Softball - Rookie Division Rules
Updated Thursday April 13, 2017 by Franklin Little League.
Note that the Little League International rules apply, with the exception of the following. These rules will be in place for all regular-season games, either interleague or intraleague.
- All agreed-upon rules will be discussed with the umpire at the start of every game during the coaches meeting. Remember that each umpire will have a different interpretation of our agreement.
- A team can have a maximum of two (1) coaches on the field while on defense. This must be coaches not parent helpers. The coaches may NOT touch players/have any physical contact (in efforts to move them in the right direction) when the ball is in play. The coaches must stay on the outfield grass during the game.
- Ten (10) fielders will be used if available. You need a minimum of nine (9) to play. The opposing team can still use four (4) outfielders when a team only has nine (9) players and will only be using three (3) in the outfield. Outfielders must start in the grass of the outfield.
- A continuous batting order will be used throughout the game. A player arriving late and is not entered in the lineup at the start, upon entering the game she will be inserted after the last batter listed on the lineup card.
- A five run limit per inning will be imposed. The rule does not apply to the sixth (6th) inning. The home team will be the winner if they lead by ten (10) or more runs after three and a half (3 ½) innings. The visitor will be the winner if they lead by ten (10) or more runs after the fourth (4th) or any full inning after that. Note that the 10-run rule may not be enforced in Franklin Little League intraleague play.
- Hard stop of play at 75 minutes but batter may finish her at-bat. If last batter scores winning run or is the third out, the final score will be after that batter's at-bat. If the last batter does not score the winning run or is not the third out, the final score will revert to the last complete inning.
- There will be no leading off or stealing of any bases for the duration of the season.
- Runners must not advance after the ball is possessed in the infield from a batted ball to the outfield.If they are between bases they must advance to the next base or retreat to the previous base with peril.
- If it is an overthrow to a player in the pitcher's circle the runner may advance 1 extra base, per overthrow, at their own risk after Memorial Day.
- A batted ball that hits the machine will be a dead ball. Base runners advance one base.
- A thrown ball back to the pitcher from a batted ball that hits the pitching machine will be a dead ball and runners will go to the last touched base.
- Any batted ball that is near the pitching machine that is a slow rolling ball going through the machine, or a fly ball around the machine, will be called a dead ball. All runners and the batter are awarded one (1) base. A hard hit ball up the middle that goes under (through) the machine clean will be counted as a normal ball in play and runners can advance at their own risk.
- The pitcher is not allowed to start the play ahead of the front leg of the pitching machine and with one foot inside the pitcher's circle. The pitcher may start on either side of the machine but there is no charging the batter. The pitcher position needs to have their hair tied back.
- The third (3rd) baseman and the first (1st) baseman can not be any closer than six (6) feet in front of their respective base towards home plate.
- The shortstop and the second (2nd) baseman can not be any closer than the back or far side (from home plate) of the pitcher's circle.
- If both teams agree, there can be an adjustment made to the pitching machine at anytime during the game.
- Outfielders must play in or at the grass line not on the infield.
- The batter will get five (5) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes whatever comes first to put the ball in play. After five (5) pitches the batter will be out if the batter doesn’t put the ball in play. If the batter fouls the fifth (5th) pitch, they will get another pitch or pitches until the ball is put into play or the batter swings and misses the ball. There is no limit on the number of pitches as long as the ball is fouled off.
- There is no bunting allowed.
- The infield fly rule will NOT apply.
- The pitching machine speed will be set at 32mph.
- We will use an eleven inch (11”) softball.