are due before the first game. Please be prompt. Women may
participate in a men's program if the team they play with is
registered as a Coed team.
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 2017, 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 2017 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 2017.
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 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, or 2017 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. The
1.21 bats are not allowed in the COED leagues. 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 2017. 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 only permitted to have alcoholic beverages with responsible drinking at Cullen Park.
NO KEGS are allowed in the Texas Sofball Hall of Fame Sunday League
at Cullen Park.
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 2017.
24. Tuesday and Thursday Night leagues play at Community Park in Mo. City,
Texas. Leagues may be scheduled from mid February to mid
25. COED teams can play with more women than men.
Teams may play 7 men 3 women. No more than 7 men may play on
26. Sunday Men's
may be scheduled from mid February to mid
27. Players are not allowed to hit pepper into the fence
at Cullen 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
31. No illegal drugs shall be brought onto any of these premises and no
alcohol is allowed at Community Park.
Alcohol may be responsibly consumed before, between, and after the
games at Cullen Park.
32. No glass containers are allowed at Cullen Park.
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 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. 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 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, 2010, 2011, or 2012, and
only once in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. We may have to postpone some days in 2017. Rescheduling games is
part of the process that permits us to play on Sundays.
37. On some
Sundays Cullen Park will be closed for use by other City of Houston
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 2017 may be added as approved 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.
dogs, roller blades, scooters, skates,
remote controlled cars or airplanes,
skateboards are allowed inside the
No pets of any type except for guide
dogs are allowed inside the fenced areas.
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.