The 2014 UBA Softball Leagues are not sanctioned by USSSA, ASA, or any other organization.
UBA reserves the right to amend any rule “on the fly” based off a situation.
Seymour-Smith Complex & Kelley Complex Contact Information:
Rainout Hotline: 402-978-3346
UBA Softball Customer Service & Field Rep:
Ryan Willms (AKA Rhino): 402-212-0379
Ultimate Baseball Academy
4225 S. 121st Plaza
Omaha, NE. 68137
Field Conditions/Rainout Information
Field conditions/rainout information will be updated daily after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and after 3 p.m. on Sunday. The rainout number will be updated if there is any weather changes after league play has begun.
RAINOUT NUMBER FOR 2014: 402-978-3346 - OR YOU MAY OPT TO RECEIVE TEXT ALERTS FOR RAINOUTS VIA THE UBA WEB SITE.
The Ultimate Baseball Academy office will remain open until about 8 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout the season to address emergencies or problems with league play scheduled for the evening.
With playing an outside sport everyone knows the hardest thing to predict is the weather, with this in mind we will do our best to try and keep everybody safe. We realize that in the Midwest the weather can be very unpredictable and things can change in a matter of minutes. Remembering this, everybody needs to use their best judgment and we will follow these guidelines….
"Thunder always accompanies lightning, even though its audible range can be diminished because of background noise … The current recommendation of the NSSL is to consider terminating play when the lightning is six miles away ("flash-to-bang" time of 30 seconds or less). This … was developed as a practical way to make a judgment in situations where other resources … are not available."
UBA will not issue any refunds once you have completed your registration unless that spot can be filled by another team. If you withdraw from the league after the schedule is complete than No Refund will be issued.
*NO REFUNDS WHATSOEVER WILL BE ISSUED TO TEAMS WHO ARE SUSPENDED FROM LEAGUE PLAY. THIS INCLUDES UMPIRE FEES. FOLLOW THE RULES AND BEHAVE.
General Rules for UBA League Play
1. Softballs in 2014… The official softballs for all league play will be:
Men’s open Leagues and Thursday open coed – Classic M or Classic M plus only (blue stitch)? Women leagues and Women playing coed will hit - Classic W (blue stitch)
2.IN ALL OTHER LEAUGES MEN WILL HIT THE CLASSIC PLUS 52-300 CORE (BLUE STITCH) WOMEN WILL HIT THE CLASSIC W (BLUE STITCH)
*SPECIAL NOTE – UMPIRES MUST BE ABLE TO READ THE Classic M, Classic W, or Classic Plus DESIGNATION BEFORE THE BALL WILL BE ALLOWED IN PLAY.
With the exception of the Men’s Power League, any ASA or USSSA bat that passes the test via the UBA bat tester will be legal in play. Random testing will occur at the fields. In addition, a bat will be automatically confiscated and brought to UBA for testing if it hits a ball that strikes a player. The Men’s Power League are required to have the NEW 2014 USSSA Stamp.
No bat will be allowed to have foreign substance above the taper of the handle. Any bat that does have foreign substance above the taper of the handle will be removed immediately.
Penalty for using illegal bats:
First offense Bat will be removed from play and the player ejected from the game.
Second offense the bat will be confiscated and the user of the bat will have a one month suspension.
Third offense the bat will be confiscated and the owner and user of batter will be banned from play for the rest of the year.
** In the event an illegal bat is suspected of having been tampered with, UBA may have the bat send to the USSSA headquarters for testing. If the bat is then deemed illegal by means of intentional alteration (IE: shaving, rolling, etc), UBA may forfeit all remaining games on the offending team’s schedule. If you alter a bat to gain an advantage, you risk your entire team’s remaining schedule.
3. Defenseless Player Rule:
Any batted ball that strikes a defenseless player, whom is playing infield, will result in removal of the bat. That bat will then be given to UBA to be tested. Once the bat has been tested the owner will be contacted to pick up the bat (if it passes). If that bat fails, it will be permanently removed and the owner will be disciplined accordingly.
