Beausejour Slo-Pitch Rules
As a league for standard play, we will follow the NSA Canada rule book. Please click on the following link for access to the NSA Canada website if you would like to read the rules.
The Beausejour Slo-Pitch League has incorporated some changes to the NSA Canada rule book and are listed below. The rules are discussed at the annual spring meeting and if you don’t like the rules, or would like to have additional rules added or considered, please attend these meetings.
1. Line-up rules at the start of a game:
Men’s and Women’s play – teams may start with a minimum of 8 players and can only add players if they are on the umpires card prior to the start of the game. The maximum a team can bat in their line-up is 12.
Co-ed play – teams can start with a minimum of 8 as long as they have 4 women on the field at all times. A full line-up would consist of 6 men and 4 women. Additional batters are allowed up to the maximum of 12 as follows:
8 batters – 4 guys, 4 girls
9 batters – 5 guys, 4 girls
10 batters – 6 guys, 4 girls
11 batters – 6 guys, 5 girls
12 batters – 7 guys, 5 girls
Your line-up must be set in a way to not bat more than two men consecutively. Failure to do so would result in the 3rd guy batting in a row being called out.
2. Determination of home team:
A coin toss will be completed prior to the start of each game to determine the home team for the game. The winner of the toss will have the option of choosing to be the “home” or “visiting” team. Ladies league will determine home team as listed on the website.
3. Game start time and length:
In men’s and co-ed play, if the game is not part of a scheduled double header, games will be 9 innings in length and will start at 19:00.
If it is part of a scheduled double header game, the game length will be 7 innings in length. The first game of a double header will begin at 18:30 SHARP! After 19:40 umpires will not begin a new inning in the first game and that game will end at the conclusion of the inning they are currently in. PLAY FAST IF YOU WANT TO GET A FULL GAME IN. The second game will begin as soon as the first game has ended, approximately 19:45.
Women’s teams have a choice of whether they play 7 or 9 innings. This will be decided amongst the teams prior to the start of the game. Preferably, both teams will agree on the game length but if an agreement cannot be reached the home team will have the final decision in game length.
Teams that are unable to legally field their team (as per the guidelines in #1 above) at the start time of the game are subject to the following penalties:
At the start time of the game, the offending team will forfeit the coin toss for “home” or “visitor” team. The other team will have the choice of what they want.
After each 5 minutes that passes, the non-offending team will receive an additional 4 runs and one less inning will be played for the game.
(Example: if a men’s game is scheduled to start at 19:00 and one team cannot field the minimum required 8 guys on the field until 7:10, the other team would be home team and lead 8-0. The game would also be reduced to 7 innings only.)
4. Mercy Rules:
In all games 9 innings in length, the mercy rule is 15 runs after 7 innings.
In all games 7 innings in length, the mercy rule is 10 runs after 5 innings.
Note: If both teams agree to continue to play out the game after the mercy rule, they are welcome to, but the final score will be shown as the score at the time the mercy rule comes into effect. The umpires will be asked to stay in this case but will not be required too as the official game has been completed.
5. Pitchers Rules:
A pitcher must start with one or both feet on the mound. Once they have taken position on the mound they have up to 5 seconds to deliver the pitch. If longer the umpire may award an extra ball to the batters count.
Pitchers are not legally allowed to deliver the ball behind the back or between legs. Players are welcome to swing at these pitches but the umpires will call the pitch “illegal” and award a ball to the batter.
Pitching height is 6 to 12 feet. Umpires are to call “illegal pitch” if they feel the pitch was outside this range.
6. Batter/Base Runner Rules:
If a third strike foul ball is caught in the air it is a dead ball, and runner may not advance.
If a runner steps off the base before the ball has been swung at or crosses the plate, the runner will be called out.
Teams are allowed to have a maximum of 4 courtesy runners per game. The runner can be any player currently in the line-up, but must be a women for women or man for man. You can use same runner for all 4 courtesy runners during game.
