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6U Rules

Danville Girls Softball Association (DGSA) 2018 6U Rules
(Tri-West rules posted below)

Code of Conduct:

No abusive, profane, or obscene language or unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches, players, spectators, or parents will be tolerated, and the umpire has the authority to handle such situations in the customary manner (i.e. a warning, removal from game, removal from DGSA property). It is suggested that a DGSA board member be consulted if deemed appropriate.
Coaches are not only responsible for their own conduct, but also for the conduct of their players and fans.
All coaches are expected to set a positive example for their teams.
There shall be no jeering or distractions involving players, whether in the dugout or in the field. Anyone ridiculing a player, coach, umpire, or volunteer will be asked to leave the field immediately.
Only the coach or acting coach may contest a call made during a game.
All decisions of the acting umpires are final and shall be accepted with restraint and grace. Please do not question judgment calls. Judgment calls cannot be contested.
Use of tobacco in the dugout or on the playing field is prohibited.
No foreign objects shall be thrown onto the field.
Discussions over discrepancies in the application of these rules should be calmly discussed between the coaches with mutual respect.

Equipment:
 

  1. Eleven inch yellow “softie” optic balls shall be used for game play. Softballs will be provided by the DGSA for practice and for games.
  2. There will be no player in the catcher’s position.
  3. The pitcher’s helper shall wear face guard and heart guard. The DGSA will provide the heart guard.
  4. All fielders (infield and outfield) are required to wear a face guard during practice and game play (DGSA players only, not visiting teams).
  5. All batting helmets shall have a face guard.
  6. Players shall not remove their helmet until they are in the dugout.

Game Play:

  1. There will not be an umpire. Pitcher (coach) should make all calls on the field.
  2. The game shall consist of six (6) innings or 60 minutes, whichever occurs first. Coaches should make every effort to ensure games end at the end of a full inning whenever possible. Score shall not be kept.
  3. Games may be played with all players in the field and all players will bat each inning.
  4. Teams with four (4) or fewer players at the start of the game shall forfeit. Teams may still play a game, but it will be considered a scrimmage.
  5. Coaches are expected to be on the field on both offense and defense, instructing the players.
  6. All players must remain on the team’s bench when not engaged in game play.
  7. Play will be suspended and the fields will be cleared immediately if lightning is detected.

Playing Field:

  1. The diamonds shall have 60-­‐foot baselines.
  2. A circle with an 8-­‐foot radius around the pitching rubber will be marked for the pitcher’s helper.
  3. Base lines shall be drawn from home to 1st and 3rd to home.

Fielding:

  1. Outfielders must be positioned with one (1) foot in the grass or seven (7) feet behind the baseline; whichever is closer, until the ball is hit.
  2. Coaches may freely substitute fielders.
  3. Coaches shall systematically rotate players each inning, offering each an opportunity to play all positions throughout the season.
  4. Coaches shall instruct players to get out of the baseline and/or off the base when they are not making a play. Being in the way is considered interference, and it is dangerous for the girls.
  5. The infield fly rule shall not apply.
  6. Fielders may record out, and base runners will retire, but the half-inning will only end after each player has had one At-Bat.

Pitching:

  1. Coaches pitch from any distance to allow player to hit the ball.
  2. The pitching rubber distance is 35 feet.
  3. The pitcher’s helper must stand with one (1) foot inside the pitching circle and cannot be any closer to the batter than the coach/pitcher.
  4. Coach/pitcher must attempt to avoid contact with the ball and the defensive players when the ball is in play.
  5. If, in the umpire’s judgment, coach/pitcher contact with the ball or a defensive player was intentional, the lead runner shall be called out.
  6. If the umpire rules that the contact was not intentional, the ruling shall be one of no pitch (dead ball).
  7. Batters may be afforded 5 pitches and then provided a Tee to complete the At-Bat.
  8. Coach/pitcher is allowed to instruct the batter in any way before the pitch is made.

Batting Order:

  1. Every player on the team bats one time per inning.
  2. At the beginning of the game, each coach shall make up the batting order consisting of all players present, and the team will bat in that order throughout the game. Players who arrive late shall be put at the bottom of the starting batting order.
  3. Coaches do not need to exchange batting orders, however every effort should be made to ensure a batting line-up is followed. Accidental errors will not be penalized.

Batting Procedure:

  1. Batters must keep both feet in the batter’s box during the at-­‐bat.
  2. Each batter will receive five (5) pitches.
  3. No strikes will be called.
  4. After the fifth pitch, a tee will be provided, so every player gets to hit.
  5. There are no balls and, as such, there are no walks.
  6. Home plate is in fair territory.
  7. Coaches will announce the last batter in the line-up. The batter and all base runners will round all bases and cross home plate after the ball is hit to complete the inning.

Base Running:

  1. Most at-bats will result in single-base hits. Extra bases may be earned on a well hit ball but shall not be awarded on overthrows. The intent is to exhibit fair play and not discourage fielders from making throws for fear of a throwing error.
  2. If the defense makes an out, the base runner will return to the dugout.
  3. Base stealing is prohibited.
  4. The base runner is out if she runs outside the baseline by three (3) feet or more to avoid the tag. However the base runner is not out if she runs three (3) feet or more outside the baseline to avoid interfering with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball.
  5. Coaches must stay in the coaching box except to allow a fielder to make a play. No physical assistance may be given to any base runner. Violations of this rule may result in the base runner being called out.

Dead Ball:

  1. A dead ball will be called when any defensive player holds the ball, stopping the lead runner’s forward progression.
  2. A dead ball will be called when the lead runner has stopped and the pitcher (coach) has called time. The ball is to be returned to the pitcher’s helper with no further advancement of base runners after time has been called.

Placement of Runners:

  1. Placement of runners shall be determined by their location when a dead ball is called.
  2. In the event of multiple runners, the lead runner shall govern the placement of all other runners.



FOR ANY SITUATION NOT COVERED BY DGSA LEAGUE RULES, ASA RULES SHALL APPLY.


Tri-West Youth Softball Association (DGSA) 2018 6U Rules
Guiding Principle
TWYSL 6U is considered an instructional division. The intent is to introduce the sport and develop skills, comprehension, confidence and love of the game so that players choose to continue participation in softball as their physical attributes mature. All rules and decisions relating to the 6U Division – both on and off the field – shall be made in accordance with this guiding principle.

Conduct:

  1. All coaches, volunteers, parents and spectators are expected to behave in an appropriate manner relative to the age and experience of the players. Coaches are responsible for policing spectators and vice versa. If necessary, anyone may notify the attending TWYSL board member of issues and request immediate assistance. Language or actions detrimental to the guiding principle may result in the offending party’s removal from the area and additional sanctions may be considered by the full board if warranted.
  2. Coaches and parents shall work together to address any behavioral issues or instances of unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the players.

Equipment:

  1. Eleven-­‐inch (11”) yellow “softie” optic balls shall be used for game play.
  2. A hitting tee shall be made available by one or both coaches.
  3. The pitcher’s helper shall wear a face-guard and heart-guard.
  4. Batting helmets must have face-guards and chin straps and must not be removed until the player has entered the dugout.

Game Play:

  1. Games will last 60 minutes. Coaches should make every effort to ensure games end at the end of a full inning whenever possible. Score shall not be kept.
  2. All players may play in the field and all players will bat each inning.
  3. If one team is short players, the coaches may balance the existing players between both teams at their discretion to better illustrate proper game play.
  4. Coaches from both teams are expected to be on the field providing verbal instruction to all players where needed.
  5. The coach who is pitching will serve as the umpire for all calls on the field.
  6. Play will be suspended and fields will be cleared immediately if lightning is detected.
  7. Games will not be started if the temperature is 45˚ or lower.

Playing Field:

  1. Base paths will be 60’ in length. Lines will be marked from 1st and 3rd to Home.
  2. The pitching rubber will be set at 35’.
  3. An 8’ radius circle around the pitching rubber will be marked for the pitcher’s helper.

Fielding:

  1. Coaches shall make efforts to set players in true infield positions, e.g., P, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B. Outfield position players may be dispersed depending on numbers and must play 5’ behind the baseline. The Pitcher’s Helper must start the play inside the circle, standing behind and off-set from the coach. There will be no player in the Catcher position.
  2. Coaches shall systematically rotate players each inning, offering each an opportunity to play all positions throughout the season.
  3. Fielders shall be positively encouraged to finish plays, even if the play will not result in an out.
  4. Fielders may record outs, and base runners will retire, but the half-inning will only end after each player has had one At-Bat.

Coach Pitch:

  1. Coaches may pitch from any distance that will enable the player to hit the ball.
  2. Batters may be afforded 5 pitches and then provided a Tee to complete the At-Bat.
  3. Coaches must attempt to avoid contact with a hit ball and fielders when the ball is live.

Batting:

  1. Each player from each team will bat one time per inning.
  2. Coaches shall make every effort to ensure a batting line-up is followed. Coaches need not trade line-ups. Accidental errors will not be penalized, but each player may only record one At-Bat per inning.
  3. Coaches should prompt batters on proper stance and swing during each At-Bat.
  4. There will be no balls or strikes called. Each batter is afforded 5 pitches then proved a Tee. If the ball is barely hit from the Tee and falls within a 1-2’ radius, the Coach (at his/her discretion) may call time and reset the ball so that the batter, base runners and fielders may have the opportunity to make a play on a ball that it more properly hit.
  5. Coaches will announce the last batter in the line-up. The batter and all base runners will round all bases and cross Home Plate after the ball it hit to complete the inning.

Base Running:

  1. Most 6U At-Bats will generally result in single-base hits. Extra bases may be earned on a well-hit ball but shall not be awarded on overthrows. The intent is to exhibit fair play and not discourage fielders from making throws for fear of a throwing error.
  2. If the defense forces a base runner out, the runner will retire to the dugout.
  3. Coaches from both teams may instruct base runners on proper ready stance and take-off.
  4. Base runners will generally advance one base per At-Bat but may take extra bases if earned. Again, the intent is to exhibit fair play and teach proper skills – not to take advantage of poor fielding skills that take longer to develop.



Note: While efforts have been made to coordinate these rules with the Danville Girls Softball League coaches, conflicts may still arise. Please ask the opposing coaches to abide by these rules when playing at our North Salem facility. When playing at Danville, defer to the home team to avoid conflict. A little pre-game communication goes a long way!

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