Babe Ruth Softball Rules

Updated Thursday April 28, 2016 by Meridian Youth Baseball.

Babe Ruth Softball Rules

Other than the exceptions noted in these amendments, the current year Babe Ruth Softball Rules and Regulations will be followed.

  • First Aid Kit: All Coaches shall have a first aid kit to include: emergency phone numbers, ice pack, band-aids, gauze pads (large size), extra shirt and pants…etc.  Other suggested items: rubber gloves, Ziploc bags, CPR mask.  Assume all body fluid are contaminated and protect yourself and others accordingly.
  • Game Time: All scheduled games shall start promptly at 6:30pm.  Games will be 1 hr. 30 min. in length.  Example…if 3rd out occurs before time limit, a new inning will be played.
  • Rain Out: The home coach will call the visiting coach at least two hours prior to game time to cancel a game due to rain. Please consider the distance of traveling teams.
  • Season Play: Every participant shall play a minimum of 6 defensive outs and 1 at-bat during each game.  While this is the league minimum, each manager is strongly encouraged to exceed this rule as much as possible.  All coaches and scorekeepers must be informed before the game of any disciplinary actions and this shall be noted in the scorebook.  Failure to meet the minimum play requirements shall be subject to protest by the opposing team and could result in a forfeit.  The minimum play requirement does not apply to the game is shortened for any reason.  (Note: If the last half inning of a complete game is not played because the home team is ahead, it DOES NOT count as a shortened game.)
  • Validation may be required by the Babe Ruth District Commissioner regarding protests.  Such validation shall be requested within 24 hours.  Due to time limits on games, you may want to put your substitutes in at the top of the third inning.
  • Game Balls: Each team will furnish one new or “like new” game ball to the umpire during the pre-game warm-up.  Game balls will be returned to the respective coaches at the end of the game.
  • On Deck Circles: The on deck batter may only occupy the on-deck circle to the rear of the current batter, regardless of which bench/dugout her team occupies.
  • Prior to the start of the game, both teams shall provide to the home plate umpire their pitching affidavit.  The umpire shall verify the pitching eligibility of the starting pitchers for each team and give the affidavits to the official scorekeeper.  Whenever a pitching change is made during the game, the scorekeeper will check the pitching record to verify the eligibility of the new pitcher.  The scorekeeper is to notify the plate umpire if there is a problem.  Pitching Affidavits must be filled out in ink.  At the end of the game, the official scorekeeper will sign the affidavits and return them to the managers.  Scorekeepers, verify affidavit accuracy with each manager prior to signing.
  • 10-Run Rule: The 10-run rule as described in the “Local League Options” section of the rule book, will be in effect for all divisions.
  • Extra Hitter: The extra hitter rule, as described in the “Local League Options” section of the rule book, is allowed for the 12U, 14U and 16U divisions.
  • Umpires:
  For 10U/12U games the home team will provide –  One Idaho District III Babe Ruth certified umpire to call the plate. If a certified umpire is not available, the home team coach that has been certified will call the plate. Failure to provide the home plate umpire will result in a FORFEIT by the home team. If the visiting team brings a certified umpire, they may ask that he/she umpire the field.
  For 14U games the home team will provide – Two Idaho District III Babe Ruth certified umpires are required to umpire the game. The home team must provide the plate umpire following the guidelines stated above. If the visiting team brings a certified umpire, they may ask that he/she umpire the field.