Lunenburg County Gentlemen’s Slow Pitch Softball League
2022 League Rules & Bylaws
• Playing rules to follow those set forth by Softball Canada Official Rule Book.
WITH THE FOLLOWING BY-LAWS:
• The first meeting of the league should take place no later than the month of March each year.
(note: field reservations are to be forwarded to the District of Lunenburg Recreation Dept., Town of Mahone
Bay, the Town of Bridgewater Recreation Dept. and Michelin Social Club if required – during the month of
March each year.
• The second meeting of the league should take place during the month of April or the first week of the
month of May each year.
• At this meeting all League teams will be required to pay to the league a minimum of $500.00 (five
hundred dollars) of their League registration fees.
• (note: (1) The District of Lunenburg Recreation Dept. requires that all field rental fees for The Dayspring
softball fields for the regular season be paid in-full before our league teams start to play on the fields.
(2) Mahone Bay field- if all field rental fees are paid in-full before regular season play starts, the league may
receive a discount on the field rental fees.
(3) To purchase softballs before the start of League play.
• Optional third meeting. Should take place after the End of Season Playoff Championship Tournament. To
be held late September or in the month of October. (1) review regular
(2) review playoffs.
(3) review League Rules & By-Laws (make necessary changes as required).
TEAM REGISTRATION FEES :
• ALL remaining team registration fees to be submitted to the league on Thursday June 16 th 2022. Failure
to do so will result in the offending team(s) forfeiting each doubleheader games on the schedule starting on the
above mentioned date and each scheduled Thursday doubleheader games on the schedule there after until
submitted to the appropriate league official.
TEAM PLAYER ROSTERS :
• ALL teams player rosters of up to a maximum of (20) twenty players are also to be submitted to the league
on or before Thursday June 16 th 2022. This will be during week 6 on the playing schedule. ( 1/3 of the way
through the league playing schedule). This will allow teams to make a few changes during the first six weeks of
the season. Failure to do so will result in the offending team(s) forfeiting each doubleheader games on the
schedule starting on the above mentioned date and each scheduled Thursday doubleheader games on the
schedule there after until submitted to the appropriate league official.
• League playing schedule: Starts on Thursday, May 12 th , 2022 and ends on Thursday September 8 th ,
• All games are to begin at 6:15 p.m.
• Teams will play a doubleheader (2) two games, with each game being 7 innings.
• Games starting on Thursday August 18 th , 2022 will still begin play at 6:15 p.m. but will consist of (2) two
(6) inning games.
• No extra innings will be played if a game is tied after 7 innings during the regular season.
• End of season Playoff Championship Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 10 th and
Sunday September 11 th , 2022.
• The home team listed on the schedule will have the first home game and supply the game balls. At least
(1) one new softball will be required to start the game and (2) two good second softballs. Additional second
softballs will be supplied as required during the game.
• * The home teams listed on the playing schedule are responsible for bringing and installation of the bases and mat for behind home plate*
• The away team listed on the schedule will be the home team for the second game of the doubleheader
and supply the game balls. At least (1) one new Grey Dot softball will be required to start the game and (2) two
good second softballs. Additional second softballs will be supplied as required during the game.
• There will be a 15 minute grace period from 6:15 pm to 6:30 p.m. if needed for teams requiring the
additional time to field a team. At 6:30 p.m. a team not having the minimum number of 9 players to play will
forfeit the first game to the opposing team.
• At this time (6:30 p.m.) a second 15 minute grace period from 6:30 pm to 6:45 p.m. will be in effect to
allow the team not having the minimum number of 9 players to field a team for the second game of the
doubleheader. At 6:45 p.m. the team not having the minimum number of 9 players to play will forfeit the
• Players can be added at any time to the bottom of the batting order upon arriving after the start of a
game to reach 10, 11, 12 etc. up to the maximum of each teams 20 player roster. This will be at each team’s
• If a team has greater than 9 players and a player or players become injured or has to leave suddenly etc.
the team can go down to as far as 9 players and that player or players who are no longer playing in the line-up
will be skipped in the batting order and will not be counted as outs or the position or positions vacated in the
line-up can be filled by a substitute / spare player(s) who are on the teams 20 player roster. This will be at each
• Teams must field a team that consists of players from their submitted roster. Dressing players not on your
roster will result in a forfeit.
