Gopher Rules & Regulations

Changes for the 2018 season are in red

***Note – all references to USSSA rules apply to new 2017 version

SCABA Rules apply first, then USSSA Rules

1. Player Eligibility

a. Please see USSSA rule 3.0

2. Rules of Play

a. Please see USSSA rule 7.0.

b. Any team ahead by 15 or more runs at the end of three (3) innings (2 1/2 if the home team is ahead), or any inning thereafter, is the winner. Any team ahead by 8 or more runs at the end of 4 innings (4 ½ innings if the home team is ahead) is the winner.

3. Player Participation

a. Each player present must have at least 1 turn at bat, or one inning in a defensive position.  Penalty: Forfeiture of game(s).

4. Game Length

a. A complete game will consist of 6 innings or a 1 hour 45 minute time limit. Called games are official after 3 innings (2 ½ if home team is ahead). The beginning of the next inning will be at the immediate end of the previous inning.

5. Pitching

a. NO warnings for balks. The runners will be awarded a base.

b. NO Pitching Maximum.

6. Equipment

a. Steel cleats are not permitted in this League.

7. Bats

a. Please see USSSA rule 7.01

8. Official Roster

a. All teams must carry a minimum of 10 players on their roster.

b. Rosters will be frozen May 15 and NO player may be added or play unless approved by League Rep. Penalty: Forfeit of game(s)

9. Official Line-up

a. Please see USSSA rule 7.02D

10. Sportsmanship

a. Any player, coach or fan who gets ejected from a game will be suspended for a minimum of two (2) more games from all SCPR activities or facilities. Any player, coach or fan receiving two (2) ejections during the season will be suspended for the remainder of the season.

b. Any player that touches a umpire will be suspended a minimum of four (4) or more games from all SCABA games and facilities. SCABA board will review

c. Any coach or fan touches an umpire will be suspended a minimum of twelve (12) games from all SCABA games and facilities. This rule will fall into the following season if need be. SCABA board will review

10.  Supplying Game Balls

In each league game, the league will furnish four official game balls.  Two of the balls will be new and two will be of good quality (no cuts or broken laces).  It is the responsibility of the dugout on which side the foul ball went out on to return all balls to the field of play.  If that ball cannot be found it is that team’s responsibility to replce it with a new official game ball of equal quality.  An inning will not start without the umpire having all four balls.  If the team refuses to get the ball or replace it with one of their own new game balls, a delay of game will be enforced.