League Rules

Updated Tuesday April 4, 2017 by WSGS.

West Seattle Girls Softball League Rules

West Seattle Girls Softball 2017
Rules and Policies for 15U divisions

15U Game Rules:

  • Home team will be decided by WSGS schedule.
  • Home team shall have 3rd base dugout.
  • When playing a double header, each team will be the Home team for one game.
  • Home team provides new game ball.
  • The umpire will decide fitness of the playing field.
  • Teams will forfeit if the team has less than 8 players and 10 minutes has passed from the official start time. Teams will place late arriving players at the bottom of the batting order

Equipment Rules:

  • Base runners will wear a helmet while running the bases.
  • Batters will wear batting helmets with face guards and chin straps.
  • Bunting is allowed
  • Official softball bats required
  • Face masks for pitchers are recommended
  • Game Play Rules
  • No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 30 minutes; time is kept by the umpire and the coaches are responsible for getting teams ready to play each inning.
  • Teams have 2 minutes to change sides from offense to defense and vice versa
  • Penalty for a late offensive team is a strike to the batter
  • Penalty for a late defensive team is a ball to the batter
  • Maximum number of fielders is 10. Outfielders must play on the outfield grass.

5 Run Scoring Rule:

  • Teams will switch from offense to defense after 5 runs are scored, regardless of the number of outs recorded by the defense.
  • If a team has a 12-run lead after 5 innings the game is over.
  • This rule is waived in the inning determined by the umpire to be the last inning.

Courtesy Runner Rule:

  • Allowed for the catcher position
  • Allowed for an injured player
  • Must be the player who registered the last out

Field Rules:

  • The pitching rubber shall be 43 feet from home plate and measured from the front edge of the pitcher's plate to apex of home plate.
  • If a player is hurt or sick and must leave the game, she will be excused from play and no out will be recorded for her at bats.
  • Teams bat their entire roster. If player arrives before the end of the first inning, her name will be placed at the bottom of the batting order, and she will bat in that position for the remainder of the game. If a player arrives after the end of the first inning she may not play.
  • If a player bats out of order, an out will be recorded for that player.
  • There are no leads from bases. Stealing is allowed once the ball leaves the pitchers hand. A player may not leave the base until the ball is released by the pitcher.

Drop Third Strike Rule:
If the catcher drops the third strike and first base is unoccupied, the batter may run to first base. The catcher must tag the batter out or throw the batter out at first base.

Infield Fly Rule:
Runners run at their own risk. Situation must be runners on 1st, 1st and Second, or 1st., 2nd, and 3rd and the ball is hit above the batters head in the infield.

Out of Play Rule: When ball is thrown out of play (past the first base fence line or third base fence line) the runner(s) automatically get the base they are running to and one additional base (1 Plus 1). Overthrow Rule: A runner can advance one base at their own risk on any overthrow that is in play. HOWEVER, only 1 extra base is allowed per play per runner regardless of the number of overthrows.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES:

Standings:

The league will keep team standings throughout the season and will use records to seed the End-of-Season Tournament. Winning coaches must email the final score after each game to ___________. Points awarded: 2 points for win, 1 for tie, no points for loss.

Protests:

Coaches may protest rule interpretation and not judgement calls. Coaches must protest the rule to the umpire and opposing coach prior to the next legal pitch. The Coach will inform the scorekeeper of the game situation (time, number of outs, batting order, position of runners, who is at bat, the rule violation, and defensive players. The game is then continued and is considered "played under protest". The protesting coach must submit a written protest detailing all the above conditions and rule violation by email to the West Seattle Girls Softball rules committee within 48 hours of the game completion. If the protest is allowed, the game will be rescheduled and resumed at the point of protest with all conditions at the time of the protest. If the protest is disallowed by the league, the game becomes official. The league will not consider verbal protests.

