SOFTBALLSPORT RULESSoftballSport Rules1VERSION: June 2018 Special Olympics, Inc., 2018All rights reserved
SOFTBALLSPORT RULESTABLE OF CONTENTS1. GOVERNING RULES. 52. OFFICIAL EVENTS . 5Individual Skills Competition . 5Base Race. 5Bat for Distance . 5T-Ball Competition . 5Coach Pitch Team Competition . 5Slow Pitch Team Competition . 5Unified Sports Slow Pitch Team Competition . 53. EQUIPMENT . 5The Official Bat . 5Warm-Up Bats . 7The Official Softball . 7Gloves and Mitts . 7Shoes . 8Protective Equipment . 8Equipment on Playing Field . 9Equipment contactby Ball . 9Offensive equipment contact . 9Apparent play recourse . 10Defensive equipment . 10All Equipment . 104. UNIFORM . 10Caps. 10Undershirts. 10Pants/Sliding Pants . 10Numbers . 10Names . 10Casts . 10Jewelry . 105. FIELD OF PLAY . 11The Playing Field . 11Ground or Special Rules . 11The Official Diamond Shall Have Base Lines As Follows: . 11Diamond Layout . 11Bases . 12Baserunner’s (Second) Home Plate . 136. INDIVIDUAL SKILLS COMPETITION RULES . 14Individual Skills Competition . 14Base Race. 16Bat for Distance . 177. T-BALL TEAM COMPETITION . 17Divisioning . 17Playing Area . 17Team and Players. 18General Rules and Modifications . 18Substitutions . 182VERSION: June 2018 Special Olympics, Inc., 2018All rights reserved
SOFTBALLSPORT RULESCoaches Privileges. 188. TEAM & UNIFIED TEAM SLOW PITCH COMPETITION . 19Choice of Turn at Bat . 19Fitness of Ground . 19Regulation Game . 19Winner of Game . 20Run Ahead Rule . 20Tie-Breaker . 20Scoring of Runs . 20Charged Conferences . 21Home Run Rule (Unified) . 22Time Limit Rule . 229. PITCHING REGULATIONS. 22Preliminaries . 22Starting the Pitch. 22Legal Delivery . 22Defensive Positioning . 23Foreign Substance . 23The Catcher . 23Quick Return Pitch . 23Intentional Base on Balls . 24Warm-Up Pitches . 24No Pitch. 24Illegal Pitcher . 25Non-charged Pitching Conference . 2510. BATTING . 25The On-Deck Batter . 25Batting Order . 26Batting Position . 27A Strike is Called by the Umpire . 27A Ball is Called by the Umpire . 28The Batter is Out . 2811. BATTER-RUNNER & RUNNER . 29The Batter becomes A Batter-Runner . 29Batter-Runner is Out . 31The Batter-Runner is Out . 33Touching Bases in Legal Order . 33Runners are entitled to advance with liability to be put out . 34A Runner Forfeits His Exemption From Liability to be Put Out . 34Runners are Entitled to Advance Without Liability to be Put Out . 34A Runner Must Return to His Base . 37The Runner is Out . 37The Runner is Not Out . 40Courtesy Runner . 42Baserunner’s (Second) Home Plate . 4212. DEAD BALL, BALL IN PLAY . 42The Ball is Dead . 42The Ball is in Play . 43Delayed Dead Ball . 4413. UMPIRES . 453VERSION: June 2018 Special Olympics, Inc., 2018All rights reserved
SOFTBALLSPORT RULES126.96.36.199.18.19.20.Power and Duties . 45The Plate Umpire . 46The Base Umpire . 46Responsibilities of a Single Umpire . 46Change of Umpires . 46Umpires Judgment. 47Signals . 478. Suspension of Play . 48Violations and Penalties . 48COACHES, PLAYERS, & SUBSTITUES . 49Coaches . 49Line-Up Cards and Rosters . 49Players . 50Starting Players . 51Extra Player . 51Re-Entry . 51Substitutes/Illegal Player . 52Disqualified or Ejected Participant . 54Disrupted Calls . 54Dugout Conduct . 55REPLACEMENT PLAYER . 55Replacement Player .
The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for Softball shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. As an international sports program, Special Olympics has created these rules based upon World Softball