requiring special attention or changes from previous years are HIGHLIGHTED.
1. HIERARCHY OF RULES: American
Softball Association (ASA) slow-pitch
rules will be followed, unless amended by this document. All teams
are responsible to have a copy of these rules at each game.
2. GENERAL FIELD RULES:
beverages are permitted on the playing fields, benches, etc. at any
time; or in the parking areas before, during or after the game,
WITHOUT EXCEPTION. This
applies to all players, coaches, umpires, fans, etc. The penalty for
non-compliance is team ejection from the league.
Place all trash in the
receptacles behind the backstops. We want to keep the fields as
clean as possible. If you come across trash on the fields or in
the parking lot, pick it up and toss it away.
No extended gathering in the
parking lot after the games. Once your game is over, move your
Foul Language will not be tolerated from players, coaches,
or team spectators. The umpire has the authority to eject
players / coaches for using foul language and will report any
spectator offenses to the league.
The following rules and
guidelines are specific to Lapp Road facilities (includes Fields
B & C):
not park in the 400 Lapp Road (Stream) parking lot (neither front nor
rear lot) Parking
is restricted to the 420 Lapp Road front parking lot. Signs have
been posted clearly
indicating where you should park. This restriction applies to everyone
(players, fans, umpires,Ö)
Failure to comply
could result in a game forfeit for the team whose player parks
in a restricted area.
walking from the 420 Lapp Road parking lot to the cul-de-sac
please walk on Lapp
Road. Do not cut across the grass.
The distance of the bases on all fields is to be 65 feet
unless otherwise noted.
Respect all neighboring properties;
DO NOT: ask to enter the
Stream building, toss balls in the parking
lot, or congregate in
the parking lot or near the building. In addition, make certain
your children do not: run or play around the building, toss
balls or stones at
the building. We must be good neighbors!
3. GAME BALL:
The home team will
supply one new "12" inch and also an "11" inch
league approved / supplied softball, which were provided by the league at the start of the
season. The visiting team will supply a softball
used for backup.
4. TEAM EQUIPMENT:
Each team must supply its own
equipment (bats, gloves, etc...)
is no need for the teams to worry about putting the bases away at
any time during the season. The maintenance crews are responsible
for maintaining the fields and storing the bases away when
Team shirts/jerseys should be worn when
available, and be of the same likeness.
METAL OR STEEL CLEATS: Metal or steel cleats are not
7. LINEUPS AND GROUND RULES:
Lineups will be exchanged and
ground rules reviewed with the umpire before each game.
changes must be given to the opposing team and reported to the
umpire prior to being made.
9. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
Only players listed on the teamís roster and who have submitted
the appropriate waiver forms will be permitted to play.
allowed to play for only one team in the GVCC league. If a player is
identified as playing for another team other than the team whose
roster you are on, the player will be dismissed from the league and
any games the player participated in for the team whose roster he /
she is not on will be forfeited.
Players must play in at least three
(3) regular season games for the team in order to be eligible for
Forfeited games count as a game played for all
roster members on the team that received a win from the
forfeited game, it does not count as a game played for the
10. TEAM ELIGIBILITY:
Team rosters will be limited
to 40 players.
A copy of team rosters and all waiver forms must be submitted
electronically, prior to the first game to the League
Commissioner. Send to:
to a team's roster
must be emailed to: League
Chris Johnston: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams have until June
12, 2017 to update and finalize their rosters Changes
to team rosters will not be accepted after June 12, 2017, NO
Teams determined to have players
participating in games who are not on the team's roster or who have
not signed waiver forms, will forfeit all games in which said player(s) participated. In addition, the team will be under
consideration for dismissal from the league.
11. START TIMES FOR GAMES:
The first game shall begin
promptly at 5:30 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS.
If a team does not have the
minimum players by 5:30, the game is forfeited.
The second game shall begin promptly
at 6:45 PM.
