MOUNTAIN PITCH AT LITTLE MOUNTAIN SPORTSPLEX
6&4 BIG BALL SMALL BALL SUMMER SLO-PITCH BASIC INFORMATION
2020 – BASIC INFORMATION
SEASON PLAY: The regular season consists of 34 evening games (17 double headers). All games are 6 inning games. It runs from the week of May 3, 2020 to the week ending September 17, 2020. League games WILL NOT be played on long weekends (May17, Aug2, Sep 6).
PLAY-OFFS: All teams make play-offs which take place on September 19&20, 2020 – 4 game guarantee (6 innings). Teams may opt-out at a later date if they cannot field a team. Refer to “OPT-OUTS” below for more information.
BALLS: Worth Hot Dots will be the only ball accepted for big ball, small ball. Eight (8) Male 12” balls, and Four (4) Female 11” balls will be supplied to all registered teams. All females will only hit the 11-inc ball and all males will only hi the 12-inch ball. IN the case a batter hits the wrong ball, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or having the batter go back up to bat and assume the previous count prior to the hit and the correct ball will be substituted. Umpires will be in charge of alternating balls for batters.
UMPIRES: All registration costs will cover umpires for season and play-off games. Dave Black, Mountain Pitch Umpire-In-Chief, will oversee all umpire assignments and honorariums.
LMS IS A NO GATE FEE FACILITY: Mountain Pitch league, tournament, and play-off players and guests will NOT be charged for entry.
LEAGUE FEES: Registration (which includes all umpire and facility/gate fees) is $2,150.00 plus $50.00 performance bond.
If not paid in full on or before March 30, 2020 (a minimum $950.00 deposit must be made), the remaining balance is due before your games as follows:
First installment (registration): On or before March 30, 2020 ($950.00 + $50.00 performance bond).
Second installment: Before your games, the week of April 13, 2020 ($800.00)
Third installment: Before your games, the week of May 4, 2020 ($400.00)
* Etransfers may be sent to email@example.com (use password: mountain)
- Teams must complete and submit registration prior to making payment(s).
* Cheques payable to: Little Mountain Sportsplex
* Teams are taken on a first pay, first play basis. A registration payment (along with completed form) must be received to guarantee your choice of weeknight.
* Teams will be charged a fee of $25.00 if any of the above payments are overdue.
REGISTRATION DATES: Registrations can be completed via email using e-transfers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or made in person on the following dates:
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 between 6:00pm & 8:00pm @ L.M.S.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 between 6:00pm & 8:00pm @ L.M.S.
Friday, March 6, 2020 between 6:00pm & 8:00pm @ L.M.S.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 between 12:00pm & 4:00pm @ L.M.S.
EARLY BIRD REWARDS: Any team that is paid in full before 11:59pm on January 15, 2020 will receive a $150.00 LMS Bar&Grill Gift Certificate, and a scorebook.
BATS: Mountain Pitch honours the SPN approved bat list which means all bats must have the USSSA stamp. Umpires will be checking the bats before games. To view the SPN Bat Policy, please click here: SPN Bat Policy
FIELD EQUIPMENT: Bases, pitching markers, and strike mats/home plates, are provided and set-up by Little Mountain Sportsplex. All field equipment is set-up and maintained by Little Mountain Sportsplex. All Little Mountain Sportsplex diamonds are dragged daily.
INSURANCE WAIVERS/ROSTERS: All team reps must enter their players via the SPN Member Registration System: an interactive database that allows you to become an individual member, create & register your team, and even register for the National & Provincial Championship events, all in the comfort of your own home/office (and even your smartphone!)! Once you set up your member account you will have continuous access to that account and your team information year after year. Upon registration for Mountain Pitch, your team will be provided a link to register your individual team members. All players must be registered before participating. To be eligible for play-offs, players must be registered before June 29, 2020 and have participated in a minimum ten (10) regular season games.
