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TEXAS SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME
2011 GROUND RULES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Rosters, waivers, and entry fees are due by the first game. Please be prompt.
2. All teams must be ASA sanctioned in the current calendar year to be eligible to participate.
3. ASA insurance is available and recommended for teams. Players must be a minimum of 18 years old to participate. No parental waiver whether written or oral will be permitted.
4. Texas Softball Hall of Fame reserves the right to reschedule games as needed, to make all final rulings, and to remove from eligibility any player or team that demonstrates unsportsmanlike conduct while at the ballpark. Acts of violence or threats of violence will be taken seriously and will receive multiple consequences for the players, teams, or any others involved. The Director is fully empowered to make these decisions.
5. There will be a late fee and additional eligibility consequences for paying late.
6. The run rules are 15 after 3 innings and 10 after 5 innings.
7. We play one pitch after 6 innings or 50 minutes, if tied at the end of an inning. The runner on 2nd base is the last batter of the last inning.
8. In 2010, only one Courtesy Runner is allowed for one person per inning. The previous out or the batter in front of the batter up who is not already on base may run.
9. No out spots are required for being shorthanded or lineup reduction except in coed. See ground rule #21. A team may begin or continue play with a minimum of 6 players.
10. Batters start with a 1 & 1 count. An extra foul is allowed on the third strike.
11. We will use a Modified One-Up Rule for homeruns. Homeruns may only be negotiated up at the coin flip. Homeruns will count if they are hit in the last half of the last inning.
12. Balls only TEXAS SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME BALLS GURU cor. 44 for men. Umpires or the pitcher will remove any and all other balls.
13. No stealing is allowed in any of these slow pitch leagues or tournaments.
14. Until further notice, banned bats in 2011, are the Combat Lady Virus, DeMorini Geezer, Miken Freak Plus, Psycho Supermax, Ultra, Ultra II, Ultra II Advanced, Ultra Maxload, Miken Super Freak Maxload, Worth SBTTJH TITAN JH120, 2009 Worth Titan Resmondo 120, ANY BAT WHICH RATTLES, and others to be determined. The bat committee recommended and the director has approved the following list of BANNED BATS from all Leagues starting on March 29, 2009. The COMBAT Lady Virus, Virus Morphed, Virus Enhanced, Scott Brown Virus, Virus, Virus Gear, and Virus Plaque, the DeMarini Geezer, the MIKEN Freak, Freak Limited, Freak Plus, Maniac, MSF Freak, Psycho Supermax, Super Freak Maxload, Ultra, Ultra II, Ultra II Advanced, Ultra Maxload, the WORTH RESMONDO Mutant White, SBTTJH Titan JH 120, 2009 WORTH Titan Resmondo 120, the 5.4 Resmondo Titan Red, 5.4 Resmondo Titan White, ANY BAT WHICH RATTLES, and others TBA. There is a ban rule on ALL Miken bats except for the Miken Red recoil and temporarily, the Miken 2010 ASA approved bats are allowed. Women may not hit with any banned bats in 2010. The consequence of using any of these bats is ejection of the bat, the batter is out, a dead ball is declared, and all base runners return to their bases. Ejection of the batter from the game is required, if in the judgment of the umpire, he or she argues excessively or comes to the plate a second time with a banned bat. Additional suspensions or consequences may be added by the Director. Safety is more important than winning and cheating by using illegal, altered, or banned equipment is unsportsmanlike and unacceptable. Bat rings, pre game inspections, and closer monitoring of bats will be done more in 2010. Other softball bat that meet the requirements of the ASA Rulebook will be allowed. All Texas Softball Hall Of Fame events play on the Recreational level and not the Championship level of play.
15. All players may hit in the batting lineup.
16. The proper I.D. is the player's home or cellular telephone number.
17. Irresponsible drinking of alcohol by players or coaches during games or while at the ballpark is not acceptable. All participants who use alcohol must drink responsibly. Otherwise, they may be suspended for the game, the night, the season, the year, or indefinitely by the Director. Additionally, they may also have legal consequences from Public Intoxication and possibly other Criminal charges or Civil Liability consequences. Spectators are only permitted to have alcoholic beverages with responsible drinking at Cullen Park. NO KEGS ARE ALLOWED in the Cullen Park Leagues.
