MCAA Softball Rules 3-03-08
8 & Under (PeeWee)
1. Each team will be composed of up to 12 players, all of who will bat and play defense.
2. An official game is normally six (6) innings or five (5) and one half innings if the home team is
ahead. A game is not considered official unless four (4) complete innings are played or the time
limitation is reached. If called for any reason other than time limitation, the game will be
rescheduled by the Softball Director and played from the point at which it was called.
3. Time limit will be one hour and fifteen minutes, if a game is within 5 minutes of its scheduled
completion and both teams have batted an equal number of times, the game will be called. In case
of a tie, one additional inning will be played. After that point, games may end in a tie.
4. All innings will have a five (5) run limit with the exception of the sixth (6 th) inning, which will
have a ten (10) run limit. Any inning past the sixth will also have a ten (10) run limit.
5. Teams may start a game with as few as eight (8) players. A forfeit will result if a team cannot
field at least eight players fifteen minutes from the originally scheduled start time.
6. All players will bat in a rotating order. The number of defensive players on the field will be
unlimited, except there can be no more than seven (7) players in the infield, including a player-
catcher. The rest of the players must be in the outfield. No defensive player on the infield may
stand closer to the batter than the player pitcher.
7. Player-catchers are required to wear a catching helmet with attached facemask, as well as a chest
protector. Shin guards are optional.
8. There will be a sixteen (16) foot diameter pitcher’s circle drawn on the infield. The center of the
circle will be a point thirty-six (36) feet from home plate on a direct line between home plate and
second base. The pitching distance for the pitching coach will be twenty-eight (28) feet.
9. Bases are fifty (50) feet apart.
10. Each batter will be given a total of five (5) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes, whichever comes
first. A foul ball will be considered a strike unless it is the third (3 rd) strike. Unlimited fouls will
be allowed on the third strike. Walks are not allowed in this age division.
11. Once the batter is ready the pitching coach has five (5) seconds to make the pitch or a strike will
12. Each player will be given one (1) warning for throwing or slinging the bat, the next violation will
result in the player being called out.
13. Players may use their own softball bat if it meets ASA or Tri-County standards
14. It is the responsibility of any scorekeeper or coach involved in the game to inform the umpire if a
batter bats out of order, then the ASA rule on batting out of order will be in effect.
15. There is no infield fly rule in this age division.
16. All offensive players on the field of play must wear a batting helmet, with facemask, and chin
strap at all times. A team will be given one warning for this violation, any future violation will
result in an out being called against the offending team.
17. If the ball is hit, the coach who is pitching must immediately exit the playing field so as not to
interfere with the defense. In the judgment of the umpire, accidental interference will be called a
dead ball. Deliberate interference by any coach will result in his or her batter being called out. If
a batted ball hits the pitching coach, the ball is dead and the play is repeated. This is called a “no
18. When a coach is pitching, the defensive player pitcher may stand anywhere within or
directly behind the sixteen (16) foot pitching circle. Directly behind is defined as if there
were two parallel lines running from the outside of the pitching circle and continuing toward
the outfield. The player pitcher can stand anywhere between these two imaginary lines
behind the pitching circle but no further back than halfway from the back of the circle to the
front of second base. She is the only player allowed in the circle prior to the ball being
19. When a ball is in play, the umpire will call time out when either a) the player pitcher has full
control of the ball and is inside the pitcher’s circle with both feet; or b) when in the judgment of
the umpire, all runners have stopped advancing. If the player pitcher is attempting to make a play
and runs through the circle, the umpire will not call time.
20. If a batter hits a ground ball, which is caught by the player-pitcher inside the circle, and she makes
no attempt to make a play at any base, the batter will advance to first base. All other base runners
will automatically advance one base.
21. The player-pitcher will not be allowed to make an unassisted play on any runner until after they
reach third base. (For example- runners on first and second- the ball is hit to the player-pitcher,
she cannot tag the runner going from home to first, second to third or touch a base unassisted for
the force out. She can, however, tag a runner going from third to home, or touch home plate for a
force out if the bases are loaded.) If, in the judgment of the umpire, a tag on the runner from home
to first by the player-pitcher is the “natural” play, it will be allowed.
22. If a batter hits a fly ball to the player-pitcher and she catches it, the player-pitcher can RUN
to any base for any additional outs. Rule 21 only applies to the initial play which in this case
would be the fly ball.
23. When time is called, runners will be awarded bases according to their position relative to a line
drawn midway between first and second, second and third, third and home. A player must have
both feet on the other side of the line to be considered across the line. If she is not over the
midway mark, she will be directed to return to the last base she occupied.
24. A ball that is hit into the outfield will first have to be made by an outfielder. (A play on the ball
will be considered by making a legitimate throw toward the infield.) After an outfielder has made
a play on the ball, then they can have assistance from an infielder. Violation of this rule will give
the batter third base. The player-pitcher is not allowed to go into the outfield at any time.
25. Defensive players may not intentionally roll the ball. The ball must be thrown, over handed,
during live play. Judgment of the umpire will determine if an under handed toss is justified.
Violation of this rule will result in the runner being awarded the base at which the violation
occurred. Any other base runners advancing toward the next base will be allowed to do so.
26. There will be one defensive coach allowed outside the dugout during defensive play. However,
the coach must remain within touching distance of the dugout fence unless time is requested.
27. A defensive team is allowed only three (3) timeouts per game. (Not including injury time outs.) In
the event of an extra inning game, each team will carry over any unused timeouts and will receive
one additional timeout in each extra inning.
28. Three (3) coaches will be allowed on the playing field when their team is on offense, one at first
base, one at third base and one to pitch to the batters.
29. A base coach cannot assist or touch a base runner while the ball is in live play. This will be a
judgment call by the umpire and will result in an out.
30. A team is limited to only one (1) offensive time out per inning.
31. Should a player be injured while batting and unable to continue play a courtesy batter (last out)
will be allowed to complete the count.
32. If a player becomes sick or injured, her spot in the batting order will be vacated and no out will be
called. If a player arrives late she will be placed at the end of the batting order, if the batting order
has been completed she will not be allowed to play.
33. Uniforms are to be worn as intended- shirts to be tucked in, hats to be turned forward.
34. If any team leads, after an equal number of at-bats, by fifteen (15) runs or more the game will be
called and the team ahead will be declared the winner.
35. The home team is responsible for the official scorebook and for ensuring the field is properly
marked off and the bases are out. The visiting team is responsible for running the scoreboard. The
scoreboard operator must be at least 16 years old.
36. On defense, a player may not play two positions during one play except to backup a position.
Example: First baseman may not cover home with the catcher standing behind the plate. Teams
must use their position players for the positions that they are intended to be used. If this occurs,
base runners will be automatically awarded the base they were advancing to.
37. No bunting or “Slap hitting/bunting” will be allowed. In the judgment of the umpires, if this
occurs, the batter will be called out. This goes against the spirit of the rules.
38. Circle girl must were a face mask and heart guard.
39. No minor under the age of 18 will be permitted to hold authoritative positions such as but
not limited to head coach, asst. coach, or base coach during games or practices.