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Junior League (2nd/3rd Grade) Female Softball  Softball · Female Junior League (2nd/3rd Grade)

Season:
UGRA Rec SB
Starts:
May 28 ’18
Ends:
Jun 29 ’18
Registration Dates:
Feb 8 ’18 – May 18 ’18 regular
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Free Agent Fees
Regular $115.00

URBANDALE GIRLS RECREATION ASSOCIATION

JUNIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL RULES

Revised January 2017

All teams will be formed by random draw. There will be no requests for team placement.


The purpose of this league is to have fun and develop players.  While we want to be competitive, we also want to ensure that this is a good experience for the players.  Coaches and fans are asked to demonstrate high levels of sportsmanship.


1. The following rules supplement the official ASA rules.

2. The score will be kept in all games.

a. Games can end in a tie.

b. There will be a post-season tournament with awards being given for first through third places in tournament play.

3. Pitching distance is 35 feet, base distance is 60 feet.

4. Ten players will play in the field �?�¢?? with the tenth player located in the outfield.

a. Outfielders must be on the grass.

5. All girls will be in the offensive (batting) line-up and all will bat (based on the batting order established at the start of the game). 

a. No player will sit out of the defensive lineup more than one inning per game. 

b. When re-entering the defensive line-up, she must replace a player who has not previously sat out in that game. 

c. The batting order is not affected by substitutions in the defensive line-up.

6. ALL season will be girl pitch with coach relief.  League is intended to develop hitting, engage the defense and speed up the pace of the game. 

a. There will be no walks (bases on balls) as currently known in softball. If the girl pitcher throws 4 balls to a batter, the offensive coach will come in to pitch to the batter.  The batter will receive pitches until they hit or strike out, no walk. 

b. Strike count will carry over from girl pitch to coach pitch (i.e. if the batter had a 3-2 count they will keep the 2 strikes once coach relief begins). Coach relief for 3 batters per inning where 4 balls are thrown (normally walks).

c. After the 3rd batter receives 4 balls the offensive coach will remain in and pitch for the duration of the inning.  Girl pitches starts again the following inning. 

d. If a girl pitcher is throwing strikes or batters are hitting off of her, she will remain in the game for her 2 inning max pitching/game. 

e. This rule applies during regular season, as well as postseason league tournament.

7. During the regular season, a pitcher may not pitch more than 2 innings per game. 

a. If a girl pitches one pitch or more in an inning, she is considered to have pitched for a full inning for the purpose of this rule. 

b. This limit is removed for league tournament games.

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8. If a batter is hit by a pitch, she has the option to continue batting with coach relief, or can take her base.

9. Bunting is NOT permitted.  

10. All games shall be 6 innings long. 

a. No new inning is to begin if an hour and fifteen minutes has elapsed since the start of the game. 

b. In tournament games that are tied at the end of regulation play (innings or time limit), international rules apply.  (Each successive inning will begin with the last batter from the prior inning on second base).

11. First game starts at 6:00 p.m. and the second game starts at 7:30 p.m.  All games are to start on time. 

a. IMPORTANT:  Proper emphasis given to timely transition between innings by coaches & umpires will result in more innings played, i.e. having the catcher for the next inning dressed & ready to go when possible, using a coach to warm the pitcher when the catcher isnÃ??Ã?¢??t ready.

12. Three practice pitches by the pitcher are allowed at the start of each inning and seven practice pitches for a new pitcher. 

a. If more than one minute elapses before the pitcher begins her warm up, the umpire may reduce the number of allowed pitches in order to keep the game moving.

11. Mask, with throat protector is mandatory for any player catching or warming up a pitcher at any time, including practice. (Hint: when an extra mast is not available, a parent/coach should warm up the pitcher.)

12. A protective mask must be worn by all youth pitchers.

13. There will be NO stealing in this league. The runner cannot leave the base until the ball is put into play.

14. The infield fly rule will NOT be in effect.

15. No batter will be allowed to reach first base after the third strike (that is, the �?�¢??dropped third strike�?�¢?? rule is not in effect).

16. A maximum of 5 runs can be scored by a team per inning. 

a. After 5 runs are scored, the opposing team will take their bat. The game will automatically stop when the time limit is reached if one team is more than 5 runs ahead.   This rule also applies to tournament play.

17. After a hit ball, once the ball is in possession of any player while in the vicinity (8Ã??Ã?¢?? radius) of the pitchers plate, runners must return to prior base if they have not reached the half-way point to the next base. 

a. They are permitted to return to the prior base without risk. 

b. However, should the pitcher decide to make a play on the runner, then the ball again becomes a live ball and the �??�?�½ way rule does not apply.

18. On an overthrow runners may only advance 1 base. Period

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