club sport COED SOFTBALL RULES
Revised 10/12 -- New rules are listed in RED.
NO ALCOHOL ON THE FIELDS OR IN THE DUGOUT. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE CITY
RULES REGARDING THE SPECIFIC FIELD YOU ARE PLAYING ON!!
BATTING LINEUPS: Lineups must be presented to the umpire before each
game by game time. Once the lineup cards have been submitted
to the umpire, they become official and you may add players to the
bottom only. All
substitutions must be given to the umpire as being made.
BATTING RATIOS: batting order can be random with no specific sex
order as long as you follow your over all ratio. When batting 4
women you may bat up to 7 men, when batting 5 women you may bat up
to 8 men, when batting 6 women you may bat up to 10 men. You may
always bat more women then these ratios, but not more men. To allow
"extra" men to bat you are allowed to put a "phantom" woman (or
more) in your batting lineup to allow the ratio to include these
extra male batters. These "phantom" women will be counted as
automatic outs when they are scheduled to bat. Keep in mind there
must be a minimum of 4 women in the batting line-up (this may
include "phantom" women if a team has less then 4 women at their
MINIMUM PLAYERS: A minimum of 6 players from the team's roster must
be present at game time or the team will forfeit the game.
the women who are not there would normally be up to bat they are
automatic outs. The pitcher may not
intentionally walk a player to get to an automatic out (if umpire
feels the walk was intentional then the automatic out is waived).
PLAYERS: Any players arriving after the first pitch of the game (not
already placed on the line-up card) must be placed at the end of the
batting order. If the player bats in any other spot, it is
considered an automatic out. If a girl shows up late, they may go
into the automatic out spots on the line-up card. Captains must
notify umpire of any changes to line-up cards.
INJURED PLAYERS: If a player is injured during a game, captain must
notify umpire to remove injured player from line-up card with no
additional penalty (unless the injured player is a female and her
removal falls behind the required ratio -- then becomes an automatic
out). An injured player that has been removed from line-up cannot
return to the game.
PLAYERS: Pickup players are NOT allowed during the playoffs. Any
pickup players during the regular season must be signed on a TBCS
roster for another team for that particular night/location. Failure
to do so, even if discovered after the fact, may result in a
forfeit. Pickups must be brought to the attention of the umpire
BEFORE the game or may be assessed a 4 run per pick-up player
penalty. Teams may pickup up to one player
at no penalty in order to field a minimum team number (10
fielding players, example: 5 men
and 5 women does NOT allow a free pickup,
the exception is you may add a "ghost" 5th female out to
allow an 8th male batter to bat).
Any pickups in addition to this or any over the minimum team
number will result in a 2 run penalty per player. All pick up player
run penalties are added at the completion of the inning (teams may
score 10 runs AND be given pick up runs after). If more players
from your team show up to allow subs, the free pickup player must be
removed. If you fail to report pickup players after the start of
the game and it is reported or caught before the end of the game it
will become a 4 run penalty for EVERY PLAYER picked up (included
what would have been a free one), so please remember to report your
pickup players to the scoring umpire. If illegal players are
discovered during the game they will be immediately removed and the
other team will have the option of taking a forfeit win, or
collecting 4 runs per illegal player (players will still be removed
from the game)
FORFEITS: Forfeit time is game time. Umpire calls game time. If a
team forfeits twice within the season they may not be allowed to
play in the playoffs. A forfeit will be counted as a 7-0 win.
SOFTBALL. We will be playing 3/2 softball, meaning each batter
starts the count with 1 ball & 1 strike.
LIMIT: Games are 55 minutes with a maximum of 7 innings.
The inning in progress at the end of 55 minutes will be the last
inning and completed. (An inning starts once the third out of the
previous inning is called.) The ump will enforce this rule and will
keep teams informed of time remaining. NOTE: due to differing
circumstances in each and every game, some games will finish short
on an hour in length, while others might run over the hour mark.
Please respect your ump's call in this matter, as they must keep all
games on time in fairness to teams playing later hours and due to
facility permit restrictions. Regular season games may end in a
tie. In the case of rain or other event, the league has the right to
call a game as official if more than 30 minutes has elapsed. In this
instance, the final score will be counted at the end of the last
RATIOS: Teams may not have more then 6 men in the field defensively.
A full defense of ten players would be 6 men and 4 women (or more
women with less men).
