League Rules

  1. Membership Requirement: The Bible is our only rule for faith and practice. Any team seeking membership must apply through our league commissioner and be in agreement with the following statement:
    • We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, was given by inspiration of God, and is our only rule in matters of faith and practice.
    • We believe in creation, not evolution; that man was created by the direct act of God and in the image of God.
    • We believe that Adam and Eve, in yielding to the temptation of Satan, became fallen creatures. We believe that all men are born in sin.
    • We believe in the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, and the Deity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe in His vicarious and substitutional Atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross. We believe in the resurrection of His body from the tomb, His ascension into Heaven, and that He is now our Advocate. We believe that He is personally coming again.
    • We believe in His power to save men from sin. We believe in the necessity of the New Birth, and that this New Birth is through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, plus nothing–minus nothing, in the atoning blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    • We believe that this statement of faith is a basis for Christian fellowship, and that all born-again men and women who sincerely accept it can and should live together in peace, and that it is their Christian duty to promote harmony among the members of the Body of Christ, who are walking separately from the world both in theory and in practice.

      It is at the league discretion to exclude any team or teams that are not in accordance with the above statement.
  2. The home team will supply an umpire for the whole game. The home team may choose to provide a current A.S.A. sanctioned umpire to ump their games. (Umpire pay is the responsibility of the home team.)
  3. The home team will supply a regulation size and color home plate with a carpet to call balls and strikes by (see diagram at bottom of page). ANY ball that hits the carpet (even if it also hits the plate) will be called a strike.
  4. All players will wear pants nothing short of mid-thigh.
  5. Each team has the option to bat all players or a specific number of players. Teams that bat a specific number of players are subject to ASA substitution rules on their batting lineup. Teams may freely change the fielding positions of all players in the current batting lineup (including 'bench'), regardless of whether they bat everyone or a specific number.
  6. A team may designate a single player to be a Fielder-Only (FO). This player would take the field on defense, but would not bat in the lineup. The team must still have (at least) 10 batters in their batting lineup to be able to have a FO player. The FO player designation should only be used in circumstances where the player cannot bat due to injury or physical limitation, not simply because the player is a poor hitter. This designation must be communicated to the coach of the opposing team and the umpire before the game.
  7. The home team will supply a new ball. The visiting team will supply a good used ball for backup.
  8. Steel spikes will not be allowed.
  9. Sub runners will be allowed for physical injuries or any player needing a runner that has been designated before the game. The sub will be the one who made the last out. The batter must make it safely to first base before the sub runner is used.
  10. The league will purchase trophies for the tournament.
  11. Postponed games will be rescheduled between involved managers. If the two managers cannot agree on a makeup date, the commissioner will arbitrate, and may declare a forfeit if one team is unwilling (but otherwise able) to make the game up.
  12. Starting times will be arranged by the two managers of each game.
  13. A team will be allowed to play with eight (8) players.
  14. Only men and boys entering the 9th grade and up will be allowed to play.
  15. No profanity, smoking, or drinking of alcoholic beverages will be allowed by players at league or tournament games.
  16. All games will be played on 60- or 65-foot bases, with a preference for 65-foot bases. 60-foot bases should only be used if those are the only option available on the field being played on. The pitching rubber will be 50 feet.
  17. The home team should supply enough treats for the players and fans for a time of fellowship after the game. There is flexibility with this due to COVID, but it's still encouraged.
  18. Tournament games will have a 60-minute time limit with no inning starting after 55 minutes. A 10 run rule after five innings will also apply. A two out man on 2nd base format will be used in case of a tie with total bases and maximum of 5 runs winning. Sixty-minute rule waived for all trophy games.
  19. Any violation of the above said rules must be brought to the coaches' attention and be corrected immediately. The violating team will forfeit the game with a score of 0-15 if they refuse correction. (At this time this rule should be shown to opposing team.)
  20. Any Baptist church of like faith having a team but too far away to participate in our league may be in our tournament upon agreeing with our rules and upon commissioner approval.
  21. Any member of a church of like faith which does not have enough players for a full team may play on the team of another church in the league.
  22. A TCBCSL church may enter an additional team into the tournament provided it is comprised of players affiliated with that church.
  23. The tournament rosters for all teams that participated in the regular season must be made up of players that played in at least 1/3 of the teams games that season. If additional players are needed (to replace injured players, add a couple of substitutes, church members whose work schedules don't allow them to play very many games during the regular season, etc.), they must be members or regular attendees of the church. This rule also applies to a church that has one team during the regular season and two teams in the tournament. Both teams would need to be made up of players who played in 1/3 of the regular season games or were members or regular attendees of the church.
  24. The league will provide the game balls for tournament games, but teams are responsible for purchasing balls for regular season games. The specifications of this ball are ASA standard - COR .52 and 300lb compression. Any backup balls used should have the same specifications.
  25. Bats must be ASA-approved (including the new USA branding). Bats that only have USSSA stamps will not be allowed.
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