AA Division Softball Rules (Rev 4/16/17)
The purpose of this league is to teach the players the
rules of the game, the fundamentals, sportsmanship and
competitive play. Good sportsmanship is a MUST at all
6.0 Girls Softball “AA” Division
6.1 Game Time
6.1.1 Game time is 5:30 p.m., or as indicated on the schedule.
6.1.2 The game is played with ten (10) fielders. If nine (9) players are
present per team, the game must begin at the scheduled start time.
6.1.3 If a team does not have a minimum of nine (9) players in
attendance at game time, a fifteen (15) minute grace period will be
6.1.4 At the end of the grace period, the game may be played with eight
(8) players. If either team has fewer than eight (8) players, that team will
forfeit the game. If a player is injured or removed from the game for any reason and cannot continue to play, resulting in a team only having 7 players, the game will be stopped immediately and the status of the game (forfeit, reschedule, etc.) will be determined by the Northwest League Board of Directors
6.2 Length of Game
6.2.1 Games will be six (6) innings. In case of a tie at the end of six
innings, as many complete innings as necessary to break the tie will be
6.2.2 A new inning cannot be started after 7:45 p.m. Umpires can use
their discretion about starting an inning near 7:45 p.m.
6.2.3 Umpires will have the authority to end any game prematurely
should conditions warrant, i.e. insufficient visibility, wet conditions,
lightning, excessive cold, continuous harassment from anyone present,
6.2.4 Official Game (Rain or Darkness, etc.) – 4 innings or 3-1/2 innings if Home Team is leading
6.3 Playing Time and Substitutions
6.3.1 Each player must play a minimum of 2 innings in the field. Those
need not be consecutive innings.
6.3.2 FREE defensive substitutions will be allowed only when the
defensive team takes the field. Exceptions: pitching change, injury or
6.3.3 A starting pitcher who is withdrawn cannot return to the pitching
position in the same inning nor more than once during the game.
6.3.4 Pitching distance will be 40 feet from the front of the pitching
rubber to the rear point of home plate.
6.3.5 If a temporary pitching rubber is used, it must be installed with
6.3.6 The pitcher must begin delivery in a stationary position, with both
feet on the rubber. When delivering the pitch, the player is allowed one
step towards the plate (no walking in) and one foot must stay in contact
with the ground at all times (no “crow hopping“).
6.3.7 The league gives the pitcher the option of using a windmill or
modified delivery. Pitchers shall not deceive the batter by using both
deliveries in one at bat.
6.3.8 A hit batter, which includes a ball that strikes the ground prior to
hitting the batter, will result in a dead ball situation and batter will be
awarded first base, as long as that batter attempted to avoid being hit by
6.3.9 A maximum of five (5) warm-up pitches or one (1) minute,
whichever comes first, will be allowed between half innings.
6.3.10 PLEASE NOTE: Any player, regardless of ability, can and should
be withheld from the entire game if disciplinary reasons are such that it
is necessary. Good Sportsmanship is a must and it is the coach’s
responsibility to appropriately address any concerning/poor
sportsmanship like behavior. The opposing coach must be notified of
this immediately if it occurs during a game and the child is being
withheld for the rest of the game or prior to the game that the child will
6.3.11 A pitcher that hits 3 batters in one inning or four batters total in
one game will be removed from the pitching circle for the remainder of
the game. If the pitcher is removed from the pitchers circle by the coach,
the hits batter count remains with that pitcher if they return to the
pitchers circle in later innings. The umpire has the right to remove the
pitcher at any time he or she feels the pitcher is unsafe regardless of
amount of hit batters.
6.3.12 Intentional Walks are not allowed
6.4.1 Teams will use ten (10) players maximum on defense, of which
four (4) must be outfielders.
All four (4) outfielders must be positioned no less than ten (10)
feet behind the edge of the infield prior to the batter making contact with
6.4.3 All four (4) infielders must be properly positioned prior to the
batter making contact with the ball. Positioning any infielder on one of
the bases is contrary to the intentions of the league.
6.4.4 There will be no infield fly rule.
6.5.1 Each team will submit a batting order prior to the start of each game.
6.5.2 The batting order must include all those players who are present at
the game and must remain intact throughout the entire game.
6.5.3 Players who arrive after the 1st pitch must be placed at the end of
the batting order.
6.5.4 A team will remain at bat until (3) outs or 4 runs have been scored.
In the sixth and subsequent innings or agreed upon last inning, (3) outs
must be reached to end the inning. A mercy rule of 15 runs will be in
effect at completion of the 5 innings, or 4 1⁄2 innings if the home team is
leading and the game will be over. However, if time and conditions
permit, this rule may be waived, by the agreement of the coaches, to
allow additional playing time for the players.
At the time that the mercy rule is invoked, the score will be considered final.
6.5.5 The strike zone is between the armpits and knees of the batter
assuming a normal batting stance at the plate. Exaggerated stances will
not alter the strike zone. Any pitched ball that hits home plate shall be
called a ball.
