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T-Ball League Division Rules 

Burlington Girls Softball League

Rules of the League 2014

Updated through 1/18/2013

 

The official WIAA rulebook applies except where superseded hereby.

 

1.    All participants and spectators are to show good sportsmanship.

2.    Applications must be signed and submitted, and registration fee paid, before any girl may play in a league game or practice.  Practices are to be held no sooner than May 1st -- no exceptions.

3.    Rubber cleats are allowed.  Athletic shoes and appropriate clothing for softball are required.

4.    Each player must have her own glove. The T-Ball division uses a 9-inch tee-ball.

5.    Hair must be secured out of the eyes; no metal bands or fasteners are allowed.  No jewelry will be worn during practices or games.

6.    The batter, base runners and all players on the batting team must wear a helmet when on the playing field, both at practice and during games. 

7.    The catcher must wear a helmet provided by the league and stand behind the plate near the backstop fence.  The adult coach for the hitting team will adjust tee height and place the ball on the tee for each batter. 

8.    The T-Ball division will play with no more than10 players at one time, 4 of which must be near the outfield grass.  The pitcher and all other infielders cannot be closer to home plate than the pitching rubber until the ball is hit.

9.    During the course of the game, players may be added to the bottom of the batting order, or subtracted if necessary.

10. Warm-ups before games must be held in an isolated area, away from spectators and neighboring lawns.

11. The ball must be hit cleanly off the tee.  An arc will be drawn from the first-base line to the third-base line, 10 feet from the point of home plate.  Any ball batted off the tee that stops or is played on the home-plate side of this arc will be treated in all respects as a foul ball.

12. The runner must avoid contact at home plate when a defensive player has the ball there. 

13. The defensive team may have up to 2 coaches in the outfield for teaching purposes only.  The batting team will supply a coach behind home plate and 2 adult base coaches.

14. Games will be 3 innings, or 1 hour time limit.  During the course of the game, if the noon siren is activated, the game will be stopped. This stoppage of play will not be included in the 1 hour playing time.  

15. In instances of inclement weather or unacceptable field conditions, games may be canceled prior to their start by the respective division commissioners, who will promptly notify a coach from each team of that decision. Games that are canceled can be made up during one of the team’s practices, upon the agreement of both teams’ head coaches.

16. All players bat will bat in every inning.

17. No score will be kept.

18. The base runner may only take one base at a time.

19. There will be up to 10 girls on the field at one time.  However, each player on the team (including a player from the bench) will rotate to a new position every 3 batters. Coaches will follow the rotation guidelines set forth by the commissioners of the league.

20. Practices must take place on designated fields, which are the Dyer School softball diamonds.

21. All adults, non players, coaches and umpires must sign a waiver before participating in league activities.

22. For the safety of all players, when there is a play at first base the orange safety base may be used by either the runner or the fielder so as to avoid a collision.

23. Rules may be added, deleted, or revised at the discretion of the BGSL Board.

 

Little Girls Division Rules


1.    All participants and spectators are to show good sportsmanship.

2.    Applications must be signed and submitted, and registration fee paid, before any girl may play in a league game or practice.  Practices are to be held no sooner than May 1st -- no exceptions.

3.    Rubber cleats are allowed.  Athletic shoes and appropriate clothing for softball are required.

4.    Each player must have her own glove.  Players in the field must wear a fielder’s glove, but first base and catcher may wear a mitt.   Little Girls division uses a 10-inch flexi-ball.

5.    Hair must be secured out of the eyes; no metal bands or fasteners are allowed.  No jewelry will be worn during practices or games.

6.    The batter, base runners and all players on the batting team must wear a helmet when on the playing field, both at practice and during games.  This includes players coaching at first or third base.

7.    The catcher must wear the mask, helmet, shin guards and chest and throat protectors provided by the league for that position.  She is to wear them whenever catching, both at practice and during games.

8.    The Little Girls division will play with 10 players, 4 of which must be in the outfield on the grass, and a roving infielder between first and second base.  No player may stand closer than the pitching rubber before the ball is hit.

9.     A team may start a game with only 8 players. If an 8th player is removed (due to injury or departure,) the game will be forfeited.

10. When a game is forfeited, a practice game may be played.  Only players from the opposing team may join the forfeiting team for the practice game.  This game will be played in accordance with all official rules.

11. During the course of the game, players may be added to the bottom of the batting order, or subtracted without penalty while adhering to rule #9.

12. There will be free substitution in the field.

13. Warm-ups before games must be held in an isolated area, away from spectators and neighboring lawns.

14. Each team will provide an adult pitcher (usually a coach or parent).  S/he may not field the ball while on the field.  Adult pitchers must sign waivers before participating.

15. There is no infield fly rule.

16. There is no bunting.  After either 3 swinging strikes, or 6 pitches from the adult pitcher, the tee will be used.

17. The ball must be hit cleanly off the tee.  An arc will be drawn from the first-base line to the third-base line, 10 feet from the point of home plate.  Any ball batted off the tee that stops or is played on the home-plate side of this arc will be treated in all respects as a foul ball.

18. Courtesy Step:  Once a pitched ball crosses the plate, base runners are allowed only one step off the base.  If the ball is not hit, the runners must return to their bases before the next pitched ball, or they are out.

