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WRA/NTRA INTERMEDIATE SOFTBALL RULES

ASA/USA RULES APPLY EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING

PLAYERS, SUBSTITUTES, EQUIPMENT

  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. The fielding team will consist of 10 players. (catcher, pitcher, 4 in fielders, 4 out fielders)
  3. Teams must be able to field 8 players or must forfeit the game 15 minutes after start time. In the event of injury during a game, a team may continue play with less than 8 players.
  4. Teams expecting less than 10 players may call-up girls from the age group below. Coaches may not pull subs from an opposing team of the same age group unless approved by the other team AND the director.  Any sub may not pitch unless approved by the opposing team AND the directors.
  5. Each player must sit out once before any player sits out twice. This rule applies to all positions – including pitchers and catchers. The coach will receive a warning upon the first infraction; the second infraction will result in automatic loss of the game.
  6. ***Each player must play one inning in an infield position, within the first 3 innings.
  7. Players may be freely substituted at any position on any dead ball situation. (Except pitching, see below.)
  8. ***Batters/runners must wear a helmet with a facemask.
  9. There is no color, size, or type of restriction on fielding gloves.
  10. Players must wear tennis shoes or rubber cleats. METAL SPIKES ARE NOT PERMITTED.
  11. Coaches are responsible for the equipment assigned to them.  All equipment must remain in the dugout when not in use.
  12. 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.

PLAYING FIELD

  1. Pitching distance is 40 feet.
  2. Base distance is 60 feet.
  3. 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.
  4. All players must remain in the dug-out when not playing.
  5. Coaches must remain in the dug-out while their team is on the field.
  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. Players must stay behind the fence in the dugout, unless they have are on-deck and wearing a helmet.  This is for the safety of the girls.

PITCHING, CATCHING, FIELDING

  1. Pitchers are limited to a maximum of 4 innings per game. If a pitcher is removed, she may re-enter only once but must stay within the pitching guidelines. In the event of extra innings, a pitcher may pitch a maximum of 2 additional innings.
  2. Players will pitch following the ASA/USA guidelines which require both feet positioned on the pitching rubber. Both feet must remain in contact with the pitching plate (pitching rubber) at all times prior to the forward step. In the act of delivering the ball the pitcher must take one step with the non-pivot foot simultaneous with the release of the ball. The step must be forward and toward the batter within the 24 inch length of the pitcher’s plate (pitching rubber) The pitcher must not make any motion to pitch without immediately delivering the ball to the batter.   
  3. ***Catchers must wear all gear, even during practice. This includes helmet with mask and throat guard, chest protector and shin guards.   If catching gear is in use, additional catchers must wear batting helmet.
  4. The infield fly rule applies.
  5. Out fielders must play at the edge of the grass, until the ball is pitched.

BATTING, BASE RUNNING

  1. All players will bat in consecutive order. Late arriving players will be added to the bottom of the batting order. In the event of injury, the player is removed from the batting order, or can be skipped and may return to the batting order in the same position. No penalty will be applied to injured batters removed or skipped.
  2. Bunting is allowed.
  3. Drop 3rd strike rules apply.
  4. A batter is automatically out for throwing the bat. A single warning will be given to both teams by the umpire.
  5. A batter will be called out if she stands/steps on home plate while batting the ball.

GAME LENGTH, SCORING

  1. Game length is 6 innings or 90 minutes. When the time limit is reached – the current inning will continue until completed or the home team is ahead. A new inning will not begin after the time limit has been reached.  If the game is tied at the end of the 90 minutes, ONE inning with be played with International Tie Breaker rule.  Four innings constitutes a game.
  2. RUN RULE PER INNING – during the first 4 innings, the team at bat must take the field after scoring 5 runs, regardless of outs. (All runs scored on the final play of the inning DO count.) No run limit during 5th – 6th innings.
  3. A game may be called if there is a 15 run lead after 4 innings or 12 run lead after 5 innings. 
  4. During all tournament play, the regular season rules apply, including time limit, run limits and run rules. Only the championship game will be a full 6 innings, with no time limit. 
  5. Each team must supply a score keeper. Final scores must be confirmed at the end of the game and reported to the league coordinator.
  6. 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 flip (the team that won the first game between the two teams calls the flip.)

CONDUCT, PARK RULES

  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 and must leave the park grounds. 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

 

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

Revised 3/2017