pitcher’s plate with no contact on the pitcher’s plate.  Her first step must be toward home plate.  Windmill pitching will be allowed.  There is no arc requirement.



GHGSL Significant/ Special Rules – Major League

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8.       A player may pitch any number of innings per game or day.  A player having been removed as a pitcher may pitch again in the same game.


9.       The pitcher’s circle rule is not in effect.  The defensive team must stop the advance of the offensive team.  When the ball is in possession of the pitcher within the 16’ circle, any runners between bases, must immediately advance to the next base, or return to the last base touched, with liability to being put out.  If the runner fails to return or advance immediately, the runner will be declared out.


10.   All players present must bat in consecutive order. All players must wear a batter’s helmet when they are batting, running bases, coaching bases, or preparing to bat (“on deck”). Substitute runners are allowed for an injured player and for the catcher, if there are two outs. The substitute runner shall be the player who made the last out.


11.   A batter hit by a pitched ball is awarded first base provided, in the judgement of the umpire the batter has made good faith effort to avoid being hit by the ball and further provided the pitch is not in the strike zone.


12.   No intentional walks will be allowed.  Coaches shall not instruct their pitchers to throw poor pitches to any batter.  The umpire may question the pitcher and/or the defensive coaches.  If the umpire decides this rule is being violated, he will restart the count.


13.   Regardless of the number of outs, the batting team’s half of an inning will end when the batting team scores 5 runs.  If the fifth (5th) run is scored during the middle of a play any additional runs after the 5th will not count.  It is the responsibility of each team to inform the umpires when five (5) runs have been scored in an inning.  Should the teams fail to inform the umpires until six (6) or more runs have scored, the number of runs that have scored at the time the umpires are notified will be the official number of runs scored in that inning.


14.   Each team’s Head Coach/Manager must exchange a team roster with the opposing team prior to the start of each game.  A team roster must be all players present for the current game, and it is to include each player’s name, jersey number, and correct batting order.  Each team must have a designated scorekeeper.  The home team is the official scorekeeper and keeps a detailed score for both teams.  It is the responsibility of the visiting team to compare scores periodically to ensure the scorekeepers agree


15.   All players, when not on the field of play, must remain in the dugout, behind the fence, and not in the door opening.  Coaches are responsible for this safety strategy and umpires will enforce by stopping the game, if necessary.  The on-deck batter must position themselves to the back side of the batter.



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