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General Rules and Procedures Update 03/2022

 

6u Division Rules



 

League Contacts

 

Your first point of contact for any questions or resolution of issues is your Division Coordinator. 

 

Division Coordinator: Kristin Ackerman

                                  Email: kristin.g.ackerman@gmail.com

 

Your second point of contact for escalations is our Rec VP.

 

Rec VP: Doug Hall

              Email: bethlehem.recvp@gmail.com

 

Game Scheduling

 

Start Time 

 

Practice will start at 6 PM (Spring season) on weeknights, and per schedule on Saturdays and the fall season, Practice will continue for 45 minutes. Game play will then begin and continue for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The combined practice/game is not to exceed 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

Forfeits

 

There are no forfeits. Teams will play with players who show up. No outfielder is required. If the number of players for one team is obviously inadequate (e.g., 2 or 3 players) then managers shall discuss and, if possible, “loan” players to the other team to balance squads. Only if the total number of players from both teams is so low that a reasonable game can’t be played (less than a total of 10 or players from both teams), then the game will be canceled. Game cancellations due to a lack of players must be emailed to the 6u Division Coordinator and the Rec VP with an explanation of the cancelation.

 

Inclement Weather

 

Only the Rec VP, League President, or designee are authorized to cancel games due to weather. Should any games need to be canceled, the league will notify Managers, coaches and parents in the 4 pm hour via email. 

 

Final Standings

 

Final Standings will be determined by win/loss percentage, even if the teams have not played an equal number of games. If two or more teams have the same win/loss record upon completion of the regular season, standings will be decided in the following manner in order of priority:

 

1. Head-to-head competition.

2. Runs allowed in head-to-head competition

3. Average Runs allowed per game for all games

4. Coin flip.

 

 

 

 

Attendance

 

Girls who exceed three unexcused absences may be suspended from active play and put on an inactive roster maintained by the Rec VP. The team manager must notify the parent that the player has three unexcused absences and ascertain the reason for the absences. The Division Coordinator and Rec VP must be notified of this action. The case will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Division Coordinator, Rec VP and two Board of Directors for any further action. The Rec VP will inform the parents and the manager of the player of the committee’s decision and path forward. 

 

Uniforms & Equipment

 

  • 10” Incrediballs will be used and supplied by the league.

  • Batting helmets with face shields and chin straps must be used. (Supplied by parents. Unless approved by the league President, Rec VP, or designee as supplies are limited.)

  • Fielder’s masks are required. (Supplied by parents. Unless approved by the league President, Rec VP, or designee as supplies are limited.)

  • Girl’s Official Softball T-Ball bats are recommended. (Supplied by parents) 

  • Players are to wear the league issued jersey to all games. The only exception are late registrants that missed the cutoff for jerseys.

  • Each child shall come prepared with a beverage. (Parent supplied)

  • All players wearing glasses must have straps on the glasses and plastic lenses.

 

Field Rules

 

  1. Basepath - 50 feet or determined by the league(based on field availability)

  2. Only approved coaches, managers and league directors are allowed on the field and in the dugouts. The only exception is in the case of an injured player and the parents are checking on the well-being and follow up steps.

  3. In case of an injury, the manager or coach of the injured player is to immediately contact a BSL Director on Duty.

  4. No one shall be allowed behind the backstop and/or home plate during the game. The manager must clear the area and take appropriate action.

  5. Managers shall agree to imaginary dead ball lines in line with the ends of the backstops. No foul ball may be caught beyond these lines.

  6. Smoking is prohibited.

 

Game Rules

 

  1. During the first half of the season, all players will hit off the tee. In the second half of the season, coaches will pitch three pitches to the batter. If she fails to hit the ball, it is placed on the tee. When a manager/coach or parent pitches, the defensive team must place a player near the pitcher to field the position. If during the second half of the season, a manager/coach determines a particular player requires the use of a batting T, one can be used.

 

  1. Players may only advance one base at a time.

 

  1. No strikeouts or walks.

 

  1. No sliding.

 

  1. No infield fly rule.

 

  1. No bunting.

 

  1. Batted balls must travel at least five feet.

 

  1. On deck batters must be in the circle and no other players should be allowed in the area.

 

  1. Only official league-issued Incrediballs may be used during the games.

 

  1. There will be a continuous batting order of all players.

 

  1. A player injured during a game and subsequently removed may re-enter the game depending upon judgment and decision of the manager involved.

