Softball Rules

Montgomery County Little League (MCLL)

2022 Local Rules

Softball MD-D2/PA-D14/MCLL Local Rules

Ratified March 18, 2022

MCLL will be governed by the official Little League Softball Rules unless noted and modified below. Please be familiar with the official LL rules. The rules below are primarily to help clarify common areas of confusion, emphasize safety rules or set a local rule that varies from a Little League rule. Rules related to safety, good sportsmanship and the proper teaching of fundamental baseball skills should receive the highest priority.

TIME LIMITS:

a. MCLL: 1 hour and 30 minutes with no new inning after 1 hour and 15 minutes.

UNIFORM: All players shall wear the appropriate Little League patches on their uniforms.

TEAM COMPOSITION:

a. Each team must field a minimum of 6 players for a legal lineup. (Modification of LL Rule 4.16

and 4.17)

b. Only players on the official league roster provided to the manager by the league commissioner are permitted to play in a league game unless assigned by the player agent. (Summary of Regulation V)

c. If a team knows it will be short players for a game, the manager can make a request to the Softball Player Agent for fill-in players. (Summary of Regulation V)

EQUIPMENT:

a. 11” Little League Approved Softballs.

b. Face guards are mandatory for all Maryland District 2 defensive players, including outfielders.

c. Batting helmets must have a facemask/cage securely attached.

d. All other equipment must comply with Little League International Rules and Regulations. (Rule 1.11 Objectives of the Game)

GAME:

a. Home Team will occupy the 1st base dugout/bench area.

c. Five-Run Rule is in effect. The 5th run scored by a team in their half inning ends the inning but the play is allowed to finish with only five runs counting.

d. Ten-Run Mercy Rule is in effect. If after 4 innings, three and a half innings if the Home Team is ahead, one team has a lead of 10 runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. If the Visiting Team has a lead of 10 runs or more, the Home Team must bat in its half- inning.

e. Games will be a max of 5 innings

f. Bases are 60ft

OFFENSE:

a. A continuous batting order that includes all players on the team roster present for the game shall be used. (Variant of LL Rule 4.04)

b. When a player is injured, ill, or must leave the game site after the start of the game, the team will skip over the player when that player’s time at bat comes up without penalty. If the player is able to return at a later point in the game, that player is inserted into their original spot in the batting order. If a player arrives late to the game site, the player would be added to the end of the lineup. (Variant of LL Rule 4.04)

c. The on-deck position is not permitted in Little League Majors Division and below. (LL Rule 1.08 Note 1)

d. Runners only advance one base per live bat. No extra bases.

DEFENSE:

a. Teams are allowed to use 10 players on defense by adding a fourth outfielder. They may add a short fielder if 11 players are used.

b. There is NO infield fly. (Modification LL Rule 2.00)

c. No one player can play a single position for more than 2 consecutive innings. Each player must play one inning in infield and one inning in outfield.

d. Outfielders must play approximately 20 feet or more beyond the base path which typically means that players must be stationed on the outfield grass. (Modification of LL Rule 4.03(c))

PITCHING:

a. The pitcher’s mound is set at 30 feet from home.

b. Coach will pitch 6 pitches. Players may use a tee at the coach's discretion in first 3 games.

c. There are no walks. There are strike outs.

d. Coach Pitcher is not a play-maker, and should move out of the field of play as much as possible.

e. If the Coach is struck by the batted ball, the ball is live and defensive players should field the ball as such.

Summary for Coach Pitch Softball


Game Format

- 5 innings max

- 10-run mercy rule after 4 innings

- 5-run limit per inning

- No new inning after 1 hour 15 minutes

- Hard stop at 1 hour 30 minutes


Field Rules

- No Infield Fly Rule

- runners only advance one base

-batters get 6 pitches

-all players play one inning in the infield and one in the outfield