Coed Softball Game Day Rules
USA rules apply, unless superseded by our league rules (see below).
Note: ASA Softball changed its name to USA Softball in 2017.
MANAGER / UMPIRES
- One person
designated as the game-day manager shall be responsible for the conduct of their team
and shall act as spokesperson for the team in all discussions with the
umpire. The manager must
run the team, having full control over his/her players.
umpire will be provided for each game. The umpire will make
all calls and control the game per USA and league Code of Conduct.
- If there is a question about a
rule, the legality of a bat or player eligibility, call time and
call (or have the umpire call)
George Gibson (610-539-1573) or
Pete Marion (610-316-8912) IMMEDIATELY - before the next play.
All protests will be
decided on during the game by a league commissioner, not after the
Judgment calls cannot be questioned.
- No music, once a game
starts. Music that contains foul or discriminatory language
should not be played under any circumstances. (some people find
music during a game to be distracting or sometimes offensive, so use
common sense here)
- Players, coaches, umpires,
volunteers, etc. may not participate in
league sanctioned activities while under the influence of alcohol or
- Do not park illegally
and do not park on the grass at any fields.
INJURIES / INSURANCE
If one or more of your players is injured (as outlined below) during
a league sanctioned activity, report it (or have the player report
it) immediately to:
Cell: (610) 539-1573
Reportable Injuries include:
1. Any injury requiring a doctor's care or hospitalization
2. Fracture or break
3. Severe strain or sprain
4. Severe bleeding
5. Any other medical emergencies such as heart attack, seizure, etc.
Our league carries secondary accidental insurance. Our insurance
company will not cover
injuries that are not reported in a timely manner.
home team will provide game balls - two each, 11" and 12"
game balls (one new and one used/good condition). Males will hit with the
12" yellow softball. Females
will have the option of hitting with either the 12"
softball or the 11" softball. If the wrong ball is used,
the manager of the offensive team has the option of taking the
result of the play, or having the last batter bat over and assume
the ball strike count prior to the wrong ball being discovered.
are to be set 65’ apart, unless the field has anchored bases.
home team will provide an orange and white double-first base (not
just a base and mat). Refer
to USA rule 8-2 M
home team provide the 2’ x 3’ league-issued strike mat.
Umpires shall place the mat a couple of inches behind
the plate. Any legal (6’-12’) pitch hitting the mat or the
area between the mat and plate shall be called a strike.
A pitch that hits the plate is not a strike.
spikes are not permitted.
teams will provide two cones placed 110 feet from home plate
(See Fielding Rule 2)
- Home teams will provide a
pitching rubber that is to be placed 50' from home plate. It
is to be used at all fields but Heels and Bridgeport (those
fields have pitching rubbers set at 50').
Our league allows only bats that
are on our approved bat list. http://www.wnces.com/bats.htm
(Print and carry the list with you).
- (USA Rule 7 Section 6B) When a
batter enters the batter’s box with or is discovered using an
altered or non-approved bat. EFFECT: The batter is called out and
ejected from the game (our league rules provide an automatic one game
suspension for players who have been ejected. Suspension will begin
are subject to ejection and minimum 3 game suspension for using a
composite barreled bat or Utrip bat.
Note: Section 6 B-C: If a previous batter has used the same altered or
illegal bat and a pitch has been made, the current batter only is out.
Penalties are assessed only if a batter uses a non-approved bat in a
game situation. We strongly suggest that you keep all non-approved
bats away from the backstop, benches and fence.
- If (in the umpire's judgment)
a bat is damaged (flattened or cracked, etc.), the umpire can remove
it from the game (no penalty assessed).
- Bats may be inspected by an opposing team captain and
umpire at any time before and during the game. Captains should
carry the league approved bat list with them at all times. It
is a good idea to highlight your own team’s bats in case they are
ever called into question. The league commissioners reserve the
right to inspects bats at any time.
altered bats - for the purpose of increasing performance - may result
in a lifetime ban from USA.
- The home team must set up bases, cones and mat
no later 10 minutes prior to game or immediately upon completion of
the previous game. All
on-field practice must cease while the field is being set up (bases,
raking, water removal, etc.).
- (USA Rule) Lineups must be exchanged no
later than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
Players who are not
present when lineups are exchanged (League note: even if they are “right around
the corner”) may not be listed in the starting lineup. If
you have at least 8, play with what you have.
- Umpires will allow a 10 minute grace period
for a team to field (or bat) at least 8 players. After 10
minutes, a forfeit may be declared.
