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Rookie Softball Information & Rules 

General Division Information

  • League Ages – 4, 5 & 6. 

  • Player request – players may request to play with one (1) other player, but both players must request each other or request will not be granted.  This is a request only and may/may not be granted.  Siblings are automatically placed on the same team unless requested otherwise by parents. 

  • Coach request – Coaches can request to be paired with one (1) other coach and no more.  

  • Evaluations – None 

  • Team Formation – Division Director will form teams based on player requests, siblings and ages.  

  • Number of games – 10 total, 2 per week, weather depending. 

  • Schedule - Opening Day target is April 29th. Season end target is June 10th.  Games will be played Monday through Saturday.

  • Scorebooks - not provided and should not be used.  This division doesn’t keep score. 

  • Uniforms – Uniforms will be provided 1-2 weeks before the first game.

  • All-Stars – None

  • Equipment - All teams will be given a 5 gallon bucket of 11” softball.  Fielding masks, catchers gear and helmets will be provided as needed. 


Division Rules 

  • No Coach’s Agreements.

  • Games will be played with a 11” safety softball 

  • A regulation game consists of six (6) innings.

  • If a game is halted due to weather after two (2) or more innings have been completed, it will be considered a regulation game. 

  • Regular Season Time Limits – there will be a drop-dead time of 1:00 (60 minutes).

  • Use the league rotation sheet to distribute playing time. 

  • No umpires are provided or needed.  

  • This is a developmental division and the goal is to have the kids bat and run the bases.  

Offense

  • Continuous Batting Order (CBO) – ½ of the batting order will bat each inning.  

  • There are no outs, batters get six swings to hit the ball off the tee, after that, place the batter on first base. 

  • Runners advance one base per batter prior to the last batter of the inning, then all runners run the remainder of the bases and cross home plate. 

  • Coaches may start pitching during the week of May 15th. If the batter does not hit the ball after 4 pitches, the batter hits off the tee to complete the at bat.  

  • No ‘on-deck’ circle - practice swings allowed ONLY in batter’s box (Majors and below)

  • No bunting allowed. 

  • The ball is dead if it strikes the coach or the bucket of balls. Runners advance only one base. 

  • Runners are allowed to leave the base only after the ball is batted. 

  • Runners may not steal a base. 

  • Bats must meet all LL specifications.

  • Batters should keep one (1) foot in the Batter’s Box unless a play is live, or time has been given to talk with the coach. (LL Rule 6.02 (c)).

Defense 

  • 10 defensive players in the field, 4 must be in  the outfield grass and spaced evenly.

  • All fielders must wear a face mask.

  • Players must field a minimum of nine (9) defensive outs per game unless the game is shortened for any reason. PENALTY: player is required to play the entire next scheduled game in the field.

  • Players must field a minimum of three (3) consecutive defensive outs in the outfield and infield per game.  Catcher is considered an infield position. 

  • The player playing pitcher must start within 5 feet of the pitcher’s plate (or within the circle).

Download the Rookie Rules


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Jenison, Michigan 49429

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