The umpire will be the official keeper of time and score in the game.
The Association will provide all field equipment and kick balls for game play. Bring your own practice ball.
Shoes are required for all players. Shoes with metal or ceramic cleats are not permitted. Plastic or Rubber cleats are acceptable.
The maximum number of players on the field is ten. The minimum number of players on the field is eight.
With Coed - The maximum number of males on the field is six. The minimum number of females on the field is two.
If a team is short the minimum number of players by game time, the game will start as scheduled with that team automatically becoming the visitor and KICKING first. If the minimum number of players does not show up upon completion of the first half of the first inning, the game will be considered a forfeit.
The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid a forfeit, is five. However; this team will become Home team and must kick first. An automatic 3 points will be given to the Visiting team. If other members show to make up the minimum of 8 players on the Home team then the penalty rule will cease. Players must arrive before the beginning of the Home team’s next inning.
There are no substitutions in the kicking line-up.
For Coed; If a team plays with fewer than four females, they must play short in the field and will receive an automatic out when that position is reached in the kicking order.
All late arriving players may be inserted at any time. Late arrivals must be inserted into the bottom of the kicking order, or as close to the bottom to ensure gender rules apply. If a team has their fourth female show up during the game, they will no longer be forced to take an automatic out.
Completed line-up cards must be handed to the umpire before the game begins. Cards must be filled out with each player’s first name and gender. The umpire’s card will be the official card. All changes to your line-up must be reported to the umpire.
Each game consists of seven innings or as many as can be played in the time allotted, whichever is fewer. No new inning shall begin after 45 minutes unless, at the discretion of the umpire, time permits. The inning in play when the umpire declares time has expired shall be completed to determine a winner. Regular season games may end in a tie.
The game clock will start when the umpire calls for the captains to meet at home plate.
The home team will be determined by a coin toss or if minimum 5 player rule occurs with a 3-point penalty going to the visiting team.
At the bottom of the seventh inning is a completed game. If the team is ahead at the bottom of the 7th inning, then they can elect not to continue and will be declared the winning team. If time has expired, whichever team has the most points.
Games will be rescheduled if rained out before the 4th inning. After the 4th inning whichever team has the most points will be declared winners. In the case of a tie this would be consider a draw. Total points will determine the tournament playoff seating. Games that were stopped or not played will be rescheduled before tournament playoff.
No new innings will start after the umpire has declared time expired.
The kicker has one courtesy foul. The second foul with two strikes will be called strike three and the kicker will be ruled out.
All pitches must be underhand and straight.
If, in the umpire’s judgment, a pitcher delivers a curveball or uses a motion other than underhand, the umpire will use a visible and audible signal to declare the pitch illegal. The kicker, however, still has the option to kick the ball. All action will stand if the kicker elects to kick the ball.
A pitched ball must either roll or bounce at least twice before reaching the strike zone to be considered a strike.
A pitched ball may not bounce higher than one foot (as measured from the bottom of the ball). If the ball is bouncing higher than one foot off the ground at any point before it reaches the strike zone, then it is a ball. However, the kicker does have the option of kicking it if he/she wishes.
The strike zone extends to two feet on both sides and one foot in front of home plate. There will be a box around home plate which marks the strike zone. If any part of the ball falls within the zone or hits the line (and meets the conditions above), then it is a strike.
All walks are one base awards.
If the pitcher desires to walk a kicker intentionally, he may do so by notifying the home plate umpire who shall award the kicker first base. No pitches are required in order to award an intentional walk.
A Pitcher may advance past the imaginary line running through first and third base until the ball has been kicked
The catcher must maintain a position well away from the kicker and at least five feet behind home plate until the ball is kicked. If it is determined that a catcher’s actions or position interfered with the play, all affected runners will be ruled safe.
In addition to standard softball rules, a runner can be put out by throwing the ball and hitting that runner in the area at or below the shoulders. Throwing the ball at a base will not put out a runner.
Hitting a runner with the ball above shoulder level is not allowed and the runner is safe, except for the following situations:
– If the runner intentionally uses the head to block the ball (runner is out).
– If the runner is ducking, diving, or sliding (i.e. attempting to dodge the ball) and is hit in the head because of this (runner is out).
– If the runner intentionally hits or kicks the ball out of bounds after being tagged out, the ball is dead and all runners must return to their original bases.
The maximum number of infielders is 6 (including the Pitcher and Catcher).