- Ten Players - P, C, (no more than) 4 infielders, (no more than) 4 outfielders.
- With EH(s), 11 or 12 players bat with only 10 playing defense. (See
EXTRA HITTER SECTION)
- A minimum of 8 players is required to start the game.
If at any time during the game a field cannot bat/field at
least 8 players, a forfeit is declared.
- A minimum of 3 spots in the batting order and 3
positions in the field must be occupied
by a female.
a. If a team bats/fields only 2 females, an
automatic out must be taken in the 3rd spot in the batting
The team may only
play 9 players in the field (including 2 females).
b. If a team bats/fields only 1 female, an
automatic out must be taken in the 3rd and 7th spot in the batting
The team may only
play 8 players in the field (including 1 female).
At least one female must bat in one of the top six slots in the
lineup, unless the team starts the game taking an automatic out(s),
in which case, this rule is waived.
There is no penalty for not having enough males, as
long as a team can bat/field at least 8 players.
- (USA Rule) Players who are not present when lineups are exchanged
(even if they are “right around the corner”) may not be listed
in the starting lineup.
- Batters cannot be moved to
another spot in the batting order for any reason.
- Do not lend
opposing teams players. Though it's done with good intentions,
it usually doesn't end up well. If one team does not have
enough players to start a game, but you still want to play, you must
call a forfeit first, then you can split up the teams any way you
wish and play a scrimmage game. Our insurance does allow
"approved, sanctioned, organized" "practice" or
"covered activities" as long as you play with rostered
players. The scrimmage game must finish no later than 15
minutes before the scheduled start time of the next game.
- If a team starts with less than 10 fielders, any
players arriving late may be added to the lineup and/or fielding
team immediately (the first time though the batting order only).
Late arriving female(s) will occupy the lowest spot in the lineup
with an automatic. In all other instances, late arriving
player(s) shall occupy the last spot(s) in the batting order. If the short-handed team is in the
field at the time of the player's arrival, the player may take their
position in the field prior to the next batter.
- No additions can be
made to the lineup after the first time through that team's batting
order. This includes late arriving players to vacant spots or
- (USA Rule) If a player is ejected, a team may NOT continue to play
short-handed. If no substitutes (same gender) are available, the game
shall be declared a forfeit.
a player has to leave the game for any reason other than ejection or
the USA blood rule and if no substitutes are available, their spot
in the batting order is an automatic out. Once the spot is
vacated, it must remain vacated for the remainder of the game.
EH(s) shall remain in their current spot lineup, and can move to
the field. However, if the vacated spot in the lineup causes a
team to field less than three females, the position in the field
cannot be filled by a male and must be left vacant.
- Each team is allowed an extra hitter (EH). (We
do not use a DH) The
extra hitter is only permitted if a team fields 10 players,
including at least 3 females. Teams may use one additional EH,
however, no more one male can EH.
- EH(s) may bat anywhere in the batting order (but obviously, must stay
in the same spot in the batting order the entire game).
- EH (and an additional EH) can be added the first time around the
order only (add to the bottom of order after game starts).
- When an EH is used, all 11 (or 12) on the starting line-up must bat
and any 10 of those 11 (or 12) may play defense (in accordance with
our defensive coed rule).
- The EH(s) may enter the game on defense at any time, but the batting
order must remain the same throughout the game.
- The opposing team must be notified of all substitutions.
- (USA Rule) Re-entry Rule: Any player may be substituted in the lineup and
re-entered once, providing players occupy the same batting positions
whenever in the line-up.
- Females can substituted for a male or female (but not as a courtesy runner).
Males can only be substituted for males (applies to re-entry rule and injuries too).
Under no circumstances can a male be substituted for a female.
(USA Rule 8 Section 9B2): Any eligible player on the official
line-up including available substitutes may be used as a courtesy
Courtesy runners must
be reported to the umpire and opposing team at the time they enter.
League Rule: A courtesy runner may be used for one male and one
female per inning, even if they come to bat more than once that inning.
Only males can run for males and females for females. We do not use a
designated rabbit runner.
(USA Rule) A courtesy runner whose turn at bat comes while on base:
Effect: Will be called out. The courtesy runner will be removed from the
base and take their turn at bat. A second courtesy runner is not
permitted at this time.
(USA Rule) A courtesy runner may not run for an existing courtesy
runner except for an injury.
Effect: Violations result in an out and the runner is removed from the
(USA Rule) A runner who is replaced with a courtesy runner may not be
used as a courtesy runner for the remainder of the inning.
