2022 Bylaws & Rules (Cornwall Kinsmen Girls Softball Association)

Print2022 Bylaws & Rules

Cornwall Kinsmen Girls Softball
Recreational Association Bylaws



Please Note: Cornwall Kinsmen Girls Softball follow Softball Canada and Softball Ontario rules first and foremost. For clarification on rules not written here, please refer to those governing bodies. The bylaws written below are put into place to help our games only.

NOTE: Updates for the 2022 Season are highlighted


General rules for all divisions

1. League provided jerseys must be always worn to be eligible to play. Black ball pants or black shorts (minimum 5” of length) must be worn. Jersey must not be covered up. If a jersey is not available, the player will have to sit out.
2. Each player must supply their own CSA approved batting helmet with face protection and functioning chin strap used for batting and running of bases. Helmets must be always worn in the dugout.
a. Teams will be charged 1 out for each offense. Defensive teams will have the out administered during the team’s next at-bat.
3. No jewelry can be worn, except for medical alert bracelets. No nose rings, earrings or hoops that cannot be covered with tape.
a. Team will be charged an out for each offense, the player will be ejected on the 2nd offense.
4. All players are to be rotated equally to the best of the coach’s ability.
a. Coaches, please consider using sportsmanship, and remind the opposing coach of players you feel have not been rotated within the division’s ‘official game’ time.
5. All divisions must have at least 7 players per team to officially play a game, except for the U9 division.
a. There will be NO call ups this season.
6. The home team is responsible for score sheets, game balls and putting out the bases, for the early games, or putting away the bases at the end of night.
7. The chief umpire, or a member of the executives, will call rain delays for evening games prior to 6:30. Plate umpire will call rain delays on the field after 6:30.
a. Information will be posted to our Facebook page. Please follow us to receive updates.
8. Each team may have a maximum of 3 non-players (coaches), over the age of 18, on the team bench at the same time. This includes the 2 individuals helping on the field.
9. Catcher speed up rule in effect. With 2 outs, if your catcher is on base, inform the umpire and switch out that player with the last recorded out. This gives time for the catcher to be ready, once the inning is over.
10. Late players can enter the game at any time. Their name will be added to the bottom of the lineup.
11. Game sheets MUST be submitted by the home team, through our website. Failure to do so will result in the home team forfeiting the game.
12. Zero tolerance for abuse of players, game officials/umpires. Zero chances. The player or coach will be ejected from the game and will be required to appear before the executive committee for a hearing.
a. This includes the use of foul language in any situation.


U11 division

● Minimum age of 5 years old. All other players must be under the age of 11, as of the start of the calendar year.
● Games will be played at Kinsmen park and Optimist park West.
○ Home team to use 1st baseline bench
○ Home team to set up the bases and put them away

● Bases are 45 feet away.
● 11” ‘practice’ ball will be used
● Players should play both infield and outfield in every game.

○ No player shall play the same infield position more than twice and outfield position more than once.
● Players will receive 5 pitches from the coach. If the batter is unsuccessful in hitting the pitched ball, the batter will have 2 attempts to hit the ball off the tee.
● An on-deck batter must be ready, in the circle, at all times.
● A runner can use the first base white bag only to avoid contact with the defensive player or trying to advance to second base.
● Runners can only advance once the ball is hit.
○ Stealing of bases is NOT PERMITTED 
● Ball must be hit to the outfield to advance more than one base. If the ball is hit to the outfield, the player can run until the ball leaves the hand of the outfielder.
● If the pitcher (coach) is hit by a ball hit by the batter, the ball is considered dead, and the pitch doesn’t count.
● In case of an overthrow by an infielder to another base, play will stop, and the runner will return to the previous base unless over half way to extra base.
● Tip foul must be at least 6 feet in height to be called out, if caught.
● Infielder must throw to 1st base to attempt an out with every hit.
● Maximum of 9 batters per inning or if less than 9 players, whole lineup.
● Only 9 players are allowed on the field at one time.
● Batting team can only have one coach pitching and a maximum of 2 coaches on the field, one each at 1st or 3rd. The defensive team is allowed a maximum of 2 coaches on the field.
● No new innings will start after 7:00.
○ All players must be ready to play, before this time
○ If the start of the game is delayed, for whatever reason, stop times must be adjusted accordingly to allow the game to complete enough innings to be considered official.
○ Once an inning starts, it must be completed

● Official game consists of a minimum of 2 completed innings.
● An umpire may be provided for the game, otherwise, both team coaches will officiate the game.


