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3-Pitch Softball Rules

  1. Official Game = 7 innings or 1 hour.
  2. Min. number of players on the field = 7; Max. number of players on the field = 9 (excluding pitcher).
  3. In the case of a shortened game (e.g. bad weather) the game counts as long as 4 innings were played. If the home team is winning in the bottom of the 4th when play is stopped, then the game still counts.
  4. If the home team is winning after the top of the 7th, the game is over. Teams may play for fun for the bottom of the 7th but in terms of reporting the score, it is reported as the score at the top of the 7th.
  5. 6 run maximum per inning, no maximum in 7th inning.
  6. No stealing or lead-offs - on a swing and miss, no more than one step is allowed.
  7. No sliding under any circumstances. Anyone sliding will be called out. (we don't want either persons to be injured)
  8. Team captains should flip a coin to determine which team takes the field first.
  9. The team at bat should provide a first base and third base umpire to call outs. In addition, the catcher should call fair/foul balls as they have the best view. The pitcher is responsible for calling outs at 2nd base and home plate.
  10. Same team pitches to their own players. A maximum of 3 pitches per batter.
  11. There is no minimum distance for a batted ball to count as live (e.g. if a batted ball does not reach the pitcher, it is still a live ball) as long as it is a full swing.
  12. Since there is no minimum distance for a batted ball, there is no minimum distance for the infielders to start. (i.e. they do not have to be behind the baseline)
  13. There can only be four players defending in the infield (1st baseman, 2nd baseman, 3rd baseman and Shortstop). Any rovers must play in the outfield, and cannot enter the infield until the ball has been hit.
  14. To avoid collisions, runners must tag the safety base at first base, and cannot touch the home plate (runners must run past home plate). To get a runner out at home plate, the catcher must have the ball and one foot on home plate before the runner crosses the extended line passing from the 1st base line past home plate. If the runner touches home plate, it is an out.
  15. Fielders cannot block the base path from oncoming runners. If a fielder is in the base path and not making a play on the ball, the runner will automatically be rewarded the next base.
  16. A commitment line must be marked halfway between 3rd base and home plate. Once the base runner has passed the line he or she must continue on to home.
  17. Remember the point of the game is to have fun. If there are any questions as to the rules, please work them out between the team captains in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
  18. There is absolutely no tolerance for rough or abusive play. Any players exhibiting these characteristics will be reprimanded and may be asked to leave the league.
  19. All bats must be ASA, ISF or USSSA approved. 
  20. Pinch runners and courtesy runners are allowed.
  21. For a foul pop up to the catcher, the ball must go a minimum of 10 feet for the catch to count as an out. If it is below 10 feet, it is a foul ball.