Rules – CoEd Slo-Pitch – 2015

  1. HAVE FUN!!!!!
  2. A minimum eight (8) players constitute a team. Ten (10) players constitute a full team. NO MORE than 10 on the field at any given time. Those sitting an inning will be the next out the following inning. Said players will be rotated in and out so that playing time is equal for all. Should a team be below the minimum number of 8 players then player(s) should be borrowed from the other team to equal the teams out and allow all players an equal amount of playing time. The team short of players forfeits the game and it shows up as a loss. If a team has less than 8 players at the 6:15 start time they will have a 10 minute period in grace period for another player to show up.
  3. Coaches will refrain from yelling instructions on the field during play i.e. once the ball is pitched until the point the ball is caught. If in the view of the umpire a coach is abusing this he will be spoken to twice, followed by his/her ejection.
  4. Coaches that take a coaching position during an inning will remain in that given position and not wander back and forth. i.e. the first base coach coaches 1st base, the bench coach coaches the Bench.
  5. Normal positions are deemed pitcher, catcher, 1st base, 2nd base, short stop, 3rd base and 4 outfielders (Left, Left Center, Right Center & Right field). Outfielders may move around and have the 4th outfielder as a rover.
  6. Pants long enough to cover the knees are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to avoid injury but are no longer mandatory. Shorts may be worn.
  7. The outfielders are not allowed on the infield dirt before a hit. Any outfielder may make a play in the infield where the situation warrants.
  8. Seven runs or three outs end an inning. The last inning is always open. The game will end when a team losing by 15 runs has had five at bats (this is a mercy). A team losing by 20 runs may decide that the game is over at anytime before this, at the LOSING team’s discretion.
  9. Regular season games will be five to seven innings depending upon time. No new inning will start after 7:45.
  10. The batting order will be followed as listed on the game roster. Any late player will be placed at the end of the batting order at any time. No changes in the batting roster are permitted once the game has begun unless it is removing a player from the game due to injury or having to leave the park early. A player may only re-enter the game after having missed a turn, if and only if, their injury allows them to.
  11. Each team will utilize a minimum of 2-3 separate pitchers who may not pitch more than 2 consecutive innings in a game of 5 innings or more. Pitchers will pitch from a minimum distance that intersects 1st and 3rd base. Minimum arc on the ball must be 6 feet, maximum 12 feet. In the event an illegal pitch is called the play will be considered a ball unless the batter decides to swing at the pitch at which point the ball becomes live and a strike or hit will be called.
  12. The player in the pitcher’s position “ MUST” wear a catcher’s mask or helmet with face mask for safety. If a pitcher isn’t wearing a helmet, the Umpire will ensure that the game will not resume until a mask/helmet is worn. “All” safety equipment must be worn for practices & warm-ups as well. Safety is paramount for insurance purposes & the children’s well being.
  13. No intentional or fake bunts are allowed. If a batter squares to bunt and turns and makes a full swing, they will be out.
  14. The Umpire only will be responsible for calling fair or foul balls.
  15. The Umpire only will be responsible for calling safe or out. End of discussion since the Umpires we are utilizing have many years of experience umpiring competitive ball.
  16. The Umpire only will be the one to call “Time” once the play has reached its logical conclusion. They will not allow teams to have players run at will on expected overthrows.
  17. Each batter will see a maximum of 6 pitches. Ball 4 constitutes a walk. Strike 3 constitutes an out. Tipped ball for strike 3 is an out.
  18. Caught foul balls must exceed the batters height to be considered an out.
  19. A runner who is hit by a batted ball while off the base will be called out
  20. If a ball is overthrown that goes out of play (i.e. over or under the fence), or into the bench area – all runners are awarded the next base from the time of the throw. Umpires discretion as to what bases are awarded.
  21. The fence is considered live with respect to overthrows.
  22. A runner’s foot may not leave the base until the batter has contacted the ball. Any runner leading off is OUT. Anticipation will be called by the umpire and the runner will be out and a no-pitch called.
  23. There is NO sliding.
  24. It is the responsibility of the base runner to avoid any contact with a fielder but must not go off of the 3 foot baseline leeway. Should a fielder interfere and block the base path then the next base may be awarded by the Umpire.
  25. Once time has been called or the ball has been thrown towards the pitcher, the play is dead and runners may not advance.
  26. A commitment line will be drawn 20 feet from home plate. Once a runner crosses this line they may not retreat to third base otherwise they will be declared out. Once the commitment line is touched their only option is to go home and pass the safety line.
  27. A line will be drawn horizontally from the top of home plate towards the back stop as a “safe line”. Any runner between this line and the commitment line will be called out when the ball is held by a defensive player in contact with home plate.
  28. Any runner touching the plate will be called out.
  29. Any player running the bases must touch each base or they will be called out by the umpire upon touching the next base or the base missed is tagged by a defending player in control of the ball.
  30. Absolutely no TAGGING between the commitment line and the safe line. If a runner is tagged they will be called safe.
  31. Rubber or plastic cleats may be worn. No metal cleats are allowed or cleats with metal studs in the individual cleats.
  32. The only position that may utilize a catcher’s/trapper’s glove is the catcher. All other positions require a regular glove.
  33. Absolutely no hard ball bats are to be used. The next step will be to ban all but Park supplied bats.
  34. The home team is responsible for taking down the diamond. All bases are to be put “IN” the Equipment Shed.
  35. Both teams are responsible for cleaning the benches after each game to a condition better than they found them.
  36. All equipment must be kept within the bench area which extends to one pole beyond the bench to the end of the fence directly in front of the bench.
  37. No Mouth Rule – Players and Coaches are required and expected to act in a civil manner towards “ALL” other Players, Coaches and Umpires. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will be subject to suspension and/or ejection from the League as per the City of Hamilton’s Zero Tolerance Policy (found under the Public Works section on the City of Hamilton’s website).
  38. Play smart, play hard, learn and most importantly HAVE FUN !!!