|PITCHING DISTANCES||SAFE DISTANCE||32’ (adult pitcher must start with one foot on the rubber)||35||40|
|SOFTBALL SIZE||10” Soft||10” Soft||11” Regulation||12” Regulation|
|NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON DEFENSE||ALL Players (no minimum)||10 Maximum, 8 minimum (all players eligible to return to defense even after leaving)||10 Maximum, 8 minimum (all players eligible to return to defense even after leaving)||9 Maximum, 8 minimum (all players eligible to return to defense even after leaving)|
|NUMBER OF INNINGS||3 Innings||5 Innings||5 Innings||7 Innings|
|TIME LIMITS||1 hour (Max) No new innings after
|1 hour 45 Minutes (No New Innings after 1:30)||1 Hour 45 Minutes (No New Innings after 1:30)||2 Hours 15 Minutes (No New Innings after 1:45)|
|PITCHING**||Adult/Tee (Maximum of 4 pitches – not including fouls on
Girl can pitch no more than 2 of first 4 innings
|Youth pitcher – no more than 2 of first 4 innings||Youth pitcher – no more than 2 of first 4 innings|
|STEALING||No Stealing||No Stealing||No Stealing Home; No Stealing with 4 Run Lead, Stealing OK after ball passes home plate||Stealing OK after balls leaves pitchers’ hand|
|CATCHING||No Dropped 3rd Strike Rule||No Dropped 3rd Strike Rule||Dropped 3rd Strike Rule in Effect unless 1st base is occupied.||Dropped 3rd Strike Rule in Effect|
|RUN LIMITS||All player score each inning||4 runs for first 2 innings; 9 batter rule||4 runs for first 3 innings; 9 batter rule||4 runs for first 3 innings; no run limit|
|Over Throws||One Base max … runner can be tagged out||One Base max … runner can be tagged out|
*This summary is meant ONLY as a brief review of the ASA and interleague-‐approved rules. You must be familiar with and comply with ALL rules as outlined therein.
**Pitchers hitting 3rd batter of inning MUST leave for remainder of inning (pitching 2 of first 4 innings rule remains in effect. Pitching 1 pitch counts as an inning.) Pitchers hitting 4th batter in game may not pitch remainder of game.