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Western Maine Board of Federation Softball Umpires

Middle School and High Shool Sub Varsity Rules










Southern Maine Middle School Athletic Conference
2017 Softball League By-laws

1. Game times are 3:30 p.m. unless schools mutually agree upon another time.
2. Federation Rules are used. (Amendments: if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs at the end of 4 ½ or 5 innings the game will end unless by mutual agreement the game may continue.  No new inning may start after 2 hours from actual starting time of the game.)
3. League Rules
a. Nine (9) players in the field – you may use the EH or DH or both.
b. Fast pitch rules are used.
c. 6th graders cannot play on the 8th grade team.
d. Metal spikes may be used.
e. Nine Batter Rule: if at any point during a game, when a team is ahead by 10 runs the 9-­batter rule will be used. The team that is ahead by 10 runs may only bat 9 batters per inning or three outs, whichever comes first, so long as the ten run lead has been maintained.
f. If a coach chooses, he/she may elect to use an extra hitter in their batting line up or use a continuous batting order.  Teams MAY NOT bat out of order.  Batting order changes must still be reported to the home plate umpire.  Coaches still have the option of using nine batters in their line up.
g. Defensively, teams may choose to freely substitute players in and out from the bench to the field.  In this situation changes WOULDN'T be reported to the home plate umpire and the reentry rule would not be followed.
4. Helmets must be worn on the bases, at bat and coach’s boxes.
5. Two new balls must be used to start each game.
6. Home team has the field from 3:05 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and the visiting teams from 3:15 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. for infield practice.
7. Home team is responsible for notifying the umpires and assignor of postponed games. The home team is also responsible for notifying all parties of the new date.
        a. Assignor: Richard Goan:854-8109, thecomish123@aol.com 
8. Certified board umpires will be used.
9. Pitching distance shall be 40 feet.
10. Any team personnel ejected from a game must not participate in the next league game.
                                        
Schools in the SMMSAC:

Cumberland Division-8th Gr.
York Division-8th Gr
7th Grade
1. Bonny Eagle
1. Biddeford    
1. Acton
2. Gorham
2. Kennebunk
2. Biddeford
3. King
3. Mashwood   
3. Bonny Eagle
4. Lincoln
4. Massabesic  
4. Gorham
5. Moore
5. Noble
5. Kennebunk
6. Scarborough
6. Saco
6. Massabesic
7. Southern Maine Catholic
7. Sanford
7. Noble
8. South Portland
8. Wells
8. Saco
9. Windham     
9. York
9. Sanford
10. Westbrook
10. Scarborough
11. South Portland
12. St. James
13. Thornton Academy
14. Westbrook
15. Marshwood







Baseball/Softball
2017 CCC (Middle School) Guidelines

1. The philosophy for the CCC baseball/softball league is to provide opportunity for everybody play with winning not being first priority. Therefore, there is no league champion established.
2. Weekday games will begin at 3:30 PM unless a change is made in advance.  Officials and assignors must be called with changes.
4. Federation rules will apply with the exception of the Nine-Batter Rule. (If at any point during the game a team is ahead by 10 runs (BB)/12 runs (SB), the 9-batter rule will be used.  The team that is ahead may only bat 9 batters per inning or 3 outs, which ever comes first, so long as the ten-run lead has been maintained.  
5. Ejection rule for players and coaches-If a student or coach is ejected or disqualified from a game for unsportsmanlike behavior of any form it will result in the suspension of that student or coach from that game and the next regularly scheduled game.
6. Softball bats must have the ASA stamp on them.
8. A one-piece catcher's mask must be worn by all catchers as well as those warming up pitchers (coaches included).  This is true for both baseball and softball.
9. Face masks are required on all softball batterĂ­s helmets. A Face mask attached to batterĂ­s helmet must match in order for the NOCSAE approval to be enforced.
10. Batters must wear helmets during any pre-game batting practice
11. For safety purposes, during pre-game infield, the opposing team will vacate the playing field so that the team that is taking infield may have full use of the playing field.
12. The ten-run rule/twelve-run rule will be in effect after five innings.
13. All base coaches are required to wear an approved helmet.  Catchers' skull-caps are not allowed.
14. No new innings may begin after 2 ½ hours of the scheduled start time and games may end in ties.
16.  The pitching distance for MS softball will be moved to 43' in order to stay consistent with the high school pitching distance change.
17.  To increase the opportunity to play, coaches may choose
        a.  to bat a traditional line-up
        b.  to bat a traditional lineup utilizing the DH for BB, or the DH or EH for SB or (both for SB)
        c.  to bat the entire roster continuously  
                -once this selection is made, the coach must stick with the method
18.  Free defensive substitutions are allowed

Schools in the Triple C:

Cape Elizabeth
Falmouth
Frank Harrison (Yarmouth)
Freeport
Gray-New Glousceter
Greely
Lake Region
Loranger (Old Orchard)
Molly Ockett (Fryeburg)
NYA
Bruce Whittier (Poland)
Sacopee Valley
Waynflete






High School Sub-Varsity Rule Modifications

2017 Southwestern Maine Activities Association

Biddeford
Bonny Eagle
Cheverus
Deering
Gorham
Maine Girls Academy
Marshwood
Massabesic
Noble
Portland
Sanford
Scarborough
South Portland
Thornton Academy
Westbrook
Windham
1.      Sub-varsity (junior varsity, first team) Rule Modifications
*       If a coach chooses, he/she may elect to use an extra hitter in their batting line up or use a continuous batting order.  Teams may not bat out of order.  Batting order changes must still be reported to the home plate umpire.  Coaches still have the option of using nine batters in their line-up.
*       Defensively, teams may choose to freely substitute players in and out from the bench to the field. In this situation changes wouldn’t be reported to the home plate umpire and the reentry rule would not be followed.
*       These modifications allow coaches the flexibility to maximize playing time while limiting time on the bench.


Western Maine Conference

Cape Elizabeth
Falmouth
Freeport
Fryeburg
Gray N/G
Greely
Kennebunk
Lake Region
Old Orchard
Poland
Sacopee
St. Dom's
Traip
Yarmouth
York
Wells
-If a coach chooses, he/she may elect to use the traditional batting order, may use one extra hitter in their batting line-up or may choose to use a continuous batting order.  Teams may not bat out of order and must declare during the umpires’ conference how they intend to play the game.  
Once the game begins, the team will follow the same method.  Substitutes must be reported to the umpire.
*Coaches still have the option of using nine batters in their line-up.  
-Defensively, teams may choose to freely substitute players in and out from the bench to the field.  For defensive changes, players do not report to the umpire, and the re-entry rule will not apply.

-These modifications allow coaches to maximize playing time.



 
Last Modified: Mar 30, 2017
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