43. Bats

  1. Senior play may use any bat that is marked 1.21 BPF that is approved by USA, 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. Division Differential

  1. When a Gold-level team is playing a Silver-level team, the Silver-level team will receive 1 extra run per inning starting in the 1st inning through the 5th inning.
  2. When an Gold-level team is playing a Bronze-level team, the Bronze-level team will receive 1 extra run per inning starting in the 1st inning through the 5th inning and may have an 11th player on the field.
  3. When a Silver-level team is playing a Bronze-level team, the Bronze-level team will receive 1 extra run per inning starting in the 1st inning through the 5th inning.
  4.  If a game goes less than 5 innings they will only receive the 1 extra run for the innings played.

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.
  4. The pitch height will be between 6 feet and 10 feet.
  5. The pitcher must not make any motion to pitch without immediately delivering the ball to the batter.
  6. The delivery is a continuous motion.
  7. The pitcher must not use a delivery in which there is a stop or reversal of the pitching motion.
  8. The pitch starts when the pitcher makes any motion that is part of his windup after the required stop. No continuous windmill.
  9. The pitcher may not pitch the ball behind his back or through his legs.
  10. The pitching motion does not continue after release of the ball.

50. Run Limit

  1. Senior teams will only be allowed to score 5 runs per inning. Exception: Teams receiving a Division Differential will still be allowed to score 5 runs on top of receiving the extra run per inning, refer to Rule 46.
  2. The final inning will be ‘open,” and teams will be allowed unlimited runs. The open inning will be announced by the umpire when there is 10 mins remaining on the clock. The “open” inning will start at the top of the next full inning.
  3. In the event of a tie, after the time limit or the 7-inning limit, the visiting team will receive 1 run to their score after the last inning, resulting in the win.

51, Scoring Plate

  1. The scoring plate shall be located with its right corner eight 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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