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Norfolk Softball Minor League

 
Objective: Provide review of the fundamentals of softball while beginning to develop a more advanced understanding of the rules and strategy of the game.
Ages:  
Must be registered third or fourth grade for the school year in which the season takes place.
Time Commitment:
Two or three times per week, typically 1 game and 1 practice during the week and one game on Saturday.
Setting:  
Girls play actual games, including pitching.   All girls play offense and defense. All reasonable efforts are made to make sure every girl gets a chance at each defensive position (with consideration to safety). Girls do strike out. Each half inning is over when the batting order goes through once, three runs score or three outs are made, whichever occurs first.
Competitive Level:  
This is a marginally competitive league. Scorebooks are kept and there is a championship game at the end of the season, but the focus is still on instruction (all teams make the playoffs).
Player Experience:  
None required although players must be confident enough to stand at home plate with live pitching.
Coaching Experience:  
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 Minor League Rules

(2021)

 

ASA/USSSA Fast Pitch 10U Rules apply with the following modifications:

 

Game Rules

  • 5 inning games
  • After one hour and thirty-five minutes (1:35), no new full innings can be started. (The home team will get the opportunity for its last at bat if needed.)
  • A game is official after 3 innings. (The home team does not need to bat in their half of the fourth inning if ahead.)
  • The three runs per inning rule is waived in the 5th or last inning (bat through the order once in the last inning).
  • A maximum of ten defensive players can play at one time. Four outfielders must play at least 15-feet off the baseline (imaginary line between the bases) until the ball is hit by the batter. 
  • The outfielders must be on the outfield grass. 
  • Protective face cages for pitchers, 1st and 3rd basemen are mandatory.
  • Minor league teams may call up players from the instructional league or other Minor League teams if they have less than ten players for a game. (This is not allowed in playoffs.)
  • A team must have six players in order to play. Less than six players will result in a forfeit. 
  • There is a 12-run mercy rule. (The home team has last at bat if behind.)
  • Scorebook is kept by both teams.
 

Batting:

  • Continuous batting order/ free substitution
  • Batters must wear helmets with cages and chin straps.
  • All players must wear a helmet when batting, on the base path, and when in the first or third base coaching boxes.
  • Bunting is allowed.
  • No slashing (faking bunt, then hitting away); slap hitting and drag bunting are allowed.
  • Dropped third strike not in effect – the batter is out.
  • Th infield fly rule is not in effect – the ball is a live batted ball.
  • No use of a tee.
 

Pitching:

  • Pitching mound is set at 35 feet from the tip of home plate.
  • 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).  Batter is still awarded the base on all hit by pitch, including bounces.
  • Pitchers shall not pitch more than three 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.
  • After the third walk in an inning and any subsequent "four ball" count to a batter, the coach from the batting team comes in to restart the at-bat with a 0-0 count. 
  • The batter remains in the batter’s box.
  • The count is reset to 0-0.
  • The at-bat can end in any play other than a walk or HBP 
  • While the coach pitches, the pitcher stays in the pitching circle as a fielder and can make a put out, etc.
  • After the coach completes pitching the at-bat, the coach leaves the field of play and pitcher returns to pitch to next batter.
  • The coach will return to the mound for any subsequent walk situations.
  • Pitchers are limited to three innings during the regular season
  • It’s strongly recommended to pitch more than one girl per game.
  • All girls should have the opportunity to pitch at least once.
 

Base Running / Stealing:

  • Stealing bases is allowed.  No stealing home. 
  • One stolen base at a time. 
  • No advancements allowed for any overthrow.
  • Sliding is not required, except that a runner must attempt to slide to avoid contact with a fielder or the catcher. 
    • It is in the sole discretion of the umpire as to whether a runner should have attempted to slide to avoid contact. If in the umpire’s judgment the runner should have slid and did not, the runner will be called out. 
  • A courtesy runner may be used for the pitcher or catcher.  The 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).
  • This should be employed to help move the game along and provide the best opportunity to have a complete game.