All pitchers, 1st & 3rd basemen must wear a facemask. (highly suggested for all players in the infield and outfield at this level)
All batters must wear a helmet with a cage.
Player Requirements & Game/Inning Length
Select a parent to act as umpire. Home team decides if teams cannot agree.
Games are at 12:30-2pm on Sundays on the Men’s Pool and Men’s Orchard Softball fields.
Minimum of five players is required to play a game, catcher not necessary, but encouraged. Fill the infield first. Recruit players from other A teams or Rookie division prior to the game if you are having a hard time getting (5) players. Teams can also lend players, switching players every inning. Once a team has 6 players they cannot borrow from the opposing team. Once a team has 7 players they cannot borrow from the Rookie Division.
Game length – 1 hour/30 minutes. Start your last inning no later than 1 hour.
Outs count, but each team will bat through the line up one time when they are on offense regardless of number of outs made.
A is coach-pitch only. Coaches pitch to their own team and should stand roughly 30 feet from the plate and release the ball within one step.
There are no strikeouts or walks, but a tee should be used after the fifth strike (swinging or looking).
Strikezone – shoulders to knees
Coaches should not yell to batters to swing or not swing once ball is released from hand.
A coach or parent from the defense’s team should stand behind the catcher to help get balls back to the pitcher and speed up the game. They cannot physically assist in plays.
2 coaches max are allowed on the field with the players on defense (not including the coach behind home plate). They cannot physically assist in plays.
No player should play outfield two innings in a row. ALL GIRLS MUST HAVE AT LEAST 2 INNINGS IN THE INFIELD DURING A 3 INNING GAME.
Outfielders must be behind the grass line at start of each pitch.
Up to four outfielders allowed. No players should sit the bench on defense.
Continuous batting order. If a player is deemed out, she must return to the dugout. However, the entire lineup will bat once every inning. Regardless of how many outs. The offense and defense switch at the end of the batting order.
The teams may share one net/tee to warm up the on deck batters IF there is supervision.
Batters may take one practice swing before getting up to the plate.
Pinch-run for catcher with 2 outs so that they can get ready for the next inning
Have a coach or parent on the bench to oversee kids being ready to bat, the catcher is dressed and ready to head out to the field once there are two outs or getting to the end of the batting order, and making sure players are being safe.
No running into/colliding with any fielder – it's an automatic "out" after 1 warning (per team/per game)
On an overthrow runners on first and second may take the next base if unoccupied. A runner on third must be batted in.
The play is considered over when any fielder attempts to throw the ball to the pitcher (coach or player) on or near the mound.