No game may go beyond 8:00pm except to finish an inning. Umpire's decision is final when calling a game for darkness.
The maximum number of innings is five (5).
The minimum number of players required to play a game is eight (8). In such a case, an automatic out shall be awarded to the opposing team each time the batting turn of the missing player comes up in the batting order. Not in effect in Provincials (must have 9 players).
The defensive team shall consist of a maximum of nine (9) players on the field.
The 'Infield Fly Rule' is not in effect.
The 'Run Ahead Rule' is in effect, where if one team is up by thirteen (13) runs after 2 1/2 or 3 innings or up by seven (7) runs after 3 1/2 or 4 innings, the team losing may concede defeat.
The 'Dropped Third Strike Rule' is not in effect. The batter is out on the third strike, regardless if the ball is caught or not, and the ball remains alive. Base runners may advance at their own risk with liability to be put out.
All players will appear on the batting order (whether they are in the field defensively or not). Eg. if 15 players show up for a game, all 15 go on the batting order and bat in turn.
The 'Substitution Rule' does not apply. Players may be substituted freely without penalty. All eligible players shall be listed on the line-up card and shall bat in the order shown, the batting order cannot be changed.
In the event a player is injured during the game and is unable to take their turn at bat, the player will be removed from the batting order and out for the balance of the game, unless the player's coach announces that the player will be able to continue to play prior to the team's next at bat. The team will not record an out in the batting spot formerly occupied by the injured player.
Pitching distance - 30 feet.
Baseline distance - 45 feet.
The maximum number of innings a pitcher may pitch is three (3) per game. One pitch (legal or illegal) thrown in an inning shall count as an inning pitched.
Players are required to wear a batting helmet, complete with an approved mask when batting and/or running.
Stealing bases (2nd and 3rd) is allowed at all times when the ball is alive, once the ball leaves the pitcher's hand. Stealing Home is prohibited. Runners may advance Home only on a hit ball.
Defensive players are required to wear an approved face mask when on the field.
The offensive team shall have a maximum of six (6) runs per inning or three (3) outs, whichever comes first.
Once a batter reaches four (4) balls in the count, the batter will receive the number of soft toss pitches to continue the strike count when four (4) balls was reached. Example: the count was 4 balls, 1 strike, the batter would receive 2 soft tosses. Every soft toss thrown will be considered a strike. On a soft toss hit, the hitter may advance to 2nd base as able, but will not advance past 2nd base. Runners on base may advance a maximum of two (2) bases on a soft toss hit.
U10 will use a larger Home plate - 21 inches.
The Official Ball will be the Worth 11" Indoor Softball - Worth NC11S.