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City of Laredo Parks and Leisure Department
Adult Softball League
Rules and Regulations- Fall 2024

General League Information League will be governed by the USSSA Official Rules of Softball unless otherwise stated in this document.

General Information:
" Alcohol is PROHIBITED on playing fields, in dugouts, and in common space around Benavides Complex Park by City Ordinance.
" Weather issues will result in a 15-minute maximum delay before cancelling the game.
" Any player ejected from a game must leave the park at the time of ejection and is subject to further discipline from the Parks & Recreation Department.
" Team managers are responsible for the conduct of their fans/spectators.
" The Parks & Recreation Department reserves the right to add/delete/modify rules at any time for the betterment of the program.
ROSTER INFORMATION
" All teams can submit rosters at time of registration. Team rosters must include first and last names of all players. Teams are allowed to have a maximum of 25 players on their roster.
" If a player desires to transfer from one (1) team to another, a roster change must be it must be done within the first two weeks of the league. Note: If a player desires to transfer from one team to another in the same league, it will require a release signature from prior team manager.
" Roster changes must be submitted within the first two weeks of the league via e-mail (jfarreola@ci.laredo.tx.us) or in person. If a team manager fails to receive a confirmation of receipt of the email from the Parks and Rec Office, he/she is responsible to follow-up on the status at (956) 795-2350.
" Team rosters will be final after two (2) weeks of play.
" A team's final roster also becomes that team's post-season roster if a tournament or playoffs is held.
" Player's full names must appear on the registration roster on file in the Adult Sports Office. A substitute or replacement player must come from the dugout, not from the stands or spectator's area. Umpires will not decide the player (s) eligibility.
OFFICIAL TIME
" The watch of the umpires will be considered the official time clock for all games. In the event neither of the umpires has a watch, someone selected by the umpires will act as the official timer. Team managers are urged to synchronize their watches with the umpires prior to the start of every game. The game clock will start when the umpire completes the coin toss and declares "Play Ball". In addition, the Team Manager/Team Representative should get the umpire (s) name (s) during the pre-game.
LENGTH OF OFFICIAL GAMES
" Game Length: 55 Minutes or 7 Innings, whichever happens first
" Mercy Rule Shortened Game: 30/3rd, 15/4th, 10/5th
" Home/Away: Teams flip coin before game to determine
FORFEIT TIME
Any team not ready to play at game time will forfeit to the opposing team. Team must be in the dugout or on the field at game time to be considered present and ready to play. The only exception will be the first game of the night, teams will be given a ten (5) minute grace period. Be aware that the game clock will start at the scheduled start time (ex. If a game starts at 7:30 and the team requests the grace period, the game clock will be running through the grace period). Umpires will not decide on player eligibility. If a team captain desires to protest the eligibility of a particular player, he/she must follow the procedures set forth in the Protests section of this rulebook.
In order to reduce the number of unjustified forfeits by teams, the following rules will be in enforced during the Seasons:
" If a team forfeits they must notify the league official no later than 10:00 AM the day of the game. The forfeiting team is required to pay the umpire fees for both teams. Forfeiting 3 or more times in the same season will result in the team being ineligible to participate in the end of the season tournament.
" If a team forfeits 3 or more scheduled dates of games, the team would be disqualified from the PARD Adult Softball Playoffs Tournament and subject to being disqualified from the league.
" If a team forfeits 4 or more scheduled dates of games during a Season, the team would not be eligible to register and participate in any upcoming seasons within a period of 1 year. For example, if a team forfeits 4 scheduled dates of games during the Spring I season, they will not be able to register and participate in the Spring II Season. In addition, the team may be deleted from the current league and the schedule to be revised with remaining teams.
" Of course, if a team experiences an uncontrollable circumstance that caused the team to have a forfeit (death in the family, car accident, etc.), the PARD Office will review any written appeals with documentation submitted within 5 business days after the scheduled game(s) or receipt of forfeit letter to the PARD Office.
PROTESTS.
" Only protests based on misinterpretations of the rules and player eligibility will be accepted.
" Protests must be announced verbally to the umpire immediately when the contested action occurs and before play is resumed. Protest must be presented in writing to the PARD office within 24hrs. A $25 fee must also accompany the protest (Cash Only). In the event a protest is upheld, the $25 will be refunded as soon as possible. If the protest is denied, the $25 protest fee is forfeited.
" Omission of any of the above-mentioned steps will constitute the denial of a protest.
" When there is a protest against an ineligible player and there is no roster on file in the PARD Office, the protest will be automatically upheld. The protesting team must also have a roster on file in order to file a protest. If there is no roster on file for either team, both teams will be credited with a loss.
The decision of the protest committee will be considered final. o There will be only one protest allowed per game, but it may include several items. o Any protest lodged after the completion of the game will not be allowed.
UMPIRE FEES
" Umpire fees are the responsibility of each team at the beginning of the game. Fees for umpires are as followed: 2 umpires- $30 per team or 1 umpire-$15 per team.
PLAYER CONDUCT
" Team managers are responsible for the conduct of their players and fans before, during and after all games and registrations. Please see the PARD of Conduct on page 22 of this manual.
" Harassment of officials, players and staff will not be tolerated at any time. Continued harassment may result in player and/or team being suspended from the league with no refund.
" Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in both participants and teams being suspended for a minimum of two games up to a maximum of indefinite suspension, depending on the situation and a review by management.
" If a player or team is suspended for fighting or exhibits unruly/inappropriate conduct at any time during the league, no refunds will be given, regardless of how many games remain.
" All suspensions may be appealed to the PARD Office. All appeals must be sent in writing to the PARD Office within 24 hours after the team manager is notified.
" The PARD Office may notify the USSSA SOFTBALL of any suspensions that occur during City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department league games/tournaments.
UMPIRE COMPLAINTS
" If there is a problem with an umpire, call the PARD Office at (956) 795-2350 the following day and report the problem/issue to the PARD office staff. You may also send an e-mail to report the problem/issue to (jfarreola@ci.laredo.tx.us). During the pre-game meeting team managers should get the name of the umpire (s). Do not confront the umpire at the site. Failure to abide by this rule could result in the violator(s) being removed from the program.


