Softball is a Tier 1 event; Women's Softball is a Tier 2 event. Competition begins as a round robin tournament between companies of the Blue, White and Red Leagues. Women may play in All Cadets and the Womens-Only League.
Desired roster size is ten (10) players. Seven (7) players are required to avoid a forfeit. One player from each team is designated as the team captain prior to start of play.
Start time is forfeit time: there is no grace period for players to arrive late. Two (2) game forfeits disqualify a team from further play. Metal or hard tip cleats are not permitted.
A regulation game consists of seven (7) innings or 50 minutes of play, whichever happens first. The last at-bat will start no later than 1655 or 1755. Games may be shortened at the discretion of umpire. Five (5) innings constitute a complete game. Mercy rule is in effect: if one team is up by 15 runs by the end four innings, or by 10 runs by the end of five innings, the game is called.
Base Running Rules
A base runner is out if he/she leaves base before a legally pitched ball crosses home plate. Runners may slide only feet first. Runners may not steal. Players may pinch run only for the same person. If a female scores a run, the point value is two (2). Females may not pinch run.
One base is awarded for any ball deemed too far out of play by game official.
Pitching & Batting Rules
All players must use balls and bats supplied by Deas Hall.
The pitcher must address the batter for one (1) second by holding the ball with both hands in front of the body. A pitcher’s delivery is made underarm and must begin with both feet in contact with the pitching rubber. The pitch must have a distinct arc and must be at least 6 feet high but no more than 10 feet high. The strike zone is between the batter’s knees and armpits. A quick return pitch is not allowed and will be called a ball.
Batters start with a 1-and-1 count. Batters are allowed only one foul ball after the second strike.
A designated hitter is allowed.
If an intentional walk is declared, no pitching is required. The batter is awarded two bases.
The Amateur Softball Association of America governs all other rules.