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Supplemental Rules / Local Options of FPLL Girls Softball

The use of this regulation negates the concept of the “calendar week” with regard to pitching eligibility.

BORROW PLAYER RULE: If a team has less than 8 players avaiable for a game, borrowing a player from another team is allowed within the same Division as long as the player is a current member of FPLL.

All Divisions, except Rookie, Camp, and T-Ball: The Borrowed player must play the outfield, they cannot pitch or catch & must bat last in the Line-Up.

NO BORROWING ALLOWED DURING PLAYOFFS.

Softball Divisions

ROOKIE

Instructional; non-competitive; no scores or standings

  • NO GAMES SHOULD BE PLAYED AT THIS LEVEL, HAVE FUN WITH THE KIDS AND LET THEM LEARN THE GAME FIRST.
  • Multiple groups of players and each group starts at different station each week.
  • Each group rotates through stations based upon size and or set timeframe.
  • Approved Parent Volunteers (all volunteers must be approved, they will need to process volunteer form) to coach a station and or rotate through with group.

STATIONS: SUGGESTED DRILLS

  • Run from home thru 1st base (don't look at ball)
  • Run from home to second (touch inside corner of base)
  • Run from home to third (emphasize names of bases)
  • Run around bases (Score the run!)
  • Fielding Fly Balls (Tennis Balls)
  • Throw tennis ball; "pop up" (Advanced sessions: Use tennis racquet)
  • “Catch ball with eyes" "the glove protects the eyes"
  • Glove faces upward; Use 2 hands; Bare hand covers up FIELDING GROUND BALLS (Tennis / Safety Balls)
  • Have group practice proper position: Feet spread shoulder width; glove (facing up) on ground directly beneath body; Keep backside down (“mushy tushy”), use 2 hands (bare hand to cover up & throw to coach)
  • Throw grounders (Advanced sessions; Hit grounders) directly at players
  • Throw (or hit) grounders to player's side; emphasize: shuffle "in front" of ball THROWING: PITCHING TO TARGET (Safety balls/Softballs; Hoop; Pitching Rubber)
  • Demonstrate overhand throw; Emphasize: throwing off back foot & follow thru
  • Players get 5 consecutive throws from rubber thru hoop 15’ away THROWING FOR DISTANCE (USE Safety Balls)
  • Have players line up; 5 consecutive throws across field to coach
  • HITTING OFF TEE into fence (Safety balls, Batting Tee and Bat)
  • Demonstrate proper stance (Front foot toward back of plate) and swing. Emphasize: hands back; elbow down; "karate chop" with lead arm; small step toward pitcher; eye on ball; follow thru (head looking at the pitcher)
  • Player gets 5 consecutive swings HITTING (Stationary Tee; Home Plate; Bat)

T- BALL

Instructional; non-competitive; no scores or standings

  • No games played 90 minutes of Warm up/ Drills/ Practice until after Midseason, then 45 minutes ofWarm up/ Drills/ Practice and 45 minute Scrimmage Game
  • Practice drills: Proper Throwing, Fielding, Hitting and Base Running

SKILLS TO BE DEVELOPED

  • Proper stance and swing
  • Running through 1st base
  • Running base to base
  • Proper positioning on the field
  • Catching ground balls and throwing to correct base
  • Catching fly balls and throwing to correct base

OFFENSE

  • SAFETY FIRST: Do not allow swings on deck / Each player must wear a helmet at bat and on base.
  • All players will have a maximum of 3 pitches thrown by a coach.
  • If no contact is made after 3 pitches, the T will be used.
  • Please do not allow more than 3 pitches.
  • Entire team will bat once around
  • 1st coach will pitch to own team (have several balls ready)
  • 2nd coach will catch and assist batter
  • 3rd coach will be in the dugout.
  • Only one base will be allowed regardless of the situation
  • Teach children how to run through 1st base and how to hold at 2nd and 3rd
  • Last batter to round bases (touch them all!)

DEFENSE

  • SAFETY FIRST: Never throw a ball to player who is not looking
  • All players will play the field and rotate each inning.
  • Place player in correct positions: 5 infielders including a player next to pitcher’s mound 4 or 5 outfielders across (outfielders must be on outfield grass). No catcher will be used
  • 2 coaches in the infield and 1 coach in the outfield continuously instructing players where to throw the ball on a hit and which base to cover.

