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Women’s Softball Rules

VOGT
WOMEN’S SOFTBALL
RULES
GENERAL RULES:

1. The league is governed by ASA rules, except where stated as a house rule.

2. Elastic Clause: The league directors have the authority to make any decision that they deem necessary for the good of the league.

3. The league directors are the Vogt Staff

4. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at Vogt (before or during game). Penalty for breaking this rule is forfeit of game and a team fine of $50.00 dollars.

5. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of anyone (players or spectators) sitting on or near the vicinity of the team’s bench. This responsibility extends from the start of the game to anything that happens after the game at the field.

6. ASA insurance does not cover windshields or broken windows. Vogt can not be held responsible for broken windows.
7. There is to be no cursing of any kind during play. The player will receive one warning; the second violation by the player will result in an ejection.

GAME RULES:

1. A regulation game is when there are 3 1/2 innings played with the home team ahead.

2. There is a 10 run rule in this league. The game will be called if one team is down by 10 runs or more and it has reached the status of a regulation game. There is also a 15 run rule after 3 complete innings.

3. A team must have 9 players to start a game, the team, however, will be given an automatic out every time the missing 10th player is reached in the line-up. Once the 10th player arrives, they may be entered instantly as the 10th player only. You may not exceed 10 players if you start with 9. Extras players can only be used as substitutes. There is a max of 12 players allowed to bat if they are there at the start of the ball game. Note: This is two EP’s (extra players), not a DH. The pitcher must bat.
4. Forfeit time is 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the first game will be forfeited and from that point 15 minutes will begin for the next game.

5. Fouled third strike is in effect.

6. Courtesy runners will be the last out made.

7. The umpire will go over ground rules before each game. Certain fields have different ground rules.

8. There are to be no piercing’s of any kind worn during play. The player will receive a warning; the second violation by the player will result in ejection.

9. The winning team should call Vogt with the score immediately after the game. This will allow us to keep the standings on our web site up to date. (215) 685-8753.

10. The umpire fee is to be paid at the beginning of the game. The fee for this year is $25.00 per team

PLAYERS ELIGIBILITY:

1. Each team will be allowed 20 players on their roster.

2. All players on the roster will be eligible for the playoffs.

3. Scorebooks: Player’s first and last names should be used, and the date of the game must be written in. The scorebooks will be used exclusively for this league. It is too difficult to figure out player eligibility if games from other leagues are in the same book as games from our league. It is up to the coach to keep track of his book. He should periodically make copies of his scorebook in case it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

4. Rosters: The deadline for rosters is the fourth game of the season. The roster for each team must have the signature of each player next to his printed name. Players not registered on the roster by the fourth game of the season ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE PLAYOFFS.

5. Switching Teams: Players may not switch teams.

PROTESTS:

1. Protests will be accepted for incorrect rule interpretations only. Judgment may never be protested. In the case of a legitimate protest the league director may appoint an impartial board to rule on the matter.

2. To protest a game, a coach must tell the umpire she wishes to protest the game at the time of the incident. The umpire should be told to write a brief description of the umpire’s version of the incident in the protesting team’s scorebook. The umpire should block off what he has written and sign it. The coach is to call Vogt within 24 hours of the incident to let us know the game is under protest, and leave a message on the answering machine if the staff does not answer the phone. Also, within 24 hours, the coach must have a formal written protest ready for the league directors. The written protest must: briefly give the coach’s version of the incident, give the rule violated, and include a $25 protest fee.

EJECTIONS:

1. If a player or coach has been ejected he must immediately leave the playground. He must not be within sight or hearing distance of the umpire. The suspended player or coach will be suspended for the next game.

2. The second time a player is ejected in one season will result in a five game suspension. He can not be present for any of the games that he is suspended for.

3. If a player is ejected 3 times in one season then he will be expelled from the league.

4. Players, coaches, or fans that strike an umpire will be automatically expelled from the league. This includes anytime before, during, or after the game.

5. The player or coach that throws the first punch in a fight will be ejected from the league immediately.
6. Any rule not covered the league directors will make the final decision.

EQUIPMENT:

1. All teams must have matching shirts by the fourth game of the season. Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of games.

2. The official ball is the dudley SB 12, white stitch. Each team needs a new ball for each game.

3. The home team must supply bases, mound, and home plate. Failure to do so warrants a forfeit. No exceptions.

4. Metal spikes and metal tips are not allowed. Football spikes are allowed as long as they are not metal.

LEAGUE FEES:

1. The league fee is $225.00

ASA Registration – $30
JBF Ticket – $50
Prize Money – $100
Rec. Dept. Programs -$45
Total – $225.00

2. Each Team will pay the umpires $25 before the start of each game. In the championship playoffs there will be two umpires to pay for.
3. All league fees are non-refundable.
4. The 10 and 15 run rule will prevail in all playoffs.

WELCOME TO THE VOGT WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE!!! BE SAFE, HAVE FUN, AND GOOD LUCK!!!