Slo Pitch Rules
Any issue that arises that is not covered in the league rules should be settled by the two team captains. The issue should then be brought to the attention of the rec league so information can be added to the league rules.
- Although the WRL encourages participants to have a good time, alcohol and other controlled substances are not allowed at any sporting event. Any player found to be under the influence of alcohol, or other controlled substance, will be automatically ejected from the league. Any fines received will be the responsibility of the team.
- Little Mountain Sportsplex will fine teams $100 if caught with outside alcohol. Teams will lose every scheduled game until their fines are paid and no further games will be scheduled. Little Mountain is a privately owned facility and has the right to fine anyone that enters their park without paying the gate fee. Fines will be issued to the league and then passed on to the team. WRL has the right to use a teamâ€™s default deposit to pay any outstanding fine at the end of the season.
- Some venues charge a gate fee to enter the fields. This is a fee the facility charges and the league does not have any control over this fee. There is no option for the league to pay this fee as the facilities have structured this fee to be over and above the rental costs and maintenance costs that the league already pays. The Rec League tries not to use these facilities when possible; due to a shortage of fields it is not possible to avoid these fields completely.
- Please arrive at the field at least 15 minutes prior to the start time indicated on the schedule. This will allow time for teams to warm up and have the game start and end on time.
- Games are 7 innings or 1.5 hours long. Games must start and end on time, as there are other scheduled games on the same field.
- Team Captains are responsible to ensure that games start and end on time.
- There will be NO games on long weekends for Sunday Leagues. Games will be made up with double headers or on a different night. Monday and Thursday Leagues will play on long weekends.
- Please be courteous to homeowners and the community. Be respectfully when it comes to noise levels and garbage. If approached by someone regarding any issue be polite and report any issue to the Rec League.
- A full team is 10 players. Roster size is unlimited. At least 3 females must be on the field at all times.
- Teams may play with 7 players without receiving a default for the game. A team can also play with 2 females without defaulting, but they must take an automatic out where the third female would bat.
- If a team does not have 7 players or 2 females by the scheduled start time, they may wait 10 minutes if the opposing team agrees. If after ten minutes the roster is not full they will default the game and a score of 10-0 will be recorded
- A coin toss will determine which team takes the field first and which team bats first.
- Captain should bring their equipment to every game. Teams can flip a coin or something similar to determine who sets up the field each game.
- Captains should discuss any obstruction in the field prior to the game and determine what course of action will be played if the obstruction interferes with the play. For example - an automatic double or homerun etc...
- Team captains will bring a score sheet to all games
- Teams must track the batter results each inning for their own team and runs scored by the other team. Captains should confirm with each other at the end of each inning what the score is.
- A team can score a maximum of 7 runs per inning except the final inning there is no maximum.
- In the bottom of the 7th inning, once the batting team scores a run to take the lead the game is over. If the team batting last has the lead after the top of the 7th inning, the score is final at the end of the top of the inning. If there is time, you may play the bottom of the 7th inning, but the score does not change.
- A tie is a tie. Due to time constraints extra innings are not to be played, except for playoff games.
- Bats must meet NSA Approved list. You can find this list at nsacanada.ca
- The home plate mat should be approximately 3 feet by 2 feet and placed with 1 inch of the front of the plate showing. If you have a home plate mat with the triangle cut out it should be placed at the back of the plate to form a rectangle.
Examples of Home Plate Mats
Mat Extension from the Home plate triangle to form a rectangle. Home Plate Mat to lay over top of the home plate triangle
- The pitch must be between 6-12 feet high. If it is over the batters head, generally this is high enough.
- If the ball arcâ€™s less than 6 or more than 12 feet and the batter swings the pitch counts. If the batter does not swing, it is declared a no pitch and the captains should politely let the pitcher know the pitch was too high or too low.
- A strike occurs when a batter swings and misses, a foul ball, a foul tip or if the ball lands on the strike mat, the 1 inch portion of the plate or any part of the home plate that is showing (If a mat with a triangle is use, the entire plate is showing and the entre rectangle area is a strike.)
- A Foul Tip is when the ball goes directly from the bat to the back catcherâ€™s glove and is caught and held, with no arc and does not rise above the batters head. A Foul Tip is a strike in all instances. If the batter has two strikes and then a foul tip the batter is out. The batter does not get a second attempt as they would with a normal foul ball. If the ball has an arc and rises above the batters head before it is caught by the back catcher the batter is out.
- If the ball hits any part of the home plate it is a strike.
- Each batter can receive up to three strikes or 4 balls. On the fourth ball the batter walks to 1st base on the third strike the batter is out.
- Captains can decide on the pitching mound prior to the game if this is not clearly identified.
- A Maximum of three males may bat in row once at any time in the batting order, this includes going from the top of the order to the bottom. So a team cannot finish the order with 2 males and then start at the beginning with 3 males. If a team is short females they will take an automatic out where the female should be in the batting order. For example. M-M-F-M-M-M-F-M-M-F
- Teams can have more than 10 players on the batting order as long as there are enough females in the rotation to not have three males batting consecutively more than once.
- Teams can also have players take turns rotating in, both batting and defense
- In field Rule applies. When the ball is hit at least 8 feet in the air and does not go past the infield with less than 2 outs and a player on 1st, 1st and 2nd or 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the batter is out. (This eliminates the infielders from purposely dropping the fly ball to force an out)â€¢ Captains should agree prior to the game on automatic home runs or ground rule double
- No Bunting
- If a male batter is walked with 4 balls in a row and zero strikes or fouls and a female batter follows, she has the option to bat or automatically go to 1st ( the male batter will go to 2nd base if the female batter opts to go directly to 1st base)
- If the batter has two strikes, then hits a foul ball, the batter is not out, but if the batter hits a second foul ball with two strikes he or she is out.
