Hunting and Equestrian Club - Subhan - Kuwait
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Softball Rules

2015 Official Little League Regulation and Playing Rules will apply with the following adaptations:

  1. The team on defense consists of nine (9) players.
  2. A team with less than seven (7) players after ten (10) minutes from the scheduled start-time will forfeit the game.
  3. If a team is playing with seven (7) players, the 8th and 9th positions in the batting line-up will be considered outs. If a team is playing with eight (8) players, the 9th position in the batting line-up will be considered out.
  4. Every player must play two (2) defensive innings (six (6) consecutive outs) and bat at least one (1) time. There will be a Continuous batting line-up.
  5. Substitutions will be enforced per rules 3.03, 3.04, 5.10c, and 7.14.
  6. Pitching- If a player pitches in less than five (5) innings, no rest is required. If a player pitches in five (5) or more innings, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed. A player may pitch in a maximum of ten (10) innings per day, and a maximum of thirty (30) innings in a calendar week Thursday through Wednesday. Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.
  7. Fast Pitch/Flat Pitch:
    1. A pitching strike zone will be over the plate and from armpits to the top of the knees on the batter. There is no minimum or maximum arc.
    2. Pitching speed can vary from medium to fast pitch. Both feet must start on the rubber and facing front. Hips and shoulders fully square to home plate with a 1-10 second pause prior to start of delivery. The pitcher may shift from front to back but neither foot can be raised from the rubber until start of delivery.
    3. Pitcher may take the ball behind the back, outwards, or over the head during the backswing and above the shoulder line.
    4. Pitcher may lift their front foot high off the ground and slide or drag the pivot foot, so long as it remains in constant contact with the pitching rubber/ground.
    5. Pitcher many not use a “crow hop” delivery.
    6. Pitching hand cannot go further than 6 inches from the thigh.
  8. Games are six (6) innings. For the first three (3) innings, each half inning will stop if there are three (3) outs or five (5) runs have scored (five (5) run mercy rule per inning).
  9. No new inning will start after one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes.
  10. Four (4) innings must be played for the game to be official.
  11. If one team is ahead by more than ten (10) runs after four (4) innings, the game will be stopped.
  1. In case of a tie ball-game, one (1) extra inning will be played. If the game is still tied at the conclusion of the extra inning, the game will be declared a tie.
  2. No pinch runners except in the case of an injury. In that case, the player that made the last out on the bench must be the pinch runner. If with two (2) outs and an assigned catcher as a batter gets on base this pinch runner rule can apply.
  3. Stealing and double steals are allowed.
  4. Lead offs are allowed.
  5. Bunting is allowed under the following conditions:
  6. The batter will not conduct a fake bunt then swing (Safety reasons. Ruling: Batter will be called out).
  7. Squeeze play (bunt) is allowed.
  8. The infield fly rule will be used.
  9. Dropped 3rd strike rule will be used.
  10. No head first sliding unless returning to a base.
  11. Balks will be enforced. The pitcher will receive ONE warning for the first violation.
  12. Runners can advance on any over throws.
  13. No metal cleats.
  14. Bats- The following is permissible:
    1. It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2 ‘A) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less. Composite barrel bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International. A list of approved and licensed composite barrel bats can be found on the Little League website at Littleleague.org/batlist.
    2. 50/70 bats shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. All composite barrel bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. If a 2 1/4″ barrel bat has no composite materials, it may be used provided it is labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less. Solid wooded barrel bats do not require a BPF label.
  15. In summary- 2 IA are allowed. Wood is allowed. 2 5/8″ stamped with 1.15 BPF, USSSA, or BBCOR are allowed.
  16. For results to be official at the conclusion of each game, both coaches must sign the scorebook and Pitching Eligibility Tracking Form to validate the results of pitch count status and innings played.

General Safety Rules apply. Players must wear helmets to bat. Players’ on-deck must be inside the dugout. The player assigned as catcher must wear full catching gear to include throat guard and athletic cup (males). It is recommended that all players wear an athletic cup. Only two (2) coaches are allowed on the field when the team is on offense; the 1. base coach and the 3rd base coach. When a team is on defense, the coaches must stay inside the dugout.