DISTRICT 8 ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

c/o Waterloo Catholic District School Board

35 Weber St W. I Kitchener, ON N2G 4G2

519-578-3660 x 2336  I  www.district8.ca


DISTRICT 8 SLO-PITCH (BOYS/GIRLS)

PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS

CREATED: JUNE 2017

  1. DATE
  1. The District 8 Athletic Association Boys’ Slo Pitch schedule shall be played in the months May to June unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.

  1. LOCATION
  1. The locations of the regular season and play-off games shall be determined by available facilities.
  2. The locations of the games shall be as they appear in the District 8 Sports Schedule unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.

  1. COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS
  1. There will be two (2) competitive divisions: Boys & Girls

  1. LEAGUE STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURES
  1. The league structure will be determined based on the number of teams participating in any given year and shall be organized by the athletic coordinator and the sport convenor.
  2. Game results are the responsibility of the home team.
  3. The home team is responsible for preparing the diamond.
  4. Single games will begin at 3:30pm and no new full inning can begin after 4:45pm. Double header games will begin at 1:00pm and no new full inning can begin after 3:15pm with the second game beginning at 3:30pm.

  1. PLAYOFFS
  1. The playoffs shall consist of at least a semi-final round and championship final round which will take place on the same day. A final playoff format will determined prior to season play commencing by the District 8 Board of Directors and/or Seasonal Committee.
  2. A team that forfeits a league game is required to make direct contact with the convenor and the Athletic Coordinator a minimum of 24 hours before game time. A team that forfeits 2 or more league games will be automatically withdrawn from the League play-offs.
  3. If a team forfeits a game or games, and if that team is tied with other teams at the end of the schedule, then that team would be relegated to the lower standing between the teams tied
  4. Tie-breaking procedures in final standings if two (2) teams are tied:
  1. If there is a tie between 3 teams or more:
  1. Semi Finals

1st place vs 4th place

3rd place vs 2nd place

  1. Finals

Winner Semi Final 2 vs Winner Semi Final 1

  1. EXPENSES
  1. Expenses and finances of the league will be dictated as per District 8 Athletic Association “By Law Article VII”. Please refer to this for further information.

  1. ELIGIBILITY
  1. Each competitor must be eligible under all the rules and regulations outlined in the District 8 Athletic Association Constitution and By-Laws. Schools and coaches should review the eligibility requirements listed in the constitution including the following highlights:
  1. A player, to qualify for a play-off game, must have played in one (1) of the regular league games.

  1. ENTIRES
  1. A team’s eligibility list must be received by the convenor prior to the first league game
  2. Coaches may make additions to the eligibility list during the season.

  1. RULES AND OFFICIALS
  1. The official rulebook governing play during the District 8 schedule shall be the Slo Pitch Ontario rulebook.
  2. Exceptions to the rule book are as follows:
  1. The convenor shall be responsible for obtaining competent umpires, preferably officials who are members of an approved board.
  2. The home team will be the official scorekeepers.
  3. A team may use a maximum of three (3) courtesy runners per game. The courtesy runner can be any original roster player. They must be announced to the umpire before entering the field. If the courtesy runner is due up to bat while on base, they may be replaced, and the team will be charged an ADDITIONAL courtesy runner (of the allotted 3).

  1. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
  1. The home team shall be responsible to supply home plate, first base double safety bag and other appropriate bases.
  2. Home plate shall be two (2) feet wide by three (3) feet deep. Plywood is suggested.
  3. The home team will provide a brand new Worth 12” (Boys) or 11” (Girls) core40 (green dot) softball to be used as the official game ball. A slightly used ball will also be provided for the spare ball.
  4. Chin straps must be worn and fastened. A warning will be issued to the offending team, and then further infractions will be an out for that offending team. Student coached must wear helmets when coaching the bases.
  5. Catchers must wear shin protectors, chest protector and a mask with throat protector. Catchers is to wear suitable pelvic area protection.
  6. Pitchers must wear a mask when pitching.
  7. Shoes may not have metal cleats. Cleats must be removed in order to continue play.
  8. No jewelry shall be worn by anyone on the playing field. A warning will be given to the offending, offensive team. No one called out. Jewelry which cannot be removed, shall be covered or taped down. Medic alert bracelets are NOT considered jewelry and should not be taped over.
  9. Minimum uniform will be identical shirts.
  10. The league shall follow SPO rules for illegal bats. Coaches should viewwww.slopitch.org to view the approved bat list. Coaches must have all team bats lined up along fence for umpires to inspect before the game begins. Any batter using an illegal bat in the game will be called out. If a player is caught using an illegal bat a second time, player is out and is automatically ejected.

  1. AWARDS
  1. District 8 will provide championship awards as per District 8 Athletic Association “By-Law VII”.

  1. DEPORTMENT
  1. A staff member from each school represented must be present and responsible for the behavior of his/her students.
  2. No chewing tobacco shall be allowed during games.

  1. FIRST AID PROCEDURES
  1. It is the responsibility of each coach to provide for his/her own team medical needs in accordance with his/her School Medical Regulations.
  2. Coaches shall provide all consumable medical supplies for their athletes.
  3. Each school must have a First Aid Kit on site during competition.
  4. Each school should have a safety procedure to follow and there should be access to a telephone for emergency use.
  5. It is the home team’s responsibility to provide a location of safe refuge in the event of lightning/thunder. In the event of lightning/thunder, the following will be done:

  1. JURY OF APPEAL
  1. The procedure for all protests, complaints, and suspensions is outlined in Bylaw IV of the District 8 By-laws.

  1. LENGTH OF PLAYING SEASON
  1. The training and competitive season for slo pitch shall be from March 1 to the District 8, CWOSSA or OFSAA tournament.

  1. COACHES’ MEETINGS
  1. There will be one (1) pre-season meeting held prior to the start of the regular season.
  2. There will be one (1) post-season meeting held before the end of June.
  3. Voting at the slo pitch meetings will be limited to one(1) vote per team entered. Representatives must be present at the meeting to vote. Voting by proxy will not be permitted.
  4. A simple majority of votes will rule.
  5. All changes to the Rules & Regulations must be ratified by the Board of Directors.

District 8 Slo-Pitch (Boys/Girls) - Playing Rules And Regulations

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