The Cal Intramural Sports Softball Rules are based on the American Softball Association Rules. Some of the more important rules as well as rules unique to the Cal Intramural Sports Program are included herein. All players are responsible for reading this document prior to participating in Softball.
While on suspension, the participant is not allowed to participate in any Intramural Sports-sponsored sport, special event, activity, or IFC Sport. Participants suspended for longer than one game may appeal their suspension to the Intramural Sports Council. The Intramural Sports Council meets on an as needed basis. Intramural Sports Council meetings take place at the availability of Council members. Call (510) 643-6822 to schedule an appeal hearing.
All participants must be prepared to show Game Officials a valid University of California, Berkeley, Student ID Card or a current Cal Rec Club Card in order to participate in Intramural Sports. Individuals without current membership and picture identification will not be allowed to participate. A team unable to field a minimum number of players with current membership and picture identification will forfeit the contest.
Additional Softball Bat Restrictions
In the interest of safety for all players and due to increasing participant concerns, Intramural Sports has banned certain bats from being used before, during, and after all IM games:
- Double-wall, triple-wall, and “composite” material bats are banned indefinitely – even though they may be found on the ASA’s certified equipment list or bear the ASA Recertified mark.
- Please consult http://www.softball.org/about/certified_equipment.asp for a list of banned and approved bats.
- Umpires have the final say on whether any bat found on the approved/certified list is unsafe and may remove a bat from further play at their discretion.
- Penalty: Any batter who enters the batters box with a banned bat shall be called out. Any batter who is found to have used an illegal bat shall be ruled out (before the next legal pitch) and ejected. No runners may advance.
A game will end if a team trails by 10 or more runs if:
- The trailing team has had at least four innings at bat and as many innings at bat as the team in the lead.
- An inning is completed after the fortieth minute of play.
Free substitutions are allowed but each substitute must play at least one half inning and bat at least once. All participants must bat in the order. Participants arriving late must be placed at the bottom of the lineup. Courtesy runners are not allowed. If a runner is injured, he or she may be replaced with the last male or female out (as the situation dictates) but may not return to the line-up.
If an injured player (or player who leaves the game for whatever reason) cannot continue to play and there is no substitute available to meet the minimum Number of Players Rule (i.e. eight players), the game shall be over.
In addition, if an injured player or player who leaves the game drops a team to less than 10 players (but they have at least eight players remaining), the game may continue but an out shall be recorded each time that player(s)’ spot comes up in the line-up. If ten (10) or more eligible batters still remain after this action, no out is recorded when that player(s)’ spot comes up in the line-up.
Participants may not argue balls and strikes. Any arguing the judgement of balls and strikes constitutes a team warning. A repeat offense by the same team results in ejection of that team member.
A batter is out if he/she steps out of the batter’s box and makes contact with a pitched ball. One or both feet must be entirely outside the box and in contact with the ground to be considered out. If the batter has any part of both feet inside the box or on the line, the batter is considered to be in the box.
In addition, when a defensive player has possession of the ball, runners must attempt to avoid contact. Penalty: Runner is out, ball is dead, and all other runners return to the last base touched at time of collision. If the contact is malicious, the runner shall also be ejected.
Use of this “second” first base is to help prevent collisions and injuries at first base. The batter-runner may use either first base when rounding the base on hits to the outfield.
- Note: This is essentially a live ball appeal. Once time is out, the defense will not have the opportunity to appeal the runner passing the commit line.
CoRec Rule Modifications
- A team may never have more men than women on the field. Exception: With five (5) men and four (4) women present, the game may be played with the fifth male playing the catcher position. A team fielding enough players to start a game but not enough of a particular gender (male or female) will be awarded an automatic-loss, however, will not be forced to forfeit the game.
- Entire female teams are permitted in CoRec leagues. If a team decides to play without four (4) or more male players, it must be entirely female. Teams with one to three male participants are not permitted.
- Teams must bat in alternating and separate orders unless the team is occupied completely by women. If there are an uneven amount of players (i.e. 5 men and 4 women) teams may not bat a man at the top and bottom of the order. Teams with both men and women must ALWAYS have alternating batting orders.
- No outfielder may move closer than 175 feet from home plate when a woman is at bat. A line is arched this distance from home plate and shall restrict outfielders until contact with the ball is made (including the 4th outfielder). If this line is not visible, the umpire’s discretion will govern. Penalty: Women will be awarded two bases, all runners advance if forced.
- It is prohibited for a man to take a play away from a woman in any position. Exception: At home plate, a male may cover. Penalty: Batter and all runners advance to base they would have reached had infraction not occurred without liability to be put out.
- Any intentional walk to a male batter will result in the option for the following female batter to walk or hit. The umpire will inform the female batter that she has the option to decline the intentional walk if she would rather hit. Whether a walk is intentional is the sole discretion of the plate Umpire.