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League Rules

1) All teams must submit a signed waiver for each player on its roster.

2) Each player must be at least 16. Players under 18 are required to have a parent sign a waiver before they are permitted to play.

3) A player must have participated in at least three games during the regular season to be eligible to play.

4) A player may not play for more than one team in given season unless he or she receives the permission of all team captains.

5) On game days or practice days, all players must stop at the entry kiosk and show a valid players pass to the ranger on duty and thereafter display the pass on his/her dashboard. Alternately, on game days only, spectators may stop at the kiosk and receive a free day pass after identifying themselves as spectators. The pass also must be displayed on his/her dashboard. Violators may be cited by state park rangers.

6) The road along the third base line is off-limits to player and spectator traffic before, during or after a game. Parking is available in the left field parking lot.

7) A game will consist of nine innings with a time limit of one hour from the starting time. The final inning of the first game must begin before the end of the hour. Umpires will give a one-inning warning before calling a game because of darkness.

8) All games start punctually with a five-minute grace period. A team unable to field seven players will forfeit the game. The only exception will be for emergency services. Games not played due to emergencies will be rescheduled.

9) Before the start of a game, each team must post a batting order.

10) Only 16 players may bat per game.

11) A player or captain may pitch without batting.

12) All players must use wood bats. Composite bats are not allowed, but mixed wood bats are okay.

13) No metal cleats are allowed.

14) The distance between the bases is 60 feet.

15) All players not pitching, batting, fielding or coaching will remain out of the field of play.

16) When the pitcher is hit with a batted ball, the batter is out.

17) Each batter is allowed two pitches.

18) No bunting is allowed. A batter must take a full swing, or the pitch will be called a strike.

19) The batter's back foot must remain behind the front of home plate. Violators will have a strike called on them.

20) A batted ball hit over the dike in right-center field is live.

21) A batted ball landing in fair territory that goes out of play is a double (except when going into the parking lot in left field).

22) A batted ball that goes under the fence or hits the top of the fence and goes over, even if it was touched by a player, is a double.

23) A batted ball that hits any tree in deep left field or left center field is live and in play.

24) A ground ball that lands in fair territory before hitting a tree on the left field or right field line is a double.

25) A batted ball hitting the tree on the left field line or a tree in right field, or going over the right field fence, is a single.

26) A batted ball going between the tree trunks in right field is a single.

27) Only one tree ball to each side is allowed per inning.

28) The infield fly rule is in effect. Umpires will call the rule when the ball is in the air.

29) A runner who leaves a base before the bat makes contact with the ball is out.

30) A runner that passes the half-way line between third base and home is committed and can't return to third.

31) All plays at home are force outs. Runners sliding or touching home plate will be called out.

32) A fielder may not occupy the base line without the ball. If he or she does, all runners advance.

33) A runner hit by a batted ball is out and the batter is awarded first base.

34) A thrown ball going out of play is dead. Runners are awarded an extra base.

35) Play is live until the ball is returned to the pitcher by an infielder.

36) If a spectator touches the ball, the play is dead.

37) A batter overrunning first base must use the orange section of the base, and the first baseman must use the white section of the bag.

38) Umpires are empowered to remove any player or spectator for unsportsmanlike conduct.

39) If a runner is replaced on the base paths and doesn't return to the field the next inning, they are out of the game. 

40) Runners who are replaced on the base paths must be replaced by the batter who made the last out. A runner can only be replaced twice on the bases before they must leave the game.

41) To avoid a forfeit, a team must field seven players, and one must play catcher.

42) Players and fans alike must abide by all the state park rules while in the park for softball games.

43) If a base is significantly displaced due to sliding, the runner may not be tagged out.

44) If a defender throws a glove at a ball, the batter is awarded a home run.

45) All teams must field a catcher.

46) The coaches have the option of calling a game if one team has a 15-run lead after five innings.

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