House Rules

YELLOWKNIFE SLOPITCH ASSOCIATION HOUSE RULES
Updated May 17, 2017
 
The Yellowknife Slopitch Association shall operate under the SPN Rules (2017) with the following exceptions, additions, and clarifications:
 
  • Default fees (totaling $150) shall be collected by the league. It is up to a team to request any default fees to be returned if the team is no longer playing. The team has one season to request the return of fees following their last game played or risk forfeiture.
  • Home and Away is to be determined by coin flip during the regular season. Come playoff time, the higher seed will have the choice to field or bat first.
  • All games will commence no later than 10 minutes after the scheduled start time. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit for the offending team(s) with a score of 99-0 (so defaults can be tracked).
  • Any games forfeited by a team before 3pm shall record the game as a 77-0.
  • The minimum number of players to constitute a team for all games will be nine (9) players. If an injury or other reason causes a team to have less than nine (9) eligible players remaining, that team shall forfeit the game by a score of 99-0. If a team commences a game with nine (9) players, a tenth player can be added to the lineup at any point.
  • Teams may choose to field either five males and five females at a time or six males and four females. Teams cannot field more than six males at a time. 
  • A team may score a maximum of six (6) runs per inning and unlimited runs in the seventh (7th) inning during regular season games. If a game ends in less than seven innings for any reason (i.e., time, weather, etc.) unlimited runs shall be allowed in the last playable inning.
  • The mat does form part of the home plate. In other words, if a catcher is standing on the mat when they catch a ball, an out would be applied if the throw beats the runner. Together. the plate and the mat make up the entirety of the strike zone. 
  • A runner may not touch home plate when coming in to score. Should they do so, their run will not count and their team will be given an out.
  • A team must include all players in attendance in the batting line-up, allowing any ten to play the field in any inning. A team will receive an ‘out’ each time a player on their team is unable to bat during their turn.
  • In all formats, any number of females may bat consecutively, otherwise, the order of batting must always alternate between male and female.
  • A game shall be called on account of the mercy rule, if the home team is ahead by 15 runs or more after 4 1/2 complete innings, or if the visiting team is ahead by 15 runs or more after 5 complete innings.
  • No teams shall start another inning 10 minutes or less before the next game is scheduled to start.
  • The captain of the winning team is responsible to enter the score and the MVPs for both teams into the website following each game so the standings can be adjusted automatically. A confirmation email will be sent to the winning and losing team as well as the league for confirmation. All scores will be finalized automatically one week following the date of the game, regardless of whether the other team confirms. If teams believe the results of a game or the MVPs have been entered incorrectly, they should first contact the other captain to correct the information, and then get in touch with the league if unsuccessful.
  • All regularly scheduled games must be played unless weather does not permit. Cancellation due to weather will be announced by the League by 3pm of game day through an announcement on Facebook and this website. If the umpire decides that the game is unplayable due to weather and 4 innings have been completed, the game will be considered final and the umpire must notify the league immediately. Please note re-scheduled games may not be during normal time-slots.
  • Rain-outs will be rescheduled by the league, however games cancelled by teams will not be rescheduled and the team that initiates the cancellation of the game will receive the loss (77-0). If neither team lets the league know that a game has been cancelled, then the game will result in a tie. Teams that do not cancel their games by 3pm of game day, by notifying their opponents and the league, will also be subject to a fine of $50 from their performance bond. Once the 4th inning has been completed, the game shall be deemed official.
  • Walk rule: If a female batter receives four balls on any number of pitches, she is awarded first base. If a male batter is walked on four straight pitches he is awarded second base. In the event the preceding male batter is awarded second base, the following male or female batter is not automatically awarded first base.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the field or in the stands/grounds area. Alcohol is only allowed in the designated area of a licensed beer garden.
  • There is no smoking allowed on the field at any time.
  • All jewellery must be removed (taping is not permitted).
  • Players can play on multiple teams per division and in multiple divisions. A player’s information must be on each of the rosters, but the signature must only be on one of the lowest division rosters (ex: if a player is playing for a C and B Division team, their signature should only be on the C Division).  If a player signs a roster for a higher division team during the season, they cannot play for a lower division.
  • Rosters are due at the beginning of each year (in 2017 – June 6).  These are needed to determine the number of teams submitted to SPN for insurance purposes.  Rosters may be updated throughout the season, but become locked one week before playoffs (in 2017 –  August 14).  Only those players on the final roster may play with the team.
  • When preparing playoff schedules, certified umpires will be given priority.

Any female who is pregnant and chooses to play, umpire, coach or manage, does so at their own risk.

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