My my My my

Rules - Seniors Division
As adopted by the Rules Committee for the 2013 season. 

1.0         GENERAL
  1.1   All players must have a registration on file with the League before being allowed to participate.
  1.2   Players can only be added to a “prior-season” team roster through the draft process.   Head Coaches are prohibited from adding new players to their prior-season roster outside of the draft process.   The only exceptions to this are if a Head Coach or a prior-season Assistant Coach has a daughter moving up to the Senior Division, or if a player from the prior season has a sibling moving up to the Senior Division.   Furthermore, Head Coaches are prohibited from recruiting new Assistant Coaches prior to the completion of the draft.
  1.3   Parents or guardians must inform their head coach of any disability that may affect the safety of a child.
2.0         CONDUCT
  2.1   Profane or abusive language or gestures from players, coaches, family, or spectators will not be tolerated by the league.   Any individual(s) responsible for such behavior will be removed from the field and the umpire may call a forfeit against the team that said individual(s) is/are affiliated with.
  2.2   Unsportsmanlike conduct (booing, taunting, use of air horns or any other device/behavior deemed intrusive to the game, refusal to shake hands) by or directed to any player, coach, family member, or spectator is strictly prohibited.  Any individual(s) responsible for such behavior will be removed from the field and the umpire may call a forfeit against the team that said individual(s) is/are affiliated with.
  2.3   Players must be present at 50% of the regular season games to participate in playoff games except when medically excused.
  2.4   Managers and coaches must avoid making calls to sway umpires calls.
  2.5   In the event an Umpire does not show for a game, the home team will be required to designate an umpire for the game.
3.0         SAFETY
  3.1   Only players and coaches will be allowed in the dugout and on the playing field.
  3.2   All players not required to be on the field, must remain in the dugout.
  3.3   Players must notify or seek permission from a coach prior to leaving the playing area.
  3.4   No swinging of bats in or around the dugout except at the designated on-deck circle.
  3.5   Batting helmets must be worn by all batters (at Home Plate and On-Deck), and all Base-Runners. Helmets must be equipped with face guards and secured with chin straps.
  3.6   Safety bases must be used at first base.
  3.7   No Slashing or Punching plays allowed: Once a player squares to bunt she may not then hit away.  For the first offense, the batter will be called out if she hits away once squaring to bunt.  The second offense will result in ejection.
4.0        DRESS CODE
  4.1   The league-issued team shirt must be worn by players at all games, and must be the outermost garment.  During cold weather, Head Coaches for both teams must agree before letting players wear sweatshirts over their team shirts during a game.   If possible, sweatshirts should be worn under a player’s team shirt.
  4.2   League-issued pants must be worn.  During very hot weather, Head Coaches can request permission from the Commissioner to allow their players to wear shorts with sliding shorts.  
  4.3   Coaches are required to wear their league issued ID Card, or coaches shirt, at all BGSL sponsored events including, but not limited to, parades, opening day, games and practices.
  4.4   All jewelry must be removed during games and practices.  However, recently pierced ears may have studs taped over.
5.0     GAME PLAY - A.S.A. Fast pitch rules are in effect using a 12 inch ball, except as noted below:
  5.1   All games will be played as originally scheduled.   Games will only be rescheduled (by the League or the Commissioner) due to weather or poor field conditions.  Head Coaches must encourage players who are going to be absent from a game or late for a game to notify them as soon as possible, (preferably 24 hours before a game’s scheduled start time). Note: When putting together the calendar of games, the League goes to great lengths to not schedule games on days that have known conflicts, such as; Proms, Dance Recitals, Graduations, Award Dinners/Banquets, etc.    
  5.2   Coaches must inform opposing coaches of players that arrive late to a game.  All late players will be entered at the end of the batting order unless they arrive prior to their scheduled first at-bat.
  5.3   Failure to begin a game within 20 minutes of the scheduled start will result in the forfeit of the game by the delaying team.  The umpire will declare a forfeit.
  5.4   If a team cannot field a minimum of eight (8) players then that team will forfeit the game.  If neither team can field a minimum of eight (8) then the team with the fewest players forfeits the game.  If both teams have equal amounts of players, and less than the minimum of eight (8) players, the game will count as a tie in the standings.
  5.5   10 players allowed in the field.
  5.6   Innings:
    5.6.1 All games are "7" full innings.  (Exception: No new inning could be started after 1:45 from the scheduled start time if the game is played on Field 1 (lights) and there multiple weekday games scheduled on this field) If time and/or daylight do not allow a game to be played a full 7 innings, the Head Coaches for each team and the Umpire must agree on which inning will be the last inning prior to the start of the inning. If the umpire calls a game due to weather and field condition, 4 innings or 3.5 if the home team is ahead must be completed to consider it a completed game; otherwise the game must be continued on an agreed rescheduled time.
    5.6.2 It is mandatory that each player plays a minimum of 3 innings per game in the field.
    5.6.3 All playoff games must be “7” full innings.   
  5.7   Run Ahead Rule: 10-run rule applies when a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after 4 innings (3.5 if the home team is ahead).  This rule does NOT apply in the playoffs.
    5.7.1 Maximum of “4” runs per innings allowed except in the last inning.
    5.7.2 League standing are updated at the time the Run Ahead Rule is invoked.  However, teams are encouraged to play out the remainder of the game as time allows.
    5.7.3 Pitcher may not pitch more than 4 innings per game, and not more than 2 innings consecutively.  This rule applies in both the regular season and the playoffs, including playoff games that go extra innings.
    5.7.4 In an extra inning situation,  rule 5.7 is NOT in effect.
    5.7.5 A single pitch from the pitcher constitutes an inning.
    5.7.6 Any player on the team roster is eligible to pitch regardless of age.
    5.7.7 A pitcher must be removed from pitching if she hits 3 batters during the game.
    5.7.8 Pitching rubber is to a distance of 43 feet from the back of home plate
    5.7.9 High School Varsity pitchers and “Club Team” (i.e. “Drifters-type teams) pitchers may not pitch.
    5.7.10 High School Junior Varsity and Freshman pitchers may only pitch 3 innings per game, and only 2 of the innings pitched can be consecutive.
    5.7.11 Coaches are allowed two trips to the mound per inning.  On the 3rd trip, the pitcher must be removed (unless reason for visit is injury).
    5.7.12 Runners can attempt to steal a base (including home) on the release of the ball by the pitcher.  Runners cannot leave a base (to take a lead or attempt to steal a base) until the pitcher releases a pitched ball.  If a runner leaves a base early, the umpire will call the runner out.
  5.8   Sliding: A runner will be called out if she does not slide or attempt to avoid contact with a fielder in the process of fielding a batted or thrown ball to the base. The umpire will use his discretion on the need for the runner to slide based on the timing of the arrival of the ball to the base before making the safe/out call.  
  6.1   Weather-related game cancelations are determined by the Senior Division Commissioner.  Head coaches for each team will be notified of cancelations no later than 1 hour before the scheduled game start time.  Coaches must then notify their team of the cancelation.  In the event of a rain-out, Head Coaches for both teams are responsible for working with the Senior Division Commissioner to agree on an acceptable day/time to make-up the canceled game based on field availability.  All canceled games are expected to be rescheduled and played within a reasonable amount of time following the cancelation.
  6.2   Teams are not allowed to postpone games due to “non-weather-related” circumstances. Refer to Rule 5.1 above.