Outfielders must stay in the outfield grass (or at least 15 feet outside the base paths) until the ball is kicked. If an outfielder comes into the infield area before the ball is kicked and is in any way involved in the play, all affected runners will be ruled safe.
FIELDING IN AND OUT:
Fielding positions can be changed between players on the field while on defense, however new players may not substitute in except for a pitching change, the team is short fielders, or due to an injury. The batting order must always stay the same despite any changes in field position.
Fielders may occupy any defensive position, regardless of gender, provided overall roster and field requirements have been satisfied.
A fielder may not kick the ball in order to advance it to another fielder. If a fielder kicks the ball during a play, all runners will be ruled safe and awarded based as determined by their position at the time of the infraction.
Fielders must stay out of the base path unless in the process of an immediate attempt at playing the ball. Fielders attempting to put a runner out may have one foot on a base, but must lean out of the base path to avoid obstructing the runner.
Obstruction on the part of the fielder shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire with the runner being awarded a minimum of one base.
Once the ball has been returned to the infield and all action by runners has stopped, the umpire will call time to stop the play.
All players kick, however no more than two males may kick in a row. Females can re-kick if necessary. (For example, if a team has nine males and four females, one female would be designated in the line-up to kick twice to ensure proper ratios).
All kicks must be made by the foot only and touched only once. If a knee ball or double-kick occurs, the ball will be ruled foul.
The plant foot must be on or behind the line in front of home plate. If the line is crossed and the ball is put in play on the ground, it will be ruled foul.
If any foul kicked ball is caught on the fly by the fielding team, the kicker will be called out.
Kickers may not stop the ball with their foot and then kick it.
A kicked ball that is contacted by a fielder before it contacts the ground will be ruled fair or foul depending on its position when contacted by the fielder.
Bunting is allowed. However, when a male is kicking, the pitcher shall be allowed to advance as far forward as the first bunt line prior to the ball being kicked. When a female is kicking, the pitcher must remain within the pitching area until the ball is kicked.
KICKING OUT OF ORDER:
If the error is discovered while the incorrect kicker is hitting, then the correct kicker will assume the ball/strike count of the incorrect kicker. If the error is discovered after the incorrect kicker has safely reached base, the incorrect kicker will be called out, and all runners will return to their original base. The opposing team must make the umpire aware of “kicking out of order” before a pitch is thrown to the next kicker. If it is not, then the incorrect kicker will stay on base with the kicking order continuing thereafter in the proper order.
Runners must stay within established base paths.
There is no leading off or stealing of bases. Doing so will result in the runner being called out.
Every field has an extra first base bag, known as the “safety” base, located outside the baseline. This is the bag that the runners must touch when running through first base. The inside bag is for the fielders.
Interference on the part of the runner or the fielder shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire.
Runners may tag on all fair and foul balls. In a tagging situation, the runner may leave base as soon as the ball is FIRST touched by a member of the fielding team.
All ties will go to the runner.
On an overthrow, all players may continue to advance provided the ball is still in play. The ball is dead if it touches sideline players, spectators, equipment, or goes out of bounds.
When two runners are on the same base at the same time, the fielder has the choice of tagging either runner with the ball.
The runner who is tagged is out and the other runner is safe and may stay on the base.
HEAD FIRST SLIDE:
Runners may not engage in a “head first” slide when approaching any base on the field. If a runner’s momentum has caused them to overrun a base, they may “dive back” in a head first manner to regain possession of that base.
Injured kickers may receive a courtesy runner once they have safely reached base, all action resulting from their hit has stopped, and time has been called by the umpire.
If a female kicker is injured, the last female out becomes the courtesy runner.
If a male kicker is injured, the last player out will become the courtesy runner, regardless of gender.
The maximum number of runs allowed per inning is 10 regardless of the numbers of outs.
FOUL BALLS RULES THAT WILL BE ENFORCED:
If a ball is kicked and grounded by the offense and does not pass the arch of the kicking area; it is considered a foul ball. However; if the ball is kicked and is rolling in the field but has not pass the non-foul area and the defense picks it up; the ball is considered in play.
If a ball is kicked and pops up in the air and is caught before it lands in any area inside the fenced field; then it is an out.
If the ball is kicked and pops up in the air, lands in any area that is not pass the fair play area; then bounce again into an area that is fair or not; it is a foul ball.
This rule is the same if a defensive player tries to catch a foul ball and bobbles it and drop it. It is still a foul ball if the area the play is made in is out of bounds or a foul area. The runner will have to kick again.