CONSTITUTION AND RULES
(Last revision: Nov 1, 2017) – New Rules in Red
Rules are also on the website will be considered current.

ADMITTANCE OF NEW TEAMS
The criteria used to admit new teams into the league shall be as follows:

(1)        Existing teams which are splitting or want to play on a different night shall be given first priority

(2)        Second priority shall be based on a consideration of chronological order of application, maintaining a high proportion of Scarborough based players and on maintaining the competitive balance of the league.

ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA & TOBACCO USE
Any player who appears to be impaired by either alcohol or other substances will be removed from the game and the incident will be reported to the league for review. 

Under no circumstances can the use of alcohol or marijuana after the game be consumed anywhere in the area covered by the permits. Any reported use of these substances inside the permit area will be reported to the league for review and action. At both Glamorgan and L’Amoreaux the permits are for city owned property and do not include Board of Education property. 
The use of any substances outside the permit area is the sole responsibility of the individuals involved. Any legal issues that may occur are again the sole responsibility of the individuals involved and in no way will South Scarborough Softball League be liable or become involved.

Tobacco or electronic cigarettes cannot be consumed inside the permit areas. A player will receive one warning for the year and any following violation will result in ejection from the park. This includes any player whether they have already played or are in the next game(s).

APPEALS
Any grievances, protests or problems, will be settled by a league executive. These submissions must be documented in writing and presented to any member of the League Executive within 72 hours of occurrence. At time of protest, both teams will have the umpire record the game situation and sign their scorebooks, before the next pitch. The umpire will later make his report on the back of his copy of the eligibility sheet that will be forwarded to the league. A protest may be lodged by a team captain or co-captain only.

BASE RUNNING
No anticipation step allowed. A runner on base may not leave that base until the ball is hit, or forced to leave base because of a walk. The runner is out if he leaves the base before the ball is hit. If that runner is the 3rd out, The batter at the plate will bat again the next inning.

BATTING ORDER
All players bat. Each team shall provide the other with a copy of batting order prior to the start of the game. If a player is present but is not included in the batting order, they may be added later. Players who arrive late (any time) may be added to the bottom of the order in accordance to gender. Deletions from the batting order shall be permitted (without recording an out) for legitimate reasons only at the discretion of the umpire. Batting order is by 2 males, 1 female, with the females going back up to bat as required by the batting order. Male players are set and can not be changed in the order.  A Ghost player is treated as female and will be followed by a male batter.

BOARD
A full board that covers home plate will be used in all games to determine balls and strikes. A pitched ball that hits the board is a strike. Any batted ball that makes contact with the board will be a foul ball. On plays at the plate, the catcher must be in contact with any part of the board to record an out.

BORROWED PLAYERS
A captain may borrow players who are playing on the same night OR any team on any night during the regular season. A captain can borrow only if: 7 players or less OR Less than 3 females. (a team can only borrow players to become legal with the minimum 8 players 3 of which must be females) *Borrowed players are not playoff eligible*

BOUNDARIES
The umpire shall advise the teams of the foul lines and out of play areas prior to the start of each game.
Home team is responsible for setting up the bases and having a completed game form for reference.

COMMITMENT /  SAFE LINES
The commitment line and the safe line have been added to all games for safety reasons in order to prevent injuries and make the game enjoyable for everyone.

The commitment line is to be drawn on the third base line 20 feet from the corner of home plate closest to third and will be perpendicular to the third base line and extend to the screen.

Once a base runner has touched or passed the commitment line they must continue directly home. Any stopping or motion back to 3rd base will result in an out. Ball is still live. No tagging is allowed past the commitment line. All plays at home plate are force plays.

In addition to the commitment line, a safe line will be drawn in foul territory at the corner of home plate closest to third base and would run perpendicular to the third base line and extend to the screen.

A base runner must come in contact with the ground on or past the safe line without touching home plate or the board prior to being forced out at the plate in order to score a run. If a base runner touches the plate they are out.

