Minor Girls Rules

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Minor girl rules 2019

Minor Girls (9-11)


1.        IHSA Rule Book will govern play with the following exceptions.


2.        A standard game may not exceed 6 innings in length except in the case of a tie, in which the game will proceed until a winner is determined.  If a game is called due to inclement weather, 4 innings is considered a complete game.  The first game will begin at 6:00pm, the second game at 8:00pm, or 10 minutes after the completion of the first game if it runs over.  No new inning will begin after one hour and forty-five minutes of play has elapsed; at that point, the game will be determined as a complete game.  Teams may start a game with a minimum of 8 players, but teams must also finish a game with no less than 8 players.  If starting with 8 players, an out does not have to be taken when the ninth spot comes up in the batting order.  The only way an out shall be taken is when a team starts with 9 players and one is ejected, or leaves the game for reasons other than illness or injury.


3.       Suspended games will resume at the point at which it was postponed, and will continue in accordance with the amount of time and innings that remain.  If you had subs for the suspended game, they do not have to be present for the make-up date.


4.       No pitches are required for intentional walks.


5.       No designated hitters allowed.


6.       No dropped third strike rule.


7.       Mercy Rule:  If a team is behind 12 runs in the 3rd inning, 10 runs in the 4th inning, or 8 runs in the 5th inning, the mercy rule goes into effect and the game is over.  If the home team is behind, they must be allowed to bat in the bottom of the inning.


8.        6 run rule: if 6 runs are scored by a team in an inning, that half of the inning will end, and teams will switch positions on the field. If there are runners on base when the 6th run scores, runs can score until play has been stopped. A maximum of 9 runs could be scored, if the bases were to be loaded. In the 6th inning and after there will be no limit to the amount of runs scored.


9.       Pitching rubber is to be set at 35 feet.


10.   Pitchers are required to wear protective face masks.


11.   Pitchers are allowed to pitch a total of 3 consecutive innings per game.  1 pitch constitutes an inning.  Starting pitchers may be pulled from the pitching position, and re-entered as pitcher 1 time. They still must not exceed 3 innings total. Normal re-entry rules apply. 


12.   Pitchers hitting 4 batters in a game shall be removed from the game as pitcher.  Re-entry in the pitching position shall be prohibited. Each batter struck by a pitch shall be counted toward the walk total for that inning.


13.   There will only be 3 walks allowed per inning. . If the 3 walk limit is reached by any combination of live pitching, a coach or representative designated by the team at bat will then pitch for the remainder of the inning. The coach/designated person shall pitch from the mound in an underhand fashion. The batter will only receive 3 pitches total, unless batter fouls off the 3rd pitch, in which case the at bat will continue until the batter either strikes out or bats the ball into field of play. There will be no bunting or stealing while the coach/designated person is pitching. If the batter is struck by a pitch during the coach pitch phase, the pitch shall be declared a dead ball, no pitch and the pitch will not count toward any pitch count. The next inning resets the walk count.


14.   Runners may steal when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.  Runners may advance at their own risk on an overthrow, or passed ball. Stealing home is not allowed. If the ball leaves the catcher’s hand in an attempt to make an out, the runner may advance.


15.   Both teams will receive the same warning from the umpire for a player leaving the base too early.  If either team receives a second infraction, the player is out.


16.   In a 6 inning game, each player must play at least 6 defensive outs, or 2 full innings.  Within these 2 innings, a player shall be allowed to play defensively in the field throughout the 2 innings.  The only exceptions are games that are governed by the “10 Run Rule.”  Violation of this rule is a forfeit.


17.   A legal line up is 10 players.  If one team has less than 10 players, the team with 10 can still play all 10 players.


18.   Hats, visors, or headbands are an optional part of the uniform.


19.   If a player is not allowed to participate but sits in the dugout dressed to play, then a written explanation must be received by the umpire prior to the start of the game.


20.   All players must stay in their respective dugouts when not participating on the field.


21.   Steel spikes are not allowed.


22.   Every player must wear protective headgear while batting and running the bases.  If a helmet is taken off purposely, the runner is out.  All players, or legal minors, that are used to coach the bases must wear protective headgear. 


23.   If a team is short players, the coach may call up a limit of 4 players from the rookie division in their respective towns. Called up players may play any defensive position except pitcher. They must bat after regularly rostered players.  A player may not be called up when the time of the game is in conflict with the players regularly scheduled game.  Players that are called up may not start in the field before a regular rostered player. The called up players will play the minimum playing time, unless circumstances permit the need for more playing time. The consequences of an infraction of this paragraph are forfeiture.  Teams may only pull players up if they have less than 11 players at game time. 



24.   Games will be cancelled due to weather related reasons only.  If there is any sign of lightening by an umpire, coach, or league administrator, everyone will be pulled off the field for a waiting period of 15 minutes after the last sighting before play can resume.  If the weather is still threatening, the game shall be cancelled.  If weather breaks, and the grounds permit, the second game (if applicable) may be played.  Games shall not be cancelled due to the lack of players, or upon “coach’s agreements.” 


25.   When rainouts occur, it is the responsibility of the home team’s board to reschedule the games.  Games must be scheduled within 2 weeks of the rained out game. 


26.   If the game has not been rescheduled, it will be ruled as a forfeiture by the home team.  If the game is rescheduled and both teams have been informed, any team failing to show will forfeit the game.  A rescheduled game may or may not include the same players.  If original line up is available it is expected to remain the same. In the event that the same lineup is not available free substitution is allowed.


27.   It is important that if you wish to file a protest that you follow the following rules:


1.        The coach must notify the umpire at the time of the rule infraction that he/she is protesting the rule violation.

2.       You have 24 hours to submit a written account of what has happened to a Tri-Conference board member along with a protest fee of $20.


28.    No infield fly rule.


29.   Substitution Rule:  Free substitution.  This means a player may enter the game at any time, and in any spot on the field.  Players must meet the playing requirements as stated in rule 14.


30.   A courtesy runner may be used for the catcher at any time during the game. The person making the most recent out shall be used as the courtesy runner for the catcher, if they are on base with 2 outs. This will allow the catcher to be ready for the next inning without any delay.


31.   Any pitcher hitting 4 batters must be removed as pitcher.  Re-entry as pitcher is prohibited if she is pulled because of the hit batter rule.


32.   To stop play, any player that has the ball in front of the lead runner may call “time” and play will be stopped.  The pitcher may also stop play, but must have control of the ball with at least one foot in the circle. 


33.   The official 11-inch softball will be used as the game ball.


34.   Every player will be in the batting order throughout the game.  If a player becomes ill or injured and is removed from the game, her place in the batting order may be skipped with no penalty.  Once removed for illness or injury, they may not re-enter the game.


35.   These rules are intended for the benefit of the young athletes, and timely proceedings of the game.  These rules are not in place to be manipulated for personal gain.  Any protest will be handled with the intent of this rule.