66. Ball in Play

  1. Once the pitcher has the ball in control and on the mound, the play ends.
  2. If a runner intentionally touches or stops the ball, it is a dead ball out, and the play ends.

67. Balls

  1. A count of 3 balls advances the kicker to first base.
  2. A ball is any of the following:
    a. A pitch outside the strike zone as judged by the official.
    b. An illegal bounce.
    c. Any fielder or pitcher advancing on home plate before the ball is kicked.
    d. Any catcher crossing home plate before the kicker or failing to field behind the kicker.

68. Designated Runner / Player Positions

  1. The pitcher may only be replaced on the mound once per inning.
  2. In case of illness or injury, a time out may be used to replace the player with a substitute of the same sex.
  3. If a player is ejected, injured, or ill and cannot continue, the lineup will still have to comply with an equal number of men and women called.

69. Equalizer

  1. At the top of the inning, any team that is trailing by 5 runs may start with a runner on second base and/or an extra infielder.

  2. Once the trailing team reaches a deficit of four or less, the players are removed.

70. Fouls

  1. A count of any combination of 2 strikes or fouls constitute an out.

  2. A foul is any of the following:
    a. A kick landing out of bounds.
    b. A kick landing in bounds, but traveling out of bounds on its own at any time before reaching first or third base.
    c. A kick in front of home plate.
    d. A kickball kicked more than once in foul territory or stopped by the kicker in foul territory.
    e. A kick that is ruled a bunt by the umpire.

71 Kicking

  1. All kicks must be made by foot.

  2. All kicks must occur at or behind home plate. Failure to abide by this rule results in a strike on the kicker.

  3. If the catcher can get to a kick before it crosses the first-third-base diagonal it is considered a BUNT and a FOUL Ball. If any other fielder chooses to field the ball before it crosses the diagonal, the ball is fair and live.

  4. The kicking order does not allow two males to kick in a row. Two female kickers may kick in a row if playing with more females. See Wheel Rule 81.1.

  5. Any kick that bounces over the home run fence will be counted as a double.

  6. Double kicks or contact with the ball is considered a foul ball.

72. League Structure

  1. League standings and schedule can be found at www.softballcity.com or www.teamsideline.com/salem.

  2. Ties in league standings will be broken by head-to-head game.

  3. Three different leagues will be offered: Recreational 8-player, Recreational 10-player, and Competitive 8-player.

  4. There will be 6 games.

  5. Awards will be given: end-of-season championship shirts for up to 15 players on the wining team.

73. Outs

  1. A count of 3 outs by a team completes the team’s half inning.

  2. An out is any of the following:
    a. A count of any combination of 2 strikes or fouls.
    b. A runner touched by the ball or who touches the ball at any time while not on base while the ball is in play.
    c. Any kicked ball (fair or foul) that is caught.
    d. A ball tag on a base to which a runner is forced to run.
    e. A runner off his/her base when the ball is kicked.

74. Pitching and Catching

  1. No Bounces. A pitch that is higher than one foot at the plate, and is called as such, results in a ball.

  2. The pitcher must have one foot on the pitching rubber at all times during pitching. The pitcher must stay within one foot of the pitching rubber until the ball is kicked. Failure to abide by this rule will result in an ‘illegal pitch’. The kicker reserves the right to kick it, if they choose not to, the pitch will be ruled a ball.

  3. No player may advance in front of the first-third-base, implied, diagonal line until the ball is kicked. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a ball for the kicker if it was a called strike. If the kicker chooses to kick the ball, the umpire will call obstruction, and the kicker and all base runners will be awarded one base and can advance at their own risk.

  4. The catcher cannot cross the 8-foot line until the ball is struck or kicked. The catcher must stay out of the way of the kicker. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a ball for the kicker if it was a called strike. If the kicker chooses to kick the ball, the umpire will call obstruction, and the kicker and all base runners will be awarded one base and can advance at their own risk.

  5. The strike zone extends to 1.5 feet on either side of home plate and 1 foot above the ground. Any pitch outside that area as deemed by the umpire is a ball.

  6. Pitchers pitch to the opposite team.

  7. In the recreational divisions the pitch must be delivered at a moderate speed. Any pitch ruled as excessive in speed by the umpire will result in a ball. There is no restriction on pitch speed in the competitive division.

75. Playing Rules

  1. A regulation game will consist of 60 minutes of play with unlimited innings, however, no new inning will be started after 60 minutes. There will be a mercy rule of 10 after 5, 15 after 3, or 20 runs at any time. In the event of a tie, the game shall be marked as a tie.

