Gear Up for the Season
About the Majors Division
In the Majors Division, players must be 9 or 10 on January 1st of the current season. At this level, the girls pitch themselves. There is a maximum 10-batter rule (per inning) to keep the games competitive. Pitchers can strike out a maximum of 9 batters per game. There are playoffs in the Majors so all the games count. As with all Divisions, each girl must play at least three innings in the field every game. In addition, each division requires that the batting lineup be in running order whether the player has played defense or not.
Majors Division Rules
1) PLAYERS: Ten (10) players are to be fielded. A game may be started and played with eight (8) players; less than
eight (8) the game is forfeited.
2) EQUIPMENT and FIELD DIMENSIONS:
3) Base distance to be fifty five (55) feet.
4) Pitching distance to be thirty-five (35) feet (35 feet from point of plate to front of pitcher’s mound)
5) Ball is to be 11” 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
i) Each player must play a minimum of three (3) full innings defensively
i) Coach pitching is NOT allowed.
ii) 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) 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.
e) HIT TO THE OUTFIELD
i) On a ball hit to the outfield, runners may advance as many bases as possible until the ball is returned to and
under control by ANY player in the infield and additional play is not attempted. (Some examples of a
player NOT making an attempt include: holding the ball over their head; holding the ball down by their
side; holding the ball in their glove. These are all gestures which stop play.)
f) DEFINITION – Infield is defined as inside the baselines
g) HIT TO THE INFIELD
i) Players should always attempt to make a play, if feasible. While the ball is in the infield it is considered
live and the live ball rule is in effect. Play is dead when the pitcher has control of the ball; is on or within
the pitching circle and no play is made. The umpire will call time out at this point. A runner more than
halfway between bases when the ball is controlled by the pitcher; or within the circle, will be awarded the
base to which they were headed.
h) 10th BATTER RULE
i) Play ends, in the 10th batter situation, when the third out is made or the pitcher has control of the ball on or
within the pitcher’s circle. Catcher control is not in effect
ii) Ten (10) players per defensive team in the field.
i) A maximum of seven (7) fielders will be used in the field.
i) 1 playing pitcher
ii) 1 catcher
j) 5 (five) infielders (first, second, third base, short stop short field (short fielder must be on grass behind
k) A foul ball hit by the batter that goes higher than batter’s head and is caught by catcher will be an out.
a) Each team member will bat in order, using all team members in the lineup.
b) Ending an inning; the inning ends after the 10th batter has her at bat or there are three (3) outs–whichever
comes first. The offensive coach must inform the umpire when the 10th batter is at the plate.
c) Bunting is allowed.
d) Infield fly rule is NOT in effect.
e) Batter may not advance on a dropped third strike.
f) Base stealing is not allowed.
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 ball crosses the plate.
b) Stealing is NOT permitted.
c) Dropped 3rd strike is NOT in effect
d) Infield fly rule is NOT in effect.
e) If a pitcher drops the ball during the delivery, no bases are awarded to the runners. Play is dead unless the ball
crosses home plate (umpire discretion).
f) Sliding is NOT permitted
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 (regular season)
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. (If both teams are
not prepared to play – both forfeit.)
c) If the umpire does not show, any mutually agreed upon person may be used as an umpire.
d) Game will last 6 innings, 5 ½ if the home team ahead.
e) Official game is 4 innings, 3 ½ if home team ahead.
f) A new inning cannot be started after 8:00 on weeknight games.
g) A new inning cannot be started two hours after game time on weekend games.
13) INCOMPLETE GAMES
a) Official game ties will be recorded as a tie. If less than 2 COMPLETE innings are played, a full makeup game
will be played. All other games that exceed 2 innings, but are not official, will be picked up where they left off.
a) Check the League website for field cancellations. Once the game has started, if adverse conditions,
cancellation will be determined by the umpire in consultation with the coach
15) 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
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, adjusted herein, will apply.