UpdatedTuesday March 9, 2021 byChristina Torres.

Rules and Policies for 12U Division



  • Home team will be decided by WSGS schedule
  • Home team shall have 3rd base dugout
  • Home team provides game ball
  • Umpire will decide fitness of the playing field
  • During a double header, each team will be Home team for one game


Game Rules

  • No new inning shall start after 1 hour and 20 minutes;
  • Minimum number of players for 12U teams is 8
    • 10 min grace period from the start of the game
    • Late players will be placed at the bottom of the batting order
    • If a team is short of players, the game can be played but a forfeit is recorded for the short team
  • Teams have 3 minutes to change sides
    • Penalty for a late defensive turnover as a ball to the batter
    • Penalty for a late offensive turnover is a strike to the batter
  • Maximum number of fielders is 10
    • Outfielders must play on the outfield grass


Equipment Rules

  • Base runners will wear helmets with face guards while running the bases
  • Batters will wear batting helmets with face guards and chin straps
  • Softball size is 12”
  • Official softball bats required
  • Face masks for pitchers are required


Game Play Rules

  • Pitching: Pitching rubber shall be 40 feet from home plate and measured from the front edge of the pitcher's plate to the apex of home plate
  • Dropped third strike: If the catcher drops the third strike and first base is unoccupied, the batter may run to first base. The catcher must tag the batter out or throw the batter out at first base.
  • Batting order: The entire roster is batted
    • If player arrives before the end of the first inning, her name will be placed at the bottom of the batting order, and she will bat in that position for the remainder of the game
    • If a player arrives after the end of the first inning she may not play
    • If a player bats out of order, an out will be recorded for that player
    • If a player must leave the game due to injury or illness, she will be excused from play and no out will be recorded for her at bats
  • Baserunning rules:
    • Bunting is allowed
    • Stealing is allowed; runner may attempt to steal once the pitcher releases the ball
      • Runner can leave the base once the pitcher releases the ball
      • No straight steals of home; running on pass ball or wild pitch is ok
    • Runner has responsibility to slide into home or avoid the catcher at home
  • 5-Run scoring rule: Teams will switch from offense to defense after 5 runs are scored, regardless of the number of outs recorded by the defense
    • If a team has a 12-run lead after 5 innings the game is over
    • This rule is waived in the inning determined by the umpire to be the last inning
  • Courtesy runner rule:
    • Allowed for the catcher position
    • Allowed for an injured player
    • Must be the last player who registered an out
  • Infield fly rule: Runners can run at their own risk. Situation must be runners on 1st, 1st and Second, or 1st., 2nd, and 3rd and the ball is hit above the batters head in the infield
  • Out of play rule: When a ball is thrown out of play (past the first base fence line or third base fence line) the runner(s) automatically get the base they are running to and one additional base (1 Plus 1)
  • Overthrow rule: A runner can advance one base at their own risk on any overthrow that is in play
    • Only 1 extra base is allowed per play per runner regardless of the number of overthrows
  • Infield ground ball rule: Batters must run through first base on grounder balls fielded by the opposing team’s infielders


Administrative Policies

  • Standings and scoring: The league will keep team standings throughout the season and will use records to seed the End-of-Season Tournament.
    • Winning coaches must enter the score into SI Play
  • Ejections and complaints: If a coach or player is ejected from a game, that person will be suspended from the league for a period of two games
    • If a second ejection occurs at any time in that person's tenure with the league, said person may be banned from participating in all WSGS events and functions
    • Any complaints levied by parents, players, or coaches regarding the behavior of any other parent, player or coach will be seriously considered by the WSGS Rules Committee and appropriate action will be taken
  • Protests: Coaches may protest rule interpretation and not judgement calls
    • Coaches must protest the rule to the umpire and opposing coach prior to the next legal pitch
    • The Coach will inform the scorekeeper of the game situation (time, number of outs, batting order, position of runners, who is at bat, the rule violation, and defensive players. The game is then continued and is considered "played under protest".
    • The protesting coach must submit a written protest detailing all the above conditions and rule violation by email to the West Seattle Girls Softball rules committee within 48 hours of the game completion (wsgirlssoftball@gmail.com)
    • If the protest is allowed, the game will be rescheduled and resumed at the point of protest with all conditions at the time of the protest.
      • If the protest is disallowed by the league, the game becomes official. The league will not consider verbal protests.
  • Unsportsmanlike behavior:
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any speech, action or deed that does not foster a constructive resolution to a situation and/or exhibits disrespect toward participants
    • All participants (managers, coaches, players, parents/guardians, and spectators) are urged to positively support all participants. We all need to maintain and encourage a friendly, supportive, and positive attitude at all times
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct by any individual will not be tolerated. No one shall harass any manager, coach, player, or umpire.
    • No smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol, or profanity is allowed on the field
    • Coaches are expected to take proactive steps when unsportsmanlike behavior occurs