Gear Up for the Season
Players in the Minors Division must be 7 or 8 years old on January 1st of the current season. The girls begin with parent-pitch. Hopefully, in the 2nd half of the season, a few girls will try their hand at pitching themselves. Score is kept to notch up the competitive level beyond T-Ball, but there are no playoffs in the Minors Division. There is a maximum 10 batter rule (per inning) to keep the games competitive. As with all Divisions, each player should play at least three innings in the field every game. In addition, each Division requires that the batting lineup is in running order whether the player has played defense that inning or not.
Minors Division Rules
1) PLAYERS: Ten (10) players are to be fielded. Game may be played with a minimum of seven (7) players.
2) EQUIPMENT and FIELD DIMENSIONS:
3) Helmets must be worn by batter and base runners during games and practices
4) Base distance to be fifty (50) feet.
5) Pitching distance to be thirty-two (32) feet (measured from the back point to the front of the pitching rubber)
6) Ball is to be an 11” Incrediball supplied by the League.
7) 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) Only coaches may pitch for first four (4) games, players can pitch after the fourth game with coach on
ii) Windmill pitching is allowed.
iii) Coaches must pitch from inside the circle and be within eight (8) feet of the rubber. Do not get too close to
the Hitter. Give the child time to swing.
iv) Strikes will be called when the batter is warned in advance that the pitches will be called and the pitches
are in the strike zone.
v) The Coach who is pitching is the one and only umpire. *****
vi) Players at the pitcher position must remain even with the pitching rubber for safety and defensive reasons.
c) Hit to the Outfield – On a ball hit to the outfield, runners may advance as many bases as possible until the ball
is returned to infield and additional play is not attempted. (Some examples of a player NOT making an attempt
include: holding the ball over their head; holding ball down by their side; holding ball in their glove. These are
gestures which stop play.)
i) DEFINITION – Infield is defined as inside the baselines.
d) Players may play one defensive position for no more than three (3) innings per game.
e) A maximum of 6 infielders will be used in the field:
i) 1 playing pitcher
ii) 1 catcher
iii) 5 infielders (first, second, third base, short stop short field (short fielder must be on grass behind second
f) 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) Ending an inning–the inning ends after the 10th batter has her at bat or there are three (3) outs, whichever
comes first, even in the 6th inning, regardless of the score. The offensive coach must inform the umpire if the
10th batter is at the plate.
c) Catcher courtesy runner is permitted with two (2) outs.
d) Bunting is allowed.
e) Infield fly rule in NOT in effect
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
c) Strikes will be called when the batter is warned in advance that the pitches will be called and pitches are in the
d) No base on balls will be awarded.
11) BASE RUNNING
a) Leads are NOT permitted.
b) Stealing is NOT permitted.
c) Dropped 3rd strike is NOT in effect.
d) Infield fly rule is NOT in effect.
e) Runners must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit.
f) 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.
a) No penalty for infield overthrows-there will be no advancement of a runner due to an infield overthrow.
13) 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 weekend games. If both teams are
not prepared to play – both forfeit.
c) Game will last 6 innings, 5 ½ if the home team is ahead
d) Official game is 4 innings, 3 1/2 if home team is ahead
e) A new inning cannot be started after 7:45 P.M. on weeknights
f) A new inning cannot be started 1 hour and 45 minutes after start time for weekend games
a) Check the League website regarding field cancellations. Once game begins, cancellations due to adverse
weather conditions will be mutually decided by coaches.
a) Free substitution is permitted throughout the game.