8U Softball Rules
8U Softball RulesUpdated Sunday April 19, 2015 by Chuck Reid.
Official NWYSA Softball Rules 2015 Season
7-8 Age Group
All girls must be a member of the association they are playing in.
Eligible age: must be 8 years old or under as of January 1 of the season playing.
Players may not play with open cuts. Uniforms with blood must be changed.
Any rule not mentioned here will come from current year NSA rulebook.
There should be a twelve (12) foot diameter circle around the 35 foot pitching rubber
There should be a 10-foot arc area in front of home plate.
Field should be regulation size, with 60 feet separating bases.
Baselines should be marked at the halfway point between bases.
All games will consist of five (5) innings, or one (1) hour and 10 minute time limit, whichever
comes first. No inning can start after the 1 hour and 10 minute time limit has been met. An
inning that was started prior to the expiration of 1 hour and 10 minutes must be completed.
The start of an inning begins when the 3rd out is made in the bottom of the inning. Example: In
the bottom of the fourth the third out is made on a strike out. As soon as the umpire makes the
third out call the top of the fifth inning starts.
All early games must start within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time. If no umpire is on site,
each team must select one knowledgeable parent to officiate until they arrive.
There is a five (5) run per inning limit, with the exception of the fifth inning, which has no limit.
If the game is called for time or weather, the unlimited run inning will not pertain to the last
inning unless it is the fifth inning.
Any game stopped due to weather after 3 complete innings (2 1⁄2 innings if home team is ahead)
will be declared an official game. If a game is stopped before it is an official game it will be
replayed in its entirety.
NO TIME LIMIT IN CHAMPIONSHIP AND WHAT IF GAMES!!
A minimum of eight (8) players must be available to play a game. In the event that a team does
not have enough players to start, that team will lose by forfeit. “Pick-up players” may be added to avoid forfeit, but they must be players from a younger age bracket and be on the roster of a team in the younger age bracket in the same community.
Players may not “play down” from the age group that they signed up for.
The home team will provide game balls. (1 new, 1 used).
There can be no more than 6 players in the infield including the pitcher. (Pitcher, 1st base, 2nd base, shortstop, 3rd base, and catcher...middle infielder must start 10 feet behind 2nd base until the ball is hit and is considered an outfielder.) The catcher is to be used wearing full catchers gear. A coach catcher can be used to return balls, but may not make plays. The other 5 players will play in the outfield. The middle infielder/5th man is consider one of the outfielders. If you do not use a catcher then you can only have 10 girls on the field, 5 infielders (pitcher, 1st base, 2nd base, shortstop, 3rd base,) and 5 outfielders.
The player pitcher must remain within a six (6) foot radius of the pitchers mound, and behind the coach-pitcher until the ball is hit.
A coach pitcher must stand on the pitchers rubber, approx. 35 feet from the back tip of home plate. If there is not a pitchers rubber, a line will be drawn at 35 feet from the back tip of the plate by the umpire and both coaches will pitch from that line.
All infielders other than the pitcher may not play defensively more than thirty five (35) feet in front of the base lines prior to the ball being hit.
All remaining players on the team will be positioned in the outfield by the coach. There is a limit of 11 girls on the field.
All players not in the infield will need to play in the grass or 10’ behind the baseline until the ball is hit.
When on defense, 2 coaches may be in the outfield – outside the foul lines.
All girls present will be in the batting line-up.
Any player taken out of a game due to injury may be reinserted into the lineup only if she has
NOT been skipped in the batting order. If she must miss her at-bat due to injury, she cannot return to the game and must sit out the remainder. No out will be charged for an injured player being removed from the lineup
Each batter will be thrown five (5) pitches by their coach. There are no called balls or strikes and no walks. The batter will have three (3) swings. After the third (3rd) swing and miss the batter will be called out. If the last pitch is a foul ball the batter gets another pitch. As long as the player hits fouls, the player continues to hit.
Any foul ball that travels above the batter’s head is a live ball. If caught, the batter is out. A foul tip that does not travel above the batter’s head is a strike; the batter is not out even if the ball is caught prior to reaching the ground.
All bats must be official fast pitch softball bats and CAN NOT be slow pitch bats. They all must be NSA certified.
If the batter is hit by a pitched ball without swinging, the ball will be declared dead, and the batter not charged with that pitched ball. The batter is not awarded 1st base.
In the event the pitching coach is hit with the batted ball, the ball will be declared dead and no pitch will be charged.
All batters will wear a protective helmet with faceguard when batting.
The on-deck hitter must remain in the on-deck area and also wear a helmet.
All other players must remain in the dugout until it is their turn to bat.
Any player batting out of order will be called out if the opposing team calls an appeal. The
appeal rule goes into effect after the first pitch is thrown and expires once the player arrives on
Any late players will be added to the end of the batting order.
No bunting is allowed. The ten (10) foot arc in front of home plate will be utilized. If a batted
ball does not travel beyond the arc it will be called a foul ball. If a player bunts the ball, the
batter will be returned to the plate and charged with a swing.
The infield fly rule does not apply. All infield flies must be caught to make an out. All infield
flies with runners on base will be live balls.
Runners can advance to the next base if the runners have traveled more than half way through the base line when the ball reaches the pitchers circle on an infield play or when the ball passes the baseline coming in from the outfield.
There is no leading off bases. A base runner cannot leave the base until the ball is hit. The umpire will call out any base runner leaving early.
There is no stealing.
An overthrow will be declared if the ball is thrown over any baseline fence. One base will be
awarded to each base runner at the umpire’s discretion.
Any overthrow that remains on the playing field side of the baseline fence will be considered in
play. Runners have the option of 1 and only 1 additional base. This overthrow rule is in effect for all overthrows at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and homeplate. Time will be called when the ball is in the pitchers circle to stop runners. The runner advances at her own risk when an overthrow occurs. The half way mark does not come into play. Note that the runner is at risk and can be thrown out, but in no event can advance beyond 1 base during a play where an overthrow occurs.
Time will be called on a ball hit in the infield when the ball is thrown to the pitcher. Note that the pitcher does not need to catch the ball. Time will be called when the ball gets to the circle around the pitchers mound.
All base running appeals (runners failing to touch a base) will be made by the defensive team by throwing the ball to the appropriate infielder, who will then tag the base. The umpire will have the final decision on whether or not a base was missed.
Base coaches are not allowed to touch the players when they are on the bases. (No pushing players toward the next base on pulling them back). If this occurs the base runner will be called out.
Appeals related to illegal players must be made on the field. If a satisfactory response is not
received, the game should continue. After the game, the coach may appeal to the NWYSA Board President. After investigation, the game may stand or be declared illegal and thus forfeited.
The same appeals method should be followed for any rules-related appeals. Under no circumstances will appeals be heard which are directly related to an umpire’s judgment call.
a. Ejected players, coaches, or fans must go to their vehicle and not return to the field area for the
remainder of the day/night. All ejections will be reviewed by the NW Board on a case by case basis. Rulings by the NW Board are final and not open to appeal