If the first game runs past 6:40
PM, the second game shall start five (5) minutes after the end of
the first game
12. MERCY RULE:
In the event that
the home team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs after four and
one-half (4 1/2) innings, the game will end immediately.
the visiting team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs after the fifth
(5th) or sixth (6th) innings, the game is over.
13. TIED GAMES:
the 5:30 game is
tied after seven (7) innings and no 6:45 game is scheduled for the
field, both teams will continue to play until winner is
If the 5:30 game is
tied after five (5) innings; and a 6:45 game is scheduled for the
and the time limit is up
(see Rule #11), the game
will result in a tie. (Each team will be awarded one (1) point in the
If a tie exists in
the 6:45 game after 7 innings
and there is
daylight, both teams will continue to play
until there is a winner ... or until the umpire determines the game
is called due to darkness, weather, etc...
has the authority to call the game at any time. The umpire has the final say
and is responsible for ensuring a safe playing environment.
14. FEMALE PLAYER
There shall be two (2) female
players on the field for each team for the duration of the game.
(2) female players must be in the batting order at all times.
only two (2) female players are listed in the lineup, another female can only fill
their slots in the batting order.
/ MAXIMUM PLAYER RULES:
Any team having less than
seven (7) players at the designated game time must forfeit the game.
If a team has seven (7) or more players, they may choose to play the
game provided one (1) female is included in the lineup and as a
positional player; otherwise the team must forfeit the game.
one (1) female is available to play, a position in lineup assigned
to the second female player becomes an automatic out and the team
must play with one less player in the field, where the missing
player would have played.
team must supply their own catcher.
Forfeits cannot be
waived by agreement of the coaches or the umpire in attendance.
the game is forfeited, the teams may choose to play a practice game;
however, they must clear the field at 6:30 PM for the second game
The maximum players
in the field at any given time is 10. The same goes for
the batting lineup + one additional extra hitter, for a total of
11. However, you are not allowed an extra hitter if you do
not have 2 playing females in the lineup. A missing female
as an automatic out does not count as a female in the lineup.
16. MINIMUM INNING RULE:
If less than five (5) innings
are played (4 1/2 if home team leads), the game must be rescheduled.
Rescheduled games will be played either from the start, or from the
time it was halted, this is under the discretion of the league.
Playoff games do not start over.
Tie games will not be rescheduled. Each team will be awarded two (1)
point for a tie.
17. POSTPONED GAMES:
Games may be postponed for
weather, field conditions or field availability ONLY. The Umpire,
Umpire Liaison or League Officers will determine this.
Games will NOT
be postponed due to personal reasons.
Every effort will be made to accommodate the teams
when rescheduling postponed games.
The league will reschedule
all postponed or make-up games. The convenience of the two (2) teams
will be considered.
18. SCHEDULING CONFLICTS:
Teams are responsible
to resolve scheduling conflicts... and required to make every effort to
play ALL games.
If a scheduling conflict exists, and the teams
have agreed upon an acceptable solution,
the team representatives must request the change through
the league Commissioner (Chris Johnston) a week prior to the
currently scheduled game.
If given adequate notice, and agreed to by both teams to pay a
rescheduling fee of $25 each (or $50 by one team), the league may be able to
accommodate the request depending on the time of request in the
season and field availability. Games not league approved
for a reschedule that are not attended will result in a forfeit
by both teams.
not be accepted with less than 1 week advance notice, WITHOUT
19. UMPIRE ABSENTEE RULE:
When no umpire arrives for the game, both teams must wait
at least 15 minutes (5:45 PM for the first game) before a game
can be postponed for a new date and time.
If the umpire does not
arrive for the 5:30 game, the teams scheduled to play the 6:45 game must wait until 6:50 before
the game is officially postponed.
notify both League Commissioner (Chris Johnston) and Umpire Liason (Jeff
Pachuilo) on the following business day, when an umpire is
absent for a game.
All games will be rescheduled when
an umpire is not present to officiate a game.