FARMS

Instructional; non-competitive; no scores or standings

  • 90 of Scrimmage Game

SKILLS TO BE DEVELOPED

  • Proper stance and swing
  • Running the bases and taking extra base with sliding
  • Properly positioning players and making plays
  • Catching groundballs and throwing to correct base
  • Catching fly balls and throwing to correct base
  • Outfielders run after ball and throw ball into cut off man
  • Throwing Strikes, proper pitching motion
  • Fastballs only

Offensive:

  • SAFETY FIRST:All players must wear batting helmets while at bat, coaching or running the bases.
  • Rotate batting order each game
  • 3 outs or 5 runs will end a half inning
  • Extra base on balls hit into outfield
  • Base runner can’t advance when ball is in infield, must be on outfield grass

PITCHING:

  • Windmill should be instructed and recommended to be used
  • DISTANCE TO HOME PLATE IS 35 FEET — the girls cannot be any closer for safety and insurance reasons

Defensive:

  • SAFETY FIRST:All fielders must be in ready position looking at the batter and never throw a ball to a player who is not looking
  • One coach is on the field
  • Children must change position every inning
  • 10 players maximum (4 outfielders) on the field; (Outfielders must play on outfield grass)
  • All children should be given an opportunity to pitch, catch and play 1st
  • Catcher (must be ready with equipment prior to inning)
  • One player stands next to coach who is pitching and fields position
  • 2 or 3 coaches on field instructing where to throw ball and which base to cover
  • Pinch runner for catcher with 2 outs
  • Coaches instruct short stop and second basemen to get cut offs
  • Outfielders run after ball and throw ball into cut off man

Children will pitch a maximum of 4 pitches per batter and a maximum of one inning Offense coach stands behind catcher and assists batter. Additional offense coaches on bench and coaching bases.

  • After 4 pitches from player, offense coach (from batting team) pitches. This must be enforced so play flows and girls stay focused.
  • Count stays the same. Coach completes the at- bat
  • There are no walks, batter must hit
  • 3 strikes record an out with umpire calling balls and strikes (Teach girls the strike zone and to swing the bat. No additional 3rd strikes)
  • No infield fly rule at this level.
  • Only positive cheering allowed. Remind your coaches and parents and promote good sportsmanship.

MINOR

Open Softball Little league rules: Competitive with scores, standings, playoffs & District 29 / Tournament Team

Offense:

  • No leading.
  • Three steals (once ball crosses the plate) per inning
  • First runner (each team) leaving base early on tag up play or stealing will be given a warning and then sent back to the base. Thereafter runner will be called out.
  • 1 additional base allowed on steal play (if overthrow or uncaught ball)
  • No Stealing of home (Note: With runners on 1st and 3rd , runner from 3rd can only try to advance to home if throw to second goes onto outfield grass; This encourages throwing down to 2nd base)
  • Runner can advance 1 base on an overthrow to any base
  • No delayed steals
  • Tagging up is permitted.
  • No head first sliding

Defense:

  • 10 Players on the Field Max.
  • 5 runs maximum per inning except for 6th or final inning (Visiting team must have same opportunity in final inning as home team to score more than five runs)

Pitching:

  • 4 walks maximum or any pitcher that hits 2 batters per inning OR 3 batters during game MUST be removed as a pitcher that game. This rule must be enforced.
  • Any player who has played the position of catcher in 4 or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day
  • Prior to playoffs, all players who want, should be allowed to pitch
  • Windmill should be instructed and used
  • DISTANCE TO HOME PLATE IS 35 FEET — the girls cannot be any closer for safety and insurance reasons


MAJOR

Competitive with scores, standings & District 29 / Tournament Team

Schedule: To Be Determined / D29 Games

Home Location: Field 3 D29 Schedule

Offense: Open Softball / Rules as directed by Little League and District 29 Play

Defense: Open Softball / Rules as directed by Little League and District 29 Play

Pitching: Distance to home plate is 40 feet



JUNIOR

Competitive with scores, standings & District 29 / Tournament Team

Schedule: To Be Determined / D29 Games

Home Location: Field 3 D29 Schedule

Offense: Open Softball / Rules as directed by Little League and District 29 Play

Defense: Open Softball / Rules as directed by Little League and District 29 Play

Pitching: Distance to home plate is 43 feet

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