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Playing Rules

Regular Season:

The League will use USA Softball rules to govern League play with exceptions passed by the Executive Committee.

  1. Eligibility:
    1. Teams are under no obligation to have any percentage of male or female players.
    2. The umpire shall determine what jewelry is allowable on the playing field.
    3. The only uniform requirement is that all players on a team wear uniform shirts that are alike in color and style, possessing unique and visible numbers. There are no hat requirements. Outer garments required due to medical reason or inclement weather will be allowed over regulation uniforms with notification to the opposing manager.
    4. A player with prosthesis may use a wooden bat.
    5. This League will adhere to the American Disabilities Act of July 25, 1990 as outlined by USA Softball.
    6. All USA Softball approved bats may be used at all games played with a 44 core ball. No bat indicating it is "titanium" or "triple-walled" will be permitted.
  2. Playing Rules:
    1. No new inning shall begin after sixty (55) minutes unless the game is tied.
    2. All batters will enter the batter’s box with a 1 ball 1 strike count.
    3. Up to 2 extra hitters are permitted in the batting order.
    4. The official scorebook of the game will be that of the designated home team.
    5. A team which does not field at least nine (9) players within seven (7) minutes of the scheduled game start time will forfeit. A team must begin play as soon after the scheduled game start time as nine (9) players are available. A 10th player can arrive at anytime during the game but he/she must have been listed on the line-up card provided to the umpire. The 10th position will be an out in the lineup until the position is filled.
    6. Courtesy Fouls: All divisions are allowed one courtesy foul after a 2nd strike.
    7. Courtesy Runners:
      1. Courtesy runners may be used once per inning and may be ANY player on the line-up card.
      2. If a courtesy runner is on-base when their turn at bat comes - the player who is being run for will be called out. The courtesy runner will be removed from the base and take their turn at bat.
      3. A second courtesy runner or a substitute is not allowed.
      4. A player needing a courtesy runner must take the replacement at the last base reached safely after their at-bat.
    8. USA Softball Run Ahead Rules will be enforced. All games will end with no ability for a losing team to have additional at bats.
      1. Run Ahead Rule 3 innings: 20 runs
      2. Run Ahead Rule 4 innings: 15 runs
      3. Run Ahead Rule 5, 6 innings: 10 runs
    9. Tie games should go to a one-pitch format after the time limit has expired. The player last at bat will be the runner on 2nd base at the beginning of each inning. All other rules apply from that point.
  3. Umpires:
    1. $50 Umpire fee is established by the EC and paid at game time by the competing teams. The teams shall divide the cost of the established fee equally between them.
    2. A team that fails to bring cash compensation in the correct amount shall ensure to pay assigned umpire or UIC the fee before the start of their next game. Failure to comply will result in the forfeit of the game and be penalized accordingly.
    3. There will be at least one umpire for each regular season game.
    4. There will be no protest on any decision involving accuracy of judgment.
  4. Equipment:
    1. The yellow optic color, red stitch 12-inch ball with a ball COR of .440 or under and a ball compression of 375.0 lbs or under will be used. Balls will be provided by the League.
    2. All bats must bear either the ASA 2000 certification mark or the ASA 2004 certification mark and MUST not be listed on the USA Softball Non-Approved Bat List.
  5. Regular Season Tie-Breaker Rules:
    In the case of ties between two or more teams at the end of the regular season, the following guidelines will be used to break the ties.
    Two Way Ties:
    1. The team that holds the win advantage in head to head competition between the two teams will be the higher finisher
    2. In the event that there is an even number of games between the two teams where their head to head record is the same, the following criteria for breaking the tie should be used:
      1. Run differential
      2. Random Draw
    Three Way Ties:
    1. In a three way tie where one team has a win advantage over each of the other two teams in head to head competition, that team would finish higher than the other two.
    2. In a three way tie where no team holds an advantage over the other two in head to head competition, the following criteria shall be used in breaking ties:
      1. Run differential
      2. Random Draw
    Other Ties:
    1. Ties involving more than three teams will be decided on these same criteria to the extent they can be similarly applied.
  6. Forfeits:
    1. Teams are allowed four (4) forfeits per season. After the fourth forfeit, the team is required to submit a plea to the Executive Committee in order to complete the season.
    2. Forfeits cost the forfeiting team $100 per forfeited game.

Ground Rules

William E. Smith Fields

250 Western Ave., Boston, MA 02134

Field #1
(located next to the Harvard softball field along the 3rd base line) On each side, an imaginary line from the fence in front of each bench area to the light pole shall be used for catches and overthrows, with the pole being dead. No plays may be made against a fence in dead ball territory. On each side past the first light pole, any fly ball may be caught for an out, but the imaginary line remains for overthrows.

Field #2
(The middle field adjacent to the Harvard University parking lot) On each side, an imaginary line from the fence in front of each bench area to the first light pole shall be used for catches and overthrows, with the pole being dead. One the first base side, the out of play line runs from light pole to light pole for both catches and overthrows. No plays may be made against a fence in dead ball territory. On the third base side, any ball may be caught for an out past the first light pole, but the imaginary line remains for overthrows.

Portsmouth Murray Field

41 Portsmouth St., Boston, MA 02135

Any ball hit over the fence on the fly will be a home run. Any ball on a bounce that goes over or under the fence around the field shall be a ground rule double. On each side, extend an imaginary line along the fence in front of each bench for overthrows. Beyond that fence, any ball may be caught for an out NOT on or over the tarred path.

Back Bay Fens

Across from 125 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215

Cobe
(Located near the basketball courts) On each side, extend an imaginary line along the fence in front of each bench area for overthrows. On the first base side, any fly ball past the fence may be caught for an out up to but not onto the track. On the third base side, any fly ball past the fence may be caught for an out anywhere as long as it does not go onto the track. Any ball hit over or rolls over the grassy berm and out of the umpire's sight shall be a ground rule double. The track area past the outfield in fair territory is considered part of the playing field. A ball striking a pedestrian or any object is considered in play as long as the pedestrian does not interfere and aid the defense fielding the ball. Once the ball is interfered with and touched it will be considered a dead ball and runners will be awarded bases that in the umpire’s judgment they would have reached had the interference not have occurred.

Clemente
(Located across the street from the Church) On each side, extend an imaginary line along the fence in front of each bench area for overthrows. On the first base side, any fly ball past the fence may be caught for an out up to but not onto the track. On the third base side, any fly ball past the fence may be caught for an out anywhere as long as it does not go onto the track. Any ball hit over or rolls over the grassy berm and out of the umpire's sight shall be a ground rule double. The track area past the outfield in fair territory is considered part of the playing field. A ball striking a pedestrian or any object is considered in play as long as the pedestrian does not interfere and aid the defense in fielding the ball. Once the ball is interfered with and touched it will be considered a dead ball and runners will be awarded bases that in the umpire’s judgment they would have reached had the interference not have occurred.

Boston Common Field

107 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Any ball hit over the fence on the fly starting from the left side of the second light pole in right center to the left field line will be a home run. Any ball on the fly that hits the second light pole in right center will be a home run. Any ball on the fly hit over the fence from the right side of the second light pole in right center to the right field line will be a ground rule double. Any ball on a bounce that goes over the fence in any part of the field between the right and left field line shall be a ground rule double. On each side, extend an imaginary line along the fence in front of each bench for overthrows. Beyond that fence, any ball may be caught for an out NOT on or over the tarred path.