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1. Member Club:

All Clubs seeking admission to the Association must apply in writing by the end of February

for the following season, advising:

a. Name of Club

b. Name, Address and Telephone Number of Manager and Delegate

c. Colour and full description of the uniform.

d. Which competition the Club intends to join.

Any changes to Club Officials and/or uniform colours must be notified in writing to the

Secretary. All current member Clubs must also renominate their teams for the following season by the above date.

Any member of a team, after having played three games in any season, fails to wear the team’s full nominated uniform in a game shall result in the team be penalised $25.00.

This clause does not apply to borrowed players.

2. Umpires:

Umpires for each game shall be as per the fixtures.

Plate Umpires shall upon completion of the game sign completed score sheets.

All Umpires must be at assigned diamonds at least ten (10) minutes prior to commencement of the game.

Failure to do the above will result in a penalty of the loss of two premiership points and a team fine of $50.

Teams failing to provide umpires during the finals series shall be penalised $100.00 and will forfeit two premiership points for the following season. The fine must be paid before the commencement of the following season or the team shall continue to forfeit points until such time as the fine is paid.

3. Home Club Responsibilities:

Obtain bases, flags/domes, nets, pitching mats, pegs and ropes. Set out gear ready for play.

After the last game on that diamond for the day, collect all the above gear and return to storage place.

Hand in correctly completed score cards, signed by the umpires, to the canteen immediately following the game.

Failure to hand in a correctly completed scorecard as above will result in a fine of $20.00.

4. Away Club / Bye Club Responsibilities:

Duties may be assigned to away teams or bye teams at the discretion of the committee.

5. Questioning of Umpire's Decision:

The calling of "Time" to question the umpire’s interpretation of a rule as applicable to his decisions may only be made by the Coach or Club Manager to the Plate Umpire. The plate umpire may confer but cannot over rule the base umpire

6. Smoking - Drinking:

No smoking is permitted inside the pass ball line.

Any member or non-member of the association that is observed consuming alcohol outside of the designated area or bringing their own alcohol to the grounds may, at the discretion of the committee, result in the member’s team being penalised. The team supported by a nonmember that breaches this by-law will be responsible for that person/s’ actions and will incur the same penalty as if that person/s were a member.

7. Scorers:

Each Club shall provide a Scorer who should be positioned behind the net. In the event of a dispute in scores the Scorer who is positioned behind the net shall be deemed to be correct.

8. Base Coaches:

Any playing member of the Association or person over the age of eighteen (18) years may act as Base Coach. It is not compulsory that Base Coaches wear Club uniforms, but suitable footwear must be worn.

9. Obstacles in the Playing Area:

When the ball is hit and touches any natural or permanent obstacle in the playing field the umpire shall declare a two (2) base hit to the batter. The fielder must make a reasonable effort to field the ball and not deliberately allow the ball to touch an obstacle.

10. Balls Entering the Playing Area of Another Game:

The batter receives a two base hit if the ball is touched by any member of another game or spectator.

11. Registration of Members

All players must be registered. Penalty of loss of two (2) premiership points will apply to teams which play unregistered players.

All teams may register a maximum of 15 players for their team nomination fee. Further

players may be registered as an additional player throughout the season, as necessary, at a fee of $25.00 per additional player.

Extra player registration forms and fees must be received by the association no later than

5.00pm on the day the extra player/s take part in competition. Extra players are considered unregistered until the extra player fee is paid. Teams which play unregistered players will forfeit all games in which the unregistered player/s took part.

12. Transfer of Members Between Clubs:

During the season members may transfer from one Club to another provided the transfer is received and approved by the Executive Committee before the 30th June, or by special application to the Executive Committee.

13. Borrowing of Members From Another Team in Same Division:

A team short of members MUST HAVE a minimum of seven (7) of its own players to start the game and will be allowed to borrow a maximum of two (2) members from another team in the same grade to make up a team of nine (9), or to replace a member injured or otherwise unable to finish a game. If the original team’s members turn up the borrowed players must be removed from the game.

