Coed Softball Rules (Rules not listed here can be found in the ASA Rule Book)
Rule 1. Umpire will determine all balls and strikes. All judgment decisions are final. Only the Captain may speak to the umpire regarding a call. Any excessive disagreements will result in an ejection from the game and/or league if deemed necessary by 8 Coed staff.
Rule 2. All batters will start with a one ball, one strike count. 1-1
Rule 3. If a male is walked, and a female follows him in the batting order, the female always has the choice to take a walk or bat. Umps will enforce this rule upon request; however,
they will not be responsible for notifying the batter in each walk situation. Male can automatically go to second whether the female bats or not.
Rule 4. Bats: Please follow Asa website: (To determine illegal/legal bats)
Any bat can be removed or not allowed during the game as determined by the umpire(s) and is solely their decision. Amateur Softball Association approved Slow Pitch. Ladies can swing any bats except Miken Ultra 2 is banned.
Rule 5. All league games will not exceed seven innings (ties are possible in league play) or one hour in duration (warm up time included) or will end if one team is ahead by 10 runs or more at the end of the 5th inning of play. The last inning will start 10 minutes from the end of the hour time limit. The ump will enforce this rule and will make the call at the top of the final inning.
Note: Due to differing circumstances in each and every game, some games will finish short of an hour in length, while others might run over the hour mark. Please respect your ump’s call in this matter. He/she must keep all games on time in fairness to teams playing later hours and due to facility permit restrictions. A complete game will constitute of 40 minutes of play or 4 full innings whichever comes first if the game is cancelled due to weather. If the game is cancelled before then the game will be played again with the remaining score going into the make up game. The make up game will be at least the remaining time and possibly a full time limit if conditions allow.
Rule 6. 10 players (at least 3 females) are allowed on defense at any time. (THERE ARE NO POSITION REQUIREMENTS of any players, (i.e. 2 in the outfield, etc.,) 8 Coed rules will allow a team to play with a minimum of at least 1 female. However, the minimum females at bats must meet the female to male batting ratios listed in “Rule 7” below. If a team has one girl they are allowed to play. The girl must bat three times to the seven guys. So the order stays seven guys and three girls batting, However if the girl is on base and a girl is due up that is an out and she will stay on base and the team will move to the next batter regarding that it is not the third out. If a team has 8 players: 6 guys and 2 girls batting order is sufficient.
Rule 7. Teams may bat more than ten players; 7 men 3 women within the first 10 batters. 11th batter must be a female Team batting 12 players or more the 11th batter must be a female then 12,13,14 can be male or female.
Rule 8. All players in the field must be listed in the batting order. There are no designated hitters allowed. Any attempt at doing so must be brought to the attention of the umpire prior to game time.
Rule 9. There are no guy-girl batting order rules other than the above said ratios.
(You may bat 7 men followed by 3 women or any combination desired as long as all the other rules are followed)
Rule 10. Game mercy rule: 10 runs up after five complete innings.
Rule 11. Inning run limit rule: There will be a 5 run limit per inning through innings 1-4. (Exception: unlimited runs may be scored if one of the innings 1-4 is declared the final inning
of the game.) Unlimited runs may be scored in innings 5,6,and 7 always.
Rule 12. No leadoffs or stealing allowed.
Rule 13. Games start on time!!! Teams must be prepared to play at the scheduled game times Note – the clock starts for the 1st game scheduled that evening at the scheduled game time regardless of any circumstances.
Forfeit rule: 10 minutes after game time of 6:30 only. All other games are official to their scheduled time. If one team has less than the minimum number of players (1 female) at ten past 6:30 game only, it is up to the staff and opposing team as to what is allowable – this decision will ultimately be made by the staff. (During League Play teams are allowed to pickup players from other teams in order to start the game on time. A maximum of two player may be picked up) Also see Rule # 17
Rule 14. Base runner to defensive player contact will be closely watched. Any excessive contact or collision will result in an “out and/or ejection. This includes contact with the catcher. Any attempt to break up a double play, or any intentional (in the eyes of the monitor) interference with the defensive player will result in the runner and the runner nearest to home plate being called out.
Rule 15. NO METAL SPIKES ARE ALLOWED. Any equipment in question should be brought to the attention of the umpire. The umpire will make all final decisions with regard to equipment discrepancies. Metal cleats may result in ejection and additional game suspension.
Rule 16. On an infield fly (any fly ball to an infielder with significant arc and deemed an “easy catch”) with less than 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd or 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the batter is automatically out and runners can advance, BUT at their own risk.
Rule 17. Forfeits – If a team calls in to forfeit there is a $30 fee. If a team no calls/no shows the fee is $60 to remain in good standing.
