Mountain Btrook Athletics – Girls Softball
Eight & Under Coach Pitch
Any softball rules not covered or found in this section will be covered or found in Part I of the current edition of the official NSA Rulebook.
RULE 2 – THE PLAYING FIELD
Sec. 4: The base distance will be 60 feet.
Thirty (30) foot slash marks will be made on the first and third base lines. The defensive team cannot cross those lines until the ball is hit.
RULE 3 – EQUIPMENT
Sec. 1 The official bat should be made of one piece of wood (hardwood), metal, or other materials approved by the NSA; or formed from a block of wood consisting of two or more pieces of wood bonded together with an adhesive, in such a way, that the grain direction of all pieces is essentially parallel to the length of the bat. Below is a list of additional requirements: The bat shall not be more than 34 inches in length and no more than 38 ounces in weight. The bat shall have a safety grip of cork, tape (not smooth plastic type), or combination material. The grip shall not be less than 10 inches long and shall not extend more than 15 inches from the small end of the bat. The bat shall be marked “OFFICIAL SOFTBALL” by the manufacturer.
Revision:03-10-11: Bat Restriction Effective November 2010, Metro Sports Baseball does not allow bats marked as “coach pitch” or “practice” to be used in any Metro Sports Baseball sanctioned tournament, provided; however, Metro Sports Baseball will allow such bats if they have passed the 1.15 BPF testing AND have the appropriate 1.15 BPF mark on the bat. PENALTY: If a batter begins an at bat and is thrown at least one pitch when it is determined that the batter is using a bat that violates this restriction, the batter shall be called OUT and the bat shall be taken out of play.
NOTE: If the words ―OFFICIAL SOFTBALL‖ cannot be read due to normal wear, the bat shall be declared legal, if it is legal in all other aspects.
The bat may be made of composite, metal and a bat may be angular; however, the NSA must approve any material, before it is used in sanctioned events. All exposed surfaces of the bat must be smooth and free of burrs, pins, and rivets, DEEP DENTS OR DANGEROUS DENTS, fractures of any type, sharp edges or any type of exterior fastener that would present a safety hazard.
EXCEPTION: At the umpires discretion slightly dented bats may be considered legal.
Unless the bat is made of one-piece construction with the barrel end closed, it should have a rubber or plastic insert in the barrel. A one-piece rubber grip and knob combination is illegal. All bats must have a knob on the handle and welded or mechanically fastened. All bats must have a safety knob of a minimum of ¼ inch protruding at a 90-degree angle from the handle. The knob portion of the bat may be taped as long as the bat does not exceed 34 inches in length; however, the umpire may request tape to be removed from both the handle and knob if there is any question concerning the bat being altered or illegal. After determining the bat legal, the player may tape the bat back to his/her preference, providing the bat meets the requirements set forth by Rule 3, Sec. 1 (a-k). A flare or cone grip may be attached from the factory or a factory flare or cone may be attached to the bat by the player, but the flare or cone must be installed properly to the bat. The flare or cone must be taped or covered by an approved bat grip and the bat must meet all requirements of Rule 3, Sec. 1 (a-k) after installation to be considered legal. Shall be rounded, smooth, and not be more that 2-1/4 inches in diameter at its largest part. A tolerance of 1/16 inch is permitted, to allow for expansion on the round bat.
NOTE: Sec. 1 a-k. Any bat that does not comply with these guidelines must be removed from the game, and the bat may no longer be used in any NSA Sanctioned Play.
*NOTE: The BPF of 1.20 does not apply to eight & under bats.