The Coach of the opposing Team has the right to veto the fielding position of any borrowed player before the game commences if he considers the member or members will give an unfair advantage to the Team borrowing. The score card must note the team to which the borrowed player is registered.

14. Borrowing of Members From Another Division:

A team short of members MUST HAVE a minimum of seven (7) of its own players to start the game and will be allowed to borrow a maximum of 2 members from their own or another team’s upper or lower grade teams to make up a team of 9, or to replace a member injured or otherwise unable to finish a game. If the original team’s members arrive, the borrowed players must be removed from the game. Borrowed players from upper grade teams must meet the age requirement of the grade in which they will be borrowed players.

The Coach of the opposing Team has the right to veto the fielding position of any borrowed player before the game commences if it is considered that the member or members will give

an unfair advantage to the Team borrowing. The score card must note the team to which the borrowed player is registered.

The borrowing of members from one division to another can only be effected in the first twelve (12) weeks of each season.

Borrowed players can move up to any division but can only move down one division. With the agreement of both coaches prior to the game, exceptions can be granted by the committee.

The coaches’ agreement MUST BE noted on the scorecard and signed by both coaches.

Players can play two games in the same day as long as the games are not scheduled for the same time.

Teams may only borrow underage players with permission from the opposing team coach.

Members must be nominated in a team by the sixth week of the season.

Players can only play 5 games out of their nominated division. If they play more than 5 games in another division, they are then deemed to be permanent members of that division.

Female players may not be borrowed for male teams and male players may not be borrowed for female teams

Teams may not borrow players for finals games

15. Forfeiting of Games

Any team that forfeits a game must have notified the opposition team and rostered umpiring team prior to 6pm on the Friday before the game. Failure to provide the required notice will result in a $25.00 fine.

16. Protests, Disputes and Fines

Any player or team may lodge an appeal within two days of any penalty being imposed by the Committee, the P & D Committee or registrar by making an application in writing to the

Executive Committee and paying a fee of $50.00 (fifty dollars) to the Treasurer. The committee shall consider the application within seven days and notify the player or team of their decision. The fee is refundable only if the appeal is successful.

The Executive Committee’s decision will be final.

Any fines imposed by the P & D committee, the executive committee or the registrar must be paid in full prior to the next playing fixture for that team or the team shall forfeit any premiership points until such fine is paid.

Finals P&D

If a dispute arises during a final game and is lodged in the proper way, then the protest will be heard immediately. The game will stop and the Protest and Disputes Committee (P&D) will be called. All games that the P&D members have to leave will stop until the protest has been heard and judged.

The P&D’s decision on the day will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. Pitching:

Pitching for the men’s competitions will be as per Rule 6 - Pitching Regulations (Modified Pitch) of the Official Playing Rules of Softball

Amendment to Sec. 3 – Legal Delivery of Rule 6 – Pitching (Modified Pitch)

Part e) is now to read as follows: ‘The pitcher must not use a windmill or slingshot-type pitch, and the back swing must stop at the horizontal (i.e. the pitchers arm parallel to the ground).

18. Time Limit on Qualifying Games:

Games will have a scheduled start time and a scheduled finish time. The scheduled duration for all early games and ladies late games is ninety (90) minutes and for men’s late games is two (2) hours.

At the umpires discretion the game start can be delayed up to ten (10) minutes. This delay will not affect the scheduled finish time.

A new innings will not start if the previous innings finishes later than five (5) minutes before the games scheduled finish time. At the scheduled finish time an innings will continue to be played until the home team (i.e. second at bat) is ahead, or the innings has finished. Scores will stand as at the finish of the game.

Drawn games after seven (7) innings, if time permits, play International Tie Breaker for a result or if time expires the draw stands.

Tie Breaker rule - last batter out in the previous innings starts on 2nd base - no outs.

19. Time Limit on Final Round Games:

The game shall consist of 7 innings and shall be played out to competition. The mercy rule as per rule (21) shall apply for all Ladies games.