19. One base will be given on an overthrow when the ball goes out of play (past the backstop angles).

20. Once the ball is in the vicinity of the adult pitcher, the play ends.  If a runner is less than halfway to the next base she must return to the previous base.

21. The runner must avoid contact at home plate when a defensive player has the ball there. 

22. The defensive team may have up to 2 coaches in the outfield for teaching purposes only.  The batting team will supply an umpire-coach behind home plate.

23. Games will be 7 innings, but games must be held within the time allowed.  No new inning may begin after 1 hour and 5 minutes has elapsed.  (If, during the course of the game, the noon siren is activated, the game will be stopped. This stoppage of play will not be included in the allotted playing time.)   Games may end in a tie. 

24. In instances of inclement weather or unacceptable field conditions, games may be canceled prior to their start by the respective division commissioners, who will promptly notify a coach from each team of that decision.  Games in progress may be stopped, and either resumed or suspended. It is a complete game if 3 or more innings have been played.  If not, it can be made up or resumed, upon the agreement of both teams’ head coaches and a division commissioner.

25. Each team will be limited to 4 runs per inning.

26. Each player may only play one position, one time, during a game.  Additionally, all players should play in the infield and the outfield.

27. A player may not sit out in back-to-back innings.

28. Practices must take place on designated fields, which are the Dyer School softball diamonds.

29. All adults, non players, coaches and umpires must sign a waiver before participating in league activities.

30. For the safety of all players, when there is a play at first base the orange safety base may be used by either the runner or the fielder so as to avoid a collision.

31. Rules may be added, deleted, or revised at the discretion of the BGSL Board.

 

Young Girls Division Rules


Burlington Girls Softball League

Rules of the League 2014

Updated through 5/5/2013

 

The official WIAA rulebook applies except where superseded hereby.

 

Young Girls League                                                                                               

 

1.    All participants and spectators are to show good sportsmanship.

2.    Applications must be signed and submitted, and registration fee paid, before any girl may play in a league game or practice.  Practices are to be held no sooner than May 1st -- no exceptions.

3.    Rubber cleats are allowed.  Athletic shoes and appropriate clothing for softball are required.

4.    Each player must have her own glove.  Players in the field must wear a fielder’s glove, but first base and catcher may wear a mitt.   Young Girls division uses an 11-inch ball.

5.    Hair must be secured out of the eyes; no metal bands or fasteners are allowed.  No jewelry will be worn during practices or games.

6.    The batter, base runners and all players on the batting team must wear a helmet with a face mask when on the playing field, both at practice and during games.  This includes players coaching at first or third base.

7.    The catcher must wear the mask, helmet, shin guards and chest and throat protectors provided by the league for that position.  She is to wear them whenever catching, both at practice and during games. Additionally, while catching during a game, she is to be positioned behind the plate, in a catcher’s position, to receive the ball from the pitcher or the pitching machine.  A coach will be positioned behind the catcher near the backstop to assist with passed balls.

8.    The Young Girls division will play with 10 players, 4 of which must be in the outfield on the grass, and a roving infielder between first and second base.  No player may stand closer than the pitching rubber before the ball is hit.  Additionally, a fielder may not advance towards home plate on a bunt attempt until the ball crosses the plate.

9.     A team may start a game with only 8 players. If an 8th player is removed (due to injury or departure), the game will be forfeited.

10. When a game is forfeited, a practice game may be played.  Only players from the opposing team may join the forfeiting team for the practice game.  This game will be played in accordance with all official rules.

11. During the course of the game, players may be added to the bottom of the batting order, or subtracted without penalty while adhering to rule #9.

12. There will be free substitution in the field.

13.  Lineups will be set and exchanged at the beginning of the game.  Players arriving late will be added at the bottom of the batting order.

14. Warm-ups before games must be held in an isolated area, away from spectators and neighboring lawns.

15. The BGSL will provide an umpire for all games and will run the pitching machine provided.

16. A batted ball that hits the umpire or the pitching machine will be played as a live ball.

17. Beginning WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th, batters will face live pitching by a player from the opposing team.  A pitcher may strike out a batter; however, if the pitcher pitches 4 “balls,” the pitching machine will be used.  The strike count will continue as it stood after the fourth called “ball” was pitched.

18. After 3 swinging or called “strikes” combined by the pitcher and/or the pitching machine, the batter will be out unless the last swing was a foul ball.  In that case, another pitch will be given.

19. There is no infield fly rule.

20. Bunting is permissible. However, once 2 batters have bunted and reached base safely, there will be no more bunting allowed in that inning.   

21. There will be no walks.

22. Courtesy Step:  Once a pitched ball crosses the plate, base runners are allowed only one step off the base.  If the ball is not hit, the runners must return to their bases before the next pitched ball, or they are out.

23. One base will be given on an overthrow when the ball goes out of play (past the backstop angles).

24. Once the ball is in the vicinity of the player or umpire on the pitcher’s mound, the play ends.  If a runner is less than halfway to the next base she must return to the previous base, as ruled by the discretion of the umpire.