Rule 18. All outfielders must remain behind the chalked and/or coned “outfield line” when a female is up to bat. If the “line” is not clearly marked it us up to the umpire’s discretion if an outfielder is too close to the infield. There can not be more than 6 players on the infield when a woman is batting. All infielders must be behind the base lines and in front of the outfield grass line when a woman is batting. Once contact has been made the outfielders may cross the line and infielders may cross the base line and/or go into the outfield grass. If an outfielder crosses the line before contact has been made or an infielder crosses the base line or goes onto the outfield grass before contact has been made the female may be awarded first base.
Rule 19. Courtesy runners: Is allowed when a player is hurt during the game. Courtesy runners can be used from Home plate but cannot run for the batter until after the batter has made contact with the ball. The umpire will draw a line for the courtesy runner to stand behind when running for the batter. The courtesy runner must be the last out girl out for all players.
Rule 20. Uniforms: Teams on the left side of the schedule must wear a white shirt. Teams on the right side of the schedule in bold are required to wear a black shirt. Numbers, names are optional not required. Teams are welcome to send in a uniform color if its not taken already then they will wear their color all members must wear that color.
Teams can request the same color as another team however the first team request will always win out. (Be grandfathered in) If a player does not have the right color shirt on then their first at bat they will be out. (Called out)
LEAGUE POLICIES GAMES:
During the regular season games are to be played within time allotted (warm up inc.)
UMPS: An umpire will be provided by the League to supervise the game. It will be the umpire’s responsibility to coordinate and run the games, which include the following tasks:
Starting games on time. Calling outs, making final calls on any disputed balls or strikes. Settling all disputes or disputed calls. It is understood that umps will assist in the tracking of the score (i.e. Announcing it between innings) and assisting in any discrepancies with regards to the coed line-up ratios. However, it is the responsibility of both teams to maintain their respective line-ups and scores each inning.
FORFEITS: If your team forfeits a game during the season, the following rules apply:
1st Offense: Loss of game and warning issued. $30 fee applies/$60 fee applies for no call, no shows.
2nd Offense: Loss of game and staff reserves the right to remove team from playoffs. 3rd Offense: Removal from the league. If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call our office so as to help us schedule your opponent a game. (minimum number of players required to play is one female).
STANDINGS: The updated standings will be posted weekly, displaying each teams rank within its skill level. Rank is based on winning percentage and then head to head match-ups in the playoffs.
PLAYOFFS: All eligible teams make the playoffs (teams that have not abused any policies are eligible). In certain situations teams at or near the bottom of the standings may not advance to the playoffs. Check with the league coordinator to see if this applies to your league. Playoffs are single elimination. Teams with same records 1) Head to Head matchup first moves a team up or down. 2) If teams did not play each other then its run differential. Thus 10-5 is +5. However 20-15 is + 5 but would beat 10-5 why more runs scored.
Seeding: Teams are seeded according to winning percentage and head to head match-ups.
Teams may be dropped from their regular season level based on the above criteria. Teams may be moved to a higher division during the playoffs only if permission is granted. Skill levels may be divided into separate divisions based upon size of level. Teams may play more than one game per day. Any questions regarding rules, policies, or eligibility must be addressed before the start of the game. 8 Coed reserves the right to schedule playoff games on days other than your regularly scheduled league night. Rec teams with two consecutive championship wins must move up to a higher division, switch nites or take a season off. The following season the team can do whatever they wish again.
All teams must turn in a roster before or on opening night. Without a roster a team may not be allowed to play. During playoffs all teams must play within their roster and not pick up any players from other teams. Penalty is a team forfeit. If a team is found to be playing with an illegal participant there is a $75 fee payable immediately. Max roster is 18 people. Teams can add more players by paying $10 per person. Any player signing more than 1 roster (8v8) will be subject to a three game suspension. This goes for all league play and tournaments.
WAIVERS: In order to participate in the league, each participant must sign the team waiver. Waivers are provided and must be completed and handed in no later than the first night of play. Players not present the first week of play will still be required to sign a waiver with our staff before participating. If a team is found to be playing with an illegal participant there is a $75 fee payable immediately.
RADIOS: Are not allowed in the dugouts or at the field while games are going.
Music players, load phones all are not allowed.
ALCOHOL: Please understand the City of Winter Park that rents us the field has a no alcohol policy. Also 8 Coed Sports enforces a no alcohol policy. So please if needed start your party at some of the nearby restaurants or bars.
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: A formal protest may be filed 5 minutes before a game only if an opposing player’s eligibility is in question. The player in question will be required to provide his/her player information (name, address, phone #, signature) in writing to a 8 Coed staff member prior to the start of the game. This qualifies as an official protest. The game will then be played in its entirety as scheduled.
