League Rules and By-Laws

** All SPN Rules and regulations are adopted with the following additions and/or revisions**

If you have any additional questions, please use the Contact page or Executive page to message a member of the Executive or speak to an Executive member in person for further clarification.

  
1. Team Definition CriteriaIn the event of a conflict between two groups regarding ownership of a team name/identity and any related matters, the following criteria will be used to determine who has the rights to the team name.

The Team Identity will be awarded (in order of significance) to the group that meets the following criteria.

a. Both returning Teams Reps from the previous season on their roster.

b. The only returning Team Rep from the previous season on their roster.

c. A returning Team Rep from an earlier season on their roster.

d. If each group has 1 returning Team Rep from the previous season on their roster or neither team as a returning Team Rep, whichever team has more returning roster members from the previous season will be awarded the team identity.

e. In the event of a conflict, the Team(s) could be asked to obtain a letter of permission from the previous team reps to continue the use of the Team Identity in question.

f. The Executive reserves the right to deal with each scenario on a case by case basis and act in the best interest of the league.

g. The Executive reserves the right to determine that neither team be awarded the continuation of a Team Identity.

h. In the event of continued issues detrimental to the league/teams/players, the Executive reserves the right to deny a team's continuation of the use of a Team Identity for the following the season.

i. The Executive reserves the right to deny the use of a Team Name and/or Logo if deemed offensive/ inappropriate. We are not responsible for the printing of jerseys and other material related to your team name. If you are unsure if your team name is suitable, please contact a member of the Executive.

j. If a Business/Organization offers sponsorship and use of their name that has previously been used in the league, a variation in the name is required if no connection exists between 2 versions of the team. Ex. Boston Pizza Pirates and Boston Pizza Bashers.

k. An incoming team can be denied the use of a Team Identity if it is deemed too similar to a current team already playing in the league.

l. Two new teams joining the league that submit similar or identical names could be asked to alter their name or come to an agreement that creates distinguishable Team Names for both sides.
2. Team Eligibilitya. All teams must pay a $500 deposit ($200 non-refundable) at the first league meeting in February.

b. All teams must submit a roster to the President at the first league meeting- with a minimum of 10 players.

c. Any team that has not paid in full at or before the second league meeting will not be included in the schedule.
3. Player Eligibilitya. All players must be 16 years of age as of May 1st of the current season.

b. All players must be on the official team roster held by the League Executive.

c. All players must be SPN registered for insurance (SPN/SPO) with their wavier signed before participating in any game.
4. Team Rostersa. All Teams must submit their roster on paper to the Executive at the first league meeting (with a minimum of 10 players, 5 of which are female)

b. A Team Roster consists of a maximum of 26 players, and a minimum of 5 female players.

c. Rosters must be uploaded online on the Coed website.

d. Final Rosters must be uploaded to the League website by the start of the Mid-Season Classic Tournament.

e. Any team playing with a player or players, not on the most recent eligible roster uploaded to the website shall result in forfeiture of the game and a $25 fine, if the opposing team protests the game (see protests).

f. A player can only appear on one (1) roster during the regular season. Teams must ensure that the players on their roster do not appear on any other roster.

g. A player can switch teams prior to the Mid-Season tournament, but updated rosters from both teams affected must be submitted to reflect the change prior to the player taking the field with their new team.

h. A player can not play for a new team while still on the roster of their old team. A roster challenge can be initiated if this occurs.

i. The league reserves the right to limit the movement of a player(s) prior to the Mid-Season Classic Tournament. Abuse of the system will result in the potential removal from both rosters and a potential suspension for the remainder of the season for the offending player.

j. Teams are responsible for ensuring their current and final rosters are on file with the league.
5. Team Roster Substitution a. As per Rule 4 Section C, all Rosters must be submitted to the League President prior to the start of the Mid-Season Classic Tournament.

b. After the completion of the Mid-Season Classic Tournament, teams can make three (3) roster substitutions under the circumstances listed in section 5c.

c. If a roster player becomes injured or pregnant and is unable to continue the season, a substitution can be made.

d. The roster player that is unable to continue the season can be removed and replaced with a new player.

e. The new player cannot have appeared on the roster of any other Coed League team(s) after the Mid-Season Classic.

