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West Middleton’s Baseball/Softball

 Softball Rules & Guidelines

 

League Objective: This coach pitch league is intended to be a logical transition from T-Ball to baseball/softball. Players develop the skills of batting, fielding and base running in this minimally competitive league while learning the rules that closely resemble those of softball/ baseball. Players are taught to bat at a ball that is safely pitched to them by their own coach.

Emphasis is always placed on having fun, player safety, and sportsmanship!

 

 1. DUGOUTS/ GAME BALLS/PRE-GAME CONFERENCE

  • Home team is determined on the game schedule (listed first)

  • Home team will be in the 1st base dugout.

  • Before the start of each game, a pre-game conference with the opposing coach shall be held at home plate to discuss any questions or concerns.

  • Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents, spectators, and assistants. If needed, the field supervisor will enforce ejections, as they deem necessary for a situation.

     

    2. TIMING

  • Games are 6 innings or a time limit shall be 75-minutes (strictly enforced).

  • Game time will start promptly at the designated time. Make sure your team is warmed up and ready to play.

  • The game will end at the conclusion of the time limit regardless of which team is up to bat.

  • The field supervisor or coaches will keep official playing time.

     

    3. FIELD MARKINGS

  • Bases – 50 feet

  • There will be a foul zone arc in front of home plate as in T-Ball.

  • A batted ball landing in front of the plate and remaining in fair territory will be a foul ball.

 

4. ROSTERS

  • All players must be properly registered and appear on your Official Team Roster - this is given to you by the Recreation Coordinator.

     

    5. UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT

  • All participants receive a t-shirt and hat which they should wear during game play.

  • All batters and base runners must wear a batting helmet

  • Suitable shoes must be worn (no crocs or sandals). Shoes with metal cleats are NOT allowed.

  • No player will be allowed to wear exposed jewelry of any kind.

  • Catchers must be in full gear (i.e., face mask, shin guards, and chest protector) when on playing field.

     

     

    6. GOVERNING RULES

  • Only the players and batting team’s first and third base coaches, base runners, batters, and on-deck batter will be allowed on the field during play.

  • The defensive coach can be in the field of play to position players and also serve as the umpire.

  • The runners will advance when the ball is hit. A runner may advance one base on an overthrow. Outs will be enforced, and players can advance multiple bases on hits.

  • Play is stopped (time called) when the ball is secured by the pitcher position in the pitcher’s circle.

 

7. DEFENSE

  • A game can start with six players and have a maximum of 10 players in the field.

  • Coach can be on the field. 

    • Coach can stop play to tell team what should have been done on the play. 

    • If parent can help behind the catcher, this speeds up the game…

  • Players must not sit more than one consecutive inning

    • Extra players should be sat on the bench and be rotated in.

    • Players should only play a position once in a game

    • Players can be substituted in any dead ball situation.

  • No fielder will be closer than thirty (30) feet from the batter.

  • Every attempt must be made to keep the baseline clear.

    • Penalty: The obstructed runner will be advanced one additional base.

    • Runners may not intentionally collide with a defensive player, unless the runner is sliding.

  • Plays at every base are considered force outs. There will be an additional base provided at home plate for base runners to run to/through.

    • To determine if the base runner is making an attempt to reach the next base, the base runner must advance more than halfway on the baseline.

       

      8. BATTING/INNING REGULATION

  • All players present at the start of the game for a team will be in the batting order regardless of the number. Players arriving after the game has begun will be added to the bottom of the batting order.

  • An offensive inning will consist of 3 outs or one complete rotation thru the batting order, whichever one comes first.

    • If three outs are recorded in an inning, the next inning the batting order should pick up where it was left off the previous inning

  • No Walks

  • No infield fly rule.

  • No bunting allowed.

  • A runner cannot steal under any circumstances.No leading off until the ball is hit..

  • Any batter excessively throwing the bat will be called out. Runners return to original bases.

 

9. PITCHING

  • The coach will pitch to his own players from an appropriate distance and shall pitch the ball in an underhand motion to each batter of his/her team.

  • The player pitcher (defensive team) must remain on either side or behind of the coach pitcher and may not move until the ball is hit.

  • Maximum number of pitches per batter is 5. If after 5 pitches, the batter has not put the ball into play, the batter gets as many attempts off of the tee until they put the ball into play.

    • Balls, foul balls, a ball striking a player, a player missing a pitch, or a player not swinging at a pitch are all counted towards a batters total numbers of allowable pitches.

 

10. LIVE BALL/DEAD BALL

  • The ball becomes live once the batter hits the ball in play

  • The runners will advance when the ball is hit.

  • Outs will be enforced, and players can advance multiple bases on hits.

  • Play is stopped (time called) when the ball is secured by the pitcher position in the pitcher’s circle.

  • If a runner is less than half way to the next base at the time the ball is ruled dead, they will be returned to their previous base.

  • If a runner is more than half way to the next base at the time the ball is ruled dead, they will be allowed to advance to the next base.

  • An overthrow to first, second, or third base will result in a dead ball and players may only advance to the next base.