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- 2014 REVISED RULES DOCUMENT -

WINTER 2014

SECTION I - FIELD OF PLAY

    1.1 (A) EACH TEAM MUST HAVE A SAFETY BAG, MAT, AND TWO (2) BASES. HOME TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING DOWN THE BASES.

    (B) IN THE EVENT THAT ONE OF THE BASE STRAPS OR SPIKES HAS BEEN DAMAGED AND IS NOT FUNCTIONAL, THE TEAM CAPTAINS SHALL CONFER AND AGREE THAT THERE WILL BE ONE PLAY ONLY AT THE BASE IN QUESTION.

    1.2. EACH TEAM MEMBERS MUST WEAR SAME TEAM SHIRT OR COLOR.

    1.3. HOME TEAM MUST SUPPLY GAME BALLS. ONE (1) NEW BALL STILL IN THE BAG AND ONE (1) SUITABLE BALL.

    1.4. (A) BALLS: EACH TEAM WILL RECEIVE A SUPPLY OF NEW BALLS AT THE START OF THE SEASON, WHICH ARE TO BE USED. THE MAKE AND MODEL OF THE BALL WILL VARY DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY AND COST FROM YEAR TO YEAR. THE TRUMP BALLS FROM THE 2008 SEASON WILL NOT BE USED.

    (B) BAT RULING: THE BRIDGEWATER AND AREA MIXED SOFTBALL LEAGUE GENERALLY ENDORSES THE ASA STANDARD FOR SOFTBALL BATS (2004, 2008 AND 2013) AND ABIDES BY THE LATEST BANNED BAT LISTINGS. HOWEVER, THE LEAGUE RECOGNIZES THE NEED TO ALLOW FOR A "GRANDFATHERING IN" OF OLDER BATS WHICH MAY NOT BEAR THE ASA 2004 (OR OTHER DATE) STAMP. THE LEAGUE ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT, EVEN ON CERTIFIED BATS, AN ASA STAMP CAN (AND EVENTUALLY WILL) WEAR OFF.

    AS SUCH, TEAMS ARE PERMITTED TO USE ASA CERTIFIED (STAMPED) BATS AND BATS THAT ARE NOT STAMPED WITH THE FOLLOWING UNDERSTANDING: IF THE CAPTAIN OF "TEAM A" FEELS A BAT BEING USED BY "TEAM B" IS ILLEGAL, UNSAFE FOR USE OR HAS BEEN OTHERWISE DOCTORED, HE HAS THE RIGHT TO LODGE A PROTEST ABOUT THE USE OF THE BAT TO THE CAPTAIN OF "TEAM B". IF THE BAT BEING USED BY "TEAM B" IS AS A CERTIFIED (STAMPED), THEN THE PROTEST IS REJECTED AND THE BAT CAN CONTINUE BEING USED. IF, HOWEVER, THE BAT IN QUESTION DOES NOT BEAR AN ASA STAMP, "TEAM B" MUST ACCEPT THE PROTEST OF "TEAM A" AND NOT USE THAT BAT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE GAME AND UNTIL THE NEXT LEAGUE MEETING. ANY COMPLAINTS MUST BE REFERRED IMMEDIATELY TO THE LEAGUE PRESIDENT, SO THAT HE IS AWARE OF THE SITUATION. THE LEGALITY OF THE BAT IN QUESTION CAN THEN BE BROUGHT BEFORE ALL TEAM CAPTAINS AT THE NEXT CAPTAINS MEETING, IF EITHER THE CAPTAIN OF "TEAM A" OR "TEAM B" FEELS IT IS APPROPRIATE AND NEEDS TO BE EVALUATED ON A LEAGUE-WIDE LEVEL.

    ADDENDUM: AS OF 2014, NEW THUMBPRINT  USSSA (U-TRIP) BATS ARE PERMITTED IN LEAGUE PLAY.

    1.5. SPECIAL LINES

    (A) COMMITMENT LINE WILL BE TWENTY (20) FEET FROM HOME PLATE.ONCE PLAYER CROSSES THIS LINE S/HE MAY NOT RETURN TO THIRD BASE. THE SAFETY LINE FOLLOWS FIRST BASE LINE TO HOME PLATE TO BACK STOP.

    (B) A LINE MAY BE PLACED TWO BAT LENGTHS (APX. 6 FT.) BEHIND THE PITCHER'S RUBBER, MEASURING FROM THE RUBBER, IN A NORTH-SOUTH DIRECTION. THIS IS THE MAXIMUM DISTANCE FROM HOME PLATE THAT A PITCHER MAY BEGIN HIS OR HER DELIVERY.

