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Golden Oldies Softball Slow Pitch

Golden Oldies Softball (Slow Pitch) Ethos and Rules:

Golden Oldies Softball Festivals, owned and managed by Vintage Sport and Leisure Ltd (VSL), are implemented with the purpose of bringing together softball enthusiasts, 35 years of age and over to share their interest in softball, their love of the sport and to enjoy time spent with fellow enthusiasts.

There are four main principles on which every Golden Oldies World Softball Festival is built on:

  1. To provide players from any country an environment in which sportsmanship and camaraderie thrive. The Festivals are founded on Fun, Friendship and Fraternity for those who have retired from serious competitive play, but wish to continue participating in their favourite sport for sheer enjoyment.
  2. To provide an environment for participants to play against others who still prefer to play games more competitively, the opportunity to do so against like-minded teams, but still remaining dedicated to playing in a spirit of goodwill.
  3. To provide opportunities for team members and their spouses or partners to travel, create new friendships and renew old acquaintances.
  4. To encourage continuing respect for the traditions and values of softball.

Together, these opportunities can contribute to highlighting and promoting softball throughout the world, and to creating positive reasons for enthusiasts to retain an active interest in softball.

For Anyone 35+

Golden Oldies Festivals are open to men and women aged 35 years and over from any part of the world. Whether you are part of an established team, an individual or group of friends looking to join a Festival – you are all welcome.

Golden Oldies Softball (Slow Pitch) Rules and Standards

Team Categories
Divisions: Men’s, Women’s, Mixed
Ability: Competitive, Semi-Competitive, Social
Ages: 35+ 45+ 55+ 65+

Playing Field
Baselines: 19.8m (70’)
Pitching Distance: 15.2m (50’)
Outfield Fence: 85m (300’)

The Ball
.44 or .47 restricted flight

The Pitch

  • The pitch must come in slowly with a perceptible arc of between 1.8 and 3.6 meters (6 and 12 feet) from the ground.
  • The pitcher must start with and keep one foot on the plate until the ball is released
  • The umpires will ensure compliance with the detailed rule 6 SP on Slowpitch pitching rules as published by the International Softball Federation.

Strike Zone
Between the batter’s back shoulder and knees, called at the plate, when the batter assumes their normal stance. Strike zone mat (men only), scoring plate and commitment line are utilized in the 55+ divisions (base runner touching home plate is ‘out’)

Defensive Players
Ten players are allowed on defence (in the women’s 55+ division eleven defensive players are allowed). Co-ed divisions comprise of four females and six males on defence.

Stealing
Runners must remain in contact with the base until the ball passes over home plate or is hit. A runner off a base when the ball is pitched, is ‘out’ – no pitch is called.

Strike Three
Third strike is ‘out’ and the ball is dead. A foul ball after the second strike is ‘out’ and ball is dead.

Intentional Walk
Where a pitcher wishes to walk a batter, the pitches do not have to be thrown – batter goes directly to first base.

Illegal Pitch
If a batter decides to swing at an illegal pitch (e.g. a pitch with excessive speed, or not enough arc), a “strike” is called, otherwise the call is a ball – no bases are awarded for an illegal pitch.

Loose Pitch
Unless swung at beforehand, any pitched ball hitting home plate (where a mat is not used), or hitting the ground before reaching home plate, is a ‘ball’.

Dead Ball
Time is called when the ball is in the infield and no plays are apparent.

Additional Players
Additional Players are allowed in the batting lineup and substitutes may re-enter the games.

Baserunning
Courtesy runners are allowed. In the 55+ men’s division sliding into second and third is optional, in the women’s divisions overrunning is permissible but the baserunner must re-touch the base before advancing to the next base.

Home Runs
Home run limits will be in force in the Men’s divisions.

Umpires
Umpires Rulings are final. There is no dispute provision.

Respect for the Game:

  1. Teams are expected to respect our great game, their opponents, umpires and supporters by recognising that the Golden Oldies Ethos represents good sportsmanship, decent standards, friendship, fraternity and enjoyment of one of the greatest games.
  2. Teams are expected to wear correct softball protective wear,

Golden Oldies Softball is a wonderful celebration of the great game of Softball...relax and enjoy.

If you have any questions or require further clarification on the Ethos and Rules please do not hesitate to be in touch with Dianne McDermott – Dianne@govsl.com

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