Tri-State Senior Softball League
Rules and Responsibilities
Updated May 09, 2023
(Changes are reflected with an asteric *)
Code of Ethics
a. All bats used by any player must be certified and approved by the league prior to use in practice or a game. Bats with a BPF rating of 1.21 and on the approved list by SSUSA are authorized for players 70 and older and all FEMALE players. ALL players under 70 shall use bats with a BPF rating of 1.20 and have certifications for ASA/USA Softball. Also, bats certified in prior years remain legal for league use unless an older bat is decertified by ASA/USA Softball due to failed re-testing or if the bat was voluntarily removed by the manufacturer from re-testing.
b. To insure player safety, managers are responsible to assure that players on their team do not use illegal, altered or unapproved bats. The penalty for use of an illegal or altered bat will cause immediate suspension of any future league play. In addition, the player will be called out and no runners on base shall advance.
*c. Softballs used for league play are determined by the Board annually. Beginning 2023, both men and women hit the standard 12-inch softball.
d. Metal Cleats are not permitted.
e. Uniforms- TSSSL acquires team sponsors. Each uniform will have a minimum 5” number on the back and no number shall be the same.
3. The Team
a. All regular team members in attendance will be included in the batting order and play on field at least three innings of the game on defense.
b. A team may play with no less than nine players from start to finish and may use a volunteer catcher from the opposing team. Note, the opposing team catcher will not bat. If unable to play with at least nine players, the game is forfeited.
*c. Extra Players (EP) - If a team is short of roster players available to play, the manager may acquire NO MORE THAN two EPs from teams not playing that day up to 11 players. Any EP shall be compatible to the player or players missing, this includes age (no more than 2 years + or -) and playing ability. The EP shall bat last in the batting order. If two EPs are not enough, then the manager is to follow rule 3-b above.
d. If a regular team member arrives late, he or she shall be placed at the end of the batting lineup and into the defense. If an EP was in use, the EP shall stay in the game, but will bat only. The EP could return to defense if there is an injury or other reason to necessitate the need.
e. If a player has to leave the game prior to its completion, the team will not be charged an out due to the vacancy. The line-up simply “collapses”.
f. Teams may play with an eleventh player on the field; this “roaming player” may play as an extra infielder, outfielder or as a short fielder. If as a short fielder, may play anywhere in the outfield including in front of the 165 foot line.
g. All outfielders must play behind the 165 foot arc.
10. Scoring Limitations
a. A team will be limited to scoring 5 runs per inning with two exceptions, the last inning when unlimited runs can be scored and if a team is 6 or more behind. In that case, the team can score more than 5, but no more than to cause a tie game.
b. In extra innings, there are no limitations on runs scored by either team.
11. Make Up Games
*a. All three fields at Marty Snook Park are now available Monday thru Thursday. Any games that are not played because of weather or are not completed due to weather or darkness will be played/completed within two weeks and/or via a double-header, whichever comes first. If the game is not completed by that time, both teams will be given a forfeit.
b. Make up Doubleheader games will be 6 innings in length with batters starting with a 1 ball/ 1 strike count. These games will be considered complete after 4 innings or 3 ½ if the home team is in the lead.
c. When a game that was stopped due to weather, when they resume will pick up at the last completed inning. When resuming the game, each team may start with a new line up and will start at the top of the batting order like it was a new game.
Additional SSUSA Rules NOT required by TSSSL.
6.17 Pitcher protective face mask- Recommended only.