Sec. 2 The official softball shall be a smooth-seamed, concealed stitched or flat-surfaced ball. The center of the ball may be made of either long fiber kapok or mixture of cork and rubber, and/or machine wound with a fine twisted yarn and covered with latex or rubber cement. Or it may be made of other materials approved by the NSA. The cover of the ball shall be optic yellow, tanned horsehide, cowhide or any other materials approved by the NSA, cemented to the ball by application of cement to the underside of the cover and sewn with black waxed cotton or black linen thread to form a black stitched softball. The solid core ball must be stamped with THE official NSA logo which contains the maximum C.O.R. and compression standards. The ball MAY NOT bear any other logos except for the NSA official logo unless otherwise approved by the Executive Director or the Executive Vice President of the NSA. MAXIMUM C.O.R. is .44 or .40. Maximum Compression for NSA softballs is 400 pounds or 525 pounds. Directors have the option as to which compression and which C.O.R. are to be used.
Sec. 7 Batters and base runners must wear NOCSAE approved helmets and the face guard must be NOCSAE approved.
Sec. 8 No jewelry is allowed. Medical ID bracelets are allowed. For further information pertaining to the Jewelry Rule refer to the Fast Pitch Section of the Official NSA Rule Book. Rule 3 Sec 6 (f). 147
RULE 4 – PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS:
Any non-player, who is not yet considered an adult, may not be between the fences or boundaries that are considered the playing field without a NOCSAE approved helmet with a NOCSAE approved face mask properly attached. Any youth division bat boys/bat girls who are the teams official bat boy/bat girl or who are team members serving as bat boy/bat girl must wear a NOCSAE approved helmet with a NOCSAE approved face mask properly attached. PENALTY: The player, non-player, bat boy or bat girl will put the helmet on or be removed from the playing area.
Sec. 1 A team may play with an Optional tenth (10th) player on defense. This Optional player must be positioned in the outfield and must stay a minimum of ten (10) feet outside of the baseline (umpires judgment) until the ball is hit. If the Optional tenth (10th) player is used, that team has only one (1) optional EP for their use. If a team decides not to use the Optional (10th) player; letters a, b and c below apply. If the Optional tenth (10th) player is used; the team must complete the game with the Optional tenth (10th) spot in the line-up. If an Optional tenth (10th) player gets hurt or becomes ill, this must be brought to the attention of the opposing team and the umpires. If no substitute is available: PENALTY: Failure for the optional tenth (10th) player to bat is an automatic out each time that vacant spot in the line-up comes to bat. Should the ill or injured batter be able to return to the line-up; the batter will resume their correct position in the batting order when returning to the game.
A team shall consist of nine (9) players and a maximum of eleven (11) players if two optional Extra Players (EP’s) are used.
A team must have a minimum of nine (9) players to start a game but can finish with eight (8) if one is injured or becomes ill.
All other rules concerning players should be the same as girl’s fast pitch rules with the exception of using a DH.
RULE 5 – THE GAME
Sec. 1 Addition to Part One (1) of the Official Playing Rules:
An Offensive coach will pitch to his/her team.
The game shall be six (6) innings or 1 hour time limit, when the time limit is up, the teams must finish the inning unless the home team is ahead when the top half of the inning is over.
All defensive players must play by position. Outfielders must be a minimum of ten (10) feet outside of the baseline (umpires judgment) until the ball is hit.
One defensive coach is allowed on the field behind the outfield. He/she should give instructions before the ball is hit. After the ball is pitched, the defensive coach on or off the field, cannot physically touch any player. PENALTY: Runners will advance one (1) base after play has stopped. Nine (9) batters are the maximum number of batters that may bat per half inning or until the defense gets three (3) outs whichever comes first. The batting order shall be a revolving batting order consisting of nine (9) ten (10) , or eleven (11) batters EXAMPLE: Nine (9) batters if there are only nine (9) players present at game time. Ten (10) batters if one (1) EP is used or if the Optional tenth (10th) player is used. Eleven (11) batters if both Optional EP’s are used or if the Optional tenth (10th) player and one (1) EP are used. The batter will be allowed five (5) pitches or three (3) strikes whichever comes first. NO BASE ON BALLS will be awarded. If the batter hasn’t hit the ball fairly after five (5) pitches, the batter is out.
EXCEPTION: The at bat cannot be completed on a foul ball.
