Sand Wiffleball Rulebook
Sand Wiffleball Rule Book
- Maximum number of 20 players allowed on a team roster. All players must be listed on the roster and acknowledge, upon registration, the Terms & Conditions to participate.
- Players must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the season (tournament).
- Players can only be on one roster per league (tournament).
- Players may be added at any time, until the start of the first game of the season (tournament).
- A team must have at least 6 players and no more than 10 players on the field at one time. Six (6) male/females (4M/2F, 3M/3F, or 2M/4F) is the minimum number of players per inning, unless there is an all-woman team.
- If a team has only 3 female/male players playing they will take an automatic out anywhere in the batting lineup.
- If there are only 2 male/female players playing they will take an automatic two out anywhere in the batting lineup.
- If there is only one female/male, the team will take a forfeit. The only exception to the rule is an all-woman team.
- If both teams are missing the same amount of male/female players. Both teams can agree to cancel the automatic outs.
- A late arriving player may be inserted into the bottom of the lineup at any time. A late player may immediately enter the field on defense.
- Players registered prior to the start of the tournament are permitted to enter the tournament during any time of the day.
- The commissioner will provide each team with T-shirts for all teams. All players should wear their team shirts for each game.
- Players may add their name, number, and other similar personal information to their T-shirt. Additions may not cover the BYSC or Sponsor logo.
- Players may not add any corporate information to their T-shirt, including website addresses and company names. Players may not include any offensive material on their T-shirt. The commissioners have the exclusive right to determine whether additions are offensive.
Start of the Game
- Each captain is to provide the opposing team a batting order prior to the start of the game.
- Home team will be determined by RPS or coin flip.
- Home team takes the field first.
- It is up to the winning team to choose between home or away team.
- The umpire will meet with both the captains to review the ground rules prior to the start of the game.
- Three warm up pitches are allowed between innings.
- Each game will be 50 minutes.
- There will be a 10 minute grace period for each team that does not meet the minimum roster requirements.
- ONLY for the first set of games.
- This will count towards the 50 minute time limit.
- Games will be played to 6 innings or until time expires.
- If time expires in the middle of an inning, the inning will be played out. The bottom of the inning will be played out.
- If after the 4th inning, a team is up by 20+ points. (Mercy Rule)
- If any team does not have the minimum number of players (at least 2 male/female players, and a total of 6 on the field) to start the game, that team must take a paper forfeit.
- A team must have at least 2 male/female on the field.
- Games must be officiated by at least one authorized BYSC umpire, the Head Umpire. When available, at least two officials will umpire each game; a head umpire and a first base umpire.
- The head umpire governs all game play and issues all final rulings.
- Only captains may dispute a call.
- Umpires have jurisdiction over play and may:
- Call a Timeout
- Call a game due to darkness, rain, or lightning
- Penalize a player, including game ejection, for any reason. This includes, but is not limited to, unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting, delay of game, or excessive verbal abuse
- BYSC may, at its option, shorten the regular season and/or the playoff schedule (and the number of teams that make the playoffs) as cancellation due to weather. NO REFUNDS.
- BYSC has the right to reschedule rain out games on days other than regularly scheduled games.
- If games are to be cancelled, the commissioner of the league will notify players via Facebook, e-mails, or text messages to all captains.
- Fielders may freely rotate from one position to another.
- Fielders must try and stay out of the baseline.
- Fielders trying to make an out on the base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline to avoid contact with the runner.
- Runners hindered by any fielder within the baseline shall be safe at the base to which they were running. The only exception is when a play being made by the fielder.
- If a fielder makes a play at first base by tagging the safety base, the runner is safe.
- No Infield Fly Rule.
- Pegging is allowed. If there is contact to the head or face. The runner will be awarded the base, unless the runner was sliding into the base.
- To tag a runner out at home plate, the catcher must tag the home plate for a force out or the runner must be tagged with the ball prior to touching home plate.
- A ball that hits the pitcher will be considered a foul ball.
- If there are already 2 strikes, a ball that hits the pitcher is a foul ball
- There is only 1 redo allowed.
- Every registered player present at the game who is on the roster must bat, unless injured.
- Team must bat in order. Batting out of turn will be an automatic out.
- Team pitches to themselves; 3 pitches for males, and 5 pitches to females. 3 strikes is an out.
- Bunting is not allowed. You must follow through with your swing.
- No Walks.
- No stealing, runners must wait for the ball to be hit before leaving the base.
- Sliding is permitted
- Tagging up is allowed.
- Runners can leave the base once the fielder has touched (first touch) the ball in fair territory.
- If the ball is caught in foul territory the base runner is allowed to tag up.
- Runners must stay within the base line.
- Runners cannot overrun any base except for first base.
- A foul ball occurs when:
- A hit ball lands in foul territory or touches a fielder in foul territory
- A hit ball lands in fair territory, but rolls into foul territory before reaching 1st or 3rd base
- If a ball hits the pitcher (only 1 redo if there are 2 strikes)
- If the ball is hit and lands on home plate
- An out occurs when:
- The count reaches 3 strikes
- A player is touched by the ball at any point while not on base
- A leading runner who is on the same base with another runner is tagged by the ball
- A hit ball, foul or fair, is caught in the air
- A fielder tags a base to which a runner is forced to run
- A runner is off the base when the ball is hit (no stealing)
- A foul tip backwards that is caught above the batter’s head
- A runner tags first base instead of the safety base (located on the outside of first base) when the first baseman is trying to make a play
- If a female has 2 strikes and hits the ball foul for her 3rd and 4th pitch, she still has one last pitch.
- She is out if she foul tips her 5th pitch.
- She has 1 more pitch if she hits the pitcher on the 5th pitch
- On an overthrown ball that goes out of the field of play, a player is allowed to advance to only one base, as long as the fielder is not trying to make a play.
- The advancement is not an automatic base and runners can still be tagged out.
- If the ball is overthrown again, the runner is allowed to advance to the next base, but still can be tagged out.
- A ball that is hit ABOVE the concrete wall in the outfield will be an automatic home run.
- A ball that hits an object (to include the railing) past the concrete wall will be considered a home run; even if the ball lands back in the field of play.
- A ball that hits an object (chairs, porta-potties, etc) in the playing field is an automatic ground-rule double.
- If the ball hits the pitcher on the last pitch it will be considered a redo.
- If the ball is deemed to be intentionally filled with sand and thrown into the field to make a play the offensive player is allowed a free base they are heading to.
- Any player wholly or partially in fair territory is an extension of fair territory. A player jumping from fair territory is in fair territory while in the air. A player in foul territory does not extend foul territory by jumping or reaching into fair territory.
- A pinch runner is permitted after he/she reaches first base.
- The substitute must stay in the game and the player they replace may not come back in.
- The pinch runner must be the last person out of the same sex, who is not already on base.
- The next at bat for the person who was replaced will be an out for the remainder of the game.
- Points will be awarded to teams as follows:
- During the regular season, there will be no extra innings to break ties
- The commissioners will determine the number of teams making the playoffs. The computerized playoff wizard will break regular season record ties.
- Single Seeded Elimination: Seeding will be determined by:
- Runs Against
- Games will be 6 innings.