**** NEW SPRING 2016 **** Fenced Diamond Home Run Rule - This rule applies to fenced diamonds only - The Maximum number of over the fence homeruns per game is 5. Once a team has maxed out their 5 over the fence home runs, each additional ball hit over the fence is an OUT.
- No lead offs. If a runner leaves the bag before the bat makes contact with the ball, the runner is out.
- If a runner leaves the bag when a batter swings and does not make contact, the runner is out.
- Sliding into 2nd and 3rd is permitted
- Tagging up and running on a caught outfield fly is permitted
- 3rd out fly out - If the third out occurs on a fly out the inning is over once the ball is caught. No runs can be scored
- Pinch hitting is allowed for injured players. Pinch running is also allow. The batter must get to first base, then the pinch runner can take over from there. The pinch hitter or runner must be the last player that got out of the same sex.
- The batter running to 1st, must run to the orange safety base. After over running 1st base, the batter must return to the white portion of the base.
- The batter may round first using the white portion of the base when the ball is hit through the infield or outfield.
- When tagging up, you may use the white portion of the base.
- Bases will be 60 feet apart and the home plate will be 40 feet from the pitching mound.
- Team Captains need to draw a safe line from the home plate for runners to run to.
- Captains should draw a commitment line 2/3 the way between third base and home plate. Once a player has crossed the commitment line they cannot turn back.
- Runners are to run to the safe line not the home plate. If a runner touches the home plate they are out.
- If a base runner is hit by a fair ball when off the base, before the ball passes any defender other than the pitcher, the runner is out and the play ends with all remaining runners returning to the base they were at prior to the hit ball.
- Infielders must stay on the base line and cannot pinch in. Outfielders must stay approximately 30 paces from the infield lines. This rule does not apply to the rover. Teams should be using their disc pylons to mark the line where the outfielders cannot cross.
- If an overthrow occurs and the ball goes out of bounds, the runner may advance one base from the last base made (Excluding 1st.). Out of bounds is 10 feet beyond the base line or in line with the backstop.
- A ball caught out of bounds is a foul ball not an out. A foul ball caught in bounds is an OUT.
- The back catcher must stand on the mat where the home plate is to get a runner going home out. The back catch cannot tag the runner. Any other player may tag the runner. (For example: If the pitcher catches a throw from the outfield and tags the runner on the third base line the runner is out).
- When a runner is forced to run you don't need to tag the runner, you only need to be on the bag first with the ball. A play that is not forced requires the defense to tag the runner. (For example: If a player is on 2nd base and no one on first base, when the ball is hit, the player on second base is not forced to go to third. If the player goes to third, in order to get that player out, the runner must be tagged).
- All games are self-officiated. The batting team must provide the home plate umpire and may provide 1st and 3rd umpires if they choose. These players must know the rules and be prepared to make quick calls.
- If the two captains disagree with a wrong call and they agree to change the decision or to replay the play they may do so. Only the captains can make this decision. There is to be no arguing between players.
- Because the season is short and field availability is limited, rescheduling games is very difficult
- If it is raining prior to your game, teams are to show up at the field regardless and wait 15 minutes for the rain to stop if you canâ€™t play through it. If the rain does not stop and it is raining too hard to play, the two captains are to agree on a day to reschedule and let the league know and the league will assign a field.
- If it has been raining for a prolonged period of time, 12 plus hours of steady rain, the fields will probably not be open and you may not want to bother showing up, but out of respect you should contact the opposing team captain.
- If it begins to rain after you started the game. If you can play through it, you should do so. It is up to the captains to decide if the game cannot continue. After 5 innings the game will not be rescheduled and the leading team after the last completed inning will be declared the winner.
- Teams playing at Little Mountain Sportsplex need to check their website for rain cancelations - www.littlemtnsports.com their website is updated at 4pm every day.
- All teams get two playoff games, but only the top four teams are eligible to win the league. The remainder of the teams get two playoff games to determine their final standings. The playoff tie breaker is RF vs RA
- If a playoff game is tied after 7 innings teams will play extra innings. Once one team is winning at the end of a full inning the game is over.
- This is a Rec League and we expect all players and teams to have a fun first attitude. To help enforce this style of play we ask all teams to report the sportsmanship rating of the opposing team after every game.
+1 - Good, fun spirited team, respected their opposition and made the game enjoyable
0 - Was not unsportsmanlike, but didnâ€™t go out of their way to make the game enjoyable.
-1 - Was not a fun team to play. They made the game less enjoyable and did not respect the opposition
- After a team receives one -1 rating they will get a warning, after the second -1 rating they will lose two points off their standings. If a team gets three -1 rating the league will decide whether the team is fit for this league
- Captains are responsible for sending scores and sportsmanship rating following games
- There is a max point differential of 10 on entered scores
- Scores can be emailed to - firstname.lastname@example.org or called in to 204-289-2982
- Registration fees are fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the season, minus a $10.00 administration fee. After this, the league assumes you have committed and all fees are non-refundable.
- Default deposits are refunded at the end of the season if your team has showed up to all games scheduled with the minimum requirement of players to not default the game and all other scheduled meetings including the equipment pick up and drop off meetings.
- Equipment deposits are refunded at the end of the season when the equipment has been returned to the Winnipeg Rec League