COURTESY RUNNERS: No courtesy runners will be allowed unless BOTH
captains agree to the substitution. NOTE: TBCS staff can overrule
decision to ensure fair play. Substitutions will be the same
sex/last out (or furthest in lineup card if no out).
DESIGNATED FIELDERS: Any player playing the field must bat at some
point during the game and must be on the
batting line up card while in the field (may share a spot). 2
players sharing a spot in the batting line up MAY play the field at
the same time regardless of who is in the batting line up at the
INTENTIONAL WALKS: Only one intentional walk may be given per game.
No pitches have to be thrown. Attempts to walk a player by
"intentionally" throwing unhittable pitches (as judged by umpire)
will result in a walk with the next batter (male or female) being
given the option to hit or walk. If the next
spot in the lineup is an automatic out, that out will be waived.
RULE:. When a team brings in the 10th run of the inning, it is
counted and is also the 3rd out. In
the final 10 minutes of the game (or the 7th inning), the 10 run per
inning rule does not apply (unless the team that has scored 10 runs
is up by 20 or more runs).
This DOES NOT apply during playoffs (see below).).
BALLS: Once the batter has 2 strikes, they are allowed one courtesy
foul. The next foul ball will be considered an out.
RUNNERS: Stealing bases and "leading" is not allowed (will result in
an out). SLIDING IS PERMITTED. If
the ball beats a runner to a forced out base in time to peel off,
the runner must do so or both runners may be called out.
POSITIONING OF OUTFIELDERS: When a female is batting, all
outfielders must stay outside of the outfield line until the ball is
hit. If this rule is violated, the following procedure will take
place: If the player hits the ball, the ball remains alive until the
umpire calls time out. The umpire will then decide which is more
advantageous to the batting team, the hit ball or an automatic pass
to first base. If the ball is not hit, an automatic pass to first
base is given.
RUNS. Each team may hit a total of 3 out of the park home runs,
every home run after that will be an out. If both teams reach the 3
home run limit, each team will be allowed to hit 2 more, beginning
with the visiting team's next batter.
Each team is responsible for retrieving their homerun balls.
On an over the fence home run, base runners and batter do
not need to advance any bases. HYDE PARK only: Balls hit over
the right field fence will be considered a foul ball.
RETRIEVING BALLS OUT OF PLAY: If all available softballs are hit out
of play, the umpires are given the right to call balls and strikes
on the offending teams if balls are not brought back into play on a
timely manner causing a delay in the game.
If a guy is walked and the next scheduled batter is a woman,
she must bat unless the team has two outs - in which case she will
have the option of hitting or taking a walk. Regardless of the
number of outs, the guy will advance to second if walked with a
woman as the next scheduled batter. If the next batter is a
"missing" woman and the team is forced to take an out, the guy
automatically advances to second base (with all other runners
advancing accordingly) before the automatic out is recorded. There
is no limit on runs walked in.
ORANGE BAG: While running to first base if there is a possible play
at first (e.g. ball is still in the infield) the runner must touch
the orange (outside bag) or will be called out by the umpire
(defense must touch only the white bag). Once the runner has touched
the orange bag the entire bag is considered ONE bag for both offense
and defense and can be used for the runner to stand on or tag up, as
well as the defense to tag the bag on runners returning to first
POSITION OF FIELDERS: A defensive player may not impede a runner’s
progress by standing in the baseline, unless the defensive player is
fielding a batted ball. In this instance the defensive player has
the right to field it and the runner must avoid contact with the
fielder. A defensive player may not block a base unless they have
possession of the ball. Defensive players must catch the ball, block
the base, then make the tag- in this order. Blocking of the bag
without the ball shall result in an obstruction call, a warning to
the offending player, and the runner will be awarded the base. In
games where an orange "extra base" is being used at first base
players must step on the orange base when overrunning first base, or
when there is a legitimate play at first base (ball still in the
infield). Players stepping on the white base in these instances may
be called out. Balls that have gotten past the infielders and have
reached the outfield will allow the runner to touch the white base
in an attempt to advance to second base. When in doubt runners
should touch the orange base to avoid being called out.
DISPUTES AND PROTESTS: In a disputed play, only the team captain may
discuss the play with the umpire. If a protest is made by the team
captain, the captain must notify the umpire and opposing team
captain before the next pitch.
