Rules

Brotherhood comes first

  1. In the spirit of Brotherhood and Islamic principles, no profanity, in any language, shall be tolerated. A team has the right to place a grievance with the Umpire if profanity was uttered in any language including English. Umpire may warn and/or expel the player(s) from the game/park. BSL Committee will review all Umpire ejections and may add to the suspension period. Repeat offenders will be suspended from future games or the league.

Equipment

  1. No METAL cleats or METAL jewelry will be allowed, you will be forced to remove them before entering the field of play.

League Rules

  1. Minimum of 8 male players, 18-years-old or over, are required to play a game. If any team is found in breach of this rule at the game, team will be fined and game will be forfeited. 
  2. A 24-hour advanced notice is required if a team is to forfeit a game. Notifying the league 24 hours in advance will result in a $60 fine otherwise it will be a $100 fine at the game. The Fine must be paid by the team before its next scheduled game or the next game shall be forfeited for an additional Fine of $60. 
  3. Substitute player(s) can only be used if the team has 8 or 9 regular players to reach 10 players. The replacement player(s) must be from the substitution list and can play anywhere on the field and bat anywhere in the batting lineup. 
  4. Opposing team MUST supply a non-fielding catcher if requested to a team that has only 8-players.
  5. The trade deadline will be after week 7 or 6 games completed in the season whichever comes first.
  6. A minimum of 4 weeks or 6 games must be attended for a player to play in the playoffs. GMs who wish to seek exceptions to this rule for players who are in situations beyond their control, may appeal to the BSL Board and be subject to a private hearing. Exceptions will be granted only in the event of unanimous approval by the Board. 
  7. Use of playoff players: All players must meet rule 6 requirement to qualify for playoffs.
  8. Pictures: BSL will require a team picture or individual pictures from all players. All teams are required to participate.
  9. Players will adhere to any safety rules or regulations imposed from the league (e.g. COVID).
  10. Decisions made by the scorekeeper are to be impartial; do not speak with the scorekeeper to influence their decision. Warning and fines may be issued if a player participates in this behaviour.

Game Rules

  1. Game is played in 7 innings, Bases are 70 feet apart, Pitching distance is 50 feet, commit line of 28 feet, Strike Mat / Home Plate: A 2 feet by 3 feet mat.
  2. A 3 home-run differential (over the fence) is in effect. Exceeding the limit is an OUT.
  3. 7-run mercy rule is in effect in every inning from 1st inning to the 6th inning.
  4. Only 7th inning is open or the final inning called by the umpire.
  5. If a team is leading by 15 runs or more, the 5th or 6th inning will be the final inning.
  6. Batting lineup must be submitted before start of game and not in the middle of the first inning.
  7. No player can be added to batting line up after the completion of the 2nd inning or 30 minutes after start time, whichever comes later.
  8. After 1 pitch has been taken by a player batting out of order in a lineup and is realized by the other team or an organizer, the player up to bat will be out and the rightful player in the lineup will go to bat.
  9. If a player is injured during play and cannot continue then he will be skipped in the batting lineup and NOT deemed as an out.
  10. Grace period of 10-minutes from listed time will be observed before a game is defaulted.
  11. Any team found delaying the game by the umpire will receive a warning and may forfeit the game.
  12. Regular season rules apply for playoffs. Only players with minimum games attended are allowed to play. If any team is found in breach of this rule, the team will be dismissed from the playoffs.
  13. No new inning shall start after one hour and fifteen minutes.
  14. Complete game is 4 innings, 3.5 innings if the home team is ahead: If the score is tied, then both teams will receive a point. An inning is complete when the home team (team batting second) has completed all 3 outs. If the game is called off before the 7th inning is complete, then the score after the 6th inning will be used to determine the winner. 
  15. Rainouts: Any games cancelled or stopped due to weather conditions will be deemed as a tie, unless 4 innings are completed, 3.5 innings completed if the home team is ahead. The home team leading after 3.5 innings or if the away team is up by 7 they will be proclaimed as the winner. An inning is complete when the home team is up to plate. If the game is called off before the 7th inning is complete, then the score after the 6th inning will be used to determine the winner. 
  16. The umpire based on his clock/judgment will call a game complete after 90 minutes irrespective of whether the inning is complete. The last completed inning will be used as the final score.

Batting Rules

  1. Pitch count starts at 0-0.
  2. Third strike foul is an out.
  3. If a batted ball hits the mat or the plate it will considered a dead / foul ball.
  4. A batter is not allowed to switch sides of the plate after taking the first pitch.
  5. Any ball hit in play is considered fair even if it doesn't reach the pitcher.

Base Running Rules

  1. Anticipation is NOT allowed. Runner(s) can only leave base once the pitch is hit with the bat, OR the pitch touches the plate/ground.
  2. Sliding is permitted except at Home plate.
  3. BSL enforces a commitment line and any contact by the runner with the catcher on home plate is an automatic out.
  4. No player can be tagged out at home plate. Player will be called out if he touches the home plate while coming around to score a run.
  5. A maximum of 3 courtesy runners are permitted during a game. The last player ruled out can only be the courtesy runner unless allowed by the opposing team.

Pitching Rules

  1. Pitching distance is 50 feet, and Strike Mat / Home Plate: A 2 feet by 3 feet mat.
  2. A pitched ball must have a minimum height of 6 feet and a maximum of 12 feet, as per the judgment of the Umpire.
  3. The pitcher must have a pivot foot that does not move during the pitching motion.
  4. The pitch must be released while the pitcher is standing parallel to the plate but he can stand up to 10 feet behind the rubber.