f. The Team Rep wishing to make the substitution must complete and submit the Injury Transfer form and an updated Roster. The Transfer and Roster forms can be found in the Forms section.

g. The required documents listed in 5f must be submitted to the League President a minimum of 48-hours before the team's next game for the affected player to be eligible to play.

h. The League Exec will review the transfer form and contact the parties involved.

i. The player is ineligible to play until the transfer has been approved by the League Executive.

j. If the player plays prior to Exec approval, any and all games involving that player will be considered a forfeit. Forfeit Fees will apply.

k. The Executive may request supporting documentation in addition to the required League forms.

l. The Executive reserves the right to deny a transfer if the required criteria is not met.

m. If the Executive deems that the requested transfer is not valid and attempted not in good faith, the Team Rep will receive a 1-game suspension.

n. Both players involved in the transfer will be removed from the roster and deemed ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.

o. Teams can complete up to 3 Transfers, but no more than two (2) in a calendar week.

p. The transfer must be a player for player swap and cannot be an addition to an unfilled roster spot.

q. The replaced player is ineligible to play for the remainder of the season and cannot be apart of a later substitution.

r. The Executive reserves the right to evaluate each requested transfer on a case by case basis.
6. Protesta. Any and all protests concerning rosters, unresolved score discrepancies, players eligibility or conduct of players, coaches, umpires or league executive must be made in writing and submitted within 48 hours of the incident.

b. A $25 fee must accompany the written protest, which is refundable only if the protest is upheld.

c. During tournament play, protest must be submitted immediately following the game.

d. An upheld protest may result in overturning game result (forfeiture), fines, suspension(s), warning(s), or other disciplinary action.

e. Protests involving umpire judgment calls (ball/strike, safe/out) will not be accepted or considered.

f. Protests of rule interpretation will be considered but may not result in the overturning of the game result.

g. A designated league executive member and at least one other executive member will consider all protests.

h. Any protest involving a league executive member's team will be considered by the remaining executive members.

i. All protest rulings are final.
7. Gamesa. All games are a maximum 7 innings, unless tied and time remaining.

b. All games are a SCHEDULED 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.

c. NO NEW INNINGS WILL BEGIN AFTER 1 hour and 15 minutes. All winnings will be completed within the time limit.

d. Both teams must supply a suitable ball of the correct type to the umpire before the game.

e. A team shall be declared winner if they are 10 or more runs ahead of the opposition after five or six innings if the visiting team, or after four and one half, five and one half or six and one-half innings, if the home team.

f. A team may voluntarily withdraw from the game if they are losing by 15 or more runs any time after 3 innings (2 1/2 innings if home team) or after any complete inning, after the time limit has expired.

g. There will be a 6 run max per inning until the last inning which shall be unlimited runs.

h. If a team is facing a mercy scenario; down by 10 runs or more heading into the 5th or 6th inning, but the inning has not been declared the last inning (due to time). The team trailing is allowed to score the minimum number of runs required to get out of the mercy scenario, regardless of the 6 run max per inning.

Ex. If a team is down 19-2, the team can score 8 runs in an inning (no more) to pull out of the Mercy scenario at 19-10. The inning will stop once they have hit the minimum runs required to avoid the mercy.

i. Games with a tied score after seven (7) complete innings or any complete inning after the time limit will remain a tie, with one point being awarded to each team.

j. If time permits, extra innings can be played to try and break the tie within the normal time limit requirements.

k. All extra innings will begin with the last male batter from the previous inning starting on 2nd base.

l. Two (2) points will be awarded for each win.

m. All WINNING TEAMS must input their score, in the appropriate Score Reporting Page on the League Website by 5:00pm of the Tuesday following the game.

n. Scores not reported will be recorded in statistics as a 1-1 tie. NO EXCEPTIONS
8. Batting Order/ Lineupa. Teams must have a minimum three (3) female players in the batting order and on the field at all times.

b. Teams must have a minimum of three (3) male players in the batting order.
A maximum of five (5) males may be on the field at any time.

c. There is NO maximum number for females on the field.

d. Teams must alternate male/female or female/male in the batting line up at all times.

e. There may be an uneven number of males and females in the lineup.

f. If a team must begin the game with less than ten (10) players, they may add players, at any time during the game.

