AND PLAYING CONDITIONS (Download
The competition shall be known as the New Jersey Soft Ball Cricket League
Competition [hereafter referred to as the NJSBCL competition]. The Executive
Committee of the NJSBCL shall be responsible for the administration of the
competition and shall have jurisdiction for the implementation and
interpretation of the rules and playing conditions governing the competition.
Except for those laws that are unique to local playing situations and
conditions, the New Jersey Soft Ball Cricket League, NJSBCL, will abide by the
latest available ICC standard playing conditions, and the associated Laws of
Cricket document [Code]. The complete and latest ICC code can be found, at
ICC’s website. In the event of conflicts, the rules as stipulated by the NJSBCL
Only NJSBCL approved balls shall be used in the Competition. Each team
will be required to purchase the approved balls from the League prior to the
start of the tournament.
In case of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances during the
competition, the Executive Committee has the authority to enforce the
rescheduling of the game. See Delayed or Interrupted Matches under
Participating teams have to fill a form and submit 125$ towards yearly
participation. Captain and Vice-Captain will also have to sign and submit a
Waiver.. The league participation fees takes care of the Balls, trophies and
other arrangements during final award ceremony as mentioned in SECTION 33. The
league kicks off in third week of April and finals are held in mid October. The
League publishes a balance sheet to the forum, on expenses incurred and
balances at the end of the season.
The cricket season shall comprise of one (2) competitions. The NJBSCL
Championship and the Platers League.
The NJSBCL League Championship will be run as follows
All games leading up to the semi-finals shall be limited to
a maximum of sixteen (16) over’s per inning.
The semi final and Final shall be limited to 16 over’s per inning.
The 48 teams
shall be divided into four (4) Pools, namely A, B, C, and D. After round
one, 24 teams will be eliminated from NJSBCL main League, and they are eligible
to compete in the Platers Tournament.
2.6 Ten (10)
points shall be awarded for a win. Five (5) points for a draw or tie (defined
as both teams scoring the same number of runs regardless of number of
balls/over bowled or number of fallen wickets).
Round 1 - Each participating team will play 11 games as per the schedule. At
the end of the round 1 top 6 team from each group will qualify for round 2. The
6 teams eliminated from round 1 from each group are eligible to participate in
Platers tournament; the schedule will be published in due course.
Round 2 - In
this round Group A plays Group B and Group C play Group D - 6 Games for
each of the qualifiers from round 1. Points and Net Run Rate
will NOT be carried forward to round 2. At the conclusion of this
round top 4 teams from combined AB and Combined CD will qualify for next round.
The 16 teams eliminated from round 2 are eligible to participate in Platers
tournament, in Platers round 2.
Round 3 –
Quarter Finals - In this round, Group AB and Group CD qualifiers play knock-out
matches to qualify for the Semi-Finals.
SECTION 3: THE
3.1 Area of
league games will use a pitch that measures 22 yards or 20.12 meters in
length. Each team is encouraged to carry a tape measure that will allow
for the measurement of 22 yards or a piece of rope/string that is cut to an
exact measure of 22 yards (or both!)
Wide markers: Markers that will be used for the
calling of wide balls shall be placed at one bat length from the middle
SECTION 4: USE
OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
firmly believes in the safety of its participants and encourages the use of
protective equipment as each player sees fit, but within the following rules.
Protective equipment is
any visible item of apparel worn for protection against external blows.
For a batsman, items permitted are a helmet, external leg guards (batting
pads), and batting gloves.
For a fielder, only a helmet is permitted, except in the case of a
wicketkeeper, for whom wicket-keeping pads and gloves are also permitted.
A wicket-keeper may substitute batting pads for wicket-keeping pads.
The wicket-keeper is the only member of the fielding side permitted to wear
gloves and external leg guards.
The gloves used by a wicket-keeper shall ONLY be those that are permitted under
the ICC rules. Law 40, paragraph 2 provides a description of a
permissible wicket-keeper glove.
Hand warmers, oven mitts, baseball mitts and such other hand coverings are NOT
to be substituted as wicket-keeping gloves and are not deemed acceptable as
protective gear for a wicket-keeper in the field of play.
