Regina Ladies Softball Association General Operating Rules as of July 7, 2020
The schedule shall be drawn up by the Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator and distributed to teams a minimum of 10 days prior to the start of the season.
A. Cost of payment to umpires shall be the responsibility of the Association. The amount per game to be set at the spring organizational meeting.
• for all games the plate umpire and base umpire will be paid.
• for the league season the umpire in chief shall be paid an honorarium for his duties.
3. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
A) A player must be 18 years of age as of December 31st of the current playing year except for affiliated substitute players called to play in Regina Ladies Softball Association games. These AP must be at least 17 years of age as of December 31st of the current playing year.
B) The maximum number of players a team may register is the Softball Saskatchewan affiliation quota number.
C) A player shall be considered to be registered with a team when her name has been forwarded to the Registrar.
D) A player may register with only one Association team at the established registration date.
E) A completed team roster is to be provided to the Registrar 24 hours prior to the start date of the regular season. Failure to provide a team roster by the established registration date results in scheduled games being defaulted until the roster is provided to the Registrar. Players can be added to a team roster up until May 8th via notification to the Registrar.
F) A team using an unregistered player, or failing to identify the Affiliated Substitute Player on the game sheet and advising the opposing coach will have all affiliated coaches and managers suspended until reinstated by the Executive. In certain circumstances of challenge and/or protest, photo identification may be required to be presented to confirm player identity.
G) A player seeking a release from a team and being opposed in this action, may appeal to the Executive and the Executive's decision shall be final.
H) To be eligible to participate in league playoffs, players must play in at least one regular scheduled league games with the last team they are registered with.
I) Only in exceptional circumstances, and then only with approval of the executive will an exception be made to the registration regulation.
J) After the established registration dates, players lists will be available to all teams affiliated with the Association upon request from the Registrar.
K) A team will be allowed to use a maximum of two substitute Affiliated Players in regular season league games. Substitutes will not be allowed in the playoff games.
A team will be allowed only 5 games in which to use Affiliated Players if the team plays a full regular season schedule. A team will be allowed only 3 games in which to use Affiliated Players if the team plays a half regular season schedule
To be eligible as an AP, the player must be affiliated with Softball Sask. These Affiliated Players must be at least 17 years of age as of Dec 31 of the current playing year.
League teams can use players from a lower Division as AP players. The AP players can play any position.
League teams can use players from the same Division as AP players. The AP players cannot play in the pitching or catching position.
The team representative must obtain permission from the coach of the AP before contacting the AP to play in an upcoming game. Just prior to the game the AP(s) must be identified on the lineup card and the opposing coach advised. The AP players(s) cannot be in the starting lineup if there are a minimum of nine regular team players available to start the game.
A) The playoff format will be decided after the Playoff Commitment Date. The Playoff Commitment Date is the date teams must have their playoff commitment to the Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator. This date will be set at the Spring Organizational meeting.
B) The Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator shall set the playoff schedule and give notice to the teams concerned at least three days prior to the first game. A team that indicates they will participate in playoffs and subsequently withdraws after the playoff schedule has been created, will be accessed a penalty equal to the default fee of two games.
C) Any team which does not comply with playoff regulations is thereby suspended from further competition.
D) No playoff games shall be rescheduled, except in the case of inclement weather or with approval of the Executive in extenuating circumstances. Teams competing in Provincial, Western Canadian, or National championships should notify the Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator so that provisions can be made in the schedule.
E) The following tie-breaker rules will apply:
More than two teams tied
1. Total of all points earned between all tied teams. The team with the highest total gains the higher place standing, etc. If more than two teams remain tied move to #2.
2. Calculate runs for and against for all games involving the tied teams only. Subtract runs against from runs for. The team with the greatest difference is awarded the higher place standing, etc. If more than two teams remain tied move to #3.
3. Calculate runs for and against for all games played during the regular schedule by each team. Subtract runs against from runs for. The team with the greatest difference is awarded the higher place standing, etc.
Two teams tied
1. Total of all points earned between tied teams. Highest total gains the higher place standing. If a tie remains, move to #2.
2. Calculate runs for and against for all games involving the tied teams only. Subtract runs against from runs for. The team with the greatest difference is awarded the higher place standing. If a tie remains, move to #3.
