10U Girls Softball
Girls Fast-pitch Softball ages 9 & 10
10U (Kid Pitch) - 9 & 10 year old girls continue the progression of softball, learning to pitch and to hit a player pitched ball. All-Stars are introduced at this level, players are selected by coaches to the All-Star team (post season) and begin tournament play at the State level against other Babe Ruth Leagues, where through winning may advance to Regional, and the "National Invitational" tournament. Practice begins Saturdays in April and games begin second week in May, teams play 10 game regular season schedule followed by a double elimination End of Season Tournament.
CYBSA softball teams play all games in the SE Denver Babe Ruth Softball league with teams comprised from SE Denver, Englewood, CYBSA, Parker, and Castle Rock. SE Denver softball league schedules all regular season softball games and the End of Season double elimination tournament. The 12U division has two levels of play: "Competitive" and "Not so competitive" allowing teams to play more competitively based upon skill level.
10U Supplemental Rules
2016 SOUTHEAST DENVER SOFTBALL LEAGUE RULES AGES-10&Under PLAYER PITCH
- All players at the game bat in their correct order. If a player arrives late, then that player is added at the end of the batting order. If a player has to leave the game, due to injury, then that location in the batting order is skipped and no scorekeeping action, including an out, is recorded. If the player leaves for any other non-related reason, such as another athletic event, then the player’s location in the batting order will be recorded as an out.
- Teams have the option of using a maximum of ten players in the field; with the tenth player located a minimum of 15 feet behind (toward the outfield side of) the baseline. All players will play a minimum of two innings in the field. Coaches are strongly encouraged to place players at difference defensive positions throughout the game. Minimum number of players is eight with an out being recorded for the 9th batter, each time that turn at bat arises. If anytime during the game, a team has less than the minimum number of players (eight), and then the game is declared a forfeit. OPTIONAL: If there is no other game waiting to be played and if both coaches agree, the game may continue until time has expired; however, the official score is recorded as a forfeit.
- Regulation games will be a maximum of six innings, except for extra innings. In the event of adverse weather conditions, an official game will be 4 innings (3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead). The eight run rule is in affect once the game becomes an official game. Make up games due to weather will be made up on the next available day up to and including the following Saturday. Make up games will be rescheduled by the scheduler at any available location within the league. Designated home and visitors shall remain as originally scheduled regardless of the location of the rescheduled venue.
- Base distances: 60 feet; pitching distance: 35 feet.
- Any player, who catches, including warming up a pitcher, must wear a mask.
- All players must wear an official league approved jersey to participate in the game, unless authorized otherwise by the League Director.
- No Pitcher will be allowed to pitch more than a maximum of nine (9) defensive outs per game. A pitcher who pitches more than nine (9) outs will be considered an illegal pitcher. One pitch constitutes an out. The second time a pitcher is removed the mound, she may not return to pitch in the game. A pitcher may only be installed as a pitcher twice in any one game. The penalty for violation of this rule is forfeiture of the game. A pitcher is considered being removed from the mound in any of the following situations: 1) she does not take the mound the next inning; 2) there is a break in consecutive innings or batters; 3) if she removes herself from the mound; or 4) if the coach removes her in the middle of an inning.
If on a third strike, the catcher drops the ball, the batter is out. Any runners on base will be able to advance at their own risk.
NEW for 2016:
A player pitcher pitches in accordance with the adopted Babe Ruth Softball rules.
No adult pitcher as was used in previous years.
Comments: The intent for this revised pitching rule is to continue to develop pitchers, as well as teams, in order to compete more effectively and more quickly adhere to the “regular” softball rules.
- The league has a contractual agreement with an umpire service to provide one umpire per game.
- Only the head coach or an assistant coach appointed by the head coach will be permitted to "discuss" situations with the umpire(s). The HEAD COACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SPORTSMANSHIP CONDUCT OF HIS/HER PLAYERS, ASSISTANT COACH(ES), PARENTS, FANS AND SELF. All adults need to be reminded from time to time that they are present to teach and provide good examples to the players; and to properly conduct themselves.
10A. Stealing. Base runners cannot leave any base until the ball is pitched towards home plate and REACHES the batter. A runner leaving a base prior to that time shall be called out by the umpire; "no pitch" is declared and the ball is dead.
NEW for 2016:
For the ‘upper division-National Division’, stealing will be allowed until the ball is back in the pitcher possession in the circle. Runners will be allowed to steal home.
For the lower division-American League, the current rules apply-Stealing is allowed from every base (EXCEPT HOME, including passed balls or wild pitches); a player may not steal more than one base at a time (PER PITCH), regardless of whether there is an overthrow on the attempted play. A runner may not advance once the pitcher has possession of the ball in the circle.