If the game is still tied after seven (7) innings the International Tie Breaker Rule is to apply.

20. Suitable Conditions For Games:

When the conditions for the commencement of play are doubtful due to inclement weather or other reason, the Executive Committee, after consultation with team representatives, shall make a decision on whether the games shall commence.

Once a game has commenced, the Plate Umpire and two Coaches shall decide whether the game shall continue.

When a game is not completed, the Clubs shall arrange a "catch-up" game, the arrangements of which must be approved by the Executive Committee.

21. Mercy Rule:

In the female competitions only, the game shall be called if:

a. the second team at bat is fifteen (15) runs or more in front after the other team has batted in the fifth or more inning, or

b. the first team at bat is fifteen (15) runs or more in front at the completion of innings five or more.

22. Cut Off Date for Incoming Players:

Player movement between teams of different competitions, but within the same club, is allowed up to the sixth week of the season. This movement is strictly for the purposes of grading new players and exploitation of the rule will not be tolerated.

By week 6 all players must be nominated in an individual team with movement to another competition, other than borrowing, only after Committee approval.

Cut Off date for new players being added to team registrations is thirtieth (30th) June. The only exemption to this By-Law will be if any Team that has been severely depleted by illness, injury or any other relevant matter applies to the Executive Committee for extra players.

23. Equipment Distribution By Association To Clubs:

All equipment distributed to Clubs belongs to the Clubs and it is their responsibility to maintain and replace the equipment as necessary.

All Catchers and Umpires must wear throat guards.

Helmets are compulsory in line with Official Softball Rules.

24. Grading

a) Men’s Teams

A Grade is for players with extensive playing experience of softball or baseball. Extensive experience is considered 5 or more years at a level above C grade in any WABA, WASA or independent competition, including School, Juniors or Colts. Players must be aged 16 years or over at 1st January of any playing year.

B Grade is for players that have not played softball or baseball at a level of B Grade or above in any WABA, WASA or other independent competition. However, players with such experience may play in the B Grade Competition if, through advancing age or health reasons (long term injury / illness), they would be unable to safely or competitively compete in the A Grade competition. Players must be aged 18 years or over at 1st January of any playing year.

C Grade is for players with little or no playing experience of softball or baseball and those players who through advancing age or health reasons (long term injury/illness) would be unable to compete safely at B Grade or above. C grade should provide an environment of safe, achievable competition for those players who may otherwise have considered retiring from the game. Players must be aged 18 years or over at 1st January of any playing year.

The committee reserves the right to move any player to a higher or lower grade if their skill level is deemed by the committee to be well above or below the standard generally accepted as being safe in any Grade. Objections about skill levels of players must be made in writing to the Division Representative. He/she will investigate and assist the committee in its deliberations.

The committee may elect to amalgamate divisions if there are insufficient teams to form three grades. When this occurs, the rules for the higher Grade competition shall apply for the combined grade. In the event that the A and B Grade competitions are combined then the rules for the B Grade competition shall apply for the C Grade Competition.

b) Ladies Teams

Players must be aged 16 years or over at 1st January of any playing year. Teams can nominate for any grade at the beginning of each season. The committee reserves the right to promote or relegate any team prior to the season commencing or during the season.

25. Finals Qualifying Games:

For a player to be eligible to compete in Finals, the player must have played six (6) games for his/her nominated team in that playing year. In case of injury or prolonged absence of player, special application may be made to the Executive Committee for consideration.

26. Batting Line Up:

The Batting Line Up must consist of all players present at the commencement of the game.

All players in the line up must bat unless retired injured, at which time they will be deleted from the line up and may not re-enter the game. No automatic outs will be imposed until the line up is reduced below nine (9) batters or a player is removed or ejected from the game by the umpire.

Any player receiving medical attention due to the “Blood Rule” may re-enter the game at the umpire’s discretion. No penalty will be applied to the batting line up.

Please note that this is a summary only of the most common bylaws that players will encounter during the season

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