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Mabel League Playing & Operating Rules

Mabel League Operating and Playing Rules and Regulations - 2009

 

 

Part 1 – Interpretation

 

1.      Constitution and By-Laws

 

2.      Definitions

 

Part 2 – Mabel League Operating Rules

 

3.      Mabel League Structure and Divisions

 

4.      Scheduling , Cancellations and Scores

 

5.      Zero-Tolerance Alcohol Policy

 

6.      Umpires

 

7.      Finals Tournament

 

8.      Subcommittees

 

9.      Contribution Award

 

10.  General

 

Part 3 – Mabel League Playing Rules and Regulations

 

11.  Mabel League Rules

 

12.  Tournament Rules

 

13.  Softball Canada Orthodox Pitching Rule - Key Points

 

 

Part 1 – Interpretation

 

1.      Constitution and By-Laws

 

(1)               The Mabel League Operating and Playing Rules and Regulations are to be read in conjunction with the Mabel League Constitution and By-Laws.  Where there is a conflict the Constitution and By-Laws prevail.

2.      Definitions

 

(1)               “Game Time” means the time at which a game is scheduled to commence;

 

(2)               “Rules” means these Mabel League Operating and Playing Rules and Regulations;

 

(3)               “League” means the Mabel League Women’s Fastpitch Softball Association;

 

(4)               “New Team” means (decide whether a returning team is new or not)

 

(5)               “Home Team” means the team that is responsible for accurately setting up bases at the games, prior to Game Time.  Home Team  is the team listed first in the schedule.

 

(6)               “Rained Out Game” or “Rain Out Game” means any game that is called by the UIC or umpire due to bad or unsafe weather conditions or bad or unsafe field conditions

 

(7)               “Plate Umpire” means the person charged with officiating the softball game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and making judgment calls on plays

 

(8)               “Regular Season” means the regularly scheduled League games within the defined softball season for the Mabel League.  It does not include the LIL Tournament nor the Finals Tournament

 

(9)               “Meltdown” means the year starter social event

 

(10)           “LIL Tournament” or “LIL” refers to the 3-day tournament founded outside of the Mabel League; yet supported by the Mabel League; whereby outside teams are welcome to register and participate.  Results from the LIL Tournament have no bearing on regular Mabel League standings.

 

(11)           Terms defined in the Mabel League Bylaws have the same meaning when used in these Rules.

 

 

Part 2 – Mabel League Operating Rules

 

3.      Mabel League Structure and Divisions

 

(1)               The Mabel League will be considered a senior D level women's orthodox league.

 

(2)               The Mabel League will consist of 3 divisions: competitive, intermediate and recreational.

 

(3)               Returning teams will be placed in divisions according to the previous Season’s standings.  In case of a tie in the final League standings after the Finals Tournament, placement for the following Season will be decided as follows:

 

(a)                Finals Tournament Win/Loss/Tie record of each of the tied teams;

(b)               If still tied, team having the least total runs against during the Finals Tournament;

(c)                If still tied, team having the most total runs scored during the Finals Tournament.

(4)               Each existing team will play in its allotted division unless its makes a request in writing to the Executive, with an attached copy of its roster, to be placed in a different division.  The Executive will review a team’s letter, roster, player experience in the Mabel League, and any other relevant factors to determine whether an adjustment should be made.

 

(5)               Prior to the Mabel League Registration Date, each New Team registering to play in the League will write a letter to the Executive, with an attached copy of their roster, requesting the division in which they wish to be placed.  The Executive will review the letter, roster, player experience in the Mabel League, and any other relevant factors to determine in which division a team should be placed.

 

(6)               Quality of fields to be distributed equally between teams of all divisions.

 

 

4.      Scheduling , Cancellations and Scores

 

(1)               All park time allotted to the Mabel League is under the sole control of the Scheduling Committee for scheduling purposes.

 

(2)               The Scheduling Committee shall attempt to schedule each team to play each other team in its division at least once per Season.

 

(3)               Three hours prior to Game Time, the UIC will decide whether to call a Rain Out Game. If a game is postponed, the UIC must notify the teams and Statistician/Scheduling Committee.

 

(4)               At Game Time, the umpire shall decide whether to call a Rain Out Game.

 

(5)               A game may also be called by the umpire at any time if, in the umpire's sole discretion, the any of following conditions are present:

 

(a)                End of daylight playing time;

 

(b)               Unsafe field conditions; or

 

(c)                Any other situation that justifies calling the game.

 

(6)               When a game is called by the umpire, the final score is the score listed at the end of the last complete inning played.   If less than 5 complete innings were played before a game was called, the game must be replayed.

