League Cancellation Hotline:
Slow Pitch Softball: $17
per game for umpire and
per game for scorekeeper
game has only one umpire, each team pays the umpire $12.
Personal Checks will not be accepted by the umpire and scorekeeper. Game fees for umpires and
subject to change with written notification.
Game will be forfeited if a team
fails to pay an umpire or scorekeeper before each game. Two forfeits will call for
expulsion from league play. .
A Metro qualifying tournament will be held at the end of the spring season. Information will be provided at the General Managers Meeting.
GENERAL LEAGUE MEETING INFORMATION
1. Important Note:
Once the schedules have been completed and published there will be no refunds processed due to facility assignment. There will be a $30 administration fee applied to any refund processed.
No guarantee will be granted to any teams regarding placement at any softball complex or field, or playing times for league play. Florida First Coast Softball, Inc. reserves the right, with or without the concurrence of the managers in a given league, to do one of the following in the interest of balanced competition and sports promotion generally: (1) refuse an entry; (2) place a team in a league of higher or lower classification.
Insure all team players are familiar with the
playing rules & regulations.
all team players are at least 18 years of age to play.
Control the behavior of their players and
Furnish FFC Softball a valid email address. All correspondence from FFC Softball will be
of Games Played:
Each team will play approximately 9 to 15 games during the season, depending on the number of the teams in the league and weather conditions permitting. Sunday coed and other one-night-a-week leagues will play 6 to 8 games during the season.
5. Game Times:
Weekday games usually start at 6:45 p.m. but may vary from league to league. Game times occasionally change in the schedule and double headers may be added to make up canceled games. Team manager’s are responsible for checking schedule before each game and make notes on the schedule anytime you receive makeup-game information. Sunday Coed games will start at 4 p.m. except
tournaments are being hosted at game sites they may begin at 5 p.m.
NOTE: A team that is not ready to start on time will forfeit the
1. Summer Softball Registration: Starts May 20 and league play begins June 16
(subject to change). Any spring season
team that wants to play the summer season must re-register. Winter registration forms and information
will be on line at www.jaxparks.com
& www.ffcsoftball.com and at Drew
and Ringhaver parks towards the end of the spring season. (Mail-outs will not be available,)
2. Practice Fields Permits may be obtained by calling (904) 733-3831. Cost of
practice fields requiring lights is $25/two hours. E-Permits can be sent to users not requiring lights via email.
3. Player Pickup: A spring player pickup list will be maintained from
February 1 – April 30 at Drew Park Press Box.
2013- SPRING SOFTBALL PLAYING REGULATIONS
Rules will govern all play.
THE PLAYING REGULATIONS: These softball regulations governing softball play in
the City of Jacksonville Softball
Program is a supplement to the official playing rules of the (USSSA)
covering points of importance to those teams and individuals playing under the
JaxParks and Florida’s First Coast Softball (FFC Softball).
Play in any City league carries with it the full acceptance of all rules and
regulations governing softball play and acceptance of all decisions made by FFC
Softball as final.
PLACEMENT POLICICES: No guarantee will be granted to any team(s) regarding
placement at any softball complex, field or playing times, for league play.
LEAGUE PLACEMENT POLICY: FFC-Softball
reserves the right with or without the concurrence of the managers in a given
league, to do one of the following in the interest of balanced competition and
sports promotion generally: (1) refuse an entry; (2) place a team in a league
of higher or lower classification. Between
the Spring and Summer Softball Seasons FFC Softball will review the league
standings and will move up any team that has dominated their league, after that
we will move a team at the bottom of the league sign up list to balance out
leagues. FFC Softball is the final authority on league placement.
GAMES PLAYED POLICICES: Each team that plays two times a week will play
approximately 9 to 15 games during the season, depending on the number of the
teams in the league and weather conditions permitting. Sunday Co-Ed and teams that play one-night a
week leagues will play 6 to 8 games weather permitting.
RAIN/CANCELLATION POLICICES: Rescheduling of rain cancellations or any other
cancellations could be during or at the end of the season and occasionally
double headers may be scheduled (if needed).
A high number of rain cancellations may require rescheduling on days and
at fields the team does not normally play.
Failure to meet these games will result in a forfeit. NOTE: Only a one-day notice of
revised schedules, rescheduling of rainouts and playoffs will be given. If there is a high number of rainout during
the season we may be forced to reschedule only the games which will determine
the league winner.
PROTEST POLICICES: The
Notification of Intent of Protest Must Be Made Before The Next Pitch. Only the manager or acting manager of the protesting
team shall immediately notify the Plate Umpire (before the next pitched
ball) that the game is being protested, identifying the protest and that the
game will be continued under protest.
