JAM rules for NATION LEAGUES: Softball - Men's (STAGE 3)

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Softball: Men’s

There is only one format of Men’s Softball under Nation Leagues rules. It is described in its entirety below.

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Game Time

All Softball games are 1 hour and 40-minutes in length, with no new inning after 1 hour 30-minutes. Please arrive early to ensure you get the full use of your allotted diamond time. Regardless of when your game begins your game will always end on time to allow the succeeding games to begin at their scheduled time.

Time Keeping: The on-site Nation Leagues staff member will be keeping track of time with the assistance of the umpire and will determine the end of your game. In this instance, the umpire will notify you when heading into the last inning.

Defaults: A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad by 20 minutes after the official start time. A team must have a minimum of 7 players in order to start a game.  Defaults are beyond the control of the league, and there will be no refunds for defaults.



A full squad consists of nine (9) players on the diamond at once.


Playing Area

All softball diamonds vary in size and there is no set standard for Nation Leagues Softball Surfaces, however, all bases must be set out to Nation Leagues standards. There is no set-up required for Softball. All equipment will be provided and will be set up by Nation Leagues staff. The umpire will determine any specific ground rules in regards to the specific diamond before the game begins unless otherwise stated in the rules (i.e. home runs)


Base Distances:

Softball bases should be placed roughly 65 feet apart, or whatever works best given the size of the diamond.


Equipment/Set Up

All softball bases will be provided and set up by the Nation Leagues on-site staff member. Teams are responsible for bringing their own bats, gloves, helmets, protective equipment and provided softballs to league games.

No Metal cleats allowed.



No jewellery is allowed.

Helmets must be worn on base, at bat and while on deck.

Back catching equipment must be worn. This includes the face mask, chest protector and shin guards.

The home team presents umpire with 2 game balls (They don’t have to be brand new but must be in good quality)



Teams are required to bring both light and coloured shirts to every game. Team colours are posted on the Nation Leagues website in your schedule. If two teams have the same colour the team captains should contact each other to ensure that each team knows what colour to wear.

Defaults: There is no default for players that don’t wear the right colour. However, that player must do everything they can to ensure it’s not confusing for the opposition. Whether this means wearing a pinny, a hat, a teammate’s shirt, etc. Under no circumstances can a player purposefully deceive the opposition.


Softball 101

The goal of Softball is to score more runs than the opposition. A run is scored if a player touches each base and home plate safely. Nation Leagues Men’s Softball will follow a modified fast pitch delivery.



There are three major parts to a modified fast pitch delivery: the starting position, the back-swing up to the top of the windup, and the forward swing down to and through the release.










Nation Leagues Rules and Exceptions

Home Runs

Dieppe Park:

Muirhead Park:


Regular Season Matches

All regular season matches can end in a tie.


Playoffs Tiebreak

There must be a winner in a playoff match. The home team is the higher seeded team from the regular season. In the event that the match ends in a tie, teams will partake in the following tie-breaker until a winner is determined:

In the playoffs, if a game is tied after 7 innings or 1 hour 30 minutes, then the game will continue until the tie is broken with each half-inning consisting of 2 outs instead of 3. The last batter to have completed their at-bat of the previous inning starts the inning on 2nd base. This format is continued until the tie is broken.


Rough Play

Any rough or physical play will result in immediate expulsion from further league play and may result in a lifetime league expulsion. Please see the JAM General Policy for our official guidelines on this subject. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play.  This rule supersedes all others. 

Please note that on-site staff and umpires have full autonomy when supervising games. Games may be stopped entirely, players may be asked to leave the playing area or be removed from the game entirely under their discretion.



There are absolutely no alcoholic beverages permitted on Nation Leagues property. Any offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No exceptions.