43. Bats

  1. Senior play may use any bat that is marked 1.21 BPF that is approved by ASA, USSSA, or SSUSA.

44. Commitment Line

  1. A home plate commitment line will be used. The commitment line shall be marked perpendicular to the third base foul line 20 feet from home plate. Once a runner steps on or past the commitment line, defensive players can put the runner out by touching home plate while holding the ball. They cannot touch the runner.

45. Courtesy Runners

  1. In the Seniors’ league there are unlimited courtesy runners. However, the same runner cannot run more than once in the same inning.

46. Handicap

  1. When a lower-level team is playing an upper-level team, the lower-level team may have 11 players on the field.
  2. At the beginning of each inning, the lower-level team will have a runner start on second base. The designated person should be the last at bat from the previous inning, or the bottom of the order if it is the lower-level team’s first at bat.

47. Minimum Age

  1. In the Seniors’ 50+ league, each team may have 3 players on their roster who are eligible and of age 48 or 49.

48. Pitching Mat

  1. A pitching mat will be used. Any legal pitch that hits the plate or mat shall be ruled a strike.

49. Pitching Rule (Replaces Halo Rule)

  1. A pitching screen will be placed 3 feet in front of the pitching rubber, and has to cover at least half of the pitching rubber. If the batted ball hits the screen for the first time in an at bat, it becomes a foul ball. If the ball hits the screen a second time, it is a dead ball out. If the ball “must be fair” and hits the screen, it is a dead ball out
    a. The pitching screen must remain in the same place through the half inning.
  2. If a pitcher is not behind the screen, and gets hit, it is a live ball. An out is determined only when the ball hits the screen.
  3. Pitch cannot be delivered over the pitching screen.

50. Run Limit

  1. Senior teams will only be allowed to score 5 runs per inning. If a team is behind, they will be allowed to catch up to the lead team.
  2. In the event of a tie, refer to Rule 38.

51, Scoring Plate

  1. The scoring plate shall be located with its right corner 8 feet from the back of home plate. The scoring plate shall be situated on the imaginary extension of the first-base foul line. The offensive team must touch the scoring plate. If the runner touches home plate, the runner is automatically out. The defensive team must always touch home plate for the out. If there is an attempt to tag the runner, then the runner is automatically safe.

52. Sliding

  1. Sliding or diving headfirst is not allowed when going to first base or home plate; the runner will be ruled out. Sliding or diving headfirst is allowed when returning to first base, or at any time involving second or third base.

 

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