COURTESY RUNNING
Each team shall be allowed a maximum of seven (7) courtesy runners per sex during the game. The courtesy runner can be any same gender male or female player the Captain chooses without limitation to the number of times the same player can be used.

If the courtesy runners position comes to bat, then another courtesy runner must be utilized. If maximum has already been used, then batter will have to run for them self.

*DC rule has been removed*

DEFAULTED GAMES
If a team is in default, a Penalty fee of $25.00 will be charged by the league, a recreational game can be played by the teams. The umpire will stay and officiate. The opposing team is awarded a win by a 7-0 score.

EJECTIONS
Any player that is ejected from a game for any reason, an out will be recorded when it’s their turn in the batting order. If the ejected player is a female and the ejection brings the number of females to less than 3, the game will be considered a forfeit and a score of 7-0 will be recorded.

Ejected players will serve at least a 1 game suspension to be determined by league executive after reviewing incident.

ENCROACHMENT RULE
Infielders are not permitted to step over the baseline until the ball is hit. Outfielders, including the rover, must be on the grass until contact. If you are only playing with 3 outfielders, all 3 must be behind the encroachment cones. The rover must be 10 feet away from the baseline. Once the inning starts, the rover must remain the same player.

EQUIPMENT
With the exception of metal and hard plastic cleats, any standard article of softball equipment is allowed. Any player found with improper equipment will be ejected from the game.
ASA bat policy will be followed.

GAME TIMES
-6:40pm, 8:05pm & 9:30pm

GRACE PERIOD
For all games, a team will be allowed a grace period of up to 5 MINUTES from the scheduled start time to field their team which must consist of a minimum of 8 eligible rostered players (three female players).

A team with 8 eligible players and only 3 female players will play with a ghost in the roster spot of the missing female. An out will be recorded on the batting order and the team will have an empty field position. No more than 6 male players can play field positions

HELMETS
Helmets are mandatory. Each team to procure 7 helmets for their own use. Every player or player coach on the field must have a helmet. This includes base runners, batter, on deck batter and base coaches. No sharing of helmets between teams
.

HITTING
Bunting and chop hitting are not permitted and shall result in the batter being out.
A foul ball on the third strike shall result in the batter being out.

HOME RUN RULE
In games with fenced diamonds, each team's first 3 balls hit fair over the outfield fence will be counted as a home run. All subsequent balls hit fair over the outfield fence will be counted as a ground rule double.
No home run rule will exist for any game played on an unfenced field. All home runs will count. An exception is when there are obstructed areas that restrict the defensive player from making a play for the ball.

ILLEGAL BAT HOUSE RULE
If an non-approved bat is seen in the dugout, ONLY the team manager or co-manager is allowed to bring it to the Umpires attention. If the bat is non-approved by the Umpire it will be removed from play.
If a Player comes to the plate with an non-approved bat, that player will be ejected from the game along with the team Manager and the League Executives will determine if further action is required.

INJURED PLAYER
If there is an injury to a player that player may leave the game without incurring an out.  However, if that injury is to a female and the removal from the game creates a situation where we have more than 2 males bat in a row then that player will become an auto-out. 

If the team has available an eligible substitute player then that player can be slotted into the injury position.

INTENTIONAL WALK
- If a Pitcher at any time during a player’s at bat wants to intentionally walk that player they can point to first to indicate to umpire they wish to walk the batter. If a pitcher indicates an intentional walk before a strike is thrown the batter will be awarded 2 bases.


JEWELRY RULE
Jewelry allowed at Individuals / umpires discretion.

LATE ARRIVALS
In case of expected late arrivals the team will put the names of the late arrivals into the lineup in any position. If late arrival is not there for their 1st at bat then bypass. If late arrival is not there for 2nd at bat they cannot play in the game.