• All players to be (34) thirty-four years of age on or before December 31 of the current season
year with the exception of (2) two players that will have reached the age of 33 by December 31 of the
current season calendar year
• All new players entering into the League shall provide proof of age eligibility to the League before
playing. (A copy of their drivers licence shall be forwarded to the League by each team rep. as required ).
• All new rostered player names to be: highlighted, a check marked, an X, etc. placed beside their name to
identify them to the League that they are a new player entering the League for the first time.
• Each teams player roster will be reviewed by the League to identify if there are any new players on team
rosters entering the league without providing proof of age eligibility. Failure to provide proof of age before
playing will result in the violating team(s) forfeiting any wins with which they had obtained while the player or
players were playing with the team. Therefore wins will become losses in the League standings.
• Teams are reminded to keep all their game sheets throughout the season. The league may request to review
game sheets to identify if new players have played without providing proof of age eligibility.( Game sheets
may also be required to provide information to break ties between teams that may end up being tied in
the standings at the end of season scheduled league play.
• Upon receiving a written complaint from a league team of the possibility of an ineligible player or
players playing on another team in the league, the league will investigate and require the named player or
players to provide proof of eligibility to continue to play. (Drivers licence). Failure to provide proof will result
in the named player or players immediately being unable to continue to play until proof is provided to the
INJURED / REPLACEMENT PLAYERS:
• A team requiring a replacement player(s) do to a roster player(s) being injured during the season may pick
up a replacement player(s) upon the league receiving a doctor’s note verifying the team’s roster player(s) injury.
• The injured players name will be removed from the team roster and the replacement player(s) name will be
added to the roster. If an injured player is fit to return to play, the replacement player who was added to the
roster to replace the injured player will be removed from the roster and the returning injured players name will
be reinstated on the team roster.
• The name of the replacement player to be provided to the league. Along with proof of age eligibility.
• The deadline for replacement players to be added to team rosters to be eligible to play the remaining of the
regular season scheduled games and playoff championship tournament shall be by the 2nd Thursday in the
month of August of each current season year.
ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY WITHOUT BATTING:
• If a team has exactly (9) nine players at a game to play and one of those players can only play catcher,
pitcher or first base due to an injury that prohibits the player from running or batting, this player can be skipped
in the batting order and will not be counted as an out.
• Teams will be permitted to have a maximum of (2) two courtesy runners per game. These player may be
named at the start of the game if it is known that a runner will be needed for a player with a pre-existing injury,
or named during the game if a player gets injured. If the (2) two players have already been named, and another
player is injured, the newly injured player will be unable to use a courtesy runner. Normal pinch runner rules
may be applied, and the player can be replaced in the lineup. •
The (2) two players requiring a courtesy runner shall only be permitted to have a courtesy runner after reaching
first base, unless an error had occurred / over throw / dead ball, etc. which would permit the player requiring a
courtesy to be awarded to go to 2 nd or 3 rd base by the Umpire, therefore, would still be able request to have a
• Players who have been permitted to have a courtesy runner, who reach either 2 nd or 3 rd base during their at
bat will not be permitted to have a courtesy runner.
• The runner(s) for the maximum of two players requiring courtesy runners will be the last out that was
counted previous to the use of the courtesy runner excluding any player that is named to require a courtesy
runner. If no outs have been recorded in the game at this point, the last player in the batting order will be used
as the courtesy runner.
DESIGNATED HITTER / ONE DH PER TEAM / PER GAME:
• Before the start of each game both teams will confirm who their DH ( designated hitter ) player will be
during that game.
• If the DH ( designated hitter ) is walked during their at bat or told to go directly to 1 st base without
being pitched too, the DH ( designated hitter ) player shall be awarded to go directly to 2 nd base.
• Any player(s) who are already on base will only advance if forced by the DH receiving his 2 bases.
• Each team having more than (9) nine roster players on hand / at the field ready to play are required to
play and bat no less than a minimum of (10) ten roster players during a game.
