All Regular Season Games will be timed games. One hour and thirty minutes time limit for games starting May 13 then they will be One Hour and Forty Five minutes. You must finish the inning. In an effort to speed up play the pitcher will have 5 warm-up pitches between innings. Remember all teams make the playoffs.
Players should report to the field 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game. A 15 minute grace period will be allowed before forfeiture. If neither team is able to field the minimum; number of players, a double forfeit will occur. These time limits apply to umpires as well as players.
Teams may begin a game with 7 players. In case of injury, teams may complete a game with 6 players.
If the score is tied at the time of discontinuation, the game will be resumed at a later date from that point with a fresh count on the batter if the coaches so desire. Otherwise, the game will end in a tie.
An inning is ended with 3 outs or 4 runs scored, whichever comes first. There are no limits on runs in the last inning of a 6 inning game. (In the case of a shortened game the last inning will be 3 outs or 4 runs scored.)
Only one coach is allowed on the field during their defensive half of the inning. You must be in the outfield grass.
The defensive team will use 10 players including 4 players in the outfield. No infielder may be positioned closer to the batter than a radius of 45 feet from the batter. Outfielders must be positioned on the outfield grass.
All players must play at least two full innings in the field in an unabbreviated game. We recommend 3 innings whenever possible. No pitcher may pitch more than three innings in a regulation game. There are no limits during extra innings. One pitch thrown in any inning shall count as a full inning. No player is allowed to play more than 3 innings at any one infield position or more than 3 innings in the outfield during any regular season or playoff game. Any player who does not want to play in the infield should discuss this with her coaches.
Managers may substitute freely at any time during the game.
If the ball bounces on the ground and hits the batter, then the batter is considered “Hit by the Pitch” and the coach will come in and pitch.
If the ball hits the plate after being hit by the bat and goes into fair territory, then the ball is considered live.
The runner may not leave a base until the ball is hit. No stealing or leading.
On overthrows to any base, the batter-runner may not advance automatically unless the ball goes past the fence or goes out of bounds. If this happens, the batter-runner will go to the next base. On any other overthrow (to a base), the runner may advance only one base, but at her own risk of being thrown out. If a runner is on base when the overthrow occurs, she may advance to the base she is headed plus one. (i.e. a runner on first may advance to third.)
** There can be only one overthrow per play.
On balls hit to the outfield, runners may advance until the ball is returned to, and controlled by, an infielder. The infielder must be standing in the infield area marked by the dirt cutout. Runners advance at their own risk. If an overthrow occurs after the ball is in the control of an infielder the runner may not advance. Control is defined as “In the infielder’s hand or glove.” If a runner advances (begins to the next base) after control has been gained and that runner is less than half way to the next base, then that runner shall be sent back to the previous base.
Sliding is encouraged. Any intentional collisions will result in the runner being called out.
Pitchers must begin the motion with one foot on the rubber. The foot should remain in contactwith the rubber until a pitch is delivered. Pitchers are not allowed to double pump.
The strike zone will be roughly from the top of the shoulders to the knees.
A pitcher will continue to pitch to the batter until a count of four balls is reached. At this point, if the batter has not recorded an out or a hit, a coach will pitch to the batter. The strike count is continued; no walks will be issued. Batters can strike out.
If a pitcher hits three batters in one inning, then she shall be removed from pitching for the rest of that inning. When the batter is hit by a pitch, the coach then comes in and pitches to the batter.
If any coach is hit by a batted ball, the ball will remain inplay. If a coach catches a ball,
the batter and all base runners will advance one base.
Bases are 60 ft apart. The pitcher’s mound is 35 ft from home.