Rules are necessary! Here are the official rules of the Habersham County Church Softball League.


  • Habersham Church Softball consists of a 14-game schedule

  • Since 2015, the league consists of two separate divisions: Church and Industrial

  • Church division contains 11 teams, with all teams playing each other once, and playing 4 non-counting second meetings against select churches. Industrial League contains 6 teams, with all teams playing each other two times and playing 4 non-counting third meetings.

  • The top 8 teams make the playoffs in the church division, based on record within the division. The other "2nd meeting" games do not count toward the standings. The top 4 industrial teams make the playoffs.

  • PLAYOFFS: The top 8 teams of the church division will play a tournament, with the #1 playing the #8, #2/#7, #3/#6 and #4#5! In the event of ties in the final regular season standings, tie-breakers will be determined by head-to-head matchups and if need be, runs scored. For the industrial league, the top 4 teams play a tournament, #1/#4, #2/#3 in the semifinals, and then the championship.



  • MUST be 16 years of age or older to play in the league. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Once rosters are turned in, players will NOT be allowed to switch teams

  • No player is allowed to be on two rosters

  • This is a co-ed league. Women are more than welcome. There is no rule with a minimum of women per team, but women are always welcome to join!

  • Any player participating in a game but not listed on that team's roster will result in a forfeited game

  • In the event a team has less than 10 roster players available for a scheduled game, that team may pick up a non-roster player.  Each team is limited to 2 non-roster players per game. (EX: Team has 9 roster players, they may pick up 1 non-roster player for that game; Team has 8 roster players, they may pick up 2 non-roster players for that game.)  If a team has 7 roster players, they still will only be allowed to pick up 2 non-roster players for that game.

  • Teams CANNOT add a new roster player without consent from the league president.  Once a team roster has been turned in, a new player can only be added by that team's coach contacting the league president prior to that team's next game.



  • .44 Core Balls (.375 Compression ONLY)

  • ASA & ISA Approved Bats (Titanium Bats NOT allowed)

  • NO Steel Cleats



  • 50-Minute Time Limit or 7 Innings

  • One-Pitch Style Play (Strike/Ball/Foul) Initiated at Time Limit

  • Games are considered complete at 4 1/2 innings in the event of rain or inclimate weather, regardless of score and which team is batting.

  • NEW for 2020: A run rule of 20 after 3 triggers the end of the game if prior to 50 minutes, UNLESS the coach of the trailing team chooses to continue play.

  • 5-Minute Grace Period at Start of 7 PM Game (Following games start at the conclusion of previous game)

  • Each Team Furnishes Their Own Softballs (Hit Your Own Ball)

  • Umpire Decisions Remain FINAL (Arguments are Prohibited)

  • Minimum of 7 Roster Players Present (Less than 7=Forfeit) ^

  • Teams with 7 may pick up 2 non-roster players, but will play with those 9 and cannot expand to 10 should another roster player show up. (That player must sub in)

  • Non-Roster Players who are picked up by a team will not be granted a HR should they hit one out.  Such over-the-fence hits will be singles only. That non-roster HR (single) will not count toward the equalizer rule.

  • The great equalizer rule is in effect. Each team can go up one homerun on the opposing team, with all subsequent homers going as outs (NEW for 2020) until the opposing team matches the homerun output.

  • Each Team May Use 2 EH (Extra Hitters) to Make 12-Player Lineup

  • One Forfeit Permitted Per Team

  • Protests Waged Against Player/Team (ex: illegal use of non-roster players; illegal equipment) can be Brought Before Church League Committee (Pres/VP/Treas/2 Elected Members) #

  • NEW for 2020: The church division and industrial division require the use of a net in front of the pitcher's circle. A batted ball into the net is a dead ball, and if hit by the same batter a second time will be an out. With the net in place, there will be no stealing allowed.



  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs are Strictly Prohibited*

  • Verbal (including cursing) or Physical Abuse against Umpires & Players is Strictly Prohibited*

  • Any ejection for player misconduct (arguing with umpire, profanity, etc.) will result in that player being suspended from his/her team's next scheduled game

  • NEW for 2020: Violators of the Code of Conduct (cursing on the field, physical altercations, tobacco/alcohol use) will be subject to a 3-strike rule. After an initial warning, and subsequent warning, a third offense results in the team being ejected from the league.

*will result in the ejection of individual(s) upon judgment of umpire & coaches

^teams may agree prior to a game to allow non-roster players to participate to avoid a forfeit

#a "bad call" by the officials/umpires is NOT a valid protest


  • The Habersham County Church Softball League is a PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK league. We are not liable for any injury that may occur.

  • NEW for 2020: The church division and industrial division require the use of a net in front of the pitcher's circle. A batted ball into the net is a dead ball, and if hit by the same batter a second time will be an out. With the net in place, there will be no stealing allowed.


Habersham Church Softball League runs from March 23 until May 18 (tentative based on weather). Games are played on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 7, 8, & 9 PM

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Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center

120 Paul Franklin Rd.

Clarkesville, GA 30523

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