About Dixie Softball

ABOUT US

Thank you for visiting the official site for HYL Dixie Softball.  We play and practice at Tom Varn Park in the City of Brooksville, Florida.  If you happen to have pictures or videos involving some of our activities, please feel free to upload to:  uploads@hyldixiesoftball.com   We will peruse, appove, and add to this media to the website as time is available.  Please make sure of the content prior to uploading, and send in web formats of (jpg, bmp, png,  or mpg, avi, wmv) if you would like your information shared. 

 

 

HYL Dixie Girls Softball Local League Rules

Hernando Youth Leagues Inc. Effective May 17, 2010

1) HYL PURPOSE STATEMENT

a) Organization Vision: The Corporation (Hernando Youth Leagues, Inc.) was founded for charitable purposes – to provide recreational facilities and activities for the youth of the community. All youth leagues organized with Hernando youth Leagues, Inc shall have as the core purpose to provide an enjoyable recreation experience with the emphasis on participation, good sportsmanship, developing basic playing skills and learning an appreciation of the sport. In no way should a league, a team or a coach displace this core purpose in order to focus primary on the competitive side of sport and or to prefect an all-star performance out of a few individual’s players. While competition is part of the game or sport - HYL coaches and league official should encourage teaching and learning understanding and player participation. Coach’s parents and players shall understand and support this philosophy, as it is the principal at the heart of this youth organization.

(a) When parents complete and sign the softball registration form- they’re stating that they understand and endorse this purpose and agree to abide by the rules and policy of the League.

2) LEAGUE ORGANIZATION

a) History Organization of Hernando Youth League: The Board of Director of Hernando Youth Leagues, Inc (HYL) under whose umbrella the Brooksville Girls Softball operation as one of several youth, recreational “leagues” in the Hernando County area. HYL is a non-profit organization begun in 1972 for the purpose of offering recreational sports for local youths.

The HYL master board meets once a month to review each league’s activities, including its financial report. The Board is elected from the members-families and youth participations in a recreational league. The Board then elects it’s officers, which include the Directors of each sport league. The Board provides each league director with considerable discretion to manage the operation of their individual league.

Organization of the Girls Softball League Managing Committee: With the approval of the Board, the Director of the Girls Softball League designated softball Management Committee to assist with the administration and operation of the softball league. The committee is made up of the league director, assistant league director, a treasure, a secretary and the equipment manager. The committee meets monthly during the season or as needed to plan activities, review and propose rules, recommend coaches and otherwise ensure the smooth operation of the league.

3) UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

a) Uniforms and Restrictions: The league will furnish shirts and socks to each player in each division. Either caps or visors will be issued to each team in the T-Ball and Darlings Division. Angels, Ponytails, Belles, and Debs uniforms will have the player’s last name on the back of the uniforms. The HYL issued uniforms shall not be modified (e.g. shirt sleeves cut off) and shall be worn appropriately by all players. Parents are responsible for providing either pants or shorts for all divisions (depending on what the coach has decided to use). The league will provide shirts to all managers, coaches and the team mom. The coaches will also receive a cap or visor.

ALL-STAR UNIFORMS: Each All-Star players and Managers/Coaches will be provided with a shirt and cap / visor players will also receive socks for all-star play.

 

4) COACHES

  • a)  Regular season Head Coaches will be selected by the League Director and Board, in consultation with the Managing committee. Assistant Coaches will be proposed by the Head Coach and meet with approval of the League Director and (HYL Master Board). Coaches will be selected based on prior service and past conduct. Following a FDLE criminal background check, all coaches will be submitted to HYL Board for approval. Coaches will sign and abide by the HYL Purpose Statement and the Coach Code of Conduct and attend the NYSE Course. 
  • b)  Security / Safety of Children Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, Division Directors and Hernando Youth League Directors are to see that children are not left alone in the Parks used by Hernando Youth Leagues or other HYL activity. Adults are to stay with the youth until parents pick them up. 