 

(7)               Rained-out games:

 

(a)                Rained-out games called by umpires at the field are to be reported by the Home Team to the UIC and Statistician.

 

(b)               The Scheduling Committee will initiate rescheduling within 48 hours of the originally scheduled game.

 

(c)                The Scheduling Committee will reschedule Rained Out Games according to availability of park time.  Whenever possible, rained-out games will be re-scheduled for within two weeks of the originally scheduled game, or within the next available field time slot.

 

(8)               Once the regular-season game schedule has been approved by the League Committee, no team will be allowed to reschedule any game. The only reason for rescheduling a game will be because of a Rain Out Game. 

 

(9)               At fields where double-headers are scheduled, the first game must end by the scheduled starting time of the second game.

 

(10)           For wins and losses, points shall be awarded for each completed scheduled game on the following basis:  WIN = 2 points.  TIE = 1 point. LOSS = 0 points.

 

(11)           Reporting of scores after games:

 

(a)                the winning team (forfeit games included) must report the score by 10pm, two days following the game. 

 

(b)               ties are to be reported by the Home Team by 10pm, two days following the game.  (Example: The game is on the 14th; the score must be reported by 10pm on the 16th.)

 

(c)                failure to comply with  the above will result in a loss being recorded for both teams. 

 

 

5.      Zero-Tolerance Alcohol Policy

 

(1)               In accordance with BC’s Liquor Control and Licensing Act, section 40 (1)*; alcohol is not permitted to be consumed by players, coaches, managers or scorekeepers on or near fields where the Mabel League holds playing permits.

 

*As of Apr 2009: Liquor Control and Licensing Act, section 40 “Consumption of liquor in public”; subsection (1) Except for liquor purchased and consumed in accordance with a licence that permits consumption in a public place, a person must not consume liquor in a public place.

 

 

(2)               A breach of the Zero-Tolerance Alcohol Policy will be dealt with under Part 2, Section 2 (4) of the Mabel League Constitution and By-Laws.

 

 

6.      Umpires

 

(1)               In conjunction with Softball BC, all Plate Umpires will be the responsibility of the Umpire-in-Chief.

 

(2)               All Plate Umpires must be certified and insured through Softball BC.

 

(3)               To encourage the recruitment and retention of Plate Umpires officiating for the Mabel League, the league will provide a contribution towards clinic and registration fees for all Plate Umpires who officiate a minimum of five (5) Mabel League games during the regular season (not including the  LIL Tournament and/or Finals Tournament).

 

(a)                First year, Level 1 Plate Umpires will receive full reimbursement for both clinic and Softball BC umpire registration fees.

 

(b)               Returning Plate Umpires will receive reimbursement for clinic and registration fees up to a maximum of $80 per umpire, regardless of level attained.

 

(c)                The Mabel League will only reimburse Plate Umpire fees to a yearly maximum not to exceed $1000.

 

(d)               The Plate Umpire is required to provide a written, detailed request for re-imbursement (an email is sufficient provided the Plate Umpire includes name, address, phone number, clinic location, lead instructor and detailed breakdown of costs i.e. Registration fee, clinic fee, etc.), and upon verification by the Mabel League Umpire-In-Chief that the umpire has officiated a minimum of 5 games of the League's regular season, a reimbursement cheque will be issued.

 

(e)                Fees will be reimbursed no later than at the Annual General Meeting following the end of the season. Requests received after this date will not be considered barring special circumstances.

 

 

7.      Finals Tournament

 

(1)               A Player must have played a minimum of five (5) regular-season Mabel League games to be eligible to participate in the Finals Tournament, or supply a doctor's certificate on appeal to the Executive.

 

(2)               The playoff format will be decided by the Executive and voted on by the Team Representatives at the League Committee meeting.

 

(3)               The following trophies may be awarded for the Finals Tournament:

 

(a)                Finals Tournament standings: 1st & 2nd place in each Division.

 

(b)               Additional or Alternate awards can be presented at the discretion of the Executive, such as but not limited to, cash, gift certificates and gifts within reason considering the Mabel League budget.

 

 

8.      Subcommittees

 

(1)               Rules & Grievance Committee         

 

(a)                Will be chaired by the UIC and consist of the UIC, Co-Chair and at least one to three team representative(s).

 

(b)               Rules & Grievance committee will be responsible for interpreting and judging on all grievances and protests. No member of the Rules & Grievance Committee can be involved in any decision concerning her own team and her replacement's name would be drawn from the remaining neutral League Committee members' names in a hat.

 

(c)                Will establish the Mabel League Playing Rules and Regulations for the current season for posting on Mabel League website prior to league start.

 

(d)               Will hear any grievance concerning a player's eligibility.

