Softball Rules and Regulations

Intramural Softball will be governed by the American Softball Association rules.

Playing Field

Equipment

Players and Substitutions

The Game

Pitching Regulations

Batting

1. Strike Zone – Any pitched ball that crosses the plate and between the batter’s back shoulder and knees in normal batting stance.

2. Third Strike – Foul on third strike is an out.

3. Bunt/Chop Hit – bunting or chopping the ball is an out.

4. Infield Fly – the infield fly rule is in effect. If a fair fly ball (not line drive) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort when 1 st and 2 nd or 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd are occupied, the batter is automatically out and the ball is live.

5. Five home run limit (over the fence). After that, an out will be declared.

Base Running

1. The base runner may not leave to occupied base until the batter has made contact with the pitched ball. The official may warn the runner and team of leaving early. It will be left to the officials’ discretion if the runner will be called out for leaving the base too early.

2. Sliding – Sliding is legal, but you MUST SLIDE DIRECTLY to the base. Any base runner that goes out of the base path and interferes with the defense will be ejected. Example: to break up a double play. SLIDING ON THE TURF IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

3. Interference – any player who runs over a defensive player in legal position to play a ball will be called out and immediately ejected. The ball becomes dead immediately.

4. Obstruction – the act of:

a. A defensive players or team member who hinders or prevents a batter from striking or hitting a pitched ball.

b. A fielder, who is not in possession of the ball, in the act of fielding a batter ball, nor about to received a thrown ball, which impedes the progress of a runner or batter‐runner who is legally running bases.

5. Overthrows/Base awards – any overthrow from the infield or outfield which goes out of play will result in one (1) bases awarded from the position or runners at the time of the release.

6. Stealing – IS NOT ALLOWED

Blood Borne Pathogen Policies

Any player who sustains an injury where bleeding or oozing occurs, or where blood has saturated the uniform, must leave or be removed from the contest. The bleeding must be stopped and the area completely covered before the individual is allowed to reenter the game. An Intramural staff member must clear the individual before the participant can resume play. If the uniform has become contaminated with blood, it must be changed before the player reenters the game.