Hillcrest Softball League

 


League Rules – Summer 2020

 

 

** - Indicates noteworthy or new rule for the 2020 Summer Season (other than playoffs, which vary every season).

 

 

                                    Section I - Rules of the Game:

 

Introduction:

 

The rules of a regulation game of the Hillcrest Softball League will be the same rules as a standard regulation softball game, unless the rule is in conflict with, or supplemented by this document.

 

Requirements for the Game:

 

Article I - Number of Players:

 

i)          All teams will play with ten fielders with the option of having one or two designated hitters, and/or adding an extra hitter.

ii)         The maximum number of hitters allowed in the lineup is 11.  If you have 10 or 11 hitters in the lineup, you may rotate positions freely having 10 fielders.   1 or 2 fielders must sit each inning, if you are using both the DH and EH, or 2 DHs.  The lineup must always stay the same. 

iii)        A maximum of 12 players may play at any time, either in the lineup or in the field. (12 if both the DH and EH are used, or if 2 DHs are used).

iv)        If you have 10 or more players, you may bat either 10 or 11 in the lineup.  If you have 10 or more players, you may not bat fewer than 10 players in the lineup.  If you have 10 players or fewer, you may not use a DH or EH.

v)         If a team has only 8 or 9 players, the other team does NOT have to supply a catcher.  If a team has only 7 players, the other team DOES have to supply a catcher, however the catcher will not be involved in any fielding plays.  The catcher is there only to return balls to the pitcher after a pitch that has not been put in play.

vi)        Should a team have only nine players, then that team is still eligible to play, although that team will play without their tenth fielder (short center). 

vii)       If a tenth (or eleventh) player of a team arrives, he may immediately enter the game and will be automatically inserted into the lineup at the end – up to when the team has reached around to the top of the lineup, after which a team cannot add a 10th player (field or lineup) or 11th player (lineup).  At that point, a team may alternatively instead choose to take an automatic out in the 10th or 11th spot in the lineup each time, and when the 10th or 11th player arrives, he may be immediately inserted into the lineup in the 10th or 11th spot, and into the field.  However, a 10th or 11th player may only be inserted until the end of the 3rd inning, and which, that spot will continue to be an automatic out for the duration of the game – if the spot was allocated to the player, even after the player shows up in an inning after the 3rd inning (The player may still play the field, but the lineup spot will be an automatic out).

viii)     As per subsection vii) above, for a player who is not present but is anticipated to come, the captain at the start of the game may choose to slot that missing player in any lineup slot that he chooses, and until the player arrives, the spot will be an automatic out as per the rule in subsection vii) above.  The captain has to notify the other captain and umpire if he so chooses to exercise this option.

ix)        Should a team have only seven or eight players, then that team is still eligible to play, although that team will play without their eighth/ninth fielder (infield or outfield). Once the eighth/ninth player of a team arrives, he may immediately enter the game and will be automatically inserted into the lineup at the end, with the penalty of an automatic out no longer in force.  The insertion of the player may only take place up until and including the 3rd inning. 

x)         The minimum number of players in a lineup is 9.  If a team only has only 7 players – two automatic outs will be taken at the end of the lineup (3 if the team plans to hold the 10th spot in the lineup, and 4 if the team plans on holding 11 spots).  If a team only has only 8 players – one automatic out will be taken at the end of the lineup (2 if the team plans to hold the 10th spot in the lineup, and 3 if the team plans on holding 11 spots).

viii)     If a team fails to produce at least seven players from their team during a game, then that team forfeits that game 15 minutes after the official game time. The umpire (or Commissioner) will determine when 15 minutes has passed.

ix)        If a team has at least 9 players present at game time, then the game will start on time.  If there are 8 players present, the umpire will wait for a maximum of 10 minutes in order to start the game – and if there are still only 8 players, the game will start after 15 minutes of game time. If there are 7 players present, the umpire will wait for a maximum of 15 minutes in order to start the game – and if there are still only 7 players, the game will start after 15 minutes of game time.  If there are less than 7 players present after 15 minutes of game time, the game will be forfeited.

