Remember, this is a social league. Chill attitudes are always welcomed. So, meet some new people, and have a good time.
There should be equal playing time for all players, regardless of gender.
You always need your team T-Shirts, unless it is a designated Themed League. They are our only way of identifying you and not having them hurts your team’s ranking!
Please treat our referees with respect.
Any aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in suspension or expulsion from our leagues; let’s avoid that.
Please be on time. We recommend showing up at least 10 minutes early to avoid any confusion and the chance of Forfeiting.
Overly Competitive Players
All Texas Sports & Social Club leagues are intended to be recreational. Any player deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of Texas Sports official or game day coordinator.
Teams will be awarded a sportsmanship grade based on their conduct:
A (4.0) - Above and Beyond Conduct and Sportsmanship
B (3.0) - Good Conduct and Sportsmanship
C (2.0) - Average Conduct and Sportsmanship
D (1.0) - Below Average Conduct and Sportsmanship
F (0.0) - Poor Conduct and Sportsmanship
Teams must maintain a 2.5 AVERAGE in order to be ELIGIBLE for the playoffs
Once in playoffs, the team must maintain a 2.5 average in order to remain in playoffs
Number of Players
8 players will play at once; at least 3 players from each gender.
A minimum of 4 players (at least 1 from each gender) from your roster and/or pre-registered substitutes is needed to start or continue a game.
If a team is short of the required number of players in a specific gender, they may play down.
Any team with only 1 player from a gender participating must play down with a maximum of player at 5 from the other gender. Teams may not play with 0 (zero) players from a specific gender. The opposing team will play with up to maximum amount of players allowed on the field.
Keep it Simple Rules
Have fun and meet new people. Don't be that person the "rules stickler", nobody likes that.
8 players on the field (3 women/5 men) or 10 players on the field (4 women/ 6 men).
Need at least 6 players for 8v8 ; 8 players in 10v10 to play (must have 4 women), if you don’t have enough women to play it is will be an automatic out when that position is reached in the kicking order. *If you have 4 women this does not apply.
At least 1 woman needs to be in the infield and outfield.
In the kicking line-up, no more than 2 men can kick in a row.
Defense: one person is the catcher
Games are 5 innings or 40 minutes long.
Teams up by 9 or more runs can no longer bunt.
Females can only bunt. Sorry guys (if a male bunts it is an automatic out).
No more than 9 points can be scored by a team in one inning, unless it is the last inning and the team with the deficit is kicking.
No sliding with your head first.
No walks. After a kicker gets 3 balls, the count resets. (Kick the ball)
Count: 3 Strikes is an out. 4 Fouls is an out.
If the ball hits the runner above the shoulders, the runner is safe. This does not apply if the runner slides or ducks.
There is no leading off bases or stealing
Once the ball returns to the pitchers mound (3 feet circumference around the mound) it is considered a dead ball.
Strike zone is a foot on either side of the plate.
Strikes are separate counts from foul balls.
All pitches must be UNDERHANDED. No overhand or sidearm.
Ball may not be more than 1 foot off the ground as it crosses the plate (bouncy).
A kick: All contact below the knee. Anything above the knee is a foul.
Bases and field lines will be provided by TXSports.
Any rough or physical play will result in immediate expulsion from further league play and may result in a lifetime league expulsion. Please see TXSports 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 members 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.
Halftime Games and Theme Weeks
Halftime games are judged by the official, and the winning team will be awarded two points towards the Social Cup Champion Award. Ties will result in one points being awarded.
Theme weeks are judged by the percentage of the team’s players participating in the theme week, as judged by the ratio of players present and participating to number of players listed on the roster. The winning team will be awarded two points towards the Social Cup Champion Award. Ties will result in one points being awarded.
Game balls will be provided by Texas Sport & Social Club.
Teams should report to the gym at least 10 minutes before their scheduled starting time of the match. A game will be ruled a forfeit if any of the following occur:
No one from one of the teams is present at game time
The minimum number of players are not present (4)
Not enough female players are present (2)
Improper conduct by one or more players on any team
Teams will forfeit the first game of the match if they have not shown up by their scheduled time. After 10 minutes from start time, if the team still cannot meet the minimum requirement, the entire match will be called a forfeit and team will be assessed the forfeit fee. Exceptions can be made if a team is waiting on a couple of players (e.g. transit issues) with the understanding that the delay will cut time from the end of their match, and that the final decision is subject to the Referee’s discretion.
Competition is great, but a single team dominating the league consecutive seasons is not cool and not fun.
