SPECIAL ATTENTION TO UNIFORM RULE ON NUMBERS (AS STATED BELOW):
" Numbers: An Arabic whole number (0-99).
The following uniform numbers do not comply with this rule, and they are illegal/disallowed: "00", "01", "02", "03", "04", "05", "06", "07", "08", "09".
(All rules in this document supersede the affiliate rule book.)
TIME OF PLAY
Games shall start at the time designated on the schedule. A five (5) minute “grace period” will be granted if a team does not have enough players for the 6:30 game on the weekday and the 5:30 game on Sunday. A forfeit will be called after five (5) minutes from scheduled game time. However, if you can field a team at your scheduled game time, officials will not wait for specific participants. Clock starts at scheduled game time. A forfeit will be called if a team fails to appear on the field, or being on the field, refuses to begin the game for which it had been scheduled at the time the game was assigned.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Softball games will be governed by a 2016 softball affiliate unless superseded by this document and where smaller fields, walls, dimensions, or clearances exist at City facilities. Then such circumstances will supersede all.
Fast-Pitch Softball will consist of seven (7) innings and will use the seven (7) run rule after five (5) complete innings or any inning thereafter.
Slow-Pitch Softball (Men – Women – Coed) will use the ten (10) run rule after five complete innings or any inning thereafter.
Before starting the delivery pitch, the pitcher shall comply with the following:
A. When taking the pitching position in contact with the pitcher’s plate, the pitcher must have their hands separated and must have the ball in either the glove or the pitching hand.
B. The pitcher shall not be considered in the pitching position unless the catcher is in position to receive the pitch.
C. Both feet must be on the ground within the 24-inch length of the pitcher’s plate. The shoulder shall be in line with the first and third bases. The pitcher shall take a position with their pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and their non-pivot foot in contact with or behind the pitcher’s plate.
D. While on the pitcher’s plate, the pitcher shall take the signal or appear to take a signal with the hands separated. The ball must remain in either the glove or pitching hand.
E. The pitcher shall bring the hands together for not less than one second and not more than 10 seconds before releasing the ball. A backward step may be taken before, simultaneous with or after the hands are brought together. The pivot foot must remain in contact with the pitcher’s plate at all times prior to the forward step. Effect, any infraction of A-E is an illegal pitch. If the batter hits the ball and reaches first base safely, and if all other runners have advanced at least one base on the batted ball, the illegal pitch is nullified. All action as a result of the batted ball stands. No option is given. When a runner passes a base, the runner is considered to have touched that base.
1. The pitcher must not make any motion to pitch without immediately delivering the ball to the batter.
2. The pitcher must not use the pitching motion in which, after bringing the hands together, the pitcher removes one hand from the ball, and returns the ball to both hands.
3. The pitcher must not make a stop or reversal of the forward motion after separating the hands.
4. The pitcher must not make two revolutions of the arm on the windmill pitch. A pitcher may drop the arm to the side and to the rear before starting the windmill motion.
5. The delivery must be an underhand motion with the hand below the hip and the wrist not farther from the body then the elbow.
6. The pitch shall be delivered on the throwing arm side of the body and not behind the back or through the legs.
7. The release of the ball and the follow through of the hand and wrist must be forward and past the straight line of the body.
8. In the act of delivering the ball, the pitcher must take one step with the non-pivot foot, simultaneous with the release of the ball. The step must be forward toward the batter. It is not a step if the pitchers slides the pivot foot across the pitcher’s plate toward the batter, or if the pivot foot turns or slides in order to push off the pitcher’s plate, provided contact is maintained with the plate. Raising the foot off of the pitching plate and returning it to the plate creates a rocking motion and is an illegal act.
9. Pushing off with the pivot foot from a place other than the pitcher’s plate is illegal.
10. Pushing off and dragging the pivot foot in contact with the ground, or if both feet are in the air, having the toes of the pivot foot in the downward direction is required.
11. The pitcher shall not make another revolution after releasing the ball. The pitcher shall not deliberately drop, roll or bounce the ball in order to prevent the batter from hitting it.
12. The pitcher has 20 seconds to release the next pitch after receiving the ball or after the umpire indicates “play ball.”
The pitcher’s box consisting of the area from the front of the pitcher’s plate, 50 feet from home plate, and extending back six feet perpendicular to the pitcher’s plate shall be used. The pitcher’s box acts as an optional extension of the pitcher’s plate. All pitching rules will apply.
