Rules

River Avenue CSA Softball uses the official rules of The Amateur Softball Association of America. The rules below amend or clarify the official ASA rules:
A. Runners cannot leave the base until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. A player can be picked off by a force-out throw beating him/her back to the base; a tag out is not necessary.
B. No bunting in our league.
C. No Stealing in our league.
D. You may advance a base on a fly ball out, even in foul ground.
E. We are strictly a slow pitch softball league. Any pitching that does not conform to our definition of pitching will be considered "illegal". Violations of the pitching rules will be subject to the following penalties: (1) If an umpire declares a pitch to be illegal, the pitch will be called a ball and any runners on base will advance one base. (2) A second illegal pitch thrown by the same pitcher in the same game will result in that pitcher being removed from that game as a pitcher. (That player may remain in the game in another position.) (3) Two removals from games as a result of throwing illegal pitches will result in a lifetime ban from pitching in the River Avenue CSA league.
F. Designated Hitter (DH): A DH must be announced prior to the start of the game. He cannot play the field and can hit for any position player. The DH cannot be alternated with another position. One DH per team maximum.
G. Extra Hitter(s) (EH): Each team is allowed up to three EH’s, but only if stated at the beginning of the game. An EH can be alternated with any player on the field. An EH remains at his original spot in the batting order, regardless if he enters a field position.
H. A team may start a game with eight players. Until the ninth player arrives the ninth spot in the lineup counts as an out. You may add the ninth and tenth players as they arrive, at any time.
I. Courtesy Runner: The last offensive player to make an out as the result of an at-bat is allowed to pinch run. Players needing courtesy runners should tell the umpire prior to the game. Courtesy runners due to injury can be used at any time.
J. Games are ended because of darkness at the discretion of the head umpire. We will finish out an inning unless the home team is ahead. Official game: four complete innings.
K. You must slide into a base on a close play. If you do not, you are out. If you go into a base standing and crash into a player, you may be ejected at the discretion of the umpire.
L. Fighting: Zero tolerance for fighting. Anyone involved in a fight will be banned for the season.
M. Forfeits: The 7:00 game forfeit time is 7:15, the 8:30 game forfeit time is 8:45. Two forfeits warrant a team suspension. For every team forfeit there will be a $25 umpire travel fee due before the beginning the that team's next scheduled game.
N. Team Rosters: Complete registered rosters are due by May 2nd. The rosters are to be submitted through this website. Although you may add players throughout the season, a player must be on the roster and play at least four games in order to qualify for the playoffs.
O. Mercy Rule: The official game is over if one team is ahead by 12 runs at any time after four innings. Teams may agree to play out the remainder of the game, but the official result will be, "win by mercy rule."
P. Home Team is responsible for bringing one new clincher ball to the game. Visiting team is responsible for bringing one new clincher ball to the game. The Commissioner will issue game balls before the season begins.
Q. Protests must be made to Mark Caltabiano by email(markc@riveravenuecsa.com), within 48 hours.
R. Team Uniforms: All teams must wear team uniforms. Team uniforms must be a softball jersey/shirt. Uniforms must be worn at all times while at the field. After May 2nd, each player that does not have a uniform will have one strike on him each time he comes to bat.
S. Phantom Tags: Phantom tags are prohibited at all times. A fielder can be ejected, at the discretion of the umpires, for a phantom tag or blocking a base when there is no play.
T. Ejection Rule: A player who is ejected from a game must leave the immediate vicinity of the playing field, for the duration of the game. The player must be at a distance no less than 25 feet from home plate or the foul line. A player who violates this rule will automatically receive a one game suspension.
U. Catcher’s Mask: Catchers MUST wear a hockey style catcher’s mask. If one team forgets to bring one, the other team should lend them theirs. Refusing to wear a hockey style catcher’s mask will result in a forfeit.
V.
Coed League: All teams must register and play a minimum of 3 females. In the case of teams short females at the start of the game, either the team that is short will play 9 in the field and take an out at the end of the lineup or both teams must agree to play with an equal number of females.
W. This is an amateur league. Under no circumstances can a player be compensated for playing.




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