Slow Pitch Softball Rules
3rd-4th Grade Division
Player must play equal time in every game.
If a team has more than 16 players, coaches must strive to provide
equal time for all players present.
A player will be allowed to participate in a game if the player has
missed a practice, however all players should be encouraged to attend all
player must wear the YMCA team uniform.
Soft rubber cleats are the only type of cleats allowed.
team will have 8 games.
game must start on time.
can play only 9 players at a time on the field.
- At the
start of the game, first team to bat is determined by the flip of a coin
or by odd/even.
will last for approximately one and a half hours or 5 innings. No inning may start within 15 minutes of
the time limit.
will be kept in this division but no league standings.
will be provided for these age groups.
3. Field Requirements and Equipment
bases are 60 feet apart.
pitching mound is 35’ from home plate.
must wear approved helmets while batting and on the base paths.
will wear a baseball glove at all times while in a defensive fielding position.
are required to wear all protective equipment provided by the YMCA: mask,
helmet, chest protector and shin guards.
11” softball will be used.
4. Rules of the Game
batting order is set after the first inning.
coaches will be allowed in the defensive field during play.
will be a first base coach and a third base coach supplied by the
offensive team during its turn at the plate.
base runner leaving the base baths in order to avoid a tag is to be
shall advance one base on an over thrown ball that leaves the playing field.
infield fly rule.
runners must tag-up on a fly ball.
- Batters are allowed 7 pitches from the coach. After the 7 missed pitches, the player
will be called out.
runners are not allowed to steal or Lead-off. A base runner may not advance until the
ball is hit.
runner at third can score on a play at first, second or third base by a
fielder and/or forced in on a batted ball.
runners may advance no more than one base on overthrows. This includes any time the ball leaves
the infield playing area, even if it remains in fair territory in the
teams turn at bat is completed when any of the following occur: a team
makes 3 outs, a team has scored 7 runs or more or a team has batted
through the line-up once. No batter
may bat twice in one inning.
5. Additional YMCA Baseball Rules
coaches and participants will recite the YMCA Youth Sports pledge prior to
the start of the game.
parents/coaches and players will shake hands after each game.
league standings will be kept.
will be kept.
player will play as many positions as he/she is interested in at some time
throughout the season regardless of his/her playing ability. No child will play the same position the
as stated official Little League rules shall be followed.
child will receive an award, from the YMCA, at the end of the season.