There is no home run rule limit in any game.
In Co-ed ball only, if a guy is walked (regardless of count) and a girl is batting after, he will be awarded second base and the girl is required to hit.
7. Playoff Rules:
To be eligible to play in the year end playoffs each player in women’s and men’s must play a minimum of 3 games during the season with the team. In mixed ball you will be required to play 2 games. This does not apply to just being a spare on the line-up card, but actually being in the game. We will base this on the honour system but should any protest or complaints come up at the year-end tournament with regards to eligibility, the executive will review the line-up cards from the year to make the final determination.
At the end of the regular season, the determination for your playoff seeding will be as follows:
1. Overall record throughout the year
2. If teams are tied in overall record, the record in their head-to-head games will be used as the tiebreaker.
3. If teams are still tied after the above rule 2, runs for and against in head-to-head games will be used as the tiebreaker.
4. If teams are still tied after the above rule 3, the most runs for in the head-to-head games will be used as the tiebreaker.
5. Finally if teams are still tied after the above rule 4, a coin toss will be used as the tiebreaker.
8. Bat Rules:
NSA approved bats will be the only bats allowed to be used in league and year-end playoffs.
A full list of these bats can be found at the following website:
*Please note Jak’d bats will remain illegal in our league.
9. Cancellation of Games:
The baseball cancellation line is active again and the number is 204-268-2484. This number will be updated daily by 4:00 pm to inform teams if games will be cancelled due to weather conditions. Any weather delay can still occur after that time; however it is up to the discretion of the umpire in charge of the game.
If a team is requiring to cancel a game for any reason other than weather related, they are to contact the umpire-in-chief, not the other team directly. (Kelby Picard - (204) 266-2265 or Matt Bialek - (204) 266-2936). Teams that provide at least 24 hours’ notice (must call before 7:00pm of the night before) will not lose the game and it can be rescheduled.
All games that are cancelled due to either of the situations above will be rescheduled by the team managers at a date that will work for both teams in the future. Once a date has been agreed upon the umpire-in-chief needs to be contacted to ensure diamond availability and to schedule an umpire.
Teams calling within 24 hours of the game will forfeit the game, but will not be fined. Teams that fail to call one of the umpire-in-chiefs and/or do not show up to the game with the minimum required players within 20 minutes of the start time are subject to fines as follows:
1st offence – verbal warning, $30 fine (to cover the cost of the umpire)
2nd offence or more - $50 fine
All fines are required to be paid in full to the executive or the umpire-in-chiefs before your next scheduled game or that game will be considered a forfeit as well. It will not be the responsibility of the umpire-in-chiefs or executive to find you, YOU will be required to make arrangements with them.
During Co-ed Play only Female batters will be allowed to Bunt. If a Female shows bunt prior to the pitch being thrown the third basemen is also a female she will be allowed to position herself inside the base line.
If Bunt is shown and the batter pulls back a takes a full swing at the pitch time will be called and the batter will receive an automatic out regardless of if contact is made or not.
11. Lineup cards
All lineup cards are to be filled out prior to the start of the games. All players first and last names must me legibly printed on the card in order to keep track of proper games played for the yearend tournament. If any players are listed with only a first, last or nickname printed it will not count toward eligible games for the tournament. This is each teams own responsibility and you will not be called for clarification on who has played the game.
12. Umpire Rules:
VERY SIMPLE, UMPIRES RULINGS ARE FINAL!!
If a team has a problem with a call during the game of play and wishes to discuss it in a calm and mature manner the coach or player who takes the coin toss for the team can discuss the call. Anyone else yelling or swearing or abusing an umpire is subject to be ejected immediately from the game! All ejections from a game will be reviewed by the executive and umpire-in-chiefs to determine if further repercussions are required.
As with teams, umpires are required to show up for their games. Umpires will be held accountable to attend games they have been scheduled for. Failure to do so, or provide a suitable replacement will see penalties levied against them.