|# OF PLAYERS||See the LUG Minimum Number of Players Required Policy.|
10 players on defence (4 infield, 4 outfield, 1 pitcher, 1 catcher)
Maximum of 12 players per team.
|COED LINEUP RULES|
Min 2 women must be present to play a game.
Min 2 women must take the field on defense each inning.
In the event that only one woman shows up, captains can agree to waive the default and play the game. If this occurs, the team must play defense short one player.
Batting lineup can’t have more than 2 guys hit in a row. If a team is short women, they will rotate every time a women spot comes up in the batting order.
All rules apply to playoffs.
No ties in playoffs. Winner must be determined in extra innings.Absolutely no unrostered players permitted.
Players must play on 50% of teams season games to be eligible to play for playoffs.
If a team does not have minimum of 7 players the game is considered defaulted.
|EXTRA INNINGS |
If a game is tied at the end of regulation innings or the game is tied at the 75 minute mark each team will have a chance to hit. The inning will start with 1 person on second and one out (the last person out from previous innings).
If one team scores and the other doesn't the game is over.
If both teams score the same in the extra inning then continue the process until the game is over.
|MAXIMUM RUNS PER INNING|
A team can only score a maximum of 7 runs per inning.
A team can only hit 3 home runs per inning (this is of particular importance in small diamonds).
Inside the park home runs are not counted towards the home run count.
|SAFETY BAG |
To avoid collisions, runners must tag the safety base at first base, and cannot touch the home plate (runners must run past home plate).
If the runner steps on the white side of the safety base (infield side) or home plate, they are out.
To get a runner out at home plate, the catcher must have the ball and one foot on home plate before the runner crosses the extended line passing from the 1st base line past home plate.
Tagging the runner once they have crossed the commitment line at home is not permitted and the runner will be deemed automatically safe.
Sliding is not permitted in any situation.
|STEALING||Stealing is not permitted. Will be counted as an out. |
|LEAD OFFS||Lead offs are not permitted. Will be counted as an out. |
|FAIR BALLS||All fair balls are playable. Balls do not need to pass the pitcher to be in play.|
|ROVERS||Not permitted in the in-field. Any rover must be in the outfield.|
|FIRST AT BATS|
The away team will bat first.
|COMMITMENT LINES||Marked half-way between 3rd and home. Any time a player passes the commitment line, the play is a forced play.|
|BAT THROWING||No bat throwing. It is considered an out and the play dead.|
|BASE COACHES||The team at bat should provide a first base and third base coach to call outs. Umpires can overturn if and out is unfairly called (in the case of a disagreement).|
|HOME PLATE UMPIRE||The Umpire will call fair/foul balls as they have the best view. Any calls being disputed must be discussed by the 2 captains and if a final decision cannot be made, re-play the ball! Remember this is a fun league.|
|Teams pitch to opposing teams. Umpires will call balls & strikes.|
A Strike Mat will be used. Any ball that lands on the strike matt is a strike.
No wind ups. Pitches are lobbed in to the batter with the objective of landing on the Strike Mat.
Teams pitch to opposing teams. Umpires will call balls & strikes. Pitchers are encouraged to wear a pitching mask while pitching.
In the case the pitcher is hit with the ball, the play is called dead and a re-pitch is allotted to the batter. It is not considered a strike.
No windups. Pitchers cannot use more than 180 degrees of arm motion. (From release point).
The strike zone is determined by the umpire. The range for strike zone takes place from the knee to the letters on the jersey + the width of the home plate.
|There must be a minimum of 1 woman at bat for every 2 consecutive men at bat (even if a woman bats twice in the same order).|
If all women are on bases and a women is up-to-bat, a man may pinch run for the woman on base. The man should replace the woman farthest from home.
|BATTING ORDER |
Batting orders must be written out by each team prior to the start of the game and cannot be changed. It must include all players who play in the field. Players arriving late can be added to the end of the order.
|DISCREPANCIES OF RULES||Softball is a game with lots of rules and some discrepancies may arise during the course of a game.|
Any disagreement should be discussed by the captains in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Umpires can make final calls on everything.
|GAME FORFEITS & DEFAULTS||We take forfeits very seriously at LUG. Registration is a commitment and we expect teams to play all of their scheduled games and be respectful of their opponent's commitment and expectations. Failure to attend a scheduled game deprives other teams a portion of their season and is frustrating to everyone who traveled and took time from their personal schedules to be there.|
Refer to the Forfeits & Defaults policy for further information and applicable sanctions.