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A Softball Playing Rules

A Division Softball Rules (Rev. 3/11/13)

The purpose of the A-League is to teach the players the rules of the game, the fundamentals, sportsmanship and to prepare them for AA Division.

Good sportsmanship is a MUST at all times.

1.0 Game time

1.1 Game time is 5:45, or as indicated on the schedule.

2.0 Length of game

2.1 Games will be 6 innings or 2 hours whichever comes first.

3.0 Playing time

3.1 Each player must play a minimum of 3 innings in the field. Those need not to  be consecutive innings.

4.0 Defense

4.1 Teams will use ten (10) players maximum on defense, of which four (4) must be outfielders.

4.2 No infield fly rule

4.3 Two coaches are allowed on the field (defense) during the game to lend coaching assistance to

the players, but they must stay behind the baseline.

5.0 Pitching

5.1 Batting teams coach will pitch with the goal of one inning per game being player modified pitching at 35 feet.

5.2 Pitcher should stand on rubber, unless both teams agree to allow pitcher to move in to assist some batters

6.0 Offense

6.1 No scores are kept for winning or losing purposes.

6.2 A continuous batting order will be used.

6.3 The batting order must include all those players who are present at the game.

6.4 A team will remain at bat until three (3) outs or 5 runs have been scored.

6.5 Only the batter and on deck batter are allowed off the bench.

6.6 Batters will get 10 pitches and with no contact on the last pitch the batter will be out. However if there is a foul ball on the last pitch the batter shall continue.

6.7 There are no walks

6.8 Bunting is not allowed

6.9 Four (4) Coaches are allowed on the field when their team is at bat. One to pitch and one to back up the catcher to retrieve errant or missed pitches and two other to coach 1st and 3rd base.

7.0 Base running

7.1 Stealing is not allowed

7.2 No sliding into first base

7.3 Runners can advance only 1 base on an error made while making a play at a base. (Errors made while fielding a hit ball does not stop play)

8.0 Equipment

8.1 Players must wear the league issued shirt and visors, bill forward (visors are optional) provided for their team. No exceptions will be allowed. Face masks are highly recommended for all pitchers and infielders and suggested for outfielders.

8.2 An 11” “Soft” Easton Incrediball will be used.

8.3 All base runners and batters must wear a masked helmet.

8.4 All catchers’ equipment must be worn by the catcher while behind the plate.

8.5 All players are to be informed that bracelets, watches, rings, necklaces, and/or

earrings cannot he worn during practices or games. There are to be no exceptions.

These items are dangerous to both the player and her opponent.

9.0 Coaches

9.1 Coaches will be permitted to call time throughout the game in order

to assist their players in the development of skills and in the understanding of the

game.

9.2 Coaches should remember that players and spectators will emulate their conduct.

9.3 Kindly set an example by providing a model reflecting those values and concepts herein.

10.0 Postponements

10.1 In case of inclement weather, home team coaches are responsible for notifying other coach by 4:30 of cancellations.

10.2 If the games are not canceled by 4:30 p.m., cancellation will be the responsibility of the umpires. Teams and umpires must report to the field of play, unless otherwise notified.

10.3 The league will not reschedule canceled games. Canceled games will only be

rescheduled if there is an agreement between the 2 coaches involved.