 

Article II - Eligible Players and statistics:

i)          During the regular season any player may be used for any team on any week.

ii)         All captains must keep a scorecard with lineups and record stats. These must be sent to the commissioner each week for playoff eligibility and statistics. Captains should consult with the umpire for a ruling on statistics they are unsure of.

iv)        Playoff rosters after determined by the commissioner may not be changed.

v)         A team’s playoff roster may not exceed twenty-five players.

vi) **   For a player to be an eligible player in a playoff game, that player must be on that team’s final playoff roster, have played in a minimum of THREE DIFFERENT regular season WEEKS for that team and ONLY have played for ONE team throughout the course of the season.  Playoff eligibility will be determined by scorecards handed in after each week. Captains may not internally agree to override this rule.  There will NOT be exceptions to this rule due to rainouts, injuries, etc.  That is a rainout or injury does NOT count as a played week – a player appearing in the playoffs must appear at the team games AND play at least thrice.

 

Article III - Game Length and Forfeiting:

 

i)          Games shall be nine innings long.

ii)         No team is allowed to forfeit a game unless they have played at least five innings (unless they do not have enough players to play).

iii)        Only the captain of a team may decide to forfeit a game.

iv)        If a team is leading by 10 or more runs after the other team has batted in any inning after the 6th inning, then that team wins the game. (The 6th Inning has to have been completed.) This rule only applies to the regular season.

vi)        If a team is leading by 12 or more runs after the other team has batted in any inning after the 7th inning, then that team wins the game. (The 7th Inning has to have been completed.) This rule only applies to the playoffs.

vii)       A team may forfeit a game in advance.  Only the captain may choose to forfeit the game, and he must do so before the previous Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET.

viii)     If a team forfeits a game, but not in advance (before the previous Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET), then that team will be penalized an extra loss, which will count as both a head to head loss against any and every team, and also a division loss.

 

Article IV – Duration of Games:

 

i)          Definition: A field where there are “permit time constraints” is a known field where there is another league’s scheduled game via permit that starts immediately (within 30 minutes) after our league’s permitted game, assuming our league games run 2 hours. 

ii)         The commissioner shall notify all captains prior to the season as to which fields have “permit time constraints.”  The commissioner may change the fields (as he learns) on a week to week basis as to which fields have “permit time constraints.”

iii)       At a field where there are “permit time constraints,” should there be a doubleheader on the league’s schedule at that field, then:

a) For the first game of the doubleheader, no regular inning may start after 10 minutes past the second game’s official start time, and no half inning may start after 20 minutes past the second game’s start time.  If those time constraints have been exceeded and the game stopped, the rules for official games apply (Section III, Article II).  Should there not be enough players present to start the second game (for either team) in the second game at the start of the inning or half inning of the first game, then the first game will continue for at least the next half inning.  This rule is designed to make sure that there be sufficient time to play the second game without permit issues.

b) For the second game of the doubleheader, there shall be no game time constraints, unless the game time runs onto another league’s permit time at a field, and the other league is requesting that the game stops.  In that event, the umpires shall stop the game at their discretion and as per the other league’s permit request. 

iv)        At a field where there are no “permit time constraints,” should there be a doubleheader on the league’s schedule at that field, then:

a) For the first game of the doubleheader, no regular inning may start after 30 minutes past the second game’s official start time, and no half inning may start after 40 minutes past the second game’s start time.  If those time constraints have been exceeded and the game stopped, the rules for official games apply (Section III, Article II).  Should there not be enough players present to start the second game (for either team) in the second game at the start of the inning or half inning of the first game, then the first game will continue for at least the next half inning.  This rule is designed to make sure that any games do not start at unreasonable times, and prevents extra-inning games from excessively delaying a second game.

b) For the second game of the doubleheader, there shall be no game time constraints, unless the game time runs onto another league’s permit time at a field, and the other league is requesting that the game stops.  In that event, the umpires shall stop the game at their discretion and as per the other league’s permit request.

v)         At any field, should there not be a scheduled doubleheader on the league’s schedule at that field (only a single game scheduled), then no game time constraints apply.

vi)        No half inning shall start 4 hours past a game’s scheduled start time. The rules for official games then apply (Section III, Article II).

vii)       An umpire shall stop or suspend any game in progress due to darkness or poor weather or field conditions at their own discretion.  Rules for official games (Section III, Article II) then apply.

