ESL is not liable for any claims for injury/damage to persons or property. There is no personal liability insurance, players play at their own risk, the league and umpires accept no responsibility for players safety.
New ISF Rules - No jewellery to be worn whilst on the field of play - severe injury can be caused by jewellery being ripped from the body.
1.All games will begin promptly at 6:30pm apart from Premier Division by prior arrangement. Due to the Scottish Weather, matches due to be played may be cancelled due to inclement weather. The umpire in charge will make that decision at 4.30pm on the day - NOT the Teams. The League Schedule is so busy that there will be no provision for games to be re-scheduled, except for the weather.
2.If a Team does NOT show up at the fields to play and have NOT contacted the Umpire and the Opposition to forfeit the game by 4.30pm, they will be liable to pay the Umpire their portion of the fees for that game. Umpires and Teams make an effort to turn up on time for the games, and if the opposition is a no-show, then it really pi##es everyone off...
3.Rosters - teams should supply a list of their players prior to the start of the season. Additional players may be added up until 31st July when Rosters officially close. A "rostered" player MUST actually play a game prior to 31st July to be declared active.
4.All teams to be comprised of a minimum of 4 women. Teams are allowed 2 Guest Players (identified pre-game to the Umpire) from the same Division or Lower. These Players MUST play Catcher OR Right Field and MUST bat at the bottom of the order.
ie follow a usual batting order
2 males - Bat 9 & 10
1 male & 1 female bat 9 & 10
2 females - bat 8 & 10
5.Premier Division ONLY - If requiring 1 Guest - Player may come from any Division - If 2 required, one MUST come from a lower League. Any Guest MUST be placed at the bottom of the batting order. If there are 2 female guests they may bat 8th and 10th
6.Games may start with 9 players (3 women minimum). When the missing person comes up to bat in the order, an automatic out will be taken. If less than 9, the Team MUST forfeit the game, and pay the Umpire their portion of the fees. If agreeable with the Umpire (fees must still be paid) and oppostion, a friendly may be played.
7.Batting orders should alternate men and women whenever possible. At no time should 3 men bat in succession. (e.g. M-F-M-M-F-M-M-F-M-F).
More than 10 players may make up the batting order...
11 players (6M, 5W) or (5M, 6F)
12 players (6M, 6F) or (7M, 5F) or (5M, 7F) - any 10 from the 12 may field provided min 4F are on the field.
Substitutes (S1) - should be slotted in the order for the player they take the place of. Original batter (B1) may return to the SAME batting order place later in the game. S1 may return to the game but only for the same player (B1) again in the same spot in the batting order.
8.Should a Batter throw the Bat away with force, the Team shall be warned and the next time any player does it, they will be called 'Out' - Should a Runner barge into a Fielder, the runner will be called 'Out'.
9.Sliding - There is NO sliding into 1st Base Double Safety Base - players may and should run through the Safety Portion of the base. At all the other bases the runner has a choice -
Sliding - this is the preferred choice - to avoid barging into the fielder. The fielder should NOT stand or completely cover the base, but touch the base, and allow the runner to have plenty of room to slide into the base. However if the runner goes into the base standing up, and barges/shoves or pushes the fielder who has the ball or is about to receive the ball, then the runner will be OUT for interfering with the fielder.
Obstruction - If the fielder (in the Umpires opinion) obstructs the runner (while NOT in possession of the ball NOR about to field a batted ball) - the Umpire will raise their left hand to indicate a 'delayed dead ball' and will protect the runner to the base which the Umpire decides they would have reached had they not been impeded. Should the runner go beyond this base, then they are once again at jeopardy and liable to be 'tagged' out. Should the Runner push/barge the fielder out of the way, then this is 'interference' and the Runner will be called out immediately.
Interference - If the runner (in the Umpires opinion) interferes with a fielder who has the ball or is about to field a batted ball, then the Runner will be OUT. Interference may be physical, verbal, or visual. If it is done to break up a double play, then the runner nearest home will also be called OUT.
10.ESL is an adult league and no children under 15 are permitted to play. Any junior player (ie under 18 MUST wear a batting helmet, have a parent or designated carer with them. Parents should send the ESL a email providing permission and accepting liability for their son/daughter in the league.
11.All players MUST wear shoes - NO Metal Studded/Spiked shoes are allowed.
12.Protective Equipment are provided in each kit bag - please use them.
13.ISF rules, in the main, will apply (including Infield Fly) along with local ESL rules.
Infield Fly - A fair fly ball (not including a line drive, with a perceptible arc) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort when 1st & 2nd Bases OR 1st, 2nd & 3rd bases are occupied with '1' Out or '0' Out.
