All games will be played under ASA rules, in addition to the following league rules included in the rulebook; which take precedence over the ASA rules.
Annual Rule Revisions:
The rules committee shall meet once a year prior to the end of the year. The committee shall consist of members of the general board. The members will review the past year’s rules and make a list of the revisions if necessary to be presented to the Executive Board meeting in December. The Executive Board will review and approve the rules for the upcoming season. The Executive Vice President shall revise the rules and submit to the President for final approval and distribution. The Secretary shall then generate and distribute copies to all coaches during equipment and final roster distribution at the end of March.
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE RULES AFTER FINAL REVISION APPROVAL OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.
Weather - Games and Practice
The NLGSA recommends that no practice shall be held if the temperature is under 45 degrees. However, if the coach wants to try to have a practice then that is his/her decision. If there is a practice held no player is to be penalized in any manner if they elect not to attend! The reason we left the option to have a practice in the cold weather is because of the limited time we have to get our practice time in prior to the season starting. As for games the league will make a decision about the weather prior to the start of the games. 45 degrees is going to be the basis for this decision but isn't set in stone. As we all know there are days that 45 is pretty nice and then there are days it feels more like 25. Also, playing into the decision will be the time of day the game is scheduled to start. On Saturday Mornings the 1st game may be delayed up to 30 minute to allow the temperature to increase. Also, something to take note of...most metal bats are rated for 55 degrees and composite bats are 60 degrees so if you have an expensive bat you might not want to use it for the 1st few practice dates.
The Home team manager is responsible for checking the field conditions prior to any game. Both head coaches will decide if the field is playable in case of rain. Once the game begins, the umpire will have the sole responsibility for deciding whether or not the game should continue. (In games without umpires, the coaches will make the decision.) If the game is rained out, it is the Home team manager’s responsibility to call the Head Umpire to give notice of no game and also contact Marty Kelly within two weeks to reschedule the game and coordinate with two weeks to reschedule the game and coordinate with the visiting manager on the date, time and location of makeup game.
All attempt will be made to avoid scheduling two games on the same day for either team.
If not contacted within two weeks, a new game will be automatically scheduled by Marty Kelly.
It is the responsibility of all managers to check the Master Schedule if they have a rescheduled game. A Master Game Schedule will be posted in the shadow box on the Walona Concession Building. It will be updated every Monday. Please refer to this schedule first.
*All rescheduled games will be posted in Red on the Master Schedule in the shadow box on the Walona Concession Building
Any player who does not abide by the uniform rules will not be allowed to play the game
Shirts – “Our” Uniform shirts are to be worn by all players
Pants – are to be worn only (NO SHORTS) NO EXCEPTION
Jewelry – All jewelry can be worn, however it is recommend that no loose fitting or hooped earrings be worn.
Handles must be taped a minimum of 12" to a maximum of 18"
No bats longer than 36" along with a diameter no more than 2.5"
Bats must be absent of any physical damage such as dents and cracks Bats must not be on the ASA banned bat list. If at any time a bat if found to be illegal by the umpire the only penalty is the bat must be removed from play. There is to be no penalty assessed to the play or the player.
All batters, on deck batters, and base runners are required to wear protective batting helmets with facemasks at all times.
Any player occupying the pitchers position is required to wear a protective pitchers mask. One mask provided per team.
The catcher must wear a chest protector and catcher’s helmet, and shin guards.
No new inning shall start one hour an fifty minutes after the commencement of the game. This rule applies to divisions. This rule shall be waived in cases of championship games and All-Star games. Any continued game will carry over pitching rules (inning pitched, hit batter, etc.) and/or batting orders. This should be verified by both coaches at the end of the suspended game.
A game will consist of a maximum of 6 innings. NO new inning will begin 1 hour and 50 minutes after the start of the game
Positions: (Rule Change)
While a player may be placed anywhere, to teach the girls how to play specific positions there would be a 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, 3rd baseman, shortstop, pitcher, catcher and (4) outfielders. Short center is NO LONGER an acceptable outfielder.
Coaching on the field:
The defensive team will be allowed up to (3) coaches on the field, two in the outfield and one behind the pitcher. The coaches must make every attempt not to interfere with the players or a batted ball. If any coach is hit by the ball or interferes with the player, the batter will be awarded first base.
The batting order will be continuous and is not to change. That is all players will bat regardless if she is currently in the fielding line-up. Any player not present at the start of the game will be inserted at the bottom of the original batting order.
Runners may advance until the ball has been thrown back towards the infield
There will be three outs or a maximum of eight batters per inning
Strike Zone: The strike zone for each batter is the area from the letters to the knees, directly over the home plate
A pitcher shall appear in no more than two (2) innings per game
A pitcher may be removed from a game and re-enter as a pitcher at a point later in the game
A substitute pitcher must pitch to a minimum of one (1) batter or until the side is retired.
A pitcher may take up to five (5) warm up pitches between innings, this applies to new pitchers entering a game as well.
A pitcher may be removed from a game and re-enter as a pitcher at a point later in the game.
A substitute pitcher must pitch to a minimum of 1 batter, or until the side is retired.
A pitcher may take up to 5 warm up pitches between innings. This applies to new pitchers entering a game as well.
One pitch constitutes one inning.
The pitcher cannot deliberately drop, roll, or bounce the ball while in the pitcher’s position.
The pitcher can only remove herself from the pitcher’s mound by stepping backward off the pitcher’s plate. If not, the pitch is called a ball.
The pitcher’s position must be maintained for 1 second, but no more than 20 seconds, before delivery.
If the pitcher hesitates after starting her motion, the pitch shall be called a ball. (Not a balk)
*The Pitcher must use proper pitching form and adhere to the above pitching rules by the first Monday in June.
