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8U Softball Rules

League will follow OHSAA official fast pitch softball rules with the following exceptions: Revision
Date: July 28, 2022


•  Age Qualifications-
o Age shall be as January 1st. Fall ball seasons will use January 1st of the upcoming year.
•  Playing Field
o Pitching rubber will be 35’ from the apex of home plate with a 16’ pitchers circle (8’ radius)
surrounding the rubber. Coaches may pitch up to the front of the circle, but they must remain
inside of the circle throughout the pitch.
o Base path is 60’.
o There will be no umpire for fall softball for this age group. Coaches should do their best to
make sure that the correct call is made and game play is as fair as possible.
•  Equipment
o Yellow 11” softballs- the home team will provide 1 new & 1 good used ball for each game.
o Shoes are required equipment. Rubber cleats are permitted, metal toe plates & metal cleats are not.
•  Roster
o Players may only be on 1 fast pitch roster.
o Batting orders must be presented to the opposing coach before each game.
o Teams may borrow up to 3 players from the lower division. If there is no lower division, they may
borrow from another league’s lower division. Borrowed players may play in any fielding position,
but must bat at the end of the lineup.
o Games may be played with 8 players without penalty.
o Teams will roster bat—you must bat all available players. If a player is injured or has to leave
the game for any reason while using the continuous batting order, that player is then skipped with
no out taken. She may re-enter the game later on and is to go back in the batting lineup where she
started the game. Coaches must inform the other team in these instances.
o No boys are permitted to play softball.
•  Games
o Innings: 6; Official Game: 4
o Maximum of 7 runs per inning.
o No new inning shall begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the start of the game, unless in the
event of a tie. In the event of a tie, at the end of 6 innings or the time limit, you will play
until the tie is broken or up to 2 extra innings. If at the end of the 2nd extra inning there is
still a tie, the game will be recorded as a tie.

•  Game Play
o Defense:
▪  Teams will play with 6 infielders & 4 outfielders. All players must play at least 2 innings at
in infield position.
▪  A team fielding 10 players must have each player in the normal playing position. Outfielders
must be in the normal playing position at the start of the play, approximately 20ft beyond the base
paths. The player playing the pitching position must have both feet inside of the circle until the ball is hit.
▪  All fair-batted balls will be defined as an infield or outfield ball (an outfield ball is
considered any ball that gets passed the base paths). When a ball is hit and stays in the infield,
base runners may advance a maximum of one base. Infielders are encouraged to attempt a defensive
play and outs can and will be recorded. The intent of this rule is to allow and encourage the
defense to attempt the correct defensive play. When the ball is hit into the outfield runners may
advance at will. If the ball passes the base path, it is considered an outfield ball. Once the ball
is controlled by any infield player in the infield-- all play is stopped, and a dead ball will be
called. Base runners will be awarded the next base only if they were at least halfway to the next
base. However, if they are not halfway, they will be sent back to the previous base.
▪  One coach from the defensive team may stand in the outfield and one coach may stand behind the
catcher. Coaches must not touch the ball if the ball is still in play,
▪  If a defensive player is hurt on a batted ball, the play will stop and the runners are awarded the next base.
o Offense:
▪  Offensive teams coach will pitch up to 7 pitches. There will not be called balls & strikes (no
walks), however a girl can strike-out. A players at-bat cannot end on a foul ball.
▪  There will be no leading off. A girl may not leave the base until a batted ball is put into
play. Stealing is not allowed under any circumstances.
▪  No bunting is permitted.
▪  A runner may advance (1) base only on an overthrow from a ball that is in play by an infield
player. A throw is considered an overthrow only if the baseman does not touch the ball with body or
glove. If the player completely misses the ball without getting a touch on it, whether it be over
her head, off target, or a misread hop—runners may advance 1 base at their own risk. No additional
bases will be granted on any additional overthrows during this play.
▪  No coaching from the pitchers rubber once a ball as been pitched and throughout the remainder of
that play.

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PO Box 31 
Raymond, Ohio 43067

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 937-303-7643

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PO Box 31 
Raymond, Ohio 43067

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 937-303-7643

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