LEAGUE RULES

Astoria Social reserves the right to change, add or delete any League Rule or regulation that in their best judgement will benefit the program. Team managers affected by the change will be notified. It is the team captain’s responsibility to know and understand Astoria Social Softball League Rules, and to inform team members of rules and league requirements.
The league reserves the absolute right to suspend or ban any players or prospective players from further or future activities, including playing in the league or signing up, based upon the actions of that players on or off the field as defined by the league, these rules, and our Code of Conduct as stated below, or for any reason except on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, mental, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression/dysphoria, sex characteristics, religious, creed or individual political opinions.
Violation of any of the league rules could result in expulsion from the league with forfeiture of registration fee. Also, please do not curse or get in the face of league officials-the penalties for such actions are listed below

  • SAFETY

    -For personal safety, players should not play if they have an injury. League umpires and officials have the ability to make a determination regarding a player’s game status where necessary for the safety of league members. In the event a player has to leave the game for injury, the players spot in the lineup is skipped with no automatic out. -Players may not appear on the field of play, at any time, in an intoxicated condition or under the influence of any other type of drug which might affect the individual’s safety or the safety of others. -Players are responsible for their own insurance coverage. Astoria Social does not carry insurance to cover players injured during practice, league, or tournament play. When all rules and regulations are strictly followed, the potential for injury still exists. Involvement in this activity is done at the participant’s own risk.

  • TEAM ROSTER/ PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

    Rosters are the private property of Astoria Social and the teams involved. Generally, the team captain has autonomy to select their team, with returning players given preference on returning to their team. However:
    • Rosters must be more than ten, and for the Summer 2019 a minimum of 13.
    • A player may be on only one roster in the same league.
    • Players must be 21 years old or older by the first scheduled league game.
    • The roster form submitted by Astoria Social staff is the Official Roster.
    • Falsification of waiver signatures will result in the team being suspended from league play.
    • Astoria Social reserves the right to place players on teams
      • in the best interest of the league,
      • to ensure that roster size is comparable to all other teams, and
      • to ensure that enough females are on rosters.

    The league reserves the right to finalize the rosters on teams at all times. Any questions regarding player eligibility are to be brought up prior to the start of the game.

  • BANNED AND SUSPENDED PLAYERS

    Teams are responsible for ensuring that all of their rostered players are eligible to participate in Astoria Social league play. Any team with a banned or suspended player in their lineup will FORFEIT the game, and additional TEAM penalties will be assessed under the Code of Conduct. Any questions regarding player eligibility are to be brought up prior to the start of the game.

  • POACHING

    There shall be NO poaching of players from other teams. Any captains caught poaching players are subject to suspension at the discretion of League Officials.

  • FREE AGENTS

    If a player signs up for the league as a free agent, they shall be placed on a team by the league. This decision rests with the league.

  • FRIENDS OF PLAYERS

    If a current player has friends who want to join, their placement on a team will be discussed with the team captain and league officials.

  • EQUIPMENT

    Astoria Social reserves the right to withhold or withdraw approval of any equipment which significantly changes the character of the game, affects the safety of participants or spectators, or renders a player’s performance more a product of his/her equipment than individual skill.

    • Equipment provided: bases, balls, cones, helmets, face guard, tools for maintenance of the field (when needed).

    Players are encouraged to bring their own glove, to wear cleats, and strongly encouraged to wear a cup and other protective gear.

  • UNIFORMS

    Players’ attire should be appropriate to the safe play of the game. Each team has a team color. For the spring 2019 season, league shirts are given to all players who signed up in the appropriate manner and appropriate timeframe. (As delineated on the website and social media.) Thereafter, league shirts are given to new signups or players who request them, who a) give their shirt size, and b) sign up in a timely manner (before the shirt order). Please note, it is not mandatory to wear your Astoria Social shirt, however for purposes of avoiding confusion on the field it is highly recommended. Each team has a team color. Players are strongly encouraged to wear attire that matches their team color.

    Shoes: No metal spikes nor polyurethane spikes similar to metal sole and heel plates are allowed.

    Offensive and Defensive players may wear protective equipment.

  • OFFICIAL GAME TIME

    The attending Astoria Social Umpire’s time will be the official time for determining forfeits. It is the responsibility of the team captain to check with Astoria Social to confirm the official start time for their games. Teams must have six rosters players within 10 minutes of their scheduled start time.