5)  CONDUCT AND SPORTSMANSHIP: 

  • a)  The Game shall be played in the true spirit of sportsmanship. 
  • b)  Manager and Coaches shall be responsible for the conduct of their players and parents. 
  • c)  Profanity, vulgarity or any other type of unsportsmanlike conduct shall not be tolerated on the playing field or
    surrounding area. 
  • d)  Any player, coach, manager, or adult staff team member who physically attacks an umpire, player, officials or
    other coach, etc. shall be automatically ejected from the game and suspended from the league play for one (1) calendar year from the date of the attack. Player may appeal for reinstatement at the end of the current year to the board. 
  • e)  If player or adult team member becomes unruly, he or she shall be ejected from the game. After being ejected from the game, if he or she continues to participate in the game from outside the fence, it shall cause the umpire to forfeit the game to the opposite team. 
  • f)  The infraction of above conduct or unsportsmanlike conduct (umpire’s judgment) shall result in the following: First offense – two (2) game suspension, starting with the next game; Second offense – two (2) week suspension from the remainder of league play. Umpire’s decision may be appealed to the Board Committee in writing within 48 hours. 
  • g)  Probation: when an individual or team is put on probation, it will be brought to the their attention that any other violation of league rules or Dixie rules will cause automatic suspension for the remainder of the league year. 
  • h)  Any unruly conduct by a spectator will cause them to be ejected from the playing complex, voluntarily or by
    police assistance. 
  • i)  If a manger or coach of a team is ejected they automatically become ineligible to coach an ALL-STAR team. 
  • j)  Under no circumstances may a player, manager, or coach taunt a player, manager or coach from the opposing team. 
  • k)  Positive Cheering, Respect of Coaches: Parents are reminded that coaches need their support and assistance in creating a climate of fun, mutual respect and good sportsmanship. During practice and games parents are to let the coaches do their coaching and not actively or verbally coach players from the sideline. Positive cheering and support words for the youth are encouraged. Any constructive criticism or suggestions for the coach should be held until after the practice or game and will be welcome by the coach. All league officials and umpires shall receive the respect of players, coaches and fans. 
  • l)  Tobacco use is prohibited during practice or games on the playing fields, dugout or stands during any HYL sponsored youth activity. The authorized smoking/chewing area is the parking lots. Alcohol is prohibited any time! 
  • m)  Gum Chewing, Sunflower Seeds, and Jewelry Prohibited: For their own safety and those around, players are not to chew gum or wear jewelry when participating in a HYL practice or game. 

6)  FIELD / PARK RULES 

  • a)  Litter: At the end of each game players, coaches and parents shall clean the stand, field dugout and deposit all trash in the trash containers provided by the Park. 
  • b)  Game Field Maintains: The home team will be responsible for preparing the field including putting out the bases, lining the infield and batter box (clay area only). All lights are to be turned off and locked by the last HOME TEAM COACH of the day. The last coach is responsible for replacing the equipment used for lining the fields and locking the equipment room. 

 

7) LEAGUE PLAY

  • a)  Each team shall play no more than 3 scheduled games/practices per week. (Monday through Sunday). This rule does not apply to weeks in which rescheduled games are played. 
  • b)  Players must play a minimum of 6 continuous defensive outs (PER GAME) 
  • c)  All Players will bat in the line up (continuous batting order). 

8) FORFEITS

  • a)  Shall be called by the home plate umpire. 
  • b)  The game shall be forfeited if a team is not on the field fifteen (15) minutes after game time for the first game and
    (15) minutes after game time for the second game. 
  • c)  If a team cannot field eight (8) players, they shall be allowed to reschedule the game, providing the manager gives
    48 hours notice to the division director and player shortage is due to a school or church event. 
  • d)  Every team must have a minimum of eight (8) players present for a legal game. A team fielding less than eight
    (8) players shall forfeit the game. 
  • e)  When disciplining a player, a coach/manager must notify the division director in advance and present specific
    circumstances surrounding the given player. If the director approves disciplinary non-participation, then the coach/manager shall also inform the parents and opposing coaches/managers to follow this procedure in disciplinary cases shall constitute forfeiture of the game. 
  • f)  For teams that are playing with substitution players-the substitution player may only play an OUTFIELD POSITION and be at the end of the batting order 

9) PROTESTS

  • a)  Any protest shall follow the procedure as stated in the Dixie rulebook. 
  • b)  All protests shall be submitted in writing within 48 hours after the game to the League President for consideration. 
  • c)  The protest shall contain:
    (A) Date, time and place.
    (B) Names of umpire and scorekeeper
    (C) The Dixie rule and/or section of HYL-Hernando Dixie Softball by-laws under which the protest is made.
    (D) The decision and conditions surrounding the making of the decision.
    (E) All essential facts involved in the matter protested. 
  • d)  All protests in league playoff games determining first place shall be handled according to Dixie Softball
    tournament rule. 
  • e)  The League President shall appoint a protest committee of three (3) Board Members, not involved in the protest. 
  • f)  They shall interview the coaches, managers, umpires and any other persons before reporting to the League
    Director. 
  • g)  All complaints and recommendations shall be submitted in writing to the
    Protest committee for their future consideration. 