LEAGUE FEES    
2018 total fees for each team will be $1,625 - ($1,525 League Fee + $100 Penalty Fees)
- Penalty Fee (Remaining funds owed back to teams will go towards league fees for 2019 season)

LEAGUE RESPONSIBILITIES
The league shall provide:

(1)        One umpire for all regular season and playoff games.

(2)        3 Bases and 1 board to the games, Home team for the 9:30 games will be responsible for the removal of the bases and cones.

(3)        All game balls for both regular season and playoffs.

(4)        Online team roster form and liability waiver to be submitted by all players and captains

(5)        Liability insurance to cover the league officials and teams.

LEAGUE STANDINGS
The points obtained by a team during the regular season will determine their standing for the playoffs. Two points (2) is awarded for each win, one point (1) for each tie and zero points (0) for each loss.

In case of a tie, final regular season standings shall be determined firstly on the record of all tied teams in games against each other; secondly, on the run differential of all tied teams in games amongst themselves; and lastly on a coin flip.

LINEUP CARD
Each team must submit a complete lineup card to the umpire each game that includes both first and last name of all players present.

MERCY RULE
An inning shall consist of three outs or five runs (5 runs maximum per inning). The last inning will be an open inning.

7 run max differential in standings stays the same.

Game will be over if:
20 run mercy after 5 innings or 4 ½ innings if home team is winning or if home gets ahead by 20 runs during the 5th inning.
OR
7 innings have been completed. If the home team is leading in the bottom of the last inning, that half inning will not be played.

OUT PLAY AT HOME
Only the Catcher can make out play at home.  Any other player may backup catcher in case of overthrow etc. but the catcher is the only player who can stand on home plate for the out.

PITCHING ARC
The pitched ball must have a discernible arc of at least 6 feet from the ground before it passes any part of home plate and shall not reach a height of more than 12 feet at its highest point from the ground.
An illegally pitched ball shall be called immediately when it occurs and a ball will be awarded to the batter. The umpire, base or plate, will call the illegal pitch loud enough for the batter to hear. However, if the batter swings at any illegally pitched ball, the pitch will immediately become legal. The ball is alive and in play if hit by the batter. Foul tip caught by the catcher is an out, regardless of height of the ball.

PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible for the playoffs males must play in five (5) regular season games while females must play in three (3) regular season games.

PLAYOFF RULES
1.   Regular season rules apply with the following additions
2.   Players MUST meet Playoff Eligibility in order to play
3.   No ties allowed.  There must be a winner for every game.
4.   All innings once started MUST be completed even if the home team is winning unless home team is already winning by 7 runs or they reach the 7 run differential during the last at bat, at which time the game is ended.

5.   International tie break will be used immediately after the regular game is ended should there be a tie. *Courtesy Runner Rules apply*
(“International Tie-Breaker Rule”. Under this rule, each team starts the inning with 1 out and the player who completed the last official turn at bat, as a base runner on 2nd base. Each subsequent inning will start the same until a winner has been determined)

6.   In case of a 3 way tie for 1st place (more than 2 teams with the identical playoff record) then the following tie break(s) will be used. For 2nd and 3rd place tie break will be head to head record.
·       Head to head
·       Greatest run differential
·       Least number of runs allowed over the playoff games
·       Most number of runs scored over the playoff games
·       3 way coin toss (odd coin out)

RAIN OUTS
A rainout will be called by the league executive by 5 p.m.  All captains will be notified by email and text only. Rainouts will be called no later than 2 hours before game time.

If a game is cancelled at 5:00pm because of weather it does not mean the later games are also cancelled. Each game is unique to the weather at the time of the game. Rainouts will be called no later than (1 or 2) hours before game time. Unless otherwise advised, players are expected to be at the park and ready to play at their scheduled game time. –that later games will be called by an email announcement.