Games shall be fifty-five (55 minutes), or seven innings which ever occurs first. The inning in progress will be completed. If the home team is ahead, the bottom part of that inning will not be played.
In case of a tie game at the end of the time limit, or at the end of seven (7) innings which ever occurs first, the international tie-breaking rule will be enforced. The last completed batter must start at second base. A courtesy runner may only be inserted only after the runner on second base has advanced to third base. A courtesy runner must be announced before the next legal pitch.
If teams are still tied at the end of the extra inning, game will be declared a tie.
A game called by the umpire or field supervisor shall be regulation if five or more complete innings have been played.
SCORING AND TEAM DESIGNATION
There will be no infield practice in any softball game.
HOME TEAM WILL BE DESIGNATED ON THE SCHEDULE.
HOME TEAM WILL OCCUPY THE THIRD BASE DUGOUT.
HOME TEAM WILL KEEP THE OFFICIAL SCORE. FAILURE TO HAVE A COMPETENT SCOREKEEPER MAY RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE GAME. THE VISITING TEAM HAS THE OPTION OF KEEPING SCORE AND BECOMING HOME TEAM, IF THE HOME TEAM DOSEN’T HAVE A COMPETENT SCORE KEEPER.
All players on a team must properly wear uniforms that are like in color and style. Sleeves or straps of the uniform top may be adjusted, with or without tie-ups. Numbers: An Arabic whole number (0-99). The number must be permanently affixed, legal size; at least six inches high must be worn and clearly visible on the back of all uniform shirts. Players wearing taped on or magic marker numbers will be considered out of uniform. Duplicate numbers may not be worn. Numbers such as "00", "01"...."09" are NOT permitted.
Metal cleats prohibited for all slow pitch teams.
Ball caps, if worn they must be worn properly.
A team may have an unlimited batting order.
Each manager must complete a team roster form and sign the affidavit, provided by the Sports Office. The roster must include the player’s name, player’s signature, if minor parent’s/guardian signature, phone number and identification number (state issued ID). ANY TEAM NOT RETURNING THEIR COMPLETED ROSTER AT THE DESIGNATED DEADLINE WILL NOT RECEIVE A PLAYING SCHEDULE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Player’s must be 16 years old to participate. Any player(s) age 16 or 17 must have parents/guardian sign the City of Albuquerque Waiver of Liability.
Teams using suspended players shall forfeit the game in which such player(s) took part and be dropped from the league.
Women are allowed to play on a men’s team. A maximum of 2 women are allowed.
Incomplete rosters will not be accepted. Only original rosters will be accepted. All roster changes must be made at the Sports Office. The roster form and waiver of liability can be found at here. No telephone changes will be accepted. Only managers or assistant managers are allowed to make roster changes. Only the manager may remove their name from the roster. NO EXCEPTION!!! In some cases the League Director may, at the request of a player wishing to be dropped from a roster, negotiate and drop a player. A player desiring a release to play with another team must arrange for the manager to drop his/her name from the roster. Roster changes will be accepted through the last scheduled game. If roster is not complete a schedule will not be given out. A USSSA waiver for every participant must be turned in with original roster/addition to roster form. A signed Player Code of Conduct must be on file for each rostered participant.
PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT
The “Player Code of Conduct”, will govern conduct for all participants, spectators, managers, or other game attendee. The Player Code of Conduct will be in effect for any activity (City or Non-City sponsored and Tournaments) played at City facilities.
NOTE: MANAGERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THEIR PLAYERS ARE AWARE OF, AND HAVE SIGNED, THE “PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT/WAIVER OF LIABILITY.”
1. Made up of participants, managers, and officials.
2. To stay generally informed of the league and of the administration.
3. To make necessary changes.
4. To hand down disciplinary action on players and managers misconduct as called for by the Player Code of Conduct.
5. The Sports Advisory Board is always looking for interested individuals who would like to serve on the board.
Two types of protest may be requested.
1. A protest based on the misinterpretation of a playing rule shall be filed by the manager/captain immediately, and before the next legal/illegal pitch is made to the batter. Should a manager/captain decide after play has resumed, or after the game is over, that he/she wished to protest, the protest will be denied. Field Supervisors will have the final decision on all protest.