Effect: Violations result in an out and the runner is removed from the
TEN RUN RULE
Rule, variation) If after 5 innings, a team is winning by 10
or more runs (4 ˝ innings if it is the home team), the game
A team may score a
maximum of 10 runs per inning through the first 4 innings.
From the 5th inning on, there is no limit.
shall pitch at 50 feet from home plate, regardless of the
field dimensions. Home teams will provide a pitching
rubber that is to be placed 50' from home plate. It is to be
used at all fields but Heels and Bridgeport (those fields have
pitching rubbers set at 50'). Pitchers are allowed to pitch up
to 5 feet behind the rubber but NEVER in front of it.
legal pitch is 6-12' arc, as determined by the umpire.
No one may question balls, strikes or arc.
Rule) Illegal Pitch - If an illegal pitch is called by the
umpire, the batter may swing at his/her own discretion/peril. If
the batter does not swing, the pitch shall be ruled a ball.
bunting or (intentional) chop hitting.
batter, regardless of gender, will start with a 1-1 count.
will call (4) balls and (3) strikes.
legal pitch (6’-12’) that hits the mat or the area between the
mat and the plate is a strike (as determined by the umpire).
A pitch that hits the plate is not a strike.
foul ball on the third strike will be considered a strikeout.
rule 8.1.4) A
walk to a male batter batting in front of a female will result in a two base award
to the male batter.
(variation of the USA rule). In
our league, with two outs, a female does not get the option
to (automatically) walk - she must always bat. Note: The
defensive team may still walk her intentionally or unintentionally.
batter walking in front of an automatic out that would have been
occupied by a female will NOT be awarded second base.
more than 4 infielders and 4 outfielders at all times.
cones will be placed 110 feet from home plate to form an imaginary
must remain behind the arc until the ball is hit.
must remain no closer than even with the bases until the ball is
for violation of fielding rules 1, 2 and 3: Umpire will call ILLEGAL
PITCH and issue a warning - 1 per team. All subsequent offenses will
result in a dead ball and the batter being automatically awarded
CANNOT throw out a batter/runner (male or female) at first base.
Force plays are still in effect, so outfielders can throw to second,
third or home to force a runner out. Once a batter makes a
move towards second base (in the umpire's opinion),
he/she becomes a base runner and can be put out. An
infielder can throw out a batter at first from anywhere, therefore
an outfielder can relay to an infielder and the infielder can throw out
the batter/runner at first.
No leads. A runner may not
leave a base until contact is made by the batter.
2. (USA rule 8, Section 5G)
runners are awarded TWO bases on an overthrow.
Award is governed by positions of runners when the ball left the
fielder’s hand (regardless of where the ball is thrown from).
Takeout slides are not permitted.
INTERFERENCE (USA Rule) is the act of an offensive player or team member
that impedes, hinders or confuses a defensive player attempting to
execute a play. Interference may be in the form of physical
contact, verbal distraction, visual distraction, or any type of
distraction that hinders a fielder in the execution of a play. Defensive
players must be given the opportunity to field the ball anywhere on the
playing field or throw the ball without being hindered.
CRASHING INTO A FIELDER WITH THE BALL.
RULE, Supplemental 13)
In an effort to prevent injury and protect a defensive player
attempting to make a play on a runner, a runner must be called out when
they remain on their feet and crash into a defensive player who is
holding the ball and waiting to apply a tag. To prevent the out ruling,
the runner may slide, jump over the defender holding the ball, go around
the defender or return to the previous base touched. If the act is
determined to be flagrant, the offender is ejected.
When a runner is called out for crashing into a fielder holding the
ball, the ball
becomes dead. Each runner must return to the last base touched
at the time of the crash as this constitutes interference.
When, as in A above, the runner crashes into a fielder holding the
being put out and, in the judgment of the umpire, it was an attempt
to break up an
obvious double play, the immediate succeeding runner
is also called out. Rule 8, Section 7 J.
When a crash occurs after the runner is called out, the runner closest
to home plate
is also out. Rule 8, Section 7 P.
When an obstructed runner crashes into a fielder holding the ball, the
ignored and the runner is out. (Rule 8, Section 7 Q) This type
of award, Rule 8, Section 5 B (2 and 3), does not give the runner
the right to
violate Rule 8, Section 7 Q.
When a runner runs outside the three-foot lane to avoid a crash with a
holding the ball and waiting to apply a tag, the runner should be
When a defensive player is fielding a thrown ball and the flight of
carries or draws them into the path of the base runner, it is not a
When the ball, runner and the defensive player arrive at the same time
and place, and
contact is made, the umpire should not invoke the crash rule,
interference, or obstruction. This is merely incidental contact, or
persons commonly call, “a wreck.”