    Games are seven innings. In the event of a tie, the game will continue until one team leads after a full inning of play. There is no limit to the amount of innings. No 60 minute time limit Broadway matches (old school Ric Flair matches) Additionally, if the home team is stalling, the umpire has discretion to change the away/home in an effort to start the game in a timely manner.

  • RAIN-OUT PROCEDURE

    Team Captains are responsible for contacting Astoria Social to find out the status of their games. If conditions change during the evening, Astoria Social will make an effort to contact the team captains with scheduled games to notify them of the cancellation. We will also post on our website and social media that games have been suspended or delayed. In the event a game is cancelled right before play begins or after a team has gathered at the field, we apologize in advance.
    Field conditions: when it rains prior to game time, the field oftentimes needs some work to be deemed playable. If the rain has left the field in non playable conditions, the league may postpone or delay games to make sure the playing surface is deemed playable.
    ALL POSTPONED/RESCHEDULED GAME DATES AND TIMES WILL BE IN THE DISCRETION OF THE LEAGUE. The league may ask the captains what times work, but ultimately the decision rests with the league. The make up times will and could be anytime the league has permit and field hours.

  • SCOREKEEPING

    BOTH TEAMS are responsible for keeping score. The home plate official is in charge of the score, and (if it's not Warren) will submit the final score upon completion
    • The home plate umpire is designated as official scorekeeper.
    • A forfeited game will not be made up.

  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS

    • A team must have at least six roster players to start the game. In the event that one team has less than six rosters players, the game is a forfeit. Both teams may play a scrimmage game up until ten minutes before the start of the next scheduled game.
    • Number of players in the field at one time: Max of 10 (4 outfielders).
    • When a team begins play with less than 10 players, teams may use subs from other teams in the league. (Please see Borrowed Players (subs) rule below.)

  • BORROWED PLAYERS (SUBS)

    Teams may borrow eligible, rostered players from another team in the league under the following stipulations:

    When a team has 6 original players: Two subs can be used, batting at the end of the line up, with the other team providing a catcher (Catcher is to catch on force plays to the plate only). One sub must be in right field. Two female spots should be secured to play. Each missing female spot results in an auto out each time through the lineup.

    When a team has 7 original players (Including two females): One sub can be used, batting at the end of the line up. The sub must play right field each inning. The other team catches
    When a team has 7 original players (Including one female): Two subs can be used, if one of them is a female, with both subs batting at the end of the line up. Players must play catcher and right field each inning. If you can not secure a female to sub, you may use one male sub. One auto out per each time through the lineup, with other team catching.
    When a team has 7 original players (no females): Two subs can be used, if one of them is a female, both subs batting at the end of the line up. If one female, one auto out each time through the lineup. Players must play catcher and right field each inning. If you can not secure a female to sub, you may use one male sub. Two auto outs each time through the lineup, with other team catching.

    When a team has 8 original players (two females): No subs, other team catches.
    When a team has 8 original players (one female): One sub can be used batting at the end of the lineup and catching each inning. If the sub is not a female, there will be one auto out per each time through the lineup.
    When a team has 8 original players (no females): Two female subs can be used, batting at the end of the line up. The two female subs must catch and play right field for the entire game. You can only play with nine in the field. If you cannot secure a female sub, no subs will be allowed, two auto-outs each time through the lineup, and the other team will provide a catcher.

    When a team has 9 original players (two females): No subs.
    When a team has 9 original players (one female): One female sub can be used, batting at the end of the line up and catching for the entire game. One male player must sit each inning, and you play with nine in the field. If you cannot secure a female sub, no subs will be allowed, one auto-out per turn through lineup, and the other team will provide a catcher.
    When a team has 9 original players (no females): Two female sub can be used, batting at the end of the line up and catching AND playing right field for the entire game. If you cannot secure a female sub, no subs will be allowed, two auto-outs each turn through lineup, and the other team will provide a catcher.

    When a team has 10+ original players (two females): Perfect!
    When a team has 10+ original players (one female): One female sub can be used, batting at the end of the line up and catching for the entire game. If you cannot secure a female sub, no subs will be allowed, one auto-out per turn through lineup.
    When a team has 10+ original players (no females): Two female subs can be used, batting at the end of the line up and catching and playing right field for the entire game. If you cannot secure a female sub, no subs will be allowed, two auto-outs per turn through the batting order, and eight in the field (other team catches).


