Kevin McAuliffe City Softball League -
2017 Season Rules and Regulations
rules apply unless otherwise noted.
of 25 players per team are allowed.
rosters must be submitted by May 12, 2017.
- A maximum
of five (5) non-company players may be put on the roster of each team.
team may submit a final roster by July 7, 2017 provided that it continues
to abide to the roster limit of 25 players and 2(b). After July 7th, no changes
may be made in any team’s roster for the duration of the season.
minimum age to participate in the league is 21. There is no maximum age.
teams must complete their Team Waiver Form and maintain their own copy as
well as provide a copy to the Commissioner.
may be postponed only on
account of weather.
game called on account of weather must be called by 4 p.m. of the day of
the game for a 6 pm start, by decision of the Commissioner after
consultation with both team managers. Games taking place later in the
evening are subject to a later cancellation time. The intended
guideline is to provide teams with a minimum of two hours before game
time to properly inform their teams as well as coordinate with the
will have authority to call games on account of weather after games have
game will be entered into the standings as official if it has gone five
full innings (four -and-a-half innings if the home team is ahead).
team that fails to field a squad for a game that has not been called on
account of weather, according to the procedures specified above, shall
lose the game by forfeit.
times for all regular-season games shall be at 6:15 p.m. sharp, unless
otherwise noted (See 3.8). A team
can elect to wait until the game start time if 9 or fewer players are
team that does not have a team on the field or ready to bat, and has not
presented its lineup card to the umpire as specified in Rule 5, by 6:35
p.m. shall lose the game by forfeit. Umpires will have authority to order
such a forfeit. In the event that the game time is different than
6:15 p.m., a team will have 20 minutes to field a starting lineup,
otherwise a forfeit will occur. A sample lineup card is available
on the league website.
times for playoff games in the Championship Tournament shall be 6 p.m.,
with a forfeit deadline of 6:20 p.m. unless otherwise specified.
team that forfeits three (3) or more games during the regular season will
be ineligible for the Championship Tournament. If a team is removed for failing to
field enough players three times, league dues will not be refunded. Commissioner will have the ability to
make an exception to the forfeit rule given extreme circumstances.
Extreme circumstances are those defined as acts of Terror, death, or
massive changes within the workforce (i.e. layoffs).
with the 2005 season, game times may vary. Teams are responsible for
verifying their game times and permits. For specific fields such as Murry
Bergtraum field, teams must wait until the
facility is available as the high school has priority during the school
year. Also, dependent upon field space and time, umpires may designate
starting batters counts with a one ball and one strike count.
must willingly leave the field when their games have ended. Some
games will be designated with Start and End Times. Regardless of
how late a game starts, teams must abide by the defined End Time.
the event that no umpire is present to officiate
a game at game time, teams must decide up front whether they both wish to
receive a win or contact the Commissioner and request that the game be
rescheduled. A member of the offensive team will serve as the
umpire standing behind the pitching mound as the game is played. If an umpire arrives prior to the end
of the third inning, the game may proceed. The intent is that the field
space be used and team members are allowed to play.
teams shall have uniforms, the minimum uniform consisting of Jerseys that have common color, design and/or logo.
will have authority to bar from the game any players they deem not to be
will conduct a coin toss with the respective managers to determine which
team gets “home-field” advantage for the first game between any two teams
in the regular season. The team
that loses this coin toss will have “home-field” advantage for the second
game played between the teams, if there is one, unless that team defaults
on its “home-team” status by virtue of not being in compliance with Rules
4.3 and 4.4. No team is allowed to
“waive” the coin toss and “volunteer” to be the “away” team in a
regular-season game. If any team
attempts to do so, then any game in the Championship Tournament between
those two teams shall have that game’s “home-field” advantage
determined by another coin toss prior to the tournament game. If any team
wins the coin toss in a regular-season game and refuses to accept “home
team” status, the coin toss will nevertheless be recorded as having gone
in that team’s factor and said team will be the “away” team in any
tournament game between the two teams. Umpires will have authority to
order a coin toss to resolve these or any other disagreements concerning
“home-field” status for a tournament game prior to the start of that game.