Score and Standings

  1. A Win is two points, Tied games are one point, and a Loss is zero points.
  2. The criteria used for tiebreakers are: Points, Wins, Run Differential, Head to Head, Runs Scored.
  3. A forfeit is a loss of 10-0. The winning team players are credited with a game played while NONE of the players from the team that forfeited gets a game played credit.

Umpires and Discipline

  1. Each Captain of the team must identify themselves to the Umpire before the start of their game. Only a Captain is permitted to discuss an Umpires call with the other Captain and the Umpire. Umpires decision is Final during the game.
  2. Game UMPIRE is the ultimate authority in the park. Any ejection will serve a minimum one game suspension. That player will be skipped in batting lineup as an out.
  3. If the umpire finds anyone made a play with the intent to injure someone, that player will be automatically ejected and subject to further suspension and a fine.
  4. Any argument with an Umpire, resulting in an Umpires decision to eject the player(s) will be an automatic next game suspension for the same player(s) for the first offence. A second ejection will result in a $50 fine and a heavy suspension. The Player(s) will be made aware of their future suspension lengths by the Committee within 5 days.
  5. Any ejected/suspended player(s) must leave the park immediately or their team shall forfeit the game and the player will receive additional suspension. BSL Committee will review all Umpire ejections and may add to the suspension period. Repeat offenders may be suspended from future games or season. Suspended players are not permitted at the fields, if seen at the field the team will receive a forfeit.
  6. Scorekeeper or a Committee member present at the park may serve as witnesses to the facts of a dispute. Scorekeeper must be informed with the intent to lodge a complaint and/or appeal at the time of applicable play or ruling or it will be negated.
  7. The BSL Committee will convene to hear the appeal. The hearing must be attended by the appellant/agent by Thursday night at 8 PM on a conference call. Failure to attend the hearing shall negate the appeal.
  8. All players must wear their league uniform; failure to do so will result in a $10 fine payable before the next game.
  9. In the absence of an Umpire or Committee Member, two team Managers will mutually decide upon the person responsible to Umpire the game.
  10. Managers are responsible for throwing away all litter/garbage in and around the dugout at the end of each game. Failure to do so will result in a $50 fine. Stat keepers will note which teams are responsible.
  11. Any player or players involved in the consumption of any drugs or alcohol near the playing area shall be suspended and the team will be fined $200. The team that this player or players belong to will be put on probation until further notice.
ASA and USSSA Altered Bat Suspension Policy
BSL only allows ASA or USSSA 1.2 approved bats. All bats must be stamped by ASA or USSSA 1.2 to be eligible for play. Any bats that are altered in any way will result in confiscation and suspension from play in Canada. The offending player(s) will have two choices: 1. The player(s) can allow the BSL representative to inspect the bat and the BSL representative can reach a conclusion as to whether the bat may have been altered or, 2. The player(s) can refuse to allow the representative to inspect the bat and take an immediate Three (3) year suspension from any and all ASA Canada play with no right of appeal. Exception: Bats that have the approval stamp, but that were subsequently banned, will not be permitted
Rules are subject to change without notice by Brotherhood Softball League.

BSL Nights Return to Play Guidelines

We have developed this document to outline the BSL Nights Return to Play Guidelines. The mandatory guidelines must be strictly adhered otherwise BSL Nights risks forfeiting games or the season. Everyone will make their own risk assessment - we trust these will be respected and no one should feel uncomfortable should they wish follow additional guidelines (i.e. wearing a mask while playing). In addition to the guidelines below, please follow local public health guidelines

Mandatory Guidelines

Individual/Family

  1. Do not come to the game if you are ill, show any symptoms or have been around someone who is ill.
    • Do not spit or share drinks/food
  2. If you are experiencing symptoms, please inform you GM immediately and seek medical attention (e.g. COVID test)
  3. Immediately upon the completion of the game, all members will leave the diamond area
  4. Children will not be left unattended while playing
  5. Spectators must sit socially distanced from team members and other spectators
  6. Congregate prayers must be 6 feet apart from one another with your own prayer mat

Batting

  1. During batting, players will sit on the bleachers appropriately separated. On deck circle will be used for next person at-bat, dug-out to be used for batter ‘in the hole’
  2. Each player will be responsible for disinfecting their bat prior to use. Disinfected spray will be provided by the league. If a player does not want others using their bat, please communicate this to your team

Softballs

  1. It is required that each team use their own set of balls, minimizing the number of people who touch the ball by half
  2. Batting team can not touch the ball whether it is in play or not 
  3. Immediately upon the completion of the game, all members will leave the diamond area

On-field play

  1. The catcher will stand 2 meters behind the strike mat
  2. Contact between players should be kept at a minimum, “no handshakes or high fiving” 
  3. Base coaches need to stand behind the fence to direct their players 
  4. No on-field warm-up of any kind prior to game start 

Suggested Guidelines

Individual/Family

  1. Download the COVID Alert app available from the Government of Canada
  2. Chewing gum, chewing tobacco and sunflower seeds should not be allowed, as all promote spitting and/or saliva build-up.
  3. The use of mask/face shield is suggested when social distancing is not possible
  4. The use of individual antibacterial hand sanitizer is recommended
  5. A dedicated area will represent where the next scheduled team is to meet, until such time when they have been cleared to approach the diamond by the umpire or when it is apparent that the previous team occupants have vacated the facility

Batting

  1. The use of personal fitted batting gloves while bating

Teams and or players who do not adhere to the Mandatory Guidelines put forth by league and event organizers risk being refused to participate.  These measures are being considered and adopted by volunteers who are trying to organize a sport this season that will allow participants to enjoy the game. It is imperative that all participants conduct themselves in a respectful and sportsmanlike manner. Failure to accept the necessary measures put forward by league or event organizers shall not be tolerated.