    Playoffs: only one sub can be used. Teams MUST have at least SEVEN rostered players or else they forfeit. -if you have seven players: you sub up to eight. (sub is in right field, other team catches) -if you have eight, the other team catches. -if you have nine-you can not sub if you have two females. (play with nine) However, if you have nine (with one or no females) you can sub one female. You can only play nine in the field (7 guys, 2 females) and the female sub must catch. For every female under two, you receive an auto out. Playoff Zombie rule: you can not use a sub who has already played that day. In addition, you can not grab a sub for a team that has yet to play. A player can not sub for a team after his team is eliminated that day.

  • BATTING LINEUP/DEFENSIVE PLACEMENT

    NO requirements for male/female combinations in the batting line-up or defensive positioning.

    All rostered players are allowed at bat.

  • SLIDING/RUNNER SAFETY

    • Sliding is done at the player’s own risk. A player may choose to slide; however, under no circumstances may a player engage in a takeout slide and/or throw his/her body at a player on the other team in an unsafe manner, for any reason. Players should either slide or give themselves up. There is a safety base attached to home plate that is for the runner.
    • A player in the field may not trip or interfere with ANY baserunners. Such actions may result in a warning, suspension and/or ejection. NO player may take out a base runner in an unsafe manner.
    • There shall be no collisions at any bases and no throwing the ball at baserunners.
    • Any intentional disregard for this rule will result in discipline from the league. Any negligence in adhering to this rule may result in disciplinary action from the league.

  • UMPIRES

    Umpires will be provided by the league. Our umpires are also players (experienced) in this league and understand what this league is. There will be no fighting with the umpires. Nor shall there be cursing at the umpires either on or off the field. That can result in suspension, ejection and/or removal from the league.

    The umpires have total autonomy in upholding the standards of sportsmanship, pitching regulation, safety and fair play.

  • BATTING

    • There will be 4 balls/3 strike at bats. As mentioned below, all batters will start with a 1-1 count.
    • Umpires will inform teams at the beginning of the game on his/her strike zone for calling strikes. Umpires can/will call strikes at their discretion.
    • A swing that does not make contact with the ball is a strike.
    • Foul balls will count for the first 2 strikes, not for the 3rd strike resulting in an out.
    • No intentional walks are permitted. If an umpire feels a player is purposely pitching around a batter, they may warn the pitcher and shall award two bases to the batter.
    • Foul balls caught by catcher must be over the head of the batter to be considered an out.
      • The batter may not move in the vicinity of the catcher attempting to catch the ball, nor shall any player yell out obscenities prior to the completion of the play. Such actions will be deemed interference and no one advances. The batter may also be ruled out (at the umpire’s discretion).
      • Batters may not toss the bat after a swing. This activity places league players and officials in harms way. Umpires may warn players upon display of this action, and may call the batter out if they continue to throw or errantly release the bat in a dangerous way.

  • OUT OF BOUNDS

    A fielder may catch a ball hit in foul territory. If the ball strikes an object/ apparatus and is subsequently caught, it is not an out.

    If a ball that was in play enters the dugout, the ump shall award one base to each runner. At QUeensbridge Field 1, if the ball hits the bleachers on a throw from the field of play, that will result in a stoppage of play and all runners receive one base.

  • HOME RUN RULE

    For an over-the-fence home run, the batter and all runners on base are credited with a run and are required to run the bases.

    BASE LEADING & BASE STEALING: NOT ALLOWED.

  • BASE LEADING & BASE STEALING

    NOT ALLOWED.

  • LIGHTS

    There will be lights on at the field in the event of darkness. If, for some reason the lights do not work, the game may be suspended at the umpire’s discretion.

  • FIELD PLACEMENT RULE

    There will be a line in both the infield and outfield. Fielders may not encroach that line at any time prior to a swing. In the outfield, the second cone will be the line in which outfielders can not cross prior to a swing.

  • PLAYOFFS

    The top 16 teams make the playoffs. This season we have four divisions with six or seven teams in each. The top team in each division will receive a bye to the final weekend of the playoffs (early November) In addition, the fifth and sixth seed will also receive a bye. The remaining teams 7-16 will participate in our opening weekend of playoffs, set for the end of October. The games will be played at both Queensbridge and Whitey Ford field. All teams who qualify for the playoffs will need seven rostered players to be able to participate. Seeding is dependent on record (wins/losses) with the first tiebreaker being head to head. In the event of a head to head tie, the tiebreaker is runs against. There will be no re-seeding.

