Gopher Rules & Regulations

Changes for the 2017 season are in red


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 7.01C

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:

7.02.D  Approved Team Line-ups:

7.02.D.1  Teams may bat a nine (9) player line-up, ten (10) player line-up using an Extra Hitter (EH) or continuous line-up of all present, eligible, uniformed players. Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game.

7.02.D.1(a)  If a team uses a line-up that contains substitute players, all starting players may be removed and re-enter the game once, but must re-enter in their original position in the batting order. Non-starters are not allowed to re-enter. When a starter re-enters, the player in the starter’s batting position in the batting order must be removed from the game and is ineligible for the remainder of the game.

7.02.D.1(b)  If a team uses a line-up that contains ten (10) players, the player in the Extra Hitter position, while not actually playing a defensive position, will be treated as such for substitution purposes.

7.02.D.1(c)  If a team uses a continuous line-up, all players other than the nine (9) defensive position players are Extra Hitters and may move freely in defensive positions with the exception of the pitching position. Any player(s) arriving after the game has begun, shall be added to the bottom of the batting line-up. When using the continuous lineup and a player has to leave the game for any reason, that position in the line-up becomes an out when that at bat comes around.

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.