PLAYER INJURIES
The City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for any injuries to any participant in the program (players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators). USSSA SOFTBALL have very reasonable insurance plans that are available to all teams. It is recommended that all teams acquire such insurance coverage. All players should be aware that softball can be a hazardous activity and by voluntarily participating in this activity, they acknowledge that there are numerous dangers and risks involved including various types of injuries, and even death.


Equipment:
" Required that team members wear the same Uniform.
" Metal cleats/spikes of any kind are not allowed
Eligibility:
" The responsibility for the eligibility of teams and players rest solely with the team managers and players. The PARD shall rule in all violations and transfer request.
" Teams may have up to 25 individuals in the roster and become eligible upon proper registration.
" Any individual, 18 years of age and older is eligible to participate.
" All players must be included on the team's official Roster/Waiver form held by the Parks Dept.
Pitching Screen Rule:
" Each team's pitcher must use the provided screen when pitching. The screen must be touching the rubber mound before each pitch is thrown. Failure to do so will result in a warning. After 2 warnings it will be followed by ejection if not resolved. When the batter hits the screen, they are ruled out.
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Adult Sports Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct will be enforced before, during, and after all league or tournament play at PARD parks and community centers. The term "individual" includes the following: coach, manager, player, fan or spectator.
Misconduct will result in the penalty of an individual and/or team for all Adult Sports leagues and tournaments. The term "official" includes the following: umpire, sports official, park monitor, and PARD staff.
During the team registration process, team managers acknowledge they are responsible for the behavior of their teammates before, during, and after games.
1. No Individual Shall: At any time lay a hand upon, shove, or strike an official or individual. Minimum Penalty: Ejected from game and/or playing area with a minimum 1-week suspension. Maximum Penalty: Suspended from PARD Adult Sports leagues, facilities, and assault charges may be filed.
2. No Individual Shall: Be guilty of objectionable demonstration of dissent by throwing a ball or any other forceful actions.
Minimum Penalty: Warning by sports official/umpire.
Maximum Penalty: Ejection from the game, playing area and 1-week suspension.
3. No Individual Shall: Discuss with sports official/umpire, in any manner, the decision reached by such official except a team manager.
Minimum Penalty: Warning by the sports official/umpire.
Maximum Penalty: Ejection from game and/or playing area with 1-week suspension.
4. No Individual Shall: Be guilty of using unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of the game. Minimum Penalty: Ejected from game and playing area by sports official/umpire.
Maximum Penalty: Suspended from PARD Adult Sports leagues and assault charges may be filed.
5. No Individual Shall: Use profane, obscene or vulgar language in any manner, or at any time on or off the playing field.
Minimum Penalty: Warning by sports official, umpire, or PARD staff.
Maximum Penalty: Ejected from game and suspended for 1-week from the league.
6. No Individual Shall: Be guilty of a physical attack as an aggressor upon any individual. Sports officials and umpires are required to immediately suspend player from further play and report the incident to the league director. Such player shall remain suspended until PARD management review the incident.
Minimum Penalty: Suspension from two weeks and placed on probation for remainder of the season.
Maximum Penalty: Suspended from PARD Adult Sports leagues and facilities and assault charges may be filed.
7. No Individual Shall: Be guilty of an abusive verbal attack upon or threatening of any sports official, umpire, or individual on or off the playing field.
Minimum Penalty: Ejection from game and 1-week suspension.
Maximum Penalty: Two weeks suspension and placed on probation for remainder of the season.
8. No Individual Shall: Appear on the field of play at any time in an intoxicated condition or under the influence of any other type of drug which will infringe upon their safety or the safety of others.
Minimum Penalty: Ejection from game.
Maximum Penalty: Suspended for the remaining season of play, including playoffs.
9. No Individual Shall: Be guilty of damaging, destroying or stealing PARD property.
Minimum Penalty: Compensation for damages.
Maximum Penalty: Suspended from PARD Adult Sports leagues and criminal charges may be filed.
10. No Individual Shall: Be guilty of any demonstration of un-sportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after league or tournament play.
Minimum Penalty: Warning by sports official, umpire, or PARD staff.
Maximum Penalty: 2-game suspension and suspension for remainder of season.

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