RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SOFTBALL
Updated for the 2010 - 2011 season

1 SPORT SPECIFIC INFORMATION

1.1 - Season Start Date - March 1, 2011
1.1.1 - Season Start Date - March 1, 2011 (Junior Varsity)
1.2 - Season End Date - May 14, 2011
1.2.1 - Season End Date - May 20, 2011 (Junior Varsity)
1.3 - Date that all make-up games must be completed: 

1.3.1 - A and B Varsity Leagues - May 15, 2010 
1.3.2 - Junior Varsity - May 20, 2011
1.4 - Tryout dates - September 23, 2009 - October 23, 2009. 
1.5 - Maximum number of games, exclusive of playoffs - No Maximum
1.6 - Minimum number of players required to start a game - nine (9) players. It is recommended that each team have fifteen (15) active players.
1.7 - Times of games
1.7.1 - Games will start promptly at 4:00PM for A, B, and Junior Varsity unless a change in time is mutually agreed upon by the schools, and is included in the official league schedules, as posted on www.psal.org.
1.7.2 - A forfeit will be declared if a team does not show up within 30 minutes of game time.
1.8 - All teams are required to complete their league schedules, and all games must be completed byMay 14, 2011 (Varsity Leagues) and May 20, 2011 (Junior Varsity Leagues). 

1.9 - All games rained out, must be rescheduled and played within a two-week window period following the original rain out date. If the game is not rescheduled and played within that window period it will be counted as forfeits for both teams involved.

2 TRYOUTS & PRACTICE

2.1 Schools must have five (5) days of practice prior to the first interschool scrimmage. Students must have five (5) days of practice prior to the first interschool scrimmage.
2.2 Schools must have ten (10) days of practice prior to the first interschool game.
Students must have ten (10) days of practice prior to the first interschool game.
2.3 Approved tryout dates for all students are - September 23, 2009 - October 23, 2009. 
2.4 A school may not conduct organized practices prior to March 1, 2011.

3 TEAM ROSTERS

3.1 All coaches must electronically submit a Team Roster with jersey numbers to www.psal.org  ONE WEEK prior to the first scheduled contest of the season (league or non-league). NO LATER THAN MARCH 16, 2011 and MARCH 29, 2011. 
3.2 No PSAL team is permitted to compete unless an approved team roster is posted on the website. 
3.3 Failure to submit the above will result in a forfeit for each contest played.
3.4 Minimum number of players "in uniform" required to start a game is NINE (9) 

4 CHANGES IN SCHEDULE

4.1 The PSAL office will issue official schedules for each sport. 
4.2 Coaches have an opportunity to request adjustments or corrections to dates, times, and locations. 
4.3 Any changes in the Varsity schedule must be made between January 21, 2011 and February 3, 2011. 
4.4 The procedure for requesting schedule changes is to contact Yolanda Alford, Scheduler at Yalford@schools.nyc.gov with your date requests by February 03, 2011
4.5 Please include the original game number, new date, time and location. 
4.6 All parties involved must be contacted and in total agreement, therefore please contact the opposing coach and agree on a new date before making your request. 
4.7 All coaches are required to email or fax a copy of their team's non-league schedule attention to Softball Coordinator, Tyrone Parker to TParker2@schools.nyc.gov or (718) 707-4224/25 prior to their first contest of the season (league or non-league).
4.8 Any changes in the Junior Varsity schedule must be made between March 1, 2010 and March 16, 2010. 
4.9 Everyone must be aware that site availability is a major concern when rescheduling a contest. Your requests will be carefully reviewed and if possible the change will be made 
4.10 AFTER February 03, 2011 (VARSITY) and March 29, 2011 (JV)  ONLY EMERGENCY REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE COORDINATOR or COMMISSIONER.
4.10.1 To make emergency requests:
a. The two coaches should select a new date.
b. The home team coach should contact the commissioner to request the change.
c. Visiting coach should be cc'd on all correspondents to commissioner.
d. If the commissioner approves, the new date will be posted on the website.