 

Batting:

 

Article V - Strike Zone:

i)          The league's proscribed strike zone shall be between the batter's upper chest/arm pits and knees, and the two sides of home plate. The ball must cross the plate on a fly to be a strike. Umpires should be somewhat more liberal with the strike zone height.

ii)         If the ball hits the plate, it is an automatic ball.

iii)        Note: Should a batter try to shorten the strike zone by squatting or crowd the plate, etc., this will have no bearing on the size of the strike zone.  The strike zone will be as if the batter did not squat.

 

Article VI - Caught Foul Ball:

Should a ball be hit into foul territory and is caught, then it must reach six feet in height above ground to count as an out.

 

Article VII - Third Strike:

i)          Should a batter foul tip a third strike into the catcher's glove, the batter is out. (The ball need not reach six feet above ground.) 

ii)         Should a batter swing and miss at a third strike, the batter is out regardless of whether or not the ball was caught by the catcher.

 

Article VIII - Bunting:

i)          Should a batter bunt a ball, then it counts as a strike. 

ii)         Should a batter with two strikes bunt a ball, then it counts as the third strike and that batter is out.

 

Article IX - Delay of Game:

Should a batter intentionally or unintentionally delay the game, then that batters team may be penalized one out (at most) at the umpire's discretion.

 

Article X - Thrown Bat:

i)          Should a batter throw his bat after swinging or checking his swing unintentionally, then that batter will receive a warning. If a batter throws his bat intentionally, than the Umpire can call him out or eject him (Umpires judgment call).

ii)         Should a batter be caught throwing his bat for a second time in a game for throwing his bat, then that player will be automatically ejected from the game.

 

 

Base Running:

 

Article XI - Base Leading 1:

The league's position regarding leading off any base is that it is NOT allowed. (We don't care if you can't run) Should a batter from any team be leading from any base then the umpire either may give that runner's team a warning, or he may call that runner out, at his discretion.

 

Article XII - Base Leading 2:

i)          Runners are allowed to lead/run AFTER the pitcher has RELEASED the ball towards home plate for a pitch.

ii)         If at any time a runner is off the base (because he ran after the ball has been released, etc.) The batter must return to the base which he left. If the ball arrives at that base before he does, the runner is out. There is a force to the base. (The fielder need only step on the base.) If the catcher overthrows the ball to a base, the play is considered live. The runner, however, must step back on the bag before running to the next base. If the catcher throws the ball back to the pitcher (not to a base), then the play is dead.

 

Article XIII - Base Running:

If a runner moves any part of his body in order to interfere with a throw of a fielder making a play at another base (the fielder is either in the act of throwing the ball, or has already thrown the ball), then unless the interference was unavoidable :

1) The runner who has interfered with the play is automatically out.

2) The runner who was approaching the intended target base of the throw of the fielder is automatically out, unless he has already touched or nearly touched the base safely at the time of the interference.

This rule is intended as a safety rule, in order to prevent runners from raising their arms, or moving their body in order to break up a play. Note that if a runner simply stands, runs, or slides in the normal base path, this does not constitute interference.

 

Article XIV - Sliding:

i)          At Grass/Dirt Fields:

For any close play at a base other than first base, a base runner should slide into the base.  If the runner does not, and he noticeably interferes with the fielder's ability to make the play, then the runner is out.  What constitutes as interference will be determined by the umpire.

ii)         At all other Fields:

Sliding is optional, although not recommended. For safety, we recommend that a fielder should not 'block' the base, thereby avoiding a potentially dangerous collision.

 

Article XV - Time Out:

i)          Time out before or during a play can only be called by an umpire. A player can only request that time out be called out.

ii)         During a play, time out should only be called only if the ball is in the possession of a fielder either in or approaching the infield, and is approaching the pitcher's mound, and all base runners are relatively close to their respective bases, and do not appear to be advancing.

iii)       It is an umpire’s job to call time out at the proper time. If however, an umpire fails to call time out at the proper time, he may return the base runners back to where they were when time out should have been called.

