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2020 District 28 Softball Rules

Junior, Senior and Big League teams will follow the rules as issued by Little League Softball. 

Majors (12U) will modify only the run scoring limit & batting lineup.  Limit of 4 runs per inning, except the last inning, which will have no limit.  Majors will bat continuous lineup as per rule 4.04.

Minors (10U) & Rookie (8U) rules are modified for Regular Season Play as follows:

1. Pitching:
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Opening day through Sept 8th:
Player pitches, after 3 pitches, offensive Coach pitch - 6 pitches maximum.  If player doesn’t hit after 6th pitch, use of batting tee is required.   Pitcher must remain in pitcher’s circle in a position not forward of the coach. Coach is allowed to stay on field when player is pitching, to speed game up.

Sept 8 through end of season:
Player pitches, after 3 pitches, offensive coach to pitch to batter, pitcher must remain in pitcher’s circle in a position not forward of the coach.   Batter either hits or strikes out.  Pitcher returns for next batter and procedure repeated.   Coach is allowed to stay on field when player is pitching, to speed game up.

M i n o r  D i v i s i o n

Opening day through Sept 8th:
Player pitches, after 4th ball, offensive coach to pitch to batter, pitcher must remain in pitcher’s circle in a position not forward of the coach. Batter either hits or strikes out.  Pitcher returns for next batter and procedure repeated. 

Sept 8 through end of season:

Player pitches & may allow a maximum of 3 walks per half inning.   After a team walks 3 batters in the inning, the offensive coach will pitch to the batter after 4th ball; pitcher must remain in pitcher’s circle in a position not forward of the coach.   A batter “hit by pitch” or safe on “catcher’s interference” does not constitute a walk & should not be counted against the 3 walk total.

Pitching rules for entire season:

Pitcher may pitch no more than 3 innings per game. If pitched 3 innings, they are required one day of rest.

2. Stealing:
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3 steal attempts of any combination of 2nd or 3rd base is allowed per inning. Steals of home are NOT allowed. Also, steals are not permitted if Coach is pitching.

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Opening day through Sept 8th: Players are allowed 3 attempts of any combination of 2nd and 3rd base per inning. They will also be allowed 1 attempt of a steal of home plate per inning. Advances on passed balls, wild pitches and delayed steals WILL COUNT AS ONE OF YOUR ATTEMPTS


Catchers are encouraged to attempt to throw runners out, so any steal attempt MAY NOT advance on an overthrow.

No stealing when coach is pitching

Sept 8th through end of season:
Unlimited stealing allowed, however, MAY NOT ADVANCE ON STEALS.

No stealing when coach is pitching

Throughout the season:
At the Minor level, Player may not leave the base until the pitched ball crosses home plate.  It is the umpire’s discretion to issue a warning before calling a player out for taking a lead too soon.   At the major level, by the Little League book, Player may leave the base after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. 


3. Other Base running:
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Runners may not advance on an overflow.

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Opening day through Sept 8th:

Runners may advance only one base on an overthrow (whether from the outfield or infield).  (Example:  Batter-runner hits a double.  While sliding in, the left fielder throws the ball over second, into right field.  Runner may only advance to third.)

Sept 8th through end of season:
Unlimited bases on overthrows, however, MAY NOT ADVANCE ON STEALS

Batting:
R o o k i e  D i v i s i o n

Bunts are not permitted.   Complete inning will be 4 runs or 3 outs per side throughout the season.

M i n o r  D i v i s i o n

Bunting is allowed at any time throughout the season.   Complete inning will be 4 runs or 3 outs per side throughout the season until final inning, then unlimited runs.  When a batter is hit by a pitched ball, the play shall be called dead & the batter shall be given the option of taking first base or continuing their at bat.   The umpire always has the discretion to declare “no hit by pitch” if determined that the player either moved into or did not make an attempt to retreat from a pitched ball.

Catchers will be given 1 warning of catcher’s interference. Pitch will be a dead ball and called a “BALL”


4. Game Conditions:

Coaches are asked to keep outfielders in the outfield.   Additional direction is added for 2014 whereby outfielders, particularly at the minor level, should start each play on the grass or 15’ behind the base path in the case of enlarged infields.  


Time Limits:

Rookie’s time limit is 1.5 hours.

Minors are 2 hour limit. Do not start a new inning after the 1 hour 45 minute mark. The last inning should be announced BEFORE starting it, so no run limit can be in effect.

Home coach must call the away coach in advance if there is any question as to the condition of the field or the weather.  Either coach must contact the opposing coach if they do not expect to have enough players to field a team for a game.  If at all possible, attempt to play the game anyway, whether by allowing fewer fielders, or by one team lending the other team enough players to fill the field. 

Visiting team warms up for 15 minutes starting ½ hour before game time.  Home team warms up 15 minutes prior to game time.  

Keep a two hour time limit to games. 

An inning may not be started once two hours have elapsed, but the current inning will be completed. 

It is the umpire’s discretion to call a game on account of darkness or weather. 

Home team furnishes umpires.  If no umpires are available, recruit one parent from each team, one to serve behind the plate, and one to serve in the field. 

Support your umpires!  Be a POSITIVE role model for your team and your league!  Good sportsmanship is expected at all times!

Both teams are responsible for cleaning up their own dugout after every game.  Home team is responsible for field maintenance after every game.                                        


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