SCORECARDS/REPORTING: Umpires will be supplied with scorecards; however, it is the winning team’s responsibility to turn them (via black mailbox at LMS office inside hall) after their games. All winning teams are responsible to submit their scorecards there after their game concludes. If the winning team fails to submit their scorecard(s) within one hour of their last game, both teams will be recorded as a 0-0 tie. In the case of a tie or split, the HOME team of the last game is responsible for submitting the scorecard(s).
RAIN-OUT GAMES: All rain-out games will be added to Sunday schedules as earlier games. For example, if a Sunday gets rained out, the following two (2) Sundays will have triple headers with games starting one-hour earlier (5:20pm).
REGULAR SEASON/MAKEUPS: If your team cannot make a regular season game, they must give a minimum 48 hours notice to do so without penalty. Failure to give 48-hour notice and not field a team will result in a $60.00 fine. Failure to give 24-hour notice and not field a team will result in a $100.00 fine.
PLAY-OFFS: If your team wishes to opt-out, they must do so by 11:59pm the Tuesday prior to the tournament weekend. Failure to give less than Tuesday notice and not field a team will result in a $100.00 fine. Failure to give 24-hour notice and not field a team will result in a $150.00 fine.
All teams agree to comply with the Rules and Regulations of Little Mountain Sportsplex. No outside alcohol permitted. No tail gating allowed. Please make use the Clubhouse Bar&Grill and support our corporate sponsors. Violation of LMS Rules will result in loss of performance bond and/or expulsion from the league and/or facility.
6&4 BIG BALL SMALL BALL SEASON COORDINATOR: Matt Sigfusson
6&4 BIG BALL SMALL BALL SUMMER SLO-PITCH BASIC RULES & REGULATIONS
2020 – RULES & REGULATIONS
League executive reserve the right to revise these rules at their discretion and as they see fit. If this occurs, all team captains will be notified. Any rule not covered herein will be covered in the SPN Rulebook (click here to view). Please note: The below are rules specific to our league.
6 INNING DOUBLE HEADER GAMES: Two (2) games per night are played against the team listed on the schedule. A 12 run mercy rule is in effect after 4 innings of play. A 10 run mercy rule is in effect after 5 innings of play. GAME 1 of the night starts at 6:20pm. 10 minute maximum grace period for late arriving teams. In the event of a tie in GAME 1, it shall remain a tie, and GAME 2 shall begin. GAME 2 of the night will start shortly after the conclusion of GAME 1. If GAME 2 is tied, extra innings shall be played until a winner is declared. International rule in effect. Complete innings shall be played (top and bottom of the inning).
MAX RUNS PER INNING: A maximum seven (7) runs will be allowed per inning. Last inning is open (no limit). If there is a 17 run OR MORE difference, the team that is losing gets an unlimited inning ONLY to get within the mercy rule (9 run deficit). The inning stops once they get to a 9 run deficit. Then, the team ahead bats and has a chance to end the game. This can only happen in the 3rd and 4th inning (prevention of mercy) of any game because our 5th inning will always be unlimited.
SHOW UP & PLAY:
REGULAR SEASON/MAKE-UPS: If your team cannot make a regular season game, they must give a minimum 48 hours notice to do so without penalty. Failure to give 48-hour notice and not field a team will result in a $60.00 fine. Failure to give 24-hour notice and not field a team will result in a $100.00 fine.
PLAY-OFFS: If your team wishes to opt-out, they must do so by 11:59pm the Tuesday prior to the tournament weekend. Failure to give less than Tuesday notice and not field a team will result in a $100.00 fine. Failure to give 24-hour notice and not field a team will result in a $150.00 fine. Teams are permitted to play with a minimum of 8 players. Automatic outs must be recorded for any missing players.
Please be a minimum 10 minutes early before game time to complete game cards and assure all players have registered via www.slo-pitch.com. The only balls allowed for play will be the 11” (female) and 12” (male) Worth Optic (yellow) Hot Dot. Each team is to supply one (1) of each playable Worth Hot Dot previous to each game.
