Softball Rules

Except as otherwise noted in these rules, the USA Softball rules will be in effect.

The Non-Approved Bat List: https://fxasports.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Non-Approved-Batlist-2019.pdf

Game Time:

  • 60 minute games (or 7 innings of play whichever comes first). No new inning after 50 minutes, finish the current inning. If the current inning has not been completed at the end of the 60 minute game time the score will reflect the last completed inning. 4 innings (3 ½ if the home team is ahead) is an official game.
  • 10 minute grace period is allowable for the 1st game of the night/day; comes off game time.
  • Tie ball games after game time has elapsed will be recorded as ties. (excluding playoffs)
  • 1 pitch softball will be used if game is tied and within time limit at the end of 7 innings.

Game Equipment:

  • Bats only on the approved USA Softball bat list are acceptable.
  • Ball acceptable for game play is a 12 inch, .52 COR, 300 compression softball.
  • Each team must provide and hit its own approved softballs for play.
  • No official team uniforms are required, but they are highly recommended.
  • No metal cleats are acceptable at any time.

Team Lineup:

  • 10 player maximum in the field (8 player minimum).
  • All roster players may be in the batting lineup (no more than 2 males can bat in a row), regardless if they play in the field. No player (male or female) can be in the batting lineup more than once (e.g. females batting twice in a lineup to bat more male players is not allowed). Any lineup modifications to the batting lineup (substitutions, additions, insertion of late arrivals, etc.) must be shared with opposing team captain.
  • Team Captain’s are responsible for lineup/roster exchange prior to the start of the game.
  • Teams have the option to loan a player(s) to the opposing team to avoid a forfeit.
  • Injured players: when a player is injured during game play you may replace them in the lineup if you have extra players not already in the batting lineup, if this is not possible the team is assessed an out at the injured player’s spot in the lineup. Opposing team may also loan a player if they so choose.

Game Play:

  • USA Softball Pitching Requirements with the following exception:
    • Pitcher must deliver the ball with a sensible arc and reach a height of at least 6 feet from the ground, while not exceeding a maximum height of 12 feet from the ground.
    • Pitcher must deliver the ball from the mound or up to 6 feet behind the mound.
  • Batter begins each turn at bat with a 1-1 count. (1 ball & 1 strike)
  • One courtesy foul ball is given to a batter who has two strikes against them.  If the next pitch is fouled off that is your courtesy foul. If the following pitch is a foul, the batter is out.
  • Base on balls or walks equal advancement to 1st base.
  • No base stealing shall take place at any time.
  • One (1) courtesy runner may be used each ½ inning.
  • Score exchange – Captains responsible for courtesy score exchanges with opponent each ½ inning
  • Five (5) Home Run Limit. After a team has hit five (5) Home Runs, all subsequent Home Runs will be scored as a double
  • Balls that are caught in nets or advance through fence are scored a ground rule double.
  • 15 run slaughter rule after 4 innings (3 ½ if the home team is ahead).

Inclement Weather & Make-Up Games:

  • If the umpire calls the game after completing four (4) innings of game play (3 ½ if the home team is ahead) it is a legal game and counts towards your regular season record.  If four (4) innings (or 3 ½ if the home team is ahead) have not been completed prior to the game being called it would not count and be made up at a later date.
  • If a game is cancelled due to inclement weather, make-up games may be scheduled on another day than usual game days (typically Sunday evenings are make-up game day). Blast emails will be sent to players when games are cancelled and it will be posted on the league schedule on the website.

Batting Line-Ups:

Below are the instructions to follow when setting your batting line-ups and keeping score of your games:

  1. Batting line-ups should be set prior to the start of the game.  Line-ups should be set similar to that of a baseball game batting line-up where the batting order remains consistent throughout the game with the males and females are batting in the same spots in the order they were given before the start of the game.  After you have completed setting your line-up you must share it with the opposing team captain so they can add it to their score book.
  2. Line-up modifications – Any modifications to the batting line-up (substitutions, additions, insertion of late arrivals, etc) should be shared with the opposing captain so they are aware of the changes and can continue to maintain their score book accordingly. This will ensure that there are no issues when the score exchanges occur.
  3. Score exchanges – Courtesy score exchanges should occur each 1/2 inning so both teams are on the same page and have the same score throughout the game.

These guidelines will help make your job as captains much easier and will assist in resolving any scoring issues that may arise during game play. Please remember to maintain these common courtesies and acts of good sportsmanship as it creates a better overall game experience for everyone.