ANY defensive player who takes a position in the infield at the start of the pitch will be considered an infielder for the purpose of this rule. The infield fly is ruled when the ball reaches the highest point based on the position of the closest infielder regardless who makes the play. When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an infield fly, the Umpire shall immediately declare: 'Infield Fly' and call the batter 'OUT', regardless of whether the ball is subsequently caught or not.
This is to ensure that the ball is not deliberately dropped, holding the runners on the base while the ball is in the air. Then forcing the runners to run when the ball is deliberately left to drop making an easy double play. The ball is live and the runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught. The runner can tag up and advance once the batted ball is touched (prior to catching), the same on any fly ball. If a declared infield fly becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul ball. If the Umpire fails to notice a 'Infield Fly' situation, and notices it prior to the next pitch, then the Umpire can send ALL the players back to their original position, and declare the batter out.
14.In the event of a draw after 7 Innings, further Innings will be played until a winner is decided. Starting in the 8th Inning, the last player up will be placed on 2nd base (this is to speed up an eventual winner). Games will be called if a team are 20 runs up after 4th Inning, or 15 runs up after 5th Inning.
15.Uniforms - Teams are required to wear matching tops, as agreed at the Captains meeting 2001.
16.All teams should record their scores/runs and agree with the opposition at the end of each half-Inning - this will eliminate any uncertainty of final score line.
17.All Umpire decisions are Final. NB Fair & Foul Balls - Safe & Out Plays - Strikes & Balls - are Umpire Judgement calls - please do not questions these calls. The Umpires are there to facilitate the game - WITHOUT them you would not be able to play.
ISF Rule 4 - Sec 9 DISPUTED Calls
Any team member disputing any judgement decision by an Umpire will constitute a team warning. Any repeat offense shall result in the ejection of that team member, and if no legal substitute is available, and that reduces the team to below 9, then the game will be forfeited.
18.An Umpire will be appointed for each game. Please settle fees with the Umpire prior to the Game starting. The Second team on the fixtures list IS designated Home Team. Games are now written as "team A @ team B" so Team B is Home!
19.Batting Line-ups MUST be presented to the Umpire at the start of the game, with any guests highlighted and batting at the bottom of the order. If you wish, you can e-mail Liz the line-ups too...
20.The Home Team will collect the Kit Bag. It is the responsibility of both teams to check the inventory is correct. Any missing equipment should be reported immediately.
21.At the completion of each game, the Kit Bag should be returned to the storage box. Most umpires have a key to this box.
22.Teams should send in the results asap after the game, by text or e-mail.
23.In the League Tables, if 2 teams are on equal points, head-to head tally will count, if equal then the lowest runs against will be placed higher. Should 'n'-way tie occur, then it will be decided by head-to-head of the results of their games, if still tied, then by the lowest runs against in their games amongst themselves, if still tied by their overall runs against record.
24.In the case of a forfeit, the score will be recorded as 7 - 0
If the Home Team is ahead at the bottom of the 7th, or goes ahead in the 7th - there will be NO batting out or finishing the Inning - ...However, the final inning will end as soon as the home team scores the winning run. Subsequent runs that may score on the winning hit will not be counted, unless that hit is a home run over an outfield fence and the home team will not continue to "bat out".
26.Amended Rule for 2009 - PREMIER DIVISION ONLY Walk to a Man
If a 2 base award is given to a 'walked' man - then, if its a woman next, on two outs - she should get a walk to first - if its a man, then the preceding man would only get a walk to first anyways. This rule ONLY applies in the Premier Division
Man followed by Man - a walk awarded - Man gets to 1st base - Man bats
Man followed by Woman - a walk awarded - Man gets to 2nd base - Woman bats
if 2 outs then the Woman gets a walk to 1st base - next batter bats
27.New Rule - all divisions 2009 - 150ft min distance for OF players
The 4 OF players must remain approx 150ft from home plate until the pitch ie the ball has left the batters hand. Umpires will give 1 team warning for the first couple of weeks, if fielders continue to "creep" in then a ball will be awarded each time the fielders are asked to move back.
IF IN THE OPINION OF THE UMPIRE the ball has been hit far enough and cleanly - since we don't have fences - they may award a home run to the batter and all base
runner score.(BSF guidelines)
In the event of a tie at the end of the Season there will be a 3rd game, only if the 2 teams tied were equal in the head-to-head games.
ESL is not liable for any claims for injury/damage to persons or property There is no personal liability insurance, players play at their own risk, the league and umpires accept no responsibility for players safety.Bold Text
Created on 04/02/2005 12:17 PM by liz
Updated on 05/22/2012 04:56 AM by liz
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