25. The runner must avoid contact at home plate when a defensive player has the ball there. 

26. Games will be 7 innings, but games must be held within the time allowed.  No new inning may begin after 1 hour and 5 minutes has elapsed. (If, during the course of the game, the noon siren is activated, the game will be stopped. This stoppage of play will not be included in the allotted playing time.)  Games may end in a tie. 

27. In instances of inclement weather or unacceptable field conditions, games may be canceled prior to their start by the respective division commissioners, who will promptly notify a coach from each team of that decision.  Games in progress may be stopped, and either resumed or suspended. It is a complete game if 3 or more innings have been played.  If not, it can be made up or resumed, upon the agreement of both teams’ head coaches and a division commissioner.

28. Each team will be limited to 4 runs per inning.

29. Each player may only play one position, one time, during a game and must play both the infield and the outfield, with the exception of the pitcher, who may pitch 2 innings during a game. An inning consists of 3 outs.

30. A player may not sit out in back-to-back innings.

31. Practices must take place on designated fields, which are the Dyer School softball diamonds.

32. All adults, non players, coaches and umpires must sign a waiver before participating in league activities.

33. For the safety of all players, when there is a play at first base, the orange safety base may be used by either the runner or the fielder so as to avoid a collision.

34. Rules may be added, deleted, or revised at the discretion of the BGSL Board.

 


Junior Girls Division Rules

  1. All participants and spectators are to show good sportsmanship.
  2. Decisions and judgments of the umpires are final.  There are no protests.
  3. Applications must be signed and submitted, and registration fee paid, before any girl may play in a league game or practice.  Practices are to be held no sooner than May 1st -- no exceptions.
  4. Rubber-cleated shoes are allowed.  Athletic shoes are required.
  5. Each player must have her own glove.  Players in the field must wear a fielder’s glove, but first base and catcher may wear a mitt.   Junior division uses a 12-inch ball.
  6. Hair must be secured out of the eyes; no metal bands or fasteners are allowed.  No jewelry will be worn during practices or games.
  7. The batter, base runners and all players on the batting team must wear a helmet with a face mask when on the playing field, both at practice and during games.  This includes players coaching at first or third base.
  8. The catcher must wear the mask, helmet, shin guards and chest and throat protectors provided by the league for that position.  She is to wear them whenever catching, both at practice and during games.
  9. All players must wear black softball pants or black shorts with sliders.  If a player comes to a game with shorts but not regulation sliders, that player will be ineligible to play in that game.
  10. Umpires are to wear the protective gear assigned to them.  Umpires are to switch to another field before any game in which there may be a conflict of interest arising between them and any participant (e.g. relatives, friends or persons with whom there has been personal discord).
  11. The Junior division will play with 10 players, 4 of which must be in the outfield.  A team may start a game with only 8 players.  If playing with only 8 players, the 9th player’s position in the batting order will be recorded as an out.  If an 8th player is removed (due to injury or departure), the game will be forfeited.
  12. When a game is forfeited, a practice game may be played.  Only players from the opposing team may join the forfeiting team for the practice game.  This game will be played in accordance with all official rules.
  13. During the course of the game, players may be added to the bottom of the batting order, or subtracted without penalty while adhering to rule #11.
  14. There will be free substitution in the field.
  15. Lineups will be set and exchanged at the beginning of the game.  Players arriving late will be added at the bottom of the batting order.
  16. Warm-ups before games must be held in an isolated area, away from spectators and neighboring lawns.
  17. Games will be 7 innings, however, no new inning may be started after 1 hour and 20 minutes have elapsed.  If, during the course of the game, the noon siren is activated, the game will be stopped.  This stoppage of play will not be included in the 1 hour and 20 minutes of playing time.  Games may end in a tie. 
  18. In instances of inclement weather or unacceptable field conditions, games may be canceled prior to their start by the respective division commissioners, who will promptly notify a coach from each team of that decision.  Games in progress may be stopped, and either determined to be completed or suspended by home-plate umpire. If 4 or more innings have been completed, the game is considered complete. If after 4 innings a game is stopped by the umpire in the middle of an inning, the outcome will be determined from the score of the last completed inning. But if fewer than 4 innings have been played, the game is suspended. Games suspended will be resumed at the point the game was suspended, with the same players playing in the same position.  Suspended or canceled games will be made up on dates designated in the schedule, but with no more than two such games per team.
  19. Standings will be kept for the Junior division.  For the purpose of keeping the standings, 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a tie.
  20. Each team will be limited to 6 runs per inning.
  21. Junior division players may bunt.
  22. Once a pitched ball crosses the plate, base runners are allowed to lead off or steal.  If the player does not steal, or the ball is not hit, the runner must return to their base once the pitcher has the ball in the pitching circle, or they may be called out by the umpire.  Delayed steals, where the base runner advances to the next base on the throw from the catcher to the pitcher, are not allowed.
  23. A batter is awarded first base if hit by a pitched ball that bounces before it crosses the plate, provided the batter makes an attempt to avoid the ball.  If the batter does not attempt to avoid the ball, the batter can not advance to first and a "ball" will be added to the count.
  24. A base runner may not advance home after attempting to steal 3rd if there is an overthrow by the catcher after a pitched ball.  If an attempt is made by a position player to throw out a runner advancing to 3rd base and the ball is overthrown, the runner may advance home. Base runners may steal home on a passed ball or wild pitch.
  25. In an instance where there are runners at 1st and 3rd bases, the runner at 3rd base may not advance home on a throw from the catcher in an attempt to throw out the runner from 1st base attempting to steal 2nd base.
  26. A runner advancing to home plate should attempt to avoid contact with the catcher by sliding if there is a play at home. 
  27. A batter may attempt to take first base on a dropped 3rd strike.  However, the batter will be out if she leaves the batters box and leaves the field of play (past the foul lines) to return to her bench.
  28. Practices must take place on designated fields, which are the Dyer School and Bushnell Park softball diamonds.
  29. All adults, non players, coaches and umpires must sign a waiver before participating in league activities.
  30. For the safety of all players, when there is a play at first base the orange safety base may be used by either the runner or the fielder so as to avoid a collision.
  31. All players may only play a maximum of two innings per position per game, with the exception of the pitcher and catcher, who may play a maximum of three innings in those positions per game.  An inning consists of three outs.  Thus, a pitcher may pitch 9 outs, and a catcher may catch 9 outs.
  32. The Junior division may not use intentional walks, and there is no infield fly rule.
  33. Rules may be added, deleted, or revised at the discretion of the BGSL Board.

