Hanson Rules 2019

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The following rules have been adopted by (ESSPA) Hansen Division. It is intended to replace and reduce the number of Hansen specific rules and in turn follow as closely as possible the rules as contained in the Slo-Pitch National (SPN) 2018 Official Slo-Pitch Rules.

  1. BATS: Legal bats as mandated in previous seasons, remain the same.
  2. UNIFORMS: ALL players MUST wear the same uniform (colour) Tee as provided by the league. NO tee, NO play. SPN Rule 2, Sect 9 (note similar colour tees can be worn as a minimum).
  3. WALKS: If a male batter is walked, intentional or otherwise with FOUR straight balls, and if a female follows that male batter, the male batter will be awarded second base. If the female batter is not occupying the on-deck circle at the time of the walk, the male batter is awarded first base only. SPN Rule 8, Sect 3(A-B)
  4. FIVE RUN RULE: Remains the same. (vs. 6 run as per SPN Rule 4, Sec 4(F))
  5. 5. MERCY RULE: 12 runs after FIVE innings. SPN Rule 4, Sect 4(E) (Revised)
  6. MINIMUM PLAYERS: Our previous rules for numbers, unlimited batters, injury rule, etc. remain the same. For an open injury, bleeding must be stopped before a player can continue. SPN Rule 5, Sec 8. A player removed due to injury does not result in an automatic out when their turn to bat comes around. An injured base runner can be replaced immediately by the previous batter (not on base) with no penalty.
  7. LEAD OFFS: There will be no lead offs by base runners. A base runner can only come off the base after the bat makes contact with the ball. A base runner who comes off the base prior to this contact is automatically Out unless time has been called by the umpire.  (Revised)
  8. TAGGING AT HOME PLATE: Not allowed after the runner completely crosses the commitment line.
  9. COURTESY RUNNERS: A player used as a courtesy runner can be used twice per game whether as a baserunner or runner from home. A base runner can be "courtesied" any number of times. SPN Rule 8, Sec 15 (Revised)
  10. FROM HOME: A player requiring a courtesy runner from home is to be identified to the opposing team prior to the start of the game. The courtesy runner, whether advanced by a hit ball or walk can only run as far as first base and must remain on first base until advanced by the next batter.

A(1) NOTE: The walk rule still applies. If a home run is hit or an overthrow occurs at any base, the courtesy runner must still stop at first base. All preceding runners can advance at their own peril on all hit balls or overthrows.

A(2) NOTE: There is no provision in SPN Rule 8, Sec 15 for a courtesy runner from home. Our adaptation of this rule is one adopted and in use by ASSPA in their tournaments.

    1. The STRIKE MAT is located within the BATTER'S AREA (formerly the batter's box). The strike mat is twenty-two inches wide and an appropriate length (3 feet) and is in its entirety, IN FAIR TERRITORY (SPN Rule 3, Sec 31);
    2. The BATTER'S AREA (regardless of the markings on the pad on which the strike mat rests at our diamonds) extends three feet on either side of the of the strike mat for the length of the strike mat. A batter when taking their batting position must have at least one foot inside the batter's area. The batter IS OUT IF THE BAT CONTACTS THE BALL, fair or foul, when: either foot is in contact with the strike mat; either foot is completely within the twenty two inch area in front of or behind the strike mat; when both feet are outside the three foot area on either side of the strike mat; if the leading foot is completely behind the trailing edge of the strike mat; or, the trailing foot is completely in front of the leading edge of the strike mat. The batter will also be called out if, after a called ball/strike/or foul ball leaves the batter's area and takes longer than ten seconds to re-enter the batter's area when called to bat. SPN RULE 1, Sec 4; SPN Rule 3, Sec 11; SPN Rule 7, Sec 3; SPN Rule 7, Sec 3(I)
    3. The ON DECK BATTER is the next batter in the batting order following the at-bat batter and must occupy the on- deck circle. When the on- deck batter is called to bat he or she has twenty seconds to enter the batter's area or will be called out. SPN Rule 7, Sec 3(I)

NOTE: There is no provision for a substitute player in the on- deck circle because the listed batter is absent.

  1. HOME RUN RULE: A team can have a maximum differential of two, over the fence, home runs. Each home run in excess of the differential will be allowed as a single only. All preceding base runners will advance one base only on the hit. Inside the fence home runs will NOT count against the differential nor will a home run (over the fence) that resulted from a defensive player deflecting the ball over the fence. SPN Rule 7, Sec 11
  2. MISCELLANEOUS: It is incumbent upon team managers and coaches to:
  3. Read and understand SPN rules; and additional rules that apply to the Hansen Division.
  4. Allow only players who have a reasonable understanding of SPN rules, traditional understanding of the game in general and a sense of fair play to umpire.
  5. Have a player or responsible non-player to maintain their score sheet and to keep their respective teams ready to bat and confirm scores after each half inning. Non-player score keepers must understand they have NO say in how the game is played outside of their respective dugouts.
  6. Maintain order on their bench and ensure their team respects the other team, the umpires and their own team mates.


Final - May 25, 2020


Pre-Season Hansen Meeting


The previous year’s Hansen Coordinator, the previous season’s Selectors and

all interested new Selectors will meet at least two weeks prior to the start of the season.


  • To finalize the Hansen Selectors for the upcoming
  • To elect the Hansen Division Coordinator for the upcoming season.
  • To decide on the number of teams for the season; Note: For scheduling purposes, every attempt will be made to have an even number of
  • To set the draft order for the Selectors; Note: Numbers will be picked “out of a hat” to determine the draft order. The draft order will follow the first to last and last to first approach.
  • To decide on a date when and a place where the draft will be
  • To establish the Regular Season schedule including determining the number of non-recorded games to be played prior to games counting for points in the season standings and playoff
  • To discuss other business as required.



Rating New Applicants To Hansen Division


  • Selectors should attend Evaluation Camps (dates to be determined) to assess new players to the league.
  • Knowledgeable members from Hirsch will be asked to rate prior Hirsch
  • Knowledgeable members from Brawner will be asked to rate prior Brawner players requesting to play in
  • Selectors will work together to properly rate all players based upon ball knowledge, foot speed, arm strength, batting power,
  • A copy of all rating lists will be submitted to the Hansen Division Coordinator.





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