CSCC FAST PITCH SOFTBALL RULES

Contest Specific Rules

  • The City Suburban Catholic Conference will abide by IHSA rules as published by the National Federation of High Schools. The following rules will supersede the IHSA rules.
  • The City Suburban Catholic Conference competes at two levels, Junior Varsity and Varsity.
    • Varsity teams may be comprised of 8th grade players and younger.
    • Junior Varsity teams may be comprised or 6th grade players and younger.
  • Field Dimensions.
    • The length of the base line shall be 60 feet.
    • The pitching rubber shall be 38 feet for Junior Varsity and 40 feet for Varsity.
  • Game Balls
    • Varsity. Each team must provide a new 12 inch ball.
    • JV. Each team must provide a new 11 inch ball.
  • CSCC demands that all teams abide by the IHSA bat rule and NOCSAE specifications.
  • All batting helmets and catchers helmets must meet NOCSAE specifications. Batting helmets must include a face mask. Helmets must be worn on deck, batting and running.
  • Catchers must be in complete safety gear. Equipment must be NOCSAE approved and must include catchers’ helmet, chest protector, throat protector and shin guards.
  • The game will be 6 innings long.
  • Mercy rule. The game ends if a team is ahead by 12 runs after 4 innings, or 3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead.
  • If the score is tied the game will be played until there is a winner or until field usage, darkness, or time runs out.
  •  NEW FOR 2018 Teams will be allowed to set a run or batters per inning restriction before the game. Agreement must be acceptable to both coaches and cannot be adjusted once implemented.  However, the last inning must be played with no restrictions.
  • Batting Order and Substitutions
    • Regular Season Free substitutions:
      • All players at each game must bat in a continuous batting order.
      • All players must play at least one inning in the field by the end of the third inning.
      • There will be free entry for all players with the exception of the pitcher.
  • Play-off substitutions:
    • Each team may choose to bat 9 batters, 10 batters or continuous batting order.
      • 10 Batter rules-A tenth batter can be used in the line up as an extra hitter. These players can switch positions in the field. All other players will be governed by the free substitution rule.
      • Continuous Order rules, Substitutes can play in any field position at any time, with the exception of the pitcher. Once a pitcher has been removed, they may not return as a pitcher.
      • 9 Batter rules are governed by the Free Substitution rule.
    • Once a team starts with ten or more players, they must end with ten or more players.
    • Free substitutions as spelled out in the IHSA rulebook: Starters can be replaced by a sub and return to the game for that sub spot in the line-up.The sub is then out of the game and cannot return.
    • Playing time restriction shall be the same as the regular season
  • No metal spikes are allowed.
  • Designated Runner. With Two outs, if the catcher is a base runner, the base runner should be replaced by a designated runner. The designated runner is the last out.
  • Pitching.
    • Pitching shall be fast pitch. Fast pitch shall be defined as follows:
      • There will be no specified arc.
      • The pitchers must pitch underhand. There is no restriction on wind up or delivery.
      • The pivot foot must be on the rubber. The stride foot must be on or behind the rubber and within the 24" width of the rubber.
    • Pitching Restrictions.
      • One pitch constitutes an inning pitched.
      • JV. 3 inning limit per game. 3 inning limit per day. 6 inning limit per opponent (across multiple games).
      • Varsity. 6 inning limit per game. 6 inning limit per day. 6 inning limit per opponent (across multiple games).
      • Once a pitcher is removed from the mound, he may not return to the mound during the game.
  • Base Running.
    • There will be no lead-offs. The runners may leave the base after the ball has passed the batter.
    • The slide rule is in effect when there is a close play at any base. When there is a close play at any base a runner who does not slide MAY be called out if contact is initiated by the runner (Umpires Judgment).
    • Varsity. Base runners may attempt to steal home.
    • JV. A base runner may not advance home on an overthrow.
    • JV. Base runners may not steal home on a passed ball or wild pitch.
    • JV. Will not enforce the dropped third strike rule.
  • Three strikes shall constitute an out. There will be an unlimited number of foul balls.
  • Bunting will be allowed. A bunt ruled foul with 2 strikes on the batter is an out.
  • There will be a coin toss at the beginning of each game to determine which team will be the home team.
  • When double headers are played, the coin toss will determine home team for the first game.
  • The team that is the home team for the first game will be the visitor for the second game.
  • When single games are played, the team that wins the coin toss will be the home team for that game. In the second game between those teams the team that lost the toss will be the home team.

