SOFTBALL RULES BY AGE GROUP* (view PDF)  
2017 Intraleague Revised Rules rev 3-8-2017 (PDF)

 

6U 8U 10U 12/14U
BASE DISTANCES 50 50 60 60
PITCHING DISTANCES SAFE DISTANCE 32’ (adult pitcher must start with one foot on the rubber) 35 40
SOFTBALL SIZE 11” Soft 11” 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

:45

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

4th pitch)

Youth/adult pitch

Girl can pitch max 1 inning.

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 3 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.