USA Softball RI Spring / Fall Travel League Information/Rules

The USA Softball RI Spring / Fall Travel Sunday Leagues are being offered once again in 2018, The league will be made up of recreational league class "C" travel teams, and class "A" + "B" travel teams. In order to be eligible to enter a team, all players must be registered/insured with USA Softball. 

Games will be held on Sundays. The schedule will consist of double header games each Sunday. Teams that wish to enter this league are not committed to playing every Sunday, or two games every Sunday, should they choose not to. For more information, or to enter a team, go to the USA Softball New England website.

Both Spring and Fall Travel Team League games will follow the same set of rules:

  1. These games are organized Scrimmages.
  2. Lineup cards are necessary, and are to be given to the plate umpire and the opponent at ground rules. All reportable changes must be reported to the plate umpire and the opposing team.
  3. USA Softball rosters are not required, but all participating players and coaches must be USA Softball registered/insured.
  4. If a team is short handed, you may borrow players from the opposing team.
  5. There will be a 4 run per inning limit on runs scored.
  6. Drop dead, 75 minutes (finish the batter) time limit.
  7. Other than allowing 10 U Class C teams the option of using a 4th outfielder, there are no special rules for the 10U division, such as limited stealing or not advancing on passed balls or dropped 3rd strikes. The concept of both the Spring and Fall leagues is to prepare players for tournament play, and for when they move up to the next age division. That being said, it makes very little sense to have them play under special rules/restrictions.
  8. Per the new rule regarding checking equipment, bats and helmets are to be checked prior to every game, teams need to place all of their bats and helmets outside of the dugout for inspection prior to ground rules.
  9. Team Lineups

    Nine defensive players will bat or teams have the following options:

    1. Bat nine players without the DP/Flex.

    2. Bat nine Players and use the DP/Flex.

    3. Bat up to and including all roster players without a DP/Flex.

    4. Bat up to and including all roster players with the DP/Flex.

    • Players not listed in a defensive position will be listed as an EP

    • EPs will be listed beginning in the 10th spot of the batting order

    • When not using the DP/FLEX any 9 can play defense

    • When using the DP/FLEX any 8 and the FLEX can play defense

    • The Batting order will always remain fixed

    • Any Player may be used as a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher

    • Any Player can be used as a pinch runner for an injured player

    • If a player is on base when it is their time to bat;

    They will be removed from the base and take their turn at bat.

    The person who they are running for will be called out.                   

    • When only batting nine defensive players or using the DP/FLEX

    If an injured player is not able to bat an out will be recorded for their turn at bat unless the team has a substitute not already in the batting order that can take their place

    • When batting more than nine defensive players and have no available substitutes

    If an injured player is not able to bat in their place in the batting order, the batting order will be compressed to the number of batters in the batting order less the injured player with no out recorded for the injured player unable to bat. 

    An injured player cannot return to the game in which she was injured  

  10. REPORTABLE CHANGES

    When batting the entire lineup and NOT using a DP/Flex

    A)  A pinch runner for an injured player

    B)  Courtesy runners for the pitcher/catcher (It cannot be the same courtesy runner for both the pitcher and the catcher)

    C)  Whenever the lineup is condensed because a player has left the game

    When Batting the entire lineup and using the DP/Flex

    A)  All of the changes noted above, and whenever the Flex is put in to bat and the DP is removed

    When NOT batting the entire lineup and NOT using a DP/Flex

    A)  Any available substitute put into the game

    B)  Any player that is re-entered into the game

    C)  Any available substitute that is a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher

    When NOT batting the entire order and using a DP/Flex

    A)  Any available substitute put into the game

    B)  Any player that is re-entered into the game

    C)  Any available substitute that is a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher

    D)  When the Flex is put into the game to hit and the DP is removed from the batting order

    DP/Flex

    The DP is listed in the batting order and hits, the Flex plays defense and is listed last in the order

    Note:

    The EP rule allows any of the players in the batting order to play anywhere on defense.  When you have no DP / FLEX any nine can play defense and when you use the DP / FLEX any eight plus the FLEX may play defense. These are not substitutions, it is just playing defense. The only time a EP becomes a substitute is when they run as a pinch runner. Then they can do that twice and no longer be a runner but still bat. 

     Example:

    Ryan is the 3rd hitter and get a hit. Johnson is the 12th hitter and goes in to run. Ryan has left but still would bat in their position and Johnson is tied to Ryan as a pinch runner. Ryan comes up again and gets another hit and Johnson runs again. After that Ryan can no longer have a pinch runner and Johnson can no longer run