 

  1. Protests are prohibited.

 

  1. Roster decisions are made by the league and final. If, PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEASON, a parent feels there is a very strong, compelling reason to make a change for the sake of the child, a parental written request to the Board must be submitted. A minimum of five Board members will approve or deny the request. The Rec VP will notify the parent/managers of the decision.

 

 

 

 

8u Division Rules

 

League Contacts

 

Your first point of contact for any questions or resolution of issues is your Division Coordinator, then the Rec VP..

 

Division Coordinator: Kim Palmer

                                  Email: kim.palmer2531@gmail.com

 

Rec VP: Doug Hall

              Email: bethlehem.recvp@gmail.com

 

Game Scheduling

 

Start Time 

 

Players are to arrive at the field a half hour before the game starts for warm up activities. Games will start at 6 PM (Spring season) on weeknights, and per schedule on Saturdays and the fall season. If one or both teams do not have eight players at 6:00 p.m., they will have until 6:15 p.m. to field a team. As soon as both teams have at least eight players, the game must begin. If at any time during a game a team fields less than eight (8) players, a forfeit shall be declared. Players arriving late must enter the game immediately, be placed at the bottom of the batting order and be available for fielding. 

 

Managers may NOT postpone or reschedule any games under any circumstances. Practice and game schedules are to be strictly adhered to. Schedule changes and make-ups are only to be made by the Rec VP (or designee). 

 

Forfeits

 

Eight players for each team must be present by the forfeit time (6:15 p.m.) or the game will be declared a forfeit.

 

Inclement Weather

 

Only the Rec VP, League President, or designee are authorized to cancel games due to weather. Should any games need to be canceled, the league will notify managers, coaches and parents in the 4 pm hour via email. 


 

Substitute Players

 

A team manager must notify the Rec VP and Division Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance via email if they anticipate that they will not meet the eight player minimum for an upcoming game. The manager will submit which player (s) will miss the game (s).  If a substitute player (s) is deemed justified, the Rec VP and Division Coordinator will choose the substitute player (s), confirm the availability of the player and notify the manager of the player (s).

 

  1. All subs must be Bethlehem Softball League 8u division players.

  2. Sub cannot play if her team is playing at the same time.

  3. Sub may not pitch but can play any other position, including catcher.

  4. If a sub comes to your game, and other players on your team show up unexpectedly, the sub must still be allowed to play.

  5. Sub must start and play at least three innings in the field.

 

 

Final Standings

 

Final Standings will be determined by win/loss percentage, even if the teams have not played an equal number of games. If two or more teams have the same win/loss record upon completion of the regular season, standings will be decided in the following manner in order of priority:

 

1. Head-to-head competition.

2. Runs allowed in head-to-head competition

3. Average Runs allowed per game for all games

4. Coin flip.

 

Attendance

 

Girls who exceed three unexcused absences may be suspended from active play and put on an inactive roster maintained by the Rec VP. The team manager must notify the parent that the player has three unexcused absences and ascertain the reason for the absences. The Division Coordinator and Rec VP must be notified of this action via email. The case will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Division Coordinator, Rec VP and two Board of Directors for any further action. The Rec VP will inform the parents and the manager of the player of the committee’s decision and path forward. 

 

Uniforms & Equipment

 

  • 11” Official USA/ASA softballs will be used and supplied by the league.

  • Batting helmets with face shields and chin straps must be used. (Supplied by parents. Unless approved by the league President, Rec VP, or designee as league supplies are limited.)

  • Fielder’s masks are required. (Supplied by parents. Unless approved by the league President, Rec VP, or designee as supplies are limited.)

  • Girl’s Official Softball bats must be used. (Supplied by parents) 

  • Players are to wear the league issued jersey to all games. The only exception are late registrants that missed the cutoff for jerseys.

  • Each child shall come prepared with a beverage. (Parent supplied)

  • All players wearing glasses must have straps on the glasses and plastic lenses.

  • Catchers must wear a chest protector, shin guards and a catcher’s helmet.

  • Metal cleats and jewelry are prohibited.

 

Field Rules

 

  1. Basepaths - 60 feet 

  2. Pitching rubber - 30 feet (This distance will be marked with a chalk line.)

  3. Only approved coaches, managers and league directors are allowed on the field and in the dugouts. The only exception is in the case of an injured player and the parents are checking on the well-being and follow up steps.

  4. In case of an injury, the manager or coach of the injured player is to immediately contact a BSL Director on Duty.

  5. No one shall be allowed behind the backstop and/or home plate during the game. The umpire and managers must clear the area and take appropriate action.

  6. Managers and umpires shall agree to imaginary dead ball lines in line with the ends of the backstops. No foul ball may be caught beyond these lines.

