CONSTITUTION & RULES
- The following rules apply to OCSSPL and where not specified, playing rules will be in accordance with Slo-Pitch Ontario (SPO) current year Rule Book.
- Appeals, protests, incidents, etc. requiring League follow-up, will be submitted in writing to the League Executive by the team manager within three (3) days. The League Executive will meet and a decision will be made within fourteen (14) days of receiving the written protest.
- Certified Home plate umpires will be supplied by the OCSSPL.
- In the event of an umpire “rule misinterpretation”, the two managers only, may discuss the issue with the umpire to clarify the rule.
- The League will supply team shirts. Hats are optional.
- The appropriate shirts are to be worn during all League games by players on the official team roster; however, may be covered if the weather so dictates.
ROSTERS (Player Eligibility)
- Any experienced male slo-pitch player who attains a minimum age of 60 years during the current calendar year may submit an application to play.
- All full time players, replacements and spares must complete and sign an annual player registration/waiver form.
- Annual player fees will be determined by League Executive.
- Team rosters are set at the beginning of each season.
- If, prior to the first game of the season, a player withdraws his application, a new full time player will be assigned by League
- Each team will be assigned 12 to 14 players and play with 10 players on the field.
- A manager may request spares through the Spare Coordinator (Past President), to bring his team total to (9) for any game day during the regular season. Each request should include the names, ratings and positions of the absent players. While every effort will be made to match the absent player, teams will have to accept who is available on the spare’s list.
- Spares will be slotted into the last place in the batting order.
- A back catcher will be supplied by the batting team anytime the fielding team has less than 10 players
- If a regular player(s) who was expected to be absent shows up at game time, all players including the spares will be allowed to play.
- Spares will not be assigned in the playoffs, except if approved by League Executive in the event of unforeseen and unusual circumstances.
- If any player is expected to be away for an extended period of time, the Manager must report the name, rating and expected return date of the absent player to the League Executive.
- The League Executive will review the situation when notified and decide whether a replacement player will be provided.
- Any assigned replacement player will play (including the playoffs) until the roster player returns and may be placed anywhere in the batting order.
- If a replacement player is assigned for the remainder of a schedule that is greater than half the scheduled games, he will be required to pay on a pro-rated basis to join the league, the amount to be forwarded to the player who will be missing.
- Home team of the first game will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
- All bases and the home plate mat are provided at the RA Center.
- The OCSSPL will use the Worth Hot Dot Classic Plus as its official ball.
- The League will supply to each team sufficient new balls for each home game. Backup balls will be provided by the visiting team.
- The League will supply safety masks (mandatory) for pitchers.
- The OCSSPL will follow the USSSA Bat Certification Program which states that only bats bearing the “new” USSSA logo located on the taper of the bat are allowed. This logo is known as the “Thumbprint” and is shown below:
Bats with a BPF (Bat Performance Factor) of more than 1.20 such as Miken Ultra I and II, Combat Centenarian and other such Senior bats are illegal for use in the OCSSPL. This includes titanium bats.
Other bats that players have been using such as aluminum and previous composite bats are still legal and will be allowed with the ASA Certified 2004 and 2000 designation.
Wooden bats are always legal.
- Games will be played each Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
- In the event of adverse weather and/or sloppy field conditions, prior to game time, the League Executive will decide whether or not the games will be played.
- It is always advisable to show up for the game. It may be raining at home but be playable at the diamond.
- Notification of cancellation will be made via e-mail from the Executive.
- Games will start promptly at 10:00 AM, with no grace period.
- Pre-game infield warm ups are limited to ten minutes for each team and must be completed before 10:00 AM.
- The duration of a game is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- After the first inning pitchers are allowed no more warm up pitches unless the pitcher is new.
- Each team will play two complete 7 inning games.
- If a game in progress is called because of inclement weather, the game will be deemed to be complete if 5 innings have been played.
- If the minimum innings have not been played, the Executive, depending on circumstances, will make a decision to:
-have the game replayed in its entirety
-have the game restarted at the point it was called
-have one 4 point game at a later date
-not replay the game and award each team 1 point
- In the event of a default the non defaulting team will be awarded a 7 – 0 victory.
- Two points will be awarded to a team for a win.
- If a game is tied at the end of 7 innings, each team will receive one point in the standings.
- Mercy Rules apply for all games including playoffs.
- A maximum of 5 runs per team will be allowed per inning, except for the 7th, which will be an ‘open’ inning.
- If a team is ahead by 12 runs or more at the completion of 5 or more innings, the game shall be declared a “mercy win”.
The following will be the Tie Breakers for the Regular Season:6.1 Highest run differential (runs for minus runs against) regular season.6.2 Fewest runs allowed regular season.
6.3 Most wins during the regular season.
6.4 The regular season record between the tied teams.
- The minimum number of players to start a game is nine (9).
- Teams must field a minimum of eight (8) players during the course of the game and finish with a minimum of eight (8) players.