 

 

Fielding:

 

Article XVI - Infield Fly Rule:

The infield fly rule IS in effect in all games, although whether or not this rule has been violated shall be determined by the umpire. (The umpire shall call "Infield Fly.")

 

Article XVII - Interference by a Tree:

i)          Should a ball hit a tree that has roots in foul territory, even if the tree overlaps into fair territory, that ball shall be rendered foul and unplayable.  The only exception is if the ball does not change direction, is a routine play and merely grazes a leaf on the tree then it shall be deemed a fair ball. The umpire will make his own judgment call to determine the affect the tree had on the ball and the routineness of it.

ii)         Should a ball hit a tree over-hanging the homerun fence, and bounce back onto the field (foul or fair territory), then that ball will be played as if it had hit the homerun fence.

iii)        Note: If the ball hits the homerun fence, then that ball is still in play, even if a fielder catches it on a bounce off the fence.

 

Pitching:

 

Article XVIII - Automatic Balls:

i)          A pitcher must release the ball having one foot either on or behind the pitching rubber.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic ball.

ii)         A pitcher may take at most 1 step prior to releasing a pitch.  A pitcher may not run up to the mound to pitch a ball.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic ball  A pitcher does not have to start his motion on the rubber.

iii)       A pitcher must release the ball with an underhand motion. That means that a pitcher may not pitch overhand or pitch sidearm.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic ball.

iv)        A pitcher may not use a windmill windup to pitch the ball. Failure to do so will result in an automatic ball.

 

Article XIX - Hit Batsman:

i)          A hit batter will not be awarded first base automatically.  If the ball was in the strike zone, then it will count as a strike, and if not it will count as a ball.

ii)         A hit batter in the head unintentionally will be automatically a ball.

iii)        If a pitcher intentionally hits a batter, then that batter will be awarded first base, and that pitcher can be ejected from the game at the discretion of the umpire.

 

Lineup Changes:

 

Article XX - Relief Pitchers

If a captain makes the decision to replace his pitcher, that same pitcher may re-enter the game as a pitcher, providing he has not been removed from the lineup.  The relief pitcher is allowed ten pitches to warm up and then the game must resume.

 

Article XXI - Pinch Hitters and Runners:

i)          A captain may only use pinch hitters or runners, if he has an available player on his bench that is not in the lineup.  i.e., If a player is already in the lineup, then he cannot pinch hit or pinch run for another player in the game.

ii)         In an emergency, as deemed by the umpire, the last player to bat (who is not currently on base), may pinch run for another player, provided that there is no alternative solution.  If a player becomes injured on the base path after the 7th inning then the opposing team can choose any player from the injured players team to run for him (providing there are no pinch runners available).

iii)       An emergency must be a moderate to serious injury. Pulled muscles or back aches or cramps, etc. do not constitute as emergencies.

iv)        If a player comes out of a game due to injury, then he may not return!

v)         If the DH is in effect (One player playing the field but not batting), should the player playing the field, who is not in the lineup - pinch hit for a player in the lineup – the player being pinch hit for may still play the field for the remainder of the game, but he may not return to bat in the lineup.

vi)        A player who is pinch hit for may still play the field at any point in the game afterwards.

 

 

Article XXII – Courtesy Runners:

i)          During a game, two players (at most) from each team may be declared to be allowed the use of a courtesy runner.  The player requiring a courtesy runner must be declared both to the umpire and to the opposing captain, as soon as he reaches base safely when the play has ended.  The players who will be using courtesy runners do not have to be declared prior to the game.

ii)         In ADDITION to the two players that can be run for as a courtesy, the original starting pitcher of the game may also receive an additional courtesy runner for him. The pitcher does not count in the two allotted runners. Thus, there may be at most three players on the team that can receive a courtesy runner in a game.

iii)       After the declared designated player (as above) has finished any of his at bats, and has reached base safely, then either the last player to bat (who is not currently on base), or any player on the team’s bench who is not currently in the lineup, may run instead of that designated player, as a courtesy.  The courtesy runner may only enter the game only after time has been called, and only after any live play has ended.  The courtesy runner must immediately be declared to both the umpire and to the opposing captain.  After a pitch has been completed, a courtesy runner may not be used for anyone already on base.

