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Daisy Softball Rules

DAISY DIVISION SPECIAL RULES 2017

 

 

7. AGE LIMIT:

  1. Any girl that is at least 9 years old and not more than 11 years old on the previous December 31st is eligible for participation in Daisy Division. Exceptions will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

8. PLAYING FIELD:

  1. The distance between bases on Diamond #7 will be shortened from 60 feet to 55 feet. If a Daisy game is scheduled on a diamond other than Diamond #7 the 60-foot bases will be used.
  2. Front of pitcher’s plate to rear tip of home plate shall be 35 feet.
  3. The pitcher’s circle will be a 5-foot radius from front center of pitcher’s plate.

 

9. EQUIPMENT:

  1. T-shirts or uniforms will be provided by the League and should be worn during all games. No altering of uniforms permitted, including removing sleeves or adding a player’s name.
  2. Catchers must wear full catcher’s equipment. Certified equipment will be provided by the League as needed.
  3. When warming up a pitcher, a catcher must wear a helmet/facemask.
  4. A batting helmet, with facemask, must be worn by any batter, on-deck batter, base runner or player in the coach’s box while the ball is live, as per NFHS rule 1-6.
  5. 11-inch balls provided by the League will be used.
  6. All bats must conform to NFHS rule 1-5.
  7. No metal cleats.

 

10. PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS:

A.   All players must appear in batting lineup at all times.

B.   A team can play a maximum of 5 outfielders at a time. (consistent with tournament) No player will be allowed to sit out a second inning until all players have sat out 1 inning, (and then 2 innings and then 3 and so on…don’t sit the same girls all the time)

C.   The minimum number of players required to begin or continue a game is 8 players. A grace period of 10 minutes from the scheduled time will be permitted. A team not able to field 8 eligible players will forfeit the game. Coaches can choose to play by mutual consent, but the forfeit will stand.

D.   Daisy Division teams will be permitted to use any 8-year-old lob-ball player, with a signed parental consent form, as a substitute player to field a team of no more than 10 players.

E.    Any substitute player(s) will be placed at the bottom of the batting order.

F.    A late arriving regular roster player will be inserted at the bottom of the batting order.

G.   A substitute player will be allowed to continue playing after the arrival of a regular roster player.

H.   If a player is injured, gets sick or has to leave a game due to extenuating circumstances, her absence in the batting order will not be an automatic out. An injured or sick player cannot play offensively or defensively. The opposing coach will be immediately informed of any change in a player’s participation.

 

 

 

 

11. THE GAME:

  1. National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules will apply except as amended herein.
  2. A complete game will be 5 innings.
  3. No new inning will start after one hour and fifteen minutes on the Official Time Clock. A new inning is considered to begin immediately after the 3rd out for the home team.
  4. Stalling will not be permitted. The umpire will assess a bench warning to any team he/she determines to be stalling. After 1 warning the umpire may assess a penalty of a ball or a strike for additional stalling.
  5. In case of rain, four complete innings, or 3 ½ innings if the home team is ahead, is considered a complete game.
  6. If a rain delay occurs, the game will be resumed from the point of delay. An official rain delay sheet must be filled out and signed by both coaches.
  7. If a game is approaching the time limit, and the umpire is aware that there are players on either team that have not batted, the umpire may reduce or increase the number of outs allowed in an effort to ensure that all players on both teams gets at least one turn at bat.
  8. The maximum number of runs allowed per inning is 7 per team. There is no per inning batting order rotation limit.
  9. A game is complete after 3 innings if a team has a 15 run lead or after 4 innings if a team has an 8 run lead, except when rule 11-G is relevant.
  10. A pitcher may pitch in a maximum of 3 innings per game. Any appearance in an inning shall count as one inning pitched. Re-entry in the same inning shall only count as one inning.
  11. A pitcher may not pitch in more than two consecutive innings per game.
  12. At the start of the game pitchers will be given five warm-up pitches. A relief pitcher will initially be given five warm-up pitches. A returning pitcher will be given two warm-up pitches at the beginning of each half-inning.
  13. If a pitcher hits 3 batters in any inning or 4 batters total in a game, that pitcher will not be allowed to pitch for the remainder of that game.

 

 

  1. When bases are loaded and the pitcher had thrown 4 Balls, a coach from the offensive team will come in to pitch to that batter. The current count will remain in place regarding the number of Strikes on the batter, and the Coach will have a maximum of 5 pitches to allow the batter to either put the ball in play or strike out. Umpire will call strikes during those 5 pitches.
  2. All outfield players must remain behind the designated line until the ball is hit. (They must play “outfield”)
  3. Infielders are not to move in more than a few steps from normal position before the ball is hit.
  4. No intentional walks allowed.
  5. Stealing is permitted (except below), but a runner cannot leave the base before the pitch crosses home plate. Stealing is not permitted by a team that has a 10 run lead.
  6. No stealing home.  Unless the pitcher-catcher are unable to throw-catch the ball back to the mound.
  7. A base on balls is considered a dead ball and the batter is allowed first base only. Base runners can advance only if forced.
  8. There is no dropped third strike rule. A batter is declared out on a third strike regardless of whether the catcher catches the ball. Base runners may advance provided there are not 3 outs.
  9. If in the Umpire’s judgment a batter throws her bat and interferes with a defensive player or injures a player, the batter shall be called out and any baserunners will return to the base previously occupied.
  10. Only 1 base allowed on an overthrow, even if ball is in fair territory.
  11. When a batter is Hit By Pitch the UMPRIE will decide if the batter gets first base. (The Umpire can ask if the batter wants to continue to hit)
  12. Coaches are not allowed in the field of play except when base coaching.
  13. The infield fly rule is not in effect.

 

12. TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC RULES:

  1. Tournament games will not end in a tie.
  2. A championship game, or potential championship game, will be 5 complete innings with no time limit, except in run-rule situations (rule 11-I).
  3. At the beginning of each half-inning for a game continuing past 5 innings, or for time limit games ending in a tie, the offensive team shall place at second base the last batter to complete a full at bat in the previous inning.
  4. A maximum of 5 outfielders will be allowed during tournament games. Additional players will remain in the dugout. No player will be allowed to sit out a second inning until all players have sat out 1 inning. (5 outfielders is 11 players and consistent with regular season rule)
  5. Three-inning rule is in effect for pitchers in tournament games regardless of the number of innings played.

 


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