The Offensive team will be allowed three (3) coaches as follows: one first base coach, one third base coach, and one coach serving as the pitcher. The pitcher will pitch from a thirty-five (35) foot pitching rubber.
No bunting will be allowed.
PENALTY: A strike will be called on the batter. Hit batters are not allowed to advance to first base. The run rule will be seventeen (17) runs after four (4) innings and ten (10) runs after five (5) innings of play. An injured player may re-enter the game but must return to the same position in the batting order. If a batted ball hits the Coach/Pitcher (not the player in the circle), the ball is dead; there is no charged pitch and the play is repeated.
RULE 6 – PITCHING
Sec. 1 Addition to the General Playing Rules:
The player playing the position of pitcher shall keep both feet within the sixteen (16) foot diameter pitching circle until the ball is hit. The defensive coach may move the pitcher behind 2nd base for safety reasons, and must be a minimum of ten (10) ft. behind 2nd base.
NOTE: Violation of the above rule will result in the offensive team having the option of taking the result of the play or declaring no play.
If the batted ball hits the adult pitcher the ball is dead. An adult pitcher must make an effort to keep from being hit by the batted ball.
PENALTY: If no effort is made in the judgment of the umpire, the batter is called out. First offense draws a warning or ejection, based on severity. Second offense draws an automatic ejection.
The catcher may be positioned anywhere from the catcher’s box to the screen. Catchers must wear a NOCSAE approved mask until the ball is hit, then it may be removed to field the ball.
RULE 7 – BATTING
No play shall be declared if a batter hits the ball with one or both feet outside the batter’s box. If the pitch is the fifth pitch, the batter will be declared out. For safety reasons, coaches will caution players about throwing/slinging the bat. Each player will receive one warning from the umpire for throwing/slinging the bat. On the second offense, the player will be called out. Each team must let all players bat according to the batting order. If a player is sick, hurt, or refuses to bat, this must be brought to the attention of the other coach, umpire, and the scorekeeper. Failure to bat constitutes a team out. The individual batter will resume their correct position in the batting order when returning to the game.
There will be NO infield fly rule.
RULE 8 – BASERUNNING
Base runners must be in contact with the base until a legally pitched ball reaches home plate. Base runners shall be entitled to the base they are going to plus one when the ball is over-thrown into a dead ball area. When the defensive team stops the progress of the lead runner, the umpire will call “time out” and play will be stopped. When the ball is in possession of a defensive player within the 16’ circle, any runners between bases must immediately advance to the next base, and one base only, or return to the last base touched. If the runner fails to return or advance immediately, the umpire will call “time out” and play will be stopped. Base runners do not have to be on base to establish stopping of progress. (This will be in the umpire’s judgment.) Any coach touching a base runner(s) while the ball is in play will result in the touched runner(s) being called out. All other runners may advance at their own risk.
MBA Park Exceptions to the NSA Rules:
Exception to Rule(s) 4 Sec. 1 a, b, c, d and e
Exception to Rule(s) 5 Sec. 1 b, d and e
e) Bat Around Rule: Each team will get 3 outs per inning or bat a maximum of the greater number of players present for either team. The offensive coach must notify the defensive coach that the last batter is coming to bat. If the offensive coach fails to do so, the defensive coach may accept the results of the player’s at bat and have the player “re-do” her at bat. If there are fewer than two outs when the last batter comes up, two outs will be put on the scoreboard. If the batter hits the ball, normal rules apply to end the inning (force outs or tagging a runner who is off base) except that regardless of whether there is a force at home, the third out may be made by a fielder touching home plate with possession of the ball. Unless an inning is ended sooner with 3 outs, if a team has fewer players than its opponent, the team with fewer players is allowed to bat the same number of players as the other team, starting back at the beginning of the batting order after completing its original rotation. However, in the next inning, the team with fewer players will start its batting order where it left off in the previous inning.
Exception to Rule(s) 8 Sec. 1 b
Over Throw Rule(s):