SLO-PITCH: Arc must be between 6 –12 feet “illegal pitch” will be called if ball not swung at. Illegal pitch will be an automatic ball. If ball is swung at the result of the pitch will stand.
STRIKE ZONE: When the ball hits the strike mat (anywhere including plate), the pitch will be deemed a "strike". Any pitch that does NOT hit the strike mat will be deemed a "ball". Balls and strikes may not be contested.
FOUL STRIKE: Every foul ball is recorded as a strike regardless of pitch-count.
WALKING: If a male batter is thrown 4 balls, without a strike, granting a 4-0 walk, while batting before a female, the male shall gain 2 bases for the walk.
BATTING ORDER: As per SPN rules.
SUBSTITUTIONS: As per SPN rules.
COURTESY RUNNERS: As per SPN rules.
BUNTING: As per SPN rules, no bunting is permitted. Players will be called “out” if they bunt, or attempt to bunt.
PROFANITY: Anyone using profanity, despite where it is directed, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
UMPIRE ABUSE: There is zero toleration for any verbal or physical abuse of umpires. All umpire decisions are final.
THREATS: Any threats issued towards opposing players and/or umpires will lead to player ejection and/or suspension from the league and/or facility.
DRESS CODE: Uniforms are optional but highly recommended. Dress appropriately for family-friendly environment. If something being worn is deemed offensive or could cause injury, umpires and/or park officials may ask for it to be removed or covered. If request is not fulfilled, you will be asked to leave the facility and further action may be applied.
PROTESTS: $75.00 per incident. If protest is won, your $75.00 will be returned if found valid. There will be no protesting the umpires’ judgement as his/her calls are final. If your team is found incorrect after protest, your $75.00 protest bond will be revoked.
SAFE-BAG: All first bases are safe bases, please use the orange when running through bag.
COMMITMENT LINE: No-touch home plate. 20ft. home plate commitment line is in play. Players that touch or physically cross home plate will be called “out.” No player may be tagged out once they have crossed the commitment line.
BASIC COMMUNICATION: All basic communication will be done via email.
LEAGUE EMAIL: email@example.com
LEAGUE WEBSITE: www.mountainpitch.com
WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: Little Mountain Sportsplex will make a daily game calls at 4:00pm based on whether diamonds are “playable” or “not playable”. In the event of potential “not playable” days due to weather, all players are to view our website(s) at: www.mountainpitch.com and/or the Little Mountain Sportsplex website at: www.littlemtnsports.com. Little Mountain Sportsplex (@LittleMtnSports) will also be updated on all social media. Although in most cases an official call will be made at 4:00pm, if weather shows inconsistencies at 4:00pm, a 1 hour delay will be put on the official game call making the official game call 5:00pm. If an evening is deemed playable, all official game calls will be made on field by the nightly umpire(s).
Any rule not listed here will be in accordance with the SPN Rulebook.
LITTLE MOUNTAIN SPORTSPLEX
2020 – PARK RULES & REGULATIONS
- LMS reserves the right to refuse entry and/or service to anyone.
- No outside food or beverage allowed. No COOLERS are allowed on-site. LMS has the right to inspect all coolers remove them immediately if found onsite. Team representatives will be responsible for all their teams. $100.00 fine will be placed on all teams which are caught with outside liquor. If a team is caught a second time, a minimum four (4) game suspension will take place.
- No open liquor allowed outside licensed areas. $100.00 fine will be placed on all teams which are caught with liquor outside licensed areas.
- Any/all outside alcohol and/or alcohol outside the licensed areas will be confiscated.
- No vehicles allowed on diamonds or fields. Speed limit is 20km on all roadways.
- All animals must be kept on leash. No pets allowed inside hospitality centre. If you chose to bring pet, please clean-up after it.
- All park rules and league constitutions are enforced by park & league officials.
- No “soft toss” hitting against any of the facilities fences.
- Anyone damaging park property will be asked to leave the facility and could face further suspension.
- Any excessive clean-up required after games/events will be charged a rate of $50.00/field clean-up.