If the ball does not enter dead ball territory in either E or F, the
Nowhere in the USA rule book does it say anything about slide or
submit. The objective is to AVOID A CRASH.
(USA Rule 1, Definitions, Rule 8 section 5)
The act of a defensive team member:
A. Who hinders or impedes a batter from striking at or hitting a pitched
B. A fielder, who impedes the progress of a runner or batter-runner who
is legally running the bases unless the fielder is:
1. in possession of the ball.
2. in the act of fielding a batted ball. NOTE:
Contact is not necessary to impede the progress of the batter-runner or
(Fake tags are considered obstruction and
are grounds for possible ejection)
Any variation on ground rules must be discussed and agreed upon by
both team captains and the umpire. This includes non-stationary
objects, such as bleachers.
(This ground rule is NOT to be adjusted) Ground rule double: from
the wall to the right field foul line. Includes any ball that hits the
wall, goes over the wall
or goes between the wall and the right field foul line. Everything
to the left of the wall is all you can get.
HEELS FIELD – EAST
Each team may hit up to 3 over-the-fence homeruns. Any ball
hit over the fence after 3 is an out.
Inside-the-park homeruns do not count against the limit.
age 18 and older is eligible. Only rostered players can
participate in league play. A team using a non-rostered player
will lose by forfeit.
- Opening Day Rosters due prior
to the first game. E-mail names only to firstname.lastname@example.org
25 player limit. (USA Softball limit is 20. We allow 5
extra players for injuries, etc.)
The roster deadline is 5 minutes prior to (team) game 9. No
changes may be made after that.
must fill out and sign the waiver form PRIOR to participating in league
activities. Go to http://www.wnces.com/links.htm
and click on Roster Form/Waivers.
The waiver must be e-mailed to email@example.com
PRIOR to the player(s) participation in league-sanctioned
and submit as players are added. You don't have to get all the
signatures at once. As long as each (new) player signs the
waiver and the roster is e-mailed to the league before they play,
that's fine. If a team participates in fall ball, players who
have already signed the team's waiver for the summer season do not
need to sign it again for that calendar year.
may only play on one team during a season (including postseason).
If a player is found to have participated on more than one team
in a season, that player will be declared ineligible for league play
for the remainder of the season.
upon completion of the game, scorebooks should be signed by the
opposing team captain or scorekeeper (not the umpire). Scorekeepers
should check the opposing team's lineup and verify the score.
(Optional) Teams may take a picture of
the opposing team's lineups and submit that, if they wish.
The winning team must e-mail or
text the score to George Gibson within 24 hours of the completion of
the game. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
last initial (if more than one person has the same first name) or
first initial and last name must be written in the lineup to receive
game credit. Specify Jr.
and Sr. etc., if applicable. Whatever
keeps us from having to contact you to clarify a name. NO NICKNAMES.
ALL teams should e-mail or
text a picture of the lineup portion of their scorebook within 24
hours of the completion of the game. E-mail to email@example.com.
Make sure the picture is not blurry.
credits will not be awarded if the lineup is not sent before the next
game (unless other arrangements have been made).
the last regular season game, scores and lineups are due no later than Monday at
a player is listed but did not bat, please note that on the score
must play in at least 4 of their team's first 12 games to eligible for
postseason play. Whether or not they play in game 13 and 14 is
totally irrelevant. Roster additions can be made up until game 5
minutes prior to team game 9.
After game 9, this will be your team's roster for the
remainder of the regular season and playoffs. For Fall, players
must play in at least 2 games of the first 6 games (regardless of rainouts and when they
- One plate appearance
constitutes a game played. Players who pinch run/courtesy
run/field without a plate appearance will not receive game credit.
- Any team caught falsifying
names will be removed from the league and forfeit their league
fee. The USA (ASA) Softball penalty for Commission of fraud -
playing under an assumed name, falsifying an affidavit or roster or
giving false information to (league) officials - is one (1) year
- Two game-day forfeits in a season will result in automatic expulsion from the
league for the remainder of the season (with no refund), unless
there are extenuating circumstances. Any
forfeit after midnight Saturday/Sunday is considered to be a
game-day no-show forfeit.
no-show forfeits will result in a $40 fine payable to West Norriton
Coed Softball prior to the next scheduled game. If the fine is
not paid, the next game(s) shall result in a forfeit. If you
cannot field a team, notify the league immediately.