Teams will be notified of all rulings on the identified eligibility discrepancy by the following business day decisions will not be made on site. If the protest is proven to be legitimate, it will result in the forfeiture of
the game in question. Games subsequent to the protested game may be rescheduled. The above procedure will also apply for any other “logged” protests. All rulings by 8 Coed staff are considered final
SPORTSMANSHIP: The idea of 8 Coed Sports is to have fun. We hope that all participants keep that in mind when becoming involved. Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. With this said, any behavior deemed unacceptable by staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league. If a player is kicked out, the player must leave the field premises including parking areas within 2 minutes or the suspended players team forfeits. Also the suspended player may not attend the field premises the next scheduled game or will lose any remaining games.
STAFF: To coordinate and run the league, our refs and/or staff will be available at all times to help the league run as smoothly as possible. If you have questions regarding schedules, policies, rule interpretations, directions to the bar, etc. please ask.
LEAGUE CANCELLATION/RAINOUT: Leagues may be cancelled due to existing weather conditions, dangerous or unplayable field conditions, facility constraints, etc. Our staff makes every effort to play all scheduled games, thus we will not cancel games until absolutely necessary. Therefore, if you are calling concerning a decision on a cancellation, remember we will not have an answer until close to the start of the league. If the league is cancelled, our staff will change the voicemail immediately. We will then call all of the captains. If a league is cancelled on site, the staff will attempt to contact those teams still scheduled to play the remainder of the league day/night. Depending on the time of cancellation, some teams will have to be notified on site. If we do cancel, follow next week’s schedule (ex. If April 13 is cancelled teams should follow the April 20 schedule for their next game). The games that are cancelled will be made up at the end of the season if time allows. In extreme circumstances, 8 Coed Sports reserves the right to run a shortened season without a refund.
Regular Season Games: If needed you may pick up two players to complete your team but never go over 10. Ex if you have 9 players the team may pick up 1 sub not 2. Max pick up is two players.
However there are no pick ups of any sort during the Playoffs!!!
Please stick with your roster, Final rosters must be set by week 6.
Roster cap is 15 players.
Make Up Games – Rain out games are put at the back end of the schedule to be made up. Teams given 7 game schedule and a playoff game with the format win and play again or lose and your out. In certain instances when 5 or more cancellations(Rainouts) have become on a certain season teams may be asked to make up games on a another day.
Example Saturday morning games to help finish the season. This can apply after 4 + rainouts.
8 Coed understands you sign up to play a certain day but sometimes the weather does not accomodate. So in the situation above extreme number of cancellations teams will be scheduled another day to try and help finish the season. The main concern is not getting the usual 4 seasons a year that most teams enjoy.
Pinch Runner – At anytime a team needs a pinch runner they may do so with the last girl batted out. If the girl pinch running is due up to bat and she is on base that will be determined an out. So she stays on base and you move to the next batter in order. Also if the batter has a pinch runner and takes three steps toward first base this will be an out. Umpire will determine number of steps.
Playoffs – Teams #1 – 12 will make the playoffs and have a chance to win & play again in their respective brackets. Teams #13 & #14 will play in a consolation game. Team ranked #15 or higher will not make playoffs and or consolation game. Any players who have not signed the roster will not be allowed to play, no exceptions.
Effective immediately October 2013: Game Time Limit – 8 Coed Sports, Inc reserves the right on the last game of the night to play a 1 hour drop dead time limit. What this means the clock will run for 60 minutes after the time is up the game is over as is on the spot. Captains will be made aware during the coin flip if this is the rule for your game that night.
Uniform Shirts – Players without the correct color team shirt will be out the first time up to bat. Uniform shirts must be fully visible and worn (Whole shirt) at all times during the game.
Beverages – No Alcohol is allowed on the field, in the dugout or within 25 yards of the fenced area. Please save the refreshments for after the game at the sponsor bars or restaurants.
Teams start time: Teams are allowed to show up 29 minutes before their start time. Teams showing up earlier run the risk of forfeiting their season. Of course this applies to most teams playing the first game of the night.
HomeRuns: On a HomeRun the player must touch all bases for the homer to count if not he/she will be called out.
Batting Order – 3 females must bat within 10 person lineup.
- Any order for the girls there is no set spot for girls just 3 within 10.
- Whenever batting more than 10 players your #11 batter must be a female.
- Batters #12 -15 can be guys, girls whatever you like.
Batting 12 players and only 3 females — girls rotate each time to take 11 batting space but still follow after same female. Each time a different girl will bat twice within the 12 player order.
Rules not listed here can be found in the ASA Rule Book.