2015 Constitution (New and/or revised rules are in bold)
1. The home team is responsible for the following:
- Bases being in place at least 15 minutes before game time.
- 2 good game balls.
- Raking of the baseball diamond following the game. Both teams should have a rake, and both teams can assist in cleaning up a diamond before and after a game.
*All teams must provide their own bases. (This includes 1 safe bag, 2 bases, 1 home plate and 2 pitching plates.)
2. Rosters should have no more than 24 players and all persons playing must be on the roster. You are not covered by insurance if you are not on the roster. Each team is allowed to have a maximum of 2 (two) 16 or 17 year olds on the team, with a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. This form must be kept with the team rep and a copy must be sent to Laureen, either in person or scanned to email. The player must have turned 16 by May 1, 2015. A minimum of 4 regular season games is required to enable a player to play in the playoffs. NO LADIES SHALL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY BALL IF THEY ARE PREGNANT.
3. There is zero tolerance for minors drinking. If a minor that has joined the league and is caught drinking, they are suspended from playing in the league until they are 18 years of age. This rule will be regulated by the Executive; there are nine of us, and the Umpires. Before the game starts, you must inform the umpire that you have a minor playing in the game that evening.
4. There is no bunting allowed for MEN in the league. If a male player does bunt, or makes an act that they might bunt, they are automatically out.
5. For both LEAGUE PLAY and PLAYOFF GAMES, teams must have five male and five female players. Teams playing with either one male or one female short will receive an automatic out. Teams with less than eight players must forfeit the game.
6. PITCHING REGULATIONS
Sec. 1. Before commencing the delivery (pitch), the pitcher:
a) May not take the pitching position on or near the pitcher’s plate without having the ball in his possession.
b) Shall not be considered in the pitching position unless the catcher is in position to receive the pitch.
c) Must have both feet on the ground within the 61.0 cm (24in) length of the pitcher’s plate. The shoulders shall be in line with first and third bases and both feet must be in contact with the pitcher’s plate.
d) Must, while standing on the plate and with the ball in either the glove or the pitcher’s hand, take the signal, or appear to be taking signal, from the catcher with the hands separated.
e) Must, after taking the signal, bring his whole body to a full and complete stop with the ball held in both hands in front of the body. This position must be held for no less than two (2) seconds and no more than ten (10) seconds before releasing the ball.
Sec. 2. STARTING THE PITCH.
a. The pitch starts when one hand is taken off the ball.
Sec. 3. LEGAL DELIVERY.
a. The pitcher must not make any motion to pitch without immediately delivering the ball to the batter.
b. The pitcher must not use a pitching motion in which, after having the ball in both hands in the pitching position, he removes one hand from the ball, takes a backward and forward swing, and returns the ball to both hands in front of the body.
c. The pitcher must not use a windup in which there is a stop or reversal of the forward motion.
d. The pitcher may take the ball behind his back on the back swing.
e. The pitcher must not use a windmill or slingshot-type pitch, or make a complete revolution in the delivery.
f. The ball must not be outside the pitcher’s wrist on the downward motion and during the complete delivery.
g. The delivery must be an underhand motion with the hand below the hip, and the palm may be pointing downward
h. One the forward swing of the pitching arm (1) the elbow must be locked at the point of release, and (2) the shoulders and driving hip must be squared to home plate when the ball is released
i. The release of the ball must be on the first forward swing of the pitching arm and must past the hip. The release must have a complete, smooth follow-through with no abrupt stop of the arm near the hip
j. In the act of delivering the ball, the pitcher must take one step simultaneous with the release of the ball. The step must be forward toward the batter and within the 61.0 cm (24 in) length of the pitcher’s plate. THE STEPPING FOOT MUST BE POINTED TOWARD HOME PLATE AND MUST NOT TOUCH THE GROUND IN FRONT OF, OR CROSS OVER A STRAIGHT LINE BETWEEN THE PIVOT FOOT AND HOME PLATE.
NOTE: It is not a step if the pitcher slides his foot across the pitcher’s plate, provided contact is maintained with the plate. Lifting the pivot foot off the pitcher’s plate and returning it to the plate, creating a rocking motion, is an illegal act.
k. Pushing off with the pivot foot from a place other than the pitcher’s plate before stepping foot has left the plate is considered a crow hop and is illegal.
l. The pitcher must not continue to wind-up after releasing the ball.
m. The pitcher shall not deliberately drop, roll or bounce the ball in order to prevent the batter from hitting it.
n. The pitcher has 20 seconds to release the next pitch after receiving the ball, or after the umpire indicates “Play Ball.”
