Washington Park District Youth Athletics, Illinois

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  1. Each team will roster 11-16 players as determined by the board after registration. Late registrants may be added to each team OR placed on a waiting list. This decision is determined by the board.
  2. Teams must be able to field 7 players or forfeit game 15 minutes after scheduled start time.  A team may continue a game with less than 7 players, i.e. due to an injury.
  3. All team members play defensively each inning.  There will be 7 infielders, including a catcher and a pitcher and a fielder directly in front of 2nd base.  The remaining players play in the outfield which begins 15 feet beyond the baseline.  All players will participate by playing infield and outfield positions.
  4. ***Free substitutions in positions, however, girls must play an equal number of innings in the infield and in the outfield.  Chose positions according to ability of player.
  5. Coaches are responsible for the equipment assigned to them.  All equipment must remain in the dugout when not in use.
  6. ***Batters/runners must wear a helmet with a facemask.
  7. There is no color, size, or type of restriction on fielding gloves.
  8. TRAVEL BALL GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SUB OR PLAY INHOUSE AT ANY TIME IN THE SAME YEAR. In-house players may sub on travel teams until the start of the in-house season.



  1. ***Pitching distance is 35 feet. Coaches may stand anywhere within the pitching circle to pitch. Players must stand in the circle until the ball is released.
  2. Base distance is 50 feet.
  3.  An 11 inch ball will be used. 
  4. The home team shall occupy the dugout on the third base side, visitors on the 1st base side.  Each team is allowed 15 minutes of pre-game warm ups which begin ½ hour before game time.    Visitors shall take the field first for pre-game warm ups.
  5. All players must remain in the dug-out when not playing.
  6. Only coaches, players and umpires are allowed in the dugout and on the playing field.
  7. Dugout gates are to stay closed at all times.
  8. Please do not allow children to climb on or sit upon the dugout walls or benches. Players must stay behind the fence in the dugout, unless they are on-deck and wearing a helmet. This is for the safety of the girls.


  1. On offensive coach or other adult pitches to their respective team.
  2. Catchers must wear mask, throat guard, helmet, shin guards and chest protector.
  3. ***Only players, 1 offensive coach (pitcher) and 2 defensive coaches are allowed on the field inside the foul lines.  Other defensive coaches should remain in their dugouts.  The team at bat should have coaches at first and third base.  Exception:  to speed up the game, a coach or volunteer (must be an adult) may field pass balls behind the catcher.  



  1. All team members bat in consecutive order as determined by the batting order submitted by the coaches at the start of the game.  Late arriving players must be added to the bottom of the batting order.
  2. ***Each batter gets a maximum of 10 pitches.  The batter only gets 3 swinging strikes. There will be no walks, called strikes, or hit batsman. (The batter may keep batting if the last pitch is fouled off.)
  3. An inning ends after 3 outs or when a team bats around the order.  A team is considered to have batted around when all of its members have batted or, if the opposing team has more players, when an equal number of players have batted.
  4. Drop 3rd strike rule DOES NOT apply.
  5. A batter is automatically out for throwing the bat. A single warning will be given to both teams by the umpire.
  6. A batter will be called out if she stands/steps on home plate while batting the ball.
  7. No leading off or stealing. Base runners may leave base only after the ball is hit.
  8.  Sliding is not allowed.
  9. A base runner is out if hit by a batted ball, regardless of spot of occurrence on the field.
  10. Runners may advance only one base on batted balls that never leave the infield.  If a batted ball does not leave the infield, a runner therefore cannot score from second base in any situation. 
  11. Runners may not advance an extra base on an overthrow. 
  12. Runners may score only when batted in.   If a player passes the half way mark on the third base line they must continue home and the play becomes a force out.  The catcher does not have to tag the player regardless of the number of runners on base.  The line will be approximately half the distance to home and perpendicular to the base line.
  13. ***On batted balls into the outfield, runners may advance until the ball is attempted to be thrown back into the infield.  When the ball is thrown by the out-fielder, runners beyond a base may continue to the next base only.  
  14. No infield fly rule. Runners may not advance on a caught fly ball.


  1. Game length is 6 innings.  No inning may begin 1 hour and 15 minutes after the start of the game.  The home team head coach is the official timekeeper.  Two innings constitutes a complete game. 
  2. ***Score will be kept during regular season. Both teams are to keep score and compare at the end of the game. Scores will then be reported to the league coordinator.
  3. The coach closest to the play will have the final decision on the play.  Typically, the 1st and 3rd base coaches rule at their respective base.  The defensive coach rules at 2nd base and the pitcher rules home plate.  The benefit should go to the base runner on close plays.
  4. Each team must supply a scorekeeper to keep the batting order and score for both teams.
  5. During tournament play and the championship game, all regular season rules apply.
  6. ***Tournament seeding is chosen by league standings.   
  7. END OF THE SEASON, TIE BREAKING RULE – Ties for league standings at the end of the season will be determined as follows – head-to-head, win/loss records against the team above the tying teams in the standing, win/loss records against the team below the tying teams in the standing, then coin toss (the team that won the first game between the two teams calls the flip.)


  1. NO PROTESTS ALLOWED. On a judgment call, the umpire’s decision is final. If a coach feels an umpire has improperly enforced a rule or failed to enforce a rule, they may call time-out to explain their case. The rule in question will be discussed with the umpire and opposing coach. Coaches should keep rules on hand at all times.
  2. If a player is removed from the game for disciplinary reasons, the coach must notify home plate umpire and the opposing coach. Once a player is removed from the game, they are not allowed to re-enter the game at any point. The player may remain in the dug-out for the remainder of the game, but may not participate. Both directors must be notified if this disciplinary action is ever warranted.
  3. There shall be no harassment of a player by any coach, spectator, or player.  This will include “baiting” members of one team by a coach, spectator, or player (s).  This behavior can result in forfeiture of the game.
  4. WE WILL BE ENFORCING A ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARDS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE RULE. THIS WILL APPLY TO ANYONE ON THE PARK GROUNDS. Any coach or spectator that uses foul or abusive language or that is under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance will be ejected from the park.  
  5. Coaches are responsible for the safety, discipline and sportsmanship of their players and the conduct of themselves, assistants, and spectators. 
  6. Sportsmanship is the first step in developing our young athletes for their future careers. Anyone or anything that seeks to hinder this development will be asked to leave the premises immediately and may not return.
  7.  Both teams are responsible for the liter in there dugouts and around their diamond.  We ask for your assistance in keep the PARK LITTER to a minimum.
  8. Please encourage patronage of the concession stand. WRA & NTRA use the proceeds from the concessions sales to help this program. Please do not bring store bought treats for the teams.


Please feel free to contact your Softball Program Director with any questions or concerns.  

Revised 3/2017