    1.6. BASE MEASUREMENTS:

    (A) HOME TO FIRST 65 FEET

    (B) HOME TO SECOND 91 FEET 10 INCHES

    (C) HOME TO THIRD 65 FEET

SECTION II - GAME PLAY

    2.1 (A) ALL GAMES ARE TO BE SIX INNINGS IN LENGTH.

    2.1 (B). ALL SIX (6) INNING GAMES — FIVE (5) RUN RULE IN EFFECT UNTIL THE SIXTH (6) INNING, WHICH IS AN "OPEN" INNING. A 10-RUN MERCY RULE IS IN EFFECT AFTER FIVE COMPLETE INNINGS.

    2.2. GAME TIME IS 6:00 PM WITH A 15 MINUTE GRACE PERIOD; GAME ONE MUST START AT 6:15 PM. IF THE FIRST GAME IS FORFEITED, THE SECOND GAME MUST START AT 7:00PM WITH NO GRACE. THIS APPLIES TO ALL GAMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

    2.3. IN CASE OF RAIN OR DARKNESS, TWO (2) CAPTAINS WILL DECIDE IF THE GAME (S) ARE TO BE PLAYED OR NOT. FOUR (4) COMPLETE INNINGS CONSTITUTE A GAME.

    2.4 IF A TEAM HAS LESS THAN THREE (3) GIRLS, ANY TEAM CAN ADD ANY EXTRA FEMALE TO FIELD A TEAM AS NEEDED. ONLY ONE (1) GIRL MAY BE USED.

    2.5. MAXIMUM OF TEN (10) PLAYERS ON FIELD; NO MORE THAN SIX (6) MALES AND NO LESS THAN THREE (3) FEMALES. MINIMUM OF EIGHT (8) PLAYERS ON FIELD.

    2.6. BATTING ORDER CAN HAVE NO MORE THAN TWO (2) MALES BATTING IN A ROW. TWO (2) MALES AND ONE (1) FEMALE, ONE (1) MALE AND ONE (1) FEMALE. ALL PLAYERS, MALE OR FEMALE ACTIVE IN THE GAME MUST BAT IN THE LINE-UP (AT LEAST ONCE THROUGH THE ORDER), EVEN IF IT MEANS BATTING MULTIPLE GIRLS IN A ROW.

    2.7. IF PLAYING WITH THREE (3) FEMALES, THEY MUST KEEP ROTATING IN THE BATTING LINEUP.

    2.8. HOME RUN RULE: STRAIGHT +2. ONE TEAM MAY NOT HIT MORE THAN TWO HOME RUNS TOTAL GREATER THAN THE OTHER TEAM'S TOTAL HOME RUNS. IF A TEAM HITS A "THIRD" HOME RUN AHEAD OF THE OPPOSING TEAM, IT WILL RESULT IN THE BATTER BEING CALLED OUT. RUNNERS DO NOT ADVANCE.

    2.9. NO METAL BALL CLEATS ALLOWED. PLAYERS CAUGHT USING METAL CLEATS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY EJECTED FROM THE GAME AND, AS THAT INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GAME AND, THUS, THE BATTING ORDER, EACH TIME S/HE IS DUE TO HIT, IT WILL BE RECORDED AS AN OUT.

    2.10. NO INFIELD FLY RULE.

    2.11. IF THE BALL TOUCHES ANY PART OF THE PLATE, IT IS A BALL. TO AVOID ANY ISSUES OF THE BALL TOUCHING THE MAT AND THE PLATE AT THE SAME TIME, THE MAT SHOULD BE PLACED WITH AT LEAST 1/2-INCH OF SPACE BETWEEN THE PLATE AND THE MAT.

    2.12. IF THERE ARE ANY REPEATED INCIDENTS INVOLVING A PLAYER DISPLAYING OR BEHAVING WITH UNSPORTSMANLIKE OR OTHERWISE INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR, THAT INDIVIDUAL MAY BE CALLED BEFORE THE LEAGUE CAPTAINS TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION AND FACE ANY AND ALL DISCIPLINARY MEASURES DEEMED APPROPRIATE WITHOUT NOTICE.

    2.13. THE PITCHER NEED NOT MAKE CONTACT WITH THE RUBBER DURING HIS OR HER DELIVERY, BUT MUST BEGIN DELIVERY FROM THE RUBBER UP TO TWO BAT-LENGTHS OR SIX FEET IN A NORTH-SOUTH DIRECTION BEHIND THE PITCHING RUBBER.