team is required to bring a home plate and three bases to every
game. If any team fails to bring
this equipment, umpires will have authority to automatically award “home
team” status to that team’s opponent. Teams are also responsible to provide
their own catcher's mask and batting equipment. A courtesy base may be used at first
base, if available.
teams are obligated to bring a new, unused “Clincher” softball to every
game for presentation to the umpire before game time. If the designated “home team” fails to
bring such a Clincher to the game, umpires will have authority to award
“home team” status to that team’s opponent. If the designated “visiting
team” fails to bring such a Clincher the game, it will be obligated to
pay the “home team” the sum of $15 under pain of forfeit. Umpires will have authority to order
such a forfeit if the sum is not paid.
manager shall present to the umpire and the opposing manager a lineup card
prior to the game, listing name and position of each player.
Each team may have an
offensive lineup of up to 12 batters including one hitter that must be initially identified by the initials EH (Extra
Hitter) and one hitter identified by the initials AH (Additional Hitter). Every
fielder, the pitcher included, must come to bat. There is one exception to this
rule, which is described in Rule 5.10. As of the 2004 season, the EH may rotate
in and out of the field. Effective with the 2006 Season, a team may have
a twelfth batter in the lineup who may also substitute in and out of the
field. Both the EH and AH are optional
hitters and are not required to start play.
As of the 2015 Season, teams may bat up to 14 players, 10
traditional hitters, 1 DH and 3 Extra Hitters.
It is not required to bat all 14, but is an option afforded to the
Captains. The batters will be treated
like Extra Hitters and may play the field.
Batters may be initially identified by the initials EH (Extra Hitter) or
DH (Designated Hitter). There may only
be one DH per team.
Each team may have a defensive
alignment of 1 to 10 fielders, including a short-centerfielder.
team must have at least eight players, on offense and defense, to start
the game in order to avoid a forfeit according to the provisions of Rule
team may elect to start with nine players on either offense or defense,
and then add either a tenth fielder-batter; a tenth batter; or a tenth
fielder-batter and an eleventh batter after the game has begun, provided
any such additional players entering the game are placed at the bottom of
the team’s batting order. This
also applies when teams have the minimum of eight players. A team
may play with 8 players throughout the game. It will not be an automatic
out when the 9th position in the order is scheduled since the team will
already be penalized with a limited number of fielders. See 5.11 for additional clarification.
team must have at least one (1) female player on the field and in the
offensive lineup at all times during the game. A female as an Extra Batter does not
fulfill this minimum requirement. No team may go longer than 12 batters
without putting a female player up to bat. On any occasion when a female
player comes to bat after the batter ahead of her in the lineup has
walked, ASA rules for “co-ed” competition requiring that the female
batter automatically also be given a base-on-balls by the umpire shall
not be applied, and the female batter shall take an at-bat.
the event a team has 8 or more players, but a female player is not
available at the start of the game, a game may start with the team
incurring the following penalties:
team will lose home field advantage
team will place the missing player at the top of the lineup and incur a
penalty of 2 outs each time the player is scheduled to bat. Outs may
carryover for future innings.
team will play with 8 players in the field
McGowan Rule will apply if there is an injury
during a game shall be made by managers according to ASA rules, at the
discretion of the umpires. ASA
rules enable reentry as long as the person reenters the lineup in the
same batting position. There is no
gender restriction for the reentry rule. All players are equal. Teams may substitute any of the
following combinations: female for
a male; female for a female; male for a male; and a male for a female.
team manager shall keep a scorecard during the game. Upon completion of the game, winning
teams should have the umpire sign their scorebook. This will further help rectify any
problems that may occur with any of the umpires as well as enable
positive feedback as well. Feedback on the umpires officiating is
appreciated and assists the Commissioner and the Umpire Chief in the
selection of umpires for the playoffs. Teams are also expected to clean
up their dugouts and inspect the surrounding area notifying 311 or the
Commissioner if there is any damage or excessive refuse at the
winning teams should then submit the results on the league website.