Defenseless player clarification: A player that does not have time to react or defend themselves is considered defenseless.
A pitcher that moves outside the pitching box will not be protected by this rule.
This will be up to umpire judgment, but basically you hit a softball and somebody gets hurt, your bat will be checked.
4. Adult League Age Restrictions:
All Adult Leagues – All players must be at least 16 on or before April 1, 2014 to participate in UBA softball leagues. Anybody wishing to participate under the age of 18 must have a guardian sign a waiver form to be eligible to play.
Teams are responsible for providing their own bats, softballs, and gloves. Softballs will be available for purchase at UBA and Scheel’s.
6. Uniform Requirements:
Uniforms are not required!
Pants (shorts, sweats, ball pants, etc..) are required
Shirts must be worn
Closed toe shoes are required! NO metal spikes or steel tip football cleats!
Protests can be filed on any umpires' rule interpretation, but not a judgment call. Before the next pitch is made the team wanting to protest must notify the umpire that you are going to continue to play the game under protest. The umpire will gather the teams together and announce that a protest has been made. Both scorebooks must reflect the same score and, if necessary, the ball/strike count, outs and positions of the runners. The umpire will initial both books. Your protest—along with a $50 filing fee—must be turned in to UBA, in writing, within 48 hours of the games completion. Your filing fee will be returned if the protest is upheld by the UBA Protest Committee.
8. Lineups and Keeping Score:
All teams are required to have their rosters posted online to UBA’s site. Teams may bring in manual copies if they do not want to upload the rosters themselves. Teams will forfeit any games on their schedule for which rosters have not been uploaded.
All teams should keep an official scorebook. In all leagues, teams should exchange lineups at the start of the game. Umpires will only become involved in lineup issues if a batting-out-of-order situation occurs.
The home team scorebook, if kept properly will be the official scorebook. Umpires will become involved in score-of-the-game issues only if there is a conflict between the scorebooks of both teams. At such time, the umpire will confer with both managers and resolve the situation before the game will continue (the clock will NOT be stopped during the discussion). If the issue cannot be resolved, then the score in the home team scorebook will be the official score. Teams should periodically check the score with each other to avoid the potential of conflicting score information.
Umpires will turn in the final scores each night! Teams will need to report final score to the umpire.
9. Batting and Batting Lineup Rules:
Adult Slow Pitch Men’s and Women’s Rules – Teams have the OPTION of placing up to 12 players in the batting order in all UBA league play. Any 10 of the 12 players in the batting order can play defense at any time. IF this option is used—and a player cannot continue due to injury or ejection—then an automatic out will be assessed in that players’ spot in the batting order when it is their turn to bat, unless you have a sub that is not in the lineup.
Adult Co-Ed Slow Pitch – The “extra hitter” rule will be used in all UBA league play. In Co-Ed leagues—teams MUST place 12 players in the batting order if they elect to use the “extra player” rule. Any 10 of the 12 players can play defense at any time. IF the “12-batter option” is used—and a player cannot continue due to injury or ejection—then that players’ spot in the batting order becomes an automatic out when it is his/her turn to bat, unless you have a sub that is not in the lineup.
1-1 Count – In Mens Open Leauge On Wed night and open coed league on Thursday night start with a 1-1 count NO COURTESY. In the rest of league play you will start with 1-1 count plus courtesy foul.
10. Intentional Walk:
ALL adult men’s, women’s and Co-Ed slow pitch leagues AND men’s and women’s fast pitch leagues – A batter can be intentionally walked WITHOUT BEING PITCHED TO.
11. Rule for walks in Coed Leagues:
At anytime a male is walked they will automatically be given two bases. The following female will have the option to bat or walk, no matter the out situation.
