Softball Code - Open Competitive

Badgerland Softball League
Softball Code
Edited February 28, 2012 

1.0 Purpose - To create a standard set of rules for the efficient and equitable operation of Badgerland Softball League.

2.0 Definitions  

1. Recreational Division - The recreational division would be formed by individuals registering for the Badgerland Softball League and indicating that they are interested in the recreational division.  The league (specifically, the membership committee) would look at the individual skill level of each player (based on past performance in the Badgerland Softball League or other softball league, assessment from the skill building clinics, and/or information from a player survey) and form evenly matched teams based on these individual skill sets.

A recreational player is an individual that is less concerned about the outcome of the game and more interested in participation in the sport, building camaraderie with teammates and opponents, and developing a greater appreciation for the game of softball.  Recreational players view the softball games as a social event where they can meet and interact with old friends and meet new people. 

In the recreational league, each player on the team will be given an equal opportunity to participate in the games.  For example, if there are more than 10 people on the team, a rotation will be set up to ensure each player has an equal amount of playing time (averaged out over the season).

2. Competitive Division - Teams are formed by individuals (or small groups of individuals) registering in the Badgerland Softball League and indicating that they are interested in the competitive division.

Competitive players have a "Winning is the Most Important Thing" mentality.  This is not to say that people who want to play in a competitive environment don't want to build camaraderie or interact with friends (new or old), but when they are on the field, they take advantage of every situation and expect the same of their teammates.  This will generally lead to the more talented players on the team having more playing time than the less talented players (generally the same players sit out or rotate during games).

3. Madison Schools and Community Recreation - Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison (within the boundaries of the Madison Metropolitan School District).  MSCR provides the fields, rules, and scheduling for the Open Recreational and Women's Competitive Divisions.

4. Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Any behavior that disrupts the play of the game and/or could harm or threaten another person, including (but not limited to):

a. Derogatory comments, gestures, or actions toward any other player, coach, umpire, or spectator in the stand.

b. Arguing with an umpire or coach.

c. Physical altercations.

d. Throwing equipment.

e. Vulgar language.

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4.0 Open Competitive Division 

1. Teams - Teams will be formed by the coaches for their respected teams.  The coaches may contact any individual interested in playing in the Open Competitive Division.

a. Teams will be set up in for preparation and qualification for the NAGAAA World Series and people wishing to play at a competitive level.

i. An Open Roster Team will be created from all players for the NAGAAA World Series if the Badgerland Softball League intends on sending one team to the NAGAAA World Series.

ii. If the Badgerland Softball League intends to send two teams in one division to the NAGAAA World Series, then each team will need to be comprised of a core of at least 8 players who have played at least 5 games of the teams schedule.

iii. If more then two teams want to attend the NAGAAA World Series in the same division a committee will be formed to determine how the teams will be selected.  A committee of three people appointed by the Commissioner will determine the factors that will be put in place before the start of the Open Competitive Division.

2. Player Eligibility - An individual will be eligible to play in any scheduled game for the team they are assigned, provided they are a registered player, with the following exception:

a. Individuals on the Player Suspension / Ineligibility Statement that are currently ineligible or serving a suspension.

3. Players - The needs of the team shall outweigh the needs of the individual players.

a. The coach of each team does not need to ensure that equal playing time is allotted to all players who desire equal playing time.

4. Coaches - Coaches will be responsible for their player's understanding of the rules of the game and their conduct on the field.

         a. Coaches must ensure that all players fully understand the rules of the game.

b. Coaches should proactively teach their players strategy that will improve individual and team performance. 

5. Player Substitution - If a team is not able to field a minimum of eight players on their roster to play the game, that team forfeits.  Registered players from another team in the Competitive Division may act as a substitute player to provide a team up to ten players, provided: 

a. If a team(s) does not meet the eight player minimum, at the discretion of the coaches, the teams may still play the game for fun, with the opposing team having the opportunity to provide a player for substitution first.

i. Both teams will receive a loss if both of the teams do not have a minimum of eight players.  

b. If the team(s) meet the eight player minimum requirement to play, substitutes may be used at the discretion of the coaches, to bring each team's roster up to ten players.

i. Substitutes do not need to be approved by the Assistant Commissioner or Commissioner.

