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HVAA Softball Rules

2018 District 22 Interleague Softball Regulations

 

The purpose of these regulations is to guide us through situations which may arise during the season and are in keeping with the spirit of the rules of Little League.  The administrators of the leagues involved agreed upon these regulations.

Teams should refer to the 2018 Softball Rules and Regulations Book for any regulations not addressed in this document.  In all cases where an Interleague Rule is found to be in conflict with a Little League rule, the Little League rule will take precedent.

I. Administration

A. The ADA will be responsible for all administration duties as well as any and all reviews and appeals that may arise.

II. Divisions and Ages

A. District 22 Interleague Softball will consist of the following divisions...

a. Seniors – Any player league age 15 or 16, but could also include players league age 13 or 14.

b. Juniors – Any player league age 13 or 14, but could also include players league age 12

c. Majors – Any player league age 11 or 12, but could also include players league age 10

d. Minors- Any player league age 7,8,9 and 10.

B. League Ages – Refer to the 2018 Softball Rules and Regulations Book for league age definitions. 

III. Umpires

C. The home team will schedule the umpires necessary to play the game. (Plate and Base)

D. The Plate umpire is required to notify the ADA of any ejection occurring before, during, or after a game.

IV. Ejection’s and Suspensions

A. Any manager, coach or player that is ejected from a game will automatically receive a one (1) game suspension.

B. The suspension will be the next scheduled game.

C. The ejected manager, coach or player will be required to attend a meeting review set by the ADA

D. Failure to attend this meeting will result in additional suspensions and possible ejection from the league.

E. Once a review meeting is held and the ADA has made a ruling no appeal will be accepted

V. Pitching

A. Book Rules Apply

VI. Batting Order

  1. Use of the continuous batting order is mandatory at all levels of interleague with the only exception being Senior Softball. Mandatory playing time will still be observed per Little League rule.

VII. Ten Run Rule

A.  The Ten (10) Run Rule will be mandatory; allowing the concession of a game by the losing team after an official game status has been reached.

VIII. Official Game Status

A. Minors and Majors Division(s)

1. If four innings have been completed

2. If the home team has scored more runs in three and one-half innings than the visiting team has scored in four completed HALF- INNINGS

3. If the home team scores one or more runs in its half of the fourth inning to win the game.

B. Junior and Senior Division(s)

1. If five innings have been completed

2. If the home team has scored more runs in four and one-half innings than the visiting team has scored in five completed HALF- INNINGS

3. If the home team scores one or more runs in its half of the fifth inning to win the game.

IX. Rain Outs and Suspended Games

A. Any game that is rained out or suspended before official game status has been reached MUST be rescheduled and communicated to the ADA within 5 calendar days.  It is the home team’s responsibility to coordinate the rescheduling of games with the opposing manager, umpire and the ADA.  If a game is not rescheduled and communicated to the ADA within 5 calendar days, the game will be ruled a forfeit for the home team.  The rescheduled game must be played ASAP.  Any game not completed before the Inter-League cutoff date will be ruled a forfeit for BOTH TEAMS.

B. All games must be played to completion before Thursday June 5th 2014.  Any game not made up on or before this date will automatically be ruled a forfeit for BOTH teams.

C. All suspended games when restarted will be played to completion (6 innings majors/7 innings juniors and seniors) when possible.

X. Forfeits and No- Shows

A. It is expected that EVERY team will ensure they have enough players to field a team on dates they are scheduled to play.  A team must have 9 players to begin and end each game.

B. Any team that is not able to play a scheduled game MUST within 3 calendar days prior to the scheduled game, contact the ADA.

C. Please give the following information

1. Your team identity as it appears on the schedule

2. Your name and phone #

3. Opposing team #

4. Brief reason why your team cannot play

D. The manager MUST contact the opposing manager and schedule a make up-date as per rainout rules above (Section IV).  If an agreement on a reschedule date cannot be reached, a forfeit will be awarded to the opposing team.

E. If the above process is NOT followed an automatic forfeit will be awarded to the opposing team

XI. Game Reporting

A. the Manager for the HOME TEAM MUST inform the ADA of the final score of the game via email within 24 hours of the time the game started, by email.  If this does not happen it will cause the HOME TEAM to take a forfeit. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please copy the VISITING TEAM on the e-mail to the ADA.

If a game has been rescheduled, include that information as well.  For example:

  • 4/27 5pm H vs. V postponed due to rain, rescheduled for 5/1 8pm

XII. Base Coaches

A. When 3 adult coaches are present the offensive team will be allowed to have 2 adult base coaches.

B. If a team does not have 3 adult coaches, the team will use team players as base coaches.  Player base coaches must wear helmets.

C. An adult coach MUST remain in dugout area with remaining players

XIII. Point System

A. A point system will be used to determine standings

B. All teams must play the same number of games

C. If there is a situation at the end of the season regarding points and/or number of games the review committee will meet to find a resolution.

D. Points will be awarded as follows

1. 3 Points for each win (including by forfeit)

2. 2 Points for each tie

3. 1 point for each game loss that was played

4. 0 points for a forfeited game by the forfeiting team

XIV. Playoffs

A. Playoff structure will be the following...

a. Majors – Top 4 teams in each division will make playoffs

b. Seniors – Top 4 teams will make playoffs

c. Minors – Top 4 teams in each division will make the playoffs

B. Regular season will end not later than June 1st, and Playoffs will end not later than June 13th.

XV. Pool Players

A. Pool Players will only be used during regular season games when needed to avoid a forfeit (see 2018 Softball Rules and Regulations Book for playing time and position rules).

B. A team may only use pool players from their division of play.

1. Example: A Major team may only use a pool player drafted on another major team.

Minor Division only

All games during regular season and district playoffs will have a 2hour hard time limit.

Pitchers are only allowed to pitch 3 innings in a game.

We understand that minors is a teaching division and as such we have implemented the following rules in regards to stealing for the regular season.

A team is allowed one successful steal of home an inning, after that the team will not be allowed to steal home in that inning. On any overthrow the runners may only advance one base from the base they occupied at time of pitch.  (I.E. If a runner is on second at time of pitch and there is a overthrow at first the player at second may not advance past 3rd base on the overthrow.)

Playoffs will be played by book rule.

In accordance with the Little League Softball Rule Book, all innings have a 5 run limit, with the exception of the last inning which have no run limit, game must go a full 6 innings for the no run limit to take effect.