Softball League Information

The AABA Softball League gives members a chance to get to know other members in a relaxed setting. Softball games take place every Thursday evening beginning in April and continue through the league tournament in August. If you are interested in joining or starting a team, contact one of the Softball League Committee Chairs.

Softball League Committee
John Doud               (410) 268-6600
Kemp Hammond      (410) 974-9200
Jonathan Pasterick  (410) 263-3131
 

Season Schedule
The 2015 AABA Softball League season has concluded. Congratulations to North County on winning the championship in the 2015 AABA Softball League Tournament. Click here to view photos from the playoff games.  


Game Fields
Griscom Fields (#1 and #2) and Collison Field
273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 263-7958

Information on the fields and cancellations can be found at www.annapolis.gov/recreationNo alcoholic beverages are allowed on City property. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the league.

Team Dues
The dues for this year are $600 per team and is payable to the AABA by the start of the season. The fee covers field rentals, umpires and softballs, as well as money for various other league activities and trophies.

League Rules

1. ASA co-ed rules apply with exceptions noted on the local rules sheet.

2. Two games will be played on the Griscom Fields, and three games on Collison every Thursday. The first game will start at 6:30 p.m. and the second game will start at 7:45 p.m. The 7:45 game on Collison will be a double header, and the second game will start following the conclusion of the first, approximately 9:00 p.m. If a team wishes to take batting practice, then that should occur prior to 6:30 with due regard to any other users of the facility. IF A TEAM CANNOT FIELD THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF THE START TIME, THE GAME IS FORFEITED. Forfeit time for the first game of the double header is within 10 minutes of the start time. If the forfeiting team is unable to field a team within 25 minutes of the original start time, they will forfeit the second game of the double header also.

3. Four (4) innings constitutes an official game or three and one half (3 1/2) innings if the home team is leading. A game called due to the time limit is also an official game regardless of the number of innings completed. 
If a game is stopped for any reason (e.g. weather, lightning, or darkness) before the game has completed 3 ½ or 4 innings, the game may be suspended and could resume from the point of curtailment at a time scheduled by the City of Annapolis.  The City of Annapolis has the right to declare a stopped game complete if no date/time is available to resume the game.  If a game is stopped short for any reason (e.g. weather, lightning or darkness) and is declared complete, the final score will revert back to the last completed inning. For example, if the visiting team leads in the top of the 6th but the bottom of the 6th cannot be completed because of darkness or a weather delay and the time limit has been reached, the game will be considered complete at the bottom of the 5thinning.

4. There shall be a minimum of two women playing in the field at all times.

5. The minimum number of players needed to start a game is eight - two of which must be women. IF A TEAM PLAYS WITH ONLY EIGHT PLAYERS, THE NINTH POSITION IN THE BATTING ORDER WILL BE RECORDED AS AN AUTOMATIC OUT EACH TIME THAT POSITION IS SUPPOSED TO BAT.

6. Teams may have two designated hitters, as long as one is female. (12 person line-up)

7. Free substitution will be allowed at all times.

8. Ringer Rule - Each team must have 7 legitimate players on the field at all times. The definition of a legitimate player is as follows: "Any attorney, support staff employed by an attorney in a legal related business on a regular basis, any paralegal, any employee of any of the County Courthouses or their agencies such as the Clerk of the Court and Sheriff's Office, State's Attorney's Office, Office of the Public Defender, any employee of the Department of the Legislative Services, any employee of the Governor's Office or the Office of Budget Management, any person who has played in the league prior to the 2006 season. All teams are urged to recruit new players from members of the bar association. 

9. Every batter will begin with a one strike, one ball count. (1-1). A batter is out after three strikes. A batter is granted a walk after four balls. With 2 strikes a batter fouling off 2 more pitches will be called out on strikes.

10. Male batters will be pitched a 12" softball. Female batters may choose between the 12" ball and an 11" ball.

11. 150' rule - outfielders are prohibited from playing any closer than 150' from home plate when a women is at bat. The 150' will be marked by a traffic cone on the foul lines.

12. Slaughter Rule - There shall be a 10 run slaughter rule in effect for every game as follows: After the losing team bats in the 5th inning, if losing by 10 or more runs the game is ended.

13. Men must use Easton Hammer SK4 softball bats. Women use aluminum and must adhere to Banned Bat List.

14. Three (3) home runs per team per game. Any more are outs.

15. Time limit: No new inning will start after 1 hour and 15 minutes from the start of the game. If the game is ended by operation of this time limit rule, the score of the game will revert back to the last official inning. Games can end in a tie.

16. The umpires shall make all calls on the field.

17. The State Bar tournament team will be selected by the manager of the first place team at the end of the regular season and each team will select one player to represent their team.

18. Seeding for the post season tournament which will involve all teams seeded by record. In the event of a tie between two or more teams record wise will be decided first by examining head to head records and then by coin flip.

19. To be eligible for the playoffs the player must have played in at least one regular season game. However, a member of the AABA can be added at any time.

20. All rules stated above supercede any written ASA slowpitch softball rules, as noted in #4 on the rules sheet attached to the schedule.