Icon Sports Softball Rules

The level of play for Icon Co-ed Softball is purely recreational with the emphasis always being on having a good time. Generally speaking, the game will be governed by the rules outlined by ASA (Amateur Softball Association) except for the following exceptions for co-ed which have been designed to even out the playing field and create as much action as possible.

Gameplay

  • There will be no defensive pitcher. Teams will provide their own pitcher and each batter will get a maximum of three underhand pitches to hit the ball. Each ball thrown will be considered a strike. A foul ball on the final pitch will result in an additional pitch.
  • If the pitcher is hit by the ball, the play will be redone.
  • There will be no limit on innings. The last inning is not to start after 50 minutes past the hour unless there is a tie. It is up to the discretion of the umpire whether extra innings will be played in the event of a tie except in the playoffs where extra innings will be played until a winner is decided.

Season

  • The season will consist of 7 regular season games.
    Points will be awarded based on wins and losses as follows.
    Win = 3 points
    Tie = 1 point
    Loss = 0 points
  • The top four teams in each division based on this point system will play in a single elimination tournament exactly one week after the last day of regular season play. In the event of a tie, the team that won the most games in head to head play will continue on to the playoffs.
  • If there is still a tie, the team that scored the most runs throughout the season will advance. In this case, forfeits will be counted as a 9-0 loss.
  • In the rare event that a tie-breaker cannot be identified, ties in the point standing will be decided by the flip of a coin.

Uniforms

  • Home Teams wear dark colored T-shirts, Away teams wear white or light colored shirts
  • Please remove all Jewelry while you are playing.
  • Metal Cleats are strictly prohibited.

Equipment

  • Balls, and bases will be provided by Icon Sports.
  • Gloves and bats will not be provided so you will need to bring your own.
  • Cleats and Helmets are optional and will not be provided by Icon Sports.

Male/Female

  • A team will consist of at least 12 players and no more than 15. Teams will field 9 players at a time. You may not field more than 5 males at one time, but there are not limits as to how many females you can have on the field at a time. Teams must have at least 8 players present with no more than 5 being male. Failure to meet these minimum requirements will result in an official forfeit although exhibition play is always highly recommended in these cases. This is subject to change if team captains and umpire can agree on an alternate plan.
  • To make games as fair as possible, we will do the best we can to put equal numbers of female on all teams. To even the playing field in cases where there are different numbers of females on each team the following adjustments will be made so each team’s batting line-up will have the exact same number of females batting. Example: Team A has two women present. Team B has four women present. Team A’s women will bat twice in a batting line-up before their line-up starts over to ensure there are equal number of female at bat’s between the two teams.

The don't be a deuche ruleĀ

Any time a male player obviously steps in front to make a play that should have been made by a female, not only will the batter not be out, the batter will advance one extra base.

Home Team

  • The team listed first on the schedule will be the home team and will have the last at bat.

Run Limit

  • There is a 9 run per inning limit. Once a team has scored 9 runs in an inning, that team will take the field and the other team will be up to bat. Any subsequent runs that are scored on the same play that push the team past nine will be counted.

Fielding

  • A team will have a choice to play a defensive pitcher or four outfielders.

Bunting

  • No intentional bunting allowed. A bunt is any ball that does not cross the imaginary line between first and third base.

Sliding

  • Sliding is allowed with the exception of at home plate. When you are approaching home plate, all you need do is cross the 4 foot "finish line"to the right of the plate to score.  YOU WILL NOT BE TOUCHING HOME PLATE AT ALL.  This rule is designed to avoid any kind of collisions/injuries at home plate.  There are a couple of parts to this rule.
  • 1)  It is not necessary to touch home plate.  If the ball arrives in the catchers mit while they are touching the plate before you cross the "finish line", you will be out.
  • 2)  If you pass the midway point between third base and home on the way home, you have committed for home.  You may not turn around.  At this point, you must beat the throw as stated above or you will be out.
  • 3)  Furthermore, if the catcher is in the proper position(meaning standing on home plate and not in front of the finish line), & the runner makes contact with the catcher, the runner will be out regardless of where the ball is.  Bottom line.  Do not run through home plate and there should be absolutely no contact with the catcher or you will be out.