- If at any time during the course of the game, the number of fielders or batters on a team falls below the minimum of eight (8), the game shall be declared a forfeit by that team.
(Note: The opposing team will supply a catcher bringing the on field number to 9)
- All players must bat.
- Players arriving after the first pitch must be added to the bottom of the batting order.
- A player who misses a turn at bat (e.g. due to illness or injury) must leave the game. When his turn to bat comes up, he WILL NOT be considered an out.
- NOTE that a player who leaves the field due to illness or injury may return to the game provided he does not miss his turn at bat.
- For the Homerun Rule we will be using the Plus One (+1) rule. This is how it will work. No team can be more than one home run ahead of the other team. If team A hits a homerun they become (+1) and cannot hit another homerun until team B hits a home run. Team B could hit two homeruns which would make them (+1). If homeruns are even then either team can hit one homerun. If the (+1) team hits another ball over the fence then it will be ruled a single and any base runners will advance one base whether forced or not.
- Players may be positioned anywhere on the field.
- Managers will do their best to provide players with equal playing time in the field, (pitchers may be excluded) but retain the discretion to play their best players in last inning/ close game situations.
- Who plays what position is the responsibility of the team manager.
ON FIELD RULES
- Pitchers may stand anywhere in a perceived rectangle measuring 50 to 65 feet from home plate by 2 feet wide.
- A pitched ball must have a perceptible arc of between 6 and 12 feet.
- In place of an umpire-called strike zone, a strike zone mat will be employed.
- The pitcher must be in contact with the pitching “zone” when a pitch is thrown.
- Pitchers must stay within the 50 to 65 pitching box. Failure to do so will result in the umpire calling an illegal pitch and therefore a “ball” for each pitch made will be awarded the batter.
All pitchers must wear a safety mask (this is mandatory) in order to be allowed to pitch. The league encourages pitchers to wear any other safety equipment to protect themselves, but this is not mandatory.
- A strike will be called by the umpire if a legally pitched ball makes any contact with the mat on its descent. A pitched ball hitting the front, black part of plate will be considered a ball.
- Contact with the board must occur prior to the ball striking the ground.
- The batter is declared out if a foul ball or tip is caught by the catcher, regardless of the height of the ball.
- Courtesy runners may be used at any time from first, second or third bases.
- Each team will be allowed unlimited courtesy runners.
- No player shall run as a Courtesy Runner more than once in an inning.
- There will be “NO” courtesy runner for the batter from home plate. If you bat, you must make it to first base on your own. Then if the manager so chooses, a courtesy runner may be used.
- A courtesy runner cannot be used for a previous courtesy runner if it is that runner’s turn to bat. The runner is out. He can bat unless the out is the third out.
- At first base, runners must touch any portion of the orange safety base if a play is going to be made at first base; otherwise the runner is out.
- The fielder must play any portion of the white bag; otherwise the runner is safe. Once the play is made, the white base is the only base in play.
- Defensive players whether at 1st , 2nd or 3rd base must not interfere with the runner rounding the base. Whether contact is made or not or it is intentional or not, this is defensive obstruction and the runner may be awarded the next base. Umpire’s discretion.
- An “Anticipation” step is permitted once a pitched ball has reached, passed home plate or is batted. Failure to follow this rule will result in the runner being called out by the umpire for a “lead-off.” No warning need be given.
- Runners may slide into second and/or third base.
- Overrunning or running past second or third base results in the runner being vulnerable to being called out if tagged off the base.
- If a defensive player has the ball and is waiting for the runner and the runner deliberately, with great force, crashes into the defensive player, the offensive player is out and is automatically ejected from the game. The ball is dead and no runners may advance.
- The Home Plate Safe Line will be drawn from the front point of home plate nearest third base.
- In order to score, a base runner must touch the Home Plate Safe Line or the ground beyond the Safe Line before a defensive player, in control of the ball, touches the Board at home plate.
- Any base runner that touches the Board or attempts to slide across the Scoring Line will be called out.
- The base runner should avoid all collisions or be subject to ejection.
- The Commitment Line is twenty (20) feet from home plate. Once a runner touches or passes the line he is committed to go home and cannot return to 3rd base.
- After crossing the Commitment Line, a runner can not be “tagged out”. The out must be made with the defensive player, in control of the ball, touching home mat before the runner touches or crosses the Safe Line. A runner who has been “tagged” after crossing the Commitment Line is considered safe at the plate.
- A runner may be “tagged” prior to crossing the Commitment Line.
At the end of the 30 game regular season:
- There will be one more round robin where each team will play the other five teams once.
- This will determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place.
- Ties will be broken as follows:
3.1 Highest run differential (runs for minus runs against) playoff round robin.3.2 Fewest runs allowed playoff round robin.
3.3 Most wins during the playoff round robin.
3.4 The playoff record between the tied teams.
- The mercy rule is in effect for the playoffs.
