response to the national emergency caused by the
ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus), Texas Softball
Hall of Fame has closed leagues. This decision
comes in compliance with Government, USA
Softball association guidelines, and the
exercise of sensible precautions by our
Future decisions regarding plans for the
2021 game schedules will be posted on the
website, www.txsoftballhalloffame.com. Many
individuals and teams already have expressed a
strong desire to play again. We will continue to
monitor ongoing events, undertake precautions,
and encourage all softball participants to do
We are still learning more about this
virus and the challenges that will be coming as
we rise up to defeat it.
most common symptoms are: • Fever• Fatigue• Cough•
Shortness of breath
COVID 19 Policy and Guidelines for 2021 for the Softball Leagues,
Tounaments, or Special Events:
PLAYERS, SPECTATORS, OR UMPIRES MAY NOT ENTER THE BALLPARKS IF:
1. You have been diagnosed with Covid
2. You have symptoms of Covid 19.
3. You have been in close contact with
a person who has or is suspected to
have Covid 19 or are awaiting testing
4. No one should participate in any
activities with known Covid persons
before coming to the Ballpark. This
includes meetings, games, and
5. If you have these circumstances or
conditions, please stay home without
fear of reprisal.
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN SOFTBALL GAME
1. Masks are recommended whenever
2. Sanitation supplies are
encouraged by each team and individual
in addition to sanitation efforts of
the League. Managers may provide this
for their team, if they think there is
a need to do so.
3. Distancing practices will be the
standard 6 feet and be realistically
utilized in dugouts, playing area, and
bleachers. The number of fans in the
bleaches may also be limited because
of distancing requirements.
4. Washing hands and sanitizing
frequently is helpful in preventing
the spread of Covid 19. Wiping down
surfaces which may be touch often is
also another good guideline to follow
5. Avoiding touching your face is a
highly recommended practice.
6. Players should provide their own
equipment. Sharing bats or gloves is
not a safe practice. Using only your
own equipment minimizes the risk of
7. Participants should avoid yelling
or screaming near others to minimize
8. Handshakes, high fives, or other
kinds of voluntary touching are not
encouraged. We must limit
physical contact until notified by the
League authorities to engage in those
9. Postgame handshakes, slaps, or
contact between teams is suspended in
10. After game contact in the parking
lots should only be done with an
abundance of caution and is not
recommended. Please keep yourself and
11. There will be no concessions,
food, or drinks sales.
12. Please pick up your own trash and
put in the proper disposal cans.
13. If you think or feel you are too
uncomfortable to participate, then
please do not come to the ballpark.
14. This list will be provided to each
manger and verified with a signature
that it has been received.
15. The signature verification list
will be secured and retained as proof
of communication and notification of
16. The Director, Umpires, and
Managers all appreciate the
cooperation of everyone. Let’s all
work with one another so we may
continue to play this game we love.
are due before the first game. Please be prompt.
participate in a men's program in 2021.
2. All teams must be USA sanctioned in the current
calendar year to be eligible to
USA Insurance Program
is available and recommended for
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
5. There may be a late fee and additional eligibility consequences for
paying late. To
avoid late fees all fees should be paid in full on or before the
first night of your league.
6. The run rules are
new in 2021, 15 after 4 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 previous inning.
8. In 2021 only one Courtesy Runner is allowed for one person per inning.
No out spots
are required for being shorthanded
or lineup reduction except in coed. 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 after the second strike in 2021.
11. We will use a Modified One-Up Rule for
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
TRUMP STOTE AK-RP-ASA A-Y cor.52 12 inch
Balls for men and for women THE 11 INCH
STOTE TRUMP BALL.. The Umpires
or the pitcher may remove any and all other balls.
13. No stealing
is allowed in any of these slow pitch leagues or tournaments.
Banned bats: 1. Miken Ultra,
except 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, OR 2021 with a stamp. 2.
Miken Ultra II 3. All
Titanium bats 4.
for seniors 50 years or older are allowed,
if the bat is marked with the tape authorized by the director or the
directors representative. 5.
All bats 1.20 and below must have an Approved
Association designation on them. Example: ASA, ISA, NSA, USSSA, USA. 6.
man or women, will be
allowed to swing a No Association designated bat or a Senior
Softball designated bat.
Use of a bat with graphics not applied by the
manufacturer will be the use of an altered bat and subject to the
consequences under the rulings of Texas Softball Hall of Fame.
15. Men or women may not hit with any banned bats in 2021. The
consequence of entering the batters box with any of these bats is ejection of the bat, the
batter is called out. Also, if the bat is used, 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 any illegal, altered,
or banned equipment is unsportsmanlike and unacceptable. All Texas Softball Hall Of Fame events play on the Recreational
level and not the Championship level of play.