SAFE BASE
A safe base shall be used in all games. On any force play at first base, the white half of the base is the fielder's base and the coloured half of the base is the base runner’s base. Consequently, on force plays at first base, the runner must touch a portion of the coloured base to be safe. If the runner touches only the white portion of the base, they will be called out. The opposite is true for the defensive player who must touch a portion of the white base to get an out. If the fielder only touches the coloured base, the base runner will be called safe.

SCHEDULED GAMES
All regular season games will be 7 innings per game, For playoff games if tied, will continue until won by either team (time restrictions & International tie break apply). 4 innings (for losing team) constitutes an official game if halted in progress by rain or darkness by judgment of the umpire. Final inning as declared by the umpire will be completed.

No inning shall start after 1 hour and ten minutes of the regularly scheduled starting time. Any inning started prior to the time limit shall be completed in its entirety. All playoff games are time restricted as above.

All schedule requests are to be submitted no later than two weeks before the next session is set to begin, late requests will not be accepted.

SLIDING
Sliding will be allowed at 2nd and 3rd base only. The slide should be used with discretion to maintain the safety of the players. DO NOT use a slide to break up a double play. If umpire deems a slide as intent to injure or unsafe the base runner will be called out. Remember, we are a recreational league.

SUBMITTING GAME RESULTS
BOTH TEAMS are responsible for submitting the game results

Scores can be submitted by email, by website result submission or by text message.

If no score is reported before the start of the next game, the unreported game will be considered a draw and both teams will be awarded 1 point.

SUBSTITUTE PLAYER(S)
A team may have substitute players on the bench who do not bat until they are substituted into the game.  Once a player has been substituted out of the game they can be resubmitted back into the game but only in the same position in the batting order.  A player can only replace a player or re-enter a game once.  

TEAM ROSTERS AND LIABILITY WAIVER
Team rosters will consist of a maximum of twenty-five players.  Each roster will have at least 4 female players. No new players to be added after July 1st of current season unless permission from league executive is obtained.

All players are to be insured by opening day, failure for captain to do so will result in a $25.00 Penalty Fee

THROWS / FORCE OUT
No outfielder, including rover may make a force out throw at 1st base.  Any outfielder may make a throw to 1st base once the batted runner has safely reached 1st base and has made an intentional move to advance to 2nd base.  An outfielder may make a relay throw to an infielder who can then make throw for a force out at 1st base.

Any throw from the outfield to 1st base for a force out will result in the batter/runner being awarded 2nd base.  Other base runners can only advance if forced to do so by the batter runner.

UMPIRES
The SSSL Executive will be responsible for the engaging and paying of all umpires. Umpires will have complete control of the diamond 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time until the completion of the game. SSSL provides umpires for all its league games during the regular and playoff seasons. There are circumstances however when an umpire does not show up to work a game. When no umpire appears at the game, it is both teams' responsibilities to select an umpire to work the game. Both teams will select a responsible player from their teams to work home plate while their team is at bat.
The umpire fee to be split between the number of team umpires.

- No players will be scheduled to umpire, only in emergency situations

UNIFORMS
All team players must wear similar jerseys (tops). They must have the team name on the jersey.  In inclement weather, a player may wear clothing over their jersey if desired. If a jersey is covered, it is the player's responsibility to show the umpire that they have a jersey. Subs are not required to wear a formal jersey, but should be in similar colour to the team and identified to the umpire as a sub.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
PLAYERS’ AND COACHES’ AND SPECTATOR CONDUCT

(1)        Umpires are providing an important service to those participating in softball. Under no
circumstances should they be hassled, threatened, or physically abused.

(2)        Teams and players have a further responsibility to prevent their fans from abusing the officials and to help control their spectators so that the game is not disrupted.

(3)        Any player/spectator ejected from a game must leave the grounds (includes parking lot). Failure to leave the grounds immediately will result in a default for the team that the player/spectator is associated with.

(4)        When a player/spectator gets ejected from a game, a review will be made by the league executive to see if further suspensions are required.