All fields must be cleared by 6:30 PM for the
start of the second game, in the likelihood that the umpire arrives for
the 6:45 PM game.
20. REPORTING GAME SCORES:
The winning team must report
the score to the appropriate league statistician prior to 10:00 AM on
the next business day following the game.
It takes thirty seconds of your time
to report the results, so let's stay on top
of this. Best way is to text CJ immediately after the game.
Both coaches and umpire
should verify the score in the home teamís scorebook.
to call, text or e-mail your team's score
will result in a loss of one point in the standings. (For instance,
after having 9 wins... and if the team fails to report a score, the
team's standing will result in 17 points, instead of 18...)
interpretations", not judgment calls, may be protested.
must be made by the next business day following the game to the
President (or League Officers), and must
be accompanied by a $50.00 fee, which will be refunded, if
ruled in your favor.
Be sure to record the facts leading to the
protest at the game, and have the umpire and opposing manager sign
that they agree to the facts as stated.
All protests will be
decided by the League Officers.
(refer to Rule #9 of the ASA 2014 Official Rules of Softball).
22. FORFEITURE RULE:
The team forfeiting the game
must contact the following by telephone AND e-mail, no later
than 3:00 pm on the day of the game, WITHOUT EXCEPTION..
If the first step is followed: Teams will be assessed one-half (1/2) point
penalty in the standings for each forfeited game. If the first
step is NOT followed: Teams will be assessed one-half
point penalty in the standings AND a $75
fee for each forfeited game.
forfeited games, the opposing team will be awarded two (2)
points in the standings.
The official score will be recorded as
Teams will be
ineligible for the post season playoffs, if three (3) games are
forfeited during the season.
If a team
elects to withdraw from the league, the league fee will not be
three (3) or more games will be re-evaluated for entry into the
league for the upcoming season.
A forfeit will count as a game played for everyone on the
winning team roster. No one on the forfeiting team will
get credit for playing in the forfeited game.
23. FIGHTING & ALTERCATIONS:
If anyone is involved in a fight or altercation,
regardless of who initiated it, that person will be not be permitted
to participate in the league for the remainder of the season and
The person will be placed on
probation for future entry into the league.
24. EJECTION POLICY:
you are ejected for any reason you will serve a minimum one (1) game
suspension. The ejection will be reviewed by the League
President as to the length of the suspension.
The suspension will be served on your team's next
If two (2) teams are in first
place with identical records at the end of the season, the division
winner will be based on head to head competition.
seeding for teams, within the same division, which are tied at the
end of the season, will be
determined in the following manner:
fared against each other in head to head competition.
In the event
that teams do not play, records against common opponents
will be used.
previous two steps do not revolve the tie, "average
runs per game" margin (which is the average total
runs scored minus the average total runs allowed) will
26. STARTING PITCH COUNT:
Each batter will start with a 1 ball and 1 strike pitch count. In other words,
two pitched strikes (with no fouls) equal an out and three pitched balls
27. FOUL BALL AFTER 2 STRIKES:
we are going to an advanced count of 1 ball and 1 strike, the first
foul after two strikes will not be considered a strikeout but
instead, the batter will be called
out after fouling off (2) pitches after 2 strikes.
28. FEMALE WALK RULE:
If a male player,
who precedes a female batter, is walked:
batter, who is walked, advances to second base, and
batter has the option to walk or hit.
29. FEMALE HIT RULE:
Outfielders must be
positioned at least 30 feet beyond the edge of the infield cut
out when a female player is batting. The
outfielders cannot move toward the infield until contact. If it is a swing, this is the
same as contact.
Increasing the number
of infield positional players beyond the four infielders, pitcher
and catcher is not permitted while a female player is batting.
Outfielders are not
permitted to force out a female player at first base after a ball is
safety hit to the outfield. This does not apply when an
infielder, catcher or pitcher makes a play on the ball.
Force plays at
second-base, third-base or home plate will remain in effect and
30. BASE RUNNING:
Batter/Runner will use
the orange colored bag at 1st base.
