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STARTS February 28, 2022

Spring 2022 Men’s Softball League (Mondays) – SEM

Men's 10v10 | 6:45PM - 10:30PM

General Information

Registration Ends
February 18, 2022
Play Begins
February 28, 2022
Part of Town
South Austin

Regular Registration Price

Team*
$725 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$69 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Registration Period*
Dec 18, 2021 - Feb 11, 2022

Early Registration Price

Team*
$645 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$59 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Early Registration Period*
Oct 14, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021

Late Registration Price

Team*
$775 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$79 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Late Registration Period*
Feb 12, 2022 - Feb 18, 2022

*Click “All Details” for Early Bird and Late registration periods and fees.

Overview

  • This competitive league is open to players of all skill levels.
  • Games will be played at Southeast Metropolitan Park.
  • Join as a Team Captain and fill your team’s roster.
    • Minimum 12 players
    • No Max
  • Join solo or with a small group as a Free Agent and we’ll place you on a team. You can request teammates when you register.
  • The listed league dates are projected and tentative. Actual start date and other league dates may change based on circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and related facility operations.
  • Game Start Times: 6:30pm—9:15pm

Registration Includes:

  • 7 regular season games
  • Trained umpires
  • Unlimited roster sizes – no per player fees for team registration
  • Team Shirts (First 15 included. $10 for each additional)
  • Playoffs for top teams
  • Championship Prizes

Location

Rules

THE GAME
  • SPORTSKIND softball leagues are played under the USA softball rules with amendments as described below. If there is no specific exception below, then ASA rules of the game shall prevail. In the event of a conflict between these rule exceptions and ASA rules, the SPORTSKIND SOFTBALL LEAGUE rule modifications shall prevail. 
 
  • The object of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team. It is played with 10 fielders (4 infielders, 4 outfielders, 1 pitcher, and 1 catcher). All games will consist of 45 minutes or 7 innings, whichever comes first.  No new innings will begin after 41 minutes into the game. Captains must present their line ups to the umpire before the official game time.  Clock starts at game time and will begin once both teams are ready for play.  A forfeit is called at 10 minutes after the game start time if a team or teams do not have enough players to start.
 
  • Teams can have an unlimited number of players on the official roster. All team members must be in an SPORTSKIND league shirt or a SPORTSKIND Championship shirt.  If a player on the team has forgotten their shirt the team will be accessed an out before the first at-bat by that player.  This is a one-time out but it could be costly so be sure to wear your league shirt! 
 
  • If a team has fewer than 8 players, the team has the option to pick up players from within the league to keep from forfeiting the game. The team must have at least 6 players from their roster in order to pick up additional players. Picking up players (up to 8) from within the league is allowed at the discretion of league staff.  However, these substitute players must have a SPORTSKIND shirt and play within the league.  A 9th and/or 10th player may only be added at the approval of the opposing team since these additional players are not required to play an official game.  Substitute players may not pitch and must bat last in the order.
OFFENSE
  • Each team will bat around the entire batting order regardless of the players playing in the field.
 
  • Substitutes are allowed during the game on the field.  Changes to the batting order are not permitted once they have been submitted to the umpire.  Pinch hitters are not allowed.
 
  • All batters come to the plate with a one ball and one strike count. Once a batter reaches a two strike count, they will be allowed one foul ball.  A second foul ball will result in an automatic out.
 
  • Base runners may not steal, lead off, or advance until the ball has been hit. Violation of this rule will result in the base runner moving back to the proper base. If the batter hits a fair ball while a base runner is leading off then the runner will be out.
 
  • Run Rule: 15 runs after 4 innings, 10 runs after 5 innings. 
 
  • Hit and Sit: When a batter hits a home run over the fence, the batter is not required to touch 1st base. All other players who were already on a base are not required to run the base. 
 
  • Courtesy runners for injuries are allowed.  The courtesy runner shall be the player of the same sex as the injured player who most immediately precedes the injured player in the batting lineup and is not on base. If the courtesy runner is still on base when he/she is up to bat, he/she may stay on base but cannot bat, and the team will be assessed an out. Teams are allowed one substitute runner per gender per inning.  
 
  • After time has expired or 7 innings played, tied ball games shall go to 1-Pitch play. The last out in the previous inning will start on 2nd base and teams will begin extra innings with the next batter in the lineup. While batting a full count is applied (3 balls, 2 strikes, 1 foul ball). If the pitch is ruled a ball by the umpire, the batter will advance per regulation rules. A foul ball in 1-Pitch will be dead, batter is out, and the runners cannot advance on a catch. Play will continue until a winner is determined. All other rules remain in effect.
DEFENSE
  • Defensive substitutes are allowed from inning to inning, but no defensive substitutions may be made during any given in progress half inning, with the exception of injury or late arriving players to shorthanded teams.
 
