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B’NAI BRITH SPORTS OF CANADA

 MEN’S AND WOMAN’S SOFTBALL POLICIES

 

The following are B’nai Brith Softball rules (chart form) that all teams need to follow in order to have an efficiently run league and an enjoyable season.  It is only with every teams help that we can run one of North America’s largest Men’s and Women’s softball league as smoothly and issue free as we do. This is a community league and we look to promote fair play and community spirit. Please remember when you are on the field you are a representative of B’nai Brith Canada.

The league has the right to balance divisions in ways it sees fit, in the best interest of competition and the league itself.

To be eligible to play in BBSC a player must be a member in good standing with BBC.

          

REPORTING SCORES - SUBJECT LINE ONLY.

Following the game, the winning Coach must contact via email the SPORTS DESK by 12pm.  Please state: Teams played and score, Division, Day and how many innings were played (IP) and how many umpires. Commentary on the game is welcome in the body of the email.

EMAIL SCORES TO:      It may look like the following:

SUBJECT LINE: BLUE JAYS 15 vs RED SOX 11, MAY 24 THUR, D2, IP7, 2 UMPS.

PLEASE HAVE THE UMPIRE SIGN and print name on the BBSC SCORE SHEET

Each team should retain all score sheets in case they are required to confirm playoff eligibility. Teams have up to 72 hours to dispute a score Games will be posted online as soon as possible

 

ROSTER and PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY

  • The minimum roster size is 11 players. The maximum roster size is 18 players. Teams under the minimum will be charged an additional $100 fee.
  • Each player must play a minimum of 6 regular season games.
  • Each player must be on the team’s official roster by June1st and paid members of B’nai Brith Canada.

TIME LIMIT

  • No new inning will start after 1hr 40 min from the scheduled game time.  No pitch will be allowed after 1 hr 55 min from the scheduled game time. Women: 1hr20m,1h30m duration.
  • Playoff games must have a minimum of 5 innings played to be considered a complete game.

RUN MERCY POLICY

Applies to regular season.

  • Each team will be allowed a maximum of 6 runs per inning for innings 1-4. The inning is considered OVER once the 6th run has scored. Innings 5-7 are open. After each 5-7 innings of play, if a team leads by 18 runs the game will be called a MERCY. This will encourage a positive game flow.

COURTESY RUNNERS

  • Courtesy runners are allowed for a maximum of 4 players.  The courtesy runner must be the person furthest from the batter in the line-up unless this is an injured player, in which case the runner would then be the next person back in the line-up. Women: Only for injured players once on 1st base.

LEAVING A GAME

  • Any player may leave a game for any reason without penalty as long as there are still (7) players to continue the game.

SMOKING, CANNABIS, and ALCOHOL

  • Bylaws of Toronto, Markham and Vaughan, prohibit any alcohol or drug consumption on public property. No smoking or vaping in the dugout or on the field, no alcoholic beverages in the park. Any ALCOHOL OR CANNABIS USE at the park=TEAM SUSPENSION.

PITCHING

  • The pitching action must resemble that of a straight bowling motion or a figure eight, NO BEND IN THE ELBOW AT THE PEAK OF THE BACKSWING.
  • At no time can a pitcher’s arm be more then (1’) one foot from the leg or body.
  • At least ONE FOOT must start on the rubber with one clear and immediate step forward (no stepping to the side OR BACK if starting with Both Feet on the rubber).  A Foot can drag after release of the ball, hop step is ILLEGAL.
  • The pitcher may release the ball PALM facing down. Arm may not rise above the shoulder.
  • No windmill or sling-shot type pitch is permitted.
  • Pitchers may pitch up a division as a sub, but not drop to a lower div to pitch as a sub.
  • One charged conference per inning is permitted.

PLAYERS POOL

“FREE AGENTS”

  • Fill-in/POOL players are to be used to prevent cancelled or forfeited games.
  • A list of players supplied by the league will be made available to coaches pre-season and updated during the season. These players will have already been vetted, as they are current members of B’nai Brith Canada.
  • A team may use up to 4 POOL players per game to reach the field maximum players. (9-MEN, 10-WOMEN)
  • USE: POOL players will be added to your order after all regular team players. Once added, they will continue to play even if other members arrive late. Do not send these players home they are doing you a favour!

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

  • Standings will be determined based on win percentage. A default will be counted as a loss and a subtraction of 1 point from the earned points in the season.