18. Umpire fees are $12 per game for a one umpire system. We treat each other with RESPECT at all times in Texas Softball Hall Of Fame events!
19. Round Robins may be scheduled on a few Saturdays in 2010.
20. Friday Night leagues play at Community Park in Mo. City. Tuesday night leagues are at Community Park in Mo. City.
21. COED teams can play with more women than men. Teams may play 7 men 3 women. Women will bat in the number 2,4,6, spots in the lineup. If a team only has 2 women, they will bat 2, 4, and number 6 will be an out spot. Only 9 players may play on defense, if there are only 2 women in the lineup. Less than 2 women is a forfeit of any official win. If playing with 3 women, they may bat 8 men. If the man before the out spot is walked, the out spot is waived and that batter is awarded second base.
22. Sunday Men's leagues at Cullen Park are scheduled year round.
23. Players are not allowed to hit pepper into the fence at Cullen Park or Community Park in Missouri City. The consequence may be removal of player privileges.
24. A League team may pick up 3 or less players to play a game. More than 3 picked up players may result in a forfeiture of the official win. Women may participate in a men's program.
25. All persons using or visiting these facilities does so at their own risk. Please do not bring dogs to the fields during warm ups or the games.
26. The owner, management, and umpires are not responsible for any injuries.
27. No illegal drugs shall be brought onto any of these premises and no alcohol is allowed at Community Park.
28. No glass containers are allowed at Cullen Park.
29. No weapons or firearms shall be brought onto any of these premises.
30. All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
31. Every vehicle is required by the City of Houston to be parked in the designated parking lots. Drivers are responsible for following the City policy or for the consequences of failing to follow parking regulations. Also, please drive slowly and carefully.
32. Be aware of the City of Houston policy that Tournaments are allowed to finish and will take priority over League schedules. We only had to postpone 1 time in 2002 and no times in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010. We may have to postpone some in 2010. Rescheduling games is part of the process that permits us to play on Sundays.
33. On some Sundays Cullen Park will be closed for use by other City of Houston programs.
34. Private Complexes set their own policies in regard to alcohol. We come to play ball and not to get drunk. Please work together on this very important issue.
35. Home Runs - The number of home runs per game is the only Ground Rule which is negotiable. At the coin flip teams may agree to go up, but not down in Home Runs.
Thank you players, umpires, and all participants for working with me. Ralph Hall, 281-342-0789
36. Other rule changes in 2010: 1. The height limit on a pitch is now 10 feet. 2. The pitcher may deliver a pitch from up to 6 feet behind the rubber. 3. Any line drive which hits the pitcher or in the judgment of the umpire would have hit the pitcher, if it had not hit his glove first, is a dead ball, batter is out, and no runners may advance. If the ball hits the ground or pitching plate before hitting the pitcher, it is a live ball. That bat may also be confiscated by the umpires, the Director, or the Director’s representative for testing purposes. Failure to surrender the bat when requested to do so will immediately disqualify the player from eligibility to participate and will cause a forfeit of any win for his or her team. 4. No alcohol may be consumed by players or coaches during the games, including on the bench, outside the dugouts, or in the stands. Consequences of ejections will be enforced by the umpires, Director’s representative, or the Director. Alcohol may be responsibly consumed before, between, and after the games.
Last Revised 4-14-2010
Altered or Illegal Bat Policy Effective: November 2, 2008
If Texas Softball Hall of Fame, an umpire, or any player, thinks that an “altered” or “illegal” bat (as defined in accordance with the applicable softball governing body) is being used, Texas Softball Hall of Fame has the right to inspect the bat. If Texas Softball Hall of Fame feels that further inspection or testing is needed, Texas Softball Hall of Fame also has the right to confiscate the bat. The bat will be returned once such further inspection and testing has been completed. If it is determined that the bat has been altered or is illegal, Texas Softball Hall of Fame has the right, in its sole discretion, to either suspend the offending player, the bat owner, or the whole team from playing in Texas Softball Hall of Fame events, in either league play and/or tournaments, for whatever time period Texas Softball Hall of Fame deems appropriate. If a suspected offending player or bat owner does not allow Texas Softball Hall of Fame to confiscate the bat, then Texas Softball Hall of Fame will also have the right, in its sole discretion, to either suspend the offending player or the whole team from playing in Texas Softball Hall of Fame events, in either league play and/or tournaments, for whatever time period Texas Softball Hall of Fame deems appropriate.