4.11 NO CHANGE IS OFFICIAL UNTIL IT HAS BEEN CHANGED ON THE SCHOOLS SCHEDULE POSTED ON THE PSAL WEBSITE.

5 SEVERE WEATHER DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

5.1 OUTDOOR SPORTS-ONLY
5.1.1. Sports with Officials: The teacher coach of the home team must notify the Athletic Director and or the teacher/coach of the opposing team and the assignor of a cancellation by 1:00 PM for regularly scheduled league games.
5.2.1. All games will be played as scheduled unless cancelled by the PSAL. Check www.PSAL.org after 1:00 PM on game day.
5.3. NO CHANGE IS OFFICIAL UNTIL IT HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE SCHOOLS' SCHEDULES AND ON THE PSAL WEBSITE. 
5.4 RAINOUT PROCEDURE: To reschedule a rainout  
5.4.1. The two coaches should select a new date, and the home team coach must secure the use of the field.
5.4.2. If a city parks field is required, the home coach must contact Yolanda Alford at YAlford@schools.nyc.gov. Please include the suggested city park for your use. We will attempt to get the requested field. Please keep in mind if you request a city park field we have to request a permit from the Parks Dept. Therefore games requested to be scheduled the following day are highly unlikely to be scheduled. Please provide more than one available date for rescheduling.
5.4.3. If a team is playing on a school or private field please contact the assignor, Alan Wharton at AlanWharton1790@yahoo.com or 516-481-0364 (work) or 516-481-3016 (fax). 
5.4.4. NO CHANGE IS OFFICIAL UNTIL IT HAS BEEN CHANGED ON THE SCHOOL'S SCHEDULE POSTED ON THE WEB

6 STUDENT- ATHLETES 

6.1 Each student-athlete must have a signed parental consent form on file for each sport before the first day of participation in that sport (tryouts, practice). 
6.2 Each student-athlete must have a current (within one calendar year) medical certificate on file before the first day of participation (tryouts, practices).
6.3 No player in house or transferring from another school may be added to a team roster after April 28, 2011 for all leagues.
6.4 On days of normal school attendance, a student-athlete must be present in school in order to participate in any team practice, scrimmage, league or non-league game, meet, match, contest or tryouts on that day.

7 TEACHER/COACHES

7.1 All coaches must attend one of the mandatory coaching clinics. 
7.2 Failure to attend will result in a loss of 2 hours from your coaching allocation.
7.3 Games cannot proceed unless both coaches are present and the required AED unit is present. All coaches must bring their AED unit to all games, practices and scrimmages.
7.4 At least one (1) AED MUST be present, for a coach to practice, scrimmage, or play a game. 
7.5 If it is a game situation and neither team has an AED unit, the game will be declared a forfeit and each coach will have 4 hours deducted from his/her allocation.
7.6 Coaches must be present in the gymnasium/field when his/her team is practicing.
7.7 Each teacher/coach must actively supervise team members until they are safely away from the site of competition at "away" games. 
7.8 Only a licensed teacher with current First Aid/CPR/ AED may substitute for the assigned teacher coach.
7.9 All teacher/coaches or members of the team who coach at 1st or 3rd base must be in full uniform or athletic apparel with school logo and/or school colors.
7.10 Members of the team (students) coaching at 1st or 3rd must wear a helmet.
7.11 Umpires will speak only to the head teacher/coach during a dispute.

8 VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACHES

8.1 Volunteer assistant coaches are permitted to be on the bench during a game, provided that they are duly authorized by the school Principal.
8.2 A letter of authorization from the Principal must be affixed to the official scorebook, for inspection by officials and coaches. WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE PSAL IS NOT REQUIRED.
8.3 If an assistant is to substitute at any time for the Head Coach, the assistant must be in possession of a six digit Department of Education file number and fully certified in First Aid/CPR/AED.
8.4 All pertinent regulations regarding for the use of volunteers in the schools must be adhered to.
8.5 All volunteer coaches/assistants must be fingerprinted by the Department of Education.