10B. Overthrows. Once the ball is put into play by a batter, base runners can advance with the liability to be put out, until the ball is back in the pitcher’s possession. Any attempt to make a play on a base runner by any defensive player, including the pitcher, throwing the ball to the base, keeps the ball live with runners able to advance at their own risk, (unless it is a overthrow which goes out of play). Defensive players are encouraged to get the ball back to the pitcher’s circle as soon as possible, unless a play is being made on the runner.
10C. Infield Fly/Bunting/Dropped Third Strike. The infield fly rule will NOT be in affect. Bunting is allowed. NEW for 2016:
For the ‘upper division-National Division’, on a dropped third strike, when the catcher drops the ball, the batter may advance to first base in accordance with Babe Ruth League Softball rules.
For the ‘lower division-American Division’, the current rule applies-the batter is automatically out on a dropped third strike and the defensive does not need to get her out at first base.
- Balls and strikes and calls on the bases by umpires are judgment calls and cannot be appealed.
- No more than SIX (6) runs may be scored in any 1/2 inning per team at bat. When the game time has expired and the visitors are ahead by more than six (6) runs, the game is over. OPTIONAL: If there is no other game waiting to be played and if both coaches agree, the home team may complete their at bats; however, the official score is what it is when the time has expired as indicated above.
- Except for the need for extra innings, no new inning shall start after one hour and thirty minutes of play has elapsed from the beginning of the game. The coaches should hustle their players in and out of the dugout between innings to move the game along. The home team shall keep the official time in their scorebook. Game time begins at the conclusion of the coaches/umpire conference prior to each game. The umpire shall indicate the time to each coach.
- IMPORTANT!! Each team shall maintain scorebooks, provided by the league. Player’s first and last names are required. The scorebooks will be returned to the League Director following the end of the season, to be used for the All-Star team’s credentials.
- Each league team (Castle Rock, Centennial, Englewood, Lakewood, Parker, and SE Denver) shall coordinate with their League Representative regarding the collecting of bases and the pitching rubber upon completion of the game. For games at SE Denver fields the SE Denver team shall be responsible for collecting the bases and pitching rubber and properly placing them in the "SEDBL" storage box upon completion of the game.
- The head coach of the winning team shall notify the League Director with the game results within 24 hours of the completion of the game. Failure to report the score in a timely manner could result in the winning team forfeiting their win.
- A double elimination end of the season tournament will be held following the end of the regular season, with all regular season teams qualifying to participate. Tournament seeding will be based on how each team finishes during the regular season. Individual awards will be given to players from the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams following the completion of the championship game.
- With the exception of those rules indicated above, the current Babe Ruth Softball rules will be followed. Please note the Babe Ruth rules and regulations, paragraph 8.02, require the pitcher's first step to be forward toward home plate, NOT BACKWARD. The pitcher may "rock" backward as long as both feet remain in contact with the pitching rubber prior to stepping forward and releasing the ball. Violation of this rule constitutes an "illegal pitch". The consequences for an illegal pitch result in a 1) the pitch declared a "dead ball", 2) a "ball" being awarded to the batter, and 3) any base runners are allowed to advance one base without liability to be put out.
- Offensive players shall make every reasonable effort to avoid contact with the defensive players at 2nd and 3rd base and home plate if a play may potentially be made at the respective base. Defensive players may not block the plate if there is not going to be a play. This is a judgment call by the umpires. Clarification shall be made between the umpire and the coaches at the coaches’ conference prior to each game. Coaches are strongly encouraged to teach the players on the proper techniques for sliding.
- Player Fill-in Policy. See the separate document indicating use of fill-in players.
- Games requiring to be made up or continued due to inclement weather shall be rescheduled by the league representatives and league administrator, based on available game fields the week following the postponement. Coaches will not reschedule games between themselves without the approval of the league officials. Once the game is ‘postponed’ coaches may ‘suggest’ potential make up dates to the league administrator; however, no guarantees will be made. Coaches shall make every attempt to have a sufficient number of players, including use of players per the ‘fill-in’ policy, for the rescheduled game.
NEW for 2016
- Courtesy runner. In the event of an injured player while on offense, who needs to come out of the game, the offensive team may use a ‘courtesy runner’. The courtesy runner will be the player who made the last out in the offensive team’s lineup. If a courtesy runner is used, the injured player for whom the courtesy runner was inserted may NOT re-enter the game. When the injured player’s spot in the lineup comes up to bat, the batting position is skipped; there is no penalty to the offensive team for skipping the injured player.
- A courtesy runner may be used for the catcher; the courtesy runner shall be the player who made the last out in the offensive team’s lineup. The courtesy runner cannot be used for the catcher more than once per inning.