HSSC rules for Softball


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Softball

There is only one format of Co-ed Outdoor Softball under SSC rules. It is described in its entirety below.

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Game Time

All SSC Softball Games are seven innings in length with a time limit of 1.5 hours. Please arrive early to ensure you get the full use of your allotted diamond time. Regardless of when your game begins your game will always end on time to allow the succeeding games to begin at their scheduled time. Please designate one person on your team to keep track of the time and score during the game.  

 

Players

Teams are comprised of nine (9) players (1 rover) with a minimum of three (3) of each gender on the field at once. A team can play with a minimum of 7 people, as long as there are two (2) of each gender. Should a team only have 2 female players on their team they can only play a maximum of 8 player’s total defensively forgoing a rover.

Gender Numbers: Each team must have a minimum of three (3) players of each gender on the diamond at all times.

Defaults:  A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad by 15 minutes after the official start time. A team can play with a minimum of 7 people, as long as there are two (2) of each gender. Should a team only have 2 female players on their team they can only play a maximum of 8 player’s total defensively forgoing a rover.

 

Playing Area

All softball diamonds vary in size and there is no set standard for SSC Softball Diamonds, however, all bases must be set out to SSC standards.

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Team Captains are responsible for setting up the bases. Please see the ‘Equipment/Set-up’ section below for more information.

 

Equipment/Set Up

Softballs:

Base Distance: 

Bats:

 

Head Protection:

Cleats: 

 

Uniforms

Teams are required to bring both light and coloured shirts to every game. Team colours are posted on the Sport and Social Club website in your schedule. If two teams have the same colour the team captains should contact each other to ensure that each team knows what colour to wear.

Defaults: There is no default for players that don’t wear the right colour. However, that player must do everything they can to ensure it’s not confusing for the opposition. Whether this means wearing a pinny, a hat, a teammate’s shirt, etc. Under no circumstances can a player purposefully deceive the opposition.

 

Ground Rules

Captains should decide prior to the start of the game if they are going to play any ground rules with regards to boundaries. Please make sure that both teams are aware of these rules so there is no confusion.

 

Softball 101

The following outlines the basis of the rules of Outdoor SSC Softball Programs:

 

Regular Season Matches

All regular season matches can end in a tie.

 

Playoffs Eligibility and Tiebreak

There must be a winner in a playoff match. In the event that the match ends in a tie, teams will partake in the following tie-breaker until a winner is determined:

For playoffs, if a game is tied after 7 innings or 80 minutes, teams will utilize the following format: The visiting team will start the inning by placing the last out from the previous inning on second base with one (1) out. Once 3 outs have been reached, the home team will then place their last out from the previous inning on second base, also with one (1) out, and proceed to bat until 3 outs is reached. Teams will take turns doing this until the score is settled upon the completion of a full inning. This format is continued until the tie is broken.

 

Rough Play

Any rough or physical play will result in immediate expulsion from further league play and may result in a lifetime league expulsion. Please see the Sport and Social Club policy sheet for our official policy on this subject. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play.  This rule supersedes all others. 

 

Alcohol

There are absolutely no alcoholic beverages permitted on SSC property. Any offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No exceptions.