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Softball

Competition

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.

Roster

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.

Rules

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 one hour of play, whichever happens first. 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 ball must be held 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. Appropriate speed and height of the pitch is at the judgment of the umpire, but height is recommended to be between the batter's knees and armpits. A quick return pitch is not allowed.

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.