EFFECT: An additional ball is awarded the batter.
7. Any disputes with an opposing team should be settled between the two teams on the field, with any assistance from the umpire. If a team wants to appeal the game, the team must inform the umpire, who will in turn let the opposing team know. An appeal can happen at any time during the game. The game will be completed and the team appealing will then inform the executive. The executive will hear both sides and a decision will be made after that. The appeal must be sent in an email to Laureen, who can forward it to the executive. The opposing team must give their side in an email also.
8. The official SMOL diamond shall have the following dimensions:
- 60 ft. between bases
- 40 ft. pitching distance for women
- 46 ft. pitching distance for men
- 84 ft. 10-1/4 in. between home plate and 2nd base
- The double base (first base) should be set up with half of it secured in fair territory and the other half secured in foul territory.
(All measurements from home plate shall be taken from the point of home closest to the catcher and all measurements to the bases shall be taken to the center of the base.)
9. League Games
- All games during May, June and July will start at 7:00pm sharp with a 15-minute grace allowed, all games for August will start at 6:30pm sharp with a 15-minute grace allowed.
- Minimum of four males and four females needed infield by end of grace time or automatic forfeit.
- ILLEGAL BATS…..Umpires will be checking all bats prior to the start of each game. Please ensure you have bats out in plenty of time before the game for them to do so. A list of illegal bats can be found at the following website – www.nsacanada.ca/bats/approved.php
If you are unsure of a bat, please ask the Umpire before the game begins.
- All players substituted into a game must play a minimum of one inning. If a player bats, he/she must then play in the field at least one inning. If the player plays in the field first, he/she must be put into the batting rotation and although their turn to bat may not come up, this will constitute an inning.
- All games are 7 innings. There is NO MERCY RULE – a minimum of 5 innings MUST be played. After 5 innings the losing team will determine if they wish to continue to play, or end the game (Umpires must remain until the game has ended).
- Games tied after 7 innings will play international rules. The 8th inning will be played in full, if still tied after the 8th; a runner will be placed on 2nd base with one out for the batting team. Umpire will call the game for darkness if needed, and call the game as a tie after completed innings are still tied.
- Teams will receive 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie
- Calls regarding daylight are completely at the discretion of the umpire.
- Rained out games – The rain outs will be determined on the day of play, by 5:00pm. You can go to the SMOL website at www.smolbaseball.ca/news. It will be updated by 5:00pm. Please give a few minutes to check the website just after 5:00pm. Thank you.
- The winning team is responsible for e-mailing the game results to Ryder Needham or Laureen Taylor. Ryder – firstname.lastname@example.org or Laureen – email@example.com. You can also text the win to Laureen at 204-797-8693 or Ryder at 204-996-3825.
10. If a cancellation is necessary, the opposition and league must be notified no later than 1 day prior to the game. A team can only cancel 2 games a season; more than 2 cancelled games will result in an automatic forfeit. Cancelled games (excluding league rainouts) must be made up on the next available Tuesday unless the two teams agree on a specific date other than a Tuesday. Games must be rescheduled through Laureen 204-797-8693. Laureen will schedule you an umpire and a diamond location.
11. Absolutely no vehicles are allowed on the diamonds. This rule will be enforced by the R.C.M.P.
12. Jewellery may be worn at players own risk. SMOL and or any Umpires are not responsible for any injuries or occurrences involving the wearing of jewellery.
13. The diamonds and field must be left clean of all garbage.
SMOL representatives/executive committee, have the right to suspend or expel any team, player, coach, or manager, umpire or any other person associated with a team, for:
a) Refusing to obey a ruling (standard softball rules, as determined by The Manitoba Softball Association).
b) Proved foul play or unfair/unsportsmanlike conduct, individually or collectively, both during the regular season and/or playoffs.
c) Negligence to pay assessments.
d) Persistent infringement of the laws of the game or the rules of the league. Length of suspension (number of games) will be determined by the league executive and will be dealt with on a per case basis.