- Deadline = Friday, April 5th, 2013
- Please make cheques out to "Salmon Arm Slo-Pitch League"
- Drop-off payment to Cathy Chipman @ Salmon Arm GM
- Age Rule: most players must be 19 years of age at the beginning of the season, a maximum of 2 players aged 16–18 on the playing field at one time. Under age players (16-18) must sign a waiver of liability before they can play.
- Team Rule: each team is allowed ten players on the field. Each team must have a minimum of 4 females. A team that can only field 9 players may discuss with the other team if the game will be legitimate but both parties must agree. Also, a maximum of 6 males can be fielded by the team with 9 players and they must abide by rule 4.
- Inning Rule: the game will consist of 6 innings and all 10 players will bat each inning. A game may be called at 5 innings if weather or time is an issue. If either team wants to call the game in-between an inning – the last completed inning determines the final score.
- Batting Order Rule #1: no more than 2 men batting consecutively.
- Batting Order Rule #2: the batting order must rotate (ie: 2nd inning the 2nd person in line–up bats, 3rd inning the 3rd person in line-up bats and so on).
- Foul Ball Rule #1: foul ball on third strike – batter is out.
- Foul Ball Rule #2: caught foul ball – batter is out. Play is live and runners may tag-up and advance.
- Pitch Count/Walking Rule: standard count – 4 balls, 3 strikes. 4 balls in any order (mixed with strikes or not) results in a walk. If a male batter is walked and there is a female batter on-deck, the male batter goes to second - but please remember this is a hitting game.
- 10th Batter Rule: 10th batter cannot be walked. He/she must hit or strikeout to end the inning. Runners do not advance on ball 4.
- Pitching Arc Rule: the ball must have an arc of at least 6 feet and no more than a 12 foot arc and must be pitched from between the two pitching mounds.
- “No-Pitch” Rule: pitches that are above or below the required arc must be called “no-pitch” by the umpire. When a “no-pitch” is called, the ball is dead. The pitch is not to be counted as a strike or a ball. DO NOT swing at "no pitches". Note to umpires: please be diligent in calling "no pitches" while they are still in the air, so as not to endanger the fielders. This rule is in place for the safety of the fielders, and the point is to call it BEFORE the batter has a chance to swing.
- Home Plate/Mat Rule: if the batter hits the ball and the ball then hits the home plate mat (either stopping on the mat or entering the playing field, it is a dead ball. The batter is charged a strike.
- In-Field Fly Rule: if the ball is “popped-up” in the infield while runners occupy 1st & 2nd , or 1st 2nd & 3rd – the batter is out. The umpire should call “in-field fly, batter out”. A "popped up" ball refers to a ball hit with significant arc, remaining infield for the duration of it's flight, and considered easily caught by an average fielder. Infield Fly balls are considered to be at the umpire's discretion. If there is no "force" to third, infield flys are live, and the Batter may run.
- Tie-Game Rule: If a game is tied at the end of the 6 innings, or when a game is called due to weather or time, that is the final score. Both teams are to report the tie score.
- Base Running/Playing Rule #1: there is no tagging, sliding, or stealing.
- Base Running/Playing Rule #2: when running to a base, if not going onto the next base, the runner is to over-run the base and turn to the right. If the base runner turns to the left and the ball is thrown to that base before the runner gets back to it, the base runner is out. Base runners do not have to touch the base when running to or by it
– however, they do have to touch and stop on the base when returning to it. If a base runner collides with a player from the fielding team, the base runner is out. The base runner is also out if he/she touches home plate.
- Leading Off Rule: no leading off allowed. If the batter swings at the ball and does not make contact and the runner leaves the base, the base runner is out. The base runner must only leave the bag once the ball is hit.
- “Hot Box”/Caught Base Runner Rule: if a base runner stops in-between two bases (either on a tag-up or after turning left) and does not get to either base before the ball goes to both bases, the base runner is out.
- Tag-Up Rule: on a caught fly ball (fair or foul) the batter is out. If there are runners on base, they may then attempt to tag-up and proceed to the next base(s).
- Fielding Rule: fielders cannot proceed beyond the 150' marked line until the ball is hit.
- Overthrow Rule: if the ball is thrown out of the playing area while trying to put a base runner out, the play will be stopped and all base runners advance one base. If the ball is still in the playing area, it is a live ball.
- Home Team Rule: home team will be determined by a coin toss.
- Umpire Rule: the batting team umpires and should have only 1 player behind home plate.
- Eligible Playoff Player Rule: all players must have played at least 4 games to be eligible to play in the wind-up tournament.
- Roster Rule: all players must be on a roster to be eligible to play.
- Liquor Rule: no liquor permitted in public parks.
- Pregnant Woman Rule: no pregnant women allowed to play.
- Illegal Bat Rule: no illegal bats allowed. A currrent list of illegal bats can be found at the NSA Canada website.
- Submitting Score Rule: the winning team is responsible for submitting the final score through the website. This must be done within 1 week of played game otherwise it will not be accounted for.
- Scoresheet Signoff Rule: it is recommended that both team captains sign the winning teams scoresheet to avoid any future discrepancies. If one captain does not sign the scoresheet and an agreement can not be reached the game will be counted as a tie. This is a fun league and teams should be able to sort out 99.9% of discrepancies at the field.
- Field Raking Rule: one person from each team is required to rake the base paths and high usage areas (home plate, pitching mound, shortstop, etc). Constant abuse of this rule may result in the teams exclusion from league play next year.
- Rescheduling Rule: all rescheduled games must go through the website rescheduling email (
) so that any time a field is unused we can let the city know. Not doing so will result in the teams in question being charged for the field time directly.
- Blackburn Homerun Rule: 1 up - a team can only have 1 more homerun than their opponent at any given time - after which a homerun is a strike. The 10th batter shall not count towards the 1 up rule in any inning. For instance, if your team is already 1 up, your tenth batter may hit a home run. In the next inning, you will still be 1 up. Likewise, if you are 1 down, and hit a homerun at the 10th bat, you will start the next inning 1 down.
- Courtesy Runner Rule: In the event a batter is unable to run due to injury, a courtesy runner may be used from either home plate or first base. The courtesy runner must be the last player out of the same gender. If no outs have been recorded for the current inning, the final batter of the same gender for that inning may be used. If a batter requires a courtesy runner from the start of the game, it must be revealed to the opposing team prior to the first pitch. If the opposing team determines that the batter in question is capable of running based on defensive play, they may disallow the courtesy runner.
*Note: If the courtesy runner is still on base when they are due to bat, they will be marked as an out, and the next batter in line will take their bat