Scoring: Scoring will be kept. The
modified game rules are designed to motivate players to earn extra points for
their team. Other rules are in place to
ensure winning is not the primary focus.
Standings: Standings will be kept. The focus at this age group is on the skills
learned in practice and personal performance, however, many players at this age
understand the competitive side of sports. Therefore, a modified standings system will be used to track wins/losses
as well as other game stats such as teams with the most outs or the team with
the most hits off a player pitcher.
6 players on the field: This rule is to
keep kids engaged in the game. By only
having 6 players in defensive position you are increasing the opportunities for
these 6 players to touch the ball. This
also increase the pace of the game.
A player cannot play the same position for more than 2 consecutive innings:
this age are starting to like certain position over others. Therefore, there will be less movement
between positions, however, playing 2-3 positions is still recommended.
All players bat every inning: The goal
of this rule is to provide more batting opportunities for each player
throughout the season. More
opportunities to hit = more successes. PLUS….kids love hitting. The
coach will declare the last batter. When
the last batter hits the ball, the ball must be returned to the catcher or
other defensive player, who must be touching home plate. At that time, play is suspended. All previous runs are counted.
No infield fly rule
No 3rd dropped strike rule
All players wanting to pitch will pitch: It is still
important that players try pitching at this age and should be encouraged to try
pitching. However, we recognize some
players at this age already know they don’t want to be a pitcher.
A pitcher can only pitch 2 inning per game: to ensure a game is not dominated by 1 player and to ensure winning
is not the focus of the game.
Pitchers will only pitch 5 balls per batter: to balance pitching development and increasing the speed of the
game, pitchers will only pitch 5 balls per batter.
Coaches will pitch 2 balls per batter: if a batter does not hit off a player pitcher,
then the offensive coach will pitch 2 balls to each batter to increase hitting
The batting order will be shuffled every inning. with a rotation of batters to begin the inning, each player will
have increase opportunities at bat and experience what it is like to be in a different
part of the batting order
Last batter starts on firstbase: this rule provides immediate
defensive opportunities and provides an opportunity for the last batter to run
Bunting: Bunting is permitted. As
defensive skill levels increase, batters need to learn more ways to get on
base. Bunting will be allowed and
No strike outs or walks. When the batter does not hit the ball after 7 total pitches, a coach
will throw a ball into play. The play will continue as if the ball was
hit. This is to keep players engaged and
develop base running skills and provides more defensive plays for defensive
Lead-offs are allowed: Once the ball has
crossed the plate, the runner can take up to 3 steps off the base once the ball
has crossed home plate.
Stealing bases: Stealing is allowed once
the ball has crossed home plate
Over throws: Runners will not advance on an over throw. This is to ensure defensive players are not
discouraged if an error is made.
Home Runs: There will be NO automatic
Home Runs. All fair balls are live, an
infielder will be responsible for running to grab the ball. The play will stop once a player in the
infield has control of the ball. This
mimics proper base running decisions and encourages defensive movement and
Scoring and Bonus Points
The offensive team will score 1
point for every player who is safe at home, excluding any player who did not
hit to get on base
The offensive team will score 2
bonus points for every player who hits a ball off a player pitcher
The offensive team will score 1 bonus points for intentionally getting into a run down, and extra bonus point if they are safe.