Softball

Rules

THE FARM LEAGUE

RULES OF PLAY

Updated February 17, 2019 changes made at coaches meeting spring 2019

GENERAL

This is a REC LEAGUE. Our rules are made to help girls of all ages and abilities learn the game in a productive enviroment.  

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) “A” playing rules shall apply unless modified by a TFL local playing rule listed below.  Each manager will be provided a copy of the current ASA Rule Book and it is his or her responsibility to be familiar with the applicable rules of play. 

6U Tball

1. No scores no standings league

2. 5 runs per inning

3. Three outs per inning. (once a baserunner is tagged out they must leave the base)

4. As many parent coaches as needed can be in the field

5. No catcher position in this league. 

6. Outfielders must be in the outfield. EX we dont want 8 kids in the infield

7. 54 ft base distance

8. Station to station base running. (no bunt turning into a triple)

9. Parents ump the games

10. 5 swings at the ball on the T

11. 75 minute games or 6 innings

8U SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

1. Shall use an eleven-inch (11”) Rawlings RIF  balls or other provided league ball at the coaches meeting

2. Games are 75 minutes or 6 innings, finish the inning; or 45 minutes/3 innings in the event of inclement weather.

3. There is a five (5) run limit per ½ inning.

4. A batter will receive up to seven (7) pitches from the coach.  The coach may coach/instruct his batter, but not A batter may swing at up to five (5) pitches.  If the batter swings and misses strike five before receiving (7) pitches, the batter is out.  If a batter hits a foul ball on the 7th pitch, the batter is out. 

5. A regulation game may start with six (6) players.  A total of ten (10) players are permitted on the field with six (6) infielders.  All players on the team shall bat.

6. A Baserunner and or the Batter-Runner shall not be allowed to advance due to an overthrow.

7. Players must have a foot on the base until the ball is hit

8. Facemasks on batting helmets are optional.

9. May have up to two (2) defensive coaches positioned in outfield.

10. Team should have one coach or assistant at backstop to help with passed balls.  If coach is younger than 18, batting helmet is required.

11. The “coach pitcher” may coach the batter but is prohibited from coaching baserunners while on the field.  One warning will be given and thereafter the ball is dead and the runner closest to home is declared out. 

12. NO EXTRA BASE ON AN OVERTHROW TO ANY BASE.

13. TIME will be called once the pitcher has control of the softball

14. Station to station running on a base hit

15. Hit to the outfield grass the player can run until the ball gets back to the pitcher.

16. Coaches start with a foot on the 35 foot rubber

10U SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

1. Games are 75 minutes or 6 innings, finish the inning; or 45 minutes/3 innings in the event of inclement weather.  

2. After a pitcher walks a batter (4 balls), a “coach pitcher” from the offensive team will enter the game and pitch to the batter and will assume the strike count.  For example, if the Batter has one strike when the “coach pitcher” enters the game, she may receive up to to (3) pitches from the “coach pitcher.”  players may foul off the last pitch and continue as a "last pitch" until the batter strkes out or hits the ball .

3. The “coach pitcher” is prohibited from coaching baserunners while on the field.  One warning will be given and thereafter the ball is dead and the runner closest to home is declared out.

4. While pitching, the “coach pitcher” is required to have his foot on the pitching rubber

5. No stealing or bunting is allowed when the “coach pitcher” is pitching  

6. There is a five (5) run limit per ½ inning.

7. A player may not advance home except on a batted ball.  

8. A regulation game may start with six (6) players.  A total of ten (10) players are permitted on the field with six (6) infielders.  All players on the team shall bat.  

9. Pitching distance is 35’. Players and coach pitchers must start with a foot on the rubber 

10. A Baserunner and or the Batter-Runner shall be limited to advance only one base due to an overthrow, however, the Baserunner or Batter-Runner is subject to being put out while attempting to take the additional base.

11. May have one (1) defensive coach positioned in outfield. 

12. Pitching arch MAY NOT be higher than the batters head.

13. Hit batter. A player does not get a base. She will receive 3 pitches from a coach pitcher . 

14. NO STEALING. 2/17/19 

15. Girl pitchers may pitch 6 outs per game.  Mix in multiple girls to pitch. A girl may leave the circle and return to pitch in the same game, however 6 outs is the max per game.   The out count restarts in the case of a double header at 0 for game 2

16. Players must have a foot on the base until the ball is hit

17. Teams use the balls provided at the coaches meeting.

12U - 14U SENIOR SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

all asa rules apply

1. Games are 75 minutes or 6 innings, finish the inning; or 45 minutes/3 innings in the event of inclement weather. 

2. There is a five (5) run limit per ½ inning.

3. A regulation game may start with six (6) players.  A total of ten (10) players are permitted on the field with six (6) infielders.  All players on the team shall bat. 

4. Pitching distance in 12U and 14U may be reduced to 35’ with agreement of alpl managers in that division prior to start of season.

5. no coaches on the field

6. open bases  and stealing allowed

7 Girl pitchers may pitch 9 outs per game.  We want many girls to learn to pitch. A girl can leave pitching and return to pitch later in the game. However 9 outs is the max for each game.  They can pitch in multiple games per day.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

•        Home team is responsible for the official book. 

•        Visiting team is responsible for scoreboard operation (if applicable); both teams should

          verify score with umpire between each inning. 

•        The Home Plate Umpire is responsible for turning in the completed scorecard to the

          concession stand after completion of the game.   

•        Both teams are responsible for making sure that the dugouts are cleaned out, the

         bleacher areas are clean, equipment is properly put away

•        The following are not allowed at the Burroughs Park Softball Complex: Dogs –

         Smoking - Bikes, scooters, skates, skateboards and similar items

•        Age groups may be combined if a division has 4 teams or less.. If a age level is combined, the division will be played based on the younger age level rules

•        The players on the official roster sent by The Farm League are the only players allowed to participate during the season.

•        In the event of a rain out during the game, after 3 complete innings the game is complete.

  • Rain outs will be scheduled where we can place them in the current schedule. We cannot honor or guarantee no play requests due to rain outs happening at any time. Once a rain out is placed it cannot be moved. 

FARM LEAGUE CODE OF CONDUCT: If a coach or Parent is ejected from a game for any abusive behavior towards another parent, coach, player, or umpire that parent AND his child will be suspended for that game plus  1 additional game. This accountability rule is in place to make the parents know if they go to far it will effect their kids, their team, and the other familes. The Farm league's goal is to make baseball a fun experience for everyone in the dugout and in the stands.