3. Calculate runs for and against for all games played during the regular schedule by each team. Subtract runs against from runs for. The team with the greatest difference is awarded the higher place standing. If a tie remains, a sudden death game will be scheduled by the executive.
5. GROUND RULES
A) All games shall start at 6:45 P.M. Failure of a team to have more than seven players at the scheduled diamond will result in the game being a default.
Games can start at 6:45 P.M. if a team has a minimum of eight players at the scheduled diamond. Failure of a team to have a minimum of nine players at the scheduled diamond at 7:00 P.M. will result in the game being a default. This means the non-offending team will be declared the winner, with a score of 7 - 0, regardless of the score of the game at 7:00 P.M.
A team starting a game with eight players, must list the players in the first eight batting positions on the line-up card. When the ninth player enters the game, she must be added in the ninth batting position. The ninth player can enter the game once she is added to the line-up card.
When a team playing with eight players goes on offence, an automatic out will be marked on the scoresheet prior to the first batter of the inning coming to bat. The team will have two outs remaining in the inning. The automatic out is not an out of any of the eight players in the lineup.
B) All games will be seven innings, but will be called as completed after 2.5 or 3 complete innings if a team is winning by a minimum of fifteen runs; or after 3.5 or 4 complete innings if a team is winning by a minimum of 10 runs; or after 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 complete innings if a team is winning by a minimum of seven runs in Division I and Division II. In Division III, games will be called as completed after 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 complete innings if a team is winning by a minimum of seven runs In all divisions, extra innings will be played until a tie is broken or until the home plate umpire calls the game. The international tie-breaker rule will be used immediately.
C) For games starting at 6:45 P.M., no new inning shall start after 8:30 PM. For the second game of a double header being played under the lights, no new inning shall start after 10:45 P.M.
D) It is the responsibility of the home team to supply the official scorekeeper who must ensure the player first name, last name and number and the names of the winning and losing pitchers are clearly printed on the official score sheet.
E) After the game, it is the responsibility of the home team to return Association equipment to the storage shed. This includes games rescheduled due to inclement weather.
F) After the game, it is the responsibility of the winning team to contact the publicity director/statistician by 9:30 PM with the game statistics.
G) The home team will occupy the dugout on the 1st base side of the diamond; the visitor team will occupy the dugout on the 3rd base side of the diamond.
H) The "Re-entry Rule" is waived in case of injury, if all substitutes have been used. The injured player who has been substituted for is ineligible for the remainder of the game. The substitution must occur at the time of the injury or at the umpire's discretion.
I) If teams chose to play a double header in the evening, both games will be five innings, but will be called as complete after three innings if a team is winning by a minimum of fifteen runs. Games are complete if called after three innings. The first game shall start at 6:15 P.M.
J) At the completion of every game, a complete and accurate score sheet must be handed in to the Association umpires by the Home Team. Score sheets are to include: team name, first and last name of every player (including substitute players listed at the bottom), player numbers, player position numbers, as well as reflect anytime a substitution player is entered into the game. Teams handing in an incomplete or inaccurate score sheet will be given one warning from the Association Executive. Any subsequent incomplete or inaccurate score sheets will result in a $25 fine per score sheet.
A) All protests must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org within 48 hours of the game. As well, a protest fee of $20.00 must be received by the Association prior to the protest being considered. This fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.
B) All protests must be proceeded with as per the Canada Softball rule book.
A) In the case of inclement weather, the Douglas Park diamond conditions will be checked by 4:00 P.M by a person assigned by the Association. If the diamond(s) are unplayable, the assigned person will contact the division representatives or their appointees and the person responsible for diamond preparation. The division representatives or appointees will then contact the umpire-in-chief and the appropriate teams. At game time, only an umpire can declare a diamond unplayable.
B) If a team does not have enough players for a game, they must notify the Division Representative, opposing team, and Publicity Director/Statistician 24 hours in advance of game time. The Division Representative will notify the umpire-in-chief, groundskeeper, and Vice-President.
C) Each team is allowed to cancel two game nights which are to be rescheduled as soon as practical. A third cancelled game night will be treated as a default. This means a double header is considered one game night.
D) All cancelled or rain out games are the responsibility of the Vice-President to reschedule.
E) When the RLSA Executive receives a request from a team to move to another division, the Executive will utilize the following guidelines to assess the request: