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Damascus Elementary School: 10201 Bethesda Church Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

Ridge Road Recreational Park, Field #2: 21155 Frederick Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

Clearspring Elementary School: 9930 Moyer Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

Rules

  8U 10U 13U HSE
Ages

Girls in 1st – 3rd Grade

Girls in 4th – 5th Grade

Girls in 6th – 8th Grade

Girls in 9th – 12th Grade
Size of Ball 11” 11” 12” 12”
Distance for Bases 55’ 60’ 60’ 60’
Distance to Pitcher 35’ 35’ 40’ 43’
Pitcher1 Machine Player and Coach Player Player
Length of Game2 Complete 6 innings or 120 minutes Complete 6 innings or 120 minutes Complete 7 innings or 120 minutes Complete 7 innings or 120 minutes
Minimum Number of Players 8 7 7 7
Maximum Players in Field 10 9 9 9
Minimum Playing Time (Defense)3

At least 3 innings

(1 in infield)

At least 3 innings

(1 in infield)

At least 3 innings

(1 in infield)

 NA
Maximum Playing Time4 3 innings maximum at any one position 3 innings maximum at any one position 3 innings maximum at any one position NA
Batting Lineup5 All players All players All players 9 + optional 2 EH
Runs allowed per inning6

5 runs

Does not apply to last inning

5 runs

Does not apply to last inning

5 runs

Does not apply to last inning

NA
Field Coaches 1st and 3rd base coach and two defensive coaches positioned outside the lines in the outfield 1st and 3rdbase coach 1st and 3rdbase coach 1st and 3rdbase coach
Umpires7 Offensive and Defensive Coaches Yes Yes Yes
Balls and strikes No
(8 pitches that cross the plate in the strike zone)

Yes

(but no walks)

Yes Yes
Stealing/ Advance on passed ball No 3rd base & home only Yes Yes
Sliding Yes
(feet first only)
Yes
(feet first only)
Yes
(feet first only)
Yes
Advance on overthrows – to First Base8 No Yes – at own risk but maximum of 1 base Yes Yes
Advance on overthrows – to Third Base8 No Yes
except throws from catcher to 3rd on an attempted steal
Yes Yes
Advance on dropped third strike No No Yes Yes
Intentional Walks N/A No No No
Intentional Bunting N/A No Yes Yes
Courtesy Runner9 No Yes Yes Yes
Dead Ball – batted ball hits pitching machine Yes
Runners advance one base.
N/A N/A N/A
Infield Fly Rule No No Yes Yes
Initial Position of outfielders Anywhere in the field of play within the spirit of the game. On outfield grass. On outfield grass. On outfield grass.
Number of Batters a Pitcher Can Hit before She MUST Be Removed10 N/A 3 3 N/A
Stopping Play (Defense) Player in possession of ball within the base line as called by the Coach Pitcher Time called by umpire Time called by umpire Time called by umpire
Collision Rule N/A Called by umpire Called by umpire Called by umpire
10 foot rule11 Yes No No No
Thrown Bat One warning for EACH team. Next thrown bat, ball is dead and batter is out One warning for EACH team. Next thrown bat, ball is dead and batter is out One warning for EACH team. Next thrown bat, ball is dead and batter is out One warning for EACH team. Next thrown bat, ball is dead and batter is out

 

Notes 

  1. Pitcher – 10U Division
  • There are NO walks. Once a player pitcher has thrown ball 4, the offensive team’s coach steps in and throws a maximum of 5 pitches. The strike count continues from where the player pitcher left off. The batter will either get a hit, strike out, or be called out after the 5th pitch from the coach. In addition, players on base when a coach is pitching may not steal or advance on a passed ball. Note: Pitches should be thrown with as little arc as possible. The coach pitch ball should not go above the pitcher’s head.
  1. Length of Game – All Divisions
  • The last inning is the inning whose top half begins 90 minutes (80 minutes in the fall) after the scheduled start time of a game. All games will have a 120 minute limit (100 minutes in the fall).  This time limit is from the scheduled start time of the game.
  1. Minimum Playing Time – All Divisions
  • Applies only to players that are present for the entire game. Also catcher is considered an infield position in the 10U, 13U, and HSE divisions
  1. Maximum Playing Time – 10U, 13U and HSE divisions
  • Playing time limit does not apply to the catcher in the 10U, 13U, and HSE divisions.
  1. Batting Lineups – All Divisions
  • Players who arrive after the first pitch of the game will be added to the end of the lineup. If a player leaves the game and is unable to bat, her place in the lineup is skipped and an automatic out is NOT taken.
  1. Runs allowed per inning – All Divisions
  • Play shall stop after the 5th run has scored in an inning unless additional runs are scored as a result of the natural progression of a play. Example:Four runs have scored and the bases are loaded. The batter hits the ball to the outfield and two base runners cross home plate prior to the end of the play. In this instance, both runs count.
  1. Umpires – 8U Division
  • The 1st base coach makes all calls at 1st base and fair/foul balls on the 1st base side of the infield.
  • The 3rd base coach makes all calls at 3rd base and fair/foul balls on the 3rd base side of the infield.

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