HVAA Softball Rules

2017 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 2017 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.

Divisions and Ages

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 2017 Softball Rules and Regulations Book for league age definitions.

Ejections 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

Pitching

A. Book Rules Apply

Batting Order

A. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. If this does not occur it will cause the HOME TEAM to take a forfeit. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please copy the VISITING TEAM on the e-mail to the ADA.

B. If a game has been rescheduled, include that information as well. For example: o 4/27 5pm H vs. V postponed due to rain, rescheduled for 5/1 8pm

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

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

Playoffs

A. Playoff structure will be the following...

1. Minors – Top 6 teams will make the playoffs

2. Majors – Top 2 teams in each division will make playoffs

3. Juniors – Top 2 teams will make playoffs

B. Regular season will end not later than June 4th, and Playoffs will end not later than June 12th.

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.

Up until April 23th there will be no stealing at all. This includes advancing on a passed ball by the catcher.

From April 24h -- May 15th No stealing of second base, and one successful steal of home per inning. This also includes advancing on a passed ball by the catcher.

From May 16th -- to the end of the regular season, you can steal any base but still only once successful steal of home per inning. Including advancing on a passed ball by the catcher.

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.