    2.14. CATCHERS MAY CHOOSE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WEAR A MASK AT THEIR POSITION.

    2.15. SLIDING IS PERMITTED AT ALL BASES EXCEPT HOME PLATE. ANY SLIDES AT HOME PLATE WILL BE AN AUTOMATIC OUT.

    2.16. A PLAYER RUNNING HOME MUST RUN ACROSS THE SAFETY LINE INDICATED. TOUCHING THE PLATE OR MAT WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC OUT.

    2.17 ON A PLAY AT HOME PLATE:
    (A) THE CATCHER MUST CATCH THE BALL AND TOUCH HOME PLATE, NOT THE MAT, TO RECORD AN OUT.

    (B) IF THE CATCHER HAS PART OF HIS/HER FOOT ON THE PLATE AND THE MAT, THE RUNNER IS OUT.

    2.18. ONLY WHEN A MALE BATTER STARTS THE AT BAT WITH FOUR (4) CONSECUTIVE BALLS (WITH NO STRIKES IN BETWEEN) AND IS FOLLOWED BY A FEMALE PLAYER, HE WALKS TO SECOND BASE. THE FEMALE BATTER WHO FOLLOWS HAS THE OPTION TO WALK TO FIRST BASE OR TAKE HER AT BAT.

    2.19. IF AN INJURY OCCURS, TEAM CAPTAINS WILL DECIDE ON A RULING. IF AN INJURY OCCURS AND A PLAYER IS REMOVED FROM THE LINEUP A TEAM DOES NOT HAVE TO TAKE AN OUT WHEN THAT PLAYER IS DUE TO HIT.

    2.20. A TEAM MAY APPEAL A PLAY WHEN IT IS OVER. IF THIS OCCURS, THE UMPIRE WILL CALL BOTH TEAM CAPTAINS TO DISCUSS THE PLAY, AND TO DECIDE A RULING.

    2.21 THERE IS NO MINIMUM NUMBER OF INNINGS THAT A PLAYER MUST PLAY IN THE FIELD IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY (AS PART OF THE BATTING ORDER) DURING A GAME.

    2.22. AN OVERTHROW THAT GOES OUT OF BOUNDS FROM ANY LOCATION ON THE FIELD SHALL RESULT IN BASE RUNNERS BEING AWARDED THE BASE THEY ARE GOING TO PLUS ONE ADDITIONAL BASE, EXCEPT IN THE EVENT OF A CAUGHT FLYBALL AND AN ATTEMPTED THROW TO GET A RUNNER WHO FAILED TO TAG UP. IN THAT EVENT THAT, AT THE TIME OF THE THROW, THE RUNNER HAS NOT YET TAGGED UP AND THE BALL IS THROWN DIRECTLY OUT OF BOUNDS, THAT RUNNER SHALL RETURN TO THE BAG, TAG UP, AND THEN PROCEED ONLY TO THE NEXT BASE.

SECTION III - CONDUCT

3.1. (A) REFRESHMENTS — IF ANY PLAYER IS CAUGHT DRINKING OR WALKING AROUND WITH A BEER, WINE, OR OTHER OPEN AND MARKED ALCOHOL; S/HE WILL RECEIVE A WARNING FOR A FIRST OFFENCE; FOR A SECOND OFFENCE, THE PLAYER WILL NOT PLAY THAT NIGHT OR THE NEXT LEAGUE NIGHT. IF THE PLAYER IS CAUGHT A THIRD TIME, S/HE WILL BE BANNED FOR THE SEASON.

(B) ABSOLUTELY NO DRUG USE ON THE BALL FIELD OR IN THE PARKING LOT DURING LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT PLAY. IF A PLAYER IS CAUGHT USING DRUGS AND REPORTED TO THE EXECUTIVE, THE PLAYER WILL BE ASKED TO COME BEFORE THE LEAGUE CAPTAINS AS PART OF A HEARING, ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS, TO DETERMINE AN APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT.

3.2. FOUL LANGUAGE AND/OR VERBAL ABUSE IN A SOFTBALL CONFLICT WILL RESULT IN GAME(S) SUSPENSION(S) AS DECIDED BY THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LEAGUE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, AFTER WEIGHING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THOSE INVOLVED, CAPTAINS AND WITNESSES.

