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2003 Rules for South Mountain Slo-Pitch League

By Scott Johnston, League President



·         The Home team is responsible for:


·         Checking the field during inclement weather; notifying the visiting team one hour before game time

·         Only the home team may cancel the game

·         Calling in scores to the League President on the day of the game….scores may also be emailed

·         Setting up the field with bases, pitchers’ mound and the mat

·         Ground rules before a game

·         Providing one new ball to start the 1st game; visiting team provides new ball 2nd game

·         The Home team gets to warmup (batting practice) up until 15 minutes before game time; the visiting team than gets the field (i.e. 10 a.m. games – visiting team gets field at 9:45 a.m.)



1.        Unlimited arc on the pitch; minimum 6’


2.        The baseline measurements are as follows:


 -     The 1st and 3rd base lines are 65’ in length

-          92’ from the point of home plate to 2nd base

-          50’ to the pitchers mound


2a.   The mat behind home plate measures as follows:

-          From front to back: 36”

-          Width: 23”

-          2 ½” extensions on the side of the plate



3.        The mat and the plate are both strikes


4.        Runners’ cannot leave the base until the ball is hit; if a runner leaves a base while the batter swings and misses, the runner is out unless the ball is put in play


5.        Hit-and-Run rule is allowed; If a runner leaves the base when the pitcher releases the ball, and the batter does not do any of the following:

-          Put the ball in play;

-          takes the pitch for a ball;

-          fouls the ball off, the runner is out




7.        Third strike foul will be used


8.        No bunting allowed


9.        Overthrows are one base from the infield; two bases from the outfield from the point where the ball goes out of play




11.     Each team must supply one umpire for each game: In Game 1, the home team will umpire the plate and the visiting team will do the bases (In Game 2, vice versa)


12.     Only the head coaches may argue a call with an umpire


13.     Forfeits: A total of 4 will result in that team being eliminated from the league


14. Grace time:

-          Game 1: 10:15 a.m.….if not enough players – forfeit of Game 1

-          Game 2: 10:30 a.m.….if not enough players – forfeit of Game 2


14.     10- run rule…….the home team must bat in bottom of 5th inning; if the visiting team goes ahead by 10 runs in the top of the 6th inning the game is over – home team does not bat




15.     The playoff system will be as follows: The top 8 teams by record qualify:


Tiebreakers for positioning:


1)       Head-to-Head during regular season;

2)       Run differential if teams split


1st round (Best 2-out-of-3) (#1, #2, #3 and #4 will be home team in games)

#8 team  @ #1 team

#7  team @ #2  team

 #6 team  @ #3 team

#5 team  @ #4 team


16.     A team may bat no more than 12 players in a game….The 2 extra batters would be a DH & EH


17. The minimum # of players to start a game: 8 (one must be a catcher)


18. The following 2 fields will NOT have HR limits: Cedarbrook #3 and Alburtis;