Develop a more advanced skills and understanding of the rules and strategy of the game.
Must be registered in fifth or sixth grade for the school year in which the season takes place.
Usually three times per week, typically two games (one on Saturday) and one a practice. Additional optional practices may be scheduled. Occasional commitment of three games per week.
Rules of PONY fast-pitch softball are used with some minor exceptions. Games are six innings and girls pitch for the entire game. All players bat and nine defensive positions are played; most players take turns sitting out an inning or two.
This is a moderately competitive league which includes teams from Norfolk, Wrentham, Foxoboro, and Plainville. Scorebooks are kept, and there is a championship game at the end of the season. All teams make the playoffs.
None required, although for safety reasons players must be confident to stand at home plate with live pitchers, some of whom throw at least as hard as the machine.
None required, although coaches should have a solid understanding of the rules of softball. All coaches must participate in and pass a CORI criminal background check.
Softball Majors League Rules
ASA/USSSA Fast Pitch 12U Rules apply with the following highlights/modifications:
Home team provides umpires and balls.
The home team is responsible for canceling the umpire on the day of the game in case of rainouts (no later than 2 hours prior to game time).
6 inning games.
After one hour and forty-five minutes (1:45), no new full innings can be started (home team will get the opportunity for its last at bat, if needed) or for field time limitation (no new innings can be started if less than 20 minutes until next scheduled game).
A game is official after 4 innings. (The home team does not need to bat in their half of the fourth inning if ahead.)
4 runs per inning rule waived in the 6th or last inning (no limit in last inning).
A team must have eight players in order to play. Less than eight players will result in a forfeit.
“Live” ball format
dropped third strike in effect
ball in play on steal attempts
Free substitution of players in the field
Protective face cages for pitchers, 1st, and 3rd basemen are mandatory.
There is a 12-run mercy rule. (The home team has last at bat if behind.)
Scorebook is kept by both teams.
Continuous batting order/ free substitution.
Batters must wear helmets with cages and chin straps.
If a player is injured during a game and cannot continue or leaves in the middle of the game for other reasons, that player’s position in the order is skipped for the remainder of the game without penalty (i.e. no automatic out).
If a player is late to the game, the player should be inserted at the end of the batting order.
Infield fly rule in effect
No slashing (faking bunt, then hitting away)
Slap hitting and drag bunting are allowed
A courtesy runner may be used for the pitcher or catcher - runner shall be the last batter of the previous inning (and second to last batter of the previous inning if both pitcher and catcher are on base at the same time).
Players must slide or avoid contact. All sliding rule decisions are at the discretion of the umpire.
Pitcher shall be removed from pitching after directly hitting three batters in an inning or five in the course of the game (bounced pitches will not count).
Pitchers shall not pitch more than four innings per game during the regular season. Special situations to allow a pitcher to exceed this game limit shall be at the discretion of home and visiting head coach.
Pitching mound is 40 feet, bases are 60 feet distance.