Co- Ed Softball Rules
Maximum = 10 players (3 Females on field if Co-Ed)
Minimum = 7 players
- Each game will consist of seven innings or be terminated after 1 hour, which ever occurs first. In any game that is terminated by the end of 1 hour, the score reverts back to the last completed inning.
- Six full innings (51/2 innings if the home team is ahead) constitutes a game whenever rain starts or darkness falls after the game is underway. The IM supervisor will decide when the game will be stopped.
- The IM supervisor will stand close to home plate and will keep the line-up and batting order, keep track of the number of runs for both teams, and act as an arbitrator if one or both teams ask for decision over a disputed call.
- The pitcher pitches to his own team. The pitch will be made to best suit the batter. You may keep the same pitcher the entire game. If you do so, the pitcher would not bat.
- No stealing is allowed. Runners may leave the base when the pitch is hit. He/she will return to the base as the catcher is returning the ball to the pitcher. If the runner is off the base before the pitch passes the plate, the runner is out and no pitch is declared.
- Each batter gets two pitches to hit one. If a second pitch is needed and he/she fouls it, misses it, takes it, flies out or is thrown out, he/she is out.
- The pitcher tossing the ball to his/her teammates does not field the batted ball. If he interferes with the ball, the batter is out.
- If any thrown ball goes out of the fence or a line drawn from the backstop parallel to the baseline, the runner(s) or batter-runner being played upon is awarded the base he/she was advancing toward plus one base. Any number of bases may be run if the ball stays in the field of play.
- If a 15-run difference occurs during a contest, the trailing team has batted through their order once, and a minimum of two innings has been played unless the home team is ahead after 1 innings, the game will be stopped and considered a complete game.
- The ball becomes dead after each pitch or completed play. Thus, pick off attempts by the catcher is not allowed.
- At least three outfielders must remain behind the outfield arc (160 ft. from home plate) until the ball is struck.
- If defense fields 10 players, a maximum of 4 players are allowed in the outfield. 10th player must play at or around pitchers mound.
- Only 3 Varsity or former varsity players of this sport (Baseball / Fastpitch) will be allowed on field to play at any one time.
- NO bunting is allowed
- A batter is liable to ejection from the game and an out charged to his/her team if he/she lets the bat slip from his /her hands more than once or throws his/her bat intentionally.
- There must be 3 females on the field at all times.
- Batting out of order:
a. If the error is discovered while the incorrect batter is at bat, the correct batter may take his/her place and assume the correct batting order.
b. If the error is discovered after the incorrect batter has completed his/her turn at bat and before there has been a pitch to another batter, the player who should have batted is out. Any runs scored are canceled and base runners must return to the bases occupied when the incorrect batter took his/her position in the batters box. The next batter is the player whose name follows that of the player called out for failing to bat. If the batter declared out under these circumstances makes the third out of the inning, the correct batter in the next inning shall be the player who would have come to bat had the players been put out by ordinary play.
- Batters may not step out of the batters box to hit a bad pitch
- The pitcher must begin pitching with both feet on the mound (located 50 feet from home plate). The pitcher may not take more than one step, which must be forward, toward the batter, and simultaneous with the delivery of the ball to the batter.
- If a batted ball hits the pitcher, the batter is automatically out.
- Pitches must cross the plate on the fly, no bounces allowed.
- Male pitchers only.
Fielding and Base Running:
Base runners are responsible for avoiding all collisions with fielders any time the fielder is making a play on the ball (fielding the ball, throwing or catching a thrown ball). If the base runner does not avoid the collision, they are declared out and liable to ejection at the IM supervisors discretion.
General IM Rules
- Protests All protests must be made in writing and presented to the IM office according to rules #36-39.
- Participation Rules Teams are expected to follow IM rules #24-29. Be ready to play at game time and NO METAL SPIKES. Also, some bats may be banned from IM use (For the purpose of safety to all athletes).
- Sportsmanship Rule IM rule #35 will be strictly enforced.
- Check the IM website to learn of cancellations due to rain.