2. A legal protest must include:
a. The date, time, and place of the game.
b. The decision and/or condition surrounding the cause for the protest.
c. All essential facts involved in the matter of the protest.
3. A protest based on the use of an illegal/unregistered player(s). To do so the manager must protest after such player is entered into the game and prior to such player completing his/her second time a bat. Upon proper protest the umpire will have player(s) produce a pictured ID (ie: driver’s license, school ID, etc.) and game will resume. The umpire will note the protest and inform the Sports Office the following workday. If the questioned player is not on the roster, the game will be forfeited. Failure to present a pictured ID card at the field, during a protest, will result in a forfeit.
1. Manager(s) may be suspended for one calendar year and must appear before the Advisory Board, if using suspended/unregistered players. Managers using suspended/unregistered players will automatically forfeit game at point of detection.
2. All other forfeit rules apply.
Teams failing to appear with the required number of players at the end of the five (5) minute grace period shall forfeit the game to the opposing team. If a team fails to appear on the field, or being on the field, refuses to begin the game for which it had been scheduled at the time the gas was assigned. All slow-pitch games must start with at least nine (9) players, and finish with no less than nine (9) players. All fast-pitch games must start and finish with nine (9) players. At fields where a forfeit has occurred, teams may scrimmage after signing a waiver, releasing the City of any liability.
Teams are expected to comply with the Field Supervisor’s request to clear the field. A twenty-five ($25.00) forfeit fee must be paid before the forfeiting team’s next scheduled game.
Forfeits, which incur a $25.00 fee, are:
1. Failure to present a new ball at pre-game. (Baseball home team should have at least three (3) game balls.)
2. Failure to have the required number of players at game time.
3. Failure to have equipment.
Forfeits, which incur a $50.00 fee, are:
1. Teams who have a no-show (no players present at the end of the grace period.)
2. Use of illegal/unregistered players.
A team forfeiting two (2) consecutive games or a total of three (3) games may be dropped from the league. If a team does not pay the forfeit fee before the next scheduled game, that team will be dropped from the league.
Standings are available at www.cabqsports.com
Standings will not be given over the phone. Once standings are completed, two weeks will be given for any disputes, after that period standing will be final and awards will be ordered.
Umpires assigned will have the power to banish any manager, player(s), or sponsor from the player’s bench or field for misconduct, delay of the game, or any other reason deemed necessary for the good of the game. The umpire’s decision shall be final, except those regarding misinterpretation of the playing rules.
All umpires assigned will submit a written report to the Sports Office within twenty-four (24) hours after the game in which a ejection/banishment has occurred. The reports will focus on the team and player conduct. Any player banished from the game by the umpire shall be required to leave the bench (OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF SOUND) and shall not be allowed to remain in the stands or vicinity of the playing field or direct remarks toward the umpire during the remainder of the game. Any player or coach who is ejected from a game will automatically be suspended from his/her team’s next scheduled game. Any player who is banished and does not leave the playing area may cause the game to be forfeited. If this occurs, the player is suspended for three (3) leagues games.
When a player is ejected and your team doesn’t have a substitute for the ejected player, that position will be an out every time the ejected player is up to bat.
Players and team managers are encouraged to provide feedback on the quality of umpiring. Field Supervisors will furnish each team with evaluation cards.
All Softball Leagues can bat an unlimited roster.
A player is able to participate on more than one team, as long as he/she plays on teams that are within the same division/league.
NOTE: Once a player has established themselves on a league, he/she cannot move to a different league.
Suspension: Violation of this rule may result in a one-year suspension from league play.
Managers can add the 10th player at the end of the line up upon arrival. If a player is injured he/she can be scratched out of the line up and each player after will move up in the batting order. If a player is ejected and there are no substitutes every time that batter appears in the line up, he/she will be declared an out.
On a fair fly ball hit over the fence for a home run, the batter and all base runners are credited with a score. The batter and any runner on base do not need to advance and touch the bases. They should go directly to the dugout area. This would eliminate any base running appeals.
In coed a minimum of nine (9) can start a game. However, there must always be five (5) female players in the line up. An out shall be declaring the tenth position in the line up when that position is scheduled to bat. A tenth player may be added in the tenth position of the line up at any time before the end of the game. That added player must be a male. Male and female players must alternate in the batting order. Must have two males and two females in both the infield and the outfield and one male and one female as pitcher and catcher.
