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CRESCENT SOFTBALL 2020 RULES

(FINALIZED July 10, 2020)


SPECIAL COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PREVENTION GUIDELINES

These guidelines will be urged on all participants to ensure our games are conducted in a healthy and safe manner to prevent the spread of the recent coronavirus. These will be in effect through at least the 2020 season unless otherwise specified.


SOCIAL (PHYSICAL) DISTANCING
All participants should maintain a reasonable amount of distance between each other (recommended at least 6 feet where possible). This also includes dugout spaces. They should also not congregate prior to, during and after games.

HAND HYGIENE
Please keep your hands clean as often as possible and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your (left) elbow. If supply is available, league will try to provide hand sanitizers/wipes.

ENSURE CLEAN AND HYGIENIC SPACE
Disinfect hard surfaces when arriving at team seating areas, such as benches, railings and equipment racks, and clean and dispose of all trash when departing practice or games.

AVOID CONTACT
Avoid any form of physical contact such as handshakes, high-fives or fist-bumping. If necessary, “elbow bumps” with right below would be the safest form of contact and can be used in place of customary handshakes at the end of games.

AVOID SHARING FACE MASKS
Pitchers should avoid sharing masks as much as possible. If a team enters a new pitcher into the game and the same mask is worn, please ensure to disinfect before using. It is also recommended to keep an additional mask in case there is a change in pitcher.

FACE COVERING
A face covering should be worn by participants for any situation where distancing is not possible. This will be required in dugout spaces or when players are on the way to the fields (for example, if they stop at the supermarket to pick-up water/ice etc.). However on the field, a covering will not be required and will actually not be recommended due to breathing restrictions during running.

PARTICIPANT PLACEMENT
To avoid crowding around batter's box/homeplate area, catchers will be suggested to receive pitches further back behind homeplate. In addition, umpires will be suggested to make calls at a safe distance behind the pitcher. If umpires accept this change, please be reasonable with them on their calls to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

STAY HOME WHEN APPROPRIATE
Stay home if you are showing symptoms of, have tested positive for, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. You should also check your temperature before leaving home and should stay at home with any reading of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher. If a player is feeling ill, he should stay at home. A modified version of the inactive player rule will be instituted for these players. A sick player will be allowed 3 PA’s administered for only one doubleheader. Just note on stat sheet the player’s name and that he was unable to play because he was sick.


A. SPORTSMANSHIP

A1. CURSING / CONDUCT - All players are to adhere to local park regulations, refrain from alcoholic beverages, and profane language on or near the fields. Any assault on an umpire will be automatic ejection from the league. Foul language will be warned by the umpire and may lead to ejection at his discretion. Any threats to another player may also result in ejection and possible future suspensions by the league.

A2. UMPIRES - The umpire has the final say in all on field calls. Prolonged arguments with the umpires will lead to ejection and loss of game time that will not be given back. NO EXCEPTIONS.


B. TIME OF PLAY

B1. TIME LIMIT - All regular season double headers will be limited to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Umpire will have the discretion to extend if there are no conflicting games that follow on the same field.

B2. PUNCTUALITY - Games will start promptly at scheduled start time and encouraged to start earlier if all parties are ready and willing, with no conflict. Delay on start by either team will cost game time that will not be given back. On this note, both teams and umpire must agree and record actual start time.

B3. RAIN OUTS - Determined by the commissioner. Will be announced at least 2 hours prior to start time. Rainouts must be reported to the league as you do game results. League will make every effort to have rained out games made up, given flexibility from teams.

B4. OFFICIAL GAME - Official regular season game will be 4 full innings. If a game is shortened because of rain or time limit, 4 full innings will be an official game. No equal at bats are needed if the game is called after 4 complete innings. For the playoffs only, if the game is called at any point, a makeup game will be scheduled to finish the game. The makeup game will resume and continue exactly from the previous game was called). Same game situation.


