Division Rules

SCOTT COUNTY SOFTBALL CLUB LEAGUE RULES

No new inning will start after 70 minutes.  You will finish the inning you are in.  The umpire will announce to both teams the official start time.  Itis the home team’s responsibility to log this time down.  The home team will keep the official book.  The Visiting team will keep the scoreboard.

Age Group 18U


18U will follow USA rule book for all standards except the following. 


·         Metal cleats are able to be worn in 18U ONLY.


·         Six (6) run rule per inning per team


·         Pitching mound is 43 feet


·         No player can sit out more than 1 consecutive inning. 


Age Group 13U


13U will follow USA rule book for all standards except the following. 


·         No metal cleats are permitted.  If metal cleats are found to be worn the player will be asked to remove the metal cleats and return to the game with either rubber cleats or gym shoes.  If the player is unable to return to the game with proper foot attire, their at bat will be an automatic out. 


·         Six (6) run rule per inning per team


·         Pitching mound is 43 feet


·         No player can sit out more than 1 consecutive inning. 


Age Group 10U


10U will follow USA rule book for all standards except the following. 


·         Six (6) run rule per inning per team


·         Pitching mound is 35 feet (Pitchers and coach pitchers must pitch from the mound)


·         The pitcher will pitch until she gets a four (4) ball count on her by the umpire.  The offensive team coach pitcher comes in taking over the count for strikes on the batter. The coach pitcher gets one (1) or two (2) pitches to complete the batters at bat turn.   In the event of a foul tip or batter is hit by ball on the last pitch the batter can continue batting until she strikes out or hits the fall in fair territory.  If the batter has two (2) strikes on her and they swing and miss a coach pitched ball the batter is out.  The umpire will be calling strikes on the coach pitcher whether the batter swings or not. 


·         There is no stealing when a coach pitcher is on the mound.


·         No player can sit out more than 1 consecutive inning. 


EXAMPLE ONE (for coach pitches):  The batter has four (4) ball and two (2 Strikes.  The offensive team coach pitcher comes in to pitch.  With two (2) strikes the umpire will be required to be in position to call the next pitch.  If this pitch is a thrown strike over the plate or a swinging strike by the batter, the umpire will call the batter out for three (3) strikes. 


EXAMPLE TWO (for coach pitches):  The batter has four (4) balls and Zero (0) strikes.  The offensive team coach pitcher come in to pitch.  The offensive team coach pitcher has two (2) pitches to throw.  If the last pitch is fouled, the batter will continue to bat until (a) hits the ball in fair territory or (B) a strike is called by the umpire.


AGE GROUP 8U


8U will follow USA rule book for all standards except the following. 


·         Six (6) run rule per inning per team.  Offensive team will bat their lineup through or score six runs – whichever comes first


·         Pitching mound is 35 feet.  Coach pitchers must pitch from the mound.  One foot must remain in contact with the pitching runner until the release of the ball to the batter.  The Coach Pitcher will have fie (5) pitches per batter.   Coach pitchers are not permitted to coach/instruct the batters at any time.  The Coach pitchers will be given 1 warning, if they are coaching/instructing from the mount.  The second warning will result in the coach pitcher being replaced for the remainder of the game.


·         A pitcher may call time out only if she has control of the ball and is within the pitching circle


·         All other defensive players must stop the advancement of the runners (lead runner) on the offensive team at which point in time it is up to the umpire’s discretion to call time out. 


·         At no point in time can a runner lead off the bag until the pitched ball crosses over home plate.  If the baserunner leaves the bag prior to the pitched ball crossing the plate, the baserunner will be called out.


·         There is no stealing at any time during and 8U game.


·         Defense may have one (1) coach in the outfield that can communicate with the defensive players and one (1) coach behind home plate to assist the catcher in returning the ball to the pitching coach.  They are not to interfere with a play being made at home plate. 


·         Swinging Strikes will be called.  If the batter swings and misses the pitched ball a strike will be called.  If the batter swings and misses the first 3 pitched balls, they will be called out. .  If the last pitch is fouled, the batter will continue to bat until (a) hits the ball in fair territory or (B) a strike is called by the umpire


·         Defense will play with a ten (10) person field.  Four (4) outfielders, Pitcher, Catcher, 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base and Short Stop. 


·         No player can sit out more than 1 consecutive inning. 


Age Group 5U – Tball


5U will follow all USA rules for all standards except the following. 


·         Coach pitchers will pitch three (3) pitches to the batter. The coach pitcher can pitch the from where he/she feels comfortable for each batter.   If the batter does not hit the ball off the coach pitcher, the batter will then hit the ball off the batting tee until the ball is hit in fair territory. 


·         Leading off the bag or stealing is NOT permitted at any time during the game


·         The defensive team may have up to two (2) coaches in the infield to help with the defensive players.


·         The offensive team may have a coach near the catcher to assist the catcher in retrieving the all back to the pitcher and may also assist the batter with batting. 

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