Softball

1. GOVERNING RULES

1.1 All softball competition in the CIF Central Section shall be conducted in accordance with the National Federation Softball Rules, along with the CIF Central Section Rules and Regulations recommended by the Section's Softball Advisory Committee and approved by the Board of Managers.

1.2 The CIF Central Section Softball Advisory Committee shall be composed of one representative from each league who shall be selected by his/her league president.

1.3 Varsity, Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph. games are regulated by the 10-run ruling as stated in the National Federation Softball Rulebook.

2. GENERAL RULES

2.1 Players must at all times be under the supervision of a certified or certificated coach and employee of the Board of Education.

2.2 All invitational tournaments must be conducted in accordance with all CIF Central Section Rules and Procedures.

2.3 All invitational tournaments must be sanctioned by the CIF Central Section.

2.4 All varsity fields shall be designated as closed fields either by the use of fencing (temporary or permanent).

2.5 UNIFORMS—

The home team is to wear THE APPROPRIATE uniform as designated by the NFHS rule book for that sport. All uniforms must be properly numbered. In case of schools having the same uniforms, the home team shall change. A game allowed to be played with improper uniforms shall be reported to the Central Section office by the lead official.

Penalty for wearing illegal uniforms. The offending school will receive a warning from the Section office. And future occurrences will result in forfeits. ( Approved Board of Managers 2010)

3. ELIGIBILITY

3.1 All participants must satisfy the State and Central Section CIF Eligibility Rules.

Note: Any athlete who was not involved in the prior sports season must have ten (10) days practice before he/she can participate in an interschool contest. 

A. A Saturday may be counted as one of the ten (10) practice days.

B. The student athlete may not participate in an interschool contest until the eleventh calendar day (excluding Sundays).

Exception: An athlete competing in the prior sports season may waive the mandatory ten (10) days of practice, (excluding wrestling).

4. SEASON OF SPORT

4.1 The season of the sport of Softball is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool contest and ends with the last regularly scheduled league game or play-off game.

4.2The first day to start practice shall be in accordance with Central Section Rules and Regulations.

4.3 A scrimmage may be held after the team has had ten days of practice excluding Sunday. An individual may scrimmage after five days of practice, excluding Sunday. Exception: Waive the mandatory five days of practice for all winter athletes.

4.4 Maximum number of contests per week is two, excluding tournaments and postponed games.

4.5 A tournament shall count as two games.

4.6 Doubleheader games shall be two games played with same opponent on the same day and separated by less than 30 minutes. These shall be considered as a single game toward the season total.League games played as a doubleheader shall always count as two games.

4.7 Allow softball three (3) tournaments per season.

4.8 Softball is limited to a total number of contests that total 20 "points" (tournaments count as two points).

4.9 Softball lower level contests will end after five innings if the 10 run rule has been met, or two hours if the 10 run rule has not been met. No new inning will start after two hours. (Approved, Board of Managers Oct., 2004)

5. OFFICIALS

5.1 Two officials shall be assigned for each contest. A third official shall be assigned for playoffs, starting with the quarter finals.

5.2 Officials fees shall be according to CIF Central Section Regulations.

6. DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF PROCEDURES

6.1 Competition shall be on the Varsity level only. The Divisions will be determined by the approved Section Divisional placement procedure.

6.2 There will be six (6) divisions. Divisional playoffs will be single elimination tournaments.

The following criteria will be used with 1 point being given to each category. The team who earns the most points against the other team will receive the higher seed. This criteria is to be used if there is a tie between two or more teams are being considered for a certain seed.( Approved, Board of Managers, Jan. 2008)

Head to Head

Strength of Schedule

Overall record

Record vs. Common opponents

Place in Common tournaments

Record vs. Play-off teams in same Division or higher

Place in the same league

6.3. The higher ranked team would retain the home field advantage in all divisions for playoffs. The home school would have to provide an "appropriate site".

6.4. All playoff games will start at 4:30 p.m. The game may be played at night on a lighted field by mutual agreement of the two schools. (Facilities for both day or night games, must lend themselves to charging spectators). Adequate dressing facilities should be provided in all playoff games. (Park restrooms are not considered adequate).

6.5 Seeding of teams to be made by the three Area Supervisors, the Section Assistant Commissioner and the Section Commissioner. (Approved 4-26-00 by Executive Board.)