g. If a game is started with ten (10) or more players, they may add players, at any time during the game.

h. If a player is injured and has to leave the game, the rest of the batting order may move up, and it will not result in an out (unless the player has been ejected from the game).

i. Teams must still alternate male/female batting. If the team does not have a minimum of eight (8) players or a minimum of three (3) female players, then the team must forfeit.

j. The maximum number of players in the batting order is twenty-six (26).

k. A team can NEVER put more than five (5) male players in the field under any circumstance.

l. A team must forfeit their game if:
i) they have less than 8 total players.
ii) they have less than 3 female players.
iii) the have less than 3 male players.

9. 150 Foot Linea. A defensive line consisting of an arc 150′ from home plate.

b. No outfielder (minimum of four) is allowed in front of this line until the ball is hit.

c. Penalty: The Offense has the choice of taking the result of the play or an award of one base to the batter and all other runners.

d. All infielders must be on the gravel/infield area prior to the ball being hit.

e. Penalty: The Offense has the choice of taking the result of the play or an award of one base to the batter and all other runners.

f. In either scenario (b) or (d), the Umpire will make the call following the completion of the play.

g. Playing with 8—before the ball is hit, a player needs to decide if they are an outfielder or infielder. They then need to stay in that position until the next batter takes the plate.
10. Forfeitsa. Teams must have a minimum of eight (8) players, which includes a minimum four (4) female players and a minimum of three (3) male players present to play a game without forfeiture.

b. Teams may not start or continue a game with less than four (4) female players, less than three (3) male players, or less than eight (8) players total.

c. Any team that is not able to start a game due to a lack of players will be required to forfeit the game.

d. Forfeit Fees and Penalties will be applied under the following scenarios:

1st Forfeit- $75 Prepaid Forfeit Fee is absorbed by the league.

2nd Forfeit- The offending Team must repay a $75 Forfeit Fee to the League before taking the field for their next game.

3rd Forfeit- The offending Team must repay a $75 Forfeit Fee to the League before taking the field for their next game.

e. Additional Penalties: 3 Forfeits will result in the team's suspention from the following season. The Team Reps of the offending team will be suspended from playing on any team in the following season.

f. Fee(s) must be paid to an Exec member by Friday at Noon (before your game) or your next game will be cancelled & considered a Forfeit- Additional Fees
will apply.

g. A team that withdraws from the Mid-Season Classic or City Championship Tournament will be subjected to a penalty that is the equivalent of two (2) forfeited games. The resulting fine will equal $150 that must be paid prior to the team taking the field after the team during the current or a future season.
11. Fines and Fine Depositsa. All teams will submit a $75 forfeit fee as part of their entry fee.

b. All fines must be paid to an executive by 12:00pm on the following Friday or the next game will be cancelled with additional fees and penalties.

c. If unused, the $75 Forfeit Fee will remain with the League and be carried over on behalf of the team to the following season.

d. If a team is NOT returning, a written request for the $75 forfeit fee must be submitted before the second meeting of the next season. The refund will be paid to the last team rep on file.

Example- If a team plays in 2017 and does not plan to return for the 2018 season. They must provide a written request for their $75 refund prior to the second team rep meeting (March) in early 2018.

e. Any uncollected fees will be absorbed by the league.

12. Base Runnersa. “Safety bag” at first (1st) base – if not advancing beyond 1st base, runners must use the orange safety base and infielders must use the white base. Outfield hits may use white base.

b. Sliding is allowed at second (2nd) base and third (3rd) base only.

c. “Safe line at home – base runners must cross the line behind home plate (perpendicular to third base line), before the infielder with the ball touches the home plate mat.

d. Runners touching the home plate mat are an automatic out.

e. Commitment line twenty feet (20 ft.) from home plate. Once runners cross the commitment line they must go home. If runners cross back over to the third (3rd) base side of the commitment line they are an automatic out.

f. Base runners may be tagged out anywhere on the base path including at home.

g. Four (4) courtesy runners per team, per game are allowed. Teams must substitute male for male runner and female for female runner. Courtesy runner must be in lineup. Courtesy runner does not have to be last out. However, if the substituted runner comes to bat while they are on base, they must be re-substituted with another courtesy runner or they will be ruled an out at bat.
13. Walk Rulea. If a male batter walks on four (4) consecutive pitches (4 balls), he is awarded second (2nd) base and the female batting next will bat as normal.