team manager shall complete an Internet form indicating the results of
every game and the pre-game coin-toss, to the Commissioner no later than
the day after the game. If there is any dispute between the teams over
what the final score was, each team shall forward to the Commissioner, by
FAX or messenger or mail or hand, a copy of the scorecard for that game
within 72 hours after its conclusion. If neither team notifies the
Commissioner of the final score within 24 hours (or one business day)
after the game, the result of the game may be nullified and the game will
be removed from the league standings, listed as neither a win nor a loss
for either team. The name of the umpire(s) which umpired the game
should also be included when submitting the results on the league site
which is located at http://www.gwhynot.com/.
must be submitted in writing, and according to ASA rules regarding which
decisions and matters are open to protest. A $50 bond must accompany each protest
filed by a team in order to be accepted. The bond is refundable if the
protest is upheld.
is an exception where every fielder may not come to bat. If the umpire is notified before the
game that a defensive player has an injury and is unable to bat, then the
umpire may grant the team the opportunity to have another player, who is
not in the lineup, take the place in the offensive lineup of the injured
player. This player would
effectively act as a Designated Hitter.
5.1 and 5.11, a team may have up to 4 Extra Hitters (EH1, EH2, EH3 and
EH4) or up to 3 Extra Hitters (EH1, EH2 and EH3) and one Designated
Hitter (DH). A DH can hit for another position player in the field, while
an Extra Hitter can both hit and play the field under the premise that
there are no more than 10 fielders at any one time. A team can have 10 fielders and four
extra hitters who can rotate in and out of the field or a team can have
10 fielders, up to three extra hitters and a DH. In this instance the
Designated Hitter will take the at bat of another positional player who
is playing the field.
- As of the 2008 season, teams may add players to the
field and into the batting order through the end of the third inning
without penalty. This applies even
if the lineup has batted around. This enables late arriving players to
participate in the game without penalty.
Traditional substitution applies for the lineup starting the top
of the 4th inning.
Players may be appended to the bottom of the lineup prior to the
start of the top of the fourth inning even if the lineup has turned over
will be modified pitch, as specified in ASA rules.
player taken out of the game may reenter the game only in the same
position in the batting order.
is not allowed.
may lead from bases only after pitcher has released the ball. Stealing is not allowed. If the
catcher attempts a throw to an occupied base, then the ball becomes in
play and the runner(s) may advance.
runners will be allowed, provided the runner is the last batter who made
an out while at bat. Upon
reaching base, a team may elect to have a courtesy runner for a member of
its team. To avoid any
manipulation of the courtesy runner (which occurred in the 2004
playoffs), the team may only run for a female player with another female
player. If another female player is not present, then the Team Manager
may approach the umpire and indicate why the female runner requires a courtesy
runner. If deemed appropriate by
the umpire, the individual who made the last out will then be allowed to
become the courtesy runner. All courtesy runners must check in with the
umpire. If the umpire is not
informed of the courtesy runner and a pitch takes place, it is the
umpire's discretion to choose whether to call the courtesy runner as out.
will wear sneakers or rubber cleats. Metal spikes are not allowed.
will explain all other interpretations of ASA rules to managers, as
needed and according to the umpires’ discretion, prior to and during
course of the game
McGowan Rule: In the event that a
team does not have any additional bench players and a player is injured,
the team will be allowed to skip the player’s at bat without being
penalized with an out. This will
be a subjective decision to be approved by the Umpires. If an at bat is skipped, the injured
player will not be allowed to renter the game. If a player is injured, a removed
player will be allowed to reenter the game in the position in the lineup
for the individual that was injured.
for the 2006 Season: There will be a 15 run mercy rule in
effect at the end of five complete innings. If anytime after a complete inning
after the fifth inning a team is leading by 15 or more runs, the umpire
will end the game with the team leading receiving a win.
The Mercy Rule only
impacts regular season games. In
the event that a team is ahead by 15 runs or more at the end of four
innings, the losing team will receive their fifth inning at-bat. In the event that the losing team is
the home team, then the winning team will receive their at-bat and be
limited to having everyone in their lineup receive one at-bat. If the half inning has not ended before
the final batter receives an at-bat for the winning team, then the
winning team’s at-bat will be terminated and the number of runs scored
will be added to their existing run total. If after the fifth inning the winning
team is up 15 runs or more, then the Mercy Rule will be executed.
may place fielders in any defensive alignment they wish in the field of
play. There is no restriction on
the number of players in the outfield vs. the infield. Teams are asked to exhibit proper
sportsmanship at all times. This
rule is being highlighted to clarify situations where teams find
themselves in a bases-loaded last inning of the game with one out and
need to turn a double play and thus, bring their fielders in to increase
their opportunity to make a play. A second scenario involves weaker
hitting players when teams often push their fielders onto the infield.
