Men’s Softball Season Starts 5/21
We play Men’s Senior Softball rules for safety, with 11 on a team (there’s a short fielder and an extra outfielder in addition to the usual nine). You are invited to read an accompanying article that summarizes some of the rules by which we play.
We even have an enthusiastic umpire who has the eyes of an eagle and the persistence of a saint. That’s Scotty Watt, of course and he calls ‘em fair and square.
At this writing, play will begin on Saturday May 21. The rainy spring kept the field a bit soggy but hopefully it will be in good shape then.
Bats and balls are provided. All you need is your glove!
If you are interested, and not yet signed up, please call Dave Moore
• Tel: 352 350-1419
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org
LH Senior Softball – Rules Highlights
Preface: The following may not be consistent with the way the game is played or has been played by other players in other leagues with somewhat different rules. The rules below stress player safety. You can get a copy of SSUSA Senior Softball rules on the internet at https://seniorsoftball.com/?page=7.
Here are some basics:
Games & Players: Games are 7 innings. 11 guys on the field: usual nine plus short fielder and an additional outfielder. We’ll rotate ‘extra’ players in/out each inning. Everyone plays.
Alternate bases: First base has two bags. Batter runs to the right side bag, 1B player uses the left bag to get a force-out. If no play on the batter, he can touch the left base and continue on to second base. If there is a play on him at 1B then he cannot touch the left base (or is out). Likewise, if there is a play and the 1B defender touches the right hand base then the batter is safe, no matter what.
Alternate home plate: about 2/3 of the way from 3B to home, there is a commit point and line that veers off to the right to an alternate home plate. Once the runner passes the commit point, he cannot return to 3B. The runner cannot cross the ‘regular’ home plate or is called out automatically.
Base running: A player caught between bases can reverse direction only once, or is out. If he stops, heads back to the previous base he must return to that base, after which he could start back towards the next base. No getting in a ‘pickle’
Run-by: If a runner is approaching a base, say 2B, and will collide with the defender, he is allowed to ‘run by’ the base, avoiding collision, and in the judgment of the umpire may be called safe if he passes by the base ahead of the force out. He must immediately return to/touch that base before proceeding (if possible). No sliding.
Balls and Strikes: A legal pitch has an arc whose minimum height is 6 ft and max is 12 ft. Umpire judgment. To be a strike the ball must hit the home plate; otherwise is a ball. If the umpire deems a pitch illegal (too high or low) he should call that as soon as possible so that the batter can refrain from swinging, even though it might hit the plate. If a pitch is called illegal, the batter can still swing at it and the ball is in play.
Equipment: We will play with the .44COR ball and single-wall or wood bats. No composite bats. If a player wishes to use his own bat, that’s fine as long as it meets that spec. A player should not use another player’s personal bat without permission. I have purchased four bats for general use; one is 26 oz, two are 28 oz. and one 30 oz. I have at least a dozen yellow softballs, which should last the summer; also have about the same number of white balls which can be used for warm ups or general practice. All of these are ‘used’. You may take home a white ball to use for practice throwing.
Practice Sessions: Please take the time to stretch, warm-up. I have seen more pulled hammies, groins, calf muscles etc than I can remember, including my own. Stretch occasionally during the game if you have an inactive period. We will practice with each player batting to the field until he has hit 5 fair balls. On the fifth he will run and fielders will try to get him out as in ‘real’ play.