The Plate Umpire shall notify the opposing manager and Base Umpire and
Scorekeeper. The Manager then must make
the protest in writing to the FFC Softball Office by 4p.m. the next business
day after the occasion of protest accompanied by a $25.00 protest fee. The fee will be returned if the protest is
won. NOTE: Weekend game protests are due in the FFC
Softball Office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday following the game. Player Protest: may be made at
any time during the season. The
protesting team responsibility: must identify the protested player by name,
position, shirt number, date, time, field and the team he played on and any
supporting documentation. The $25.00 protest
fee applies to all protests.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT POLICICES: Any unsportsmanlike conduct of players, coaches,
managers, sponsors, fan or officials, may be ejected from the game, removed from
the playing site and may be submitted to the FFC Softball Office for
disciplinary action. Any of players,
coaches, managers, sponsors, fan or officials, who commits or exhibits an
unsportsmanlike behavior, uses overtly profane language, threatens an official,
City employee or FFC Softball staff
and/or volunteer is subject to
ejection from the game and further disciplinary action according to the
Ejection-Suspensions Appeals Operation Manual.
Managers and teams are responsible for the behavior of their fans and
conduct of an ejected/suspended player on the teams’ roster.
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY USSSA rules will
apply. All players should be residents
or work in the Florida’s First Coast area and must be at least 18 years of
age. Players may play on one men’s/women’s team and in addition play in one 5
& 5 Co-ed and one Sunday Co-ed teams.
Men’s 50 & Over team
players can play in these leagues and one other men’s league. FFC Softball will
not adjust league schedule for any player playing in more than one league.
PLAYER PLAYING ON TWO TEAMS: To determine the eligibility
if a player is on two teams, the FFC Softball office will review the schedules
and determine which team had the first game and the player will be eligible for
this team only. Any player protested or
causing a fight while playing on two teams will be suspended and the team
playing the ineligible player will have their games forfeited that he/she
PENALTIES FOR UNSIGNED PLAYERS or PLAYING UNDER A
FALSE NAME: A team that plays anyone
who is not on their team roster will be declared an illegal player. The team, which the player(s) is an illegal
player(s), will forfeit all games in which the illegal player(s)
participated. All illegal players will
be subject to suspension from further participation.
PLAY VIOLATION: It is against the Eligibility Rules to play
on more than one Men’s, Women’s or Co Ed (Sunday or 5 on 5) team. Anyone violating this rule will be suspended
from playing in the Jacksonville (JaxParks and FFC Softball) softball program
for the remainder of the current season and up to one additional year.
TRANSFERS: All player transfers and pick-up players
must be completed by 4:30p.m. Monday,
April 15, 2013 and recorded in the FFC Softball Office located at Drew
Park. If a player desires to transfer, he must follow this procedure. 1) Have
the manager of his team submit to the Athletic Office a written release (Drop
Form) from the original team. 2) After
being release from his or her original team, the player may be added to another
team by the manager of the new team. 3)
Only one transfer per player may be made each season. 4) Transfers within a league will follow the
same procedure. Team manager may add
players of teams that have disband prior to the deadline of the player
transfers/pick-ups, to their team roster. Refusal to release a player:
If a manager refuses to release a player, the player may appeal to the Adult
Athletic Supervisor. If deemed for the good of the program the supervisor may
grant the release with a Sitting out
period of one week, form league play. All
transfer players must have at least played in (3) games with new team before
being eligible to play in the metro tournament.
ROSTERS: Roster limit - 20 players. Roster must be submitted at time of
registration. New players may be added
by submitting their name 24 hours before the player engages in any league play,
(No telephone or e-mail changes will be accepted). All ADD/DROP roster additions and deletions
must be in writing and signed by the manager. Church and Industrial Leagues may
have unlimited players on roster. Faxed
ADD/DROP forms will be accepted as long as they are complete and signed by the
manager. *** Church Leagues will not
require the Minister Affidavit for the Fall Season (Spring Season only church
team may carry up to 25% of the team roaster as prospect players). Teams that sign-up in the Industrial league
and are required to move to a Men’s league (only if there are not enough teams
to form an Industrial league) will be allowed to carry 25 players on the
roster, provided all players are from the same company***. Forfeit Play Ball
Rule will continue, for the Spring Softball Season.
BALL POLICY: A team will be allowed to
accept a forfeit and play the game. The
forfeit team will accept the forfeit but be allowed to pick up the required
players, both team will pay the officials and play a sanctioned game. This forfeit will not count toward one of the
two forfeits that drop’s a team from the league.
ONE & ONE
batter will come to bat with a one strike and one ball count. The batter will be granted one curtsey foul
ball on the third strike.
UNIFORMS: Uniform shirts must be of matching
color and style with numbers affixed to the back at least 6 inches. Sleeves or straps of the shirt may be
adjusted, with or without tie-ups, to the comfort of the player, provided
uniform number remains visible. Sleeve
length is optional, providing the sleeves are not frayed. All occupants of player’s bench must be in
team uniform. Team manager must wear matching color team jacket or shirt to
occupy a coaching box. No steel cleats,
spikes or street shoes allowed; rubber cleats and tennis shoes are allowed. **NOTE: All players must wear a
jersey with affixed number on the shirt back (no tape or magic marker used
for numbers allowed) or player will not be allowed to play. NOTE: sporting goods stores' schedules may
cause delays in delivery of uniforms, please plan ahead.