12. Home Run Rules for Adult Slow Pitch League Play:
Men’s Power League - Four (4) and One (1) Progressive per game
All Men’s League play and Men in Coed - Two (2) and One (1) Progressive per game
ALL Women’s leagues and Women in Coed - NO LIMIT
Excess over-the-fence home runs will be an out and a dead ball.
All fields will use the same homerun rules.
FOR THE SAKE OF TIME: IF A BATTER HITS AN OVER-THE-FENCE HOME RUN, THE BATTER DOES NOT — OR ANY RUNNERS ON BASE - DO NOT NEED TO “CIRCLE” THE BASES AND TOUCH EACH ONE.
13. Illegal Pitches
There are NO illegal pitches. Pitches will be declared unfairly delivered after they have crossed the plate. It is up to the batter to swing at what pitches they like.
14. Short-handed Player Rule for ALL Adult Leagues:
Men’s Slow Pitch –
Teams MUST have nine (9) players to start a game. It does not matter if your team is the home team or visiting team. The No. 10 spot in the batting order will be an automatic out. If a team drops to 8 players during the game, then the game is ended UNLESS the other team agrees to keep playing. If a team is forced to forfeit a game under these circumstances, the umpire will turn in the score as a 7-0 win for the opposing team.
2.NEW FOR 2014 – The most important thing is getting the game in. That’s what everyone pays for. With that in mind, you may borrow players from other teams to help fill out your team for the evening if you are short. However, you may not borrow more than two players from the same team.
MEN’S LEAGUES – Must have 10 players to start. If one of the teams only has nine players, the may start and play the game without the penalty out in the 10th spot, as long as the opposing team’s captain agrees. If the opposing team captain does not agree, then they must take a penalty out in the 10th spot of their lineup.
COED LEAGUES – Must have 10 players to start. HOWEVER, teams MAY start with eight (8) players under the following circujstances: There must be four (4) men and four (4) women present. If playing with 8 you will have to take outs in the 9th and 10th spot of the batting order.
Teams MAY play with nine (9), four (4) men and five (5) women or vice versa. If playing with 9 you must take an out in the 10th spot of the batting order.
IF you start with a full roster, you may drop to the short-handed rule, but must take an out. If your team loses players to being ejected, then the umpires can call the game for failure to remain control and perform in a sportsman like manner.
Fast Pitch – Teams MUST have eight (8) players to start a game. It does not matter if your team is the home team or visiting team. If a team drops to 7 players during the game, then the game is ended. If a team is forced to forfeit a game under these circumstances, it will be listed as a 7-0 win for the opposing team.
A team may add a player to bring their team to full strength ANY time during the game. THAT PLAYER MAY ENTER THE GAME AT ANY TIME AND WILL BE THE LAST BATTER IN THE BATTING ORDER.
The game will not be delayed to wait for a player to arrive from the parking lot or while the player is on the bench preparing to play.
15. Player disqualifications:
Players disqualified for fighting will be automatically suspended from further competition in all UBA leagues, until the UBA Players Board can meet and determine what happened.
Fighting can be based off of actual physical contact or appearance of malicious intent.
Players using excessive vulgar language may be disqualified.
Players arguing judgment calls with umpires may be disqualified.
Players that say anything about hitting the middle in a threatening manner will be disqualified. IE. Middles open, gear up, I am coming after you, etc…
There will be “ZERO Tolerance” for any “Unsportsmanlike Acts”.
Umpires can disqualify any player, coach, or fan for anything they feel falls under this rule.
Any player that is disqualified for any other reason will be required to leave the dugout.
If a player fails to leave the dugout in a reasonable manner, the umpires have the right to ask for removal from the complex. Failure for the disqualified person(s) to leave the dugout or complex will result in a forfeit for his/her team.
16. Coaching Responsibilities:
The coach will be held responsible to maintain control for him/her and their team, and to ensure their team continues to maintain good sportsmanship.