5: STANDINGS, REPORTS AND POINTS
winning Team Captain will be responsible for submitting score sheet/s with
results of the game to the NJSBCL within 24 hours after completion of the game.
The score sheets must be submitted in the format provided by the NJSBCL
(provided in a separate document).
For a match
played over weekend, by the end of following Monday, The winning
captain needs to send brief a summary email to
Stating, total score for both teams, overs played, wickets lost and the
Margin of victory.
For a match
played over the weekend, by end of Tuesday, a detailed score sheet in the
prescribed format should be uploaded to the njsbcl.com website. The format is
available on yahoo groups folder or our website
www.njsbcl.com. The winning team captain is responsible for
uploading the result and the losing team captain should approve the uploaded
extremely important for getting scores, run rates, and recognition of
consistent performers with suitable awards at the end of the League. Failure to
Comply to with this ruling will lead to:
: Points not being awarded.
: Repeated failure will lead to disciplinary action, which in extreme
cases could be debarment
from future rounds, competition.
5.2 Tie breaker
rules: At the end of the respective rounds, if two or more teams are
tied for any of the top positions, the team that advances shall be determined
as follows, By applying the TIE BREAK rules in the following order.
The winner of the head to head competition. If still equal
The team with
the highest net run rate, (TOTAL NRR for the round against all teams, as you
see on Points table on NJSBCL website)
If we have a
TIE on NRR to third decimal place, we will use NRR against common opponents to
break the TIE
The calculation will use the following formulae:
Rate (NRR) = (Runs scored / Overs Played) – (Runs conceded / Overs Bowled).
This is formula being used currently on our website standings.
[Team “A” scored 678 runs in 147.3 overs, for a run rate of 4.602. Team opposing
“A” has scored 466 runs in 150 overs, a run rate of 3.107. Therefore the
Net Run Rate (NRR) is; 4.602 minus 3.107, or 1.495]
The rounding of
decimal will be to third decimal as shown above.The overs are considered as 1.2
overs = 1.47, 1.4 overs =1.67 and so on for calculation purpose. The rounding
of overs will be till second decimal.
In the event of a team being all out in less than its full quota of overs, the
calculation of its net run rate shall be based on the full quota of overs to
which it would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the
team was dismissed.
NJSBCL maintains a website,
www.njsbcl.com. The schedule for the season, EC members,
Rule book, Schedule for the week, points table at the end of each match, score
sheets, ground information, directions, Team details contact information, all
this and whole wealth of information is available on our website.
teams to use the site for reporting score sheets, writing to EC, use it for
contact info and use all its functionalities.
The site also
has pictures of past winners, blogs, links to cricket news, Our site was
launched in 2007 and we intend to make it one stop shop for all your League
information and other cricketing world information.
6: PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
To maintain a level
playing field for the competition, we ask that teams not include players that
participate in any other Cricket Association or League without the approval of
the Executive Committee.
A player may not change a team once the season has started.
Player movements between Main league & Platers league MUST be
approved by the Executive Committee.
8: RESTRICTIONS ON THE PLACEMENT OF FIELDSMEN
There will be no field restrictions enforced
9: PRE-GAME PREPARATION
Both playing teams shall be equally responsible for preparing the
pitch which may include but not limited to sweeping, raking and or rolling,
marking the boundaries and field restriction area. Each team shall also
bring other equipment such as stumps, bails, chalk, broom etc.
Each playing team shall be responsible for bringing water and
for their own use. The “home” team will NOT be responsible for doing
so. Bringing goodies for your opponents will be seen as a good gesture
and will be greatly appreciated!
Captains or their designee must exchange lineups prior to
the toss. The toss must be spun no later than 15 minutes prior to the
scheduled start of the game. At the scheduled start time both teams must
be present on the playing field with at least 8 players at which time
the standing umpire will call play.
At the stipulated starting time the team not ready to play shall lose one (1)
over every four (4) minutes from their allotment of overs. The team that is
ready to play, with a minimum complement of 8 players, at the stipulated
starting time shall be made avail of the entire allotment of overs.
If after 45 minutes from the scheduled start time one of the teams is not
present on the field with at least 8 players, the game shall be canceled and
(10) points shall be awarded to the team that was ready for play.
10: VENUE FOR MATCHES
At every stage teams get to host 50% of their matches. In case of odd
number of matches the higher ranked teams gets to host one extra game.
The host team gets to choose the venue of the match. So the
responsibility of getting a ground for the game rests with the hosting team.
The host team should communicate information about the venue to the
visiting team and the neutral umpires.
11: NORMAL HOURS OF PLAY & INTERVALS
League recommends that play shall commence no later than 8:45 AM on the days
scheduled. Rescheduling of start times is permissible upon mutual consent
of opposing captains.
One break of five (5) minutes shall be permitted at the completion of the 8th
over, except under conditions of extreme heat and humidity where the umpires
shall permit extra intervals for drinks as they see appropriate.
12: OVERS AND TIME MANAGEMENT
All matches in the first round shall be limited to (1) one inning of (16)
sixteen overs maximum per side. Each over will consist of six (6) legal
Each bowler shall be allowed a maximum of (4) four overs in the first
round. In the semi-final and final rounds each bowler shall be allowed a
maximum of (4) four overs.
12.3. Batsmen must be ready to
take guard or in position at the bowler's end within 90 seconds of a wicket
13: DELAYED OR INTERRUPTED MATCHES
In the event a game is curtailed by rain, bad light, or any other weather
related factors, the following rules shall apply:
The match can be postponed only if :
It is completely rained out
If it is rendered unplayable by overnight rains etc. (Neutral umpires will
decide after evaluating the ground conditions)
If it is interrupted by unforeseen factors like eviction etc.
There shall be no winner unless a minimum of (10) ten overs is completed in the
second inning. Otherwise, this constitutes an incomplete game and the entire
game will be rescheduled.
If more than 10 overs have been bowled in the second inning, and play stopped
on account of weather, the game will be continued from the point of stoppage of
play and completed as early as a reschedule is possible. Every effort
should be made to complete the game on the same ground where the first innings
14: STATUS OF GROUNDS
We are a friendly League that does not have grounds for play to fit
international and professional standards. As a matter of fact, many of
the games are played on makeshift baseball fields (of varying shapes and
The League does not guarantee that all grounds will have the same dimensions.
3 The League does not guarantee that every match will have a complete (360
degree) field of play.
4 Since every participating team does not have a “home” ground, the League
cannot avoid the advantage that some teams may have because they do have a
“home” ground. We will, however, through our scheduling
cycle, make a conscious effort to minimize such advantages that may be had by
having those with “home” grounds play a fair share of “away” games.
5 Each team WILL play on the ground that is assigned to them.
Period. No questions. End of discussion.
6 It is each team’s responsibility to survey each of the grounds and make
whatever pre-game preparations they see fit BEFORE the day of the game.
7 Declining to play for reasons such as “we don’t like this ground”, “we have a
better ground…lets go and play there”, “we don’t play on baseball grounds”
etc., will constitute an automatic forfeiture of the game. Period.
No questions. End of discussion.
The League is not responsible for accidents or injuries that a player may
suffer while traveling to/fro the grounds, while playing, or even simply
spectating a game.
2 The League or members of the Executive Committee will not be held liable for
any accidents or injuries that a player may suffer while traveling to/fro the
grounds, while playing, or even simply spectating a game.
3 All the teams should sign the registration & waiver form before the first
game of the season. This waiver absolves the league and its management of any
liability from injuries caused to players from participating or watching the
league games. The registration & waiver form can be downloaded at the
league website www.njsbcl.com
4 It’s simple…if you get hurt (which we hope never happens), you are on
15. 5 The
league recommends teams to take liability insurance. There are insurance firm
who provide these services and typically charge around 100-150 dollars for the
coverage. It helps cover Team liability and is an important factor in getting
grounds assignment from township, as this is a basic requirement.
umpires shall be appointed before the match, to conduct and control the game as
required by the Laws, with absolute impartiality. The umpires shall be present
on the ground at least 15 minutes before the commencement of the play.
