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2012 Minor Softball Rules

2012 Instructional Softball League Objectives/Rules
Minor League (Grades 2 & 3)
Revision March 26, 2012
Objective: To have fun, learn the basics of positional play, be introduced to competitive play, develop
competency in the fundamental skills of the game (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting) in order to
advance to the next level of play.
1. Both coaches must meet with the umpire prior to the start of the game to define and agree upon
the following:
a. The “out of bounds” area to the left and right of the foul lines.
b. General rules review
2. No inning begins after 8 p.m.
3. Play must be suspended in the event of lightning.
4. Coaches should act as umpires to the extent required for field play only. No other coaches
except the pitcher/umpire are allowed on field. There are no called balls or strikes. Strikeouts
are not allowed.
5. Coaches have the responsibility to control spectators and ensure player safety.
6. Coaches are responsible for clean-up of the field and dugout areas.
7. Once any coach has made a call, it should not be disputed since this contradicts the goals of
good sportsmanship. Conflicts should be debated away from the children.
8. In the event of inclement weather and the game needs to be cancelled, coaches must contact
each other at least one hour before the game begins so they can notify players.
1. No watches, earrings, rings, pins or jewelry except to alert medical personnel. Medical alert
bracelet must be taped over to eliminate sharp edges and medical alert necklaces must be taped to
body or jersey to keep them from flying out and striking an opponent.
2. No bat swinging until at the plate, unless the next batter is carefully supervised by coach in a
designated “on-deck” area. There is no “double deck.”
3. Helmets must be worn when on deck, at bat or on base.
1. Coaches pitch to their own players.
2. A player shall stand near the coach to field the pitcher’s position.
3. Coach pitches until the batter puts the ball in play, limiting the batter to no more 7 swings.
After 7 swings the player sits down and is called out.
4. If a batted ball hits designated coach pitcher, then the ball will be declared dead and the
batter awarded first base.
5. There are no called balls or strikes. Strikeouts are allowed after 7 swings with the last swing
being a miss not a foul.
6. Player pitching is encouraged to prepare players for the next level. The player pitcher can
deliver up to 4 pitches per batter, then turn the mound over to the coach pitcher. Coaches are
urged discretion to ensure only capable pitchers are permitted to pitch, and if they are nowhere
near the strike zone, then the coach should take over for the balance of the inning.
2012 Instructional Softball League Objectives/Rules
Minor League (Grades 2 & 3)
Revision March 26, 2012
The team in the field shall either use a player to catch with a coach to back them up in order to
expedite play or if there are not enough players a coach can catch. Catcher must be equipped with
full equipment issued by the league.
Base Running
1. It is important to teach base running, (i.e., what to do for ground balls vs. pop-ups)
2. If the play results in an out, the batter or base runner must return to the bench.
3. Runners may advance only one base on any infield hit. For balls hit into the outfield via fly ball or
grounder, the runners may advance no more than two bases.
4. Running stops when an outfield throw to the infield breaks the baseline. The runner must be ½ way
when the ball breaks the baseline to advance to the next base.
5. Runner interference & collisions – A runner must make every attempt to avoid a collision with the
fielder on a close play at any base. A runner who, in the opinion of the umpire, deliberately collides
with a fielder, whether by sliding or not, will be called out by the umpire.
The Play
Little League minor league rules of softball apply, unless a change has been made and mutually agreed
upon by the coaches.
1. The Home Team supplies one new 11 inch yellow safety softball per game.
2. Field dimension are 60 feet between bases and 35 feet from home plate to the pitcher’s mound.
3. Batting order will be established before the game and players will adhere to the set batting order
throughout the entire game.
4. Ten (10) players present will play the field. Since the objective is to introduce positional play,
extra fielders should be positioned in the outfield. No more than 4 infielders not counting
pitcher/catcher. Outfielders must be a minimum of 15’ beyond the base paths.
5. Games are four (4) innings.
a. A team’s at bat is concluded after 3 outs or 5 runs.
b. In the event of a low scoring, fast moving game, the game may be extended by mutual
agreement of both managers.
6. No more than five (5) runs scored per inning.
7. There are no limitations to the number of player substitutions made in the field.
8. No Stealing.
9. No Bunting.
10. No Sliding.
11. No Leading.
12. No infield fly rule.
13. One base on an overthrow.
14. No throwing the bat. A player will be warned after throwing the bat the first time. A second
violation will result in the player being removed from the batting order but can remain in the game
as a fielder.
15. Time limit for early game on Saturday is 2 hours to prevent backing up games. When approaching
this limit, the current inning should be completed and the game considered complete.

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