After a lengthy discussion in a meeting of the minds last night, Softball America has decided to institute a coed league all-star cap to work in conjunction with the current all-star/eddie rule and 4-4-3 eddie requirement rule. This cap will be effective with the start of the upcoming spring season.I am grateful to the managers of the more potent teams in the coed leagues for their willingness to recognize the need for a power cap in the coed leagues. I truly believe this new cap rule will make for a better softball experience league wide.
New Coed League All-Star Cap Rule
A coed league team may roster more than 5 all-stars but can never play with more than 5 all-stars in the batting line-up at any given time. If, at any time during the current season by any member of Softball America, a team is found in default of the All-Star Cap rule, that team will forfeit all games in which the infraction occurred. All-stars are determined by the league and shall be adjusted yearly. It is the sole responsibility of the coed team manager to maintain a legal coed league line-up with respect to the all-star cap rule.
Existing All-Star/Eddie Rule
A coed team batting line-up containing more than 4 all-stars shall abide by the all-star/eddie rule and must at all times maintain a batting line-up that contains at least an equal number of eddies. A team with a batting line-up containing 4 or less all-stars will abide by regular coed rules. If, at any time during the regular season, by any member of SBA, a team using 5 or more all-stars is found to be in default of the all-star/eddie rule, that team will forfeit all games in which the infraction occurred. All-stars are determined by the league and shall be adjusted yearly. A coed team cannot use a non-roster eddie sub to satisfy all-star/eddie requirements.
Existing 4-4-3 Rule
All coed teams must adhere to the 4-4-3 rule. The 4-4-3 rule states 4 eddies must be in the batting line-up and 4 eddies must be in the field at all times. BATTING: At least 3 of the 4 batting eddies must be female. Failure to comply will result in a batting out for each infraction (maximum of 2).
As is always the case, a male player that reaches the age of 52 shall become a male eddie; however, becoming an all-star in the men's league will no longer affect a male eddie's status as a male eddie in the coed leagues.