Rules Softball rules

Nashville Sports Leagues
Coed & Men's Softball Rules
> Lineup Card Document 
NSA Bat List (NSL reserves the right to ban a bat at any time without notice)
Ball List (NSL reserves the right to ban a ball at any time without notice)

NUMBER OF PLAYERS
Games will be played with ten players on the field: minimum three (3) females, maximum 7 males. Regular season games can be played with more than 7 males in the batting line up. For playoffs, each additional male over 7 must be matched with an additional female. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS TO START/FINISH
Teams are required to have one female present to avoid a forfeit. Teams will take an out for each missing female. Teams are also required to have 3 males present to avoid a forfeit. Teams must have a minimum of eight players on the field by the scheduled game time to start and finish the game (max 7 males). An out will be taken for each missing roster spot in the batting order.

EQUIPMENT
Each team is responsible for supplying its own equipment, including but not limited to bats, balls, jerseys, gloves and protective gear. 

NSL HIGHLY recommends that each team provide their protective equipment.
No metals cleats will be allowed.

NSL STRONGLY recommends that pitchers wear a masked helmet for protection.

HOME TEAM
The home team is the team listed on the right side of the schedule.  The home team will always bat last and take the field first. 

SCORE KEEPING
NSL umpires will keep score.

10 RUN MAX per inning
Coed: a team’s turn at bat will be declared over when they reach 10 runs in any given inning. additional runners crossing the plate after the 10th run will not be scored.  EXCEPTION: with runners on base and an over the fence home run there is an opportunity to score up to 13 runs per inning.

Does not apply to final inning of a game.

REGULATION GAME
A regulation game shall consist of 7 innings or 65 minutes.  No inning will start at 60 minutes or later.

RUN RULE
15 runs by the end of the 4th Inning
10 runs by the end of the 5th Inning or after.

TIE BREAKER 
When a game is tied at the end of regulation a new inning is started and a runner (last batted out) is placed on second base. At least one full inning is played for a tiebreaker, allowing each team the same chance to score. The inning will start with 0 outs for each team and resume where the kicking/batting order left off from the previous inning. If the score remains tied, we will play another full inning however, the Runner will be placed on 3rd base and the offense will begin with 1 out. The same process is used in each inning after until a victor emerges.

HOME RUNS
**The batter does NOT have to touch first base upon a hit being declared a home run.
**The progressive (one-up) home run rule will come into effect which each team hits the respected home run rule limit below. Once both teams have hit their respective home run limits, either team may hit an additional home run; however, no team may go more than one home run up on the other team. Any additional home runs above the one-up will be scored as an out.

-Double Headers: 5 home runs progressive. The home team will be allowed to hit a progressive home run once time has expired OR in the bottom of the final inning.

-Single Headers: 3 home runs progressive

-Social: 1 home run progressive 

BALLS
Four balls will advance the kicker. You may not walk a male to get to a female. If this happens, the male will advance to second base and if there are 2 outs the female has the option of kicking or advancing to first base. With 0 or 1 out the female must take her turn at bat. 

BATTING ORDER
Each player will become a batter in the order in which his name appears on the sheet.  The batting order of each team will be complete and delivered to the umpires prior to the start of the first inning.
Coed - minimum requirement guy-guy-guy-girl.
For questions about the 7&3 batting order please view Rule 4, 7/3 Coed, Section 2 Extra Player (EP) in the NSA 2018 Softball Rules Under Part III Coed Softball pg. 49/50

OUTFIELD LINE
Coed Single Headers - When a female batter is “at bat” all outfielders must be positioned behind the white line located 175’ from home plate. If a female batter makes contact with the ball and an outfielder is within the 175’ line the batter-runner will advance one extra base when the ball is declared dead.

PITCHING
Only men are allowed to pitch in our coed leagues in 7/3 format. Females can pitch if there are 4 or more females on the field. There is an NSA softball rule located in the official NSA softball rulebook. The rule has been in their book for the last 4 years. The 2019 version is located here -> https://www.playnsa.com/Rulebook.aspx?

CORNER BASE SAFETY RULE
Runners on first or third bases may notify the umpire if they wish to step off the base and stand near the fence to avoid potentially getting hit with a batted ball. Once the ball is hit runners must touch the base before advancing.


MIDDLE RULE
A 6ft wide by 12ft deep rectangular box will be designated as the Pitcher’s Box. A pitcher may pitch from the rubber or inside any part of the 6ft by 12ft Inner Pitching Box. A pitcher must come to a complete stop from the rubber or from inside of the Inner Pitching Box before releasing the ball. If not on the rubber, one foot must be in or touching the Inner Pitching Box. The Inner Pitching Box serves as a measure to give the pitcher added distance from the plate.

  1. The Pitcher’s Protected Area extends beyond the rear of the 6ft by 12ft box, indefinitely 
  2. Pitcher’s Box, Player Safety:

When a sharply hit batted ball is hit inside of the Pitcher’s Box, from the ground to the top of the pitcher’s head, the batter will be called out. The play is dead, and the runners cannot advance. Always continue to play until the Umpire makes a call, the ball must be hit with some force (do not assume the Umpire will make an out call). If, in the opinion of the Umpire, a hard-hit ball strikes the ground prior to the box and endangers the pitcher, the rule can still be applied. There are no warnings issued and the rule will be enforced. 

  1. If both of the pitcher’s feet are outside of the pitcher’s safety box, the pitcher will be considered just a defensive player and the automatic out does not apply. 
  2. On a softly hit ball entering the pitcher’s box this rule will not apply. Umpire’s discretion will apply. 
  3. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Hitting Up the Middle) Any player, heard by the Umpire, Supervisor or League Coordinator, verbally threatening to “shoot the middle” or put another player in danger, will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty for this will be ejection from the game by the Umpire and indefinite suspension from the league.