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Girls Softball Rules

Girls Softball Rules


RULE

Juniors

Seniors


Varsity

Ages (as of Jan 1st.)

7-9

10-12


13 & 14

Distance between bases

50'

60'


60'

Distance from home plate rear to front of pitcher's plate

Machine Pitch, settings 3/3/3

40'


43'

8 foot pitchers circle

Yes

Yes


Yes

Scheduled innings of play

6

7


7

Innings needed for Official game

N/A

4


4

Max. runs per inning - no unlimited in last inning

6

6


League Rules

Batting (1)

7 pitches/3 swings

3 Strikes/4 Balls


3 Strikes/4 Balls

Defensive positions

10/4 OF

10/4 OF


9/3 OF

Minimum Number of Players

7

7


7

Minimum innings played defensively (2)

4

4


4

Player Rotation

Two innings infield, one outfield.  We expect you to rotate your player's defensive positions.
Two innings infield, one outfield.  We expect you to rotate your player's defensive positions.

Two innings infield, one outfield.  We expect you to rotate your player's defensive positions.


Batting

All bat

All bat


All bat

Free defensive substitutions (except pitcher)

Yes

Yes


Yes

Pitcher - max. innings per game (1 pitch = 1 inning) (3)

Machine Pitch, settings 3/3/3

3


League Rules

Pitcher - max. innings per week

N/A

9


League Rules

Times starting pitcher can re-enter game as pitcher

N/A

0


League Rules

Size of softball

soft 11"

12"


12"

Balk rule

N/A

Yes


Yes

Infield fly rule

No

Yes


Yes

Steal first on dropped third strike?

No

No


Yes

Leading off (5)

No

No


No

Base stealing (after ball has crossed home plate)

No

Yes, 2nd base only


Yes

Stopping Baserunners

Stop at next base when any attempt to throw to the infield is made by the the outfielder.

Lookback Rule when pitcher has ball in circle or near rubber


Lookback Rule when pitcher has ball in circle or near rubber

Sliding

Yes

Yes


Yes

Intentional Walks

No

No


League Rules

Bunting allowed

No

Yes


Yes

Courtesy runner allowed for pitcher or catcher

No

Yes


Yes

Time Limit 2 hours.  No new inning after two hours.  Finish the inning you started. (3)

Jewelry is prohibited

Yes

Yes


Yes

Advancing Runners on Over Throws

No

Unlimited


Unlimited

Extra Innings if Tied under 2 hours

No

Yes/time limit


Yes/time limit

Batter's helmets must have face guards

Yes

Yes


Yes

Pitcher's helmet must have face guard

Yes

N/A


N/A

Pitcher Helmet/Faceguard Requirements

Helmet

Facemask


No Requirement

Bats: Can not be more than 34" long, 2 1/2" in Dia and 38 oz.

Notes: 14U Girls will follow rules of whichever league they are playing in.

(1) In Juniors, last pitch must be hittable - re-pitch if not.

(2) Player may not sit out consecutive innings

(3) No time limit for playoffs or elimination games.

(4) Lookback Rule applies - baserunner must advance or return to base, no standing off base.


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