  • PLAYOFF FORFEITS

    Each playoff team must have a minimum of seven (7) rostered players present in order to play. Captains shall notify the league by noon on the day preceding the playoffs. In the event a team is unable to field seven roster players, they shall forfeit their right to compete in the playoffs. If a team can not meet the playoff roster requirements and the game is subsequently postponed, they do not get to compete on the rescheduled date.

  • PLAYERS LEAVING THE LINEUP

    • If a player/participant is ejected they must leave the grounds (Park) for the remainder of the day/evening and have no contact with the umpires, staff or participants in the game.
    • The game may continue as long as the team has 8 or more players remaining in their existing lineup.
    • The team will not be allowed to substitute another player into the lineup for the ejected player.
    • If the ejected player is a batter or base runner then they will be declared an out at the time they are ejected.
    • Following the ejection, the ejected player will be counted as an out each time their name comes up in the batting order.

    If a player is unable to continue playing the game due to injury or reasons other than disqualification or ejection:
    • The game may continue as long as the team has 8 or more players remaining.
    • The team may either enter a substitute into the lineup for the injured/absent player OR collapse the batting line up, skipping that player without further penalty:
      • If the injured player is the BASE RUNNER and no eligible substitute is available, an additional courtesy runner can be allowed for the INJURED base runner to complete that inning. That runner shall be the last recorded out.
      • In the event a base runner can not run the bases (pinch runner) the player replacing that runner shall be the last recorded out. In extreme circumstances, in the event an umpire feels a player(S) are abusing this allowance, the umpire may refuse the allowance of a pinch runner.

  • Social Points

    Megan Urick is in charge of our social points tabulations. Please send her your team photos for social points. Our Fall 2019 sponsor bar will be announced shortly

  • Official Game/Mercy Rule

    An official game occurs after four innings. Like all other leagues on earth, this is construed to mean: if the away team hits four times (four innings at bat) and trail the home team, it is an official game. The home team does not need to bat in the bottom of the fourth. Why would they? The game is over. They can not get negative runs. If the away team is leading after hitting for four innings and the home team is up at bat in the bottom of the fourth inning and the game is called due to weather, it is NOT an official game. Suspended game: a Suspended game may only occur if we run out of permit time and are being removed from the field for another permit holder. Mercy rule: the mercy rule has been changed-it is now 12 runs after 4 innings. This change is effective week 4 of the Summer 2019 season

  • Pitching Distance

    Starting in the Summer 2019 season, the pitching mound will be 46 feet. A pitcher can always back up even further based upon the circumstances. (batter who hits hard up the middle, etc) A reminder that no pitchers shall hop or hitch on their release.

  • Forfeitures

    Any team who forfeits two games will not qualify for the post season. Moreover, they may lose their spot in subsequent seasons. Additionally, all forfeits will result in 12 runs against, regardless of the teams record.

  • Pinch Runners

    A player may request a pinch runner due to injury. However, if the umpire feels this is being used in a manner which deviates from the spirit of the rule, he or she may not allow a substitute runner. Ex: Runner is not injured, runner calls for a pinch runner so the last batted out can hit who is faster, runner is "hung over," etc.

  • Outside Players?

    There can be NO subs who are not league members. (i.e players who are in the league) If any team is caught using players who are not in the league, this will result in an automatic disqualification of the game.

  • Will the league reschedule games if a team can not field a team?

    Due to the large amount of teams, the league will not reschedule games when a team can not field six (6) rostered players. Once the schedule is created and released, the league will not reschedule games or shuffle around games.

  • 1-1 Count

    All batters will start each at bat with a 1-1 count. This change is effective week 1 of the Fall 2019 season. There is no limit to the amount of foul balls per at bat.

  • Corked/Shaved Bats

    Any bats that have been altered in any way will lead to disciplinary action.

  • Reminder about the orange safety base

    All baserunners are hereby reminded to go for the orange safety plate when running to home plate. IN the event of a throw to home plate in an attempt to throw out a runner, the baserunner should step on the orange plate-failure to do so can result in the baserunner being called out. (i.e a bang-bang play/play at the plate) This is for safety reasons to avoid collisions. A reminder that the home plate umpire has discretion when making a call.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Astoria Social has established the Rules and Code of Conduct to ensure all individuals and teams participate in a safe and sportsmanlike manner. Providing a quality softball program requires the cooperation of all managers, captains, players and spectators. Any demonstrations of misconduct (on and off the field) can and will result in disciplinary action, and can jeopardize your player’s and/or team’s eligibility to participate in any Astoria Social sports program. Captains who violate any Rules or the Code of Conduct may lose their captain status within the league. (*Please note the code of conduct is a rule and is to be taken seriously)
The league reserves the absolute right to suspend or ban any players or prospective players from further or future activities, including playing in the league or signing up, based upon the actions of that player(s) on or off the field as defined by the league, or for any reason except on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, mental, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression/dysphoria, sex characteristics, religious, creed or individual political opinions.
Violation of any of the league rules and code of conduct could result in expulsion from the league with forfeiture of registration fee.