A team retaining more than three players that has won two championships seasons for which they have been registered, that team to will have to form two or more separate teams to promote balance in the league or withdraw their registration (no refund will be issued, league credit will be issued). The team will then have the opportunity to divide their roster (with no more than three retaining players) to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the Texas Sports & Social Club-Waco.
Teams that dominate leagues will be moved to a appropriate league or asked to separate if Texas Sports & Social Club staff believe that the team intentionally lost the Playoff or Championship game to circumvent the rules.
Registered teams that miss two weeks of play will be considered to have abandoned their place in the league. Teams in this category will be contacted by a Texas Social Sports Club staff member to confirm their status. Teams failing to respond within two business days will be removed from the Season schedule and will forfeit their registration fees. Teams that do respond will be required to supply reasoning for lack of attendance and petition the league for reinstatement. Season abandonment and reactivation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the league management and must be resolved before returning to play in the current Season or in subsequent Seasons.
A team may pick up a substitute player for regular season games, when the have a roster player that will not be able to attend their scheduled game. The player who is subbing will need to create an account and purchase a game sub pack.
If a team is short the required number of players in a regular season game, they may invite players from other teams within the division. Subs from within the division are subject to the Referee’s discretion. Teams can only invite enough Subs from within the division to meet the maximum number of players allowed on court plus one additional player to rotate in.
Substitute players from within the division should be the last one to cycle into the game (barring gender requirements). If players from a team’s roster arrive late, the Subs from within the division must rotate out.
Substitutions from outside the division are allowed. Substitutions during the Playoffs are not permitted. Teams using pre-registered substitutes may not exceed the headcount of their original roster, and individuals may not serve as a pre-registered substitute player more than 3 times during a Season.
Substitute players must check in with the Host onsite to receive a league issued pinnie to wear in the Game. Substitute players must leave a form of identification with the Host in exchange for the participation pinnie. The ID will be returned to the player when the pinnie is turned in after the Game.
All teams must bring a light color and dark color shirt. All official players on the roster must have the same color shirt.
While shirt customization is allowed, teams/players must abide by the following rules when personalizing shirts:
No company names or logos
No offensive language
No design that obscures or alters the Texas Social Sports Club logo
Names, nicknames, numbers, and team logos are all welcome additions to the Team T-Shirts. Please also feel free to bedazzle, tie-dye, or apply patches to them, if you are so inclined.
Alcohol, Controlled Substance, and Safety Policy
Individuals (players, fans, or friends of players) will, at the discretion of Texas Social Sports Club, be ejected immediately if any of the following are true:
found bringing alcohol, weapons, or controlled substances to any venue or sponsor bar in use by Texas Social Sports Club
suspected of excessive pre-game alcohol consumption
suspected of abusing a controlled substance
deemed unruly or a danger to themselves or others at any time
Anyone who is ejected from one of our venues or sponsor bars will be required to petition the Club for reinstatement before participating in or attending any subsequent Texas Social Sports Club event.
These policies are in place for the safety, enjoyment, and continued camaraderie of all players, the sponsoring venues, sponsor bars, and the entire Club.
Note: Players must wear appropriate colored, league-issued Team T-Shirts during games.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Any participant that does not conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner will be removed from the game.
Types of Illegal Conduct:
Unsportsmanlike conduct includes the following:
-Arguing with an official or with other players.
-Abusive or insulting language to a player or official.
-Throwing the ball at another player in an unsportsmanlike manner.
-Abuse of the “honor system.”
-Acting inappropriately when challenging a refs call
-Not maintaining an attitude that is consistent with Texas Sports SC’s core values
In the event of unsportsmanlike conduct the following penalties will be sequentially enforced:
1st SMH-Team captain has a talk with the individual, notifies the League Coordinator
2nd SMH- The League Coordinator has a talk with the individual and suspended for one game
3rd SMH-Individual switches to a different team of The League Coordinator’s choosing
4th SMH-Removal from league and/or club
Fighting: Fighting will result in a player’s permanent suspension from participation in Texas Sport & Social Club
Any ejected individual must get approval by Texas Social Sports Club prior to attending or participating in future Club games, leagues, or hosted events, including Post-Game Parties. Attempted participation without approval is subject to further penalties. Rulings may include, but are not limited to, probation, game/league suspension, or permanent expulsion.
Playoffs & Awards
Regular season team standings are determined by number of wins, then head to head, then point differential.
Teams not advancing to the Playoffs will be awarded a Friendly Game if they choose.
Top teams will advance to the Playoffs.
THIS IS A SOCIAL LEAGUE: Have fun and make new friends. The game may or may not go your way!