• At each teams discretion, a team can play and bat up to the teams maximum roster of (20) twenty players.
(Clarification: Therefore each team can play and bat between a minimum of (10) ten to maximum of (20)
twenty players for each game.
SUBSTITUTION OF PLAYERS:
• Any player listed on its teams starting line-up game sheet may be substituted for during a game provided
the team making the substitution(s) have enough substitute / spare rostered players on their players bench to be
entered into the game for the starting players.
• Substitute players can only enter the game once.
• Starting players can re-enter the game.
PITCHING REGULATIONS / PITCHING CHUTE:
• (1) The pitcher may start anywhere within the pitching chute or touching the pitching rubber, with one foot
or both feet in or touching.
(2) The pivot foot must be in or touching the pitching chute or pitching rubber.
(3) The Pitching Chute – shall be 2 feet wide (width of pitching rubber) by 10 feet long, measuring 10 feet
back from front of pitching rubber.
(4) The umpires will have to enforce the pitching chute rule using their discretion / judgement.
STRIKE ZONE: PLATE & MAT:
• The home plate and mat will be the strike zone. The mat should be placed snug up against the back of
the home plate. A pitched ball that hits either the home plate or the mat is to be called a strike.
• The batters box is 3ft. in front of home plate and 4ft. behind home plate. Batters are now permitted to step
/ place back foot behind the strike mat up to 1ft. to hit the ball. (the strike mat is 3ft. long). These measurements
are taken from each back, side corner of the home plate.
• A team will no longer provide a catcher for the opposing team. A minimum number of 9 players is
required to play. Any team that fails to field 9 players will forfeit the game(s).
• The approved softballs to be used by the league are: Worth Super Grey Dot – COR .40 Max
Compression 375LBS or Mizuno MS380 – COR .47 Max Compression 375LBS..
• If any ball other than the balls specified above are used in a game, they MUST be used for one(1)
complete inning by each team.
• Shoes with metal spikes are not permitted.
• Teams are required to provide bases that are in safe condition (not badly torn), and shall include a
double safe-base at 1 st base. Bases are to be securely pegged down.
• Wooden bats only. All wooden softball and baseball bats can be used.
• No wooden composite bats will be permitted.
• If a player is discovered using an illegal bat during a game, the offending team will be forced to forfeit
that game and the player using the illegal bat will be suspended immediately from play.
• Length of suspension to be (8) eight consecutive games.
HOME RUN RULE:
• A team may only hit (3) three outside of the ball park home runs per game. Any home runs hit after the
(3) three home runs outside the ball park have been used, will be counted as a single hit. Batter to advance to
• Any runners already occupying a
base when a ball is hit outside of the ball park after the (3) three home runs have been used, can only advance
bases by force.
• An inside the ball park home run will not be considered to be (1) one of the outside of the ball park home
• If a fly ball is touched by a defensive player before touching the playing surface and goes over the outfield
fence, it will be counted as a home run.
MERCY RULE / 1O RUN RULE:
• The (10) ten run rule will be in effect for all games after the losing team has had a minimum of (5) five
TO TAG OR NOT TO TAG / SAFETY LINES & COMMITMENT LINES:
NOT TO TAG:
• An out at home plate must result from the softball being held by the defensive player, with the defensive
player having their foot or ball glove touching the home plate while the offensive player is still between the
commitment-line and safe-line, before the offensive player crosses the safe-line.
• The offensive player must touch any part of the safe-line with either foot or be completely over the safe-
line and touching the ground on the other side of the safe-line before the defensive player is holding onto the
softball while still being in contact with the home plate, to be safe at home plate and score a run.
• An offensive player who crosses over the commitment-line going towards home plate with at least (1)
one foot completely over the commitment-line (foot not touching any part of the commitment-line) and
touching the ground must continue to proceed home and may not return to 3 rd base.
• If the offensive player touches the home plate or mat before touching or crossing the safe-line the
offensive player will be called out.
