Mites

MITES  RULES
BASE DISTANCE   45’ 
PITCHING DISTANCE   30 ’

Please refer to the Inter league General Rules for full details of all Interleague rules.    This document highlights only those rules specific to Mites and new rules implemented in 2016.

No player is to sit more than 1 consecutive inning.   Coaches will ensure that every player sits out one inning before any player sits out two innings.

If a game is called by an official due to inclement weather, two complete innings played will constitute a full game played.

Contact with coaches and umpires to reschedule cancelled or rained out games must be made within two weeks of the cancellation/rain out.

Any one pitcher may pitch a maximum of three innings or the equivalent of 9 outs.
If the same pitcher hits two batters in an inning, the pitcher must be removed from that position for the remainder of that inning.

No intentional walks.

Batter must have one strike before they can walk (this reduces the numbers of walks for the defensive team).

No bunting allowed.

Dropped third strike rule does not apply in this division.

The infield fly rule does not apply in this division.

The following graduated approach to stealing is introduced at this level:

For the months of May and June, players will be encouraged to learn throwing and catching techniques and stealing will not be allowed and runners can only run when a batter makes contact with the ball.  Starting in July, stealing may be introduced and runners can only advance one base on a steal attempt. Runners cannot steal home. 
Runners must be batted in or forced home by a walk or as part of a continuation of a play (eg overthrow).

The play stops when the ball is returned to any infield player.  Umpires will call time to notify that the play has stopped. 

On an overthrow out of bounds all runners are awarded two bases.  Runners cannot advance on an overthrow to the pitcher from the catcher.

Championship & Playoff Games

Championship games will consist of 4 full innings.

Playoff games leading up to the Championship games will be regular timed games

For Playoff games, the home team bats in the bottom of inning 4, even if ahead (in case tie-breaker is needed), but not if ahead in Championship Game.

 

These rules align with Softball Canada’s Minor Softball rules and Long Term Player Development (LTPD) guidelines.

It is our goal to foster enthusiasm, positive team sportsmanship and softball skills.

Make it fun.

 

2016