10) RULES AND REGULATIONS

a) Except where otherwise set forth in these rules, the official Rule Guide of Dixie Softball, Inc shall govern all league play.

11) THE GAME

  • a)  Each team shall be allowed five (5) minutes of warm-up time on the main field before each game. 
  • b)  Warm-up time shall be waived if there is less than fifteen (15) minutes before the scheduled starting time. Games
    begin when the first pitch is thrown. The umpire will call the starting time. 
  • c)  No new inning is allowed to start unless there is at least 10 minutes left to play. 
  • d)  The starting pitcher shall have two (2) minutes to deliver ten (10) warm-up pitches before each game regardless of
    the time. 
  • e)  A pitcher returning to the mound in the same inning as she was removed shall not be allowed any warm-up
    pitches. 
  • f)  A pitcher returning to the mound in a different inning shall have one (1)minute to deliver five (5) warm-up
    pitches. 

12) SUSPENDED PLAY

  • a)  Any lightning over the field shall suspend the game instantly. 
  • b)  Games suspended due to inclement weather shall be stopped by the home plate umpire. 
  • c)  A majority opinion of the two (2) managers and plate umpire shall resume play if any disagreements arise. 
  • d)  Games stopped before they become regulation games shall be resumed from point of termination. 
  • e)  Games called because of rain or other reasons, other than time limits, after they become regulation games shall
    revert to the score of the last completed inning. 
  • f)  A player not occupying her position in the batting order, when a suspended game resumes play, shall be
    considered the same as an injured player of Dixie substitute rules. 
  • g)  Rained out games will be counted as a “game played”(for All-Star purposes). 

13) PLAYING TIME

  • a)  Any game following another in any Division will begin 15 minutes after the previous team has left the dugout and/or playing area. 
  • b)  The plate umpire will announce to both teams the official starting time (At First Pitch). 
  • c)  T-Ball will be played in (1) hour. 
  • d)  Darlings, Angles and Ponytails will be played in (1) hour and (30) minutes. 
  • e)  All Debs, Bells, will be played in one (1) hour and forty five (45) minutes limit, each new inning begins with the
    3rd out from a time standpoint. The exception will be play-off games. 
  • f)  Ten- (10) batter rule will be in force with Darling’s and Angel’s divisions. When the tenth (10) batter is walked;
    the batter is allowed to move to second base. Everyone on base will also move two (2) bases. 
  • g)  No teams are to warm up for their game near or around the dugout areas while a game is being played. 
  • h)  For courtesy of the teams playing do not enter dugout area until the previous team has left
    *If an umpire does not show up for a game, the first avenue of travel is to phone and try to find the Umpire. If the Umpire can not be found, BOTH COACHES MUST AGREE to resume the game with someone from the stands taking place of the professional Umpire.*
    *It is the responsibility of the Director of Umpires, to make the decision on who will be the Umpire for each designated game; unless the game being played involves a director who is also the coach of one of the teams playing at that time. In this case, BOTH COACHES MUST AGREE.
     
  • REGULAR SEASON DRAFT RULES:
    All participants shall play in their age bracket unless prior
    arrangements have been made. Cases where a child does not play in
    their age bracket will be individually considered with the player agent. The first team to draft in the first round shall be the last team to draft in the second round. The draft order will alternate in that manner
    until all players are taken. Players that are automatically placed on a
    team is the managers child, coach or sponsor which means the
    manager loses a draft round in that age group. Prior to draft each
    manager will receive a list of names for players by age with notations indicating special needs for a player. After draft is completed players needing to be switched shall be attempted by both managers involved
    by making a lateral change if agreed upon by both managers. Players
    will be drafted by age groups.
    **If a player misses the final sign-up date, the player will be placed on a team that is in need by the coaches and the board.
    *NOTE:
    IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH COACH IN EVERY DIVISION TO KEEP THE PARENTS OF THEIR TEAM MEMBERS INFORMED OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS. ALL CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS MUST GO THROUGH THE FOLLOWING CHAIN OF COMMAND.
    1. COACH OF TEAM 
    2. DIVISION DIRECTOR 
  •         3. BOARD 

