11.25 MSP Senior Rules -
Men’s Slow Pitch 50-over, 55-over and 60-over will use the senior rules set by USA
(a) ARC: 6 to 12 feet
(b) Pitching Count: 1 ball and 1 strike
(c) Pitchers Box: Pitchers can pitch from anywhere in the
box, which is the width of the rubber and extends back 10 feet. (2 by 10
feet). One foot must be touching the box
or inside when pitcher starts his delivery.
Other USA Softball-type rules apply (no quick pitch, no behind the back)
Mat: The strike mat will be 34 1/2 inches long & 21 inches wide. The mat will cover up the original home plate
up to the front edge of the plate. A
legal pitch striking any part of the mat will be a strike.
(e) Five-runs-an-inning rule: Teams can score only five runs per inning
until the 7th inning, during which unlimited rums are allowed. When the potential fifth run reaches base,
announce that. “Five on one” means fifth run on first base. “Five on two” means fifth run on second.
(f) Flip-flop rule: When visitors are ahead by 10 or more
runs at the start of the 7th inning, the home team bats first, flip
flop is mandatory.
(g) Home Plate: If they touch original home plate they are
out. Catcher’s plate must tag original
plate while in possession of the ball to record an out before runner crosses 2nd
home plate. Runner may not return to
third after crossing the commitment line (20 feet from home). If a catcher tags the runner after he crosses
the 2nd home plate the runner automatically is safe.
(h) Courtesy Runners: Unlimited per inning. A player can be a courtesy runner once per
inning. If the courtesy runner is on
base when his turn to bat comes, he is out on the base and then bats. (Any roster player can be a courtesy runner. No courtesy runner for a courtesy runner
except in case of injury that forces the first courtesy runner from the game).
Courtesy runners officially are in the game once they touch the base. Announce the runner’s number. (Scorekeepers track this. Umpires should too.
(i) Extra Batters: Teams can bat all players, whether that’s 10,
11, 12 or more
(j) Sliding: No sliding at first base (batter-runner)
Except to avoid a collision.
(k) Extra-inning rule: International
tie-breaker rule applies. Last batter of
previous inning starts at second base. He
cannot be lifted for a courtesy runner until he reaches third.
(l) Bats: Nearly every bat made in
2012 or earlier is legal; newer bats need USA Softball certification stamp
senior bat don’t need bat testing 2000, 2004, 2014.
(m) Home Runs: Excess ones are outs. When a home run is hit, all offensive players
can walk off the field (hit and sit is legal). 2 home runs are allowed per
(n) Injuries: If a player has to leave the game for any
reason other than ejection, and the team has no sub, an out is recorded the
FIRST time the player’s position comes to bat no out after that.
may wear mitts.
time starts with coin flip. There will be a 65 minute time limit.
Equalizer Rule When playing a team that has
6 or more players from an unequal age or skill level. The older or lower still rated team receives
an equalizer of 5 runs. 1 run per inning
from the 2nd inning thru the 6th inning or an 11th
player. Or if the whole team is a
division older or lower rated team they will receive both the runs and the 11th
player. The team giving the equalizer
shall be the home team