C. EQUIPMENT

C1. BATS - Only ASA certified bats will be permitted. It is the captain's and player's responsibility to check any and all bats used to make sure they are legal. If a banned bat is used, the batter and the manager will be ejected for the remainder of that day and the next doubleheader. If an umpire or the league coordinators are not sure if a bat is legal or altered, it may be removed from play. In addition, the league coordinators and/or Long Island ASA Commissioner may remove any bat that appears to be legal, but is reacting out of character and determined to be dangerous from play and be banned from use in this league. A bat must be free of audible rattles when shaken. If it sounds like there is something loose or any sound of something coming from the inside of the bat, the bat will be removed from play.

C2. BALLS - Only ASA certified softballs will be permitted. A new ball for each game must be provided by the captains to the umpire and that ball must be used in play throughout the game. If that ball becomes unavailable during the game, only umpire determines the appropriate backups/replacements.

C3. MASKS - Pitchers must wear protective mask when pitching to the opposing team.

C4. CSL JERSEY – If a proper jersey is not available, at the very least a player must match the color. If not, one run is given to opponent for each violator. This Rule will take effect at week 3. Until then, teams should wear similar color jerseys. No outside league shirts will be allowed. UPDATE FOR 2020 SEASON: penalty enforcement will be suspended for 2020, but players are highly recommended to wear their team's colors during games.


D. GENERAL GAME FORMAT

D1. PITCHING - The pitching distance shall be 50 to 56 feet. The distance from home plate to the pitching mound will be 50 feet minimum. The pitcher may pitch from as far back as 56 feet. The pitcher may move forward or back within this 50 to 56 ft. range. The pitching arc is set from 6 feet to 12 feet.

D2. PITCH COUNT - One and one count will be used in all games. If you hit a foul ball with 2 strikes, you do NOT get an extra strike. You will be out. This includes the playoffs.

D3. BATTING ORDER - You may bat as many players as you like. The number of fielders will remain at 10. You may substitute batters for fielders or players not in the game for other batters and fielders, but the batting order must remain the same. If you take a batter out of the game, and do not have a replacement for that batter, the penalty will be an out for only the next time up for that batter. If a batter or player is ejected from the game with no replacement, the team will receive an out every time that batter is due up at bat.

D4. DESIGNATED HITTER - There is no DH in this league--If you play the field, you must bat.

D5. FOUL TIP - Foul ball must be over the batters head to be caught and called out.

D6. COURTESY RUNNERS - Courtesy runners will be limited to MAX 3 players per game. The runner must be the last batted out. You may “deactivate” one courtesy receiver in favor of another player (“activated”) who is injured during the game one time during a game in an emergency only.

D7. RUN RULE - If a team is leading by 20 or more runs at the end of the 3rd inning (equal at bats), or by 12 runs after 5 innings (sudden death) the game will be considered forfeit.

D8. PROTEST - In the event a game needs to be protested, both teams should play the game and protest the game afterward. If a team refuses to play due to a protest, that team will be given the loss. Examples of a protest: --If a player is not on your roster or doesn't have qualifying PA’s, or added after roster freeze, and plays, your team will be given the loss for that protest.


E. FORFEITS

E1. FORFEIT TIME - 20 minutes after scheduled game time.

E2. FORFEITED GAME - At least 8 players must be present on the field and ready to play at the start of the game for a forfeit to be avoided. When there are only 9 players, the catcher must be the 9th. When there are only 8 available, that team still must field the position on plays at the plate, but the opposing team should retrieve pitches.

E3. FORFEIT TIMING & UMPIRE FEE - Cut-off to forfeit without paying umpire fee is 8pm the Friday night before game. Otherwise, forfeiting team is responsible to pay umpire fee after this cut-off time.

E4. FORFEIT STAT RECORDING - Team that wins via forfeit will be allowed 3 PA's per player, per game of that doubleheader for each player on its roster at the time forfeit is declared.


F. ROSTER & LINEUP PROFILE

F1. MUSLIMS/NON-MUSLIMS – At least 5 Muslim players must bat and field through the first 4 innings. Otherwise, a penalty of one run will be imposed for each Muslim player short of the requirement. After 4th inning, team will be allowed to deviate from requirement without penalty. Grandfather status will not be applicable until further review and notice. Penalty will be assessed upon declaration by captains before game start. The rule will be in effect all season, but will be captain's responsibility and discretion if he chooses to enforce. In addition, the Muslim players will be indicated with an asterisks (*) in team profiles on website.

