House Softball

Updated Saturday February 17, 2018 by Rick Licursi.

House Softball Description:

Our league is governed by national little league but local rules apply. Games start the first week of May with the exception of the Senior League whose games start the first week of June. Most teams will have two games a week. Coaches will contact their players the week of April 10th. Seniors will be a week later.  All players are required to have a facemask/mouthguard. Please check with your division specific rules as to what protective equipment pertains to you.  As a general rule, all infield positions at the major level and below will be required to wear them in the infield.

The league provides 2-3 scheduled games a week. The schedule will come out by the end of April. Practice times, frequency and location will be scheduled at the discretion of the coach. House league practices cannot be scheduled at the Duerr Road or Brush Mountain Field but games will be played at either location.

 

Rookie: Ages 6-8 

Our players will learn the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, hitting and base running using correct technique. Mid-season, the rules change slightly to allow for more advanced play and skill development.

 

Game length: A game will consist of 6 innings.  No new inning will begin after the 1.5 hour mark.

 

Format:    The Rookie level is a coach pitch league with the option to hit from a tee after 5-7 pitches until June 1st.   After June 1st, there will be strike outs after three missed swings and no tee.  No player will advance more than one base at a time until June 1st.  Players can only advance one base when the ball is in the infield. After June 1, if a ball is hit to the outfield, there is unlimited baserunning. An inning will end if a team makes 3 outs or has 7 batters hit.  All 3 outs have to be defensive outs.  No sliding or bunting or stealing is allowed.

 

Positions: The Defensive Team will field ten (10) players as follows: • Pitcher - positioned within 1-2 feet of the mound • Catcher- positioned behind the batter, but not against the backstop • Infielders - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and short stop • Outfielders - must use left, left center, right center and right (no short fielder or rover). 

 

Coaching Rules: A minimum 2 innings is to be played in the infield for all players.  No more than 2 innings in the same position.  The defensive team should have at least one (1) but preferably two (2) coaches positioned in the outfield to instruct the fielders and keep their minds in the game.  To help speed the game, a coach or parent should be stationed behind the catcher.  This person can gather the balls, throw back to the pitcher or have the catcher throw them back. No child will sit more than one inning consecutively. A player cannot sit for a second time unless all of the other players have sat at least 1 time also.

 

Safety Rules: The Catcher must wear all protective equipment issued including mask, shin guards, and chest protector.  Pitcher must wear an OPLL issued protective pitching helmet with facemask or their own face mask.  A 11 inch softee softball will be used and pitchers stand 35 feet away.

 

Minors: Ages 8-10   

Players continue to develop softball foundational skill sets. 12- 14 league games are scheduled and a playoff system will be added this year.  

Game Length: The game consists of 6 innings or a time limit. No inning can begin after 1:45 and a full game will be considered after 3-1/2 innings are completed.

Format : This is a player pitch league with coach support. A coach will pitch after there has already been at least one walk and the next batter has been thrown four balls. The player pitcher resumes pitching the next batter. There is a continuous batting order and free substitution. Bunting and stealing bases will be incorporated the second half of the season  (June 1) but players will not be allowed to steal home.

Positions: The Defensive Team will field ten (10) players as follows: • Pitcher - positioned within 1-2 feet of the mound • Catcher- positioned behind the batter, but not against the backstop • Infielders - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and short stop • Outfielders - must use left, left center, right center and right (no short fielder or rover

Coaching Rules: A minimum 2 innings are to be played in the infield for all players.  No more than 2 innings in the same position. Pitchers can pitch no more than two innings in the same game. There is a five run limit per half inning and the pitching mound is set at 35 feet. Early in the season, a coach may stand behind the catcher in the first half of the season to help with ball return.  No child will sit more than one inning consecutively. A player cannot sit for a second time unless all of the other players have sat at least 1 time also.

 

Majors: Ages 10-13

 Game Length: The game consists of 6 innings or a time limit. No inning can begin after 1:45 and a full game will be considered after 3-1/2 innings are completed.

Format : This is a player pitch league. Pitchers can pitch a max of 3 innings.   There is a continuous batting order and free substitution. Bunting and stealing are allowed, including stealing home. There is no infield fly rule or drop third strike.

 Positions: 9 players

Coaching Rules: A minimum 2 innings are to be played in the infield for all players.  No more than 2 innings in the same position. There is a five run limit per half inning and the pitching mound is set at 40 feet..  No child will sit more than one inning consecutively. A player cannot sit for a second time unless all of the other players have sat at least 1 time also.

Seniors: Ages 13-18 

Seniors: Age 13-18.

 Our senior program plays games in different towns due to the limited number of teams in this age group.  The league is coordinated by Dawn Lapaglia of Lake Shore Little League. This league follows NSA rules but there are local rules decided upon

Game Length: The game consists of 7 innings or a time limit. No inning can begin after 8:15.

Format: This is a player pitch league. Pitchers can pitch a max of 4 innings.   There is a continuous batting order and free substitution. Bunting and stealing are allowed, including stealing home. There is no infield fly rule or drop third strike.

Positions: 10 players

Coaching Rules:    The rules allow a max of 10 players defensively but games can be played with 8 or 9. There is a 15-run mercy rule at the end of the fifth inning. There are limits on the use of travel pitchers. The pitching mound is set at 43 feet. There is one umpire per game. Roster limit of 16. Senior Games typically start at 6:15. More information will be provided once the division meeting is held at Lake Shore.

If you have questions, please call softball commissioner Julie Fanutti Lana at 4811644