Administrative Rules

  • Rosters must be in before the first game. Please send rosters to the softball chairperson.
  • Games may start on the date determined by the conference and the final games must be completed by the end of the day of the final day of the season. Any games not finished by that date will be recorded as double forfeits. Play-off quarter finals will take place the following week with the higher seeded team providing the playing field. The semi-finals and finals will take place the following weekend at a site determined by the conference.
  • Rescheduling and season ending rules:
    • Games not played by the end of the season will be double forfeits.
    • Games must be rescheduled in 48 hours after cancellation.
    • $50.00 fine for games rescheduled for inappropriate reasons.
  • The top team will receive team and individual medals. Team and individuals awards will be given to the top 2 teams in the league tournament. All teams make the playoffs.
  • Contest Results Reporting.
    • The winning team is responsible for reporting scores to the CSCC web site.
    • Scores must be reported immediately after the scheduled game.
    • Any contest not reported by 4:30pm on the season end date will be considered a forfeit.
  • The umpire fee will be $25.00 per school per game.
  • In case of a rain out, please call Jerry Krusinski, 847-431-1507 Cell. If the weather is questionable or the game is to be played on grass because of wet diamonds, please call Jerry and inform him of this. (Leave a message if necessary.)
    • When rescheduling a game – you must give Jerry at least 24 hours to schedule an umpire.
  • If an umpire shows up at a game and it is subsequently rained out before the game starts, the umpire will be paid $10.00. If the game starts and then is rained out the umpire will receive the full fee.
  • At the first indication of lightning, the game will be suspended. The game will be continued or terminated at the discretion of the umpire.
  • All players that are eligible to play must play.
  • Protests and Appeals.
  • Protested contest results must be submitted to the protesting team’s athletic director within 24 hours of the completion of the contest. The athletic director will then evaluate the protest and present it to the league chairperson for a ruling.
  • No protest will be considered regarding judgment calls made by the official.
  • Protests will only be considered where there is a question of rules interpretation which affects the outcome of the game.
  • No protest will be considered if the coach could not immediately produce a copy of the league rules for the contest official at the time questioned call.
  • Violations of league playing time rules may only be addressed through the appeal process.
  • The Umpire is not permitted to determine a forfeit based on playing time infractions.
  • If a coach feels a player has not played the minimum amount of time the coach is to advise the opposing coach and the Umpire of the situation. If the official scorers book shows that the player(s) in question have not played the minimum amount of points the Umpire is to sign the score sheet ONLY as a witness.
  • The Umpire is to act as an impartial third party witness The Umpire will not be monitoring playing time.
  • Procedure for canceling or postponing any given game.
  • All scheduling changes must be made by the athletic director. Coaches are not permitted to cancel or reschedule games.
  • Changes can not be made within 72 hours. If a game is cancelled within 72 hours, the official will still be paid by the cancelling team.
  • Please notify the other team, then contact the umpire chairperson and then call the scores hotline. If we are unaware of a schedule change, your team will be credited with a forfeit because a score was not called in.
  • School Representation
    • Players must be full time day students attending the schools that they represent.
  • Age Restrictions. Players are eligible to play for a given grade based upon their birth date.
    • 8th Grade -Has not reached their 15th birthday before September 1st of the current school year.
    • 7th Grade -Has not reached their 14th birthday before September 1st of the current school year.
    • 6th Grade -Has not reached their 13th birthday before September 1st of the current school year.
    • 5th Grade -Has not reached their 12th birthday before September 1st of the current school year.
    • 4th Grade -Has not reached their 11th birthday before September 1st of the current school year.
    • Any coach and/or school that violate any of these age rules shall be suspended from the league on that level for the remainder of the season and must forfeit all games.
  • Rosters
    • Every school must submit a complete roster of all team members and coaches including name, uniform number and date of birth. Each team roster must be signed by the school principal and submitted to the respective boys or girls league chairperson prior to their first contest. Failure to supply said rosters will result in forfeiture of all contests played prior to the receipt of the rosters by the league chairperson.
    • Copies of each team's roster shall be made available to any coach upon request.
    • Players may be added, but only in writing and signed by the School principal, up until 30 days prior to the first scheduled playoff date, at which time rosters will be considered frozen. Any request to alter rosters after the freeze date must be approved by the league chairperson.
  • Player Promotion.
    • A student athlete may play up a grade but may not play down. Once a player has played up he/she may not go back down for league competition. A student athlete may play up a grade, but may not play down a grade. All players must attend the school they represent.
  • Double rostering of players may be allowed under certain circumstance. Double rostering must be approved by the league chairperson.

Playoffs, Official Standings and Tie Breakers

  • Playoffs are held only for the JV and Varsity grade levels.
  • Standings will be determined on the basis of overall conference records split by City and Suburban Divisions when more than eight teams are participating.
  • Tie breakers are listed in the order of application. These tie breakers exist for the purpose of determining playoff seeding only. Ties which would determine inclusion for a playoff seeding will be determined through an elimination contest.
    • Division Record (Only if teams are in same division)
    • Head to Head Record
    • Coin Toss
  • Playoffs are conducted in a single elimination tournament format.
  • Special playoff rules
    • Home team in the playoff games will be determined by the highest seed.