 

Senior Girls Division Rules

  1. All participants and spectators are to show good sportsmanship.
  2. Decisions and judgments of the umpires are final.  There are no protests.
  3. Applications must be signed and submitted, and registration fee paid, before any girl may play in a league game or practice.  Practices are to be held no sooner than May 1st -- no exceptions.
  4. Rubber-cleated shoes are allowed.  Athletic shoes are required.
  5. Each player must have her own glove.  Players in the field must wear a fielder’s glove, but first base and catcher may wear a mitt.   Senior division uses a 12-inch ball.
  6. Hair must be secured out of the eyes; no metal bands or fasteners are allowed.  No jewelry will be worn during practices or games.
  7. The batter, base runners and all players on the batting team must wear a helmet with a face mask when on the playing field, both at practice and during games.  This includes players coaching at first or third base.
  8. The catcher must wear the mask, helmet, shin guards and chest and throat protectors provided by the league for that position.  She is to wear them whenever catching, both at practice and during games.
  9. All players must wear black softball pants, or black shorts with sliders.  If a player comes to a game with shorts but not regulation sliders, that player will be ineligible to play that game. 
  10. Umpires are to wear the protective gear assigned to them.  Umpires are to switch to another field before any game in which there may be a conflict of interest arising between them and any participant (e.g. relatives, friends or persons with whom there has been personal discord).
  11. The Senior division will play with 9 players, 3 of which must be in the outfield.  If both teams have enough players to field 10 players, 4 players must be in the outfield.  A team may start a game with only 8 players.   If an 8th player is removed (due to injury or departure), the game will be forfeited.
  12. When a game is forfeited, a practice game may be played.  Only players from the opposing team may join the forfeiting team for the practice game.  This game will be played in accordance with all official rules.
  13. During the course of the game, players may be added to the bottom of the batting order, or subtracted without penalty while adhering to rule #11.
  14. There will be free substitution in the field.
  15. Lineups will be set and exchanged at the beginning of the game.  Players arriving late will be added at the bottom of the batting order.
  16. Warm-ups before games must be held in an isolated area, away from spectators and neighboring lawns.
  17. Games will be 7 innings, however, no new inning may be started after 1 hour and 35 minutes have elapsed.  If, during the course of the game, the noon siren is activated, the game will be stopped.  This stoppage of play will not be included in the 1 hour and 35 minutes of playing time.  Games may end in a tie. 
  18. In instances of inclement weather or unacceptable field conditions, games may be canceled prior to their start by the respective division commissioners, who will promptly notify a coach from each team of that decision.  Games in progress may be stopped, and either determined to be completed or suspended by home-plate umpire. If 4 or more innings have been completed, the game is considered complete. If after 4 innings a game is stopped by the umpire in the middle of an inning, the outcome will be determined from the score of the last completed inning. But if fewer than 4 innings have been played, the game is suspended. Games suspended will be resumed at the point the game was suspended, with the same players playing in the same position.  Suspended or canceled games will be made up on dates designated in the schedule, but with no more than two such games per team.
  19. Standings will be kept for the Senior division.  For the purpose of keeping the standings, 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a tie.
  20. Each team will be limited to 6 runs per inning.
  21. Senior division players may bunt.
  22. Once a pitched ball leaves the pitchers hand, base runners are allowed to lead off or steal.  If the player does not steal, or the ball is not hit, the runner must return to their base once the pitcher has the ball in the pitching circle, or they may be called out by the umpire.
  23. A batter is awarded first base if hit by a pitched ball that bounces before it crosses the plate, provided the batter makes an attempt to avoid the ball.  If the batter does not attempt to avoid the ball, the batter can not advance to first and a "ball" will be added to the count.
  24. A batter may attempt to take first base on a dropped 3rd strike.  However, the batter will be out if she leaves the batters box and leaves the field of play (out of the baseline) to return to her bench.
  25. A runner advancing to home plate should attempt to avoid contact with the catcher by sliding if there is a play at home. .
  26. Practices must take place on designated fields, which are the Dyer School and Bushnell Park softball diamonds.
  27. All adults, non players, coaches and umpires must sign a waiver before participating in league activities.
  28. For the safety of all players, when there is a play at first base the orange safety base may be used by either the runner or the fielder so as to avoid a collision.
  29. Pitchers may pitch a maximum of 4 innings.  An inning consists of 3 outs.  Thus, a pitcher may pitch 12 outs.
  30. Rules may be added, deleted, or revised at the discretion of the BGSL Board.

