2024 Double AA Sports Spring/Fall Garfield Co-Ed League Rules -Updated March 30,2024

1.   The Spring/Fall League is a USA (ASA) Slow Pitch League governed by USA rules for 2024.

2.   Team rosters must be submitted to the league by Mar 28, 2024. Rosters will consist of up to 20 players. Companies that require additional players to be on roster will be reviewed and approved by me. Rosters may be updated as long as team has 4 games remaining on schedule and league is notified in advance of the game. It is the responsibility of the team manager to submit roster to the league commissioner prior to them playing in a game.  Players must play in a minimum of 4 games during the season to be eligible for the playoffs. 
Penalty for non-rostered players is a forfeit.

3.  A player may only play for ONE team during the course of the season. Violation of this will result in a forfeit.  

4.  Game results: The Winning team is responsible to call all scores in by 3pm next day to Tony 201-248-5057 or send an email to: doubleaasports@optonline.net.   

5.   At the pre-game captains meeting with the umpire captains need to review league rules and field ground rules. 

6.   The pitching is lob pitch, No speed at all on the pitch Height is 6-10 feet from the ground. An illegal pitch will be called if either the pitch is too high, too low or too fast. If a batter swings at or contacts any illegal pitch, it is nullified and all play stands (live ball). If the batter does not swing a ball will be called on the batter.  
*** We will use a MAT.  If the ball hits the Mat its a strike. The Umpire will provide the Mat ***

7.   The Mound is 50 feet from home plate. If there's a pitcher's rubber the pitcher's must have at least one foot in contact with the pitchers rubber.

8.   Bases are 65 feet and each team must have bases. 

9.   The DoubleAA Sports Spring League will be using the double base at 1st base for the 2023 season

10. Start 1-1 Count and No Courtesy foul in 2024

11.  No metal spikes - anyone wearing metal spikes will be ejected from the game and can not return for that game

12.  Each team must field at least 8 players to start the game. If a team cannot field 8, it must forfeit. If a player has to  leave once the game has started, that team may continue to play as long as it can field 8 players. If they cannot field 8, they forfeit. One of the 8 Players must be a catcher.

13.  COURTESY RUNNER – Each team is allowed two courtesy runner per game it is always the last batted out any additional runners should be agreed upon before the game. In the 1st Inning with no outs the last batter in the order will be the runner. (Female for Female / Male for Male)

14.  15/12 RUN RULE - If a team is leading by 15 runs at the end of Three and one-half (3-1/2) innings (Four (4) innings if the home team is losing); 12 runs after 5 innings, the complete inning thereafter; the game will be stopped and  regarded as complete. This will be enforced for the Regular Season. 
”15/12 Run Rule will apply in the Playoff’s.” 

15.   Home team is noted as second team on schedule page. 

16.  The Captains will have ALL Game balls. We will use Yellow USA 300 .52 Softballs New USA Softball
New Balls will be placed into game in the Top and Bottom of 1st inning.

17.   Batting Order - The first ten in the lineup can be in any order Male/Female (7-3 Ratio) If you add additional batters after the initial 10 you must alternate Male/Female.  You can bat as many batters as your team need to.  If missing a 3rd female then you can not bat extra hitters.

18.   If there is a play at any base, the base runner must go down (slide) or avoid the play (get out of the way).   In the eyes of the umpire, if he believes interference occurred, the batter and/or base runner can be called out.

19.   Games are scheduled for seven (7) innings.  Four and one-half (4-1/2) innings are necessary for a game to be considered complete, five (5) innings if the home team is losing.  After the 5th inning then revert back to the last complete inning and the game is over, if the game is tie then teams will receive a tie, regular season. We will continue any games not considered complete for any reason if necessary.

20.   All players must have a shirt signifying the team’s name or logo that they are representing.
There is no penalty for this rule. It is suggested to promote positive appearance for the team and league.

21.   All bats utilized in the Fall League must be on the American Softball Association (ASA) Certified Listing     (http://www.softball.org/about/certified_equipment.asp). Then select bats, select go and review .pdf file.  
* Penalty - Shaved Bats - Anyone caught with a shaved bat your team will forfeit the games that day (2 games) and forfeit your previous 2 wins.  Plus the player with the shaved bat will be suspended for the remainder of the year. As I said at the meeting last night. I will have the head of ASA show up unannouced at games where I get complaints from teams of another team using shaved bat. He has a machine to test the bat. He will have the final say on if the bat is shaved or not. 

22.   Games need to start ON-TIME. Game times are noted on the schedules. 

23.   Anyone thrown out of the game by the umpire’s will receive a one game suspension. If the same player gets thrown out of another game that player is suspended for the remainder of the season including playoff’s. 
The Commissioner's, Captains and umpire involved will review all ejection's.

24.   In the rare event the umpire does not show up for a scheduled game. The coaches can agree to play the game using an agreed upon person as the umpire or the catcher can call balls and strikes and the base coaches call the  bases OR they can have the game rescheduled. PLEASE try to play games whenever possible to avoid rescheduling.

25.  Protests - There will be a $35. Charge for all filed protests if you win the protest the money is refunded. Protests  may only be made on an incorrect interpretation of the rules. All protests must be sent via e-mail within 24 hours of your game.  

