MSAL Softball League Rules
Spring Season March 12th 2018-June 14th 2018
IF A PLAYER PLAYS ON VARSITY ANYTIME DURING THE SEASON THEY ARE INELIGIBLE TO PLAY JV FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON
1.1 All games will start as soon as both schools have arrived and have finished warming up. Preferable start time is 3:45 to 4:00 as most games have to be done by 6:00. ALL GAMES MUST go 3 innings for an official game but if time allows, all games will go 6 innings.
1.2 No innings may start after 5:45 if permit ends at 6:00. If permit ends later, then 6 innings can be played.
1.3 Sportsmanship must be displayed at all times by all players. Please report all incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct to league commissioner.
1.4 Coaches must confirm games with each other the day before as to avoid confusion as well as to see who is going to bring which specific equipment for play. Please, let’s not have any cancellations this year.
2.1 All games are to be played with a JUGS Softee Softball. 12” This is the official league game ball (Link for correct softballs is listed below)
2.2 No hard softballs, as these can be dangerous and many of our girls have not played before and are still learning.
2.3 All batters and runners on base MUST wear helmets for safety.
2.4 All players in field must use leather gloves only, no plastic or vinyl gloves allowed.
2.5 Rubber cleats allowed on grass and turf only, not on concrete. No metal cleats allowed.
2.6 3 bases, home plate and pitching rubber standard. MUST use a double first base for safety.
2.7 Aluminum or composite approved fast pitch softball bats only.
RULES OF PLAY
3.1 3 strikes, 4 balls.
3.2 40’ pitchers rubber (or line) 60’ bases.
3.3 Pitcher must start with BOTH feet touching the rubber/line. Maximum one revolution. Windmill pitching is allowed. Ball MUST be released with back foot touching the line/rubber. Front foot can be elevated and in front. Pitcher may NOT take a step back and both feet must be on the rubber at all times util the release. On release, front foot can come forward and back foot must be on the rubber and can be dragged.
3.4 Maximum amount of runs in one inning is 5 then sides are switched for regular season only. For playoffs and championship there is no maximum.
3.5 A player cannot run on a dropped third strike. It is a strikeout.
3.6 Stealing is allowed but there will be a maximum of two steals per inning as at this level it is very difficult to throw out a base runner. No leading. Player may steal as soon as pitcher RELEASES the ball and not before. As soon as the two steal maximum has been reached then players may not run until the ball is put into play. An overthrow of a base while a batter is running is not considered a steal. Batter may only take one base on an overthrow to first. Errors in field on a play that result in an overthrown ball are not considered a steal if the batter takes an extra base (example: runner gets a hit and runs to second, ball is overthrown and goes into the third base line and runner takes third. This is not a steal.
** IMPORTANT NOTE: IF A TEAM STEALS A MORE THAN TWO BASES IN AN INNING THEN THERE WILL BE PENALTIES. ON THE THIRD (3rd) SUCCESSFUL STEAL ATTEMPT THAT PLAYER WILL BE ASKED TO GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL BASE AND THAT TEAM WILL BE GIVEN A WARNING. IF A TEAM TRIES TO STEAL A FOURTH (4th) BASE IN AN INNING THAT PLAYER WILL BE CALLED OUT. **
3.7 10 players to a side to be put wherever they’d like. 10 batters in lineup. Once a player is substituted for, she cannot come back into the game, unless both coaches in regular season ONLY agree to free subbing. Teams may take out the pitcher and place her in another fielding position, and after one inning of play, she can come back and pitch as long as she is not removed from the game and subbed for in the batting lineup.
3.8 BUNTING is ALLOWED. Bunting foul with two strikes on a batter will result in an out.
FIELD LOCATIONS & DESCRIPTIONS
4.1 COLEMAN FIELD: 171 Cherry St. New York, NY 10038, Lower East Side, directly under the Manhattan Bridge. Great softball field, groomed dirt, grass outfield, fenced gates, fenced off dugouts. Cleats or sneakers allowed. Must bring bases, tape measure. Close to 4,5,6
4.2 COLUMBUS PARK: 50 Mulberry St., New York, NY BIG turf field with no backstop or dugouts. Players stand on the concrete sides of the field with home plate facing out towards the curved fence outfield (not towards the volleyball/basketball court) There may be people on the field that have to be told to leave, MUST bring permit. NO people allowed on field once the game starts. Close gate in the outfield and in the right dugout/bench area.
4.3 CHRYSTIE ST. FIELD: 190 Chrystie St. New York, NY: Sara D Roosevelt soccer field just below Houston Street (between 1st & 2nd Aves) Turf field with fences but pretty good for softball. Must create own backstop and bring bases.
4.4 SMITH FIELD: 80 Catherine St. New York, NY: (Go to my school, M.A.T. and there is a little path to the left of my school’s parking lot that goes right behind our school to the concrete field on the left. If this field were turf, it’d be the best softball field in NY. Great backstop, good dugouts, no one is ever there to kick out (this is our school’s own backyard concrete field so no one should be on there except our league. If they are, tell them you have a game here.) CONCRETE, but the bases and rubber are painted on and smoothed out so no bases are necessary. No cleats.
4.5 BARUCH FIELD: 525 E. Houston St., New York, NY Houston and FDR Drive Amazing softball fields with turf AND painted on bases, great backstops, and great dugouts. All turf and two fields are on one area so 2 games will be played at one time with plenty of room. Pitching rubber may be a bit worn down, but not too bad.
4.6 BATTERY PARK CITY FIELD: 301 Warren St., New York, NY : right across from IS 89, big grass and dirt field with dugouts and backstops. Very nice. IS 89 only has this field until 5:40 or so, so games need to start at 3:45 sharp.
4.7 CORLEARS HOOK FIELD – BRAND NEW FIELD and our best. Unfortunately Parks has only given it to me one day a week on Wednesdays. 71 JACKSON ST, lower east side, NYC.
4.8 ROBERTO CLEMENTE FIELD – Tuesdays in Williamsburg Brooklyn – Kent Ave (next to the Marcy Stop on the JMZ train – nice field)
4.9 EAST RIVER PARK 3 and 4 – Just south of Houston St. along the East River – two dirt and grass fields with a short fence…good for a lot of home runs!