RAIN OUT RULE:
• If games are cancelled due to inclement weather and or poor field conditions, team reps. will be
contacted between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. of the cancellation. And therefore team reps. to notify players on
their team. Otherwise teams are to go to the field that they are scheduled to play on and at that time a decision
will be made between the teams that are playing each other whether to play or not to play based on the
condition of the field. Decision to play must be unanimous between both teams. Due to contractual changes,
games will only be cancelled if the fields are deemed unfit to play by the field monitors/owners.
NO MAKE UP GAMES:
• *** All scheduled league games that are rained out will not be arranged to be replayed.
GAMES RAINED OUT DURING PLAY:
• A regulation game will be 4.5 innings if the home team is leading or 5 innings if tied or the home team is
behind. If a game is called by the umpire because of weather before becoming a regulation game, it will be
declared a tie.
( ie: If the first game of the double header is called before becoming a regulation game and the second
game of the double header can not be played, both games will be declared a tie.)
• There is to be no alcohol on or near the playing field. This will include player in dugouts, player on
benches along with players in the parking lots prior to and following games. This can not be monitored by the
league, therefore each team captain/representative will be deemed responsible for the players on their roster and
any fans permitted in the dugout areas.
• Registered umpires will be used for all regular season scheduled games depending on availability.
PLAYER EJECTED FROM A GAME
• When a player is ejected from a game, the ejected players vacant spot in the batting order is to be filled by
a substitute / spare roster player if available.
• If the vacant spot in the batting order can not be filled by a substitute / spar roster player it will be counted
as an out each time that the ejected players spot in the batting order is reached during the remainder of the
• If a player is ejected while at bat. A substitute / spare roster player if available must take the remainder of
the ejected players at bat and inherit the count ( balls and strikes ) if applicable at the time of the ejection. And
remain in the remainder of the game after the at bat or be replaced by another substitute / spare player who has
not already played in the game.
Disciplinary Policy – Abuse of an Umpire
• Verbal or physical Abuse of Umpires will NOT be tolerated in any form and is not limited to the items
• Umpire abuse – is defined as any deliberate action that makes an umpire feel physically threatened,
verbally intimidated or emotionally humiliated. Disrespectfully objecting to calls, yelling at, publically calling,
constantly disagreeing with an umpire by action or verbally can be deemed umpire abuse.
• Immediate ejection of a player from a game may be applied without a verbal warning from the Umpire
(1) a player questions an Umpires honesty and integrity.
(2) a player uses profane language that is directed at the Umpire personally, opposing player(s) or fan(s).
(3) a player directs an obscene gesture towards an Umpire, opposing player(s) or fan(s).
(4) a player flagrantly throws equipment or part of a uniform in obvious protest of a call.
(5) a player leaves their position on the field or dugout to argue balls and strikes.
(6) a player commits any of the items listed under excessive abuse.
• Any player that is ejected from a game by an umpire must immediately retreat to their team bench or leave
the playing area for the remainder of the game.
• If the player continues to disrupt the game/umpire/opposing players from the bench position or fails to
leave the playing field when commanded, they will be ejected from the field area and reported to the league.
The player will subsequently be suspended for the teams next 2 games. (Next 1 game in Play-offs). Suspension
length will double for each subsequent violation.
• If the player continues or refuses to leave the playing field, the game will be forfeited. The player involved
will meet with the disciplinary committee for further discipline. If the umpire deems that the team captain
failed to do everything in his power to remove the player, the acting captain of the game will be suspended for
the next 2 games.
• Any player that commits one of the offences listed under the “Excessive Abuse” section will serve an
automatic (but not limited to) 4 game suspension for each offence committed. An additional disciplinary
review will be performed by the disciplinary committee to review the severity of the situation and deem if the
suspension is sufficient.
• A player that commits a second “Excessive Abuse” case within a 3 year period will serve an automatic
suspension for the remainder of the season plus the entire following year’s season.
Excessive Abuse of an Umpire
(1) a player makes intentional physical contact with the Umpire.
(2) a player kicks or throws dirt on or at an Umpire.
(3) a player spits on or at an Umpire or opposing player(s).
(4) a player flagrantly throws equipment or part of a uniform in obvious protest of a call in a manner that is
dangerous to other players, the umpire or fans.
