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Softball Rules

1.  You may only have 5 varsity athletes or faculty/staff on your team roster if you want to be in playoffs, it is your team’s responsibility to know if they are a varsity athlete. Only players on a team's roster may be allowed to play, unless agreed upon by both teams prior to the game.  This agreement must also be clearly understood by the refs/intramural staff at the game.  The result in illegal players is a forfeit of the game.

2.  Teams can have 10 fielders; you MUST have at least 8 players present to not forfeit the game.

3.  All players must bat including those who are not playing in the field.

4.  No wearing metal spikes/cleats.

5.  No sliding head first into home plate.

6.  All pitches must be 6 to 12 feet in arc.  All other pitches are “illegal” and are counted as balls if not swung at.  The umpire will yell “illegal pitch” so the batter will know.  IF the batter swings, the pitch will count as played.   A strike will be called if the batter swings or if the pitch lands on the carpet beneath the plate.

7.  An injured batter must make it to first base before a pitch hitter can run for him.

8.  All games will be played to 7 innings or 60 minutes, whichever comes first.

9.  No inning may start if there are less than 10 minutes until the next game starts.

10.  12-run rule applies at the end of the 5th inning.

 11.  Varsity NNU athletes may not participate in their own sport (NNU baseball/softball players may not participate in intramural softball)

 12.  Arguing or harassing the umpire will result in a warning.  A penalty of an “out” will be given to the offending team.  If there are already three outs, a run will be given to the other team.  If it is at the end  of the game and the offending team has already lost, the offending team member will be suspended from the next contest.  Two warnings equals an ejection.  If it occurs in the last inning of the game, the player will also be suspended from the following game.  Swearing will also result in a warning from the umpire.





1. Individuals using offensive language directed at self will be issued a technical foul.  If it is repetitive, the player will be asked to sit out of the remainder of the contest.

 2. Individuals using offensive or obscene language directed at another player or official and/or poor sportsmanship, including mouthing off to the official will be given a technical foul.  If it happens again will be asked to sit out the remainder of the contest.  If the offense happens at the end or after the contest, they will be required to sit out of the next contest.

3.  Officials are instructed to call tight games in order to maintain safety.  Any undue roughness (example, throwing an elbow or similar action) will result in an immediate ejection from the game.

4.  Individuals starting or becoming involved in a fight (or an attempt to start a fight) will immediately be removed from the team and sport for that season.

5.  Any action where the player is removed from the game is counted as a technical foul (basketball), free kick (soccer), or a point (volleyball and softball) for the opposing team.

6. If an individual is removed from a contest for any of the above reasons (except fighting)  it is considered a first offense.  If any of the above actions (except fighting) occur again, it will be considered a second offense and the individual will be required to sit out the remainder of the current game and the next game as well (if it occurs at the end of the game, they will sit out the next two contests).  If any of the above offenses happen again, they will be removed from the team and not be allowed to participate any longer in that sport that season.

7.  If any of the above offenses happen at the end of the season, the penalty will carry over to the next sport that the offender participates in.

 8.  Individuals with a third offense discipline in one season, will automatically start their next sport with a first offense.  If they complete that sport with no additional offenses, they will start the next sport with a clean slate.

9.  If an individual has a third offense in two separate seasons, they will not be allowed to participate in intramurals for the remainder of the year and will need to appeal with the intramural coordinator to play the next year.

10.  All situations and disciplinary actions are to be reviewed by the Intramural Coordinator, Rachel Lindvall.  If a situation does not fall directly into the pattern of the pre-determined disciplinary process, the consequences will be determined by the Intramural Coordinator.