Game Rules & Front Office

Sportsmans Park follows the basic rules of baseball, with a few exceptions.  They are as follows: 




- Games are 5 innings long.  If the game is tied after 5 innings, extra innings are played until a winner is determined.

- Games can be played with anywhere from 4-9 people on each team.

- The game is played with a full time pitcher who also serves as the umpire.  If a team supplies their own pitcher, he or she will also be the umpire while on the mound.

- Teams are selected randomly based on the pool of players who are interested in playing that game.  One person (usually a McDermott) divides the teams up as equally as possible.

- If you sat out the previous game and want to play in the next one, you are automatically playing.

- Once a game ends, the next one immediately begins, unless Big Maude lets us know that it is time to eat.

- No stealing is allowed.

- No leadoffs are allowed.

- No bunting is allowed.

- If the umpire suspects the batter was trying to bunt, he or she will be issued a warning.  The next occurrence will result in an out. 

- If the batter takes a legitimate swing and only hits it a few feet, the umpire has the right to call it a foul ball, even if the ball lands in fair territory. 

-  Any ball hit off a tree is playable.  If it lands in fair territory, the ball is played as if it never hit the tree.  Balls caught in the air after hitting a tree are recorded as outs.

- Big "red" wiffleball bat rules are determined prior to the start of the game (generally depending on the wind direction).  Typically, they are limited to 1-3 uses per game, unless you are under the age of 13, batting with your non-dominant hand, or female.  Those three cases allow for unlimited "red" bats.

- The pitcher throws underhand and must attempt to throw a strike on every pitch.

- If a batter does not swing, the pitch is deemed to be a ball.

- If a batter is hit by the pitch, the batter remains in the box, and the pitch is deemed to be a ball.

- No cellphones are allowed on the field.

- No food or drink is allowed on the field.

- Fielding gloves are encouraged, but not mandatory.

- It is encouraged to rotate defensive positions each inning, but it is mandatory to rotate catchers.