- The second place team from the round robin will play the first place (home) team from the round robin in a one game championship final. This will be a seven inning game. If the score is tied after seven innings extra innings will be played until there is a winner. Innings will begin with one out and a runner (last out) starting at second base. Extra innings will be unlimited innings.
- The sixth place team from the round robin will play the fifth place (home) team from the round robin and the fourth place team from the round robin will play the third place (home) team from the round robin in a seven inning game. These games can end in a tie.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted by players or fans whether on the playing field, stands or parking lots at the RA Center.
- While it is understandable that in the heat of competition, players may occasionally have heightened emotions, the OCSSPL is a recreational league and all players are expected to behave in a cordial and gentlemanly manner.
- As such, only team Managers or the Assistant Manager should discuss respectfully questionable calls or rule interpretations with the Umpire.
- The discipline committee will be made up of one Executive, one manager, and one player.
- Decisions by Discipline committee will be final.
- The League Executive will consist of the following positions:
1.2. Vice President
1.5. Past President
- The five-person League Executive is empowered to direct, manage, supervise and control all operations and finances of the OCSSPL and as such are responsible for the proper running and maintenance of the league.
- Responsibilities of Executive:
a) Term – 2 years
b) League advisories
c) Primary league contact
d) Sponsor contact
e) Call general and interim meetings
f) Receive applications for current and new players
g) Preside over the draft
3.2 Vice President
a) Term – 2 years
b) Park oversight (booking and conditions)
c) Ball acquisition and distribution
d) Bats (acquisition and distribution if needed)
a) Term – 2 years
b) Create a prospective budget for the upcoming year to determine fees
c) Collect and deposit league fees and funds
d) Set up and maintain a bank account
e) Provide an annual financial statement to the league members
f) Pay all league expenses
a) Term – 2 years
b) Take minutes of all meetings and distribute them in a timely fashion to the rest of the Executive
c) League contact to send out rain outs and cancellations
d) Collect all scores, keep track of standings and distribute to teams
3.5 Past President
a) Term – 2 years
b) To arrange for acquisition and distribution of uniforms
c) To arrange for spare player and replacement players
d) Executive member of the Discipline Committee
- Team Managers will be a voluntary position.
- Team Managers appoint a player from their team to the position of Assistant Manager and advise league Executive of the name.
- Communicate and support the League’s Code of Conduct and rules to their team members.
- Be responsible for the on-field management and actions of his team and their spectators, and report any instances of objectionable conduct to the League Executive.
- If required, temporarily suspend any player who violates the Code of Conduct for the remainder of a play date and report incident to the League Executive.
- Assume control and responsibility for the League equipment and uniforms assigned to their team.
- Attend meetings of League Executive as requested.
- Provide player ratings and opinions at the end of the season to assist in the following year’s draft.
- As a group, the Team Managers will take the lead in drafting each of the teams for the upcoming year. Upon completion of the draft, teams will be assigned to each Manager through a random selection process
- Players shall report any injuries or illnesses that will affect the player’s ability to play, to the Team Manager.
- Agree to abide by the Code of Conduct, and Rules of the League 2016 Discipline Committee Member
- An annual operating budget shall be established prior to the beginning of each slo-pitch season in order to forecast anticipated expenses and to determine projected revenues.
- The League Executive will development an annual operating budget (including the recommended player registration fees) and maintain audit-able records of all transactions.
- The League account may be accessed, and disbursements made, solely via cheque with receipts and explanations.
- Any cheque issued requires the signatures of two members of the League Executive.
- As a non-profit organization, surplus operating funds from one fiscal year will be rolled over to the following fiscal year.
- Any deficit will be made up through loans or other means and will be reimbursed the following year.
- In the event of the dissolution or winding-up of the League, all of its remaining assets, after payment of all of its liabilities, shall be distributed to a recognized charity as selected by the Executive Committee.
- To defray operating expenses of the League, the League may seek financial support from businesses, organizations, or individuals for a fee and length of time as determined by the League Executive.
- Sponsorship may be a) a single sponsor for the entire league; b) multiple sponsors for the League; or c) sponsors for individual teams.
- Payment of sponsorship fees from any business, organization, or individual will entitle same to have their name appear on the uniforms or other league materials.
- The League Executive and Team Managers will do their best to endorse and promote player support for League sponsor(s).
- The Executive Committee will rate all players according to offense and defense.
- Offense (1 – 10) – Hitting 1 to 7 + Power 1 to 3 = 10
- Defense (1 – 10) – Fielding & throwing (1-5) + Mobility (1-3) + Versatility (1-2) = 10
- The Team Managers will then draft the necessary teams as per the ratings with due diligence as to making the teams as balanced as possible.
- Once there is consensus as to balance, the Team Managers will select their teams by lottery.
- Unless a Team Manager by lot is on the team he chooses, he is replaced by a player of equal rating.
AWARDS & BANQUET
- Prior to season beginning, a welcome breakfast will be held to introduce the team members to each other.
- Awards and process to be determined.