Any player may replace any runner at any time when time is called. Allow one (1) courtesy runner per inning. If the courtesy runner is due up to bat he/she will be called out. The runner will be removed from the base and a second courtesy runner cannot be substituted. The courtesy runner called out does not lose his/her turn at bat. This out could end the inning. You can replace an injured courtesy runner but he/she will not be allowed to play for that game. A courtesy runner must be announced before the next legal pitch. In coed allow one courtesy runner per gender, per inning.
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No participants may consume alcoholic beverages or smoke (including "vaping", during any game, either on or off the field. Participants consuming alcoholic beverages/smoking during the game will be immediately ejected.
Participants observed to be partaking in alcohol beverages by an official or field supervisor before a game will not be allowed to participate in the game. Alcoholic beverages/smoking in the general area of the playing field is not allowed by any participant or spectator. This included the bleacher area.
As per City Ordinance alcoholic beverages are prohibited entirely (fields, bleacher, parking lot) at the following facilities:
Vietnam Veterans (during school hours only)
City Ordinance prohibits the use of glass container in all City parks.
Due to the maintenance problems, we request that you DO NOT bat balls against, or scale the chain link fences.
All softball leagues will use 70 feet as the base distance
A team may register for any division within the league. However, to ensure league balance the League Director may move a team up or down within the structure of the league. If moved, a team will enter the new division with a 0-0 record. Division winner will be determined by percentage of wins against games played.
Teams must submit line-up cards (provided by the City) prior to the game, to the home plate umpire. Line-up cards must have the player’s, number and name (first and last). Any player not there at game time will be added as a sub. Failure to comply with full name and number may result in a forfeit.
The card should be signed at the end of the game to ensure accurate reporting of scores. Neither the score, nor the standings will be changed if the score card is not signed at the end of the game.
Team awards will be given for first and second place league finishers. If there is a tie for first place no second place will be awarded.
All teams must use a United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) balls: USSSA Men’s Classic M (not "M+") and USSSA Women’s Classic W.
Teams must “shag” all homeruns and foul balls that they hit. If a team does not have a COR.40 ball to throw in as a replacement ball, play will not resume until a COR.40 is retrieved. Game clock continues to run.
Teams must supply a new ball for each game. In coed you can use one new and one used.
Coed will use both a men’s and women’s balls. Men will hit the 12-inch ball and the women will hit the 11-inch ball.
For safety, jewelry may not be worn during a game. Players with jewelry will be called out at the plate.
Children are not allowed in dugouts. Only uniform players and an official scorekeeper are allowed in dugouts during games.
The playing of music/sound effects during a game, in the dugout or spectator area is not allowed. If the official or site supervisor deems the music is interfering with play it must be removed.
ATTN: SOFTBALL COACHES/MANAGERS/PLAYERS
In an effort to serve you better, the City of Albuquerque, Sports Section has a system in place for game rain outs/cancellations. Team manager/player will have the opportunity to call the City of Albuquerque’s,
768-GAME (4263) number and obtain information pertaining to rain outs, game cancellations, and any other information that will affect league play. Please use this opportunity to get the status of your playing field on your night of play. Rain outs, game cancellations will not be posted until field conditions have been obtained.
The City of Albuquerque, Parks and Recreation, Recreation Services, reserves the right to add or delete any additional rules deemed necessary for the good and safety of the participants of the program.
CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE PARKS AND RECREATION PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT
The City Sports Program has adopted the following “Player Code of Conduct”. These rules of conduct will be strictly enforced during the coming season. It’s the manager’s responsibility to ensure all his/her players know, and adhere, to these rules.
1. NO PLAYER SHALL: At any time lay a hand upon, shove, strike or threaten an official. Officials are required to immediately suspend player(s) from further play, and report such player(s) to the League Director. Such player(s) shall remain suspended until his/her case has been considered.
MINIMUM PENALTY: Suspension of one year from the point of detection.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: Placed on suspension for life and/or assault charges filed.
2. NO PLAYER SHALL: Refuse to abide by official’s decisions. Officials are required to immediately suspend player(s) from further play, and report such player(s) to the League Director. Such player(s) shall remain suspended until his/her case has been considered.
3. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of objectionable demonstration of dissent at an official’s decision. Only one representative, who must be designated at pre-game, shall be allowed to have any verbal contact with the officials.