6.5.6 After a pitch has been thrown runners may not advance on an
errant throwback to the pitcher from the catcher.
6.5.7 When the pitcher is in the 8 foot radius circle and in possession of
the ball, the base runner(s) may not leave their base(s).
6.5.8 A base runner may take a lead off any base once the
pitched ball crosses home plate. The ball is live until it is in the possession
of the pitcher in the circle, the runners must continue to the base that she
is heading to or go back to the base that she came from.
She cannot dance between bases or she shall be called out.
If the ball is held by the pitcher, the runner may not advance past the base
she is heading to. If the pitcher tries to make a play then play will continue
with only one base on an overthrow.
Should the fielder choose to throw to the base where the runner is headed,
play will continue.
6.5.9 A three-strike, four-ball count will be maintained throughout the
game (pitcher can walk in runs). The maximum runs allowed per inning
shall be as specified in 6.5.4 above.
6.5.10 Runners may advance, at the risk of being put out, on overthrown
balls. All runners may advance at least one base, without liability to be
put out, if the overthrown ball leaves the playing area (over fences, into
dugouts, or as otherwise determined by the umpire). Bases awarded shall
be as determined by the umpire.
6.5.11 Runners may advance one base on pitched balls missed by the
catcher (passed ball or wild pitch).
18.104.22.168 Stealing is allowed. The runner may not leave the base in
which they currently occupy until the pitched ball crosses home plate.
22.214.171.124 Only two attempts to steal home per inning (successful or not).
126.96.36.199 Delayed Stealing is not allowed.
This is defined as any time after a base runner takes her lead when the
pitched ball crosses home plate, other than on a passed ball or wild pitch.
Or, with multiple runners on base as in the example below:
Example: With runners on 1st and 3rd, if the runner on 1st attempts to
steal 2nd base, the runner on 3rd is not allowed to steal home on the
catcher’s throw to 2nd base. She may only attempt to steal home if she
leaves 3rd base at the same time as the runner attempting to steal 2nd.
188.8.131.52 There is no “must slide rule”, only a no contact rule. Players are not required to slide but must avoid contact. The best way to avoid contact is to slide.
6.5.12 Throwing the bat, at the umpire’s judgment, shall result in a
team warning and the next occurrence will result in the batter being
6.5.13 Pinch/Courtesy Runners – A Courtesy Runner may be provided for an injured player once per game and must be the last player to make an out while at bat. Since there is a continuous batting order, there are no pinch runners allowed.
6.6.1 Given complete charge of the game. These individuals should be
treated with the same respect that others in the program expect.
6.6.2 Only protests on an interpretation of a rule(s) will be entertained
and must be settled respectfully, without unnecessary disturbance, on the
field among the umpires and coaches. There are no protests on judgment
6.7.1 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.
6.7.2 In cool weather, if sweatshirts are worn they must be worn under
6.7.3 Metal spikes are prohibited. Players must wear rubberized cleats or
6.7.4 All catchers’ equipment must be worn by the catcher while
behind the plate. Any player that is warming up a pitcher must wear a
6.7.5 All batters and base runners must wear protective headgear
(including face mask), either their own or as provided by the team.
Those failing to comply will not be allowed to hit or run.
6.7.6 All players are to be informed that bracelets, watches, rings,
necklaces, and/or earrings cannot be worn during practices or games.
There are to be no exceptions. These items are dangerous to both the
player and her opponent.
6.7.7 The official game ball will be an 11” Yellow ASA approved
softball. Color of ball shall be consistent throughout the game.
6.7.8 NEW BALL to be provided by the home team at each game and an
acceptable used ball provided by the visiting team at each game.
6.7.9 ALL bats to be used will conform to ASA Official Rules (Rule 3,
Section 1). This means that the bats must be marked as official softball
bats. Little League or baseball bats are illegal. No double-wall bats
allowed. [Logos added]
6.7.9 Bunting is allowed, however if the batter shows a bunt, they are
not allowed to swing at the pitch, they must attempt to bunt or take the pitch.
6.8.1 After one visit by the coach, per pitcher, per inning, the pitcher must be removed.
6.8.2 Coaches are allowed to make one visit, per game, to the pitcher’s mound to confer with any players.
6.8.3 Coaches are allowed one time out per inning for instruction from the baseline.
6.8.4 Coaches should remember that players and spectators will emulate their conduct.
6.8.5 Kindly set an example by providing a model reflecting those values and concepts herein.
6.8.6 Coaches should have his/her team on and off the field so that half innings take no longer than one minute.
6.9.1 In case of inclement weather, home team coaches are responsible for notifying other coach by 4:30 of cancellations.
6.9.2 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.
6.9.3 The New Hartford league will not reschedule canceled games
Canceled games will only be rescheduled if there is an agreement
between the 2 coaches involved. Every effort should be made to make up all games.