Universal Intramural Rules
1. All participants must be a current member of the WAC and present a membership card at every event.
2. All players on the team must be wearing the same color shirt.
3. All teams must arrive 15 minutes prior to game time ready to play.
4. Proper attire must be worn at all times.
5. No jeans, no pants/shorts with cargo pockets and no exposed belt loops.
6. No jewelry.
7. Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times!
8. Caps, visors, sock hats, and sunglasses may be worn for outdoor sports only.
Prior to game time:
1. Captains are responsible for making sure all participants sign-in.
2. Please make sure that participants are gathered around officials at least 5 minutes before game time to go over rules.
3. Paper/Rock/Scissors, a disc flip, etc. will replace coin toss prior to the start of each game.
1. A maximum of twelve (12) players can be checked in for a team at one game.
2. A maximum of one (1) varsity baseball or softball player may be on the roster at any time.
3. A minimum of eight (8) players must be present and ready to play in order to avoid a forfeit (at least 3 men and 3 women).
4. At eight (8) minutes after the official start time, the game will be called a forfeit.
5. All participants are required to wear a glove while in the field.
6. Regulation softball bats and balls must be used and will be provided. Catchers and pitchers are required to wear a mask and one will be provided.
7. A team will consist of ten (10) players on the field.
8. All twelve (12) players on the roster may bat, in alternating gender order.
9. Players on the 12-person roster may freely change fielding positions between innings but must continue to bat in the same batting order.
Intramural Co-Rec Softball games will be conducted under rules set by the ASA and Hendrix College and will be enforced whenever applicable.
1. Games will consist of 5 innings or 55 minutes, whichever occurs first. When time expires, the score will be recorded as is during regular season play. During playoffs, the inning will be completed.
2. The only required field positions are the catcher and pitcher.
3. There shall be no bunting.
4. Pitches must be legal arcing at least 6 feet. FOR SAFETY REASONS, batted illegal pitches will be an automatic out. The official behind the plate will yell “illegal” if the pitch is flat.
5. Pitches must be one continuous motion with an underhand swing.
6. Any ball caught in the air inside the fence is an out.
7. Any thrown ball that leaves the playing field shall result in the base the runner was heading to plus one.
1. Each batter will begin their at-bat with one (1) ball and one (1) strike. Each swing with which the ball is not put into fair territory will be counted as a strike. It is possible to strike out on a foul ball.
2. Run rules will be in effect: if a team is down by 15 or more runs after three (3) innings, or ten (10) after 5 innings, the game will be stopped.
3. In the event of a tie, one (1) extra inning will be played in league play unless time has expired. In the playoffs, games will be continued until a winner is decided.
Fouls and Penalties
1. A foul ball is a ball that does not stay between the foul lines drawn on the field before it touches the ground inbounds and before it crosses the first or third bases. A ground ball may be foul and become fair by rolling back inbounds before it comes to rest. This must take place before the ball crosses first or third base.
2. A base runner may not leave his/her base until the ball is hit. Leaving the base will result in an out.
3. A ball in the pitcher’s possession while the pitcher is on the mound is considered dead. No stealing.
4. A base runner may not advance to the next base on a fly ball until the ball is caught or it touches the ground. If the ball is caught and the runner does not make it back to their base before the ball, the result will be an out.
5. Running out of the baseline to avoid a tag, or to interfere with a defensive player, will result in an out.
6. NO SLIDING INTO BASES/PLATES.
Base on Balls – When the batter reaches first base by four pitches outside of the strike zone (also known as a walk).
Dead Ball – A ball that is no longer in play (caught or otherwise).
Ground Rule Double – Awarded to a batter when his/her fair ball bounces into an obstruction (bushes, road, etc.).