Governed by The Official Softball Canada Rule Book for Orthodox/Modified Pitching except for the following changes:
All players must be B’nai Brith Canada members in good standing. Coaches are responsible to have team finalized by June 1st, with a min. of 11 players registered by Start of Season.
Only team captains or designate who are on the team roster may approach the umpire during the game.
Home team will supply 1 new ball, visiting team 1 good second ball.
Teams to shake hands after the game while walking across the pitching mound.
Home team to have bases in 10 min. prior to game time. Safety bag must be used at first base. It is advised the second game take over the 1st games bases and give them their bags. In a division where 3 games are played the middle game is to give their bases to the first games Home team and final game to provide the middle home team their bases. OR make other arrangements.
TEAMS ARE TO SUPPLY THEIR OWN BASES
ALL PITCHERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK. IF NO MASK IS AVAIABLE TEAM WILL DEFAULT.
Bases are 65 feet apart, and the pitching rubber is 46 feet from the plate. Women: Pitching rubber is preferred for safety at 46 feet may pitch from 40’- 46’.
Commitment Line is halfway between third and home. Safety Line is at home plate. No tagging allowed past the Commitment Line; Runner cannot touch the plate except to avoid a collision. A runner may not slide at home. A runner sliding at home is out.
Min. 7 players to start, (max. 9 on the field for men 10 for woman) 10 min. grace period for early game.
Teams may use up to 4 POOL players in regular season ONLY to reach field maximum. Subs must be identified at the umpires’ conference.
All players must bat and be rotated into the field. Games will end after 7 innings OR Mercy rule applied. No new inning after 1hr40. Game is over at min. of 1hr55 or lights curfew. If time permits and it’s a tie extra innings may be played. Women’s game: 1hr30m dead ball. Ideally the Umpire to notify teams when last inning is being played. Scores will revert to the last full inning played.
Playoff games must finish at least 5 innings, if a tie, the game will continue till completion.
Run mercy limit: Each team will be allowed a maximum of 6 runs for innings 1-4. The inning is considered OVER once the 6th run has scored and ball is dead. Unlimited runs from 5th onward. After the FIFTH OR SIXTH (5 OR 6) inning, if a team leads by 18 runs, the game is a MERCY.
Unlimited courtesy runners for a maximum of 4 players. The courtesy runner must be the person furthest from the batter (usually last out) in the line-up unless this is an injured player, in which case the runner would then be the next person. Women: Pinch runner for injured players only, batter must run to first base min.
FOR CANCELATIONS DUE TO POOR WEATHER: COACHES ARE NOTIFIED BY 4PM.
Teams must show up at the park rain or shine unless told otherwise. Games called due to bad weather or poor field conditions will be considered official after 4 innings are played, or 3.5 innings if the home team is ahead in regular season. Games stopped prior, will be rescheduled if time permits. Regular season games after Aug. 1st cannot be guaranteed to be rescheduled. We try to guarantee a minimum of 13 season games.
Shirts may have sleeves or a vest and must be numbered. Shorts are permitted but not recommended.
Leadoff and stealing are allowed only once the ball crosses the plate. Women: No steeling.
If shown a bunt and then you swing away, you are OUT. Second occurrence by any player is an EJECTION.
POOL players must be added to the bottom of the regular line up. Players arriving late will be placed after the POOL. Fill in players will not be sent home and are to be notified to the ump and opposition.
Players may leave the game at any time without penalty if 7 players remain.
No hard plastic, or metal cleats are allowed.
Jewellery may be worn. A player may be asked to remove jewellery (excluding medical ID) if the umpire deems it unsafe or distracting.
Balls are supplied by BBSC: 12 inch (M), and 11 inch (W) (approved by Softball Canada)
All bats must have one of the following symbols to be used:
Any bat that appears on the WBSC Softball Approved Bat List and has a current ISF certification stamp (2005 only) will be accepted for play or, that appears on the USA Softball Approved Bat List and has an ASA 2000 or 2004 certification stamp will also be accepted for play.
The bat must still pass a visual inspection per the current Softball Canada rulebook.
GAME FLOW POLICY:
Pitchers will only get 3 warm ups per inning. NO INFIELD BALLS AFTER 1ST INNING.
MERCY RULES APPLY TO REGULAR SEASON ONLY.
Batters must be ready to bat following the warm up. If they are not, a warning is issued, followed by a call of a STRIKE, or BALL if the pitcher is delaying the game.
Except for fill-in/POOL players, a team’s line-up must consist only of BBC members on their ROSTER.
Mercy Rule of 6 runs per inning maximum for first 4 innings only. Any subsequent inning is “open”. Should any team lead after the 5th or 6th inning by 18 runs, the game will be called.
Any ejected player will donate $20 to BBC prior to their next game.
MODIFIED Pitching Regulations
The pitching action must resemble that of a straight bowling motion or a figure eight, NO BEND IN THE ELBOW AT THE PEAK OF THE BACKSWING. Arm cannot rise above the shoulder on the back swing.
At no time can a pitcher’s arm be more then (1’) one foot from the leg or body.
At least ONE FOOT must start on the rubber with one clear step forward (no stepping to the side OR BACK if starting with Both Feet on the rubber). A Foot can drag after release of the ball, hop step is ILLEGAL.
The pitcher may release the ball PALM facing down. No windmill or sling-shot type pitch is permitted.
Charged defensive conferences - One charged conference per inning will remain in effect before a pitcher must be removed from the pitching position. A second conference will result in the pitcher being removed from the mound.
Pitchers MUST WEAR A FACE MASK WHILE PITCHING. Pitchers can also use a Trapper or glove.
Pitchers may pitch up a division as a sub, but not drop to a lower division to pitch as a sub.
A player may register on more than 1 team. However, Pitchers can only pitch for 1 team. They are not allowed to pitch for multiple teams they are registered on in different levels.
No smoking or vaping in the dugout or on the field, no alcoholic beverages in the park at all.
Information & Contacts
REPORTING SCORES - PLEASE USE THE SUBJECT LINE ONLY.
Following the game, the winning Coach must contact via email the SPORTS DESK by 12pm next day. Please state the score, Teams played, Division, Day and how many innings were played (IP) and how many umpires were present. You may also offer commentary on the game in the body of the email.
EMAIL SCORES TO: It may look like the following:
SUBJECT LINE: BLUE JAYS 15 vs RED SOX 11, MAY 24 THUR, D2, IP7, 2 UMPS.
PLEASE HAVE THE UMPIRE SIGN & print name on the BBSC SCORE SHEET
Send scores to SPORTSDESK@bnaibrith.ca Emailed by 12pm the day following your game, by the winning team.
Softball Division Representatives
Sports Director: Avi Ritter 416-633-6224 ext 119
Umpires issues: If the umpire does not show up to your game by the scheduled start,