 

High School Division Rules


1.       All participants and spectators are to show good sportsmanship.

2.       Decisions and judgments of the umpires are final.  There are no protests.

3.       Applications must be signed and submitted, and registration fee paid, before any girl may play in a league game or practice.  Practices are to be held no sooner than May 1st -- no exceptions.

4.       Rubber cleats are allowed.  Athletic shoes are required.

5.       Each player must have her own glove.  Players in the field must wear a fielder’s glove, but first base and catcher may wear a mitt.   High School division uses a 12-inch ball.

6.       Hair must be secured out of the eyes; no metal bands or fasteners are allowed.  No jewelry will be worn during practices or games.

7.       The batter, base runners and all players on the batting team must wear a helmet with a facemask when on the playing field, both at practice and during games.  This includes players coaching at first or third base.

8.       The catcher must wear the mask, helmet, shin guards and chest and throat protectors provided by the league for that position.  She is to wear them whenever catching, both at practice and during games.

9.       All players must wear black softball pants, or black shorts with sliders.  If a player comes to a game with shorts but not regulation sliders, that player will be ineligible to play that game. 

10.   Umpires are to wear the protective gear assigned to them.  Umpires are to switch to another field before any game in which there may be a conflict of interest arising between them and any participant (e.g. relatives, friends or persons with whom there has been personal discord).

11.   The High School division will play with 10 players, 4 of which must be in the outfield.  A team may start a game with only 8 players.  If the 8th player is removed due to injury or departure, the game will be forfeited.

12.   When a game is forfeited, a practice game may be played.  Only players from the opposing team may join the forfeiting team for the practice game.  This game will be played in accordance with all official rules.

13.   During the course of the game, players may be added to the bottom of the batting order, or subtracted without penalty while adhering to rule #11.

14.   There will be free substitution in the field.

15.    Lineups will be set and exchanged at the beginning of the game. All players will bat.

16.   Warm-ups before games must be held in an isolated area, away from spectators.

17.   Games will be 7 innings, however, no new inning may be started after 1 hour and 35 minutes has elapsed.  Games may end in a tie. 

18.   In instances of inclement weather or unacceptable field conditions, games may be canceled prior to their start by the respective division commissioners, who will promptly notify a coach from each team of that decision.  Games in progress may be stopped, and either determined to be completed or suspended by the home-plate umpire. If 4 or more innings have been completed, the game is considered complete.  If after 4 innings a game is stopped by the umpire in the middle of an inning, the outcome will be determined from the score of the last completed inning.  But if fewer than 4 innings have been played, the game is suspended. Games suspended will be resumed at the point the game was suspended, with the same players playing in the same position. Suspended or canceled games will be made up on dates designated in the schedule, but with no more than two such games per team.

19.   Standings will be kept for the High School division.  For the purpose of keeping the standings, 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a tie.

20.   There will not be a run limit per inning. Instead, the High School league will follow the 15 run slaughter rule after 5 innings. The team losing by 15 runs or more at the completion of their at-bat in the 5th inning will forfeit the game at that point, unless the time limit has expired earlier, as stated in rule 17.

21.   High School division players may bunt.

22.   Once a pitched ball leaves the pitchers hand, base runners are allowed to steal.  If the player does not steal, or the ball is not hit, the runner must return to their base once the pitcher has the ball in the pitching circle, or they may be called out by the umpire.

23.   A batter may attempt to take first base on a dropped 3rd strike.  However, the batter will be out if she leaves the batter’s box and leaves the field of play (out of the baseline) to return to her bench.

24.   Practices must take place on designated fields, which are the Bushnell Park softball diamonds.

25.   All adults, nonplayers, coaches and umpires must sign a waiver before participating in league activities.

26.   For the safety of all players, when there is a play at first base the orange safety base may be used by either the runner or the fielder so as to avoid a collision.

27.   Rules may be added, deleted, or revised at the discretion of the BGSL Board.


Quad League 12U

Quad County Youth Softball
12 & Under League Rules
All leagues will follow the WIAA rulebook with the following exceptions:
All players must be 12 years of age or younger as of August 31st of the current year.

I. Playing Time
1. The league operates on an equal playing time philosophy for all participants with a minimum expectation of 2 innings per player. All substitutions must be made by the third inning.

