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Slow Pitch Softball Rules
Maximum: 16 players (Does not include pitcher, who is on the other team)
1. A game will consist of seven innings or be terminated after 1 hour, whichever occurs first. In any game that is terminated by the end of 1 hour, the score reverts back to the last completed inning.
2. No bunting is allowed.
3. The captains of the two teams will call safe or out. There will be no ball or strike count, but the batter gets 3 pitches. He will be out if he hits foul on the third pitch.
4. The IM worker will stand close to home plate and will keep the line-up and batting order, keep track of the number of runs for both teams, and act as an arbitrator if one or both teams ask for a decision over a disputed call.
5. The pitcher pitches to his own team. Each batter gets three pitches to hit one. If a third pitch is needed and he fouls it, misses it, takes it, flies out or is thrown out, he is out. The pitcher tossing the ball to his teammates does not field the batted ball. If he touches the ball at all, EVEN BY ACCIDENT, the batter is out. IF A PITCHER SWITCHES BALLS, HIS TEAM FORFEITS THE GAME.
6. Runners cannot steal base. The runner cannot leave base until the ball is hit by the batter.
7. A batter may be ejected from the game and an out charged to his team if he lets the bat slip and fly from his hands more than once or throws the bat intentionally.
8. No metal cleats or spikes on shoes. We will allow rubber treads or spikes, or plastic spikes.
9. THERE IS NO LIMIT ON HOMERUNS. Teams who hit the homeruns are asked to retrieve the ball so they are not lost.
11. Teams should consist of nine players, however, they may play with fewer but must have a minimum of seven players to start a game. Since the pitcher is a member of the other team, there can be a maximum of 10 players on the field at a time, 9 of which are members of the defensive team. The 9th defensive player is the rover, and can be positioned in the infield or outfield.
12. A foul ball that goes in the air above the batter's head and is caught by an opponent before it hits the ground is considered an out. A line drive caught in foul territory by a fielder other than the catcher, prior to its hitting the ground, is an out whether or not it has gone above the batter's head.
13. All players on the roster will bat in the sign-up order, whether they are in the field or not. Teams cannot bat through the line-up more than ONCE per inning. However, if one team has more players than the other, the team with fewer players can bat an equal number of times each inning as the team with more players, but must stay in their sign-up order. THE TEAM TRAILING GOING INTO THE FINAL INNING MAY BAT THROUGH THEIR LINE-UP MORE THAN ONCE AND UTILIZE ALL 3 OUTS.
14. Substitutions and re-entries on defense are both allowed.
15. Batting out of correct order is an appeal play and, if discovered
and appealed, the opposing team must report it to the IM worker before
the next pitch. An out is then assessed if the batting team is found
out of order.
17. The pitcher shall take a position with a foot firmly on the ground and in contact with, but not off the side of, the pitcher's plate.
18. The ball must be delivered at a moderate speed underhand below the hip with a perceptible arch (from the time it leaves the pitcher's hand) of at least six feet, before the ball reaches home plate. The pitch must go above the batter's head at some point during the pitch.
19. Sliding is allowed at all bases. At home plate, a catcher must field a throwout of the base path and tag a runner without blocking the plate. If a catcher blocks the plate, the runner is safe and scores.
20. Swearing will not be tolerated. A team will be eliminated from play without further notice.
21. If a 15-run difference occurs after 3 complete innings during a contest and the trailing team has batted through their order once, the game will be stopped and considered a complete game and the team leading receives the win.