• • • continued disciplinary policy – abuse of an umpire.
• Physical Abuse of an Umpire – any incident that involves physical abuse by bodily threatening,
shoving, bumping, kicking, punching or harming an Umpire in any other way will result in an immediate
indefinite suspension of the player from the league.
• The suspensions will carry over from one season to the next season until served.
• A player wishing to be reinstated must appear before the Disciplinary Committee for a hearing.
• Disciplinary Committee: The Disciplinary Committee shall consist of one member from each team who
were not involved in the game that the altercation occurred, plus the League President. ( The President will only
vote to break ties ).
The team or teams and umpire involved in the altercation will meet with the Disciplinary Committee
individually to present their side of the information on the altercation before a decision is made by the
MEASUREMENTS FOR PUTTING DOWN BASES, SAFE-LINE AND COMMITMENT LINE:
1 st and 3 rd bases:
• measure by starting from the back corner of home plate, measure 65 ft. each way towards both the 1 st
and 3 rd base markings.
2 nd base:
• measure by starting from the back corner of home plate, measure 92 ft. straight out over the centre of
both the home plate and the pitching rubber to the 2 nd base marking.
• measure by starting from the back corner of home plate, measure 21 ft. towards 3 rd base and at this
measured location draw the commitment line parallel to 1 st base.
• measure by starting from the back corner of the home plate, measure 50 ft. straight out over the centre of
home plate. This is where the pitching rubber should be placed.
• the safe-line is drawn from the front corner of the home plate closest to 3 rd base and is drawn parallel to
1 st base.
LEAGUE WEBSITE AND STANDINGS:
• All team captains are required to submit their game scores via text or e-mail to the 902-527-6475 or
firstname.lastname@example.org directly following the second game each night. A reminder email/text will be
subsequently be sent to any teams that fail to do so. If the scores are not submitted prior to game time the
following week, the game/games un-accounted for will be deemed cancelled games and no points awarded for
either team in the standings. Any ties in the weekly standings are broken by head to head (if possible), runs for,
then fewest runs against.
• All league information (standings, rules/regulations, and rosters (once available), can be found at
End of Season Playoff Championship Tournament Rules
• Playing rules to follow those set forth by Softball Canada. With the following League rules.
• All home games to higher seeded teams based on end of regular season standings throughout the “seeding
day” of the closing tournament (Saturday).
• The home team will be determined by the placement from the Seeding day for all games played in the
Championship and Consolation brackets. The higher ranked team will be the home team. If in the final game,
both teams are seeded equally, home team will be determined by a coin toss.
The League Championship Game will be played on field – Dayspring # 2
• The League Consolation Championship Game will be played on Dayspring # 1
• If (2) two teams are tied after round robin play, whoever defeated the other in head to head play will get
the higher position (seed).
• If (3) three teams are tied after round robin play:
(1) the best plus / minus of games played between the tied teams will be used, if still tied:
(2) the best plus / minus of all round robin games played will be used, if still tied:
(3) the least amount of runs allowed in all round robin games played will be used, if still tied:
(4) a coin toss. All (3) teams will have one team representative flip a coin at the same time. The winning team
is the one whose coin differentiates itself from the other two. Example – if the result of the three flipped coins is
heads-heads-tails, the team that flipped tails wins. If all three coins land on the same side, re-flip the coins. The
(2) teams remaining tied, whoever defeated the other in head to head play will get the next highest seeded
For plus / minus purposes, all scores will revert back to the last completed inning.
• Home teams do not bat in the bottom of an inning if the visiting team does not catch up in the top part of
the inning, and a maximum of plus / minus 7 will be used for tie breaking purposes.
• If teams are tied after 7 innings, extra innings will be played until a winner is decided and the international
rule will not be in effect for each extra inning required.
• Registered umpires will be used for all games.
• The (10) ten run rule will be in effect.
• The only softballs approved by the league in the established By Laws will be used during the season
ending playoff championship tournament. They are: Worth Super Gray Dot – COR 40 ONLY.
• Teams are reminded to help each other out during the games retrieving out of play balls.
• * All teams are required to bring bases and strike mat to the end of season tournament.*