SECTION IV - ADMINISTRATIVE

4.1. PLAYERS MUST TURN 18 YEARS OF AGE DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR OF THE CURRENT SEASON. PLAYING WITH AN UNDERAGE PLAYER RESULTS IN THE FORFEIT OF ANY GAMES IN WHICH THE UNDERAGE INDIVIDUAL HAS PLAYED AND THAT PLAYER IS BANNED FOR THE LEAGUE FOR TWO CALENDAR YEARS. (EXAMPLE: IF A PLAYER IS FOUND TO BE UNDERAGE ON JULY 15, 2012, HE/SHE IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO PLAY AGAIN UNTIL JULY 15, 2014.)

4.2. (A) INITIAL ROSTERS ARE TO BE E-MAILED OR TURNED IN TO THE LEAGUE PRESIDENT NO LATER THAN THE APRIL 23RD PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH SEASON. UP TO TWENTY (25) PLAYERS PER ROSTER. IF REQUESTED, THE PRESIDENT SHALL DISPERSE EACH ROSTER TO THE CAPTAINS IN A TIMELY FASHION.

(B) ANY MALE ADDITIONS AFTER THE FIRST FRIDAY IN MAY TO A TEAMS ROSTER MUST BE COMMUNICATED TO THE LEAGUE PRESIDENT, WHO THEN INFORMS THE REST OF THE LEAGUE CAPTAINS VIA E-MAIL.

(C) A TEAM CAPTAIN WISHING TO MAKE CHANGES TO HIS/HER ROSTER INVOLVING MALE PLAYERS MUST SUBMIT SUCH CHANGES TO THE LEAGUE PRESIDENT FOR APPROVAL BY E-MAIL BY 11:59 P.M. ON JUNE 30, ANNUALLY. IN EMERGENCY CASES, AS JUDGED BY THE FULL PANEL OF LEAGUE CAPTAINS UNANIMOUSLY, MALE PLAYERS MAY BE ADDED AFTER THE DEADLINE IF INJURY, ILLNESS OR ANOTHER FORM OF ROSTER DEPLETION WARRANTS SUCH ACTION.

(D) BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY IN MEETING THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF FEMALES IN A MIXED LEAGUE, A TEAM MAY ADD A FEMALE OF AGE TO THEIR ROSTER AT WILL, WITHOUT FORMAL LEAGUE APPROVAL, IF THE FEMALE'S RIGHTS DO NOT BELONG TO ANY OTHER TEAM'S ROSTER.

    4.3. ALL PLAYERS WHO ARE ON THE ROSTER ARE APPROVED TO PLAY IN THE END YEAR TOURNAMENT.

    4.4. A TEAM CAUGHT WITH AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER WILL FORFEIT ALL GAMES UP TO THE POINT WHERE THE INFRACTION WAS NOTED.

    4.5. PLEASE CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOLLOWING YOUR GAMES ON FRIDAY NIGHT WITH RESULTS FOR OUR LEAGUE SITE. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BOTH HOME AND AWAY TEAMS TO CALL-IN OR E-MAIL SCORES.

    4.6. MAKE-UP GAMES ARE TO BE INDICATED WHEN NEEDED AT A LEAGUE MEETING.

    4.7. TEAMS MUST SEND AT LEAST ONE REPRESENTATIVE TO CAPTAINS MEETINGS. A TEAM FAILING TO ATTEND REPEATED MEETINGS WILL BE PLACED ON PROBATION BY CONSENSUS OF THE TEAM CAPTAINS. ONCE A TEAM IS ON PROBATION, A SUBSEQUENT FAILURE TO PROVIDE A REPRESENTATIVE FOR A LEAGUE MEETING WILL RESULT IN THE TEAM BEING EJECTED FROM THE LEAGUE.

    4.8. IN MID-SEASON TOURNAMENTS, SUCH AS THE UPCOUNTRY CLASSIC, TEAMS SHALL BE PERMITTED TO:
    i) "PICK UP" ENOUGH FEMALE PLAYERS SO AS TO PERMIT THE TEAM TO FIELD THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF EIGHT PLAYERS ON THE FIELD OR
    ii) "PICK UP" ENOUGH FEMALE PLAYERS SO AS TO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT OF FEMALES TO PLAY A GAME (THREE).

    TEAMS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO "PICK UP" MALE PLAYERS WHO ARE NOT ON THEIR EXISTING ROSTER, NOR ARE THEY ALLOWED TO "PICK UP" FEMALES TO GIVE THEM FOUR OR MORE FEMALE PLAYERS. IN CASES OF INJURY REPLACEMENTS, THE CAPTAINS INVOLVED IN A GAME MAY COME TO THEIR OWN TERMS.

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