Mushball Rules

TEAM COMPOSITION:

1.  Teams must be composed of at least 8 players.  Half male and half female.  There may be up to 10 or more players on the roster, but the 50/50 ration will be maintained.

   a.  If there are 9 players in the field, 5 must be female.

   b.  If there are more than 10 players on the roster, only 10 may play in the field.  But, additional players beyond 10 may be included in the batting order.  The batting order must be altenately male/female.  If there are more men in the batting order than women, the women will continue batting alternately by starting over before all men have batted.

2.  At least 8 players (50/50 gender ratio) must be available to start the game.  If the number and ratio cannot be met the game will be a forfeit after 10 minutes from the scheduled start time.

GAME PROCEDURES:

1.  A game consists of 7 innings or 50 minutes, which ever is reached first.

2.  After 50 minutes has passed, if the 7 innings have not been completed, the game will continue until the end of the inning that is being played.  The team that is ahead at that time will be the winner, even if 7 innings are not played.

3.  If the game is tied after 7 innings  that game will continue until a team is ahead at the end of an inning, but not beyond the 50 minute limitation.  If the game is tied after 50 minutes and the final inning has been completed, play must continue, as there cannot be a tie in an elimination bracket.

BATTING PROCEDURES:

1.  Each batter will recieve two pitches. If ball is not put into play by the second pitch, batter will be considered out.

2. THERE IS NO BUNTING. Any attempt at a bunt will result in an automatic out.

3. 2 Homerun limit per game.

4. "One-Up Rule" - if both teams have reached their 2 Homerun limit, either team may hit an additional homerun; however, no team may go up more than one homerun on the other team.

PITCHING RULES

1. Teams will pitch to themselves (they will provide the pitcher when they are batting).

2. The offensive pitcher will pitch from a kneeling position just outside of the batters box at home plate.

BASE RUNNING

1.  No leading off or stealing base.

2.  No sliding into a base at any time.

3.  When coming home the runner may not touch home plate.  The runner only needs to run through a lline drawn behind and perpendicular to home plate to score.  If the catcher catches the ball at home before the runner reaches the line, the runner is out.  No tag is necessary.  If the catcher attempts to tag the runner, the runner is automatically safe. (The objective of the above is to eliminate all possibility of collisions between runners and catchers.

4.  At first base there will be an additional base, just to the outside of the sideline for the runner to run through and touch before the first baseman catches the ball.