In-Town Program

Updated Wednesday May 24, 2017 by GSLW.

In-Town Recreation Program
 
 
K1 Instructional League
Kindergarten & 1st Graders
 

You can email the Director at K-1Director@westfieldsoftball.org

 
GAME RULES FOR KINDERGARTEN LEAGUE
 
The kindergarten league is an instructional league. We do not keep score. We do not count or record outs. There is no pitching. All balls are hit off a Tee. Use 11” Incrediballs for the game.
 
Everyone plays in the field. Coaches should spread all the players out across the entire infield. The goal for fielding at this level is to either make the out at first base or to make a force play at second or third base.
 
Coaches should make sure to keep changing the “positions” of the players every inning. Moving the players to different positions on the field increases the likelihood of having a ball hit to her. Also, by playing different positions around the field, the girls knowledge of the game will increase.
 
All players on the team bat once every inning. The players advance one base at a time. So every hitter stays on the bases, even if the fielders record an out. The last batter hits a “home run” and circles the bases regardless of the outcome of their batted ball.
 
Coaches should change the batting order every inning. This will give every girl a chance to bat first and last in the order during at least once during the year.
 
The game lasts three innings.
 
GAME RULES FOR 1ST GRADE LEAGUE
 
The 1ST grade league is an instructional league with coach pitching and coach catching. We do not keep score. We do not count or record outs. Use 11” Incrediballs for the game.
 
Everyone plays in the field. Coaches should spread all the players out across the entire infield.  Do not place a girl in the position of catcher. The goal for fielding at this level is to either make the out at first base or to make a force play at second or third base.
 
Coaches should make sure to keep changing the “positions” of the players every inning. Moving the players to different positions on the field increases the likelihood of having a ball hit to her. Also, by playing different positions around the field, the girls’ knowledge of game situations will improve.
 
All players on the team bat once every inning. The players advance one base at a time. So, every hitter stays on the bases, even if the fielders record an out. The last batter hits a “home run” and circles the bases regardless of the outcome of their batted ball.
 
Coaches should change the batting order every inning. This will give every girl a chance to bat first and last in the order during at least once during the year. Suggestions for batting order include using their numbers sequentially or their names alphabetically being sure to switch the order often.
 
The game lasts three innings.
 
 
2-3 Instructional League
2nd & 3rd Graders
 

You can email the Director at 2-3Director@westfieldsoftball.org

 

GAME RULES FOR 2nd GRADE LEAGUE
 
The 2nd grade league is an instructional league with coach pitching and coach catching. We do not keep score; but, we do record outs. Use 11” Incrediballs for the game.
 
Everyone plays in the field. Coaches should spread the extra players across the outfield. Do not place a girl in the position of catcher.
 
Coaches should make sure to keep changing the positions of the players every inning. Moving the players to different positions on the field increases the likelihood of having a ball hit to her. Also, by playing different positions around the field, the girls’ knowledge of game situations will improve.
 
If the fielding team records an out, the runner being tagged or forced out leaves the field and goes the bench. If three outs are recorded, the bases are cleared; but the rest of the girls from the hitting team continue to get a turn until the entire team has batted in the inning. If three outs are not recorded, the inning ends when everyone on the hitting team has batted.
 
On a batted ball the players can advance up to two bases at a time. Do not have players advancing bases on overthrows. 
 
Coaches should change the batting order every inning. This will give every girl a chance to bat first and last in the order during at least once during the year. Suggestions for batting order include using their numbers sequentially or their names alphabetically being sure to switch the order often.
 
The game lasts three innings.

 

GAME RULES FOR 3rd GRADE LEAGUE

 

The 3rd grade league is an instructional league. However, it is the first level where we keep score and have a winning and losing team as well as end innings after “3” outs. 

Coaches are encouraged to stand in the field with their team to offer instruction and rule reminders.

Coaches are required to rotate players around positions each inning in order to ensure that each player receives equal opportunity and experience to field the ball and be a part of the play.  All coaches must have an even rotation and not “sit” girls to win.  

We use the 11” Incrediballs for the game. 

Click here for > 3rd Grade Rules

 

National League
4th & 5th Graders
 

You can email the Director at NationalDirector@westfieldsoftball.org

Click here for > National League Rules

Click here for > National League Rules Snapshot

 
American League
6th, 7th & 8th Graders
 

You can email the Director at AmericanDirector@westfieldsoftball.org

Click here for >  American League Rules

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