SloPitch Rules

General

  1. All players must present their valid U of S student card to participate in any Campus Rec sports league.
  2. Substitutes are allowed during the regular season and must have their valid U of S student card present.
  3. There is a maximum of two staff/faculty allowed per team and they must pay a $25 recreation fee in order to play.
  4. In order to be eligible to play in playoffs, players must have been present for at least 50% of games for the team they are registered on.
  5. Treat all opponents and recreation staff with respect.

Players

  1. All games are 10 vs 10
  2. There must be 3 members of the opposite gender on the field at all times. 
  3. A game is defaulted if a team does not have 10 players, 10 minutes after the scheduled start time. 
  4. No metal spikes allowed.
  5. Teams umpire when they are at bat.

Playing Time

  1. Games will be 7 innings, or 1.5 hours in duration. If the time limit is reached, the score at the end of the last completed inning will stand.
  2. In the event of a tie (after 5 innings, or at the time limit) extra innings will be played as necessary. These extra innings will be "one-pitch" rules: teams pitch to themselves, one pitcher per batter, either hit or out, each inning begins with a runner on 2nd base (the last out from the previous inning).

Hitting

  1. If there is an obstruction on a field (tree line, fence, etc.) and the ball contacts the obstruction in the air, a homerun will be declared. Each team is only allowed one homerun per inning. If a hit rolls into the obstruction, or is the second homerun of the inning, the hitter shall be given a ground-rule double.
  2. Strike outs or foul balls on the third strike count as outs.
  3. A batter walks following any four pitches that are balls (in one bat). If a man walks on four straight pitches and a woman is up to bat next, the player is granted second base (the woman still hits).
  4. Teams must set their batting order before the start of the game. The top of the batting order must interchange male/female or female/male for at least the first six batters, or until you can no longer interchange the genders.
  5. There is a 10 batter rule; if 3 outs are not made, the inning is over following the 10th batter. The final out is recorded as a force play at home plate.

Pitching

  1. The ball must strike some part of the carpet or board to be a strike. Home plate is not part of the strike zone.
  2. Pitches must arc in the air between 6 & 12 feet. If the pitch is under or over this height, the umpire calls a no pitch, and the batter is not allowed to hit it. These pitches are considered balls, even if they hit the strike zone.

Base Running

  1. You can only slide at second and third base. If a player slides at 1st base or home plate they are called out.
  2. Baserunners cannot leave their respective bases until contact with the ball is made by the batter. A lead off is an out.
  3. A commitment line exists (and will be drawn) 2/3 of the way toward home from 3rd base. If this line is crossed, the runner is forced to continue home.
  4. When running home, you do not touch home plate. Run behind the plate, and pass the scoring line to prevent injuries.
  5. All outs at first base and home plate are force plays. Therefore, no tagging at these bags.

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