Suburbs College/Prep 16″ Softball Rules

General Rules: (for Sport Specific Rules scroll down)

Note: All players must sign and adhere to the All Sports Series Waiver prior to participating).

1. Fighting is not tolerated and will result in expulsion from All Sports Series.

1a. Any form of fighting will result in the persons involved to be expelled from the league. (This could also lead to the entire team being expelled depending on the scenario).

1b. No refunds will be granted due to this.

2. You must field a team!

2b. Failing to field a team more than one time will result in your team’s expulsion and not being welcome back next year. It’s simply not fair to other teams.

3. Only Captains are allowed to speak with officials or umpires.

4. Players may not play unless they have signed the All Sports Series Waiver.

4a.  All full-time Players have signed the Waiver during their Initial Registration.

4b. To sign up a Substitute Click Here.

5. Games will start promptly at scheduled time.  If you are late you will be wasting your own playing time.

6. All Players must wear their All Sports Series Jerseys.

6a. Refs want teams to wear the same color.

6b. Also for statistical purposes, we need our the jerseys with #s.

6c. Players are not allowed to play without the jerseys.

7. No alcohol or drugs are allowed at the league. If there is any suspicion of alcohol or drug use. The player will be removed.

8. NO Metal cleats.  There will be pre-game checks for this.

8a. Insurance will not allow for this.

9. An ejection from a game by an official will result in a review of the player’s actions and may result in a 1-week suspension. (We want to promote fair and competitive games).

10. THE FINAL DAY TO REGISTER PLAYERS IS BEFORE WEEK 6. PLAYERS MUST PLAY IN REGULAR SEASON TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PLAYOFFS.

11. Players who did not play in the Regular Season may not play in the Playoffs.

Playoffs:

1. All Teams will make the single-elimination Playoffs and be seeded based on points accrued during the regular season.

2. Format TBD.

Tiebreaker

a. Head to Head. (If 3 teams are tied then we will still use Head to Head.  Teams will be seeded in the following order depending on their Head to Head record: 2-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 0-2)

b. Teams’ Individual Win/Loss Records. If teams did not play Head to Head then we will use the teams’ individual records… If a team advanced past the pool stages of volleyball then that counts as a W (if not its a Loss). So teams have 7 games in their record.

c. Strength of Schedule. If still tied, we will go to Strength of Schedule.  We will add together the total points (from Standings) of the opponents for each team for the entire season. Whoever had a stronger strength of schedule will win the tiebreaker. (VBall games are not scored in this).

 

16″ Softball Rules:

1. 10 on 10.  7 inning Games (however, no inning can start later than 50 minutes into the Game).

1a. If you have more than 10 Players, you can enter everyone in the batting order.

2. Unlimited arc. The higher the pitch, the shorter the strike-zone.

2a. The strike-zone is the alleyway straight back behind the plate.  A strike must cross the batter’s body between shoulders and waist and the ball must land behind the plate.

3.  The count starts at 1 and 1.

3a. If you hit a foul ball with 2 strikes your first foul ball will not result in an out.

3b. With 2 strikes your second foul ball will result in an out.

4. Baserunners may lead-off but cannot steal or advance a base on a pick-off attempt.

4a. If the pitcher attempts to pick-off a batter and the ball goes out of play, the baserunner remains at their base.

5. NO CONTACT! Runners must slide or simply give themselves up — they will be out if they try to collide with a defensive player. Defensive Players cannot block the base without the ball either. 

5. Don’t throw the bats.

6. Infield fly rule is at the discretion of the umpires.

7. Slaughter rule is in effect if a team is down by 10+ at any time after the completion of the 5th inning the game.