iv)        A player who is run for as a courtesy, does not have to have a courtesy runner run for him every single time he reaches base.  He has the option to have a runner run for him, or he does not have to have a runner run for him – each time he reaches base.

v)         A player who is run for as a courtesy, does not have to have the courtesy runner run for him the first time that he reaches base.  A player who has reached base twice in the game, can have a runner run for him the 2nd time, even if he did not take a courtesy runner for him the 1st time he reached base.

vi)        The point of the courtesy runners is to have a courtesy for a runner if he so chooses here and there, not to disallow the player from running a part or the entire game.  A player can choose later on not to be run for, however no courtesy runner can be put in after the next pitch has been thrown.

vii)       In terms of statistics, the courtesy runner will count as if he does not have a pinch runner.  For example, if the courtesy runner scores a run, the courtesy runner is not credited with a run scored, rather it is the designated player who was run for.

 

Article XXIII - Emergency Situations:

i)          If a player must leave the game due to an emergency and there are no players present on the bench (not in the lineup), then that players spot in the lineup will receive an automatic out – whether or not there are 9, 10 or 11 batters in the lineup, or otherwise.

ii)         If a player is injured during a game to the point that he must leave the game and there is no replacement (no pinch hitter available), there will be no automatic out given for that lineup spot.   Injury severity to leave a game will be determined by the umpire.  If available, a player that has already left the game (i.e. already pinch hit for), will first assume the injured player’s lineup, rather than the injured player’s lineup spot being skipped.  If there is no such player, then the lineup spot will simply be skipped.

 

Ground Rules:

 

Article XXIV - Ground Rule Changes:

i)          If both captains agree to a ground rule change, then they may change any ground rule which they both desire to change.  They must notify the umpire of any such change.

 

Article XXV – Specific Field Homerun Ground Rules:

i)          Utopia – All homerun fences are homeruns.

ii)         173rd Street – All homerun fences are homeruns.

iii)        Francis Lewis/Cunningham – No homerun fences.

iv)        Peck #3 – All Homerun fences are doubles.

v)         All other Peck fields (except #3) – All Homerun fences are homeruns.

vi)        Great Neck - All homerun fences are homeruns.

vii)       5 Towns Fields – No homerun fences.

viii)      All other fields - All Homerun fences are homeruns.

 

 

              Section II - Equipment, Dress Code, Injury and Conduct:

 

Article I - Gloves and Safety Equipment:

All players are required to bring their own softball/baseball glove to every game. Any safety equipment required shall be provided by you! (The league will NOT provide any safety equipment).  The opposing team will not provide any equipment.

 

Article II - Bats and Balls:

i)          Bats will not be provided.  Only certified ASA softball metal bats are allowed, wooden and plastic ones are not.  Baseball bats are not allowed.  If a player uses an illegal bat, that player may be charged with an automatic out.

ii)         The official ball of the league is the “Clincher.” The league shall provide a game ball.  If a ball is lost, or unusable, then the home team must provide an extra ball.

 

Article III - Captains and Equipment:

It is the captain’s job to ensure that his team brings the necessary equipment to each game.

 

Article IV - Injury:

WARNING!!! The league is not responsible for any injures! You are playing at your own risk! All safety equipment you require should be brought by you, with you to all games. The league will not be held liable for any and all injures.

 

Article V - Discrimination:

Should any player be unfairly discriminated against regardless of ability or otherwise then that player may address his/her complaints with the commissioner. Should that person's complaints prove valid, then that person may accept the commissioner's address and rectification of their problem, or accept a refund.

 

Article VI - Alcoholic Beverages

There will be NO alcoholic beverages permitted at any field during a game by any player. Failure to adhere to this article will result in an automatic suspension or expulsion from the league by the Commissioner, effective immediately.

 

Article VII - Conduct

i)          There is to be no arguing with umpires.  Only the CAPTAIN may appeal a GAME RULE.  Judgment calls may NOT be appealed.  An umpire may eject an unruly player at his discretion.

ii)         Offensive behavior and language towards opposing players will not be tolerated. A first offense will be a warning and the second will be an ejection from the game. Repeated offenses can result in suspension at the discretion of the commissioner and no refund will be given.

