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Rules 8U

Girls Softball 8u League Rules

This is an introduction into 8U Pitching Machine league for the spring. This is 100% machine pitch. This will allow the girls to start to understand the rules about outs and innings. Games should be friendly and both team coaches should be instructing the girls during the game.

Positions and Field

  • All Players field a Maximum of 6 Infielders (C, Pitchers Helper, 1B, 2B, 3B, & SS), 5 if catchers gear is not available in which case a parent should retrieve the balls. Maximum of 4 outfielders (LF, LC, RC, RF).
  • Outfielders should be on the grass of the outfield or at least 10 yards past the infield.
  • It is Mandatory that all fielders wear a fielding mask.
  • Pitching - Machine pitch from 30 feet set at about 28 to 30 mph. For games at Phipps Park, a machine is on site and must be set up by the coaches for the first game of the day on the field and returned to the shed following the last game of the day on the field. For games on fields other than Phipps Park, coaches must retrieve a SYAC machine from the shed at SWP and return it to the shed immediately following the gameÃ??Ã?¢??no exceptions as failure to return a machine can result in an inability to play future games. If for any reason the pitching machine is not functioning correctly, coaches are to pitch to their own team from approximately 25 feet from the back of home plate. In either case the same batting rules apply.
  • Bases at 50 feet.
  • No one but a coach or parent may operate or feed balls into the machine.


  • All girls will bat (universal lineup) throughout the game. An inning consists of 3 outs or 4 runs. The final inning will be unlimited runs until team records 3 outs. The final inning of a game cannot be started more than one hour and thirty minutes after the first pitch.
  • No Bunting or Slap hitting is permitted.
  • No infield fly rule applies.
  • Play stops when the ball is in control of an infielder. Infielders who have the ball at the end of play should be encouraged to signal for time out, but a failure to do so will not permit runners to advance.
  • Batter is out after five pitches. A foul ball on the fifth pitch keeps the batter alive. There are no walks with machine or coach pitching.

Pitchers Helper

  • There is one pitcher's helper. That pitcher's helper may not move closer to the batter than the coach feeding the machine or pitching until the ball is hit.

Base Running

  • An overthrow at any base will NOT allow a runner to advance.
  • There is a 2 base limit on any clean hit to the outfield and runner advancements. Use your judgement in regards to allowing a runner advance 2 bases. We want to eventually try and teach the fielders the difference between a force and out and when they need to tag the runner.
  • A batted ball that hits any part of the pitching machine, including the bucket of balls, will be treated as a ground rule single and all forced runners will advance one base.
  • First Base is a double base the bright orange Ã??Ã?¢??safety bag" is for the runner and lies outside the foul line.
  • The fielder touches the white bag inside the line.
  • There is no leadingÃ??Ã?¢??runners must stay on base until the ball is hit.
  • There is no stealing.
  • Fielders should stand clear of base paths! Runners who run into fielders while attempting to field the ball are called out. Runners who are blocked by fielders are called safe. It would be nice if the girls learn to slide but that will come as they get older. Coaches should pay attention to this and position fielders accordingly to avoid unintentional collisions.

Girls Softball Coaches Agreement

The Board of SYAC Girls Softball thanks you for accepting the role of coach, and we reserve the right to remove you from the coaching ranks if we find that you fall short of the following SYAC goals and rules of behavior. As a coach in SYAC Girls Softball, you pledge to:

Bear in mind at all times that SYAC Girls Softball exists for the benefit of the youth of our town.

Teach the skills and rules of softball in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

  • Conduct an adequate number of team practices so that all girls may learn the game and improve skills.
  • Place the emotional and physical wellbeing of the players ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • Respect the authority of the umpire and abide by his or her decisions, which are based on the rules of the Amateur Softball Association (www.asa
  • Strive to ensure that all girls on my team play an equitable amount of time and have a positive team experience.
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs at all SYAC sporting events.

Respect the authority of a SYAC League Commissioner and abide by his or her rulings.

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