Column A Column B Sunday Tuesday Monday Wednesday Tuesday Thursday Wednesday Friday Thursday Saturday Friday Sunday Saturday Monday(c) A player, once removed as a pitcher, may not pitch again in the same game. Junior/Senior/Big League: A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game but only once in the same inning as he/she was removed.(d) Little League (Majors) Division Junior/Senior/Big League: Not more than five (5) pitchers per team shall be
(e) Violation of any section of this regulation can
result in protest of the game in which
it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.
NOTES:1.04 - THE PLAYING FIELD.
1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.
2. Innings pitched in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher's eligibility for that week. Note(1): In suspended games resumed in a subsequent week, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their remaining eligibility for that game and calendar week, whichever is less. Note (2): Innings pitched in games that do not complete one (1) full inning shall not count towards a pitcher's total for that particular week.
3. Little League (Majors) Division: If doubleheaders are played, the limitation of nine (9) innings (10 innings for Junior/Senior/Big League) in a calendar day would apply to each pitcher. A pitcher who pitches in the first game may pitch in the second game provided that pitcher has eligibility remaining.
4. There is no limit to the number of pitchers of a particular age group on a team that can be used in a calendar week. EXCEPTION: A player who has attained a league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League.
The pitchers plate shall be level with the ground.
The batter's box shall be rectangular 7 feet by 3 feet. It shall extend forward from the center of home plate 4 feet and to the rear 3 feet.
1.07 - The pitcher's plate shall be a rectangular slab of whitened rubber 24 inches by 6 inches. It shall be set in the ground as shown in the Diagrams, so that the distance between the front side of the pitcher's plate and the home base (the rear point of home plate) shall be 40 feet (35 feet for Minor League)
1.09 - The softball used must meet the Little League specifications and standards. The ball shall not be less than 10-7/8" nor more than 11-1/8" in circumference and shall weigh not less than 5-1/2 ounces nor more than 6 ounces. For Junior/Senior/Big League Softball the ball shall be not less than 11-7/8" nor more than 12-1/8" and shall weigh not less than 6-1/4 ounces nor more than 7 ounces.
1.10 - The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material tested and approved acceptable to Little League standards. It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part.
1.11 - (a) 1. All players on a team shall
wear numbered uniforms identical in color, trim and style. The wearing
of hats or visors is optional for each player while on defense.
(h) Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are not permitted.
1.12 - The catcher must wear a mitt of any shape, size or weight consistent with protecting the hand. This may be a first baseman's mitt or fielder's glover.
DROPPED BALL is a ball which slips from the pitcher's hand after the pitcher takes a position on the pitcher's plate, or goes directly from the pitcher's hand straight to the ground during the pitcher's motion. This can be while the pitcher is just standing on the pitcher's plate, during the back swing or up to the delivery of the pitch in the windmill motion. A drop is distinguished from a pitch in that a pitch must have lift and carry past the release of the hip and a drop slips from the hand and/or goes straight and direct to the ground. Penalty: See 8.07(a)
ILLEGAL PITCH is (2) when the pitcher delivers the pitch with a foreign substance applied to the ball. Rosin can be plied to the hand; (4) a pitch not made in accordance with the pitching rule (8). Penalty: The pitch shall be called a ball, unless the batter reaches first base safely on a hit, an error, a hit batter or otherwise, and all base runners advance at least one base safely, in which case the play stands and the illegal pitch is nullified. Note: There are no balks in softball.
LEAPING is an act by the pitcher which causes the pitcher to be airborne on his or her initial move and push from the plate. The momentum built by the forward movement of the pitcher causes the entire body including both the pivot foot and the non-pivot foot to be in the air and moving toward home plate as the delivery is completed. With this style of pitching, the pitcher will release the ball simultaneous with his or her return to the ground. (Illegal Pitch See Rule 8.05)
(a) (5)the runner fails to keep contact with the
base to which that runner is entitled until the ball has been batted or
reaches the batter or in Junior/Senior/Big
League, the runner fails to keep contact with
the base to which they are entitled until the ball has been released by
the pitcher. When a runner is off a base after a pitch or as a result
of a batter completing a turn at bat, and while the picther has the ball
within the eight (8) foot radius circle, the runner must immediately attempt
to advance to the next base or return to the base the runner is entitled.
Note: If the pitcher has possession of the ball within the pitcher's
circle, and is not making a play (a fake throw is considered a play), runners
not in contact with their bases must immediately attempt to advance or
return to base.
Penalty: The ball is dead. "No Pitch" is declared, and the runner is out. The eight (8) foot radius circle must be properly marked.
7.13 - When a pitcher is in the eight (8)
foot radius circle and in possession of the ball, base runners shall not
leave their bases until the pitched ball has been batted or reaches the
League base runners shall not leave their
base(s) until the pitched ball has been released by the pitcher)
See Rule 7.08(a)5 for Penalty.
Note: In Tee Ball, base runner must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit. When players have advanced as far as possible without being put out or having been retired, the umpire shall call "Time" and place the ball on the tee.
8.02 - The pitcher shall not -
(a)8.03-(1) Apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball, pitching hand or fingers. Under supervision of the umpire, powder rosin may be used to dry the hands; NOTE: A pitcher may use a rosin bag for the purpose of applying rosin to the bare hand or hands. Neither the pitcher nor any other player shall dust the ball with the rosin bag; neither shall the pitcher nor any other player be permitted to apply rosin from the bag to their glove or dust any part of the uniform with the rosin bag.(b) Intentionally delay the game by throwing the ball to players other than the catcher, when the batter is in position.
(2) wear a sweat band, bracelet or similar type items on the wrist of forearm of either arm;
(3) deface the ball in any manner;
PENALTY: If, after warning by the umpire, such delaying action is repeated, the pitcher can be removed from the game.
8.04 - "No Pitch" shall be declared and the
ball is dead when-
(a) the pitcher pitches during the suspension of play;
(b) the runner is called out for leaving the base too soon;
(c) a catcher's feet (both) are not within the catcher's box while the pitcher has the ball and is ready to pitch. Once the ball is released, the catcher may step outside the box.
8.05 - An illegal pitch is -
(a) a pitch delivered to the batter when the pitcher does not have his/her pivot foot in contact with the pitcher's plate;8.07 - Dropped Ball
(b) when the pitcher delivers the pitch with a foreign substance applied to the ball; (Rosin can be applied to the hand)
(c) a "quick" return pitch; Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter's box.;
(d) a pitch not made in accordance with the pitching rules.
PENALTY: The illegal pitch shall be called a ball. If a play follows the illegal pitch, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire of a decision to decline the illegal pitch penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play. However, if the batter hits the ball and reaches first base safely, and if all base runners advance at least one base on the action resulting from the batted ball, the play proceeds without reference to the illegal pitch. NOTE: A batter hit by an illegal pitch shall be awarded first base without reference to the illegal pitch..
NOTE: There is no balk in softball.
(a) If the ball slips from the pitcher's hand during the delivery, a ball is declared on the batter. The ball will remain in play and the runners may advance at their own riskTo See the Rules for Baseball
Page last updated June 28, 2004 for the 2004 season.