Junior Rules

Clarence Girls Softball League



Clarence Girls' Softball League uses the Official Softball Playing Rules as adopted by the Amateur Softball Association of America; youth division fast pitch rules apply.


A) To be eligible for the Junior Division, a girl should be in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade. As an optimum, each team should consist of 10-12 girls.

B) Good sportsmanship is the rule at all times, including players, coaches and spectators.

C) In every seven-inning game, each girl on the team roster who is present must play at least a minimum of four defensive innings, provided she is not declared ineligible by the coach at the start of the game because she is physically unable to compete. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a forfeited game to the offending team. Four completed innings will constitute an official game in the case of a rainout; score recorded at the end of the last completed full inning will stand.

D) There are no limits on substitutions. Pitchers can only pitch a maximum of 3 innings or part of an inning. Catchers can catch only a maximum of 3 innings or part of an inning.

E) The home team, designated on the schedule, shall have the following responsibilities:

1. Sit on the first base side of the infield

2. Provide new game ball and good second ball

3. Refer to rainout policy for rescheduling of games

4. Teams short players must use "call-up" players from the AAA Division

F) No metal spikes allowed.

G) Any fan yelling or a deterrent of play from the spectators must be handled by the coach or coaches. If the spectator does not stop after two warnings, the umpire may forfeit the game to the opposing team. Spectators (not affiliated with a team) causing a disturbance will be approached by both coaches and the umpire to resolve the problem.

H) Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at any CGSL games.

A) The distance from the pitcher's rubber to the home plate is 40 feet measured from the front of the pitching rubber to the back of home plate.

B) No balks will be called against the pitcher.

C) Pitching regulations will follow ASA rules for fast pitch softball.

D) If a pitcher hits a third batter with a pitched ball, the pitcher must be changed.


A) Teams will bat all girls present on the roster in continuous batting order.

B) In the event that the offensive team scores five runs during one inning, the inning shall be declared over the instant the fifth run scores.

C) If the batter throws her bat in such a way that, in the umpire's opinion, it may be injurious to persons or property, the umpire will warn the batter. Should the same batter repeat this offense, she will be declared out and the play declared dead.

D) The dropped third strike rule is not in effect.


A) Stealing is allowed on any base as per ASA rules with the exception to home plate on a passed ball. Runners can only steal home plate only if the catcher makes a play on the runner at third base or on any other base runner.

B) A runner may not lead off until the ball is released by the pitcher.

C) If the catcher for the next inning is on base when the second out has just occurred, she will be replaced with a pinch runner to allow her to time to prepare for the next defensive inning. The player who made the second out is the pinch runner.


A) A normal defensive team will consist of nine players with at least three outfielders. The outfielders must be positioned at least twenty feet from the infield. A minimum of eight fielders is required.

B) Coaches may call up players from the AAA division to fill their roster. The call up player cannot pitch and must be assigned to the last position in the batting order.

C) Catcher must wear a helmet, face mask & throat guard, chest protector, and shin guards during games and practices. Safety is always first priority.

D) The infield fly rule is in effect. When an infield fly is hit, as declared by the umpire, with runners on first and second or on first, second and third with fewer than two outs, the batter is out.

E) Players should be rotated equally between infield and outfield with no player playing the infield more than 4 innings per game.


A) At the end of the game, players will exchange a handshake as a gesture of good sportsmanship.

B) Each coach is responsible for the proper condition, cleaning, adjustments, safety concerns and accounting of league equipment. If replacement of equipment is needed, coach shall contact the Equipment Manager. Each coach must return all league property at the end of the season


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