9 OFFICIALS 

9.1 Assignor
Alan Wharton - alanwharton1790@yahoo.com
9.2 All officials will be assigned by the PSAL.
9.3 Notify the Sports Commissioner or the appropriate Assignor by email or phone when an official is late or not present. They are due at site 30 minutes before game time.
9.4 Only officials who have been approved by the PSAL, and whose names appear on the officials' roster may be hired for league and non-league games.
9.5 When the second umpire arrives he/she may only go behind plate at the top of next inning.

10 FIELDS 

10.1 All fields must be approved by the Sports Commissioner, prior to its first usage.
10.2 Teams not using their school sites will designate the sites for home games and notify the PSAL prior to the season by December 15, 2010.
10.3 All fields must have the following (which are the responsibilities of the home team) 
10.3.1 Home plate 
10.3.2 Three (3) bases with a single construction double safety ORANGE first base. All bases must be tied down except an artificial turf field without cutouts. On artificial turf fields without cutouts the bases must be weighted. 
10.3.3 The Batter's Box and Pitching Circle are optional
10.3.4 Foul Lines (chalk, powder of flower can be used - NO LYME
10.3.5 At least two (2) softballs 
10.4 Schools that do not provide the above mentioned items may forfeit their games while in violation.
10.5 Any violations of the above must be reported to the PSAL and the Sports Commissioner immediately.

11 EQUIPMENT

11.1 SOFTBALLS MUST HAVE A .470 CORE and be optic yellow with red stitching.
11.2 Double earflap batters helmets with chinstraps are mandatory - must have the NOCSAE label.
11.3 In order for a game to start each team must have a minimum of 4 helmets with chin straps.
11.4 NOCSAE approved hockey-style mask, warning label, throat protector and a double earflap catcher's helmet, chest protector and shin guards are mandatory for catchers. 
11.5 A double base at first base is mandatory and must be a single construction unit. 
11.6 The home team will provide at least two (2) new game balls.
11.7 Safety Equipment
11.7.1 AED Unit MUST be present at ALL practices, scrimmages and games.
11.7.2 The PSAL recommends that all coaches travel with a team medical bag, which includes the following items:
11.7.2.1 Slings (small, medium, large)
11.7.2.2 Splints (short)
11.7.2.3 Gauze pads, butterflies and adhesive bandages
11.7.2.4 Eye patches
11.7.2.5 Eye irrigating solution
11.7.2.6 Peroxide and sterile saline 
11.7.2.7 Scissors (blunt tip, tape cutter) tape (1/4 to 2 inches wide), ace wraps (2, 4, 6 inches), antiseptic wash and antibacterial ointment
11.7.2.8 Cotton (cotton swab applicators), tongue depressors, ice packs and mobile phone (if possible)
11.8 Teams may not begin a game sharing equipment. The team that is not properly equipped will forfeit

12 UNIFORMS

12.1 All players must be in appropriate school uniforms as specified in the Amateur Softball Association Rules Book
12.2 Jewelry - No wearing of jewelry by a student athlete is permitted. Umpires/Referees will ask student athletes to remove jewelry. If she does not, then she will be ejected.
12.3 Uniforms must be fully tucked into uniform pants or shorts.
12.4 Hats/visors must be facing forward.

13 COMPETITIONS

13.1 Home Team
13.1.1 The first team named in the schedule is the home team.
13.2 Teams will have a maximum of 15 minutes practice time before each game.
13.3 Bench/Dugout Area
13.3.1 The only people permitted in the designated bench are:
13.3.2 The teacher coach (Varsity and/or Junior Varsity) 
13.3.3 Assistant teacher/coaches authorized by the Principal and affixed to scorebook. 
13.3.4 Student Managers, only as listed on the team profile 
13.3.5 Team Members, only as listed on the official roster published on www.psal.org in full uniform.
13.3.6 Sports Specific personnel (example: physicians, trainers, etc). 
13.4 All other persons and spectators must be seated in the stands. 
13.5 Violation of this rule can result in penalties to be determined by the PSAL
13.6 Courtesy Runner Rule
13.6.1 The coach may opt to have a player run for the catcher and/or pitcher, at anytime.
13.6.2 The runner must not have been in the game, and the same runner cannot run for both the catcher and the pitcher.
13.7 Pace of Game
13.7.1 Players are required to run on and off the field.
13.7.2 Umpires may issue a verbal warning if a teams do not hustle on and off the field.
13.7.3 If the batter is taking too long to get into the batter's box the umpire may declare a strike.
13.7.4 If the pitcher is taking too long between pitches the umpire may declare a ball.