b. If one strike is called or the male player swings at any pitch (strike or foul ball strike) and then is walked, he is awarded first (1st) base only and the female batting next will bat as normal.
14. Home Run Rulea. Each team is granted two (2) out of the park home runs per game, any additional out of the park home runs after the limit is reach will be awarded 2nd base and all additional runners will advance 2 bases.

b. These rules apply to all division’s in the league and at all diamonds.
15. Throwing to First Base from the Outfield Rulea. No batter (male or female) can be thrown out at first base by an outfielder on the batter's initial run to first base.

b. If an outfielder attempts to throw out the batter on their initial trip to first base- the Umpire will stop the play (dead ball foul) and award the batter and all other base runners an additional base.

Ex. The Batter will be awarded second base & a runner running from second to third will be awarded home.

c. A batter can be thrown out running to first base if the balled is relayed from the outfield to an infielder first and then thrown.

d. If the batter (after reaching first base) rounds first base towards second base, they are now live and can be thrown out at first.
16. Umpiresa. A single umpire will be supplied, by the league, for each game at a cost of fourteen dollars ($14) per team.

b. Any dispute involving an Umpire can be brought to the Executive, but the result of play or game will not be overturned.
17. Uniforms and Equipmenta. No metal spikes are allowed.

b. Team shirts are optional.

c. Bases, home plate mat and first (1st) base “safety” base are provided and will be set up for the league.

18. Scores and Standingsa. ALL GAMES must be reported on the appropriate Facebook post by the winning team by Tuesday at 5:00 pm.

b. Scores not reported will be recorded in statistics as a 1-1 tie.

c. Please include the number of innings Played in your post.

d. A game that is Forfeited for any reason will be recorded as 1-0 final score. If the game is forfeited during play due to an injury or ejection, the current score will stand as the final score.

e. Regular Season Standings will be used to determine the tournament rankings/groupings.

f. In the event of an uneven amount of games played prior to the start of a tournament, Point Percentage will be used as the determining factor when ranking teams.

g. During the season and upon its completion, standing order will be ranked based on the following criteria (in order): Point Percentage (%), Points (P), Wins (W), Losses (L), Run Differential (DIF), & Head to Head to play.

h. If all Tie-breaking scenarios are even, total Runs Scored will be used as the determining factor, followed by Total Runs Allowed. If those numbers remained tied, the combined total score of head to head play will be used to break the tie.
19. Rain Outsa. Check the Facebook page for updates as they will be posted there first.

b. The League Executive, in conjunction with the City of St. Thomas Parks and Recreation Department, will decide if the game(s) should be cancelled due to rainout or field conditions and will notify the teams and umpire in chief before game time.

c. After a game has started, the umpire(s) can make a decision to cancel a game if unfavourable playing conditions exist.

d. If your game is rained out, your division representative will contact you. If you have NOT received a call, GO TO YOUR GAME. The Umpire then has the decision whether to start/continue the game or not.

e. If the first game(s) are rained out, not all games are automatically rained out. If you have NOT received a call, GO TO YOUR GAME. Games are considered separately for rainouts.

f. The executive will reschedule rain out games whenever diamonds are available.

g. Rescheduling rainouts may result in doubleheaders.

h. If you are unable to field a team for the rescheduled game and do not notify your division representative in advance, then you will forfeit the game. Fines and fees apply.

g. In the event a rain out is called while a game is in progress and less than five (5) innings are completed, the game will be rescheduled and restarted as a new game.

h. If five (5) innings are completed, it is considered a complete game and the score will stand. (Regular Season Only)

i. Tournament game will be completed when possible.
20. Mid-Season Tournamenta. All teams are eligible to play in the Mid-Season Classic tournament.

b. Teams may use players on their official league roster only.

c. Teams must submit their final roster via email by the Friday before the tournament.

d. Round Robin games will be 75 minute in length.

e. These games do not count for the league standings or statistics.

f. All game times will be as set out in Item 5 b) with the exception of the Semis & Final Games which will be played to a complete seven (7) innings per game
21. Championship Weekend Tournamenta. All teams are eligible to play in the Champion Weekend Tournament.