II. Game Time
1. A regulation game will last 6 innings. No inning shall start after 1 hour 30 minutes from the start of the game. Notification of the last inning must be given to both coaches when approaching time limit. Exception: Tournament games will be played until a winner is determined.
2. Games will start at the time they are scheduled. There is no grace period.
3. PLAYERS MUST HUSTLE IN AND OUT BETWEEN INNINGS!
4. Teams must have a minimum of 8 players to start the game. If a team does not have 8 players, a forfeit will be declared. Teams may still play but a forfeit will be recorded for that team.
5. If a team only has 8 players, they do not have to take an out for the 9th or 10th batter in the line-up.
6. In case of an injury during the game, the team may finish that game without forfeiting if they started with 8 players.
7. 15 Run Rule: At the end of 4 complete innings, if a team is ahead by 15 runs, the game is over and that team wins.
8. Teams wishing to warm-up before a game should be at the field early so as not to delay the game. The home team must complete any on-field warm-up 15 minutes prior to game time. The visiting team is given the courtesy of using the field for warm-up 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.

III. Fields/Equipment/Supplies/Uniforms
A. Fields
1. The bases will be set at 60 feet.
2. The distance for the pitching rubber will be 40 feet with a 8’ diameter circle.
3. Field conditions must meet the approval of the umpires and both coaches prior to the game.
B. Equipment/Supplies
1. The home team must supply two regulation 11” softballs for the game.
2. Both teams must keep a legible scorebook for review by the umpire or the opposing coach at any time during the game.
3. All helmets must comply with the National High School guidelines, requiring face guards.
4. For safety purposes, all batters and base runners must wear batting helmets.
5. Players coaching the bases must wear a helmet.
6. All bats must be approved by ASA.
C. Uniforms
1. Players are not allowed to wear jewelry.
2. Metal spikes are not allowed.
3. All teams must have numbered uniforms and players must wear a hat or visor.

IV. Batting
1. Bunting is allowed. Slashing is not allowed.
12 & Under 2
2. Teams must bat all players on the roster and have free substitution defensively. In the case of injury, the injured player’s spot can be skipped without an out being recorded.
3. A player who throws his bat will get one warning. If it happens again, she will be called out.
4. The inning will be over after three outs or 8 runs are scored.
5. The last inning will be played until 3 outs have occurred.
6. On a dropped third strike, the batter can advance provided that 1st base is unoccupied with less than 2 outs. If there are two outs, the batter can advance even if 1st base is occupied. A runner on 3rd base can advance to home on a dropped third strike on their own risk.
7. All batters shall be required to warm-up in designated on deck circles or behind the batter, whichever is safest. The batter shall utilize the safest available circle.

V. Base Running
1. Runners are allowed to steal one base at a time, either 2nd or 3rd. Runners CANNOT advance if the catcher overthrows the base. The baserunner must stay at the base they stole.
2. Runners cannot steal home on a wild pitch or passed ball. Runners can only attempt to steal home on a dropped third strike.
3. Base runners may not lead off and must stay on the base until the ball crosses home plate. If a runner leaves early they will be called out.
4. A courtesy runner must be used for a catcher when there are 2 outs. The courtesy runner should be the player that made the last out in the inning.
5. When there is a play at any base the runner must either slide or avoid contact by stepping around the defensive player. It is not mandatory that a base runner must slide. The runner will be called out if in the opinion of the umpire the runner intentionally collides with the defensive player. Headfirst sliding is not allowed, violation of the headfirst slide rule will result in the umpire issuing a warning to both teams. Any subsequent violations by either team will result in the base runner being called out. Players are allowed to dive headfirst back to a base they have reached or already occupy.
6. There will be Infield Fly Rule.
7. The ball is considered live on throws back to the pitcher.

VI. Coaches
1. Coaches are in charge of scorekeeping.
2. The league will keep rules posted on a website and each community is responsible to promote parental knowledge of league rules.
3. A coaching staff will be limited to no more than 3 coaches with an additional scorekeeper. Only team members and coaches are allowed in the dugout or on the field during a game.

VII. Sportsmanship
1. Unsportsmanlike conduct by players or spectators will not be tolerated. Repeated occurrences will result in the ejection of the players and/or spectators involved in the disturbance.
2. Players ejected from a game will also have to sit out the very next game as a disciplinary measure.
3. Parents are not allowed on the field unless a coach has requested their assistance.
4. Fans are not allowed to sit directly behind home plate.
5. No swearing or profane language will be tolerated. This will lead to immediate ejection from the game.
6. No throwing of bats, helmets or other equipment in anger. This will lead to immediate ejection from the game.
7. There will be no badgering of a player, umpire or coach! Poor sportsmanship by players, coaches, family members or spectators will lead to ejection from the park and from future games, as well as possible forfeiture of the game.
12 & Under 3
8. There will be no smoking or chewing tobacco on the playing field, bench, or bench area. Offenders will be removed from the game or bench area. Some communities may not allow tobacco products at their fields and/or facilities. Local ordinances and rules above league rules must be followed.
9. Alcoholic consumption of any kind at a game field will be cause for forfeiture of the game. No Exceptions!
10. THERE WILL BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BAD BEHAVIOR!

