2021 Scarborough Softball Association Coaches Information Package and Rule Amendments
Health and Safety Protocols
The SSA Return To Play Guidelines will be followed.
Masking and distancing (6 feet or 2 metres) are mandatory (unless otherwise
directed by SSA Executive).
Each diamond will be assigned an SSA Safety Officer who will be responsible for sanitizing common surfaces, bats and balls regularly, administering hand sanitizer
and enforcing masking and distancing rules.
The SSA Safety Officer will have the same authority as an
Umpire in enforcing any of the Covid-amended rules and
regulations as well as any standard Rules of Play.
There will be NO sharing of masks, helmets, gloves, clothing or water
bottles. Each player is required to bring his or her own Covid mask, baseball
glove, softball approved helmet with face cage & water bottle.
All snacks; including sunflower seeds, gum etc. are prohibited on or around all
fields of play.
When not on the field of play, players will be spread out on benches and bleachers or will be assigned specific areas on the grass marked by coloured flags.
Hats and jerseys will be distributed to players, coaches and volunteers in approximately 2 weeks.
All players must wear pants, socks & closed toed shoes – no shorts,
capris, sandals, slides, flip-flops or Crocs allowed.
Jewellery must be removed or taped including Medical Alert.
Equipment will remain in the bunkers at the diamonds.
Emergency Plan for Diamond Locations
Have someone call “911” and state the location of accident/ injury and have them direct the ambulance into location.
Contact parent/guardian to advise of injury.
Training Plan for Skills/Drills
Rules of Play
Friendly pitcher in play
Every player will bat once every inning
Outs will count, but will be unlimited
Players will pitch, at least the first 3 pitches, to every batter. Coaches may pitch the last 2 (at your discretion)
All games will be based on 5-Pitch rules with no balls or strikes called.
There will be NO contact on the field of play.
Safety bags (White/Orange bases) will be used at First, Second
and Third base. Fielders will use white, runners will use orange.
Every play at a base will be a “forced out” – there will be no tagging.
Runs will count when a player passes a “safe line” perpendicular to
the front edge of Home Plate.
A “Commit Line” will be used between Third Base and Home Plate.
A runner will be declared out if a ball is successfully caught by
a fielder who makes contact with the base before the runner.
“Ties” will go to the runner.
One catcher will be selected for each team during each game.
Catching gear will be sanitized by SSA Safety Officers each night.
Any unsportsmanlike conduct is prohibited.
Anyone who blatantly disobeys any rule may be subject to ejection from
the park and possible suspension from the league at the discretion of the
Infield Fly: Applicable in instances where there are base runners at 1st and 2nd, or 1st, 2nd and 3rd, with less than 2 outs. When a pop-fly is deemed by an umpire to be easily caught by an infielder, infield fly is called by an umpire and the batter is automatically out. The base runners are not forced to advance and do so at their own risk. (U17 only)
Dropped Third Strike: Applicable when 1st base is unoccupied or there are two (2) outs, when third strike is called and the catcher does not catch the ball, the runner may attempt to advance to 1st as the ball becomes live. (U17 only)
Safe Play at Home A safe line and a commitment line will be in place for U12 & U17.
Commitment Line is a line, drawn 20 feet from the back of the plate (point), perpendicular to the third base foul line. No runner can be tagged once passed the commitment line, if so, the runner is safe and the ball is live. If a player passes the commitment line and then attempts to go back to third base they will be called out (excluding tag ups and missed bases.)
Safe Line is a 10 foot line, drawn in foul territory, from the left front corner of home plate perpendicular to the third base foul line. When the runner touches ground beyond the line prior to the defensive player holding the ball touching home plate, they are considered safe. The runner shall not make contact with home plate, if so, they will be called out and the ball is live.
LET’S PLAY BALL AND HAVE FUN!!!