14 SCORING

14.1 Both teams must keep official score 
14.2 Prior to each game coaches must submit a lineup card to the home plate umpire and opposing coach complete with the names, positions and numbers of All players and all coaches.

15 REGULATION GAME

15.1.1 As specified in the Amateur Softball Association Rules Book
15.1.2 A game is official after 5 innings or if the home team is winning after 4.5 innings.
15.2 MERCY RULE
15.2.1 A team ahead by: twenty (20) runs after completing three (3) innings
15.2.2 A team ahead by: fifteen (15) runs after completing four (4) innings or
15.2.3 ten (10) runs after completing five (5) innings will be declared the winner.
15.3 SUSPENDED GAMES 
15.3.1 A suspended game will be continued from the end of the last completed inning at a later date. If the games suspended due to permit issues, game will resume at point of suspension.
15.4 POSTPONMENTS
15.4.1 If an emergency arises on the day of competition where a game must be postponed, the teacher/coach of the team with the emergency must notify the other coach, the assignor, the officials and the commissioner.
15.4.2 Any game not played for any reason - the assignor, officials and commissioner must be notified. 
15.4.3 A rained out game must be played within the TWO-WEEK Period following the rainout.
15.4.4 Make-up league games take precedence over non-league games.
15.4.5 Decisions on field safety (wet grounds) must be made by the home coach in sufficient time to notify the PSAL Assignor and the opposing coach/Athletic Director, officials, and commissioner no later than 1:00 PM for regularly scheduled league games.
15.5 GAMES CAN NOT BE POSTPONED DUE TO COLD WEATHER.

16 BOX SCORES

16.1 Following each PSAL league contest, coaches are required to complete and submit box scores, within 24 hours, to www.psal.org.

17 FORFEITS

17.1 FOUR (4) hours of pay will be deducted from the teacher/coach's allocation for each forfeit of a non-played PSAL League game.
17.2 A forfeit will be declared if a team does not show up within 30 minutes of game time.
17.3 A forfeit will be declared for any team having less than nine (9) players suited up for a contest.
17.4 All forfeits must be reported to the Sport's Commissioner and the Assignor within 24 hours of the contest.
17.5 The box score for a forfeited contest will be entered by the Sport's Commissioner.
17.6 Coaches may be subject to further disciplinary action based up the circumstances surrounding the forfeit.

18 PROTESTS 

18.1 Protests may only be made if a rule is alleged to have been applied incorrectly, or not applied. 
18.2 No protest of judgment calls may be entered. 
18.3 Coach must verbally inform the lead official of the protest before play commences or resumes. 
18.4 The protesting coach must ensure that a written statement of protest containing all pertinent information and citing the exact rule or rules as specified in the Amateur Softball Association Rules Book is signed by both the school's Athletic Director and Principal and postmarked, emailed or faxed to the Commissioner and opposing Athletic Director within two school days of the infraction. 
18.5 No protest will be reviewed without the required signatures.
18.6 The Commissioner will render a formal decision within two school days of receipt. 
18.7 The protesting coach may appeal the Commissioner's decision by ensuring that a written statement of appeal, containing all pertinent information, signed by both the school's Athletic Director and Principal is postmarked, emailed or faxed to the Softball Coordinator and opposing Athletic Director within two school days of receipt of the Commissioner's decision. 
18.8 No appeal will be reviewed without the required signatures. 
18.9 The Softball Coordinator will render a formal decision within two school days of receipt. 
18.10 The decision of the PSAL is final.

19 DEVELOPMENTAL TEAMS

19.1 A developmental team is a new team entering the league for the first time or a team designated by the PSAL.
19.2 Upon completing their first season, teams will be reviewed by the PSAL and have the option of petitioning the PSAL for "official" status.
19.3 Developmental teams must adhere to all of the rules governing PSAL teams.
19.4 The team record does not count in the Division standings.
19.5 The PSAL will assign a schedule for each developmental team.
19.6 Officials will be paid by the PSAL for each game assigned by the PSAL.