OFFICIALS FEES: Each manager (team) will be responsible for paying
one Game Official (Umpires and
Scorekeeper) before each game is played.
Each game will be assigned two Umpires and each team will pay one umpire
$17 and $6 each to the scorekeeper. If
only one Umpire shows, the two teams will pay $12.00 each to the one Umpire. The game will be forfeited if a team fails to
pay an Official (Umpire or Scorekeeper) BEFORE the game. The team(s) will pay each Umpire and/or
Scorekeeper IN CASH
NOTE: Rates are subject to change.
Personal checks WILL NOT be accepted by
the Umpires and Scorekeeper
shall furnish Balls equal to USSSA certified 40 core /325 compression Classic M
for men and Classic W for women, both must be optic yellow with blue stitching). In each game, home team will furnish the
first new ball, visiting team second new ball.
All Women's Leagues will play with a new
Classic W softball. Both Co Ed teams will furnish one new Classic
M & Classic W ball. Team hitting
ball that is irretrievable will replace ball, with a good used ball (Umpire
BATS: All bats must conform to (USSSA) approved bat
specifications. Umpires will check bats
before each game, a bat may be removed from play due too cracks, flat spots or
other reasons too be determined by the umpire.
Bats may become invalid at any time (before, during or after a game)
due to USSSA testing.
Slow Pitch - 6:45 p.m., first
game; 7:50 p.m., second game; 8:55 p.m., third game. If four games are scheduled at a site, the fourth
game will start at 10:00 p.m. All slow
pitch league games will be allowed one hour and five minutes playing time. All Fast Pitch league games refer to the
fast-pitch rules. ALL GAMES MUST START
PROMPTLY UNLESS PREVIOUS GAME HAS NOT COMPLETED FIVE (5) INNINGS OR GOES INTO
EXTRA INNINGS. There will be no Grace
Period for any games. Game time is
forfeit time. Some changes to the above
will be noted on certain league schedules. (NOTE: Sunday Co-ed games will start
at 4:00 p.m. except on tournament weekends they may begin at 5 p.m.) WARM-UP allowed in designated areas only.
PLAYERS: All games should start with 10, 11 or 12
players (extra player); however you may start or finish with 9 players. If you start game with 9 players and a tenth
player arrives late, he must be inserted immediately upon arrival in the tenth
batting slot. The (USSSA) short-handed
rule will be in effect in all leagues when playing with 10 or 11 players (Co-ed
12). At no time will a game continue
with less than nine (9) players.
STEALING: Stealing is
not allowed at any time.
RUN RULES: All slow pitch games will have a 20-run rule
after three (3) innings, 15-runs rule after four (4) innings and 10-run rule
after five (5) innings.
HOME RUN LIMITS for all leagues are as follows: This rule refers to over the fence home runs,
all ball’s hit over the fence by a team in excess of these limits will be an
Ø All Men’s 3A leagues and 3A coed leagues are six (6).
Ø All Men’s Church, Co-ed & Men’s 2A leagues are three
Ø All Men’s and Coed 1A leagues & Industrial leagues,
(Women) are one (1).
Ø Sunday Co-ed Home Run Limits check the Sunday Co-ed
JEWELRY RULE: These items constitute illegal equipment: Earrings,
Watches, Chains, Bracelets, Necklaces and any Other Jewelry. Only flat wedding bands and medical alert
bracelets or necklaces are allowed.
If medical alert bracelets or necklaces are worn they must be
taped to the body so the medical alert information remains visible.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Law prohibits alcohol on all City
property. A player violating this
rule will be suspended.
NO SMOKING: In the dugout, on the playing field or in the coach’s boxes at any time, either before
or during the game. City Rec. Employees,
Umpires and/or FFC officials can and will enforce this rule.
time will not stop for injuries occurring on the field. Blood rule of injured player and shorthand
rulings refer to the USSSA rulebook.
DUGOUT POSITION: Home Team will be located in
the first base side dugout. Visiting
Team will located in the third base side dugout. Only players, coaches,
sponsors, scorekeeper, and bat person is allowed in dugouts.
CHILDREN: Children will not be allowed in the dug out at any
will not be allowed in the fenced playing complex at any time (EXCEPTION: Service/disability
Dogs). All dogs in the park outside the
complex playing area must be on a leash.
6. ADDITIONAL LEAGUE SUPPLIMENTS:
Sunday Co-ed, Men’s
50-Over and Fast-Pitch Leagues have a supplement to these regulations.
INDIVIDUAL SUPPLIMENTAL INSURANCE:
Every year there
are injuries that will send player(s) to the hospital and they may be out of
work for a time. Please consider the
supplemental insurance for the consideration of team players. The team manager can look for supplemental
insurance in the USSSA rulebook inside cover.
COMPLAINTS: Must be
submitted in writing within 2 working days of the incident in order for the
complaint to be handled efficiently and effectively.
Only Team Managers will contact the FFC Softball Office regarding bats,
balls, rulings or protests (must follow protest procedures) through written
Umpires will contact the local UIC regarding rule interpretations.
contact the Scorekeeper’s Coordinator.