Youth Softball

The Recreation Interlock Softball Rules are set for the Alabaster, Calera, Helena, Montevallo, and Pelham softball leagues. For any ruling not covered in the Interlock Softball Rules please refer to

2017 Alabama USSSA All-Star Rulebook

 

ALL AGE GROUPS

 

  • Umpires will not be instructed to check bats during the regular season.  Keep in mind that bats used in All-Stars may be checked and must be approved for play within your sanctioning body.  The bat must meet the 1.20BPF stamp.
  • A manager must make every effort possible to field a team with the number of players from his/her original roster.  A team must field a minimum of 8 players in order to begin or complete a game.  If a team fails to field the minimum number of 8 players required to begin a game or does not have the minimum number of 8 at the completion of the game, the result of the game will be a forfeit.  A team may place a late arrival at the bottom of the batting order, before the completion of the original batting rotation.  No late arrival may enter the game after the completion of the first rotation of the batting order.  An automatic out will be taken for each vacant spot not filled from the original lineup.  Only exception to the automatic out will be if a player is injured or becomes ill after the start of a game. 

  • Local Interlock rules supersede USSSA Alabama All-Star rules.

  • If a rule is not addressed in the local interlock rules it will revert to the Alabama USSSA Alabama All-Star rules first for a ruling and then USSSA National Rules. The website is www.fastpitchalrec.com   Click on the rules tab found within the green bar located at the top of the page.

  • A manager may use a maximum of 2 players from the same division or pull up from the lower division.  The players referenced in the above statement cannot exceed a 9 player roster. A player that is utilized in the above situation can play for each team in a division one (1) time only.  The player pulled up or across must bat last and play in the outfield.  Players pulled up or across are allowed to play for another team during regular season games only.  Playoffs and Championship games can only be played with your original roster.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6&UNDER COACH PITCH

 

  • The game shall be five (5) innings or 60 minutes, whichever comes first. The teams must finish the inning unless the home team is ahead when the top half of the inning is over.  Teams that are tied after the completion of the time limit/required innings will play (1) International Tie Breaker.  If the game remains tied after the completion of the Tie Breaker, the game will result in a tie game.
  • If a team becomes mathematically eliminated the game shall end.
  • In case of injury or illness during the game, the injured or ill player shall miss her turn at bat with no penalty.
  • The defensive team shall have no more than 6 infielders (inclusive of the circle player and player catcher) A player catcher must be used in interlock play and a coach catcher will be used at all times to speed up the game.  All other available players will be positioned in the outfield at least 10 feet behind the baselines until the ball is batted.
  • A team will bat its entire roster.  Each team will bat the same number of batters per inning.  Example: Team A has 11 batters and Team B has 9 batters.  The maximum number of batters per inning will be 11 for each team.  Team B will bat the first two batters twice in the first inning.  In the second inning Team B will start the batting order with the 3rd batter in the original lineup. The 3 out rule does not apply.
  • Batters will get 5 pitches to put the ball in play. If the batter fouls the 5th pitch she will get another pitch until she hits the ball in fair territory or swings and misses the pitch.
  • Mercy Rule: 17 after 4 innings or 10 after 5 innings
  • If defensive coaches are used, they shall position themselves 10 feet behind the base coach’s box and clearly be in foul territory.
  • No game shall start after 8:30PM on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) or after 9:30PM on weekends (Friday-Saturday).  No inning shall start after 10:00PM on weekdays or after 11:00PM on weekends.  At the close of the school year, no game shall start after 9:30PM on weekdays and 10:30PM on weekends.
  • No Tee will be used for any age groups during the game.
  • All player catchers must be in full catchers gear.
  • A ball thrown from an infield position towards first base in an attempt to get the batter out that is overthrown to the first baseman and goes past the 3 foot running lane is considered a dead ball at this point. All runners will be allowed one additional base. The ball must go past the 3 foot running lane line to be considered an overthrow. The 3-foot running lane should be run 10 feet past the bag. Exception: on last batter.

8&UNDER COACH PITCH ONLY

 

  • The game shall be six (6) innings or 75 minutes, whichever comes first. The teams must finish the inning unless the home team is ahead when the top half of the inning is over.  Teams that are tied after the completion of the time limit/required innings will play (1) International Tie Breaker.  If the game remains tied after the completion of the Tie Breaker, the game will result in a tie game.
  • If a team becomes mathematically eliminated the game shall end.
  • In case of injury or illness during the game, the injured or ill player shall miss her turn at bat with no penalty.
  • Play up to 10 in the field
  • All players shall play in at least 2 innings on defense (4 innings minimum for the rule to apply) Penalty if protested and upheld will be forfeiture of the game.
  • All players will be listed in the batting order and bat their turn.  No EP’s will be used.  Free substitution on defense.
  • Mercy Rule: 17 after 4 innings or 10 after 5 innings
  • If defensive coaches are used, they shall position themselves 10 feet behind the base coach’s box and clearly be in foul territory.
  • No game shall start after 8:30PM on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) or after 9:30PM on weekends (Friday-Saturday).  No inning shall start after 10:00PM on weekdays or after 11:00PM on weekends.  At the close of the school year, no game shall start after 9:30PM on weekdays and 10:30PM on weekends.
  • There will be a maximum of 8 runs per inning per team or 3 outs whichever comes first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10&UNDER & 12&UNDER

 

  • The games shall be seven (7) innings or 75 minutes, whichever comes first.  The teams must finish the inning unless the home team is ahead when the top half of the inning is over.  Teams that are tied after the completion of the time limit/required innings will play (1) International Tie Breaker.  If the game remains tied after the completion of the Tie Breaker, the game will result in a tie game.
  • Mercy Rule: 17 after 4 innings or 10 after 5 innings
  • 10u - There will be a maximum of 10 runs per inning per team or 3 outs whichever comes first.
  • 10u- There will be NO dropped 3rd Strike.- (ADOPTED 2-19-18)
  • 12u - There will be a maximum of 12 runs per inning per team or 3 outs whichever comes first.
  • No game shall start after 8:30PM on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) or after 9:30PM on weekends (Friday-Saturday).  No inning shall start after 10:00PM on weekdays or after 11:00PM on weekends.  At the close of the school year, no game shall start after 9:30PM on weekdays and 10:30PM on weekends.

 

Rain Out Contacts:

ALABASTER PARK             205-378-4055

CALERA PARK                    205-668-7240

HELENA PARK                    205-620-2877

MONTEVALLO PARK       205-527-3755

PELHAM PARK                   205-620-6426