26.  Inclement weather: A league decision on rainouts will be made between 3:30-4:30pm , I will text or email captains as soon as town makes decision on field.

27.  Four (4) forfeits are allowed per season.  On the fifth forfeit, the team is automatically dropped from the league.  Any team with 4 Forfeits will forfeit their 1st Playoff game as well.

28.  All teams are to clean up any mess they have made at all fields.

29.  Alcoholic Beverages and any illegal or controlled substances are prohibited on or near playing fields at all times. ANY TEAM, OR MEMBER OF A TEAM CAUGHT VIOLATING THIS RULE MAY SUBJECT HIS TEAM TO DISMISSAL FROM THE LEAGUE.   THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

30.  Rain Out Policy: All Games will be made up

31.  Teams can play 3 or 4 Outfielders in Softball. If they play 3 Outfielders the extra player can play in the infield. Outfielders MUST play at least 20 Feet in the outfield. An extra infielder must declare their intentions prior to the pitch.

32.  The Batter will start with a 1-1 count in this league, NO Courtesy Foul 

33.  Forfeit Score will be 12-0 

34.  Outfielders MUST play in the outfield, no more than 5 infielders

35.  MAX is 7 men on the field at any time - Ratio is 7 Male / 3 Female Players

36.  If TWO Women are missing the 9th batter in lineup is an out. 

37.  If 7 Male and 2 Females then the 10th batter in the lineup is an out.

38. When a Female is on Deck:  3 straight balls, no strikes results in Male gets 2nd base and Female has option to hit or take first base.
Any other Walk results in Male at second base and Female Must Bat.

If the Batting Team does not call out "Female on Deck" by the second pitch of the AB then any resulting walk will be just normal walk situation and Male just gets first base and female must hit.

39. Forfeit score is 12-0 - Any team that forfeits 4 or more games can be prohibited from playing in the league the following year. The team may complete it’s schedule and may play in the playoffs.
Any team with 4 Forfeits will forfeit their 1st Playoff game as well.

40. Bats can not have Pine Tar or and substance on the barrel of the bat. It will be removed from the game. 

41. If a bats end cap comes off bat. Bat must be surrendered to umpire to be checked and reviewed with commissioner.

2024 BAT Compression Test Rule and Penalty

  1. ALL Bats MUST have 2024 USA Sticker by May 15th, or once I have a chance to check all teams and send message to captains. We will strictly enforce the below rules. I will be at field many nights with compression tester. and stickers OR if you get a new bat and need to have it tested you can bring to my house.
  1. 1st Offense - Once batter steps in Batters Box with bat without 2021 USA sticker or after he hits the ball prior to next batter receiving a pitch penalty is player ejected from the game and inning ending for the team hitting (Bat can be surrendered to the Umpire for testing, if passes then team goes back to No Offenses, If it fails or not surrendered then Offense is in effect)
  2. 2nd Offense for the same Team - Game is over and forfeited (Bat can be surrendered to the Umpire for testing, if passes then team goes back to 1 Offense, If it fails or not surrendered then Offense is in effect)
  3. 3rd Offense for the same Team - Game is over and forfeited - If player does not agree to surrender bat to umpire the team is out of the league. If player surrenders bat and it does not pass compression testing the team is out of the league if the bat passes compression testing then team goes back to 2 Offenses.
  4. 4th Offense for the same Team - Team is out of the league
  5. There may be random bat testing during the season
  6. There may be random bat testing in the playoffs

If bat is surrendered to umpire the testing can be done and returned in most cases in one day.



We will Have Playoffs based on Divisions - Additional 
Details coming soon

  1. Double Elimination type playoffs with all teams making the playoffs as long as 1 win.
  2. We will have an A & B & C Playoff Bracket 
  3. Division Winners are Top Seeds
  4. Home team will be higher seed 
    Once in losers bracket we will flip for home team

    Tie breaker will be head to head record, Head to Head Run Diff, If there is still a tie, lowest runs allowed per game, runs scored, then a coin toss. 
    In the case of 2 or more teams that all did not all play each other during the season the tiebreakers are as follows
    Runs Allowed, Runs Scored, If still tie (highly doubt it) then coin flip

    *** IMPORTANT: Player Injury Insurance is NOT provided by Double AA Sports, Tony Davino or RPS Bollinger Insurance. Teams had the option to purchase separately for their team but no teams decided to purchase this year. This was reviewed at Mandatory 2024 Captains Meeting. All Players play at their own risk, each team and each individual participating player must acknowledge and understand that Double AA Sports, Tony Davino, it’s agents, servants and employees will not be responsible for loss or injury to any individual. Double AA Sports or Tony Davino will not be responsible for medical expenses of any kind resulting from loss or injury suffered in any league activity. ***

    “Anyone playing in league knows risks of COVID-19 and you assume full responsibility and liability for the risk of injury, illness, sickness, disease, disability, and/or death which may result from exposure to or infection with COVID-19 before, during or after participating in league from player/person interaction and exposure and/or being present at facilities. You hereby waive, release and discharge any Town, Double AA Sports, Tony Davino, USA softball, RPS Bollinger, or employees, agents from any and all losses, damages and liability"

    *** I recommend ALL Pitchers wear a mask or helmet when pitching and infielders wear a mask - which could help from bad hops or line drives ***