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June 23, 2022
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time limit rule for league play
Our league has a time limit rule that reads: End time: No new inning will start after 75 minutes from the start of the game. Ie: 75 minutes plus one inning for all early or late games. The situation we had was the first place team,visitors, (not my team) was down 5 runs and had just finished the 5th inning. game time was between 65 and 70 minutes into the time limit. Umpire decided the 6th inning would be the last inning and would be unlimited (we have a 5 run rule per inning, exept the last which is unlimited) The visiting team protested the game based on the example given in the rule (75 min. + 1 inning) and continued play. Visitors went down 1,2,3 and since visitors were losing game was called. If the home team would have batted, I don't think they would have finished before 75 Minutes was up.

My questions: Did the umpire make the right decision in shortening the game and changing the playing of the
6th inning to play like the 7th inning?

Is this a protestable situation because of the ambiguity of rule as written?

Should this rule be rewritten because of it's ambiguity?

I would appreciate any and all comments.

Thank you

June 23, 2022
1981 posts
I believe the rule as you posted is a bit confusing. In my view its a.certain time limitóin this case 75 minutesóthen the open inning. When time expires you finish that inning and then the open inning. If time expires between innings then itís open inning. Thatís all that needs to be stated,
The key in this might be where you mention early or late games. Does early mean the first game scheduled and late mean the last game scheduled? If true and perhaps Iím reading you wrong, it sounds like there are different time limits for the early or late games! Thatís a new one on me. Never heard of that one.
To answer your questions: (going by 75 min time limit then open inning)
1) Based on the rule you posted it sounds to me that the umpire made an incorrect decision. Did he think it was 65 minutes then the open inning?
2) Protestable? Depends how your league handles something like that. That team does have a legitimate beef, the ump didnít give them their allotted time!!
3) Rule rewritten? It sounds like it should be. Perhaps managers can meet with the league director and come up with something clarifying this so it would clear up any confusion and be easy to understand.
Good luck!!
July 13, 2022
6 posts
I should have said for all games that day. Our league has an early game that starts at 6:15pm and a late game that starts approximately at 7:45pm. I'm going to try to just remove the time limit rule completely. It can be used to shorten the game by a team that's winning .
July 15, 2022
1981 posts
Since your approximate starting game times are 90 minutes apart the easiest way to go is play 6 innings and the 7th being the open inning. Youíll find most games will get done in that time frame but a few might run longer and a few may end early. Thatís softball!
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