ASA rules will be
followed when double bags are used at first base.
must use the white bag, which is on the fair side; and the
batter--runner must use the colored bag, which is on the
The batter-runner is out when there is a play being made
at 1st base and the batter-runner fails to tag the colored bag.
After 1st base
is occupied, the runner can use the inside bag, which is in fair territory.
Under no circumstance
will stand-up collisions, at any base, be tolerated. Sliding is
strongly encouraged, but not required. HOWEVER, the responsibility
of avoiding contact lies with the runner.
If, in the umpires'
judgment, the runner fails to take the necessary steps to avoid
contact, and causes contact, the umpire will call the runner out.
On double play
situations, runners tagged out at second base must refrain from
interfering with the throw to first base.
Any interference by the
base runner will cause the runner going to first base to
automatically be called out for runner interference.
Any excessive force used
to tag a base runner out, or to force a fielder to drop a ball, may
warrant an ejection.
31. UMPIRE FEEDBACK:
An online form is available to
communicate your views and experiences regarding the umpires in
Click here for the umpire feedback form. If the form
is not working, email or call the umpire liaison.
Feedback will be accepted
from team representatives only. Please contact your team
representative if you would like to provide feedback.
There is no limit on the number
of umpire feedbacks submitted during the season.
After completing the umpire
feedback form, your email program will be invoked automatically and
your response will be addressed to the League President...
and awaiting final submission.
32. DIVISION ALIGNMENT:
Divisions will be
comprised as follows:
East Division: 8 to 10 teams.
Central Division: 8 to 12 teams.
American West Division:
8 to 14 teams.
elimination playoff format within each division, with the following
Top 8 teams
from the American East.
Top 8 teams
Top 8 teams
the League Officers will review divisional alignment and may (or may not) elect to advance one or more of the playoff teams
between the divisions.
The League Officers may (or may not) elect
to drop one or more of the non-playoff teams from
one division to another.
33. SCHEDULED GAMES: All teams
are scheduled to compete in a 14
game regular season schedule.
34. BAT RULES:
With the exception of pre-2000 models,
only those bats listed on the league's BAT LIST are permitted to
be used for regular and post season games.
Click here for the league's BAT LIST.
Coaches and managers are responsible to know which bats their team is using.
The Bat Committee, which is a standing committee within the league,
will work with the League's President to ensure the integrity
of the league continues to be met. The bat committee will
review any bat during the year that is questioned and a decision
will be made with the best interest of the league in mind. The
League Officers will make the final decision.
If there is an infraction, the bat will be
removed from the game and an investigation by the bat committee
will be take place within a week under the direction of the
For a first violation ---
Player will be ejected from the game and suspended for next
three games on the schedule.
situation will be reviewed by the league office, possible
penalty ranging from no further action to the game in question
being called a loss regardless of final score.
For a second violation ---
Player will be ejected from the game and removed from the
will be suspended for the next three games on the
receive a loss for the game played regardless of score, will
be ineligible for the playoffs
and placed on probation
for future entry into the league.
ultimate intent of the bat list and rules is to help ensure a
safe playing environment for all of our players, coaches and
Courtesy runners can be used for any
player in the lineup.
A female runner
is used for a female player, and a male runner for the male
eligible player on the official roster including available
substitutes may be used as a courtesy runner. The only
eligible player in the current lineup is the player who made
the last recorded out; gender specific.
are not be permitted in the first inning, until an out is
A maximum of
three courtesy runners is permitted in a game.
Only one courtesy runner is permitted per inning.
The maximum limit includes the combined total runners for both men and women.
36. OVER THE
FENCE HOME RUN LIMIT:
Class D Coed leagues to limit the amount of Over the Fence
Home Runs per team per game, GVCCSL will adhere to 3 per
team per game. Any over the fence home runs after the
third home run by a team will result in a dead ball out,
runners can not advance.
GVCC Softball League
Valley Corporate Center Softball League
Malvern, PA 19355