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Fast Pitch Varsity Softball

Last Revised on February 01, 2014

  1. Practice Schedule/Scrimmage Games
    1. It is the responsibility of all coaches to ensure that For the Sake of God’s Children policies for Diocese of Wilmington are being followed at practices and games.
    2. Three (3) practices and/or scrimmages are permitted per week.
    3. Practices are to be no longer than two (2) hours in duration.
    4. Scrimmages noted in line "a" above are any games other than a CYM scheduled game or a tournament game.
    5. Practices are NOT to be held on Sunday mornings.
    6. It is strongly recommended that teams have at least one individual certified in CPR present at all practices and games. The individual may be a parent, coach or parish volunteer and the certification should be current and should have been completed by an accredited institution (i.e., Red Cross, American Heart Association).
  2. Game Rules - National Federation of State High School Associations - Exceptions/Additions
      1. A regular season regulation game will consist of six (6) innings.  A game that is stopped due to weather, darkness or permit time being expired will be considered a completed regulation game if four (4) full innings have been completed.  It will also be considered a completed game if three and a half (3 ½) innings have been completed and the home team is ahead.  If less innings have been played, the game will be considered a suspended game and will be played on a later date from the point where the game was stopped.
      2. A team will consist of ten (10) players (10 in the field and 10 batting).  However, a team may begin a game with but not less than nine (9) players.  If a tenth player appears later, she may enter the game but must bat in the tenth position in the batting order. If a team has less than nine (9) players fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled start of the game, the game will be considered a forfeit loss for the team with less than nine (9) players.
      3. In a regular season game, if a team has a ten (10) run lead at the completion of four (4) innings, the game will be considered a completed, regulation game.
      4. Re-Entry - A starting player may be withdrawn from the game and re-inserted one (1) time.  That starting player must occupy the same batting position.  The starting player and her substitute may not be in the game at the same time.  Once a substitute has been withdrawn, she may not re-enter the game.  The only exception would be for an injury.  A starting player, once withdrawn, may not re-enter the game until a minimum of six (6) outs are recorded.  (1 Full inning - 3 outs home team and 3 outs visiting team).  If the six (6) out rule is violated, the opposing coach MUST bring the violation to the attention of the umpire IMMEDIATELY.  The starting player will then be made to sit the full six (6) outs.
      1. In play-off competition, all games will consist of seven (7) full innings.  Suspended games must be played from the point the game was stopped.
      2. In play-off competition, if a team has a ten (10) run lead at the completion of five (5) innings, the game will be considered a completed, regulation game.
      3. See section d-5 for batting during playoffs.
      1. Pitchers are limited to three (3) warm-up pitches between innings.
      2. The pitching distance is to be forty (40) feet.
    4. BATTING
      1. A third strike is not charged to a batter on a swinging foul ball that is not caught.
      2. A batter may run to first if the batter strikes out and the catcher drops the ball.  See Federation Rules for specifics of the rule.
      3. Bunting is permitted.  A foul ball on an attempted bunt with two (2) strikes will result in the batter being called out.
      4. Continuous Batting Order is prohibited.
      5. During the regular season and playoffs, a team's at bat will be completed on the third out or when the tenth (10th) batter has completed a turn at bat which means all play has stopped and the next batter would be ready to bat.  This will NOT be in effect in the last inning of the game (regular season or playoffs) and WILL NOT be in effect during any extra innings of a regular season or play-off game.
      6. The designated hitter (DH) rule is optional.  The "DH" bats for a player in the field.  The player in the field does not bat.  If a coach wants to use the “DH”, the decision must be made at the beginning of the game.  Once the game starts, the “DH” cannot be started. See Federation Rules.
      7. The extra player “EP” rule (Extra Player 11th batter/10 fielders that bat) is PROHIBITED for the Varsity Fast-Pitch Division.
      1. A substitute runner WILL be used for a catcher on base with two (2) outs.  THE SUBSTITUTE RUNNER MUST COME FROM A PLAYER ON THE BENCH WHO HAS NOT BEEN IN THE GAME.  The runner will not be charged with a game appearance.  If there are no bench players available, the substitute will be the player who made the last out.  This rule assists in speeding up play by allowing the catcher to return to the dugout and put on equipment.
      2. Stealing is permitted.  The runner cannot leave the base until the pitcher releases the ball.
      3. Sliding is permitted.  A base runner is out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. If the runner maliciously runs into the fielder, the runner will be ejected from the game.
  3. Equipment
    1. It is recommended that anyone wearing metal dental appliances such as braces wear protective mouth guard.
    2. All catchers must wear a mask with throat protector, chest protector, head protector and shin guards.
    3. Individuals warming up the pitcher between innings must wear a head protector and mask with throat protector.
    4. Players who are batting, waiting on-deck, running the bases or coaching a base must wear batting helmets with NOCSEA approved face protector. “Meets NOCSEA standard” must be permanently affixed to the face protector. In addition, the use of chinstraps is mandatory.
    5. Metal cleats are prohibited for all players. 
    6. The home team is responsible for providing bases and a pitching rubber. The bases are to be sixty (60) feet apart.  The pitching distance will be forty (40) feet.
    7. The home team and visiting team will each provide one (1) game ball to the umpire.  The softball used for Varsity Division will be a twelve (12) inch ball and will read “COR .47” on the ball. The color of the ball or the stitching does not matter.
    8. All bats must be ASA and not listed on the “banned” bat list. The ASA certification mark must appear on the bat. The website for “banned” bats is
  4. SOFTBALL FIELDS: CYM uses New Castle County softball fields.  Permits during the week normally run from 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm.  As a result, games being played on a NCC Field will not start an inning after 5:30 pm.  If there are no teams waiting to play at 5:45 pm, the CYM game can continue.  In order to get games completed, coaches are asked to get players to the field early, start games on time and keep players moving between innings.
  5. Postponements/Make-up Games
    1. In the event a game is postponed due to inclement weather, the home team coach is responsible for coordinating the make-up game.  Rescheduling of games is to be completed within 48 hours of the cancellation.  If the game has not been played prior to the beginning of the seeding for play-offs, it will be considered “no contest.” 
    2. If the CYM Softball Coordinator has not heard from either coach within 48 hours, the game will be assigned on the next available date including weekends.
  6. DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENT – In the Varsity Fast Pitch Division, it has been the experience of coaches and CYM softball coordinators that the difference between a team being placed in division one or division two is a good pitcher in the varsity fast pitch program. It is the responsibility of coaches to request division one by the announced deadline if they have a good pitcher or to inform the CYM office or CYM Softball Coordinator if they have a question about divisional placement. If a team with an exceptional pitcher is found to be playing in division two, CYM will evaluate the situation and reserves the right to move said team to division one for playoffs.
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All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266