14) All DIVISION

  • a)  If two (2) teams tie for first (1st), the tiebreaker will be on Saturday. 
  • b)  Tie: Time is up or complete game, will be called a tie. If a game is complete with fifteen (15) or more minutes
    left to play, one (1) more inning will be played for a tiebreaker. If no one breaks tie, game is called a tie. 
  • c)  A tie game equals half (1/2) win and half (1/2) loss. 
  • d)  Coaches have an option to “pinch runner” for their catcher when there is one (1) out to prevent time delay. 
  • e)  Rain out games will be played on the following Saturday or with in one week of the rained out date. Rescheduled
    games will need to be scheduled through the league Director for field use. 
  • f)  Only Players, Certified Coaches and Team Moms are permitted in the dugouts and/or on the field during a games or practices 

 

15) PITCHING
 

 Darlings- All games are coach pitch as per Dixie Softball Inc.

Angels-Pitchers can pitch 7 innings in a 3 game week. On the weeks that there are 4 or more games, the pitcher may pitch an extra 3 innings per game after the 3rd game.                

After the pitcher has walked 4 players the coach will come in and pitch the remainder of the inning. (This option can be waved if both coaches agree prior to the game starting)

Ponytails-Pitchers can pitch 8 innings in a 3 game week. On the weeks that there are 4 or more games, the pitcher may pitch an extra 3 innings per game after the 3rd game.

Belles/Debs-Pitchers can pitch 10 innings in a 3 game week. On the weeks that there are 4 or more games, the pitcher may pitch an extra 4 innings per game after the 3rd game.

*PITCHING LIMITS* If a pitcher pitches even 1 pitch in the 4th inning (Angels and Ponytails) or the 5th inning (Belles & Debs), the pitcher may not pitch in the next game (Monday-Sunday) regardless if it is a make-up game or not.

THE PURPOSE OF THESE PITCHING RULES ARE TO PROMOTE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PLAYERS TO BE ABLE TO LEARN HOW TO AND PITCH IN GAMES

ANYONE WARMING UP A PITCHER MUST WEAR A MASK WITH A THROAT PROTECTOR IN PRACTICE AND/OR GAMES

ALL COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING MINUTES FROM REGULAR MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS TO INFORM THE PARENTS AND PLAYERS. MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE OPEN AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND

 

16) All-STARS

A. ALL-STAR COACHING STAFF

  1. The winning Manager will be automatically nominated for the
    All-Star Team then the floor will open for added nominations.
    Then by secret ballots Managers and the Division Director will vote and the coach with the Most votes will be the All-Star Manager. 
  2. Only three (3) coaches (4) for darlings, will be put on the official roster sent to Dixie Softball. 
  3. The All-Star Manager must pick from their division the two (2) or (3) Coaches from this seasons team rosters. 

B. ALL-STAR TEAMS

  1. Team managers will compile and submit a list of as many players as
    desired to the League Director. A managers meeting will be held and
    chaired by two (2) Board Members who are not managers or coaches.
    Each of the Managers and Division Director will be given a master list of players, then
    by written ballot select maximum (12) players needed for tournament team. These ballots will immediately be tabulated by the chairman of the meeting and any
    Players receiving the most votes on the first round will be subtracted from
    the total number of players needed for the tournament team. Then the
    Player with the next highest number of votes will be selected and so on until there are 12 players representing that Division. In the event there is a tie for the last one or more positions of more than 12 players, a revote for the final position/s will be cast. If again it becomes a tie, the Manager of the team will decide the players in dispute.
    IN THE EVENT 1 OR MORE OF THE 12 PLAYERS SELECTED CAN NOT PARTICIPATE FOR THE ALL STAR TEAM, THE PLAYER WITH THE NEXT HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES WILL FILL THE OPEN SPOT ON THE TEAM. IF THERE IS MORE THAN ONE PLAYER WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF VOTES, THE MANAGER OF THAT DIVISION SHALL SELECT THE ALTERNATE PLAYER. 
  2. Some qualities of special interest to pay particular attention to when
    Choosing All-Star nominees are: 
    • 􏰀  Division Director will get an all-star vote. 
    • 􏰀  Stats- all coaches will keep stats during the regular season games; these wi