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A.    COMMITMENT LINE:  A commitment line will be marked perpendicular to the left foul line and 20 feet from the rear edge of home plate, and extend at least 6 feet into foul territory.  If the base runner’s foot touches or goes beyond this line, the runner is committed to go home.

B.    SCORING PLATE:  Runners will score at an auxiliary home plate positioned in line with the home plate and first base, and approximately 8 ft. to the left of home plate.  If a runner touches the original home plate, he will be ruled out.

C.    STRIKE ZONE MAT:  A strike zone mat will be used that is the width of home plate and measures 32½" from the front of home plate to the rear of the mat.

D.    DOUBLE BAG:  A base will be placed in foul territory, touching 1st base, and at equal distance to home plate.  On plays made at first base, the runner must touch the outside bag and the fielder must touch the inside bag.  In the event that either the runner or fielder touches the wrong bag, they may be ruled out or safe by the umpire.


A.    The height of a legal pitch from the playing surface must be between 6 and 12 feet; a batter may swing at an illegal pitch.  The strike zone mat will be used.  Legal pitches striking any portion of the mat or plate will be strikes.

B.    A pitching screen shall be used at all times.  The pitching screen will be placed no more than 4 feet in front of the pitching rubber and must cover at least half of the pitching plate.  The pitcher may pitch over the top, or from either side of the screen.  Once the pitching screen is in place, it must remain there unless the pitcher changes, in which case it can be moved.

C.    The pitcher must release the ball with at least 1 foot on the pitching rubber.  Once the ball is released, the pitcher must move behind the screen.  Once the ball is hit, he is free to play the ball.

D.    All hits of the pitcher’s screen by the batter will be considered a strike (two during a single time up at bat will be an out).

3.     BATTING:

A.  On-Deck Batter – Delay of Game (10 to 15 seconds): A player should be prepared to enter the batting box once the player ahead in batting order has batted.  If batting is delayed:

1) First time – The player will receive a batting warning.

2) Second time – The player will be penalized an additional strike (start with 2 strikes).

Each new game (not each inning), this will reset.

B.  The batter is entitled to either two strikes or three balls.  A batter can pick up a strike by a called strike, a swinging miss, a tip, hitting the pitcher screen, or a foul ball.

C.   Home Runs – “2 Home Runs per person / game will be allowed, the next Home Run will result in the player being called out.


A.    Safety: All base runners must stay clear of a defensive player making a play on a batted or thrown ball.

B.    Reaching First Base:  If there is a play at 1st on a runner going from home to 1st base, the base runner must touch the outside bag – unless he moves out of the way of the defensive player in order to avoid a collision. 

C.    Overrunning:  If second or third bases are overrun, the runner can be tagged out.  Sliding is allowed.

D.    Commitment Line:  Once a runner's foot touches the ground on or past the commitment line, the runner may not return to 3rd base.  He must continue toward the scoring plate.

E.     Retiring Runners At Home:  The defensive player must have possession of the ball while touching home plate or the strike zone mat and there will be no tag play at home plate.  The runner will be called out if he touches or crosses over any portion of either home plate or the strike zone mat.  When a catcher is on the team at bat and is not at home plate for a play, the runner will be called out.

F.     Courtesy Runners:  Any member of a team may be used as a courtesy runner subject to:

1)     A courtesy runner may be replaced on base by another if on deck and will not be called out.

2)     The same courtesy runner may not be used more than once per inning.

3)     A courtesy runner may be used for players 75 or older at any time, and for injured players when the defensive manager agrees.

4)     When absolutely needed, a player may have a courtesy runner from home plate and the courtesy runner must start from a line 4 ft. behind an imaginary line running from 3rd base to home plate.  The batter/courtesy runner will only be allowed a single.  Once on base, the runner may advance as many bases as possible after the next batter gets up.

5.     UMPIRES:  

A.    The catcher will call balls, strikes, and foul balls.

B.    The 1st base umpire will call illegal pitches and plays at 1st and home.

C.    The 3rd base umpire will call illegal pitches and plays at 2nd and 3rd.

D.    Any disagreement with a call is limited to 30 seconds.  Umpire’s/catcher’s call rules.

E.     If an umpire is not available or not paying attention, a questionable call will go against the runner.  If an umpire cannot see based on perspective, the other umpire can assist; if they did not clearly see, the call goes against the runner.