  • Defensive players must give the runners room to run to the next base not blocking the baseline or the base itself. If the defensive player doesn’t give the runner sufficient space in the baseline, or on the base, obstruction will be called and the umpire will rule in favor of the runner by default, awarding the runner the base in question.  On plays at first base, if a defensive player impedes a runner in foul territory, the runner shall be ruled safe.
 
  • On an overthrown ball that results in the ball going outside of the playing field all runners will advance a maximum of one base
LEAGUE EQUIPMENT
  • BATS: 
    • All bats must obtain either the ASA 2000 Certification Mark, ASA 2004, or USA Certification Mark
    • Certification Mark, or ASA 2013 Certification Mark and must not be listed on the ASA Non-Approved Bat List with a 2000 or 2004 Certification Mark.
    • Bats stamped with the USA Softball mark are eligible for play. 
 
  • BALLS:
    • Teams will be required to furnish the umpire with one playable ball. The umpire has the right to reject any ball considered to be unplayable. All teams must have an additional ball ready in case balls are fouled out of play.
      • Approved softballs must be factory stamped with an ASA or USA licensed trademark for play. Final judgment left to the umpire (the stamp must be legible). A ball that is merely unreadable will be removed from the game at the time of inspection with no penalty to the offense.
      • All balls must be OPTIC YELLOW and meet maximum COR and lbs. Compression requirements:
      • MEN: Men will hit a 12” ball. COR 52 with 300 lbs. Compression
      • If an illegal ball (one that exceeds the COR or lbs. Compression maximum) or an altered ball (one that has been tampered with) is discovered in the game, whether a pitch is thrown or not, the batter will be called out. If the ball is discovered after a pitched ball is hit and prior to the pitch to the next batter, the batter-runner is out and the runners (if any) are returned to their bases. The coach will be ejected for a second offense of this rule.
PLAYOFFS
  • Playoffs will follow the end of the regular season. It will consist of the top teams in the league playing in a single elimination tournament.  If there is a tie in the standings, the head-to-head match up will determine seeding.  If there is no clear head-to-head winner, run differential will determine seeding.
 
  • No substitutes will be allowed during playoffs.  All players must have already played in at least one regular season game and be on the league roster/waiver.
 
  • The Championship game will consist of either 7 complete innings or a time limit of 55 min. No new innings will begin after 55 minutes. Run Rule: 15 runs after 4 innings, 10 runs after 5 innings.
FORFEIT POLICY
  • If your team forfeits a game during the season, the following rules apply:
    • First Offense: Loss of game. Score marked: 7-0
    • Second Offense: Loss of game and lose the ability to make the playoffs.
    • Third Offense: Removal from the league.
 
  • Contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game.
 
  • If you know your team has a conflict, let us know before the schedule is released and we will make every effort to accommodate.
 
  • Teams have until ten minutes past the designated start time to field a full squad (or the league minimum of players required according to rules). If at that time a team is unable to field a legal team, they forfeit the game. The teams may utilize the playing field during their allotted time to play an unofficial game. The official score will be marked as a loss with the respective forfeit score.
CONCLUSION
  • We enforce a “Zero Tolerance Policy” in regards to behavior of players, managers, and fans. Taunting, trash talking, or abusive language will not be tolerated.  Umpires and league staff will have the right to reprimand or eject players, managers, or fans depending on the severity of the situation. Abusive behavior toward the umpire will not be tolerated. An ejection carries a two game suspension (including the current game). In extreme cases, the player will be asked to leave the premises without refund. The severity of the punishment will be based on the discretion of the umpire and league staff. Only MANAGERS of respective teams are allowed to approach the umpire with questions or concerns in a respective manner. Teams charging the field of play to question or complain a call will be subject to automatic forfeit for that game.
 
  • Alcohol and smoking is not allowed on playing fields.
 
  • Any rules not covered or protests will be handled by the Umpire.
 
  • There will be no refunds allowed for rain delays or cancellations.  If the league is postponed due to weather, we will reschedule to a later date.  There will be no refunds if you are not able to furnish a team on the makeup date.
 
  • Softball is played in the rain if at all possible unless the Umpire or Facility Representative decides it is necessary to postpone due to dangerous field conditions or lightning.  If lightning occurs, all attempts will be made to resume play 30 minutes after the last lightning flash is viewed and the umpire deems it safe to resume play. The games will resume as scheduled if at all possible, or shortened if necessary.
LEAGUE AUTHORITY 
  • FIGHTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  ANY INSTANCES OF FIGHTING MAY RESULT IN A TEAM FORFEIT OF THE TOURNAMENT WITHOUT REFUND AND POSSIBLE EXPULSIONS FROM FUTURE TOURNAMENTS.
 
  • ALL DECISIONS OF THE LEAGUE STAFF ARE FINAL.  THE LEAGUE STAFF SHALL ALSO HAVE THE FINAL AUTHORITY TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO GAME SCHEDULES, GAME DURATION, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE LEAGUE AS MAY BECOME NECESSARY DURING THE COURSE OF THE LEAGUE.