Golden Rule
First and foremost all NOLA Fray leagues are 50% Social and 50% Sport. We do have officials; however, we expect individuals to respect the league’s culture of fair and fun play. Foul language and rough play will not be tolerated and individuals who cannot adhere to our standards of fair play and sportsmanship may be asked to leave the league. NOLA Fray wants everyone to have a fun and be social while enjoying a great sport.

NOLA Fray is proud to relieve captains of the burden of paying for full teams. While captains and players are able to prepay for additional players and or full teams, it is not a requirement for participation in our leagues. We welcome individual player payments. We are also proud to welcome those who do not have a full team (small groups and free agents) to participate in our league. Our primary mission is to make it easier for people to have fun and get involved with social sports and these policies help accomplish that goal. Because of these policies, all registrations are on a first come first serve basis and any roster that does not reach our standard size (based on each sport) is eligible to receive free agents and or small group by the league. Rosters made up of primarily free agents and or a collection of small groups may field more players than the standard roster size. This policy is in place to help ensure free agent teams are able to consistently field teams each week.

1. Ten (10) players (at least 4 females) on the field at all time.

A. THERE ARE NO POSITION REQUIREMENTS of any players, i.e. there need not be 2 females in outfield and 2 in the infield) NOLA Fray rules will allow a team to play with a minimum of seven (7) players (at least 2 females).

2.  If only two (2) females are present the team must take an out when it comes to the tenth batter.

3. The Minimum number of players in the field/your starting line up is 7 (5 men/2 women).

4. If playing with eight (8) or nine (9), no more than six (6) men are allowed on the field at one time.

5. If playing with nine (9) or more players, no more than seven (7) men are allowed on the field at one time.

6. Batting order ratio MUST always be followed no matter how many men are playing. (see Gameplay #2)

General Rules

All batters will start with a 1-1 count (One ball, one strike).

1.  If a male is walked on three (3) straight balls with two (2) outs on the board, and a female follows him in the batting order, the female has the choice to take a walk or bat. The umpire will enforce this rule upon request; however, they will not be responsible for notifying the batter in each walk situation. The umpire must be made aware that a female is on deck before the 2nd pitch is thrown.

2. A batter with two (2) strikes is allowed one (1) courtesy foul ball. On the 2nd foul after the batter has two (2) strikes the batter will be called out.

3.  All games are six (6) innings or fifty-five (55) minutes; the last inning will start 10 – 15 minutes to the hour. The umpire will enforce this rule and will make the call at the top of the final inning.

A. Some divisions may have shorter or longer game schedules depending on the season.

4. Due to differing circumstances in each and every game, some games will finish short on an hour in length, while others might run over the hour mark. Please respect your umpire call in this matter. He/she must keep all games on time in fairness to teams playing later hours and due to facility permit restrictions.

5. Teams may bat more than ten (10) players. Prior to regular season games, teams must submit lineup sheets to Umpire and opposing team captain.

6. All players in the field must be listed in the batting order. Players do not have to play in the field in order to bat.

7. Games start on time! Teams must be prepared to play.

Forfeit rule: 10 minutes after game time. If one team has less than the minimum number of players (7 total – 2 of whom must be females) at ten past the designated start time, the game will be deemed a forfeit.

Equipment
1. NOLA Fray will provide all bases and balls for each game. Gloves and bats are not supplied and players must bring their own. Both ASA and USSSA bats are allowed in NOLA Fray Leagues at this time. No Senior Bats Allowed.

2. NO METAL SPIKES ARE ALLOWED.

3. All Pitchers are highly encouraged to wear a mask. Pitchers must supply their own mask.

4. Teams must hit league provided balls

5. Any equipment in question should be brought to the attention of the umpire. The umpire will make all final decisions regarding equipment discrepancies.

