1. The softball league is a part of and is governed by the Woodbridge Christian Athletic Association (WCAA).
2. Play will be governed by the ASA rule book except as modified or changed by WCAA softball league by-laws
3. League play will begin in May 15, 2012.
4. The league fee to participate in the 2012 softball season is $570 and is due by May 1, 2012. Make checks payable to WCAA and
send them to: Jeff Shiery, 203 Walnut Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933
5. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Game times are 6:30 at Browns Branch and 7 at Crossroad. There is no grace period for the start of any of the games. Teams must be ready to play at their scheduled start time.
6. Between innings, the pitcher is only allowed one warm-up pitch unless it is a new pitcher entering the position. There is no
infield or outfield warm-up between innings.
7. Games can only be postponed by the Commissioner, his representative, or the umpire. Games can be called off by the
Commissioner or his representative because of wet grounds or inclement weather no later than 6 PM. If the game is not called off by 6 PM, both teams must report to the field for a decision by the umpire at game time. Postponements before 6 PM will be posted on the
8. Both men and women are eligible to play. Participants must be at least 15 years old to play. Those players under the age of
18 must submit a parental consent form to the league before they are eligible to play in a game. All players must attend church at least 2 Sundays a month to maintain their eligibility. Before anyone can play in a game, they must have attended church twice in the 30 days prior to that game to be eligible to play in that game. Using ineligible players will result in the forfeiture of any games that that player has played in while being ineligible. Coaches could also be disciplined for playing ineligible players.
9. A team can have no more than 20 people on its roster. A copy of the roster must be submitted to the league by the first game.
Players can be added or removed from the roster until July 1, 2012. Once a player has played in a game, that player can not be removed from the roster. To make roster changes, a copy of the updated roster must be submitted before the changes to the roster can be implemented.
Rosters are sent to Craig Simpson, 11487 C and D Farm Lane Greenwood, DE.19950.
10. The official game ball is the optic yellow Trump Evil with a .44 core and with 375 compression. No other ball is allowed in an official league game. Each game, the league will provide a new ball. The home team is also responsible for providing an acceptable used ball before the start of the game. The visiting team is responsible for providing an acceptable used ball before the start of the game. If more balls are needed during the game, the teams will alternate providing acceptable used balls starting with
the home team.
11. Uniforms are recommended but not required. However, teams are required to wear shirts of the same color. Only the church name may appear on the front of the uniforms. A team can be sponsored by a company, but their name or logo can only be on the sleeves of the jersey or the across the shoulders at the top of the back of the jersey. Numbers on the jerseys are optional.
12. All games will be played at the Brown's Branch County Park or Crossroad Community Church.
13. The winning team must report the score to the league within 24 hours either by phone or e-mail. Failure to do so could
result in a forfeiture of the that game.
14. Alcohol is strictly forbidden on the premises before, during, and after the games. No alcohol on the field, in the spectator
area, or in the parking area. In addition, detection (smell) of any intoxicant on any player could result in immediate ejection from the
game by the umpire.
15. No smoking is permitted on the playing field or in the spectator areas.
16. To be eligible for the playoffs, a player must play in 6 regular season games.
17. The slaughter rule is: 20 runs after 3 innings, 16 runs after 4 innings, and 12 runs after 5 innings.
18. If a player attends a church that has a WCAA softball team, he can not play for another church that has a WCAA softball team.
19. Each team is allowed 5 over the fence home runs per game. Each home run after that is an out.
20. There is no base stealing allowed.
21. A team my use two extra player in the batting order. Rules concerning the use of the extra player are covered in the ASA
22. A team must have a minimum of 9 players to start or finish a game. Any less will result in a forfeit. If you start with 9
players, a 10th player can only be added before the second rotation of the line-up. This only applies to the first game of the double header. There is no penalty for playing with only 9 players.
23. No steel cleats are allowed.
24. Rough play will not be tolerated. Avoid contact with opposing players. No deliberate use of force when running into a player
(according to the ASA rulebook). Failure to play in a sportsmanlike manner will result in an immediate ejection and suspension.
25. The bases on the field are 65’ apart and the pitcher’s rubber is 53’ from home plate. The ball must go over the netting that
extends from center field to right field to be a home run. If the ball hits the netting, then the ball is still in play and the runner advances
at his own risk. You can not catch the ball off of the net for an out.
26. Each player is expected to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner before, during, and after the game. Any abuse or harassment of the umpires, league officials, or other players will not be tolerated. There is to be no foul language or throwing of softball
equipment. Infractions will result in ejections, suspensions, and/or expulsion.
27. Any bat that is ASA certified is legal to use.
28. The legal pitching arch is between 6’ and 10’. The starting pitch count is 1-1. There is a courtesy foul after the second
29. There is a time limit of 75 minutes per regular season game from the first pitch of the game if 4 ½ innings have been played.
No new inning will begin after 70 minutes, unless the game has a tie score. A game can not end in a tie. Playoff games have no time limit
30. If a team forfeits twice for insufficient number of players during the season, the team will be terminated from the season.
The team can be reinstated by paying $50.00 to the league. Once reinstated, any further games forfeited during the season will result in termination from the league for the rest of the season.
31. Any protest must be done according to ASA rules. Protests must be made before the teams leave the field. The umpire must sign the scorebook of any protest. The Commissioner must be notified within 24 hours. Any protests must be written and submitted with a fee of $20.00. The fee will not be refunded if the protest is denied. All money forfeited will go to the league.
32. The courtesy runner must be the last batter to make an out.
33. WCAA and it’s officials assumes no responsibility for injuries to members of any team in this league, no mater under what
circumstances incurred and adoption of these rules by the team and it’s coach shall be the equivalent of full and lawful release and discharge of any claims that any members may have or that may arise in the future of the above named for injury to their person or property.