Adult Softball League Rules


200 Second Street, Northeast     |     P.O. Box 37     |     Bondurant, Iowa 50035-0037     |     967-2418     |     967-5732 (Fax)

Adult Softball League Rules

    1. Teams must comply with the rules and regulations established by the Bondurant Park and Recreation Department. Entry fees and new rule additions are established on a yearly basis.
    2. It is the team manager’s responsibility to have team members obey all administrative and league rules. The manager’s responsibilities also includes:  maintaining discipline and control over their team’s players and spectators at all times. It is also the manager’s responsibility to schedule make up games with department approval, when needed. Managers certify legal equipment is used by all players on their team when signing the roster/application.
    3. There are no entry fee refunds unless a team cannot be placed in a league.
    4. All games must be played as scheduled. Teams may not postpone or reschedule league games. Only the Bondurant Park and Recreation Department may postpone games or reschedule games, as umpires have already been contracted.

    1. Players must be 18 years of age at the time of the first contest. Teams may request an age waiver with department approval and a signed parent consent form. Waivers are very selective as this is an adult league.
    2. Players are allowed to play on more than one team; Players may play on different teams in the same league, but may only play on one team during an individual game.

    1. Only original Park & Recreation roster forms may be used.
    2. Roster forms must be completed.
    3. It is the responsibility of the manager to see that the roster is completely accurate and submitted to City Hall. If a game is protested and a legal roster is not on file, that team will automatically forfeit.

    1. Players are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner displaying good sportsmanship at all times. Beginning with the 2012 season a “Sportsmanship Out” may be administered by the umpire for any cussing by players, coaches or bench personnel. If the team is up to bat, the out will be immediate. If the team is in the field the out/outs will be subtracted when they come up to bat. More than one sportsmanship out may be assessed. A player’s action may require ejection and they will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.
    2. Smoking is not allowed in the spectator, concession or playing area. If people gather in an area, smoking is not allowed in that area according to state law.
    3. Any player physically attacking, bumping or shoving any game official or program personnel, in any manner may be suspended for a minimum of twelve-months. This includes all athletics, local and state, sponsored by the Bondurant Park and Recreation Department. Offenders will be prosecuted.
    4. The umpire will be in charge and their judgment decisions are final. Matters of rule protest may be handled through proper protest procedures.
    5. A team member ejected from a game will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A second offense may result in suspension for the remainder of the season. Players or managers shall not be allowed to attend any games, or be in the game area while under suspension.
    6. The umpire shall have the authority to eject any player, coach or spectator for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and such person shall immediately leave the area or the game will be forfeited and the person suspended. Managers have the responsibility to maintain control of their players and team representatives. Umpires have the authority to maintain control while preventing injurious conditions.

    1. Acts of Disqualification – A team or team member may be disqualified for a minimum of one calendar year for any of the following:
      1. Unsportsmanlike conduct which includes verbal threats.
      2. Physical violence, such as an attack on an umpire, tournament official or any other person or property immediately preceding, during or following a game.
      3. Commission of fraud, such as playing under an assumed name, falsifying an affidavit or roster, or giving false information to league or tournament officials.
      4. Knowingly participating in a league or tournament in which he/she does not meet the eligibility requirements.
      5. Using a banned or altered bat.

    1. All protests must be made directly to the umpire and opposing manager immediately at the time the infraction occurs or is discovered. Eligibility of legal players is also a protest situation and must be protested before leaving the field.

    1. League games will require the number of players listed below to start a game:
      1. Slow Pitch – 10 (may start with 9, taking an out for 10th batter)
      2. Coed – 10 (may start with 9, taking an out for the 10th batter, Teams may not fill with extra men)
      3. If not enough players are present to start, it is officially a forfeit.
      4. Slow pitch teams may continue a game with one player less than ten when the vacancy was created by injury or illness (not ejection). Teams may never play with 8 in slow pitch.
    2. Time Limit: No new inning will start after 55 minutes in slow pitch. If the inning is started, it is to be completed. It is a good idea to have the managers and umpires agree on the actual time when the game starts.
    3. The 15 run rule is in effect after the 3rd inning. And the 10 run rule is in effect after the 5th inning.
    4. All games are played as scheduled. If no umpire shows, the game is officially postponed unless both teams mutually agree to use a pick-up umpire. Both teams need to call in the results.
    5. No grace period – game time is playing time.
    6. The home team is the team on the right side.
    7. The ball must meet current A.S.A standards. The ball must be a yellow optic/red stitched ball with a .44 or .52 core.
    8. All slow pitch leagues will start with the “1 ball and 1 strike” count. No courtesy foul is allowed. A four homerun (over the fence) limit is allowed. Each homerun over 4 is an out and base runners may not advance.
    9. All steel cleats are banned in recreation league games.
    10. On rainy days the decision to play or postpone is made two hours before game time.
    11. To schedule make-up games, both team managers should get together and tentatively find a day suitable for both teams. One manager should call City Hall and set up the game. The other manager then calls in and confirms that his/her team will be there. No umpire will be sent unless both teams confirm.