VIII. Pitching
1. Any player warming up a pitcher must wear a catcher’s mask.
2. At the umpire’s discretion, warm-up pitches between innings will be limited to 5.
3. Relief pitcher is entitled to 8 warm-up pitches.
4. Pitchers may pitch a total of 9 consecutive outs per game. A pitcher cannot re-enter the game as a pitcher once they have been removed.
5. The pitchers pivot foot must remain on the rubber until the ball has been released from her hand. No crow hopping.
6. The pitch must be underhand. You may use the windmill or whip technique.

IX. Defensive Positioning
1. There will be nine (9) players on the field at a time, including three (3) outfielders.
2. There must be 3 outfielders at all times, unless the team has less than 9 players available to play.
3. Roving fielders will not be allowed.

X. Inclement Weather/Cancellations
1. All postponed games should be made up as quickly as possible.
2. Both teams must work together to reschedule a cancelled game within 72 hours of the game being cancelled. The rescheduled game should be played within 2 weeks of the cancellation when possible.
3. No game, cancelled due to lack of players, shall be rescheduled if canceled within 24 hours prior to the scheduled game time. These games shall result in a forfeit for the team short of players.
4. If a game is started and not finished due to inclement weather, the game is considered suspended and will be continued from the point where it was suspended on a date and time agreeable to both coaches. No game is to be started over. The pitching rule will remain in effect. 4 innings is considered a complete game if weather forces the completion of a game.
5. Lightning: If the umpire can hear thunder, a lightning strike is possible and teams must be removed from the field of play. Players, coaches, and spectators should seek shelter away from chain link fences, trees, and bleachers. Fifteen (15) minutes after the last visible lightning strike or audible thunder the game can resume.

XI. Umpiring
1. Each home team must provide a qualified umpire for each game; however, 2 umpires are suggested.
2. The official score book will be the home team’s scorebook. The home plate umpire should verify the score after each half inning.
3. The umpires have total control of the games. They may stop the game at any time for any reason they see necessary.
4. Umpires will only meet between innings to clarify a rule. Cells phones will only be used for checking game time and for emergencies.

XII. Injury
1. If a player has an injury that causes bleeding, they must leave the game and can not return until the bleeding has stopped and the injury has been properly treated.
2. Any player who becomes unconscious at any time during the game may not return to the game that day.
12 & Under 4

XIII. Tournament Play
1. Medals will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place champions as well as the 1st place consolation champion.
2. Each team will have the opportunity to nominate a player for the Sportsmanship Award. The award will be presented during the tournament.
3. Tournament seeding will be determined by using each teams winning percentage. If there are multiple teams with the same percentage, then a tie breaker will be used to determine the team’s seeding (head-to-head first, then total runs scored).


Quad League 14U

Quad County Youth Softball
14 & Under League Rules
All leagues will follow the WIAA rulebook with the following exceptions:
All players must be 14 years of age or younger as of August 31st of the current year.

I. Playing Time
1. The league operates on an equal playing time philosophy for all participants with a minimum expectation of 2 innings per player. All substitutions must be made by the third inning.

II. Game Time
1. A regulation game will last 7 innings. No inning shall start after 1 hour 30 minutes from the start of the game. Notification of the last inning must be given to both coaches when approaching time limit. Exception: Tournament games will be played until a winner is determined.
2. Games will start at the time they are scheduled. There is no grace period.
3. PLAYERS MUST HUSTLE IN AND OUT BETWEEN INNINGS!
4. Teams must have a minimum of 8 players to start the game. If a team does not have 8 players, a forfeit will be declared. Teams may still play but a forfeit will be recorded for that team.
5. If a team only has 8 players, they do not have to take an out for the 9th or 10th batter in the line-up.
6. In case of an injury during the game, the team may finish that game without forfeiting if they started with 8 players.
7. 15 Run Rule: At the end of 3 complete innings, if a team is ahead by 15 runs, the game is over and that team wins. At the end of 4 complete innings, if a team is ahead by 10 runs, the game is over and that teams wins.
8. Teams wishing to warm-up before a game should be at the field early so as not to delay the game. The home team must complete any on-field warm-up 15 minutes prior to game time. The visiting team is given the courtesy of using the field for warm-up 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.

III. Fields/Equipment/Supplies/Uniforms
A. Fields
1. The bases will be set at 60 feet.
2. The distance for the pitching rubber will be 40 feet with a 8’ diameter circle.
3. Field conditions must meet the approval of the umpires and both coaches prior to the game.
B. Equipment/Supplies
1. The home team must supply two regulation 12” softballs for the game.
2. Both teams must keep a legible scorebook for review by the umpire or the opposing coach at any time during the game.
3. All helmets must comply with the National High School guidelines, requiring face guards.
4. Third basemen are required to wear a face mask. The pitcher is encouraged to wear a face mask.
5. For safety purposes, all batters and base runners must wear batting helmets.
6. Players coaching the bases must wear a helmet.
7. All bats must be approved by ASA.
C. Uniforms
1. Players are not allowed to wear jewelry.
2. Metal spikes are not allowed.
3. All teams must have numbered uniforms and players must wear a hat or visor.
14 & Under 2

IV. Batting
1. Bunting is allowed.
2. Teams must bat all players on the roster and have free substitution defensively. In the case of injury, the injured player’s spot can be skipped without an out being recorded.
3. A player who throws her bat will get one warning. If it happens again, she will be called out.
4. On a dropped third strike, the batter can advance provided that 1st base is unoccupied with less than 2 outs. If there are two outs, the batter can advance even if 1st base is occupied.
5. All batters shall be required to warm-up in designated on deck circles or behind the batter, whichever is safest. The batter shall utilize the safest available circle.