  7. Smoking is prohibited.


 

Game Rules

 

General Rules

 

  1. No inning shall start after 1 3/4 hours past the start time. The 1 3/4 hours is based on the actual start time (not the scheduled start time.) Managers and the umpire(s) should be in agreement of the actual game start time BEFORE the game begins. It is the responsibility of BOTH managers to approach the umpire and all note the same time. If the managers do not approach the umpire prior to the start of the game and there is a discrepancy later on as to the actual start time, then the managers MUST defer to the umpire. The umpire's decision as to the actual game start time will be final.

  2. Official Game (regarding games called because of rain or darkness) - 3 1/2 or 4 innings (depending upon which team is ahead.)

  3. Up to 10 players can play on defense. Four outfielders must play on the outfield grass. All players will bat in a continuous lineup. You may not field more than 10 players. (Suggestion, if you have more than 10 players, their innings on the bench can be spent practicing pitching.)

  4. A player cannot sit out two (2) consecutive innings.  No player can sit out two (2) innings until every player has sat out one (1) inning.

  5. No sliding.

  6. No infield fly rule.

  7. No team may exceed four (4) runs per inning.

  8. No dropped third strike.

  9. No bunting.

  10. If a batted ball strikes the batter-runner outside the batter's box and in fair territory, the batter-runner is out.

  11. If a batted ball strikes a base runner in fair territory before hitting a defensive player, the base runner is out.

  12. A ball batted to the infield will allow both the batter and all base runners to try and advance one base with the liability of being put out (regardless if a play is made on them or not – it is still one base)

  13. A ball batted to the outfield grass (ball must reach the outfield grass), after being touched by a defensive player allows both the batter and all base runners to advance with the liability of being put out, until a play is made on a runner or the ball is returned to the pitcher's circle. Once a play is made on a runner or the ball is in the pitcher's circle, no advance beyond the base the runner is going to regardless of overthrows etc.

  14. Leading is allowed once a pitch leaves the pitcher’s hand. Stealing is prohibited.

  15. On deck batters must be in the circle and no other players are allowed in the area.

  16. Only official league-issued 11” softballs may be used during the games.

  17. There will be a continuous batting order of all players. All players will be allowed regular turns at bat even though they do not have a field position. 

  18. No player may play ANY  position for more than a combined total of three innings in any game. Managers are to rotate their players through all positions.

  19. A player injured during a game and subsequently removed may re-enter the game depending upon judgment and decision of the manager involved.

  20. Protests are prohibited.

  21. Roster decisions are made by the league and final. If, PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SEASON, a parent feels there is a very strong, compelling reason to make a change for the sake of the child, a parental written request to the Board must be submitted. A minimum of five Board members will approve or deny the request. The Rec VP will notify the parent/managers of the decision.

 

Coach Pitch (First five games of the season)

 

  1. A coach of the batting team will pitch from a distance of 30 feet.

  2. Each batter will be pitched a maximum of 6 (six) pitches. If still at the plate after the 6th pitch has been thrown (and the 6th pitch was not fouled off), the batter will be declared out.

  3. Balls and strikes are not called, but a swing or a foul ball will count as a strike; and a batter can strike out swinging.  The at-bat cannot end on a foul unless a defensive player catches the batted foul ball.

  4. A Player does not reach base on a HBP when her Manager/Coach is pitching, and the dropped third strike rule does not apply.

  5. The defensive team must place a player near the pitching circle to field that position.  The circle shall be centered on the 10U (35 foot) pitch plate.

  6. A defensive player will occupy the pitcher's position on either side of the adult pitcher. The defensive player must stay inside (one foot) the pitcher's circle and behind the coach pitcher until the ball is hit.  If a batted ball strikes the coach-pitcher “no pitch” is declared and the batter returns to their at-bat.

Player pitch (Last five games of the season)

 

  1. Pitchers will pitch from a distance of 30 feet.

  2. Balls and strikes are called. A swing and a miss or a foul ball will be called strikes. A batter can strike out swinging. The at-bat cannot end on a foul ball unless a defensive player catches the batted foul ball.

  3. Pitchers are not to pitch more than nine outs.

  4. Once a pitcher has been removed from the game, they are ineligible to return to pitch later in the game, regardless of how many outs they have pitched.

Umpires

 

Youth Umpires will officiate all 8U games and make all calls. Their decision is final. They are not to be challenged under any circumstances. Any violation of our Code of Conduct towards a junior umpire will result in ejection and league disciplinary action up to and including permanent expulsion.