U15 Division

● All players must be under the age of 15, as of the start of the calendar year
● Pitching plate will be set at 40 feet
● Bases will be set to 60 feet
● 12” ball will be used
● Games will be played at King George park.
○ Home team will use the bench along the 3rd baseline if at King George.
○ Home team to set up the bases, if early game, and put them away, if late game

● Maximum 5 runs per inning or 3 outs, whichever comes first
● The mercy rule is in effect.
○ 15 run differentials after 4 complete innings, 10 runs after 5, or more, complete innings
● Pitchers
○ Evaluated on 9 outs to be replaced. If maximum runs per inning is achieved before 3 outs, pitchers will be credited with 3 outs.
○ If a new pitcher enters an inning, part-way through, the new pitcher will be evaluated on the number of batters they face, with 3 outs being the maximum they can be credited for, for that inning.
■ The exiting pitcher will be credited with 3 outs
○ No more than 3 hit batters in any 1 inning, or 5 over 3 innings. Pitcher must be removed and can no longer pitch in that game
○ MUST start with one foot touching the mound.

  • Ball can be in hand, or glove, when receiving the signal from the catcher

  • MUST pause for 2-5 seconds before delivering the pitch

  • Cannot step back before delivering the pitch

  • Can leap to deliver the pitch, but no ‘crow hopping

● No player can play one position more than 3 times per game
● All players should play outfield or sit out, for one inning, in every game
○ This must happen before the start of the 3rd inning
● Outfielders must play on grass, in fair territory.
● Coaches must keep records of rotation of players, to be presented if challenged by other coaches, umpires or executive members.
● An on-deck batter must be ready, in the circle, at all times.
● Infield fly rule in effect.
○ Runners can advance at their own discretion
● Dropped 3rd strike rule in effect.
○ Batters may attempt to advance to 1st base if the 3rd strike is dropped by the catcher, or if the ball hits the ground before reaching the catcher, IF 1st base is open (before the pitch) OR there are 2 outs.
● A runner can use the first base white bag only to avoid contact with the defensive player or trying to advance beyond first base.
○ Defensive players can touch the orange bag only when receiving a throw from the catcher from the 1st base side of foul, due to a dropped 3rd strike.
● Defensive players cannot block the plate, for any play at home.
● Runners can only come off the bag/base, or steal, once the ball crosses home plate. NO LEADING
○ Runner will be out if caught leading
● No new innings will start after 7:30/9:30.
○ All players must be ready to play, before this time
○ If the start of the game is delayed, for whatever reason, stop times must be adjusted accordingly to allow the game to complete enough innings to be considered official.
○ Once an inning starts, it must be completed

● Official game consists of a minimum of 3 completed innings.
● 2 umpire system


U19 Division

● All players must be under the age of 20, as of the start of the calendar year
● Pitching plate will be set at 43 feet.
● Bases set to 60 feet
● 12” ball will be used
● Games will be played at King George park.
○ Home team to use bench along 3rd baseline
○ Home team to set up the bases, if early game, and put them away, if late game
○ Home team responsible to lock up bathroom, after the late game

● Maximum 7 runs per inning or 3 outs, whichever comes first, for the first 4 innings.
○ 5th inning on, innings will be considered OPEN, requiring 3 outs to complete the inning.
● The mercy rule is in effect.
○ 15 run differentials after 5 complete innings, 10 runs after 6, or more, complete innings
● Pitchers
○ Evaluated on 12 outs or 4 innings. If maximum runs per inning is achieved before 3 outs, pitchers will be credited with 3 outs.
○ If a new pitcher enters an inning, part-way through, they will be evaluated on the number of batters they face, with 3 outs being the maximum they can be credited for, for that inning.
■ The exiting pitcher will be credited with 3 outs
○ No more than 3 hit batters in 1 inning, or 8 over 4 innings. Pitcher must be removed and can no longer pitch in that game
MUST start with one foot touching the mound.

  • Ball can be in hand, or glove, when receiving the signal from the catcher

  • MUST pause for 2-5 seconds before delivering the pitch

  • Cannot step back before delivering the pitch

  • Can leap to deliver the pitch, but no ‘crow hopping

● No player can play one position more than 4 times per game
● All players should play outfield or sit out, for one inning, in every game.
○ This must happen before the start of the 5th inning
● Outfielders must play on grass, in fair territory.
● Coaches must keep records of rotation of players, to be presented if challenged by other coaches, umpires or executive members.
● Dropped 3rd strike rule in effect.
○ Batters may attempt to advance to 1st base if the 3rd strike is dropped by the catcher, or if the ball hits the ground before reaching the catcher, IF 1st base is open (before the pitch) OR there are 2 outs.
● Infield fly rule in effect.
○ Runners can advance at their own discretion
● A runner can use the first base white bag only to avoid contact with the defensive player or trying to advance beyond first base.
○ Defensive players can touch the orange bag only when receiving a throw from the catcher from the 1st base side of foul, due to a dropped 3rd strike.
● Defensive players cannot block the plate for any play at home.
● An on-deck batter must be ready, in the circle, at all times.
● Runner can come off the bag/base or steal, once the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. NO LEADING
○ Runner will be out if caught leading
● No new innings will start after 7:40/9:40.
○ All players must be ready to play, before this time
○ If the start is delayed, for whatever reason, stop times must be adjusted accordingly to allow the game to complete enough innings to be considered official.
○ Once an inning starts, it must be completed

● Official game consists of a minimum of 4 completed innings.
● 2 umpire system