Some Senior bats are approved for use
in Texas Softball Hall of Fame
Recreational League play.
16. It is recommended that pitchers or other defenders
wear shin guards or helmets if they feel the need to do so. Face
masks are allowed for the pitchers. They are not mandatory, but are
17. All players may hit in the batting lineup.
18. The proper I.D. is the player's drivers licsence or
pictured documentation and an accurate telephone number.
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. Leagues may
set their own policies in regard to alcohol. We come to play ball
and not to get drunk. No alcohol may be consumed by players, coaches,
or managers during the games. This includes people on the bench,
participants in the game who are outside the
dugouts, or who are in the stands. The consequences of ejection may be
enforced by the umpires, the Director’s representative, or the
Director. Please work together on this very important issue.
are not permitted to have alcoholic beverages at Comunity Park or
NO KEGS are allowed in the Texas Sofball Hall of Fame.
22. Umpire fees are $15 per game for a one umpire system. We treat each other
with RESPECT at all times in Texas Softball Hall Of Fame events!
Round Robin or company tournaments
may be scheduled on a few days in 2021.
24. Tuesday Night leagues plays at Community Park in Mo. City,
Texas. Leagues may be scheduled.
25. COED teams can play with more women than men.
Teams may play 6 men 4 women. No more than 6 men may play on
26. Sunday Men's
may be scheduled.
27. Players are not allowed to hit pepper into the fence
at Baylan Park
Community Park in Missouri City. The consequence may be removal of player privileges.
28. A League team may pick up 3 or less players
from the current leagues who have signed the waiver form to play a game. More than 3
picked up eligible players may result in a forfeiture of the official win.
All new players must sign before participating and may only sign the
form with the manager's approval. Failure to sign the form may
result in full or partial limitations to participation.
29. All persons using or visiting these facilities does so at their own risk.
30. The owner, management, and umpires are not responsible for
any injuries or loss of property.
31. No illegal drugs shall be brought onto any of these premises and no
alcohol is allowed at Community Park.
Alcohol may be not be consumed before, between, and after the
games at Bayland Park.
32. No glass containers are allowed at
any Park where we play sotball.
33. No weapons or firearms shall be brought onto any of these premises.
34. All children must be supervised by a parent or
35. Vehicles are required to be parked in the designated parking lots. Drivers are
responsible for following this policy or for the consequences of
failing to follow parking regulations. Also, please drive slowly and
carefully. Parking in an area where a ball could hit or damage the vehicle
is an assummed liability for the driver.
36. Be aware of the 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, 2010, 2011, or 2012, and
only once in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and
2021. We may have to postpone some days in 2020. Rescheduling games is
part of the process that permits us to play on Sundays.
37. On some
Sundays Bayland Park or Cullen Park may be closed for use by other events.
38. 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
for that game.
Protect the Pitcher league rules in 2021 may be added only if they
are aproved by
40. The height limits on a pitch are 6 feet to 10 feet.
The pitcher may deliver a pitch from
up to 6 feet behind the rubber.
drive which hits the
pitcher or in the judgment of the umpire the pitcher uses his glove
as a shield to protect himself from a ball that would hit him, is a
dead ball, batter is out, and no runners may advance. As a
clarification, this means that
any ball hit close to, near,
or nearby, the pitcher is always a live ball and never an out, even
if he steps out of the way.
43. If a hard hit ball hits
the ground or the pitching plate before hitting the pitcher or his
glove used as a shield, it is declared a dead ball, batter is out.
When a player comes out of the game because
of a batted ball, the 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 may cause a forfeit of
any win for his or her team.
need to comply with the most recent banned bat list published on the Rules, Ground
Rules, or League
League standings will be published
after week 4 only for those teams who
could finish in first place.
Games are played either 7 innings or 55 minutes. Games are
considered official after 3 1/2 innings
of play, with home team leading, or
after 30 minutes.
48.The Home team is responsible for
keeping the game book. In case of a
the umpires ruling on the score stands.
49. No visible jewelry is to be worn.
Necklaces must be tucked in. Open Carry
will be regulated under the same rule as
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.
roller blades, scooters, skates,
remote controlled cars or airplanes,
skateboards are allowed inside the
may now come into the Community Park, except for pit bulls,
doberman breeds, or those deemed to be a
safety issue by the umpire or the
director. Dogs are not allowed inside at
52. Batters who are running to first base
may not carry the bat to the base. They will be called out, if
touching a bat when contact with the base occurs.
53. Altered or Illegal Bat Policy
Effective: November 2, 2008
Texas Softball Hall of Fame dirctor, 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.
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
(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
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.