Unsportsmanlike Behavior: 

Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any speech, action or deed that does not foster a constructive resolution to a situation and/or exhibits disrespect toward participants. All participants (managers, coaches, players, parents/guardians and spectators) are urged to positively support all other participants. Everyone maintains and encourages a friendly, supportive, and positive attitude. Unsportsmanlike conduct by any individual will not be tolerated. No one shall harass any manager, coach, player, or umpire. No smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol or profanity is allowed on the field. Coaches must take proactive steps when unsportsmanlike like behavior occurs, prior to an umpire getting involved. We recommend a parent meeting prior to the season to set expectations for the games.

Ejections and Complaints:

If a coach or player is ejected from a game, that person will be suspended from the league for a period of two games. If a second ejection occurs at any time in that person's tenure with the league, said person may be banned from participating in all WSGS events and functions. Any complaints levied by parents, players, or coaches regarding the behavior of any other parent, player or coach will be seriously considered by the WSGS Rules Committee and appropriate action will be taken.

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West Seattle Girls Softball 2017
Rules and Policies for 12U divisions

12U Game Rules:

  • Home team will be decided by WSGS schedule.
  • Home team shall have 3rd base dugout.
  • When playing a double header, each team will be the Home team for one game.
  • Home team provides new game ball.
  • The umpire will decide fitness of the playing field.
  • Teams will forfeit if the team has less than 8 players and 10 minutes has passed from the official start time. Teams will place late arriving players at the bottom of the batting order

Equipment Rules:

  • Base runners will wear a helmet while running the bases.
  • Batters will wear batting helmets with face guards and chin straps.
  • Bunting is allowed
  • Official softball bats required
  • Face masks for pitchers are recommended
  • Softball size is 12”
  • Field Rules
  • The pitching rubber shall be 40 feet from home plate and measured from the front edge of the pitcher's plate to the apex of home plate.

Gameplay Rules:

  • No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 30 minutes; time is kept by the umpire and the coaches are responsible for getting teams ready to play each inning.
  • Teams have 2 minutes to change sides from offense to defense and vice versa
  • Penalty for a late offensive team is a strike to the batter
  • Penalty for a late defensive team is a ball to the batter
  • Maximum number of fielders is 10. Outfielders must play on the outfield grass.
  • Base stealing is allowed; the runner may attempt to steal once the ball crosses the plate
  • There are no leads allowed; the runner can attempt to steal once the ball crosses the plate
  • If a player is hurt or sick and must leave the game, she will be excused from play and no out will be recorded for her at bats.
  • Teams bat their entire roster. If player arrives before the end of the first inning, her name will be placed at the bottom of the batting order, and she will bat in that position for the remainder of the game. If a player arrives after the end of the first inning she may not play.
  • If a player bats out of order, an out will be recorded for that player.

5 Run Scoring Rule:

  • Teams will switch from offense to defense after 5 runs are scored, regardless of the number of outs recorded by the defense.
  • If a team has a 12-run lead after 5 innings the game is over.
  • This rule is waived in the inning determined by the umpire to be the last inning.

Courtesy Runner Rule:

  • Allowed for the catcher position
  • Allowed for an injured player
  • Must be the player who registered the last out

Drop Third Strike Rule:

If the catcher drops the third strike and first base is unoccupied, the batter may run to first base. The catcher must tag the batter out or throw the batter out at first base.

Infield Fly Rule:

Runners can run at their own risk. Situation must be runners on 1st, 1st and Second, or 1st., 2nd, and 3rd and the ball is hit above the batters head in the infield.

Out of Play Rule:

When a ball is thrown out of play (past the first base fence line or third base fence line) the runner(s) automatically get the base they are running to and one additional base (1 Plus 1). Overthrow Rule: A runner can advance one base at their own risk on any overthrow that is in play. HOWEVER, only 1 extra base is allowed per play per runner regardless of the number of overthrows.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES:

Standings:

The league will keep team standings throughout the season and will use records to seed the End-of-Season Tournament. Winning coaches must email the final score after each game to ___________. Points awarded: 2 points for win, 1 for tie, no points for loss.