  • DEFINITIONS

    • The term “individual” includes: team captain, team manager, player and spectator.
    • The term “official” includes: umpire and Astoria Social League director.
    • The team captain/manager and entire team are responsible for the conduct of its individuals.

    Misconduct will result in penalizing an individual or a team with respect to the Astoria Social leagues, tournaments and facility access.

  • CATEGORY I

    Minimum Penalty: Warning.
    Maximum Penalty: Banned from Astoria Social Programs/Facilities.
    NO INDIVIDUAL SHALL:

    1. Demonstrate dissent by throwing gloves, bats, balls or any other forceful action.
    2. Bring illegal, altered or non-approved equipment onto the field.
    3. Discuss with an official, in any manner, the decision reached by an official (except the team manager.)
    4. Use unnecessary rough tactics in the play of game.
    5. Use abusive or intimidating language or gestures toward any official or individual on or off the playing field. (Including any and all Astoria Social activities, gatherings and events)
    6. Use profane, obscene or vulgar language, in any manner, at any time, on or off the playing field. (Including any and all Astoria Social activities, gatherings and events.)
    7. Appear on the field of play, at any time, in an intoxicated condition or under the influence of any other type of drug which might affect the individual’s safety or the safety of others.
    8. Consume or possess beer or alcoholic beverages in any City facility parking lot.
    9. Leave behind excessive trash.
    10. Demonstrate unsportsmanlike conduct. Good sportsmanship and conduct is expected at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes (but not limited to) such actions as: treating teammates unfairly i.e. not letting players enter the game, for any reason other than injury; harassing/threatening league members and/or league officials on the field and/or in a public setting (including any Astoria Social activities, gatherings and events) As has always been the case, such actions are prohibited and can cause removal from the league for the safety and well being of (all) league members.

    Umpires also have the ability to eject league members for conduct that violates these rules. In the event a player is ejected twice, they are subject to removal from the league with a loss of league dues.

  • CATEGORY II

    Minimum Penalty: Forfeit of game(s).
    Maximum Penalty: Banned from Astoria Social Programs/Facilities.

    NO INDIVIDUAL SHALL:

    1. Fail to leave the park when directed to do so by an official.
    2. Bring beer or alcohol either onto the playing field or into the dugout at any time during an official game. This includes any “Borrowed Players” participating in the game.

  • CATEGORY III

    Minimum Penalty: Ejection and Additional Suspensions (team and/ or individual) and probation for one year.
    Maximum Penalty: Banned from Astoria Social Programs/Facilities.

    NO INDIVIDUAL SHALL:

    1. Lay a hand upon, shove, or make unnecessary physical contact with an official. (Including any and all Astoria Social activities, gatherings, and events)
    2. Make direct or implied threats, either verbally or physically, toward an official. (Including any and all Astoria Social activities, gatherings and events)
    3. Strike an official or individual with any object or equipment.
    4. Physically attack, assault, or strike any official or individual. (Including any and all Astoria Social activities, gatherings and events)
    5. Damage, destroy or steal property of Astoria Social, league players, and/or Park/City property.
    6. Multiple violations of the Code of Conduct will result in an escalation of penalties.

MISC. NOTICES

  • SPECTATORS

    Spectators (friends/family) are encouraged to come down to the field and cheer on friends and family. However, no spectator may heckle any player from the opposing team nor yell out any vulgarities towards players/umps. If so, they will be asked to leave. Spectators may sit on the bench, however they are not to cross the entrance to the field and must stay behind the cage at all times. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in an ejection.

  • PARK REGULATIONS

    It is the responsibility of the team manager, players and spectators to be familiar with all park regulations and related ordinances or stipulations of use.

  • NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE

    Astoria Social prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability in its services, programs and activities. Anyone who believes he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint with Astoria Social league managers.

The league reserves the right to modify these rules at any time in furtherance of making sure the league and its players/captains/umpires/officials continue to demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship. In such instances, the league will be notified of such a change. This publication can be provided in an alternate format upon request. E-mail: info@astoria-social.com