About the Juniors Division
In Juniors, players must be 11 or 12 on January 1st of the current season. In the Juniors, limited stolen bases are allowed as well as sliding and bunting. There is no 10-batter rule. Pitchers can strike out a maximum of 9 batters. As with all Divisions, each player must play at least three innings in the field every game. In addition, the batting lineup is in running order whether a player has played defense that inning or not.
Juniors Division Rules
1) Ten (10) players are to be fielded. Game may be played with eight (8) players; less than eight (8) - game is
2) EQUIPMENT and FIELD DIMENSIONS:
3) Base distance to be sixty (60) feet.
4) Pitching distance to be forty (40) feet (40 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 nine (9) strikeouts in the current game may NOT continue to pitch for the
duration of that game. A strikeout on one batter registered by both pitchers goes to both pitchers.
d) No more than 3 pitching changes may be made per inning, 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
hit another (4th) batter, then she may no longer pitch in that game.
f) Ten (10) players per defensive team in the field.
g) A maximum of seven (7) infielders will be used in the field.
i) 1 playing pitcher
ii) 1 catcher
h) 5 (five) infielders (first, second, third base, short stop short field (short fielder must be on grass behind second
i) 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.
i) A foul ball hit by the batter that goes higher than the batter’s head and is caught by the catcher will be 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 rule is NOT in effect.
e) Batter may advance on a dropped third strike, if batter reaches 1st base, it does not count as a strikeout for
f) Base stealing is allowed.
g) Runner may leave base on pitcher release of the ball.
h) Runner may not advance an additional base or to home plate if an overthrow is made during the attempt to
throw the base stealer out at the base to which she is advancing. Three (3) stolen bases per team, per inning.
i) One steal of home per inning (included in the 3 steals). A player must either slide or give herself up on any
play at home plate.
j) A Double Steal (two runners stealing on the same pitch) will count as one stealing event. (Example: Runners
on first and second steal on the pitchers release. This is counted as one (1) steal).
k) If a team is ahead by ten (10) 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 is permitted with two (2) outs.
d) One base award for interference.
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 start time for a weekend game. If both teams are not
prepared to play –both forfeit.)
c) Games will last 7 innings, 6 ½ innings if the home team is ahead or when one team is ahead by 15 runs or
more after 5 innings (4 ½ innings for the home team).
d) Official game is 5 innings, 4 ½ innings if home team ahead.
e) A new inning cannot be started after 8:00 on weeknights.
f) A new inning cannot be started two hours after game time on weekends.
13) INCOMPLETE GAMES
a) If less than 3 COMPLETE innings are played, a full makeup game will be played.
b) All other games that exceed 3 innings, but are not official, will be picked up where they left off.
a) Check the League website for field closings. Once game starts, if adverse weather conditions arise, umpire
decides cancellations (and may consult with head coaches). Games cancelled without approval will be a forfeit.
a) Free substitution is permitted throughout the game.
b) Official ASA rules, adjusted herein, will apply.
16) 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 the
double base, the 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 the 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.