Big Sur Softball

Big Sur Softball Rules (revised July 9, 2014)

1. All teams must submit a signed waiver for each player on its roster.

2. Each player must be at least 16 years of age. Players under 18 are required to have a parent sign a waiver before they are permitted to play.

3. A player must have participated in at least one game during the regular season to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

4. A player may not play for more than one team in a given season unless he or she receives the permission all team captains.

5. On game days or practice days all players must stop at the entry kiosk and show valid a players pass to the ranger on duty and thereafter display the pass on his/her dashboard. Alternatively, on game days only, spectator(s) may stop at the kiosk and receive a free day use pass after identifying him/herself as a spectator. This pass also needs to be displayed on his/her dashboard. Violators may be cited by state park rangers.

6. The road along third base line is off limits to players and spectator traffic before, during and after a league game. Parking for league games is in left field parking lot.

7. No dogs will be allowed.

8. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

9. A league game will consist of 9 innings with a time limit of 1 hour from the starting time. The final inning of the first game must begin prior to the end of the hour. Umpires will give one inning warning before calling the game because of darkness.

10. All games start punctually with a 5-minute grace period. A team unable to field at least 7 players will forfeit that game. The only exception will be for emergency services. Games not played for emergency reasons will be rescheduled.

11. Before the start of a league game each team must post a batting order.

12. Only 16 players may bat per game.

13. A team player or captain may pitch without batting or playing the field.

14. All players must use wood bats. Composite bats are not allowed, although mixed wood bats are okay.

15. No metal cleats allowed in league games.

16. The distance between bases is 60 feet.

17. All players not batting, pitching, fielding or coaching will remain out of the field of play.

18. When the pitcher is hit with a batted ball the batter is out.

19. Each batter is allowed two pitches.

20. No bunting is allowed. A player must take a full swing or the pitch will be called a strike.

21. The batter's back foot must remain behind the front of home plate when in the act of batting. Violators will be given a called strike on the pitch.

22. A batted ball hit over the dike is a home run.

23. A batted ball landing in fair territory that goes out of play is a double. (except when going into the parking lot in left field)

24. A batted ball that goes under the fence or hits the top of the fence and goes over, even if it was touched by a player before going over the fence, is a double.

25. A batted ball that rolls over the dike is in play. 

26. A batted ball that hits any tree in left or left center field is live and in play.

27. A ground ball that lands in fair territory and then contacts the base of the tree in left field is considered a double.

28. A batted ball hitting the tree in fair territory in left or right field or going over the fence in right field is a single. Runners do not advance unless forced to.

29. A batted ball going between the tree trunks in right field is a single.

30. Only one tree ball to each field is allowed per inning.

31. The infield fly rule is in effect. Umpires will call the rule while the ball is in the air. 

32. A runner that leaves the base before the ball makes contact with the bat is out.

33. A runner that passes the half way line between third and home is committed and can not return to third base.

34. All plays at home are a force out. Runners sliding or touching home plate will be called out.

35. A fielder may not block the base without the ball being present. If he does, all runners advance an extra base.

36. A runner hit by a batted ball is out and the batter is awarded 1st base.

37. A thrown ball going out of play is dead. Runners are awarded an extra base.

38. Play is live until the ball is returned to the pitcher by an infielder only. 

39. If a spectator touches the ball, the play is dead.

40. A runner overrunning 1st base must use the orange section of the base. The 1st baseman must use the white section only.

41. Umpires are empowered to remove any player from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

42. If a runner is replaced on the base paths because of injury and does not return in the next inning he or she is out of the game.

43. Runners that are replaced on the base paths must be replaced with the player that made the last out. A player can only be replaced twice a game. After the second time he is replaced, he must come out of the game. 

44. To avoid a forfeit, a team must field seven players, and one must play catcher.

45. Players and fans alike must abide by all state park rules while in the park for softball games.