PLAYOFF FORMAT

Number of teams in division

Number of teams that make the playoffs

4-6

4

7-8

5

9-10

6

11

7

12

8

 

PLAYOFF SEEDING TIE BREAKING

  1. Win Percentage (with default point factored in)
  2. Number of wins if same amount of games played.
  3. Head to Head competition
  4. Run differential on head to head
  5. Fewest forfeits or defaults
  6. Coin Toss

RAINOUT POLICY

 

Teams must show up at the park rain or shine unless told otherwise

  • Games called due to bad weather or poor field conditions will be considered official after 3.5 innings if the home team is ahead and after 4 innings if the visiting team is ahead. Regular and Playoff season games stopped prior will be rescheduled if time permits.
  • Regular season games after August 1st can not be guaranteed. We try to guarantee a minimum of 14 season games. Should you have more then 2 games cancelled for reasons as: Field or light issues, permit issues, umpire issues. BBSC will begin to arrange make-up games. BBCS will try and notify coaches by 4pm if a RAINOUT is in effect.

 

DEFAULT POLICY

(OR PREVENTION)

 

 

 

DEFAULT FUND $100

To prevent a loss of the default fund, you need to contact BBSC 48hrs prior to game time:

416-633-6224 X 119,

 

 

USE OF POOL PLAYERS

 

 

 

 

Default loss is scored 7-0 and -1 point from standings. If both teams default each will receive a loss.

You have up until 48HRS prior to a game to let BBSC know you will default. At that time, you will receive a loss ONLY. If we are notified less than 48 hours you will be charged $100 and lose your DEFAULT FUND. It will need to be replenished prior to your next game. You need to verify you have sent an email to the POOL looking for subs for the game.

 

You only need a minimum of 7 players to start a game. A 15 min. grace is given to reach 7.

You may ask the other team to borrow a player to make 7. However, they are not obligated to do so. Borrowed players will play on your team the remainder of the game.

Any player arriving after start time will be added to the order at the bottom of the batting order, and in the next half inning.

 

We at B’nai Brith Sports try our hardest to make sure each game is played with a sportsman like atmosphere. Unfortunately, sometimes a player will not be able to make a game due to other commitments. Therefore, we have implemented a POOL of players to use or “Free Agents”.  We expect teams that are aware they will be short players to first contact players on the POOL list to fill in for the missing player.

  • You may use up to 4 POOL players to field a full team.

 

BBSC HAS THE RIGHT TO REMOVE A TEAM FROM THE LEAGUE AFTER 2 DEFAULTS.

GAME FLOW POLICY

Minimum of 7 players to start.

Up to 4 POOL players

 

  • Home team to supply own bases, to be secured 10min. prior to game time and swap them out to the next games home team.
  • Only team captains, or designate that are registered on the team roster may approach the umpire regarding the game.
  • Shirts must be numbered, have sleeves or a vest, (no tank tops) Shorts are permitted but not recommended.
  • Pitchers will get 3 warm ups per inning. NO INFIELD BALLS AFTER 1ST INNING.
  • MERCY RULES apply to regular season only.
  • Games will end after 7 innings. OR Mercy rule being applied.
  • Run mercy limit: Each team will be allowed a maximum of 6 runs per inning 1-4. Once the 6th run has scored the inning is over. Innings 5-7 will be open. After the 5th or 6th inning, if a team leads by 18 runs the game will be called a MERCY.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

 

BBSC has a Zero Tolerance approach to discipline. Decisions made by the DIRECTOR are final and only those issues that offer an appeal process will be accepted in writing with stipulated fee for processing and heard by a commettee.  Please see list below:

ANY EJECTED PLAYER MUST DONATE $20 TO BBC.

PENALTY

  1. 1 game automatic to MAX 1 yr suspension.
  2. 3 game suspension
  3. 4 game to MAX 1 year
  1. 1 yr. suspension + team captain 2 game suspension
  2. Forfeit game + team captain up to 4 game suspension

 

  1. Ejection from a game, using offensive, insulting, threatening, degrading or abusive language towards any player or official.
  2. 2nd ejection from a game - same player.
  3. A complete disregard for the safety of another person or attempt to injure and physical abuse.
  4. Participating in an activity while under suspension.
  5. Played an ineligible player

 

ANY SUSPENSIONS EXCEEDING 3 GAMES MAY BE APPEALED IN WRITING WITH A $100 NON-REFUNDABLE FEE WITHIN 48HRS OF DECISION