Protests: 

Coaches may protest rule interpretation and not judgement calls. Coaches must protest the rule to the umpire and opposing coach prior to the next legal pitch. The Coach will inform the scorekeeper of the game situation (time, number of outs, batting order, position of runners, who is at bat, the rule violation, and defensive players. The game is then continued and is considered "played under protest". The protesting coach must submit a written protest detailing all the above conditions and rule violation by email to the West Seattle Girls Softball rules committee within 48 hours of the game completion. If the protest is allowed, the game will be rescheduled and resumed at the point of protest with all conditions at the time of the protest. If the protest is disallowed by the league, the game becomes official. The league will not consider verbal protests.

Unsportsmanlike Behavior:

Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any speech, action or deed that does not foster a constructive resolution to a situation and/or exhibits disrespect toward participants. All participants (managers, coaches, players, parents/guardians and spectators) are urged to positively support all other participants. Everyone maintains and encourages a friendly, supportive, and positive attitude. Unsportsmanlike conduct by any individual will not be tolerated. No one shall harass any manager, coach, player, or umpire. No smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol or profanity is allowed on the field. Coaches must take proactive steps when unsportsmanlike like behavior occurs, prior to an umpire getting involved. We recommend a parent meeting prior to the season to set expectations for the games.

Ejections and Complaints:

If a coach or player is ejected from a game, that person will be suspended from the league for a period of two games. If a second ejection occurs at any time in that person's tenure with the league, said person may be banned from participating in all WSGS events and functions. Any complaints levied by parents, players, or coaches regarding the behavior of any other parent, player or coach will be seriously considered by the WSGS Rules Committee and appropriate action will be taken.

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West Seattle Girls Softball 2017
Rules and Policies for 10U divisions

10U Game Rules:

  • Home team is determined by schedule and sits in 3rd Base Dugout
  • Home Team provides game ball and an Umpire
  • Provides an umpire who keeps track of outs, calls on bases, pitch counts, etc.
  • League players who are 2 years older than the league may assist as an umpire
  • During a double header game, each team will be home team for one game.

Equipment Rules:

  • Base runners will wear a helmet while running the bases.
  • Batters will wear batting helmets with face guards and chin straps
  • Coaches are not allowed to be on the field with their team when on defense
  • Softball size is 11”
  • Game Play Rules
  • No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Coaches and player pitchers must pitch within the circle 35 feet from home plate
  • Teams have 3 minutes to change sides
  • Penalty for a late defensive turnover is a ball to the batter
  • Penalty for a late offensive turnover is a strike to the batter
  • There is no stealing allowed in 10U
  • Bunting is allowed.
  • There are no walks; a batter hit by a player pitch is awarded first base. (Bounce, roll or direct hit.) Coach pitches do not apply to the Hit By Pitch Rule
  • Minimum number of players is 8, otherwise the game is a forfeit. There is a 10-minute grace period from the start of the game. The late arrival player will be placed at the bottom of the batting order. The game can still be played, although a forfeit will be recorded for the short team.
  • The entire roster is batted. If player arrives before the end of the first inning, her name will be placed at the bottom of the batting order, and she will bat in that position for the remainder of the game. If a player arrives after the end of the first inning she may not play.

Coach Pitch Rule:

4 player pitches - then 4 coach pitches. There will be up to 4 player pitches. If a batter has not yet put the ball in play, the coach takes the mound. Player pitched strikes are recorded for missed strikes and called strikes not swung at by the batter. When the coach takes the mound the number of strikes recorded by the pitching player is recorded.

5 Run Scoring Rule:

  • Teams will switch from offense to defense after 5 runs are scored, regardless of the number of outs recorded by the defense.
  • If a team has a 12-run lead after 5 innings the game is over.
  • This rule is waived in the inning determined by the umpire to be the last inning.

Courtesy Runner Rule:

  • Allowed for the catcher position
  • Allowed for an injured player
  • Must be the player who registered the last out.

