House Rules

  The house rules have been put into place to help keep everyone safe, to keep the games fair and to make sure everyone is having a great time.

  The umpires are paid to enforce the rules, but remember, they are human and will make mistakes from time to time. The ruling by the umpire on the field will stand. Any discussion on a call is only allowed after the game. Any abusive language will not be tolerated by the league and may result in a player being ejected from the game/park.

 
 
 

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Batting Order

  1. The batting order is set at the beginning of the game and exchanged with the other team so both teams can keep score.

  2. No male may bat for a second time before all females have batted.

  3. No more than 2 males may bat in a row.

  4. Each team must bat a minimum of 4 female spots in the batting order. If there are only 3 females playing, they rotate through however many female spots are needed. There is no maximum number.

  5. A player may be added to the batting order until the order has been batted through. Report changes to the other team. 

  6. If a player is put on the batting order but they are not there to bat when it’s their turn, they are an out until they are available to bat. This may occur if a player is on the way but hasn’t shown up yet. 

  7. An injury sustained during the game which eliminates the player from the batting order will not be an automatic out if the order can adjusted by rotating the female batters, eliminating the male batter does not create more than 2 males in a row or a rostered player can be substituted in. Otherwise the spot WILL be an out. If the team must “pick up” to have the minimum players to continue, 1 point is forfeited. 

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Field of Play

  1. The old 150’ line has been moved back to 175’.

  2. One (1) outfielder is allowed inside the 175’ line but must remain on the grass until the ball is hit.

  3. The on deck batter must give up right of way to the defender of the ball until TIME is called or an out may be given.

  4. The home run rule is “match + 2”. Any batter who hits a home run when their team is + 2 will be called out.

  5. The batter running to first base MUST touch the orange bag or they WILL be called out. The exception to this rule is if the batter is rounding first and heading to 2nd. If there is no play at 1st, the 1st base person must get out of the way.

  6. Any walk of 4 straight balls to a male batter with a female batter on deck puts the male batter on 2nd base. If there is a strike in the count the male batter walks to 1st base only.

  7. Each team is allowed 3 courtesy runners per game. If there is a designated injury mentioned at the time of the coin toss, the courtesy runner is not considered part of the 3 allowed. The courtesy runner must be different player each time.

  8. A FULL fielding team consists of 10 players.

  9. A team may field no more than 6 males and not less than 3 females. 

  10. The minimum number of players to field a team is 8, consisting of not more than 5 males and not less than 3 females.

  11. Any caught foul tip is an out. There does not need to be an arc.  

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Picking Up Players

  1. All “pick ups” MUST be on a WSPA roster for insurance coverage.

  2. If a team plays with any number of “pick ups” they automatically forfeit 1 (one) point to the other team and the game is played for the remaining 1 (one) point.

  3. If both teams have “pick ups” the game is played for only 1 (one) point.

  4. At the coin toss, the umpire will ask each team if they are playing with all rostered players. 

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 Mountain Rules

  1. There shall be no visible jewellery worn.

  2. Players can be on more than 1 team as long as it is not in the same division. Male players cannot be on more than 2 teams and those teams must not be more than 2 divisions apart.

  3. Touching or crossing home plate is an out. Stay clear of the back catchers. In order for a run to count the base runner must cross the scoring line.

  4. The batter is out if they touch home plate before contact is made with the ball.

  5. Basebal helmets are mandatory while batting and running bases.

  6. The mercy rule is +12 after 5 innings.

  7. The final (open) inning should start no later than 70 minutes after the scheduled start time of a game. Umpires must use their best judgment to implement this.  

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