The umpire’s decision is final. He/she must write any disputes on the
score-sheet (scorebook) and submit a written report to the NJSBCL within
seventy-two hours of any incident.
As part of the schedule, each team has been assigned games that they are
mandated to umpire. For Round 1, Each team will be expected to send two
people to serve as neutral umpires to a match assigned. Round 2 onwards for
both Main League and Platers, neutral umpires for each game will be assigned
from two teams. If a team is unable to send a neutral umpire, they are
responsible to arrange a Neutral Umpire from the League pool or by seeking
availability from the other teams. They shall pay a fee of $40 to each umpire
who agrees to the duty on their behalf. The onus of arranging an umpire lies with
the Captain of the team assigned to do umpiring duty, not the EC.;
the Umpire will be responsible for timely executing the match as per the
If a team fails to send an umpire for the assigned game (from the neutral
umpire pool or from their own team), they will be penalized 5 points and a fine
of $40 per game.
In the event both captains
agree in advance and take complete responsibility of finishing the match
cordially, EC will allow to use own umpires who shall officiate the game.
6 UMPIRES DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Even if you do not like or agree with the
decision of the umpires, you accept it and move on. No cursing, no
screaming, no calling names (in any language), no filing protests, nothing that
violates the spirit of the game. Period. No questions. End of
and unfair play
shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play on the field.
impose penalties on any player who does not comply with standards of the game
as he deems fit.
report such occurrences to the Executive Committee
WICKET-KEEPER AND FIELDER MOVEMENT
of them can move significantly (NOT more than 2 steps) after the batsman has
taken his stance, which is considered to be a distraction. The fielder is not
allowed to move significantly (a deep square leg cannot become a square leg).
Same holds good sideways (a deep square leg cannot become a deep mid-wicket).
And a wicket-keeper cannot come close to the stump if he is at a significant
distance from the stumps, after the batsman has taken his stance and before the
ball passes the batsman. Only a slightest of movement is allowed. If any of
these are not met the Umpire could call it to be a DEAD BALL (not a NO BALL) on
his own or on upon an objection raised by the players of the opponent team.
It is the responsibility of BOTH captains to see that decorum is
maintained at all times and the spirit of the game is adhered to.
Disputed games shall be arbitrated by the executive committee NJSBCL along with
representatives of both teams and the officiating umpires.
In the event of a protest, the captain shall notify the umpires and the
opposing captain during and at the conclusion of the match. Protests must be
filed in writing and forwarded to the executive committee within (72)
seventy-two hours after the competition of the match.
A fee of $150.00 shall accompany each protest; this fee shall be reimbursed ONLY
if the protest is upheld.
Protests received by the committee without the applicable fee shall be
considered null and void and no action shall be taken by the NJSBCL.
21: INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK
22: LEG BEFORE WICKET (LBW)
one is easy! We do not consider lbws in our games. So, a batsman
should not be ruled out on account of lbw.
23: LEG BYES
is easy too! We do not consider leg byes. No runs score on leg
byes. The ball is simply ruled dead. So there are no run outs on those
24: WIDE BALL
Use a cone or a flag as a marker to call wides (measured as one bat from the
middle stump). A ball is a wide if it passes so high or wide that it is beyond
the reach of the striker. The ball must pass behind the batsman AND outside the
leg stump to be ruled a wide down the leg side. For wides outside the off stump
the ball pass outside the cone or flag marker. If you are going to call a ball
on the off-side that goes over the cone/flag as a wide ball, then simply
consistently call it as such throughout the game.
The umpire shall not call “wide” if the batsmen moves to a position so that the
ball is beyond his reach or moves to a position so that the ball is within his
reach. A wide does not count in an over.