Out of Play Rule:

When a ball is thrown out of play (past the first base fence line or third base fence line) the runner(s) automatically get the base they are running to and one additional base (1 Plus 1). Overthrow Rule: A runner can advance one base at their own risk on any overthrow that is in play. HOWEVER, only 1 extra base is allowed per play per runner regardless of the number of overthrows.

Infield Ground Ball Rule:

Batters must run through first base on grounder balls fielded by the opposing team’s infielders.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES:

Standings: 

The league will keep team standings throughout the season and will use records to seed the End-of-Season Tournament. Winning coaches must email the final score after each game to ___________. Points awarded: 2 points for win, 1 for tie, no points for loss.

Protests:

Coaches may protest rule interpretation and not judgement calls. Coaches must protest the rule to the umpire and opposing coach prior to the next legal pitch. The Coach will inform the scorekeeper of the game situation (time, number of outs, batting order, position of runners, who is at bat, the rule violation, and defensive players. The game is then continued and is considered "played under protest". The protesting coach must submit a written protest detailing all the above conditions and rule violation by email to the West Seattle Girls Softball rules committee within 48 hours of the game completion. If the protest is allowed, the game will be rescheduled and resumed at the point of protest with all conditions at the time of the protest. If the protest is disallowed by the league, the game becomes official. The league will not consider verbal protests.

Unsportsmanlike Behavior:

Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any speech, action or deed that does not foster a constructive resolution to a situation and/or exhibits disrespect toward participants. All participants (managers, coaches, players, parents/guardians and spectators) are urged to positively support all other participants. Everyone maintains and encourages a friendly, supportive, and positive attitude. Unsportsmanlike conduct by any individual will not be tolerated. No one shall harass any manager, coach, player, or umpire. No smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol or profanity is allowed on the field. Coaches must take proactive steps when unsportsmanlike like behavior occurs, prior to an umpire getting involved. We recommend a parent meeting prior to the season to set expectations for the games.

Ejections and Complaints:

If a coach or player is ejected from a game, that person will be suspended from the league for a period of two games. If a second ejection occurs at any time in that person's tenure with the league, said person may be banned from participating in all WSGS events and functions. Any complaints levied by parents, players, or coaches regarding the behavior of any other parent, player or coach will be seriously considered by the WSGS Rules Committee and appropriate action will be taken.

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West Seattle Girls Softball 2017
Rules and Policies for 8U divisions

Teams:

  • Home team will be decided by WSGS schedule.
  • Home team shall have 3rd base dugout.
  • During a double header, each team will be Home team for one game. Home team provides new game ball.
  • Game Rules
  • 8U coaches are allowed on the field when their team is on defense
  • No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Minimum number of players for 8U teams is 5
  • No maximum number of players for 8U teams.

Gameplay Rules:

Five Run Scoring Rule: Teams will switch from offense to defense after 5 runs are scored or 3 outs are registered - whichever comes first.

Courtesy Runner Rule: A courtesy runner is allowed for the catcher position and must be the player who registered the last out.

Overthrow Rule:

  • No running on overthrows and no extra bases
  • No Stealing bases
  • No Bunting
  • No Walks
  • Coaches pitch to their team: 5 total pitches; if the batter does not hit a pitched ball after 5 pitches, the Batting Tee is used. Foul tips or foul balls do not count in the pitch count.

Equipment Rules

  • Base runners will wear helmets with face guards while running the bases.
  • Batters will wear batting helmets with face guards and chin straps.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES:

Standings and Scoring: Team standings and game scores are not officially kept in the 8U division.

Unsportsmanlike Behavior: Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any speech, action or deed that does not foster a constructive resolution to a situation and/or exhibits disrespect toward participants. All participants (managers, coaches, players, parents/guardians, and spectators) are urged to positively support all participants. We all need to maintain and encourage a friendly, supportive, and positive attitude at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct by any individual will not be tolerated. No one shall harass any manager, coach, player, or umpire. The coaches and umpires are volunteers. No smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol, or profanity is allowed on the field. Coaches are expected to take proactive steps when unsportsmanlike behavior occurs.