b. Teams may use players on their official league roster only.

c. These games do not count for the league standings or statistics.

d. All game times will be as set out in Item 5 b) with the exception of the Semis & Final Games which will be played to a complete seven (7) innings per game.

e. Round robin games will be 75-minutes.
22. Divisionsa. All teams will be placed in a division, based on their ability.

b. Teams finishing first (1st) in their division standings or final tournament may be required to move up to a higher division for the following season.

c. Teams finishing last in their division standings or final tournament may be required to move down to a lower division for the following season.

d. Each division has a division representative on the league executive, and all questions and concerns must be directed to your division representative.

e. The executive will consider all questions and concerns, and all decisions will be final.

f. The Executive will discuss issues ONLY with the Team Representatives.
23. Ejectionsa. This league is considered to be recreational and teams should keep this in mind.

b. Any intentional physical contact between a player or coach and another player, coach or spectator or intent to injure another player, coach or spectator will result in the offending player ejected from the game plus a two (2) game suspension and further at the discretion of the league executive.

c. A subsequent offense will result in the player being suspended for the remainder of the season and removed from the league.

d. Any player or coach involved in fighting, threatening, or abusing another player, coach, spectator or league executive member will be immediately suspended from the league for a minimum two (2) games and further at the discretion of the league executive.

e. A subsequent offense will result in the player being suspended for the remainder of the season and removed from the league.

f. Any intentional physical contact between a player or coach and an official (umpire) in any circumstance will result in the player receiving a minimum of a thirty-day suspension and further at the discretion of the league executive.

g. A subsequent offense will result in the player being suspended for the remainder of the season and removed from the league.

h. All other game ejections will be dealt with according to the following guidelines:

1) First (1st) ejection — player will be removed from the game plus potentially a
further one-game suspension.

2) Second (2nd) ejection — player to be removed from the game and an automatic
suspension until the league executive reviews the incident with their decision to
be binding. Player may be suspended for the remainder of the season.

3) Third (3rd) ejection – player to be removed from the game with an automatic
suspension for the remainder of the season and removed from the league.

4) Any player receiving a third (3rd) ejection may be declared ineligible for re-
entry into the St. Thomas Coed Slo-Pitch League in subsequent seasons.

i. Obviously intoxicated players, coaches or spectators will be ejected and must leave the game.

j. If any player is ejected from a game, the player must be substituted with another eligible player of the same gender (male for male, female for female) from their official roster.

k. If no substitute is available, that spot in the batting order becomes an automatic out.

l. If no substitute is available and the team has less than eight (8) players, four (4) female players or three (3) male players, they must forfeit the remainder of the game.

m. All ejected players, coaches or spectators must leave the ballpark and/or complex immediately. Refusal may result in forfeiture of the game to the non-offending team.

n. Any suspended players or coaches may not be present in the ballpark and/or complex during league play. Police intervention will be used, if necessary.
24. League Executive Electionsa. All elections will be held at the conclusion of the of the season, in conjunction with the final league meeting.

b. Results of these elections will stand for the following season.

c. Elections will be held online via Facebook, Google Forms, or another voting platform.

d. All positions will be posted and made available at the end of each season.

e. All league members of the league will have an opportunity to vote for each position.

f. If they wish to return to their position held during the previous season, Executive members are not required to receive nominations to be considered for the election.

g. In order to be considered for a position, a non-Executive nominee must receive two (2) nominations from two (2) "Team Reps" from different teams from the previous season, not including their team from the previous or upcoming seasons.

h. A potential nominee must accept their nomination in order to be considered for the election. A nominee can decline the nomination in order to be removed from consideration.

i. If there is only a single (one) nominee- they will be acclaimed and automatically awarded the position.

j. After a set length of time, the nomination period will close, and the voting process will begin.

k. During the voting period, no additional members will be allowed to join the Facebook group.

l. All voters must be a member of the league, having occupied a spot on a team's final roster during the previous season.

m. After a set length of time, the voting period will close, the votes counted, and a winner for each position announced.

n. Once the Voting process for all positions is complete and the new Executive committee is finalized, preparation for the upcoming season will begin.