MINIMUM PENALTY: Warning by officials.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: Removal from the game.
4. NO PLAYER SHALL: Discuss with an official in any manner, the decision reached by such official, except the manager or captain.
MINIMUM PENALTY: Warning by officials.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: Removal from the game.
5. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of using unnecessarily rough tactics (in the play of game) against the body, or person, of an opposing player. Officials are required to report such player(s) to the League Director.
MINIMUM PENALTY: Warning by officials.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: Removal from the game.
6. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of physical attack as an aggressor upon any player, official or spectator. Officials are required to immediately suspend player(s) from further play and report such player to the League Director. Player will remain suspended until his/her case has been considered.
MINIMUM PENALTY: Suspension of one year from the point of detection.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: Suspension for life and/or assault charges filed.
7. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of an abusive verbal attack upon any player, official or spectator. Officials are required to immediately suspend player(s) from further play and report such player to the League Director. Player shall remain suspended until his/her case has been considered.
8. Players are prohibited from the use of alcoholic beverages, or smoking marijuana, in the immediate vicinity of the scheduled playing area, as denoted by City Ordinance. Players, who in the opinion of the umpire appear intoxicated, shall be ejected from the game.
9. Any player(s) being placed on probation, and reported again for violation of the Code of Conduct, will be given a minimum penalty of suspension for the remainder of the probation period.
10. Any player(s) removed from a game must leave the recreation facility (OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF SOUND) immediately. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the game and suspension for three (3) league games for the player(s).
11. Throwing of the bat is prohibited. Penalty – Ejection from game and two (2)game suspension.
12. The Advisory Board has the prerogative of modifying any Player Code of Conduct rule, and/or penalty, when deemed appropriate.
13. Participants may be held liable for damages caused by negligence.
14. Teams are responsible for the conduct of their spectators. Failure to control disruptive spectators may result in forfeiture of the game to the opposing team.
15. No glass containers are allowed at City facilities. All beverages brought to City facilities must be in plastic containers or aluminum cans. Failure to do so will result in corrective action.
16. All City League participants are governed by therefore stated rules which cover all conduct before, during and after the game.
SUSPENSION LIST (CANNOT BE ROSTERED OR PLAY FOR ANY CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE LEAGUE TEAM)
AGUILAR, VICENTE 13
ALMEIDA, OMAR 13
ARCHULETA, CHRIS 16
BUSTILLOS, GUILLERMO 13
CASAVONTES, OSCAR 13
CASTILLO, RAMIRO 13
CHAVEZ, JOHN 12
CHAVEZ, FELIX 09
CHAVEZ, VICTOR 12
CRESPIN, SEAN 08
GARCIA, BENITO 13
GARCIA, ELIAS 12
GARCIA, ERNESTO 13
GARCIA, JOSEPH 05
GARCIA, JAIME 08/12
GALLEGOS, CHRIS 06
GONZALES, LESTER 14
GUTIERREZ, EDELBERTO 13
GUTIERREZ, ERIC 13
HERNANDEZ, DANIEL 12
HOLGUIN, JOSE 15
ITVARTE, ANTONIO 13
ITVARTE, ENRIQUE 13
JONES, JAY 07
JURABO, JESUS 13
LOPEZ, JAKE 06
LOVATO, ANDREW 09
LUCERO, JOHN 06
MAESTAS, PAUL 08
MARRERO. MAYKEL 13
McCONNELL, JAMES 05
MEDINA, SERVANDO 13
MENDOZA, JESUS 13
MENDOZA, OSCAR 13
MENDOZA, USVED 13
MUNOZ, RUBEN 13
NARANJO, LARRY 14
ORTIZ, PAUL 05
PARRA, JOSE 12
PERALES, JC 09
PEREZ, DAVID 14
PEREZ, SAM 14
PEREZ, DAVID JR. 05
PLATA, JUAN 13
PORTER, BEN 06
QUEZADA, DAVID 05
QUINTANA, GUS 07
RIOS GABRIEL 06
RODRIGUEZ, JESSE 11
RONQUILLO, VICTOR 13
SALAZAR, MARTIN 11
TENA, MIGUEL 15
VALDEZ, BENNY 06
VIGIL, CARSON 10
VIGIL, LUKE 10
VIGIL, TRAVIS 10