6.     GENERAL:

A.  Inning/Game Length:  Below rules can be adjusted on game day based on players and weather:

1)     5-Run Rule: During the 1st through 6th innings, a side will be retired when it makes 3 outs or scores 5 runs, whichever occurs first (2 innings are played at a time). The 5-run rule does not apply during the 7th or higher innings.  

2)     10-Run Rule: A game will be called if a team is up 10 runs or more after 5 innings.

B.  Warnings:  A player leaving mid-game because they are upset, inappropriate language and/or physical contact, and other problematic behavior elicit Warnings (from the Board).

1)  First Offense on current record = Warning.  Warning stays on record for 6 months.

2)  Second Offense = two weeks Suspension.  Suspension stays on record for 12 months.

3)  Offense with 1 Suspension on record = 1 month Suspension.  Suspension stays on record for 12 months.

4)  Offense with 2 Suspensions on record = Player is expelled from SOBs.



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a.      All players must become members in the Sebastian Old Boys (SOB) organization with the exceptions noted below.

b.     Players are considered members after dues have been paid.

c.      Non-members are not eligible to participate in SOB activities with the exceptions noted below.

d.     All players must be at least 50 years old to become a member in the Sebastian Old Boys (SOB) organization with the exceptions noted below.

2.     DUES

a.      Dues are $15 for new and existing members due at the beginning of the season (Oct. 1); seasonal players pay when they return to town.

b.     Dues will be collected in August/September for the following year.  If dues are not paid as of Oct. 15th, a player who has been playing during the normal collection period will not be allowed to continue to play until dues are paid.  Seasonal players are given a 2-week grace period once they arrive to play for the season.

c.      Dues are intended for game expenses such as softballs and miscellaneous expenses.  Excess revenue can be used for occasional refreshments at organizational games and special events.


a.      New players, visitors, and past members are allowed to play up to 2 weeks free of dues during the regular season.

b.     In unusual circumstances (injured player returning to test his/her skills, inability of the organization to fill roster for organizational games, etc.), a person can be granted temporary approval to play by majority vote of the organization’s officers on hand that day.

c.      The board has the power to override the age requirement in special circumstances.


a.      To be nominated or elected as a board member, you must be a full-time Sebastian (or surrounding area) resident and a paid member in the organization continuously for a minimum of 1 year.

b.     As a board member, you are responsible to play in as many games as possible barring emergencies, work, injury, sickness, or vacations.

c.      Board members shall assist in making the teams, as needed.  They are also responsible for the equipment and maintaining a positive atmosphere at all times.

d.     All new board members shall be on probation for a period of 6 months after being elected.  At any time during the probationary period, he or she may be removed by a majority vote of the board members.

e.      The board has the ability to waive requirements as needed to fill a board position if no one else is willing who fits the needs.

f.      Elections will be held as needed to fill an open board position.  A majority of members present is needed to approve the election of a new board member.

g.     Board members can be removed by a majority vote of the members present in March at the annual meeting.


rev. 03/06/19

1.  Odd Number of Players and Making Teams:

a)     When an odd number of players are split into one larger team and one smaller team:  one player from the larger team will switch to the smaller team for the second game.  The two team managers (only) will decide the player to switch.

b)     When an even number of players are split into teams with equal numbers:  no switching of players will be done between games.


2.  Outfield Line for Women:

a)     When a woman is batting, outfielders have to stay behind the light poles.  They can cross this line once the ball is hit.


3.  5-Run Rule Modification based on Number of Players and/or Heat:

a)     From July 1st to Sept 30th, based on heat, runs per inning should be limited as follows:

b)     21 or more players – 5 runs

c)     18 to 20 players – 4 runs

d)     17 players or less – 3 runs

e)     This guideline can be implemented at other times by players present that day (based on vote).


4.     Players policing themselves on safe and out calls is a modification to the existing Umpire Rules:

a)     Players policing themselves on safe and out calls; If they can not reach an agreement on the call it will default to the applicable base coach per Umpire Rules.