DULUTH PARKS AND RECREATION SLOW PITCH RULES AND BYLAWS

  

1) LEAGUE CLASSIFICATIONS

a) Men's and Women's Recreational: All players must be at least 18, unless they are 17 

       and have just graduated high school.

   b) Co-Rec: All players must be at least 18, unless they are 17 and have just graduated high school.

The Duluth Parks and Recreation reserves the right to reassign teams at any time in the best interest 

of league parity.

2) FEES

a) The team entry fee for 2018 is $541.88 (including Tax.). Entry fee includes city provided (2) softballs per game, trophies, and field maintenance. The fee is non-refundable whether a team drops or is disqualified. Taxes are state mandate on all athletic field rentals and sport leagues.

Entry Fee Breakdown

League Entry Fee $500.00

MN State Tax 6.875%    $34.38

Duluth City Sales Tax 1%  $5.00

Special Use Tax 0.5%  $2.50

Total $541.88

b) THE ENTRY FEE DEADLINE FOR BOTH NEW AND RETURNING TEAMS IS 

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th. Fees may be paid online or at Parks and Recreation Office, 411 West First Street, Ground Floor, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802; between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm. Issue one check payable to the City of Duluth. 

Registration will not be accepted without FULL payment.

c) Umpires will be paid directly by teams before start of each game.

· Forfeited games will result in the forfeiting team to pay $25 forfeit fee to the league manager before their next scheduled game. (fee covers umpire cost for forfeited game)

· If the fee is not paid before the following week’s game that team will not be allowed to play and will result in a forfeit.

(a) This forfeit will result in paying an additional $25 forfeit fee to cover the umpire fees for that game.

(b) Teams that have 3 forfeits will be removed from the league.

d) Registration after April 20th, will be accepted if space is available. There will be an

additional $50.00 fee for late registration. 

e) A mandatory managers meeting will be as follows: The managers meeting will take place 

during the week of April 23rd. Specific meeting date, time and location will be posted on the League website www.zenithcitysoftball.com. The League Director will notify team managers, if meeting information changes once posted.

3) ROSTERS

a) The roster limit is 20 - this includes players and manager. Rosters must have a minimum of 12 players when rosters are initially turned in to the League. Rosters are to be signed by all managers, players and subs playing on that team. Players only allowed to play on one team per night, per division.

b) Rosters are due by Thursday, June 8th. Turn rosters in at the Wheeler Concession Stand.

               • Concessions Open  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm -8:30pm

c) The team manager should submit the change of roster from at least 24 hours prior to the next scheduled game. Rosters may NOT be altered after June 14th (Rosters may be changed though Friday, June 15th by 4:30pm)

Exception: See Hardship Rule - Roster instructions. If a team roster is submitted with 

 Incomplete player information (missing addresses, zip code, phone, ect) that a player's name 

will be removed from the roster. The individual will not be allowed to participate in the league 

until the information is supplied. This must be accomplished by June 15th..

d) All players on the roster may need to prove identity, if requested by an official. Players at to have identification on them or in dugouts upon time of request or will be considered an ineligible player. Players unable to provide identification will be considered an ineligible player and the team will receive a forfeit loss and the ineligible player will be suspended from the Duluth leagues for the entire season or that remaining.

4) UMPIRES

a) Umpires will be assigned by the league director, Rich McArthur (218-310-4553). All league games will be worked by one (1) umpire. All umpires are required to appear in proper USA uniforms and are to be worn properly.

b) Complaints regarding an umpire (such as improper uniform, conduct, knowledge of the rules, etc.) should be reported to the league director. Only complaints sent in writing within 48 hours will be considered valid.

c) Umpires are to fill out score cards for each game officiated and record those results on the nightly score sheets. Both are to be filled out in a legible, readable manner. Score cards are to be turned in at the Concessions at the completion of officiated games.

d) All Umpires that officiate for the City of Duluth League are to have paid and registered with the League Officiating faction. 

5) GAME CANCELLATIONS

In an attempt to improve communication regarding the cancellation of softball games the following 

procedures will be implemented:

a) At 3:30pm, the initial decision will be made on whether games will be played or postponed.

Cancellation information will be posted on the website - www.zenithcitysoftball.com and/or Facebook page. ONLY league managers may call the League Line (218-730-4321).

b) Games postponed due to weather will be rescheduled for the same weeknight (Monday 

Thursday) one (1) week following the end of the regular season. If more than one (1) game is postponed, rescheduled time is going to be decided during the manager’s.

   c) A complete game consists of four (4) complete innings.

6) RULES

Playing rules shall be USA Softball except as herein stated. Local rules will supersede any 

State or National rules.

a) Protests and Disputes: During a game, if a situation warrants grounds for protest, notice of protest must be made to the official at the time of the infraction. Protest on judgment calls will not be accepted.

 If a team desires to file a protest or dispute, a $25 Protest and Dispute fee is required. The

written protest/dispute along with the fee, must be submitted to the City of Duluth, Parks and 

Recreation, 411 West First Street, Ground Floor, Duluth, Minnesota 55802. The discretion of the 

league director determines the outcome of a protest or dispute. If the protest is disallowed, the 

$25 fee will be placed in the Special League account. If the protest is allowed, the protest fee will 

be returned to the protesting team. Any time a protest if filed, the game shall be completed with  

the exception of city playoffs.

 Protest on eligibility MUST be made before or during a game – protest after an officially 

completed game will not be considered valid. A protest on an ineligible player should be made to

the official. The protesting team must first provide picture ID’s to the umpire for all players. If the

protesting team is authenticated, then the team accused of an ineligible player must provide

picture ID’s to the umpire for all players. If a player is deemed ineligible, that team is deemed

ineligible, that team will lose by forfeit.

b) Forfeit Time: The forfeit time is the scheduled game time. A team may start a game with eight (8)

players but cannot complete a game with less than eight (8) players. Teams should be ready to play at their scheduled game time. If a player(s) are playing on a men’s/women’s and coed team that same night, officials will wait for