Tricounty Girls Softball Conference
Pitching Distance 25ft (coach pitch – at least one foot on the 25ft
mark at time of release).
Base Lines 50ft.
A standard 11in softball (guideline reference, maximum compression
of 375 lbs. and a maximum COR of .47).
All players on a team shall wear uniforms alike in color and design.
Shoes with rubber cleats may be worn (metal cleats are not allowed).
All players must wear a protective helmet with face mask, double ear
flaps when batting, base running or in the on deck circle.
Catchers must wear masks with a throat protector, body protector,
protective helmet, and shin guards.
No jewelry is allowed to be worn during the game.
Masks are highly recommended for all infielders and required for the
All bats must be ASA fast pitch approved.
No bats will have larger than 2.25” barrels.
Players and Substitutions
Age of girls is as of Jan 1 of current season’s year.
Teams will field 10 players.
Teams may play with 8 players without penalty, failure to
field at least 8 players will result in a forfeit (7-0) after a
fifteen-minute grace period.
The 10th player must be in line with the other
three outfielders, no closer than the regular infield line which is
defined as a straight line between first and second base and also
between second and third base.
All players must play at least 2 innings in the field on defense.
Players are not allowed to switch teams within the Tricounty Girls
Softball conference. New
players may be added to the roster only if the league president is
notified in advance.
Starting players may be taken out of the game and re-entered as many
times deemed necessary.
The player playing the pitcher position must be within an area no
greater than 6 feet away from the coach pitcher and even with or
behind the coach pitcher when facing the home plate (this is a
semicircle even with and behind the coach pitcher).
A regulation game will consist of six innings.
A game called by the umpire shall be regulation if four or
more complete innings have been played.
All games have a 1hr 45min time limit, after which no new
regulation inning may start.
Up to two assistant coaches may help the players in the field.
Coaches may stand behind the outfielders or in foul territory
beyond 1st or 3rd base.
Defensive coaches cannot make physical contact with the ball
or the players when the ball is in play.
Contact by defensive coaches with the ball will result in a
dead ball and all runners advancing 3 bases (the batter will end up
on 3rd base).
There is no intentional bunting or fake bunting at this level.
Team enthusiasm is encouraged.
All player chatter must be positive and directed only towards
their team and their teammates.
If a team communicates negatively towards their opponent, the
team Manager will be warned. If the issue occurs again, the team
will forfeit the game and the League Director will address
accordingly with the team Manager.
The umpire must stand behind the plate on every
15 run rule after 4 innings, 12 run rule after 5
Teams can score 5 runs per inning until the 6th
inning which both teams may score up to 10.
It is the umpire’s decision to call a game at any
time due to darkness. Player safety is always the main concern.
A game that is tied at the end of the regulation game whether by
time or 6 innings finished will be completed as follows (unless the
game is ended due to darkness/weather/safety):
The visiting team will start a final inning with a runner on second
base and two outs - the runner will be the last out from the last
inning played. The home
team will field a defense as normal.
The visiting team will bat until the home team gets the third
out of that inning or ten runs are scored, with any runs scored
counting towards the visiting team score.
The home team will then get the same opportunity for their
half of the inning with the visiting team defending.
The team with the most runs after this extra inning being the
winner of the game. If
this inning ends in a tie, then the game is officially a tie.
All other rules not addressed above are governed by
Coaches will pitch to their own team.
Ball must be put into play within eight pitches or five
strikes. If the ball is
not successfully put in play within these guidelines, the batter
will be called out, except on a foul ball not caught by the defense
in the air.
There will be no walks.
The pitching coach must make every effort to avoid contact with the
batted ball. If a live
ball hits the pitching coach who has made reasonable effort to avoid
contact, it is a dead ball and the play will result in the batter
awarded first base and every other baserunner advancing one base
from their location at the start of the play.
Reasonable effort is deemed at the discretion of the umpire.
A manager or coach may only request a time out when the play is
complete and a defensive player has control of the ball, closer than
the regular infield line.
There will be a continuous batting order.
Any late players are added to the bottom of the order.
If the batter throws her bat, the umpire will immediately warn her.
If a warned batter throws her bat again she will be called
Any batter that throws her bat intentionally will be ejected from
the game without a warning.
Dropped Third Strike Rule is not played at this level.
Infield Fly Rule is not play at this level.
All the defensive and offensive players must take every effort
possible to avoid unnecessary physical contact.
No leading off or base stealing is allowed.
The base runner may not advance until the batter makes
contact with the ball.
If the ball is hit into the outfield all runners can advance as many
bases as possible.
bases are no longer allowed during this play once the ball is played
from the outfield and any effort (throwing) is made to get the ball
to the infield. Base
runners may only finish advancing to the base that they are headed
at that time with the liability to be put out.
Base runners may slide to avoid contact with the fielders on any
play at the base or find other means to avoid contact with the
fielder. There is no
sliding into 1st base.
Runners may not advance on an over throw to first
base. Runners may advance one base only on over throws to second,
third, or home plate, except when the ball is attempted to be
returned from the outfield in play.
A courtesy runner will be allowed for the catcher at any time.
The courtesy runner must be the player who made the last out
Communicable Disease Procedures
While the risk of one athlete infecting another during competition
is close to non-existent, there is a remote risk that blood borne
infectious diseases can be transmitted.
Procedures for reducing the potential for transmission of
these infectious agents should include, but not be limited to, the
The bleeding must be stopped, the
open wound covered and if there is an excessive amount of blood on
the uniform it must be changed before the athlete may participate.
Clean all applicable contaminated surfaces and equipment with an
appropriate disinfectant before competition continues.
Ultimately, not only is good sportsmanship
necessary for a successful recreation activity, it is a character
quality that contributes to successful life endeavors.
Member organizations have a mission to provide a respectful
environment for today’s youth that fosters the development of
tomorrow’s leaders. The
purpose of this organization is to project and influence honesty,
loyalty, courage, and reverence so that they may be finer, stronger
and happier young people who will grow to be good, clean, healthy
adults. League officials
shall bear in mind at all times that the attainment of exceptional
athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary and that molding
of future citizens is of prime importance.