The striker may be out five ways off a wide: Run out, stumped, hit wicket,
handled the ball and obstructing the field. The umpire should call and signal
“wide” as soon as the ball passes the stumps. All runs scored off a wide are
recorded as wides, not byes. Obviously if the ball touches the striker’s person
a wide would not be called. One run is given to a wide ball that has no other
runs scored off it.
bye is called when a legal delivery passes the stumps without the ball touching
either the bat or the batsman's body.
26: NO BALL
Mode of delivery
The umpire shall ascertain whether the bowler intends to bowl right handed or
left handed, over or round the wicket, and shall so inform the striker. It is
unfair if the bowler fails to notify the umpire of a change in his mode of
delivery. In this case the umpire shall call and signal No ball.
Underarm bowling shall not be permitted
) Fair delivery - the feet
a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in the delivery stride the
bowler's front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or
raised, behind the popping crease. A simple rule of thumb would be…..If umpire
can see the popping crease behind the bowler's front foot (toe, heel and all!),
then it is NO BALL.
We do not enforce the return crease rules for no balls.
One run will be awarded for a No ball.
27: DEAD BALL
dead ball is either if the ball pitches more than ONCE or rolls before it
reaches the batsman.
HIT AFTER A FOOT-FAULT NO BALL
The delivery following a no ball called for a foot fault shall be a free hit
for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a
legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball), then the next
delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.
For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances
that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide
Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a
change of striker.
A free hit ball is counted towards the number of balls of an over.
If 6th ball becomes a foot fault - No Ball, 7th ball is a free hit
ball and as long as the free hit ball is not a wide or a no-ball, that is the
The umpires will signal a free hit by (after the normal No Ball signal)
extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion
If in the judgment of the bowler’s end umpire the ball has passed or would have
passed over the batsman’s shoulder if he were in his normal batting stance, the
bowler’s end umpire shall call and signal a No ball.
NO ball calls on height shall be made only by the bowler’s end umpire.
The bowler’s end umpire may consult with his colleague if he feels the need to
Full tosses above the waist
in the judgment of the bowler’s end umpire the ball has passed or would have
passed over the batsman’s waist if he were in his normal batting stance without
touching the ground, the bowler’s end
shall call and signal a No ball.
30: RUN OUT BY “MANKEDED”
When the batsman at the non-striker’s end has backed up out of his crease and
the bowler in his run-up (but before having entered his delivery stride)
removes the bails with the batsman out of his crease, the batsman is said to
have been "Mankaded". Technically, the dismissal falls under the run-out
30.2 A bowler cannot run out a non-striker once he has entered his
delivery stride. The delivery stride is defined as the stride in the course of
which the delivery swing is made: it starts when the bowler's back foot lands
and ends when the front foot lands in the same stride." A bowler has to warn
the batsman at least once before running him out in this way.
In simple terms, a bowler cannot run-out the non-striker once he has started to
swing his arm to bowl. From the non-strikers perspective stay within the crease
until the bowler starts his swing.
31: GAME TIE-BREAKER BY BOWL OUT
In the event of a tied
match the teams shall compete in a bowl out to determine the winner.
The following procedure will
apply should the provision for a bowl out be adopted at only knock-out stages
of the tournament – Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals.
Subject to weather conditions the bowl out will take place on the scheduled day
of the match at a time to be determined by the umpire. In normal circumstances
the bowl out shall commence 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match.
The bowl out will take place on the pitch allocated for the match (the
designated pitch) unless otherwise determined by the umpires.
4 A full set of stumps, including bails, if available, will be
pitched at one end of the designated pitch by the umpire
bowlers will all bowl from the same end. The bowlers will use the same match
ball as was used in the last innings of the match for the bowl out
Five (5) minutes prior to the start of the bowl out, the captains shall toss a
coin for the right to decide which team bowls first or second in the bowl out.
The umpire will supervise the toss in the normal manner.
The captains shall nominate their five bowlers in writing to the umpire prior
to the toss. Such bowlers must be from the 11 nominated players for that match.
The wicket keeper may be one of the nominated bowlers in which case one of the
players not nominated as a bowler in the bowl out shall perform the wicket
keeping responsibilities during the bowl out.