Game Play
1. All thrown balls are deemed out of play when:

A. The ball is thrown over the fence / road.

B. The ball is thrown beyond the fence / road / safe area of play.

C. The ball is thrown beyond the imaginary line extending from the End of the backstop (if there is no fence).

D. This imaginary line applies to overthrows and caught fly foul balls.

E. If the ball is overthrown and hits the fence behind the 1st or 3rd base lines, this is NOT considered out of play and the runner may advance, BUT at his/her own risk.

F. On overthrows out of play, the runner is granted the base he/she is going to (at the point of the throw) plus one more. Note: in cases where a base runner runs past first base, he/she must make a clearly aggressive turn towards second base to be granted 2nd and 3rd in overthrow situations.

2. Line ups: All teams are required to supply lineups to the umpire and opposing team at the start of each game.

A. Batting order must consist of a 2-1 ratio. For every 2 male batters in a row a female batter must be next, ie. every third batter must be a female. No more than 2 men may bat in a row.

i. Females can bat multiple times in the lineup to achieve this ratio. If females are batting more than once in a lineup their rotation must stay in order. All females must evenly rotate through the female batting positions.

ii. To ensure all players are able to bat, females may “double up” or rotate through the required female slots as described above.

B. If a team bats in the wrong order, and the player has not batted yet, then they may fix it with no penalty. If a team bats out of order and the opposing team or umpire/staff catches it, after the player has batted then the batter who batted out of order is out and the next hitter is up. The lineup must also be changed to the correct order going forward.

3. Outfield Encroachment Line: Outfielders may not play closer than 150 feet from home plate. This line is to encourage fair play and will be set up by your umpire and marked by cones down the foul lines and/or across the field.

4. Game mercy rule: 12 runs up after five complete innings – losing team may opt to end the game

5.  Inning run limit rule: There will be a seven (7) run limit per inning for innings 1-4. Unlimited runs may be scored in innings 5 and 6 always.

A. Exception: unlimited runs may be scored if one of the innings 1-4 is declared the final inning of the

B. Exception: If a team hits a home run and the 7th run is on base, then all runs, including the home run hitter shall count. Ex. A team has 6 runs and 2 runners are on base when the batter hits a home run. All 3 runs (2 runners and hitter) all count.

6.  Home run limit rule: Teams are allowed 2 home runs each per game. Any home run after the limit is an automatic out. If both teams have hit their 2 home runs, each team shall receive 1 additional home run. If both teams hit their 3rd home run, both teams shall be awarded 1 additional home run. This shall continue throughout the duration of the game with no team being allowed to have more than 1 home run more than their opponent once the 2 home run limit is reached. Each home run over the limit is an out.

7. No lead offs or stealing. Runners can leave the base once the ball is hit by the batter. If a runner leaves early, the ball is dead and the runner is declared out. If this is the 3rd out of the inning the batter will be first up in the next inning.

8. On an infield fly (any fly ball within the infield with significant arc and deemed an “easy catch”) with less than 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd or 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the batter is automatically out and runners can advance, BUT at their own risk.

9. If a Batter hits a line drive and HITS the Pitcher with the ball, the Batter is out and all runners must return to their previously occupied base. This applies to males and females.

10. Base runner to defensive player contact will be closely watched by the ump.

A. Any excessive contact or collision will result in an “out” and/or ejection. This includes contact with the catcher. Sliding is allowed. Any intentional (in the eyes of the monitor) interference with the defensive player, the runner and the batter will be called out.

11. A Pitch must have a slow pitch arch at least 6 ft. and no higher than 12ft off the ground at its highest point to be considered a legal pitch.

Miscellaneous Rules

1. If a rainout occurs while a game is in progress, three (3) innings must be completed for the game to count. The umpire clock is the game clock and will inform both teams when the game has started. Games ending due to rainout before the three (3) innings have concluded will not count, but will be rescheduled and played as a new game when possible.

2. There is no minimum number of innings for a complete game if the time limit has been satisfied.

3. If two teams are tied at the end of the season below are the permitted tie breakers for playoff seed positions:

A.     Head to head
B.     Run differential
C.    Record versus other playoff teams
D.    Fewest runs allowed
E.     Most runs score
F.     Flip a coin

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