The coach or team representative will be responsible for making sure the scores are correct.
The coach or team representative will be responsible for making the sure roster is online and correct.
*Failure to do the responsibilities could result in a suspension of the coach and forfeiture of games for his/her team!
17. Player Eligibility/Player Classification/Rosters for League Play
Every player on every team must be listed on the team roster on the UBA site. Teams without rosters on the UBA site will forfeit games for which the rosters are not uploaded.
Players may not regularly play for two teams in the same league unless they are subbing to help a team keep from forfeiting. In this case, as stated earlier, no more than 2 players from the same team may be substitutes. The OPEN leagues are the most competitive. Therefore, the OPEN leagues teams may not gain an advantage by showing up with a short team. When short, OPEN league teams may only pick up the minimum number of subs possible to get them to the amount legal to start and play a game (8). Then they must take outs for the gaps in their lineup.
All teams will be placed into divisions based on where they registered as well as roster and past performance. Divisions may change at the half way point of the season to try and maintain a competitive balance if a team has registered where they should not have.
If a player wishes to switch teams within the same league, UBA must be notified and the player MUST first obtain a written release from their current manager.
Any player requesting a release should be granted one unless extenuating circumstances are involved. In that case, the manager should submit a written explanation to the UBA Softball Advisory Committee why the release is not being granted.
Players may be added to the rosters at any time. Players must have played at least two games with a team to be eligible for the league tournament.
NEW: All players will need to carry some form of ID and may be asked to provide at any time. Players will not be allowed to play if they cannot provide it. All players will need to provide ID prior to any league tournament games.
All players will be eligible to play multiple nights. Notice: There will be a Player Rating System (PRS) for all Metro Power League players. These players will only be allowed to play in certain divisions, so your team will automatically placed in the appropriate Division if any of these players are on your roster.
I. Failing to include a player that is included in the PRS on your roster, will result in an automatic forfeit of all games played using the player.
*If a team has questions about the eligibility of a player on another team, then an inquiry should be submitted in writing to the UBA office. Player eligibility refers to, A. A player NOT being listed on a team's roster or B. a player paying in the right division. The inquiry and any other resulting activity will be handled by a panel consisting of designated members of the UBA Players Board, which—at its discretion—may call the player and coach of the team in question to attend a special hearing. In such cases, umpires WILL NOT become involved in handling any dispute. This is strictly an administrative matter and teams will be instructed to contact the UBA office to discuss.
18. Time Limits:
All Slow Pitch – 60 minutes
All Fast Pitch – 90 minutes
No new inning after 85 minutes
* Game time starts immediately after the coin toss
Failure to take the field in a timely manner will lead the umpire to start the clock after issuing a warning.
If the "home" team is at bat when time expires and is also ahead in the score, the game is ended.
If a game is ended by the runs-ahead rule, teams may continue to use their time on the field but umpires will NOT continue to officiate the game. When the teams scheduled to play the next game arrive, those teams on the field will be expected to leave immediately.
19. Run Rules:
Slow Pitch: 20 runs after 3 innings, 15 runs after 4 innings, 10 runs after 5 innings
Men’s and Women’s Fast Pitch:10 runs after 4 innings, 7 runs after 5 innings
2.ALSO PLEASE NOTE IN MENS OPEN LEAUGE AND COED OPEN LEAUGES THE RUN FLIP FLOP RULE WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT
3. IN ALL OTHE LEAUGES THE FLIP FLOP RULE WILL BE IN AFFECT
Definition of Flip Flop Rule: In an inning in which the run rule has been exceeded and the home team is losing, the home and away teams will “flip flop”. This will enable the home team to remain at bat at the top of the next inning. If they do not score enough runs to reduce the run difference below the run rule, the game ends. If they DO score enough to reduce the difference below the run rule, the game continues on in that format.