Many umpires choose to make a decision based upon their
interpretation. There is no
interpretation necessary. Teams
may position their fielders in any configuration they choose.
vacated spot in the batting order not resulting from an injury (see The
McGowan Rule) will result in an automatic "out" one time only,
unless the player is ejected from the game.
- Bench jockeying
shall be kept impersonal. Obscene or threatening language, ethnic insults
or “fighting words” are not permitted.
harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden.
are not permitted to throw bats.
are not permitted to argue ball-and-strike calls with the umpire.
alcoholic beverages may be on the field, or consumed by any player, prior
to or during the course of a game.
shall have discretion to enforce these and all other rules of behavior
according to their discretion, including ejection from the game. A warning will first be issued to the
individual(s) and the team(s) involved. If the inappropriate behavior
persists, the umpires will have authority to call the game with no
questions asked. The team(s)
responsible for taunting will automatically receive a loss. If an umpire
is forced to call a game for a team more than once, than the team may be
removed from the league and/or not be eligible for the playoffs.
player who instigates a fight with another player will be automatically
suspended for the next league game, and any player who repeats this
offense will be suspended from league competition for the duration of the
any player refuses to leave the field after ejection by an umpire, that
player’s team loses the game by forfeit. The player will be automatically
suspended for the next league game, and any player who repeats this
offense will be suspended from league competition for the duration of the
player who engages in any physical attack or abuse of an umpire, or
otherwise seeks to threaten or intimidate an umpire, will be suspended
from league competition for the duration of the season.
- Any player who brandishes a bat at another player, or hits
or seeks to hit another player with a bat, will be suspended from league
competition for the duration of the season.
designation for the playoffs will go to the team with the better
regular-season record except for the League Championship games so long as
all other provisions of Rule 4.2 have been compiled with. In the League Championship Series,
home-field status will be rotated between the winners of each
player must appear in 4 games to appear in the playoffs. Special consideration will be granted
for those who experience extenuating circumstances, such as military
deployment or return from injury.
teams will make the playoffs unless teams have either forfeited three or
more games or have been removed from the league.
playoff games are winner take all.
final two teams will meet in The Kevin McAuliffe City Softball
League Series, which is best two out of
matters of dispute, the Commissioner will have final authority.
that do not pay their full fee by the posted fee date may be removed from
the league prior to the season
to Rule 3.7, any team removed from the league during the season will not
be refunded their league dues. In addition, as Rule 8.1 states, the
removed team will not eligible to participate in the playoffs nor be
allowed to attend the End of the League Event.
team removed from the League will not be eligible to be members of the
league in future years
the Commissioner is present at the field and/or participating in a league
game, the umpire has full authority during game play.
- Following ASA / USA Softball Rules,
the league maintains a list of banned bats. The official certified and banned bats
list from USA Softball may be found at http://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/play-usa-softball/certified-usa-softball-equipment. The official bat for USA Softball
Championship Play must meet all of the USA Softball specifications and
requirements of Rule 3, Section 1. The official bat must bear either
the ASA 2000 Certification Mark, ASA 2004 Certification Mark, or ASA 2013
Certification Mark (Slow Pitch, Men’s Adult Fast Pitch, Junior Olympic
Boy’s Fast Pitch and Men’s Modified only), as shown below and must not be
listed on the Non-Approved Bat List with 2000 or 2004 Certification Mark.
AND must be included on a list of approved bat
models published by USA Softball
OR must, in the sole opinion and discretion of the
umpire, have been manufactured prior to 2000 and if tested, would comply with
the USA Softball Bat Performance Standard. This includes wooden bats. Exception:
Senior Softball bats may be used in Senior Championship Play only.