 

(2)               Scheduling Committee

 

(a)                Will present a draft regular season schedule to all team representatives at the April Team rep meeting, to be reviewed/discussed at meeting. Unforeseen delays may occur.

 

(b)               Will be responsible for presenting the scheduling of all Mabel League games in final form to entire League Membership, one week after April team rep meeting. Unforeseen delays may occur. 

 

(c)                Will present a tentative, unbiased playoff schedule, based on the availability of parks and season team standings determination, one week prior to playoffs. Unforeseen delays may occur.

 

(d)               Will present a tentative, unbiased LIL tournament schedule (unless LIL Committee undertakes this task) on the availability of parks and team registration, one week prior to tournament. Unforeseen delays may occur.

 

(3)               Social Committee

 

(a)                All Mabel League events are sliding scale with bottom at $0.00.

 

(b)               In consultation with the Treasurer, prepare and submit a budget for social fundraising events at a League committee meeting. The budget submitted must, at minimum, break even.

 

(4)               Meltdown Committee

 

(a)                Will organize a Meltdown season opener event referring to Guidance package provided by Executive, with Co-chair as liaison.

 

(b)               In consultation with the Treasurer, prepare and submit a budget to the League Committee for the Mabel League Meltdown at a preceding league committee meeting. The budget submitted for the event must, at minimum, break even.

 

(c)                All associated social events will be sliding scale with bottom at $0.00.

 

(5)               LIL Tournament Committee

 

(a)                Will organize a LIL Tournament for mid season play referring to Guidance package provided by Executive, with the Registrar as liaison.

 

(b)               In consultation with the Treasurer, prepare and submit a budget to the League Committee for the LIL Tournament at a preceding league committee meeting. The budget submitted for the LIL Tournament must, at minimum break even.

 

(c)                All social events associated with the LIL Tournament will be sliding scale with bottom at $0.00.

 

(6)               Pride Committee

 

(a)                Will organize a Pride Float for Vancouver Pride event referring to Guidance package provided by Executive, with Communications as liaison.

 

(b)               In consultation with the Treasurer, prepare and submit a budget to the League Committee for the Pride Float at a preceding league committee meeting. The budget submitted for the event must, at minimum, break even.

 

(7)               WESA Challenge/ Heather Williams Memorial Game Committee

 

(a)                Will organize WESA challenge and Heather Williams Memorial game referring to Guidance package provided by Executive, with Secretary Executive as liaison.

 

(b)               All social events associated with the WESA and/or Heather Williams Memorial Game will be sliding scale with bottom at $0.00.

 

  

 

9.      Contribution Award

 

(1)               One or more contribution award(s) shall be given on the basis of Contribution Points accumulated for service activities for the Mabel League. (“Contribution Award”)

 

(2)               The number of contribution points that will be awarded for each activity will be determined by the Executive prior to teams or Members volunteering for activities. (“Contribution Points”)

 

(3)               Contribution Points may be awarded for activities where a team keeps monies earned (i.e. raffles).

 

(4)               The team(s) accumulating the most Contribution Points (or reaching pre-determined number of Contribution Points) shall be awarded the Mabel League Contribution Award and will receive a discount on Mabel League Fees for the next Season.

 

10.   General

 

(1)               All teams will have current copy of all field permits in their possession for proof of field usage rights.

 

(2)               Each team must use a proper score book and clearly indicate players’ and substitutes’ first and last names.

 

(3)               All protests must be submitted in writing within 48 hours of Game Time, to the Chair or Co-Chair or a member of the Rules and Grievances Committee, who must consider the protest at the next regularly scheduled Rules and Grievances Committee meeting or within 48 hours if such a meeting is not scheduled.

 

(4)               The Mabel League shall budget a meal allowance of $5.00 per person per meeting for Executive meetings.

 

 

Part 3: Mabel League Playing Rules and Regulations

 

The current Softball Canada Rule Book will be adopted by the Mabel League and all rules and regulations of Softball Canada will be followed and applied to league play unless otherwise stated.

 

11.  Mabel League Playing Rules

 

(1)               All divisions will utilize the orthodox pitching style as outlined in the current Softball Canada Rule Book, rule 6.

 

(2)               Teams playing in the Mabel League are not required to follow uniform regulations outlined in Softball BC Operating Rules, section 16.6, unless they wish to play in provincial or national championships. It is each team's responsibility to be aware of uniform requirements for championships and tournaments not sponsored by the Mabel League.

 

(3)               A minimum of 8 players is required to start or the game is forfeited. A 15 minute grace period from Game Time is permitted. If game is played with 8 players, the 9th position in line-up is an automatic out. The 9th player may enter game at any time with notice to umpire.

