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B’NAI BRITH SPORTS OF CANADA - RULES FOR 2020

U M P I R E  A B R I D G E D  V E R S I O N

BBSC WILL FOLLOW THE OFFICIAL SOFTBALL CANADA RULE BOOK FOR FASTPITCH AND ORTHODOX PITCHING. WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS:

 

Rule #

Rule Description

BBSC Rule Variation

1

BATTING ORDER

Exception: All Players in the lineup must bat.

2

OFFICIAL DIAMOND

Exception: Shall have 65’ base paths and pitching distance of 46’. Women-65’ base and 40’- 46’ pitching.

3

BUNTING

Exception: If a batter shows bunt, s/he cannot pull back and swing away. Penalty: First instance, batter is out and warning issued to both teams. Second instance by any batter is an ejection.

4

COMMITMENT LINE

Exception: The commitment line is drawn half the distance between 3rd base and home plate.  The line is on the foul side of the foul line perpendicular to the base path. A runner from third passing the commitment line must continue to home plate.

5

SAFE LINE

Exception: The safe line is a line parallel to the commitment line, drawn from home plate closest to 3rd base. It stops within 3 feet of home plate. A base runner from third base may not touch home plate but must cross over the safe line. The runner is out if the fielder/catcher catches the ball while he is touching home plate before the runner crosses the safe line. A runner may touch home plate to avoid a collision.

SLIDING IS NOT PERMITTED you will be called out.

6

OFFICIAL SOFTBALL

Exception: BBSC will provide official softballs.  The home team is to provide one new ball and the visiting team is to provide one good condition ball.  Balls to be used: 12-inch for Men, Women to use 11-inch.

7

GLOVES & TRAPPERS

Exception: Pitcher may wear a trapper on the mound.

8

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Exception: A Catcher must wear a face mask. Chest protector & shin guards, optional. All players on base and in batting circle must wear a helmet. ALL Pitchers MUST wear a facemask while on the mound.

9

UNIFORMS

Exception: All Players to have numbered shirts, caps, shorts are optional.

10

COACHES

Exception: BBSC SCORE BOOK is required, complete Home and Away line ups. WINNERS Game sheet to be signed by UMPIRE!

11

LINE UP CARDS AND ROSTERS

Exception: Late arrivals will be allowed to enter the field if short,  at the beginning of the next half inning and to be placed at the bottom of the batting order. Subs to be presented prior to game.

12

PLAYERS

Exception: 9 fielders in men’s, 10 in women’s division.

13

PLAYERS

Exception: 7 players per team are required to start or continue a game.

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STARTING PLAYERS

Exception: Up to 4 POOL players may be added to field a full team.

14

RE-ENTRY

Exception: Unlimited substitutions in the field.

15

JEWELLERY

Exception: Jewellery is allowed to be worn, however not recommended.  A player may be asked to remove an item if the umpire deems it unsafe or distracting. If the player does not comply, player can be ejected.

16

REPLACEMENT RUNNER

Courtesy runners are allowed for a maximum of 4 players. The runner must be the person furthest from the batter in the line-up unless this is an injured player, in which case the runner would then be the next person. Women: Runners allowed only for injured players.

17

 

REGULATION GAME

 

Exception: Tie games will stand at the completion of 7 innings or time except for playoffs. Extra innings if time permits. Scores will revert to last complete inning. 

21

REGULATION GAME

Exception: A game called by the plate umpire will be regulation if the home team is winning after 3.5 innings or if the visiting team is winning after 4 innings.

24

MERCY RULE

Exception:  6 run limit per inning for innings 1-4, Innings 5-7 will be open.  A game will be called by the home plate umpire if one team is leading by 18 runs after 5 of more complete innings.

25

TIE BREAKER

Exception: Regular season games will end in a tie at the end of the innings or time allocation. Tie Breakers are to be used for playoffs only.  Player on base must be person furthest from batting. (International Tie Breaker)

26

CHARGED CONFRENCE

Exception: One charged conference per inning is permitted. 2nd conference and pitcher must be removed from the pitching position. A charged conference is defined as a meeting between a pitcher and a team mate that interrupts the flow of the game.

27

PITCHING

Exception: The pitch action must resemble that of a straight bowling motion or figure eight, NO bend in the elbow at the peak of the backswing. Pitcher cannot bring the ball more than a foot away from their body during delivery. Pitcher may release ball PALM facing down. Slingshot or Windmill pitching is NOT allowed.

28

SCORING

Exception: Each team must keep track of each plate appearance using BBSC LEAGUE supplied score books. Scores to be emailed by 12pm following day to: SPORTSDESK@bnaibrith.ca UMPIRES to sign and print their name in the winning team’s book at end of game.