20. Tiebreaker Procedure-International Tiebreaker Rule:
If the game is tied at the end of the time limit or the end of the seventh inning, whichever comes first, the international tie breaker rule will be used for ONE EXTRA INNING. The extra inning will be played under the “international tiebreaker” rule. The offensive team will begin its turn at bat with the player scheduled to bat LAST in that half inning being placed at 2nd base. For example, if the No. 5 batter is to lead off, the No. 4 batter in the batting order should be placed at 2nd base. A substitute—referring to a player who has NOT already played in the game—may be inserted for the runner. If a team is playing shorthanded then the last live batter will be used. If the score remains tied at the end of one extra inning, the game will be recorded as a tie.
21. Games in Progress Called due to Inclement Weather or Darkness:
Any game that is called due to threatening weather and/or rain will be considered a complete game and the umpires will keep the game fees if:
4 complete innings were played, more than half the game time has expired, or 3 1/2 complete innings were played and the home team is ahead.
If the game does not meet these two conditions, UBA will attempt to re-schedule the game from the point that the game was suspended. In this case, teams MUST record the number of outs remaining, pitch count and identify the batter so the game can continue correctly.
If a game is called in the top of inning 6 or 7, then the score will revert back to the last complete inning played for the purpose of determining a win/loss.
22. Rainout Dates – All Adult Leagues:
There will be two (2) rainout dates included at the end of the year on your league schedule to make up games canceled due to wet playing fields. If more rainouts occur than our schedule permits, then UBA will make every attempt to make up the games. There will be NO Refunds for games not played due to weather.
23. Forfeited games & fees:
Monday-Friday Games Starting at 6:30 p.m. – If a team does not have the required number of players to start the game under the short-handed rule, the umpires will start the game clock at the proper time and allow 10 minutes to elapse before calling the game a forfeit. If a player arrives during the 10-minute "waiting period," then the clock will continue to run and the game will start from that point. For Sunday games, game time IS forfeit time.
Due to umpire fees being paid in advance, forfeit fees have been eliminated. The umpires are still at the fields for an hour and deserve to be paid. If you MUST forfeit a game, you must let us know more than 24 hours ahead of time. This will result in UBA letting the other teams and umpires know. Failure to give proper notification will result in a forfeit and paying ump fees for both teams for that game. The opposing team will then be refunded their ump fee for that game, and your team will have 72 hours to pay the additional ump fee before forfeiting your next game.
24. Unable to Play Scheduled Game :
If you MUST forfeit a game, please have the courtesy to let us know more than 24 hours ahead of time to let the other team and umpires know. This will allow us to refund both teams appropriately for ump fee. Failure to give proper notification will result in a forfeit as well as cost both your team and the other team their umpire fees for that game.
25. Umpire Fees for League Play:
All Adult Slow Pitch $20 per umpire.
Men's Fast Pitch $30 per umpire.
26. All Adult Fast Pitch League Special Exceptions:
* Courtesy Runner – A courtesy runner can be used for the pitcher and catcher at any time.
* Batting Lineup – All players may be included in the batting order. Re-entry rule remains in effect. Lineup must remain the same for the entire game. If a player starts in the batting order, he/she must finish the game or an automatic out will be called when it is his/her time at bat, UNLESS there is an eligible substitute available that was not already in the batting order.
27. Safety Bases:
* All fields will use the orange safety bag.
* Defense must use the white and Offense must use the orange.
* Exception: players may go to the opposite bags to avoid collisions.
28. Special Playing Rule for Kelley #5:
* Any fair ball that hits the power lines will automatically be ruled a ground rule double.
FIELD NAMES AND LOCATIONS
Kelley Complex (8 fields) – 124th & Fort Streets
Seymour Smith Softball Complex (4 fields) – 69th & Harrison Streets
Reporting Scores/League Standings
* It will be the umpires responsible to turn the scores in each night.
* It will be the team’s responsibility to make sure they give the umpire the right scores.
* Teams will be able to check the standings on our website www.ubanebraska.com