Following the toss the nominated bowlers (and, if the captain is not one of the
bowlers, the captain) and the wicket keeper from each side will take up a
position on the field at mid wicket/extra cover at a reasonable distance away
determine by the umpire. The remainder of the players and team officials shall
be required to remain beyond the boundary.
The on-field umpires shall take up their normal positions at the bowler’s end
and at square leg respectively.
The nominated bowlers shall each bowl a delivery making a total of 10
deliveries (5 from each team). The deliveries are taken alternatively by the
teams. The bowlers must bowl in the same sequence as the list of players
nominated and communicated by the team captains to the umpire prior to the toss
for the bowl out. The team with the most number of hits after five deliveries
each shall be declared the winner.
If, after both teams have bowled 5 deliveries, both have scored the same number
of hits on the wicket, or have not scored any hits, a second series of
deliveries must be started with the same players and shall continue until one
team has scored a hit more than the other from the same number of deliveries.
That team shall be declared the winner. The sequence of bowlers need not be the
same as in the previous series and the captain shall have the freedom of choice
at the time of each delivery as to which of the 5 nominated bowlers shall bowl.
In the second series, all 5 nominated bowlers shall bowl a delivery before any
of them are eligible to bowl a further delivery.
If any of the nominated bowlers is injured during the bowl out (at any time
after the toss has been taken), the injured bowler may be replaced by another
player who was a member of the 11 players nominated for the match. For the sake
of clarity, the replacement bowler may not be one of the other nominated
The umpires will be responsible for making sure only the nominated bowlers
actually bowl, that the correct sequence is followed and that no bowler bowls
more than once until permitted to do so.
The wicket keeper will not be permitted to stand up to the stumps.
The teams shall be entitled to a warm up period prior to the toss for the bowl
out. Players shall be entitled to measure and practice their run ups during
this warm up period provided no player shall be entitled to bowl any delivery
on the square itself. Once the toss has taken place no further practice
deliveries, measurement or practice of run ups shall be allowed (whether on the
square or outfield).
The umpires will be responsible for officially recording the number of ‘hits’
on the wicket. In the case of an infringement the umpire shall call and signal
‘no ball’ and the delivery shall be considered a miss and will not be retaken.
A hit achieved with a “fair” delivery shall be signaled by the bowling end
umpire in the manner of an out dismissal.
The umpires’ decision shall be final as to the fairness of the delivery and the
result of the bowl out.
The League does NOT mandate uniforms for participating teams. Although we
think they look pretty cool!
33: DISCIPLINE AND OTHER ISSUES
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks. This is a county
ordinance; violators are subjected to prosecution by law.
The New Jersey Soft Ball Cricket League does not and will not tolerate any
un-sportsmanlike behavior from players, teams or club members; the respective
captains shall be responsible for taking the appropriate disciplinary action
against the offender(s) and notify the executive
committee of the steps taken.
Members of NJSBCL shall be expected to behave courteously toward others, i.e.
players, officials, umpires and spectators.
If a player behaves in an un-sportsmanlike conduct, the umpire shall report him
to his captain and if the situation persists the player will be reported to the
Any player who willfully disturbs the wicket, or causes the game to be
prematurely ended shall cause his team to forfeit the game.
The executive committee will investigate the disputes reported to them by teams
& neutral umpires. If any team is found to have willfully caused
disturbance during a cricket match, that team and the players involved would be
subject to disciplinary action as deemed fit by the executive committee. Any
team or players that do not agree or obey the disciplinary actions handed to
them will be subject to additional actions including but not limited to
expulsion from the league games for the current and future seasons. Such
expelled players or teams will not be allowed to play in the league games for
their own team or for other teams in the future.
& YEAR END CELEBRATION!!
will hold and award ceremony at the end of the season. This will be held at the
venue where the Finals for the Main League will be played.
match the following felicitations will be done:
Trophy to the
winning Captain with mementos to the teammates.
Trophy for Man
of the Match
Trophy to Man
of the Series.
Trophy for the
Trophy of both
Platers Champion (Winners, Losing team and Man of the Match).
the prizes will be decided by the Executive Committee.