  2. A 60-minute time limit will be in effect for each game.

  3. Each team is allowed two 30-second time outs per game.

  4. Teams may use free defensive substitution; however, it must be for the same sex.

  5. Game balls will be provided by City of Salem. Practice balls will need to be provided by teams.

  6. Metal or ceramic cleats are not allowed.

  7. Uniforms are not required for league play and are optional for all divisions.

  8. A team can kick their roster, and any 10 players can play the field, as long as there is an equal number of males and females. Exception: 8v8 League; any 8 of those players may field as long as there is an equal number of males and females.

  9. A team may play with a minimum number of 6 players consisting of 3 males and 3 females to avoid a forfeit; refer to the Wheel Rule 81.1 if uneven numbers of male and female players.
    Exception: Exception: a team may always play with more females than males, example: 4 females and 2 males, 5 females and 1 male, or 6 females.

  10. There must be a male-female pitcher-catcher combination, and there must be two of each sex in the infield and the outfield. The infield positions consist of first base, second base, third base, and shortstop. Outfielders may not be on the infield surface. There is no infield fly rule. Exception: 8v8 League; there must be at least two male players in the infield positions consisting of first base, second base, third base, and shortstop.

76. Registration

  1. Teams must have a minimum of 10 players to register.

  2. Teams may have a maximum of 20 players on the team roster at any time.

  3. There is a $50 charge on all refunds. Refunds will not be granted after the registration deadline.

77. Roster and Eligibility of Players

  1. Every team must submit a team roster online prior to their first scheduled game at the fields. To add or delete players from the roster, a team representative must do so in person at the field. See Rule 2 Add/Drop.

  2. Roster forms must be current at all times. This includes full name, age, phone number(s), street address and/or PO box, city, state, ZIP code, and t-shirt size for each player, coach, manager, and team representative.

  3. A player must be on a team’s roster to play in any game. The name must be on the roster prior to game time. All players must have government-issued photo ID with him/her at all games to verify identification.

78. Running

  1. Runners must stay within the base line. Fielders must stay out of the base line. Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline. Runners hindered by any fielder within the baseline shall be safe at the base to which they were running.

  2. All bases are 70 feet.

  3. Leading off or stealing a base is not allowed. A runner off his/her base when the ball is kicked is out.

  4. Hitting a runner’s neck or head with the ball is not allowed. Any runner hit is safe and advances one base beyond the one he/she was originally running toward when the ball was thrown. If the runner intentionally uses the head or neck to block the ball and is so called by the official, the runner is out.

  5. Tag-Ups
    a. After a kicked ball is caught, runners must tag their originating base before running to the next base. If the runner has not moved off the base before the ball is caught, the runner may simply run forward without a tag-up.

  6. Runner may overrun first base.

  7. Running past another runner is not allowed. Any runner passed by another runner is out.

  8. Overthrows
    a. When an overthrown ball travels out of bounds, a runner may not run beyond the base they were originally running toward when the ball was thrown.

  9. Runners are allowed to slide, except when going toward first base.

79. Score Book and Lineup

  1. Score books will be kept by both teams.

  2. Each team shall exchange lineups as soon as possible, prior to the beginning of the game.

  3. The home team shall designate a scorekeeper who will keep the official book. If the home team does not provide a scorekeeper, the visiting team may designate one.

  4. If neither team has a scorekeeper, the umpire will be declared the official scorekeeper. Should this occur, teams will not be allowed to protest the end game score.

  5. Home/away is designated on the schedule.

80. Strikes

  1. A count of any combination of 2 strikes constitute an out.

  2. A strike is a pitch within the strike zone either not kicked or else missed by the kicker. The strike zone is 1 foot above the ground and within 1 foot of either side of home plate.

81. Wheel Rule

  1. When it is time for a female kicker, and the team is shorthanded for women, the females must rotate between the male batters instead of taking an out.

  2. Women must kick in the order that they are listed in the lineup.

  3. If it is a female kicker’s turn and that female is on base in order to maintain the batting order, another female must become the courtesy runner. (If a female is unavailable, then a male may become the courtesy runner, and he must be the last out made.)

  4. When using an odd number of players, a team may only have one more male than female but may have as many females as desired, up to 14 kickers. Examples:
    a. Three females and 4 males.
    b. Four females and 5 males.
    c. Five females and 6 males.
    d. Six females and 7 males.
    e. Seven males and 5 females are not acceptable. (Men are not allowed to use the wheel.) Taking an out for back-to-back men is not an option, either.