 

** Article VIII – COVID-19 Safety and Social Distancing Regulations (for Summer 2020)

i)          Off of the field of play, all players must appropriately socially distance themselves from other players. They must remain apart from each other at the minimum  social distance currently advised by CDC guidelines. At the start of the 2020 Summer season, the minimum distance required is six feet.

ii)         Further to ensure i) above, there will be a maximum of six players allowed in each team’s dugout at any time. The remaining team players must spread out in other spaces in foul territory.

iii)       There is to be no team congregating. There will not be any team huddles, handshaking of one’s teammates or other team members – before after or during the game while at the field.

iv)        There will be no spectators allowed at the field during the season. Only players who are currently playing in the game may be at the field. The exception to this is any medical aids, or personnel hired specifically for player for medical or psychological reasons, or other extenuating circumstances. If there is a need for an additional spectator, they may be approved; one must inform and clear that person it with the league commissioner prior to your game.

v)         All players are encouraged to wear a facemask at all times during league games.

vi)        Catchers and league umpires are required to wear a facemask (in addition to any facial safety gear that they wear) while behind the plate.

vii)       Equipment sharing - Fielding gloves may not be shared between players. Any bats or catchers’ masks used during the game may only be shared if wiped down and sanitized before use. No player is obligated to share his or her own personal bats, masks, gloves or any other equipment during the game with other players.

viii)     It is recommended that all players coming in from the field sanitize their hands after the half-inning. Players should bring their own hand sanitizers to the game. The league will also attempt to provide sanitizer at the field for use.

ix)        Any player feeling ill, or with fever on the day of the game, or for anytime during the prior two weeks may not be allowed to play, and will not be allowed to come to the field. Any player who was exposed to a person testing positive of COVID-19 in the prior two weeks will not be allowed to play in any game may not come to the field. Refunds for the league will not be granted if a player has missed games due to this rule.

x)         Until further notice, the above rule regarding leading off of a base will be suspended for the 2020 Summer season. A base runner is only allowed to run after the batter swings at the pitch. A runner leaving the base early will be called out by the umpire at his discretion. Note: This rule supersedes the above baserunning rules.

xi)        In order to limit contact on bases, there will be NO throws down allowed to any base be the catcher for early leading. Note: This rule supersedes the above fielding rules.

 

 

                Section III - The Season Schedule:

 

Article I - Number of Games and Rain Outs:

i)          Each team shall play eight games.

ii)         Should there be rain, and the game is unable to be played at all, the Commissioner will decide if and when the game is made up.  There are rain dates in the schedule to account for rain outs.  Since rain is an unexpected occurrence, please check with you captain as to whether or not the game will be played on a rainy day.

iii)       On any official week of the season or rain date, an official game can be scheduled during that day.

 

Article II - Official Games

i)          During the regular season, if an in progress game must be stopped, either by rain, permit time constraints (the game time runs onto another league’s permit time at a field, and the other league is requesting that the game stops), or some emergency, or an unavoidable situation, then:

            a) If a full 5 innings have been played, but not a full 9 innings, then the game officially counts (the score reverts back to the last full inning played).  If the score is tied, or if the visiting team took the lead during the top of the last inning played, then the game will be suspended.

b) If a full 5 innings have not been played, then the game will start over or suspended.  The game will suspend if and only if there have been at least 3 innings played and there is a substantial run differential between the two teams (at least 5).

            c) If at least 9 innings have been played, then if the game has to stop because of permit constrains, then the game will be declared a tie.  The umpire will declare prior to the last inning played that it will be the final inning that will be played of the game.

ii)         During the playoffs, if an in progress game must be stopped, either by rain, or some emergency, or an unavoidable situation, then the game will be suspended.

iii)       In a completion of a suspended game, the lineup must remain the same as it was when the game was suspended.  Any pitcher who was taken out of the original suspended game, may still come back in and pitch when the game is to be completed.

iv)        Suspended regular season games:

a)      Suspended regular season games will be resumed at some point within the regular season weeks only.  If all other regular season games have been played on weeks prior, no suspended game will be made up – the game will be declared a tie if is an official game and tied, or no game if not an official game to that point.

b)      The commissioner will alter the season schedule as best as he reasonably can possibly do so in order to allow the completion the game.  Should there not be a reasonable place on the schedule to resume the game, the game will be declared a tie or no game as a) above.

v)         All suspended playoff games will be made up, and resumed, possibly as part of a doubleheader with another playoff round.

