MCC Sport Rules - Softball

Overview:

  • At the beginning of the game, teams will play rock, paper, scissors to determine who is the home team.
  • A team can have up to a maximum of 10 players on the field on defense.
  • Games consist of up to 7 innings or 50 minutes, whichever is sooner.
  • Bring your own gloves and bats, balls will be provided. There are a limited number of
    gloves and bats in the shed.

Pitching:

  • All pitching must be done underhand.
  • The pitcher must take a position with both feet firmly on the ground and with one or both
    feet in contact with the pitcher's plate.
  • The pitch must be delivered with an arc between 6 and 12 feet. We don’t want fast pitch style
    pitches.
  • The strike zone is defined as the space over home plate and carved out zone behind
    home plate, which is between the batter's armpits and the top of the knees when the
    batter assumes a natural stance.
    Batting
  • A strike is called by the umpire for each legally pitched ball which the batter does not
    swing if the ball passes through the above-mentioned strike zone and hits the white
    home plate or strike zone carved in the dirt behind it. Strikes are also called by each
    swing and a miss by the batter.
  • A ball is called by the umpire for each pitched ball which the batter does not swing at
    and does not pass through the above-mentioned strike zone and does not hit the strike
    zone.
  • The batter gives up all rights if they swing at an illegal pitch.
  • If a batter is hit by a pitch through no fault of their own, that will count as a ball. If the batter
    steps into the path of the ball (as deemed by the umpire) and is hit, that will be a strike.
  • No designated hitters, if you bat, you must play the field at least one inning.
  • No bunting is allowed. Batter must take a full swing.

Balls and Strikes:

  • 4 balls constitute a walk. 4 balls in a row way outside the zone will allow batter to advance to
    2nd base and would essentially be an intentional walk. To avoid intentional walks, umpire will
    use discretion on pitches that reasonably miss the strike zone and pitches way outside the
    strike zone.
  • 2 strikes constitute an out (strike out).
  • If the batter hits a foul ball on the second strike, the batter is out

Running the bases:

  • Runners must stay in the baselines.
  • Sliding into the base is allowed.
  • The runner is out if they run into the fielder. The runner is safe if the fielder initiated the
    contact.
  • Fielders must stay out of the baseline. Unless they are making an active play for the ball, if
    they interfere with a runner, the runner is safe at the base they are running toward.
  • No runners may lead off or steal. They can only run after the ball is hit. A runner who is off the
    base before the ball is hit, is out.
  • Runners must tag up to advance to the next base and they must do so after the fly ball is
    first touched by the defense. If a fielder completes a catch of a fly ball in foul territory, the
    runner can tag up and advance to the next base.
  • Runners may overrun 1st base, but they must run straight through or turn toward foul territory
    once they pass the base. If they overrun any other base, they may be tagged out by a
    defender with the ball.
  • If the ball is overthrown, the runner may advance only one base.
  • If a runner overtakes and passes a runner on the bases ahead of them, they are out.
  • When the pitcher has control of the ball and is standing within 10 feet of the mound, all the
    runners must stop advancing.
  • If a runner gets hit by a ball through no fault of their own, they are not out. If the runner
    intentionally gets in the way of a ball thrown by a fielder or slaps the ball out of the hand of a
    fielder, they are out.

Definitions:

  • Base Path - An imaginary line three feet to either side or direct line between the bases.
  • Illegal pitch – A pitched ball which is below or above the 6-12 foot arc rule.
  • Batter's Box - An area to which the batter is restricted while in position with the intention
    of helping his/her team to obtain runs.
  • Batter/Baserunner - A player who has finished their turn at bat, but has not yet been
    put out or touched first base.
  • Dead Ball - Ball is not in play and is not considered in play again until the pitcher is within
    10 feet of the pitcher's mound and the umpires has called "Play Ball".
  • Fair Ball - Any batted ball which settles on fair territory between home and first base or
    home and third base; or that is on or over fair territory including any part of first and third
    base when traveling to the outfield; or that touches any of the bases; or if it touches any
    person (player or umpire); or that passes out of the playing field beyond the outfield
    fence.
  • Interference - The act of a defensive player which hinders or prevents a batter from
    striking or hitting a pitched ball, or the act of an offensive player, which impedes, hinders,
    or confuses a defensive player while attempting to execute a play.
  • Obstruction - The act of a fielder, while not in possession of the ball or in the act of
    fielding a batted ball, which impedes the progress of a base runner who is legally
    running bases.
  • Sacrifice Fly - A fair fly ball which enables any runner to advance or enables a runner to
    score, but which results in the batter/runner to be out.