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Batters & Bats

1. If a batter hits the cage, it is considered a foul ball.
2. If a batter hits the pitcher, it is considered an out.
3. If a batter hits the ball and it touches the foul line post on the 1st or 3rd base line, it is considered a home run and this, no matter where the ball goes (back on the field, on the right or on the left side of the post).
4. If the ball hits the dust area on the 1st or 3rd base line, it is considered at foul ball. To be fair, the ball must fall in the grass area of the outfield.
5. If a batter hits a home run, he/she and all other base runners do not need to run any bases (including 1st).
6. If a player brings his/her own bat, it must be shared with any other players from both teams. All bats must be left at home plate for the other team to use it as needed before 1st inning. If a player does not take proper care of a borrowed bat, he/she will be remove the rights to use it.
7. All bats must be legal and MUST be ASA and USSSA 1.20 BPF.

Runners

8. When there are runners on bases and the ball is hit and caught without touching the ground (fly or line-drive), any runner that runs is doing so at his/her own risk. If the runner on 3rd base crosses the line between 3rd and home plate, he/she is automatically out. If the referee calls an “infield fly”, the play is dead, runners return to their bases and cannot be out.
9. Sliding is not allowed. Diving is allowed only when the player is returning back to his/her base. It is left to the umpire’s judgement as to whether a player slided or lost their balance.
10. A runner cannot advance to home plate from the 3rd base on a fly ball or line drive that is caught.
11. A runner can advance from the 1st or 2nd base on a fly ball provided that he/she does not leave the bag prior to the ball beeing caught.
12. A runner can also advance to home plate from the 1st or 2nd base on a fly ball provided that he/she does not leave the bag prior to the ball beeing caught.
13. A runner must run on the right hand side of the designated line between the 3rd base and home plate. If a runner touches the line, he/she will be called out.
14. A runner cannot touch the home plate. The only exception to this rule is for a runner that change his/her course in order to avoid a collision with the catcher. It is left to the umpire’s judgement to make this call. The runner will be called out if the umpire deems that the runner touched home plate for no apparent reasons.
15. Every batter must run to 1st base before requesting a courtesy runner. There is a maximum of 1 courtesy runner per inning (non cumulative). The courtesy runner is the last out of the same sex. The runner that is replaced for a courtesy runner cannot pitch while the courtesy runner is on base. Only once the courtesy runner is out or has crossed home plate can the injured runner be the pitcher.

Infielders & Outfielders

16. If an outfielder touches the ball with his/her glove or any part of his/her body and the ball goes over the fence without touching the ground, it is considered a home run.
17. When there is a play at home plate, only the catcher can catch or get the ball between the lines behind the home plate.
18. Infielders cannot cross the half circle line before the ball is hit.
19. The maximum number of players in the infield (including the catcher) is 6. If a 7th player steps onto the infield while the ball is alive, all runners will be safe at their intended bases. The 6th player must be in the infield before the 1st pitch is thrown to the batter. If the 6th player steps into the infield after the 1st pitch has been thrown, all runners will be safe at their intended bases if the ball is hit. It is the responsibility of the defending team’s catcher to remain on the home plate long enough to provide enough time to position the 6th player in the infield.
20. A list of 17 players per team must be given to the President before the team 3rd game. The list can only contain a maximum of 12 men. Only these players can play in the regular season and year-end tournament. A player must play a minimum of 2 regular season games in order to be elegible to play in the year-end tournament.

Number of Players

21. If a team does not have 3 woman for a game, it cannot borrow a player. The coach must still insert 3 woman in the batting line-up and will get an automatic out for each missing woman. For example, if a team has 2 woman, they get 1 automatic out. If they don’t have any woman, they get 3 automatic outs.
22. There is a maximum of 12 players (9 men plus 3 woman) on the field. There is a maximum of 14 players on the batting line-up. There is a maximum of 10 players at bat per inning.
23. If a player arrives once the game has started, he/she will be inserted at the end of the batting line-up. He/she can only enter the game at the end of the next half-inning. If the player’s name is already on the line up and has not arrived when it’s his/her time to bat, he/she will automatically be out.

Other Rules

24. The 1 + 1 rule applies for home run.
25. All teams must respect the start time of the games.
26. Umpires are human and therefore make mistakes…please be nice to them.