Mabel League Playing Rules Updated: 2019-07-08
Mabel League Operating Rules Updated: 2023-06-26
Mabel League Operating Rules – Schedule A – Job Descriptions Updated: 2015-08-22
Mabel League Operating Rules – Schedule B – Trans Inclusion Policy Updated: 2015-08-22
Mabel League Operating Rules – Schedule C – Code of Conduct Updated: 2016-06-12
Mabel League Constitution and Bylaws Updated: 2015-02-23
2019 Playing Rules – Important Updates
1 General Playing Rules
Reason: this section was added for rules previously included in notes.
2 Batting Order
Reason: this section was added in accordance with the batting order rules introduced in 2018.
Reason: this section was added in accordance with the pitching rules introduced in 2016.
3(2) An competitive or intermediate division team may use the windmill pitching style, as described in the current Softball Canada rule book, when agreed upon by the opposing competitive or intermediate division team at the pre game conference.
Note: both teams do not have to make the same choice.
Reason: this will give intermediate teams the option of windmill pitching. It also clarifies that each team can make a different choice.
4(4) No new inning will start after 1 hour 30 minutes into game time.
Reason: game time reduced from 1h45 at the umpires’ request.
2019 Playing Rules – Clarification UpdatesThe following rules were updated for clarification only.
4(2) The official Mabel League ball will be used for all games: Red Dot 12” .47 core. The Mabel League will supply each team with 12 of the League approved balls at the beginning of the season.
4(3) The Home team must supply two balls to the Umpire: both must be official balls, either new or in good condition.
4(5) The Umpire will announce the beginning of the last inning, at the beginning of the inning. If time runs out before a final inning is called, no open inning shall be played. If time runs out after an inning has already started, that inning may not be called an open inning.
4(6) Run Rule: teams are limited to scoring a maximum of 5 runs per inning, except for the last inning which may be an open inning announced to both teams by the Umpire at the start of the inning.
4(7) Mercy Rule: the Umpire will immediately end a game, regardless of time remaining in the game, if a team has a lead of 10 runs over the opposing team and if the opposing team has had at least 5 complete opportunities at bat.
4(13) Batter-runners must run the bunt line to first base, unless the defensive player has moved to the orange safety bag to receive a throw – then the batter-runner must use the white bag.
4(14) Courtesy runners are permitted in all divisions at any base in the spirit of good sporting behaviour. The Courtesy runner must be the last available player from the batting order.