6.5.1 The Divisional Championship games shall be played on the highest seeded team's home field, if site is approved by the League Commissioner.

6.5.2 The final selection of the final playoff site shall be approved by the Area Supervisor of the schools involved with the approval of the Section Commissioner.

6.5.3. Cheerleaders and pep girls will be admitted free, provided they are dressed in appropriate uniforms.

6.5.4.Host school may provide tickets and arrange with participating schools for pre-sale. Different colored tickets should be used for each admission price and for each day of the semifinals and Section championship.

6.5.5. All complimentary passes have been eliminated for all playoff games, except the regular CIF Playoff Pass, (two sent to each school), the Lifetime CIF Pass, the State Lifetime Pass and the State Courtesy Pass.

6.5.6 Regular CIF passes, league and school passesare not to be honoredat all playoff games. CIF "Lifetime Passes", State Issued Passes, Media Passes and CIF Playoff Passes will be honored.

6.5.7. Only actually working news medial representatives assigned to cover the games will be admitted.

6.6. Officials

6.6.1 Officials for all playoffs in all sports shall be appointed by the appropriate Official's Associations.

6.6.2 Three officials are to be used in playoff games starting with the quarter finals.

6.6.3 Pay scale for officials shall be as prescribed in the current Central Section Fee Schedule for softball.

6.7 Protests

6.7.1 The host League Commissioner or his designee, shall be in attendance, when possible at the Section playoffs and in case of a protest, willrule immediately and the game shall continue.

6.8.Batting and Infield Practice

6.8.1 In all playoff games, batting practice may be taken. Visiting school should be informed by host school as to time schedule for batting and infield practice. Batting practice should be done outside or elsewhere from playing field.All facilities available to the home team must be available to the visiting team.

6.9 Official Game Balls

6.9.1 The Official game ball shall have the NFHS stamp as well as the .47 core value and 375 compression value stamp.

  1. Dudley CFP
  2. Dudley CFP Optic Yellow

6.9.2 Five inning, 10-run rule will be in effect for all playoff games.

6.10 General Regulations and Arrangements

6.10.1 A winner and runner-up trophy for all Divisions will be provided by CIF. They will be delivered to the host school.

6.10.2 Programs may be provided by the host schools. Administration, distribution, sales and other details are the responsibility of host school.

6.10.3 Host schools should contact the press for publicity and furnish them with all official information. Only the working press representatives should be admitted free.

6.10.4No live television coverage is permitted. Television replay coverage is permittedwith a $100.00 minimum charge. A contract with the Section Office must be signed prior to the broadcast. Payment is to be made to the Section Office prior to the broadcast. Host school is responsible for arrangements.

6.10.5Live radio coverage is permitted. A broadcast fee of $75.00 shall be charged. A contract with the Section Office must be signed and fee paid prior to the broadcast to the Section Office Host school shall make all arrangements.

6.10.6No film expenses are authorized. Schools may film the games at their own expense.

6.10.7 Host school is responsible for totalgame management; including crowd control, policing, supervising ticket sales and admissions. Visiting participating school are expected to assist with crowd control and their student section.

6.11 UNIFORMS—

The home team is to wear THE APPROPRIATE uniform as designated by the NFHS rule book for that sport. All uniforms must be properly numbered. In case of schools having the same uniforms, the home team shall change. A game allowed to be played with improper uniforms shall be reported to the Central Section office by the lead official.

Penalty for wearing illegal uniforms. The offending school will receive a warning from the Section office. And future occurrences will result in forfeits. ( Approved Board of Managers 2010)

7. EJECTIONS

7.1Ejections and Appeals

First ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next CIF contest. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Second ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next two CIF contests. The next contest could be the second game of a doubleheader or even the next season of sport. Athletes competing in concurrent sports would be ineligible in both sports.

Third ejection

Any player or coach ejected from a contest or scrimmage for unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible for the next 365 days. Any appeal must go to the Section Commissioner

APPEALS PROCEDURE- First and Second Ejection

Unless otherwise specified, an appeal of an ineligibility of a player or coach may be made, in writing, through the player or coach’s site administratorto the Central Section Commissioner or his or her designees for consideration of reinstatement. The Section Commissioner and or his or her designee will convey results to all schools involved. ( Approved by Board of Managers-Apr. 2004)

Updated:
Sep 04, 2014