V. Base Running
1. A courtesy runner must be used for a catcher when there are 2 outs. The courtesy runner should be the player that made the last out in the inning.
2. When there is a play at any base the runner must either slide or avoid contact by stepping around the defensive player. It is not mandatory that a base runner must slide. The runner will be called out if in the opinion of the umpire the runner intentionally collides with the defensive player. Headfirst sliding is not allowed, violation of the headfirst slide rule will result in the umpire issuing a warning to both teams. Any subsequent violations by either team will result in the base runner being called out. Players are allowed to dive headfirst back to a base they have reached or already occupy.
3. There will be an Infield Fly Rule.
4. The ball is considered live on throw backs to the pitcher.

VI. Coaches
1. Coaches are in charge of scorekeeping.
2. The league will keep rules posted on a website and each community is responsible to promote parental knowledge of league rules.
3. A coaching staff will be limited to no more than 3 coaches with an additional scorekeeper. Only team members and coaches are allowed in the dugout or on the field during a game.

VII. Sportsmanship
1. Unsportsmanlike conduct by players or spectators will not be tolerated. Repeated occurrences will result in the ejection of the players and/or spectators involved in the disturbance.
2. Players ejected from a game will also have to sit out the very next game as a disciplinary measure.
3. Parents are not allowed on the field unless a coach has requested their assistance.
4. Fans are not allowed to sit directly behind home plate.
5. No swearing or profane language will be tolerated. This will lead to immediate ejection from the game.
6. No throwing of bats, helmets or other equipment in anger. This will lead to immediate ejection from the game.
7. There will be no badgering of a player, umpire or coach! Poor sportsmanship by players, coaches, family members or spectators will lead to ejection from the park and from future games, as well as possible forfeiture of the game.
8. There will be no smoking or chewing tobacco on the playing field, bench, or bench area. Offenders will be removed from the game or bench area. Some communities may not allow tobacco products at their fields and/or facilities. Local ordinances and rules above league rules must be followed.
9. Alcoholic consumption of any kind at a game field will be cause for forfeiture of the game. No Exceptions!
10. THERE WILL BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BAD BEHAVIOR!
14 & Under 3

VIII. Pitching
1. Any player warming up a pitcher must wear a catcher’s mask.
2. At the umpire’s discretion, warm-up pitches between innings will be limited to 5.
3. Relief pitcher is entitled to 8 warm-up pitches.
4. Pitchers may pitch a total of 12 consecutive outs per game. A pitcher cannot re-enter the game as a pitcher once they have been removed.
5. The pitchers pivot foot must remain on the rubber until the ball has been released from her hand. No crow hopping.
6. The pitch must be underhand. You may use the windmill or whip technique.

IX. Defensive Positioning
1. There will be nine (9) players on the field at a time, including three (3) outfielders.
2. There must be 3 outfielders at all times, unless the team has less than 9 players available to play.
3. Roving fielders will not be allowed.
X. Inclement Weather/Cancellations
1. All postponed games should be made up as quickly as possible.
2. Both teams must work together to reschedule a cancelled game within 72 hours of the game being cancelled. The rescheduled game should be played within 2 weeks of the cancellation when possible.
3. No game, cancelled due to lack of players, shall be rescheduled if canceled within 24 hours prior to the scheduled game time. These games shall result in a forfeit for the team short of players.
4. If a game is started and not finished due to inclement weather, the game is considered suspended and will be continued from the point where it was suspended on a date and time agreeable to both coaches. No game is to be started over. The pitching rule will remain in effect. 4 innings is considered a complete game if weather forces the completion of a game.
5. Lightning: If the umpire can hear thunder, a lightning strike is possible and teams must be removed from the field of play. Players, coaches, and spectators should seek shelter away from chain link fences, trees, and bleachers. Fifteen (15) minutes after the last visible lightning strike or audible thunder the game can resume.

XI. Umpiring
1. Each home team must provide a qualified umpire for each game; however, 2 umpires are suggested.
2. The official score book will be the home team’s scorebook. The home plate umpire should verify the score after each half inning.
3. The umpires have total control of the games. They may stop the game at any time for any reason they see necessary.
4. Umpires will only meet between innings to clarify or discuss a rule. Cell phones will only be used for checking game time and for emergencies.

XII. Injury
1. If a player has an injury that causes bleeding, they must leave the game and can not return until the bleeding has stopped and the injury has been properly treated.
2. Any player who becomes unconscious at any time during the game may not return to the game that day.

XIII. Tournament Play
1. Medals will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place champions as well as the 1st place consolation champion.
2. Each team will have the opportunity to nominate a player for the Sportsmanship Award. The award will be presented during the tournament.
3. Tournament seeding will be determined by using each teams winning percentage. If there are multiple teams with the same percentage, then a tie breaker will be used to determine the team’s seeding (head-to-head first, then total runs scored

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