 

Article III - Standings:

 

These are the rules for determining the order of the league standings:

 

i)          The overall record (winning percentage) is the chief factor in determining the standings.  A better record means a higher ranking.

ii)         If two teams have the same record, then the tie will be broken as follows:

 

            The higher ranking team shall be the team with the better statistic in (in order of tie breaker):

 

            1) Head-to-Head record

            2) Divisional record

            3) Head-to-Head runs scored vs. runs allowed differential

            4) Divisional runs scored vs. runs allowed differential

            5) Overall runs scored vs. runs allowed differential

            6) Head-to-Head scoring differential against the highest already ranked team in the division. (If tied, then next highest ranked team.)

            7) Head-to-Head scoring differential against the highest already ranked team in the league. (If tied, then next highest ranked team.)

            8) 3-7 replaced with runs scored per inning batted.

 

iii)       If three or more teams have the same record, then the tie will be broken as follows:

 

            The highest ranking team shall be the team with the better statistic in [If there is no highest, then the lowest ranking team with shall be the team with the worse statistic in] (in order of tie breaker):

 

            1) Head-to-Head record against the other two teams

            2) Divisional record

            3) Scoring differential among the tied teams

            4) As above (as 2 teams) with Head-to-Head being against the tied teams

 

            Now, after a ranked team is decided, then the same procedure is used to rank the other remaining teams with the same record.

 

Article IV - The Playoffs:

i)          At the end of the regular season, 4 teams will make the playoffs.

ii)         The highest 4 ranking teams will make the playoffs.  They will be assigned the #1, #2, #3 … #4 seeds in the playoffs, ranked as above.

iii)       The bottom 2 teams in the league will not make the playoffs (even if the bottom teams have the same overall winning percentage as the 4th ranking team).

iv)        In the first round of the playoffs, the #1 seed will play the lowest seeded team remaining, and the two other teams will also play in the “Semi-Final Playoffs.” The two winners will move on to the next round, and the losers will be out.

v)         The two winners will then play in the “League Championship,” to determine the League Champions.

vi)        In all playoff games, the higher seeded team has the home field advantage (bats last).

vii)       In playoff games other than the championship game, the higher seeded team, will choose the field that the game is played, if that field is available and is permitted.  The Commissioner reserves the right to overrule any field selection, and choose the field himself.  (One such example is if a field selection is in conflict with another playoff game’s field selection.)

viii)     For the championship game, the Commissioner will choose the field.  The higher ranking team will NOT have a choice of fields.  The idea is for the Commissioner to choose a neutral field for the two teams playing in the championship game.  It is solely up to him alone.

ix)        The higher seeded team will NOT choose any playoff game date or time.  The Commissioner will choose the game date and time.  If the two rounds of playoffs are on the same date, then the commissioner will also choose all fields, dates and times of games.

x)         For a player to be an eligible player in a playoff game, that player must be on that team’s final playoff roster, have played in a minimum of TWO DIFFERENT regular season WEEKS for that team and ONLY have played for ONE team throughout the course of the season.  Playoff eligibility will be determined by scorecards handed in after each week. Captains may not internally agree to override this rule.  There will NOT be exceptions to this rule due to rainouts, injuries, etc.  That is a rainout or injury does NOT count as a played week – a player appearing in the playoffs must appear at the team games AND play at least thrice.

xii)       Lineup cards must be shown to umpires and the opposing captain before playoff games.

xiii)     If a team is leading by 12 or more runs after the other team has batted in any inning after the 7th inning, then that team wins the game. (The 7th Inning has to have been completed.) This rule only applies to the playoffs.

 

 

 

           



Last Updated on: June 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT by Ariel