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Rules for the Mustang Division

 

GAME

  • A regulation game will consist of 6 innings. Scores can be kept (recommended) but will not be utilized for standings as there are no playoffs in the Mustang Division.

  • An inning is ended with 3 outs or 5 runs scored, whichever comes first.  The top or bottom of an inning is over when the hitting team scores 5 runs. Or, the top or bottom of an inning is over when the defending team records 3 outs.

  • Two coaches from the defensive team are allowed on the field during their defensive half of the inning. Defensive coaches must be in the outfield grass.

  • The offensive team's coach serves as the pitcher as well as a base umpire.           

PLAYERS

  • The defensive team uses all of its players in the field.  Six (6) infielders include 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, they should be spread evenly across the outfield and should be positioned in the outfield grass. 

  • No infielder (except the pitcher) may be positioned less than 45 feet from the batter. Outfielders must be positioned on the outfield grass.

  • Players must play 3 innings per game in the infield.

  • Managers may substitute freely at any time during the game.

BATTING

  • No Walks.  No called strikes

  • Three swinging strikes and the batter is out.  Foul balls will be considered strikes except for the third strike. Batters cannot be called out on a foul ball unless it is caught.  There must be a swing and miss on the third strike for a batter to strike out.

  • Batted balls must travel 15 feet in fair territory. The batter may not bunt or take a half swing to put the ball in play. 

  • Bat throwing will not be allowed. If that occurs, the coach should talk to the girl immediately. Batters should be instructed to stand squarely in the batter's box.

  • If a player is having difficulty making contact with a pitch please use a hitting tee. The tee should be used at the coach’s discretion in order to keep the game moving at a reasonable pace.

BASE RUNNING
  • The runner may not leave a base until the ball is hit. No stealing or leading.

  • No advancement to a base on overthrows.

  • Runners may advance two bases on balls hit to the outfield. The ball must clear the infield without being touched or go through the legs of an infielder. 

  • The first and third base coach will make the call if the runner is safe or out.  The coach pitching will make the call if the base runner at second base is safe or out. 

PITCHING

  • Coaches will pitch to his/her players.

  • Girls should be encouraged to swing at pitches in the strike zone.  The strike zone will be roughly from the top of the shoulders to the knees.

  • No walks will be issued.  Batters can strike out by swinging only.

  • No pitching is allowed by players.  The pitcher must be positioned behind the rubber (next to the coach that is pitching with at least one foot in the pitcher's circle) until the ball is hit.  The pitcher may not run to make an out at home plate. There are no outs at home.

  • If any coach is hit by a batted ball, the ball will remain in play. If a coach catches a ball, the batter and all base runners will advance one base.

  • Coaches must pitch from 35 feet to home plate.

UNIFORMS

  • Team shirts and long pants should be worn for all games.  Helmets must be worn by all base runners and batters. Helmet cages are required.  No jewelry, i.e. bracelets, necklaces, rings, or earrings are permitted.  If earrings cannot be removed they must be covered with tape.

BATTING ORDER

  • 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.

  • Please have a written batting order available for the opposing team. 

PLAYING TIME

  • All players will play all innings in the field on defense.  No player may play the same position more than two innings during a game.  All players must play three innings during the game.

CANCELLATIONS

  • 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. 

  • 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)

  • 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.

   

FIELD DIMENSIONS

  • Bases are 50 feet apart. The pitching rubber is 35 feet from the rear of home plate.  Home team is responsible for preparing the field and supplying 2 game balls. 

  • Visiting team is responsible for raking the field after the game. 

GENERAL

  • As previously stated outfielders must be positioned on the outfield grass. They must give the infielder an opportunity to make a play on the batted ball.  Infielders may not be positioned in front of the pitcher and no closer than 45 feet from home plate. They should be in front of the baseline to avoid contact with base runners.  Encourage the girls to make double plays when possible.  

  • There are no protests and remember that providing the best experience for the players should always be our priority.