The responsibility for knowing whether a bat is altered is that of the user and the owner of the bat. If an individual uses an altered or illegal bat in Texas Softball Hall of Fame event, the punishment/suspension will be imposed without regard to what the individual knew about the bat being altered. An individual must know that his bat is not an altered bat, if he uses it in Texas Softball Hall of Fame events. If he does not know that the bat is altered, the individual can still be suspended. The fact that the individual did not know that the bat was altered is not a factor in imposing the suspension. The question is only whether the bat is altered or not.
In addition to the rules and policies of the governing sanctioning bodies, altered bats are bats, which (1) had the surface of the barrel or the taper changed in any way such as by sandpapering or applying a solvent to the surface such as fingernail polish remover or by any other means, (2) had the plug removed/replaced or changed in any way, (3) had the knob removed/replaced or changed in any way, (4) had anything removed or added to the inside or outside of the bat other than tape at the handle or knob, (5) are subjected to pressure in any manner that exceeds that of striking the bat against an approved ball traveling at game like speeds and such excessive presume would include, but is not limited to, any compression, rolling, placing in a vice, or hitting a stationary object such as a pole.
Cracked, worn (paint/lettering wear is not a problem so long as the bat can be identified and has the appropriate BPF marking, but any wearing of the bat material or identifying paint or BPF wear will be cause for removal) or damaged bats are not altered bats, but will also be subject to removal from play by Texas Softball Hall of Fame or the umpires. Such cracked, worn or damaged bats will not result in a player suspension, unless the player or team returns the offending bat into play after it has been removed or the bat is also altered.
Texas Softball Hall of Fame is intent and serious on eliminating altered and illegal bats from its events and rental facilities. Sportsmanship, fairness, and safety are high priorities for those who choose Texas Softball Hall of Fame and remain its loyal supporters. If you do not value sportsmanship, fairness, and safety, then please make a choice to not play with those who do.
Call Ralph Hall @
281-342-0789-0- 1, 2, or 3
ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL ON OR BEFORE THE NIGHT OF YOUR LEAGUE.
will comply with the most recent banned bat list published on the Rules, Ground
Rules, or League
26 Banned Bats in 2010
1. Combat VIRSP3 Lady Virus
2. DeMarini Geezer
3. Miken Freak Plus
4. Miken Super Freak maxload
5. 2009 Miken Psycho Supermax
6. Miken Ultra
7. Miken Ultra II
8. Miken Ultra II Advanced
9. Miken Ultra Maxload
10. Worth SBTTJH TITAN JH120
11. 2009 Worth Titan Resmondo 120
The bat committee recommended and the director has approved the following list of 12 additional BANNED BATS from all Sunday Leagues starting on March 29, 2009. The COMBAT Lady Virus, Virus Morphed, Virus Enhanced, Scott Brown Virus, Virus, Virus Gear, and Virus Plaque, the DeMarini Geezer, the MIKEN Freak, Freak Limited, Freak Plus, MSF Freak, Psycho Supermax, Super Freak Maxload, Ultra, Ultra II, Ultra II Advanced, Ultra Maxload, the WORTH RESMONDO Mutant White, SBTTJH Titan JH 120, 2009 WORTH Titan Resmondo 120, the 5.4 Resmondo Titan Red, 5.4 Resmondo Titan White, ANY BAT WHICH RATTLES, and others TBA. More pictures may be posted at a later date.
12. COMBAT Virus Morphed
13. CANNON BoomBah
14. COMBAT Virus Enhanced
15. COMBAT Scott Brown Virus
16. COMBAT Virus
17. COMBAT Virus Gear
18. COMBAT Virus Plaque
19. MIKEN Freak
20. MIKEN Freak Limited
21. MIKEN MSF Freak
22. WORTH Resmondo Mutant White
23. WORTH Resmondo Titan Red
24. WORTH Resmondo Titan White
25. MIKEN FREAK 98
26. MIKEN PLUS - BLUE 2010
1. There is a ban rule on ALL Miken bats except for Miken Red Recoil and temporarily, Miken 2010 ASA approved bats will be allowed in 2010 except the 2010 BLUE FREAK PLUS.
