About The Intermediate Division
The Intermediate division is for girls ages 13-17 as of January 1st of the current season. There are unlimited steals. Pitchers are only allowed 12 strikeouts per game. As with all divisions, each player must play at least three innings in the field every game and the batting lineup is in running order whether the player has played in the field or not.
Intermediate Division Rules
1) Ten (10) players are to be fielded. Game may be played with eight (8) players; less than eight (8) the game is
2) EQUIPMENT and FIELD DIMENSIONS:
3) Base distance to be sixty (60) feet.
4) Pitching distance to be forty (43) feet (43 feet from point of plate to front of pitcher’s mound)
5) Ball is to be 12” regulation softball supplied by the League.
6) ONLY SINGLE WALLED, ONE PIECE CONSTRUCTION BATS ARE ALLOWED TO BE USED AT
NSPL. NO COMPOSITE BAT OF ANY TYPE, NO HYBRID OR HALF AND HALF TECHNOLOGY
BAT AND NO BAT WITH FIBER/COMPOSITE REINFORCED CORE OR HANDLE IS TO BE USED
a) PLAYING TIME – each player must play a minimum of three (3) full innings defensively.
i) Windmill pitching is allowed
(1) Both feet must start on the pitching rubber with hands apart.
(2) Hands must meet to begin motion.
(3) One step forward with front foot is permitted.
(4) Back foot does not have to remain in contact with the pitching rubber, but may not leave the ground at
any point until the ball is released. Back foot may not lift up and replant during the motion.
(5) No steps backward off the rubber are permitted.
(6) A backward swing of the arm to begin motion is permitted but not required.
(7) Only one full circle is permitted.
c) A pitcher who has accumulated twelve (12) strikeouts in the current game may NOT continue to pitch for the
duration of that game even if the game should go into extra innings. A strikeout on one batter registered by
both pitchers goes to both pitchers.
d) No more than 3 pitching changes may be made per innings, unless due to injury.
e) A pitcher who hits two batters in the same inning may no longer pitch during that inning. If that pitcher hits
one batter in any subsequent inning, then she may no longer pitch during that inning. Thereafter, if that pitcher
hits another (4th) batter, then She may no longer pitch in that game. However, the batter must make a good
faith effort to avoid being hit by the pitch otherwise the pitch will be ruled a ball and it will not count as a hit
batter for purposes of this rule.
f) A maximum of seven (7) infielders will be used in the infield.
(1) 1 playing pitcher
(2) 1 catcher
(3) 5 infielders (first, second, third base, short stop short field (short fielder must be on grass behind
(a) A catcher may not take a blocking position at the plate or in the base path unless she is making a
play on the runner. A catcher is considered making a play on the runner when the catcher has
possession of the ball or is in the imminent process of receiving a ball thrown to the catcher to tag
out the runner.
(4) A foul ball hit by the batter that goes higher than the batter’s head and is caught by the catcher will be
(5) Dropped 3rd strike is in effect when first base is not occupied with zero (0) or one (1) out, or with two
(2) outs regardless of the number of base runners. Catcher must make the play to get an out.
a) Each team member will bat in order, using all team members in the lineup.
b) No limit to the amount of batters per inning.
c) Bunting is allowed.
d) Infield fly rules is in effect.
e) Base stealing is allowed as per ASA, except if a team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs. They are not permitted
to steal until the lead is nine (9) runs or less.
a) Helmets must be worn by batter and base runners during games and practices.
b) Throwing the bat is an automatic warning to both teams, regardless of offending player. Second offense is an
automatic out to the offending team.
10) BASE RUNNING
a) Leads are permitted after the pitcher releases the ball.
b) Sliding is allowed.
c) Catcher courtesy runner is permitted with two (2) outs.
d) One base award for interference.
e) A player must either slide or give herself up on any play at home plate. A catcher may not take a blocking
position at the plate or in the base path unless she is making a play on the runner. A catcher is considered
making a play on the runner when the catcher has possession of the ball or is in the imminent process of
receiving a ball thrown to the catcher to tag out the runner.
a) Into the dead ball area – the runner is awarded two (2) bases from the last occupied base when the throw leaves
12) LENGTH OF GAME
a) Starting time is 6:00 P.M. (weeknights)
b) Forfeit time is 6:15 P.M. or 15 minutes after the scheduled game time for a weekend game. (The team not
prepared to play by 6:15 P.M. must forfeit the game. If both teams are not prepared to play – both forfeit.)
c) Game will last 7 innings, 6 ½ innings if the home team is ahead or when one team if ahead by 15 runs or more
after 5 innings (4 ½ for the home team). In the event of a tie after 7 innings, the International Tie Breaker rule
will apply unless, in the sole discretion of the umpire, time, darkness or any other conditions do not permit.
Then the game shall end in a tie.
i) Official game is 5 innings, 4 ½ innings if home team ahead.
ii) A new inning cannot be started after 8:00 on weeknight game.
iii) A new inning cannot be started two hours after game time of a weekend game.
iv) If less than 3 COMPLETE innings are played, a full make-up game will be played.
v) All other games that exceed 3 innings, but are not official, will be picked up where they left off.
13) DOUBLE BASE
a) A batted ball hitting the white portion of a double base is fair. A batted ball hitting the colored portion of a
double base is foul.
b) Whenever a play is being made on batter-runner, the defense MUST use white portion and batter MUST use
the colored portion. On extra base hits or balls hit to the outfield, when there is no play being made at double
base, batter-runner may touch the white or colored portion. Should the batter-runner return, the runner must
return to the white portion. NOTE: The batter-runner is out when there is a play being made at first base and
the batter- runner touches only white portion, providing the defense appeals prior to the batter-runner returning
to first base.
c) On any force out attempt from the foul side of first base, the defense and the batter-runner can use either the
white or colored portion. NOTE: This includes overthrows.
d) When tagging up on a fly ball, the white portion must be used.
a) Free substitution is permitted throughout the game.
b) Official ASA rules, adjust herein, will apply