Hit By Pitch:
If a pitcher hits 2 batters in a single inning the pitcher must be relieved as a pitcher for at least the duration of that inning. The pitcher may return to pitch subsequent innings if they have not fulfilled the divisions pitching limit of 2 innings. If a pitcher hits 3 batters in a single game, the pitcher must be relieved as pitcher for the duration of the game.
If the ball hits the ground before it hits the batter, it still counts as a hit by pitch and the batter is awarded 1st base. However, this does not count against the pitcher as a hit batter.
The Pitcher will pitch to the batter until either she strikes the batter out, the ball is put in play or she throws four ball. At that point, the coach will come in to pitch and assume the count (4-1, 4-2, etc.) They will continue to pitch until the batter either strikes our or puts the ball into play
This is a batted ball that goes directly from the bat to the catcher’s glove, but not higher than the batters’ head. This will be considered a strike. If the foul ball goes higher that the batter’s head and is caught, the batter will be called “out”!
Ball thrown out of play:
When the ball is over thrown (out of the field of play) the base runners will be awarded the base they were approaching at the release of the throw plus one more base. The umpire must immediately declare “Dead Ball”.
A run shall NOT be scored:
If the third out of the inning is a result of the batter being put out before legally touching 1st base or if the base runner is forced out.
Coach touching a player:
If a coach touched a player while running the bases; the player is called “out”. (Congratulatory High 5’s are permitted)
Each manager will be allowed two time outs/trips to the mound per inning to talk to his or her pitcher and or team. The 2nd trip to the mound will constitute a pitching change.
Any player on the team may ask for a time out at any time and the umpire may grant time if play has ended.
Injury - In the event of an injury, the game may be stopped immediately by the umpire. The umpire will award bases and/or outs before the game resumes. Pinch runners for any hurt player must be the last out of the inning, if there are no outs in the inning it must be the last batter from the previous inning.
No throwing of the bat permitted by anyone. If any player or coach throws a bat, the player will be called “out” for interference, or an out assessed against the team. The coaches and umpire should warn both teams before the game starts about throwing the bat. This call is a judgment call, made at the discretion of the umpire.
Player Interference is the act of an offensive player or team member that impedes or confuses a defensive player attempting to execute a play.
An “Obstruction” will be called in the following situation:
A fielder who is not fielding or not about to receive a thrown ball who impedes the progress of the base runner or batter who is legally running the bases. It will result in the runner advancing one base.
The base path is an imaginary line 3 feet on either side of a direct line between the bases. A runner is not out if she runs out of the base path to avoid a collision.
A base runneradvancing towards first base must touch the orange part of the double base when running past the base in an attempt to beat the throw. If the base runner touches the white portion of the double base while attempting to beat the throw, she will be called “out”. Likewise, if the first baseman places her foot on the orange portion of the double base while attempting to make a play, the base runner will be called “safe” by the umpire. If the base runner is advancing beyond first base, she may use the white portion of the double base to “round the base”.
Each manager or coach is to instruct their catchers to be ready to take the field prior to the end of their turn at bat, if the catcher is not batting or preparing to bat. It is suggested that you pinch run for your catcher or new pitcher when there are 2 out in the inning in order to speed up the game. The pinch runner must be the last out of the inning.
If a team is not ready to start within 15 minutes after the assigned starting time, they will forfeit the game.
If a spectator becomes verbally abusive, the coach will inform the abusive individual the game will possibly be forfeited if the abuse does not cease if the abuse continues, the coach will declare game forfeited.
Any and all ejections require the ejected individuals to leave the field area within 5 minutes of the ejection and remain no closer than the parking area. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the game.
If a player, coach or spectator is ejected from the game, they must leave the field area with all family members. (Except Manager)
If the manager is ejected, the manager must leave the field area.
The NLGSA Executive Board has the right to extend the ejection to the next game and beyond if they think the violation deems it necessary.
Each coach will be given a list of all coaches’ names and phone numbers, along with the names and phone numbers of the umpires.
No player shall sit 2 consecutive innings
No player should sit out for the second time until all girls have sat out once.
When your team’s division game play starts, our allotted practice field time is over. If you would like to schedule additional practice field time, please contact Marty Kelly (815-258-7916) no earlier than the Wednesday the week before you want to practice. Rain-outs and make-up games will take precedence.
Keys to the equipment box and bag of equipment MUST be turned in at the end of the last game. When you turn in your equipment, you will be given your trophies.
All players must play at least one inning in the infield along with at least one inning in the outfield every game by the fourth inning.
All girls should play every position by the end of the season with the exception of pitcher & catcher.
It is suggested that you ask all the girls to try pitching & catching and give any girl the opportunity to try those positions.
Coaches try to resolve the problems amongst themselves.
Coach will contact the Vice-President of the corresponding Division with a description of the problem.
Division VP will contact and poll everyone he can on both sides of the issue. (Coaches, parents, umps, players etc…)
Division VP will assess the problem, keeping in mind the objectives of NLGSA as stated in the Constitution.
When an opinion is formulated by the Division VP, the VP will contact the coach and address the situation logically and try to reach a satisfactory decision where all persons involved are satisfied.
The coach has the right to appeal the Division VP’s decision to the Executive Board, at the next regular meeting.
If the problem persists, the Division VP will contact the Executive Board, citing the problems that have occurred in an unbiased manner.
The Executive Board will decide at that point, if the situation is severe enough, to call a special meeting to help assess the problem and/or the decision, and what the next steps will be. All managers, coaches, players, spectators, and umpires are subject to immediate probation or suspension if found in violation of the following rules: