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Minors Player Pitch Division - Baseball and Softball

Minors Player Pitch Baseball and Softball (league ages 8-11) is a developmental division for players.


  • Time Limit – 1 hour 30 minutes or 6 innings. In the Fall, it is a hard time limit where you will finish the batter at the 90-minute mark. For the Spring, no new inning will start after 90 minutes but you will finish the current inning.
  • Run rules apply for all Spring and Fall Regular Season games (15 after 3, 10 after 4, 8 after 5)
  • Run rules apply for all Playoffs and Championship games (15 after 3, 10 after 4)
  • Refer to Player Pool concerning any shortage of players for games.
  • Refer to Scorekeeping concerning team responsibilities for keeping and reporting official scores.


  • A continuous batting order will be used.
  • Each team may score a maximum of five (5) runs per inning. The 6th inning or any additional innings played are unlimited scoring innings.
  • A courtesy runner can be used for the catcher or pitcher if there are two outs when either are on base. The courtesy runner will be the player who recorded the last out. A player cannot be used as a courtesy runner more than one time per game for either the catcher or the pitcher.
  • Runners may not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate, but runners may advance on a passed ball.
  • For Spring Softball Only: Prior to mid-season, no walks will be allowed. The batting team's Coach will call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher and will step in to pitch if a batter receives 4 called balls. If a batter gets to 4 balls during an at bat, their count will remain the same as far as any strikes they have received and the coach will step in to pitch to the batter. The coach will pitch until the batter strikes out or puts the ball in play but only throwing a maximum of 3 more pitches. If the batter does not put the ball in play or reach 3 strikes by the 3rd pitch from the coach (can continue if foul off 3rd pitch), then the batter is out.  If the batter puts the ball in play, then only one base is allowed for all runners, regardless of the hit. After mid-season and throughout the remainder of the season and play-offs, regular player-only pitching will be utilized.
  • For Fall Baseball and Softball: There will be no walks all season. The batting team coach will step in to pitch if a batter receives 4 called balls. The batter’s current count will be erased, and they will receive up to 4 pitches or three swinging strikes (whichever occurs first) from their coach. If the 4th pitch is fouled off, only one more pitch will be allowed. Batter will be out if they strike out or do not put one of the 4 pitches in play. If they foul off the 4th pitch from the coach, they can receive an additional pitch. If they foul off the 5th pitch, the batter is out. If the batter puts the ball in play, then only one base is allowed for all runners, regardless of the hit.


  • For Softball: Pitcher must wear a protective face mask.
  • Regular Season (does not apply during seasonal play-offs): No player shall be on the bench more than one (1) consecutive defensive inning. Exceptions may be made for injury, illness, fatigue, bathroom, etc. This defensive participation requirement does not apply for players arriving late to the game; however, players arriving late will still be added to the end of the batting line up.
  • Fall only: Ten (10) players may be used on defense. The 10th player will be used as a fourth outfielder. Outfielders must stay on the grass and cannot play alongside the infielder(s).


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