 

(4)               The official Mabel League ball will be used for all games: .47 cor, 12" optic yellow with raised seams.

 

(5)               Home Team to supply both balls to umpire, one new regulation ball and one good used regulation ball or 2 new regulation balls.

 

(6)               No new inning to start after 1 hour 45 minutes into Game Time; last inning to be called by umpire.

 

(7)               Run rule is 5 runs per inning for either side except for last inning which will be an open inning announced to both teams by umpire.

 

(8)                The Umpire will implement the Mercy Rule to immediately end a game upon completion of either the top or bottom of an inning, regardless of time remaining in the game, if a team has a lead of at least 10 runs over the opposing team as long as the opposing team has had at least 5 complete opportunities at bat.

 

(a)                The Mercy Rule does not apply in the 7th / last inning.

 

(9)               Games may end in tied scores and points awarded accordingly; no tiebreaker rule in effect.

 

(10)           All permanent non-removable jewellery must be taped and completely covered for safety.

 

(11)           Only softball shoes with rubber cleats and soles are to be worn by players and coaches; no exposed metal from soccer shoes permitted.

 

(12)           No bat throwing regardless of intention. First offence will receive a verbal warning. Second offence will result in ejection from the game.

 

(13)           Slap bunts are permitted in competitive division. Slap bunts will be permitted in intermediate division only when agreed upon by both teams. No slap bunts permitted in recreational division.

 

(14)           Batter-runners must run the bunt line if there is a play at first base.

 

(15)           Courtesy runners are permitted in all divisions at any base in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Courtesy runner will be the last out from the batting order.

 

12.  Tournament Rules

 

(1)               The “tie breaker rule” is not in effect during Tournament play. Games may end in tied scores, and points will be awarded accordingly.

 

(2)               At the end of tournament play, participation and placement in the division finals will be determined by considering the following factors in order as follows:

 

(a)                By first counting wins, losses and ties for each team;

(b)               If still tied, placement will be determined by counting runs differential (total runs scored by a team minus total runs scored against that team) for each team;

(c)                If still tied, then placement will be determined by counting runs "against" (lowest runs "against" wins).

(d)                If still tied, then placement will be determined by counting runs "for" (highest runs "for" wins).

 

(3)               The “Mercy Rule” is in effect during tournament play. The Umpire will implement the Mercy Rule to immediately end a game, regardless of time remaining in the game, if a team has a lead of 10 runs over the opposing team and if the opposing team has had at least 5 complete opportunities at bat. If a game should have been called due to the mercy rule and was not, the scores will be adjusted to reflect the appropriate scenario by at least two of the UIC, Chair, Co-Chair and Statistician to ensure fairness.

 

(4)               No new innings will be started after 1 hour and 10 minutes of game play, no exceptions. If, at 1 hour and 9 minutes, a new inning was started, then it will be played out to completion.

 

(5)               Umpires will keep time based on stop watches attached to backstops or on their person.

 

(6)               The winning team is responsible for submitting game scores, which must be clearly signed off by both teams’ scorekeepers, and must have runs scored by both teams clearly marked for each inning.

 

(7)               Discrepancies in game scores will only be considered if the game score has not been signed off by both teams’ scorekeepers and has not been submitted. No discrepancies regarding game scores will be considered if the discrepancy is identified after game scores have been signed off by both teams' scorekeepers and submitted.

 

13.  Softball Canada Orthodox Pitching Rule - Key Points

 

(1)               Preliminary to delivery, the pitcher must have possession of the ball in either hand or glove and take the signal with hands separated, both feet in contact with pitcher's plate and hips in line with first and third base.

 

(2)               After taking the signal, the pitcher must bring the body to a full and complete stop facing the batter with the ball held in one hand or glove and both hands held together in front of the body. This position must be maintained for a minimum of one second.

 

(3)               The pitcher may take the ball behind the back on the backswing but the elbow must not bend and the body must not turn toward first or third base.

 

(4)               In the act of delivering the ball, the pitcher shall not take more than one step, which must be forward with the other foot maintaining contact with the pitcher's mound.

 

(5)               The ball must not be outside the pitcher's wrist and the wrist must not be farther from the body than the elbow on the downward motion and during the complete forward delivery.

 

(6)               On the forward swing of the pitching arm, the elbow does not have to be locked at the point of release. The driving hip must be squared to home plate when the ball is released.

 

(7)               The delivery must be an underhand motion with the hand below the hip; the palm may be pointing downward or upward. 

 

Softball Canada Official Rule Book, Pitching Regulations (Orthodox), Rule 6, Sec. 1 - 8, page 175.