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Majors Softball

2023 District 5 Interleague Majors Softball Rules

All D5 Major Division games are played in compliance with the 2023 Little League Softball
Rules and Regulations, and will include the following:

- NO “LOCAL” LEAGUE RULES ALLOWED!
- THE HOME/HOST TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE TO PREPARE THE FIELD.
- TEAM MANAGERS SHOULD COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER 48 HOURS, IN ADVANCE, TO CONFIRM
GAME, TIME AND LOCATION; AND TO HELP AVOID/REDUCE CANCELLATIONS.

1. A continuous batting order will be used for both team.

2. The new rule 6.02-(c) will be used as follows. After entering the batter’s box, the batter must
remain in the box with at least one foot throughout the at bat unless there is a time out awarded or
the swing or a play takes them out of the box or the pitcher leaves the circle or the catcher leaves
the catchers box. If the batter leaves the box, the umpire will ask the coach to have his player
return to the box. .

3. Minimum play rule of 6 consecutive defensive outs and 1 at bat applies.

4. The “15 run rule” will be observed, as described in rule 4.10 (e).

5. The “dropped 3rd strike” rule is in effect.

6. Home team will provide 2 new official Little League softballs to the plate umpire at the coach/umpire
conference held prior to the game.

7. The time limit for all games at this level is no new inning after 2 hrs and drop dead 2 hr and 15 mins
from the scheduled start time.

8. The host league will provide a home plate umpire and it is recommended at least one base umpire.
Umpires 18 and older requested whenever possible

9. Teams must start and finish the game with 8 players. In the event a team has less than 8 players at
the scheduled game time or other, the umpires will forfeit the game and immediately leave the field
of play. The two teams may continue to play and use the allotted time as a scrimmage or practice,
but no umpires may be present on the field of play. Home team will report this forfeit to the District.

10. If the game is started or continued with 8 players rule 4.04 note three will be in affect and an “our”
will be recorded when the “9th” batting spot comes up to bat for the team with 8 players.

11. A rostered adult must be present in the dugout at all times when players are present.

12. The home team will provide the Official score keeper. 

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