2. Games are either 7 innings or 55 minutes. Games are considered official after 3 1/2 innings of play, with home team leading, or after 30 minute
3. The Home team is responsible for keeping the game book. In case of a score discrepancy and no book is kept, the umpires score stands.
4. No visible jewelry is to be worn. Necklaces must be tucked in.
5. No pets of any type except for guide dogs allowed inside the fenced areas.
6. Any foul language offensive to other players, spectators and especially umpires will not be tolerated. For this offense umpires and the director have the authority to eject any person or persons from the game or from the park.
7. League standings will be published after week 4 only for those teams who could finish in first place.
8. No dogs, roller blades, scooters, skates, or skateboards are allowed inside the fenced areas.
9. Everyone parks on the paved parking lots.
10. Any act of violence or threat of violence will result in multiple and serious consequences including suspension of individuals, teams, and other legal ramifications.
11. Other rule changes in 2010: 1. The height limit on a pitch is now 10 feet. 2. The pitcher may deliver a pitch from up to 6 feet behind the rubber. 3. Any line drive which hits the pitcher or in the judgment of the umpire would have hit the pitcher, if it had not hit his glove first, is a dead ball, batter is out, and no runners may advance. If the ball hits the ground or pitching plate before hitting the pitcher, it is a live ball. That bat may also be confiscated by the umpires, the Director, or the Director’s representative for testing purposes. Failure to surrender the bat when requested to do so will immediately disqualify the player from eligibility to participate and will cause a forfeit of any win for his or her team. 4. No alcohol may be consumed by players or coaches during the games, including on the bench, outside the dugouts, or in the stands. Consequences of ejections will be enforced by the umpires, Director’s representative, or the Director. Alcohol may be responsibly consumed before, between, and after the games.
Last Revised 4-6-2010
de pago Política de 2010
La Liga de Softbol Tasas: Domingo Cullen Hombre - $ 395.00
Viernes Comunidad Parque Coed - $ 355.00
Martes Comunidad Parque Hombre? S - $ 355.00
Árbitros: $ 12 por juego (10 juegos por temporada)
2010 Tasa anual de ASA sanción es de $ 25
Todas las tarifas deberán ser pagadas en su totalidad en o antes de la 1 ª NOCHE DE SU LIGA.
Finales de Cuotas:
US $ 25 Finales de tasas se aplicará a cada semana a partir de la semana 2 continuará cada semana hasta la entrada después de que las tasas abonadas en su totalidad. Todos los fines de las tasas se abonará antes de finales de los juegos de equipo se reproducirá.
Si no se pagan tasas en su totalidad hasta la semana 3, el equipo tendrá una cuota de $ 50 finales. Semana 4 es una tasa de $ 75 finales. Semana 5 es una tasa de 100 dólares finales.
Todos estos son adicionales a la cuota de inscripción regular.
NUEVAS REGLAS DE JUEGO LEAGUE y ACLARACIONES
1. Los jugadores se ajusten a la más reciente lista publicada prohibido bate en la Liga los horarios a www.txsoftballhalloffame.com
2. Los juegos son 7 entradas o bien 55 minutos. Los juegos son considerados oficiales después de 3 1 / 2 entradas de juego, con el líder del equipo, o después de 30 minutos
3. Inicio El equipo es responsable de mantener el juego de libro. En el caso de una puntuación de discrepancia libro y no se mantiene, la puntuación de los árbitros está.
4. No visibles joyería debe ser usado. Collares deben ser escondido pulg
5. No se admiten animales de cualquier tipo a excepción de perros guía permitidos dentro de la zonas cercadas.
6. Cualquier lenguaje obsceno ofensivo para otros jugadores, espectadores y, sobre todo, los árbitros no serán tolerados. Por este delito, los árbitros tienen la autoridad para expulsar a cualquier persona o personas fuera del juego o desde el parque.
7. Liga clasificaciones se publicarán después de la semana 4 sólo para aquellos equipos que podría terminar en primer lugar.
8. No perros, patines, patinetes, patines, monopatines se permiten dentro de las áreas cercadas.
9. Todas personas se ponen sus carros en las areas pavimentadas.
10. Si se demonstran los actos de violencia,tendrá como resultado consecuencias graves, Incluyen la suspensión de los individuos, equipos, y otras consecuencias legales.
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