Rules Primer

March 10, 2020 News Policies

As we are getting primed for the Queen City Softball League season, below is a review of any custom rules for the league. QCSL uses USA Softball/ASA rules of play, unless otherwise noted.

We encourage all managers to make sure players know the rules associated with the game and that they have read the league’s Constitution.

As always, the umpire’s ruling is final. Once a call is made, it will stand as called by the umpire. At no time should anyone engage an umpire in a boisterous or threatening manner. All registered players in QCSL have signed our Sportsman Pledge, and the banter between teams should always remain appropriate and in jest.

1.     Standings

The point system to determine the standings has changed for the 2016 season. Standings will be determined by the following factors: 

  • Win Percentage
  • Head to Head Record
  • Head to Head Run Differential
  • Runs Against
  • Coin Flip

Forfeits will result in a score of 7-0.

2.     Runners

Each team gets 1 (one) designated runner per game.  The designated runner is someone NOT IN THE LINE UP, their sole purpose is to be a runner for a specific batter.

If the designated runner is moved to a position (or to DH) you lose the designated runner. No one can sub for them.

Each team gets 3 (three) courtesy runner per game.  This runner is the last recorded out.

3.     Borrowing Players

Teams may borrow only enough players that are required to play the game. In other words, if a team has enough males/females, they may only borrow players to get to 9 total. The ONLY EXCEPTION is when a team has 8 of their own players, but is completely without males or females. In this case,  a team can borrow 2 players to be eligible.

Borrowing is limited to a maximum of 2 players per game.

There is no borrowing permitted in the playoffs.

4.     Field Rules

  • Diamond 4: all live balls are in play, including any trees in the outfield and the dogpark parking lot.
  • Diamond 5: All live balls are in play, including any trees in the outfield and the hill in right field.
  • Diamond 6: All live balls are in play, including any trees in the outfield, EXCEPT balls that hit or travel into the soccer net in left field.

5.     Defensive Positions

At all times, the defensive positions must have at least three females/males.  Having someone DH does not count towards this; they must be actively playing a position.

6.     Infield Fly

An Infield Fly is a fair fly ball (not a line drive or bunt) that, in the judgment of the umpire, can be caught by an infielder, pitcher, or catcher with ordinary effort and when there are runners on first and second or first, second, and third and less than two outs.

7.     Playoff Eligibility

In order to participate in the playoffs, a player must have played in 50% of their teams scheduled games. This year, that equates to 8 games. Please maintain all scorebooks properly because they will be pulled in instances of discrepancy.

8.     Collision Rule

A runner must slide or yield to the fielder in the event of a close play and will be called out if the runner could have slid to avoid collision on the play.