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Softball – AA

  1. All players league age 7, 8 and 9 are eligible for the AA division.
  2. At all times (On offense or on defense), there must be at least one parent present in the dugout. That parent must have cleared a Little League approved background check.
  3. The entire player game roster shall be used as the batting order, regardless of defensive position. Players arriving after the game has started shall be placed in the batting order after the last player named in such batting order. “Free” substitution is allowed.
  4. If playing on a non-fenced field, the home run line will be marked by cones a distance of 160 feet from home plate. A batted ball that passes over the coned home run line on the fly shall be a home run. A batted ball that touches a fielder’s glove, or any other part of said fielder, and passes over the coned home run line on the fly, without ever touching the ground prior to passing the cones, shall be a home run. A batted ball that passes the coned home run line after first touching the ground shall be a ground-rule double, regardless of whether a fielder touched it or not.
  5. If available, safety base (Flat, rubber base) will be placed next to first base to reduce collisions and to give batters a better chance of running through first base on a ground ball to the infield. In general, the defense is entitled to the inside base, while the batter / runner is entitled to the outside flat, rubber base. Coaches should instruct their players to make plays to the inside base while playing defense, and to run through the outside base while running to first.
  6. Each team must provide a scorekeeper who is not a manager or coach. The home team is considered the official scorekeeper.
  7. The District does not permit managers or coaches on the playing field during live play at the AA Division, except for a coach pitcher during the coach pitch portion of the game and two (2) adult base coaches.
  8. The home team is responsible for supplying the home plate umpire for the game. The visiting team is responsible for providing the field umpire for the game.
  9. The game will be played using an 11” softball.
  10. No new inning can be started after 2 hours. No new batter after 2 hours and 15 minutes. Games not completed after the 2 hour and 15 minute time limit will revert to the last completed inning (Ties are allowed).
  11. A curfew shall apply to all games played Sunday through Thursday while school is in session. No new inning may begin after 8:15 pm, and no new batter after 8:30 pm. School is not considered to be “In session” during vacations and holidays.
  12. Each team will be allowed to use nine (9) defensive players, three (3) of which will be in the outfield. If a team has less than nine (9) players, the game may be played with all of the infield positions being used before the outfield. Outfielders must start play approximately 15ft behind the infield base lines to encourage proper defensive positioning. Outfielders are permitted to cover bases once the ball is put into play by the batter.
  13. The modified mandatory play rule is nine defensive outs, with at least three defensive outs being in an infield position is required for each player. Managers are encouraged to give all players their minimum playing time before the end of the fourth inning to ensure compliance in the event the game cannot be completed (Darkness, weather, time limit, etc). It is expected that managers will offer fair playing time to everyone.
  14. Managers and coaches should make every attempt to keep the game moving along at a good pace. Catchers should be identified in advance of their assigned inning, get geared up and be ready to play when their team takes the field (It should be noted that any player wearing a catcher’s mask can warm-up a pitcher). The umpire will remind managers of this requirement as needed.
  15. For safety reasons, players are not allowed to hold a bat in the dugout / bench area, or swing a bat outside of the batter’s box. Practice swings will be allowed in the batter’s box only under the coach’s direction.
  16. The first two innings of each game will be coach pitch. Pitching shall be by a coach from a rubber located 35ft from home plate. The player assuming the defensive position of pitcher shall remain completely within the pitching circle during pitches, even with or behind the line of the pitching rubber until the ball is put in play by the batter. The player may choose which side to stand on.
  17. During the coach pitch portion of the game, each batter is allowed five (5) live pitches, with three (3) called or swinging strikes being an out. If not successful after five (5) live pitches, the batter is out. A batter fouling off the fifth pitch, or any subsequent pitch, is allowed another pitch, unless the foul ball is caught on the fly, at which point the batter is out.
  18. A batter hit by a “Coach pitch” does not take first base.
  19. Gloves may be worn by the adult pitcher during pitching as a safety measure; however, all defensive handling of the ball is to be done by the players. A live ball coming into contact with the adult pitcher is considered incidental contact, and the ball is in play.
  20. The last four innings, and if necessary, any innings thereafter, will be modified player/coach pitch. The player begins pitching to each batter with a 1 ball, 0 strike count on the batter. The player pitches to a batter until three additional strikes are thrown for an out, or until three additional balls are thrown. Following three player pitched balls, the coach picks up the strike count and continues to pitch until the batter puts the softball in play, or strikes out. During the player pitch portion of the game, the coach pitcher must be off the field, but ready to step in so that the pace of the game is maintained.
  21. During the player pitch portion of the game, a batter hit by a pitch will have the option of taking first base, or remaining at home plate to finish the at bat.
  22. Bunting IS NOT allowed.
  23. Stealing IS NOT allowed. Runners must remain in contact with their bases until a pitched ball crosses home plate. Once a pitched ball crosses home plate, runners are encouraged to lead off.
  24. The infield fly rule is not enforced.
  25. The side retires when there are three (3) outs, when five (5) runs score, or when the entire batting order has batted, whichever comes first. EXCEPTION: If a batter hits a home run over the fence or outfield boundary line, or a ground rule double, all runs driven in by that play will score (Maximum of two runs on ground rule double). During the sixth inning, and every inning thereafter, there is no five run limit, but the number of runs is limited to one rotation through the batting order.
  26. At the risk of being put out, players may only advance one extra base on a ball that is put into play, but is overthrown (More than 5 ft from receiving player – Umpire discretion) and remains in play.
  27. An end-of-the year single elimination tournament will be held for all teams. First and second place finishers will receive trophies purchased by all participating leagues.
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