General Softball Information:
- Co-ed, 10 players on the field (max. 6 men and 4 women). Minimum number of players per team is 12. No max number of players.
- Minimum age is 21 years old.
- Games on Tuesday nights between 6:00 and 8:00, lasting 1 hour.
- Eight-week season plus two-week playoffs.
- Location of games - Fields near Bethesda: Meadowbrook Park, Randolph Hills, Ray’s Meadow, Norwood Park, Farmland, Burning Tree, Wood Acres, and others.
- Food and drink specials following each game at Tommy Joe's Bethesda located at 7940 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814. Featuring $2.00 Miller Lite drafts.
- Each batter will have a one and one count on them (one ball, one strike) before the ball is pitched.
- Line-up cards filled out before the start of each game (2 men to 1 woman-batting ratio).
- Teams provide gloves and bats. SSB provides jerseys, field equipment, balls, and umpires.
- Weather - The SSB will make-up two rained-out games.
- THREE DIVISIONS: “Miller” division is for teams that prefer to be a little more competitive in two hand touch. "Lite" division is the less competitive in two hand touch. Super Lite is for new teams or previous teams who finished sub .500 in the lite division. Please note the two upper divisions may be combined if needed.
Note: SSB does not provide refunds for any teams or players unless we cannot place you in a league or on a team.
|Regular Season (Tuesdays)||Post Season Dates
(for Rain and Playoffs)
|Game 1 - May 9||Game 5 - June 6||Rain date/Playoffs 1 - July 11|
|Game 2 - May 16||Game 6 - June 13||Rain date/ Playoffs 2 - July 18|
|Game 3 – May 23||Game 7 – June 20||Reserve for Rain date - July 25|
|Game 4 - May 30||Game 8 – June 27
For more information visit http://socialsportsofbethesda.com/softball17
Softball Team Captains Packet- all the info a Team needs in one doc.
SHIRT PICK-UP & KICK-OFF HAPPY HOUR
Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm (drink specials from 7:00 - 10:00pm)
Happy Hour Location: Tommy Joe's Bethesda located at 7940 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814.
Specials: $2 Miller Lites and SSB food specials
Rules — Softball Spring 2017
GAME TIME: Games will stop after 7 innings with no new innings after the 45-minute mark with a hard stop at 55-minutes, whichever is reached first. If 7 innings are not completed when 55-minutes is reached, the score will revert to the last full inning played. Exception: If it is the bottom of an inning and the at-bat (home) team takes the lead, then the at-bat (home) team is awarded the win. There is no minimum number of innings for a complete game if the time limit has been satisfied. The umpire's clock is the official game clock. They will inform both teams when the game has started. Only one warm-up pitch is allowed between innings. Teams must hustle on and off the field. If a rainout occurs while a game is in progress, 4 innings must be completed for the game to count. If the home team is ahead after the completion of the top of the 4th inning, the game will be considered complete.
GAME UNIFORMS: SSB tee shirts are your team’s softball uniforms. All players must wear their current SSB tee shirt to participate. Swapping shirts is not allowed. Players swapping shirts will be ejected.
EQUIPMENT: The SSB will supply a catcher's mask, field equipment (bases, pitchers mound, etc) and a playable ball for each game. No additional equipment will be supplied. Catchers MUST wear the mask at all times behind the plate. Catchers please clear bats from home plate/batters box during play.
BAT RESTRICTIONS: All bats must bear either the ASA 2000 or ASA 2004 certification, and must not be listed on an ASA non approved list. Batters throwing bats is not allowed. Teams will receive two warnings. Batters will be called out if it happens a third or more times.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON FIELD: Maximum of 10 players (at least 4 women) on the field. Minimum number of players on the field/your starting line up is 8 (6 men/2 women) to avoid forfeit (see Forfeit rules). No more than 6 men are allowed on the field at one time. There is no maximum number of women allowed on the field or in your line-up. If a player arrives late, they will be inserted into the bottom of the batting order. You are allowed to place a late arriving player in the field. Notify the umpire and opposing team of these additions.
All players must bat.
Only players in the line-up are eligible to play in the field.
There is no max number of players allowed in the line-up.
The line-up needs to stay the same for the whole game, except late arriving players can be added to the bottom of the line-up (notify ump and opposing team).
Maintain a 2 to 1 batting ratio for men to women.
You cannot have more than 2 men bat in a row.
Men are not allowed to bat more than once in the line-up.
If the line-up starts with 2 men, it must end with a woman.
If the team has too few women, then women can bat multiple times in the line-up in order to satisfy the 2 to 1 ratio.
If a team has too few men, go to a 1-to-1 man/woman ratio or have 2 women bat in a row
Administration – Softball Summer 2017
PLAYER PARTICIPATION: Teams can only play with players listed on their roster. Recruiting players from other teams in the league is prohibited, unless the opposing team captain agrees to it before the start of the game. Players from outside the league cannot be used at all. Teams that break these rules will have to forfeit all affected game(s).
FORFEITS FINES: If a team does not have the minimum number of players by game time, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. If a team e-mails the SSB by 5pm on the day preceding the game day to inform of a forfeit, no fine will be assessed. This will allow SSB to notify the opposing Team Captain and they can inform their team of the upcoming forfeit. All fines must be paid before the next scheduled game.
RAINOUT INFORMATION: Rainout information will be available at 301-565-3837 after 4:30 pm the day of the game. If lightning occurs near the field during a game, all games will be cancelled. LEAVE THE FIELD IMMEDIATELY. The SSB will attempt to reschedule rained out games.
Wearing metal spikes.
Using an illegal bat. The batter will also be called out and all runners will return to their original bases.
Unsportsmanlike conduct. Each team will be given one warning. After that players will be ejected.
Unnecessary contact. Also, if the umpire considers a slide to be unsportsmanlike, that player will be ejected.
Initiating a FAKE TAG will be cause for ejection and the runner will be awarded 2 bases. Fake tags are those initiated without the ball in hand in order to stop a play or force a runner to slide.
PLAY-OFFS : Play-offs will start immediately after the regular season ends and all make up games have been played. The number of teams that make the play-off will be determined by the SSB. Teams will be ranked by regular season record. Teams with tied records will be ranked by head-to-head outcome. If head-to-head is tied, sportsmanship points will be used to rank tied teams.