EJECTIONS: Players ejected from any
league may be required to serve a one game suspension pending league
review (this may included a 2nd game of a night if a team has a
doubleheader and is the call of TBCS field staff). Fighting,
wrestling, or pushing will not be tolerated and may result in
multi-game suspensions or ejection from the league all together.
Verbal abuse of officials or players, fighting, foul language, and
continued rough play could result in player ejections.
TAGS AND VERBAL/PHYSICAL DISTRACTIONS: No fake tag outs or yelling
at a defensive player as they are making a play will be allowed.
Doing so MAY result in the runner being called safe (fake tags) or
out (verbal distraction) and possible ejection of the offending
THROWING BATS: Intentionally throwing the bat in anger or
frustration after your turn up to bat will result in an automatic
out for the batter and the following batter and may result in
player’s ejection, upon umpire's discretion.
PROFANITY: Profanity will not be tolerated and may be grounds for
players being called out or ejected on the discretion of the umpire.
FORMAT: Tournament is single elimination with seeding based on
regular season standings. All teams make the tournament.
SEEDING: Tournament seeding will be based on the following criteria
(based on won-lost percentage where applicable): 1) winning
percentage, 2) head-to-head play (if 3 or more teams are tied this
means head to head record amongst all tied teams), 3) Overall Run
Differential for the season 4) Overall runs scored 5) coin flip.
INNINGS: There will be extra innings during tournament games where
play ends in a tie. Extra innings will start with a runner on second
base (base runner is the one who made the last out in the previous
UNLIMITED RUNS: There is no 10 run per
inning rule. A team may score an unlimited number of runs per
RULE: There is a 10 run mercy rule after 5
GAMES: All games (including Finals) will be 55 minutes in length (or
7 innings). Games will still be subject to the rainout rule.
ELIGIBLE PLAYERS: All players, including added players, must sign
their team's roster/waiver BEFORE the end of their team's final
regular season game in order to be eligible to play in the
tournament. If a player is not signed in on the roster by then, they
are not eligible for the tournament. Playing with ineligible players
may result in a forfeit. This call will be made by TBCS staff. It
is the responsibility of the team captains to make sure all players
in their line-up card are eligible players for all games.
REGULAR SEASON 8th GAME: sometimes a team may play more then the 7
regular season games due to an odd number of teams. If the team
plays an 8th game the score stats and win/loss for the 8th game will
not count toward standings for that team (just the team with 7
games) but will be counted if as a head-to-head tiebreaker.
Legal bats are as defined by ASA rules. Bats not following these
rules may not be used for Club Sport play. This information can be
More info can be found here too:
first time a team comes to the plate with an illegal bat, the batter
is considered out. The second time the team uses an illegal bat, the
batter is out and ejected with possible league suspension. Each
individual is responsible for using legal bats. TBCS and the umpires
reserve the right to disallow a bat should it be thought the bat may
have been doctored. If a bat is used and proven to be doctored
(i.e. painted over, "corked", shaved, etc) this will result in the
immediate ejection of the person using the bat and the owner of the
bat, and the owner/user may possibly be suspended for the remainder
of the season or longer, as this is a safety issue.
GLOVES: Players may use any type of softball/baseball glove.
CLEATS: No metal spikes are allowed. Wearing metal cleats is an
JEWELRY: No jewelry can be worn during the games, for the safety of
PLAYERS TO ROSTERS (individually paid teams): Club Sport has the
right to add to your team until you reach the advertised minimum
number of players. If you wish to have less you may pay the TEAM
price or buy extra roster spots at the membership rate. You may have
more than the roster minimum, you just need to advise the TBCS
office prior to league payment to reserve spots. If you need to add
players to your roster during the season you may do so at a prorated
rate, contact the TBCS office for details. You may also replace
injured or no-show players, contact the TBCS office for details.
PLAYERS TO ROSTERS (team paid teams): If your team is making a team
payment, after the first week members may only add to the team for
no charge by contacting the Club Sport office
to game day.
Any additions made at the field to rosters with team payments will
be $10 a player, regardless of membership status.
REFUNDS: TBCS is not responsible for any refunds at any time during
the season. If a party cannot continue the season, it is the
responsibility of that party to replace themselves on the roster if
they so choose. Also they must notify the TBCS office of the change.
If you are having difficulty interpreting the rules, please ASK!
If a rule is not stated above, please refer to ASA Softball Rules.