20 EJECTED STUDENT ATHLETES

20.1 The minimum penalty imposed upon a student-athlete ejected from a PSAL league contest by an official will be a suspension from the next two scheduled PSAL contests (including league, post-season, or special events).
20.2 The official will notify the Sports Commissioner immediately after the contest.
20.3 The teacher/coach must post the student-athlete as INACTIVE on the PSAL website. 
20.4 The teacher/coach of the suspended student-athlete may appeal to the PSAL prior to the subsequent contest.
20.5 The PSAL may impose further sanctions if there is evidence that such sanctions are justified.
20.6 The PSAL will notify the teacher/coach of the decision prior to the next scheduled league contest.

21 EJECTED TEACHER/COACHES

21.1 Any teacher/coach who is ejected from the contest must leave the field.
21.2 If a certified replacement teacher/coach (Department of Education licensed teacher with current First Aid, AED, and CPR certifications) is not available, the ejected teacher/coach's team will forfeit the contest.
21.3 The official will notify the PSAL of the ejection immediately after the game.
21.4 The ejected teacher/coach will be suspended:
21.4.1 1st Ejection during current season- One (1) game suspension for the next scheduled league game (regular season or playoffs)
21.4.2 2nd Ejection during current season -Two (2) games suspension and subject to further disciplinary action by the Principal, Superintendent and or the PSAL.

22 BRAWL RULE

22.1 In the event of an altercation, if a teacher/coach loses control of their bench and players clear the bench to participate in an altercation-THAT GAME WILL BE DECLARED A FORFEIT AND THE TEAM WILL FORFEIT A MINIMUM OF THE NEXT 2 SCHEDULED LEAGUE GAMES.
22.2 In the event of an altercation, if teacher/coaches lose control of their benches and both benches clear to participate in an altercation-THAT GAME WILL BE DECLARED A DOUBLE FORFEIT AND BOTH TEAMS WILL FORFEIT A MINIMUM OF THE NEXT 2 SCHEDULED LEAGUE GAMES.
22.3 The PSAL Director may impose further sanctions if there is evidence that such sanctions are warranted.

23 DROPPING TEAMS FROM ACTIVE STATUS

23.1 If a team forfeits 3 games during the season for not having the minimum number of players available for a league contest, that teams schedule will be cancelled for the remainder of the season.
23.2 The team's status for the following season will be reviewed by the PSAL.

24 PLAYOFF CRITERIA 

24.1 CRITERIA FOR A PLAYOFFS 
24.1.1 32 teams will qualify for the playoffs.
24.1.2 All teams with a record of .500 and above will qualify for the A playoffs.
24.1.3 At large teams will be selected to complete the field of 32 teams. 
24.1.4 At large teams will be selected by strength of schedule.
24.1.5 The higher seed will be the home team until the semifinal round.
24.1.6 Starting with the semifinal round the playoffs sites will be neutral.
24.2 CRITERIA FOR B PLAYOFFS 
24.2.1 League record - a five hundred (.500) league record will automatically qualify a team for the playoffs.
24.2.2 The higher seed will be the home team until the semifinal round.
24.2.3 Starting with the semifinal round the playoffs sites will be neutral.
24.2.4 Starting with the semifinal round the remainder of the playoffs will follow the double elimination format.
24.2.5 All winners' bracket teams will retain their seeds as long as they remain in the winner's bracket; therefore, the higher seed will be the home team.
24.2.6 Home field advantage in the elimination bracket will be determined by a coin toss called by the higher seed. 
24.3 The Mercy Rule will apply during the playoffs; however, it will not apply on Championship Day if a team faces elimination.

25 OFFICIAL SPORT SPECIFIC RULES & REGULATIONS

25.1 The PSAL follows the official Amateur Softball Association Rules Book for all games.
25.2 The Executive Director of the PSAL reserves the right to overrule or waive any rule or regulation governing the sport.