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Talleyville Girls Softball League


 2024 Rules for the Pony Division

Game Timing/Length

Games consist of 3 innings
Additional innings may be played if time permits and both coaches agree


Team shirts and long pants should be worn for all games. No jewelry is permitted, i.e. bracelets, necklaces, rings, or earrings


Helmets must be worn by all base runners and batters, no face mask is required but is strongly recommended.

Field Dimensions

Bases are 50 feet apart. The pitching rubber is 35 feet from the rear of home plate


A minimum of 6 players are needed to play a game. (Please contact the commissioner the night before a game if you cannot field a team)


  • The defensive team uses all of its players in the field each inning.
  • Six infielders are used, including a pitcher and an extra player in front of second base. All infielders should position themselves in front of the baseline to help avoid contact with base runners. No catcher is used.
  • The remaining players play in the outfield and should be spread evenly across the outfield grass. Outfielders should be encouraged to back-up infielders.
  • No player may play the same position more than one inning during a game.
  • The defensive player at the pitchers position must be positioned behind the rubber (next to the coach that is pitching) until the ball is hit. The pitcher may not run to make an out at home plate; there are no outs at home. Infielders may not be positioned in front of the pitcher or the 35 foot arc from home plate; they should be in front of the baseline to avoid contact with base runners.
  • Two defensive coaches may be positioned behind the infielders for instructional guidance.


  • Every player present will be included in a consecutive batting order. Girls arriving after the game starts will be inserted at the end of the batting order.
  • Each team bats the entire order each inning.
  • Girls should be taught to stand squarely in the batter’s box.
  • All girls will get a chance to hit the pitched ball from the offensive team’s coach.
  • Approximately five (5) pitches will be thrown to the batter. After the five pitches have been thrown and the batter does not hit the ball
    into fair territory, the tee must be used to help the girl hit the ball.
  • Coaches should be sure to take a positive approach to using the tee. It should not be viewed as a failed attempt to hit but as a tool to teach proper technique and promote confidence.
  • The tee is placed slightly in front of home plate to encourage the girls to hit the ball out in front of the plate with their arms extended.
  • The batter may not bunt or take a half swing to put the ball in play.
  • There are no walks or strikeouts.
  • Bat throwing will not be allowed, when it occurs, the coach should talk to the girl immediately.


No pitching is allowed by players. Batting team coaches will pitch and catch.


Runners may not leave the base until the ball is hit. No leads or stealing is allowed. Runners advance only one base at a time, no further advance on overthrows or fielding errors.


If an out occurs at 1st, 2nd or 3rd, the runner should return to the dugout. Encourage the girls to make double plays, but only one out is recorded – the batter on a fly or the lead runner on a force is the out recorded. If 3 outs are recorded the batting team will continue to bat. Remember this is an instructional league and all girls must be given equal opportunity to learn the mechanics of the game.

Home/Away Team Responsibilities

Home team is responsible for preparing the field and supplying 2 game balls.


The offensive team’s coach (pitcher) that is in the field serves as the base umpire.

Cancellations/ Weather Delays

  • Games should only be cancelled by the league. If a field is unplayable, please contact the commissioner ASAP.
  • If there has been inclement weather the league officials will work on the fields. Please do what you can to help make the fields            playable.
  • Coach availability is NOT a reason to cancel or reschedule. As long as parents are available, games should be played.
  • At least one of the listed background checked coaches (head or assistant) must be present for a game to be played.
  • A cancelled game must be re-scheduled within 1 week of the cancellation and played within 3 weeks. Coaches from both teams will  communicate to come up with 3 dates that work and then contact the Scheduler to re-schedule.

Playoffs/All stars

There are no playoffs for the Pony division, however all players are invited to participate in the All-Star game.