F2. GRANDFATHER STATUS – Non-Muslim players with grandfather status will be considered as honorary Muslims, in which they can be counted towards the requirement described in section F1, although on a limited bases. The limit is one grandfather per game that can be counted and they would be declared the same way as described in F1. Grandfathers will also be indicated with a double asterisks (**) in team profiles on website. To qualify for this status, the player must exhibit at least one of the following: (1) is a captain or was a captain of a team in this league, (2) he has played continuously in the league for at least 5 seasons, (3) has dedicated a valuable amount of time and energy towards the management and improvement of the league, (4) maintains status by doing any of the above for at least 50% of a season within a 3-year span.


G. STATS

G1. STAT KEEPING - Captains must keep proper stats to every game, or have such responsibility assigned to a teammate. A sacrifice only occurs when a fly ball to the outfield (grounders or infield flies don’t count) results in a successful run scored on a tag-up. A player who gets a hit and is tagged out while attempting to extend it to a double or more should be marked down as getting to the last base he safely reached, in terms of stats. E.g. tagged trying to get to 2nd is marked down as a single.

G2. STAT SHEET CAPTAIN'S SIGN-OFF - To ensure integrity of stats, captains must review and sign-off on each other's stat sheets at the end of each doubleheader. This does not have to be a detailed review, but rather a quick sanity check on the players that played.

G3. STAT SUBMISSIONS - Starting 2020 season, a designated league member will enter stats into website on behalf of captains. Therefore, captains will only be required to submit photos of their stat sheets. Stat sheet photos must be submitted to commissioner before the end of the weekend of the games played. They must be legible with photos taken clearly in landscape orientation as close as possible to printer-friendly format. Any illegible stat may result in loss of plate appearances (PA). Captains are still responsible for the accuracy of their stats, both on the sheets and on the website, so he should validate after they are entered. If stat sheet photos are not submitted by required due date, a warning will first be issued. If they are still not submitted by the end of the following weekend, the impacted games will be subject to forfeit with no recognition of the PA's done for that game.

G4. INACTIVE PLAYERS - Inactive players include players who are injured or do not wish to play. They can be allowed 2 PA's per game if they still show up to their team's game and participate in any non-playing tasks through the entire game. Non-playing tasks include captaining, stat keeping, 1st base coaching, 3rd base coaching, homeplate coaching and helping his fielders stay loose in between innings. Inactive players must be indicated in the game's stat sheet along with the non-playing task they were assigned, and this must be validated by opposing team captain. INACTIVE PLAYER'S PA'S WILL NOT APPLY WITHOUT VALIDATION.


H. ROSTER & PLAYOFF QUALIFICATIONS

H1. ROSTER FREEZE – Captains can freely make changes to their rosters through August 15th as long as there are no conflicts with other teams. After this date, any requests to add or trade players must be evaluated and approved by commissioner. Approval will be on a case by case basis, but will primarily be to aide teams struggling with attendance. ANY AND ALL CHANGES MUST BE COMMUNICATED TO COMMISSIONER AND UPDATED ON WEBSITE TO BE OFFICIAL.

H2. PLATE APPEARANCES FOR QUALIFYING - This will be determined based number of scheduled games. For schedule of 20 games: Minimum 30 plate appearances (PA's) or 10 games played by that player.


I. PLAYOFFS

I1. FORMAT - Top 2 seeds receives a bye and seeds 3-6 compete in round 1. Tie Breakers will be determined by head-to-head record vs. higher seeds, then run differential. All post season series will be best of 3.

I2. GAMES - In the playoffs, the higher seed may be given the ability to choose fields from those that are provided to the league. The higher seed can select to be the home team for the 1st or 2nd game. If the third game is needed, the higher seed will again have choice of home or away team.


J. OTHER

J1. ACCOLADES - MVP, Best Pitcher, Sportsman, Finals Trophies, Finals MVP, All Star MVP. Winners will be selected by Panel of Captains.

J2. ALL-STAR GAME – All-Star game/event is not planned for this year at the moment. Any interests/inquiries to consider having it should be directed to commissioner.

 

The commissioner will reserve the right to overrule on any conflict in order to maintain the integrity of the league.

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