PITCHER

There are three major parts to a modified fast pitch delivery: the starting position, the backswing up to the top of the windup, and the forward swing down to and through the release.

  1. STARTING POSITION

The pitcher MUST:

The pitcher MAY:

  1. BACKSWING

The pitcher MUST:

The pitcher MAY:

The pitcher MAY NOT:

  1. DELIVERY

The pitcher MUST:

The pitcher MAY:

The pitcher MAY NOT:

CHANGING PITCHERS

TAGGING UP

LEAD

GAME BALL

FORFEITS

KNOCKOUT

DESIGNATED HITTER (DH)

PROTEST

RULES OF PLAY

Modified Fast Pitch

Rules and Regulations (Umpire Version)

1.  THE TEAMS AND GAMES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS SET FORTH IN THE OFFICIAL SOFTBALL PLAYING RULES AS ADOPTED BY THE AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS AS NOTED HEREIN.

2  All team members have up to two weeks from season start to be in full team uniform. Anyone not in full uniform will not be allowed to play or coach.

3.  Any unsportsmanlike conduct from players, coaches, managers or officials of United Softball League towards any umpire or fan in any manner prior, during, or after any game will be suspended from the league for a full year.

4.  No smoking will be permitted on the playing field, dugouts, or coach's box at any time. Umpires and the United Softball League can and will enforce this rule.

5.  Drinking alcoholic beverages on city property is forbidden by law.

6.  All teams must wear shirts or t-shirts and hats the same in design and colors. Pants must be long and similar in color. Shirt tails must be tucked in. All bench occupants must be in team uniform. Managers and coaches must be in team uniform to occupy a coaching box. No steel cleats, spikes, or street shoes allowed.

7.  All league games will be allowed one hour and twenty minutes of playing time with a ten minute break between games. Morning games will begin at 10:00 and 11:30 am. Afternoon games will begin at 1:00 and 2:30 pm. All teams will have a 10 minute grace period that will be deducted from the game time.

8.  All games should start with at least 9 players. Should a 10th player arrive, that player will be allowed in the line up in the 10 th position only if his team has not batted around. If the team has batted around, then the 10 th player will not be allowed in the lineup and they must finish the game with nine players.

9.  Only players, coaches, scorekeeper, and bat person are allowed in the dugout.

10.  All dugouts and surrounding areas must be left clean by the occupying team prior to the end of a game.

11.  All games will have a twenty (20) run rule after the third inning, fifteen (15) run rule after the fourth inning, and ten (10) run rule after the fifth inning.

12.  There will be no stealing bases only tagging up on fly balls. A player must tag the base first then advance. If a catcher tries to pick a runner off and the ball gets away, the runner must tag the base first then advance.

13.  You can pitch anywhere from medium to fast pitch under hand. Both feet must be on the pitching mound and facing to the front. Shoulders must be square with first and third bases.

14.  No bunting allowed

15.  No limits in homeruns.

16.  Catchers must wear facemask and chest protector.

17.  Players must slide on any close play at home plate. If not, the player will be called out. The umpire has the final call on the play.

18.  The umpire will make all decisions on illegal bats. If you are caught using illegal bats, you will he suspended for the remainder of the season. Second offense will result in permanent suspension from the league.

19.  Any player or coach ejected from a game must leave the premises immediately.

20.  Any player suspended or ejected from a game is subject to the penalties of the Dept of Parks and Recreation & Entertainment such as the right to remove any player from all city and non city facilities. All game officials and scorekeepers must submit a written report within twenty four (24) hours.

21.  No pinch runners allowed.

22.  A designated hitter can be replaced with a player on the bench.

23.  A designated hitter can replace any position player in a game. In this case, the designated hitter position will be lost and the batting position of the player removed will be skipped

24.  All decisions made by the official umpires are final.

25.  Before the beginning of a game, the manager has to pay the umpire, have the game balls and the game line up ready.

26.  All managers are responsible for their teams.

27.  During the play offs, if a team does not show up during the ten (10) minute grace period from the start of the game, that game will he forfeited The second game will commence at the regular scheduled time.

28.  Any player, coach, or manager ejected from a game will be suspended for two games.

29.  Any player, coach or manager that continues to mouth off after an ejection will be suspended for four games and violating team will be fined $50.00.

30.  Any player, coach, or manager that shows continuous signs of warning or suspensions during a season (3), will be subject to expulsion from the league indefinitely.

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