- If a team starts the game
with at least 8 plays and forfeits for any reason after the start of
the game, this is not considered a game day forfeit. In this
players who are listed in the lineups of both teams shall receive
- If a team forfeits before
midnight game day,
and all games are
rained out or otherwise cancelled, the forfeit is waived and the
game will be rescheduled by the league.
- Forfeit – no one on the
forfeiting team gets a game credit. Every
rostered player on the opposing team
gets a game credit. (does not apply if a game is forfeited after the
start of the game)
- If a team drops out
anytime prior to the last day of the season, that team will
automatically finish in last place.
- If a team forfeits a playoff game, the brackets and seeding will
not change and their opponent will win their game by forfeit.
Teams dropping out on or after the last day of the regular season
are considered playoff forfeits.
- After the start of the
season, time or bye requests
must be arranged with the opposing team. If you want to
switch times/fields with other teams, they must agree too.
- The opposing team is not
required to honor rescheduling requests. If they do not
agree to reschedule, the game must be played at the originally
scheduled time and field, otherwise, the game will be declared a
- The league must be
notified of the reschedule at least one week in advance (to
schedule umpires). A list of available fields will be
- If the all or some of
the schedule is reconfigured due to weather cancellations, teams
must work out the requests again, if so desired.
- No time requests will be granted for playoffs.
- Games rained out in July will not be rescheduled.
practice on fields after a game has been rained out or canceled!
LEAGUE CODE OF
conduct includes but is not necessarily limited to: fighting, verbal
or physical abuse, racial or ethnic slurs, inappropriate comments or
behavior that may be construed as sexual harassment, profanity,
obscene gestures, flagrant and violent play, taunting, trash talk,
baiting, cheating, throwing or abusing equipment, destruction of field
or league property, physical intimidation or abuse of an official or
or fighting or harassment/intimidation may result in (at least) a one
a player or captain is ejected by the umpire, he/she will
automatically serve at least a 1 (one) game suspension.
Suspension will begin the following game.
If a player or captain is ejected in the first game of a
doubleheader, he/she will not be permitted to play in the second game.
ejected player or captain must leave the field and premises within one
minute or their team will forfeit.
players/captains are not permitted on any league fields or premises
for the length of the suspension.
suspensions in one season or any egregious offenses will be dealt with
by the league arbitration committee.
The arbitration committee consists of the two league commissioners,
District 14 Umpire in Chief, and team captains who volunteered to
serve on the committee at the league meeting. Committee
members whose team is involved in the offense may not be involved in
the ruling. Prior to suspension, the accused must be given an
opportunity for a hearing by the league commissioners and available
members of the arbitration committee. Hearing will take place
within one week of the incident (assuming the accused is available to
meet after 5 pm). The accused must submit a comprehensive
written account to the league prior to the hearing. The league
will also seek written accounts from umpire(s), managers and any
eyewitnesses. Accused can rebut the decision to the committee within
one week of said decision. Accused may appeal the
commissioners'/arbitration committee to the District 14
commissioner. Our league will report any suspensions lasting
more than one game to the USA District 14 Commissioner and Umpire in
Chief. Our league will honor all other USA sanctions.
that are ejected from the league will forfeit their league fee. The
league will not foot the bill for a team that can’t comply with our code of conduct.
- A coach is responsible for the team’s actions on the field and
will represent the team in communications with the umpire and opposing
team. A player may be designated as a coach in the event the coach is
absent or that player is acting as a player/coach.
- Under no circumstances will any player
or person, other than the manager/acting manager of either
team, have any right to protest any decision and seek its reversal on
a claim that it is in conflict with these rules.
- Commission of
fraud – such as playing under an assumed name,
falsifying an affidavit or roster or giving false information to league
officials - shall result in a one (1) year suspension (minimum).
- Competing knowingly with or against suspended players –
shall result in a one (1) year suspension (minimum).03. Competing with a team that is discovered to have within its possession
or control an altered bat – two (2) year minimum.
- Player found in possession of an altered and found guilty according to
Article 305 of this Code shall be suspended for a five (5) year
- Team discovered to have within its possession or control of an altered
bat may be suspended for a two (2) year minimum.
- Bullying, hazing, harassment (including sexual harassment), emotional
misconduct – two ( 2 ) year minimum
- Physical misconduct/Physical violence – five (5) year minimum
- Sexual misconduct (including child sexual abuse) – ten ( 10 ) year
SOFTBALL CODE (Link to PDF download)