6. Playing Regulations - All games shall be conducted in accordance with ASA rules for Men's Slow Pitch Softball with the following exception:

         a. Men and Women may compete on the same team.

7.  Player Disqualification or Suspension - A player may be disqualified or deemed ineligible (and placed on the Player Suspension / Ineligibility Statement) for any of the following violations:

         a. Unsportsmanlike Conduct on the Field, in the Dug Out, or while in the stands.

i. Penalty - Automatic Suspension for two games within the Badgerland Softball League not including the game where infraction occurred, if applicable.

b. Commission of Fraud such as playing under an assumed name, falsifying the Player Application Form, or violation of the "Under 18" policy.

                   i. Penalty - Automatic Suspension for rest of season.

c. Knowingly violating any applicable rule in the Badgerland Softball League Bylaws or Softball Code

                   i. Penalty - Recommendation of the Ethics Committee.

8. Player Disqualification or Suspension Procedures 

         a. Violations can be identified by any of the following:

i. Umpire can make a determination on Unsportsmanlike Conduct while the player is on the field, in the dugout, or in the stands.

ii. Violations can be reported to any Coach or Board Member.  The Coach or Board Member must immediately report the incident to the Ethics Committee for review.

         b. Any violation that holds an automatic penalty will be enforced immediately.  

c. Any violation that does not hold an automatic penalty will be reviewed by the Ethics committee within two days of learning of the violation.  The Ethics Committee will issue the penalty to the player.

i. The player and coach must be notified of any penalty at least two days prior to the next scheduled game. 

9. Schedule - The schedule will be set by the Open Competitive Representative, Assistant Commissioner, and Commissioner for each season (with the implementation of the Assistant Commissioner).  Once posted, changes to the schedule will not be allowed, with the exception of weather delays.

10. Inclement Weather - The Assistant Commissioner will notify team coaches of weather cancellations prior to game time.  

a. Coaches must notify each player on their team to inform them of the cancellation.

11. Equipment

         a. Fields - To be Determined.  

         b. Bases - Safety bases will be used in all possible situations.

                   i. A double first base will be used.

ii. ASA rules will be followed. A Black Mat will NOT be used to determine Strikes / Balls.  This is to prepare players for tournaments and the NAGAAA World Series.

c. Bats - Badgerland Softball League and the Open Competitive Representative will maintain an ASA Banned Bat List, which will be applicable to the competitive league.  Bats will be inspected by the umpire prior to the start of the game.  Any individual caught using an unapproved bat will be called out and may be required to serve a disciplinary suspension at the discretion of the Ethics Committee.

d. Balls - Badgerland Softball League will supply game balls.  Balls do not need to be stamped with the MSCR logo.

e. Uniforms - Uniforms will not be provided by the Badgerland Softball League and will be up to each team to provide their team uniforms.

12. Roster Transfer

         a. Any roster transfers shall be approved by the player and both coaches.

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6.0 Special Circumstances 

1. There may occasionally be situations that arise that need an immediate resolution that are not covered in the Badgerland Softball League Softball Code.  In these situations, the matter can be resolved by one of the following:

         a. Two members of the Board may make a temporary decision.

b. If option (a.) is not available, 50% of the coaches of the division in question can make a temporary decision.

c. If option (a.) and (b.) are not available, the Umpire will make a temporary decision.

2.  Once a temporary decision for a "Special Circumstance" has been made, that temporary decision will set precedence until the General Council can amend the rules.

7.0 Amendments - Amendments to the Softball Code of Badgerland Softball League can be done by a simple majority vote of a General Council Meeting.  The vote to amend the Softball Code cannot be done with a secret ballot.

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