Soft Ball

Softball is a game played between two teams and the aim of the game is to score the most points. A point is scored each time a player from the batting team makes it to home base.

Teams must register at the Didsbury Sports Ground at 5:30pm ready for a 6:00pm start
The Rules
The Tournament
  • There will be 2 groups.
  • Each team will play everybody in their group once.
  • The top 2 teams in each group will play in semi finals. Top team in group1 will play 2nd place team in group 2. Top team in group 2 will play 2nd place team in group 1.
  • The wining team in the final will be named champions of the Soft Ball event.
  • Minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 10. 9 players are on the field for each team at any one time.
  • Teams must be of mixed gender and this must be reflected on the field of play at all times.
Basic Rules
  • Teams can be a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 10 players. 9 players are on the field for each team at any one time.
  • One team bats while the other team fields and bowls.
  • The bowler/pitcher bowls the ball underarm to the batter, who hits the ball anywhere on the softball field. The batter then runs to as many posts as possible before the fielders return the ball to touch the post the batter is heading for.
  • Games will be played over 1 innings. 3 players from the batting side must be out to end an innings.
  • All games will last a maximum of 20 mins if the game has not been decided with-in this duration the team with the most points wins, if this is a draw the team with the most home runs wins, if the game is still tied the team with the fewest players out during the match wins.
  • Please note there should be no time wasting, if the referee deems time wasting to be taking place the team involved will receiving a warning a one minute added to the match. If this happens a 2nd time a point will be deducted from the score,
  • Referees decision is final
Getting People Out
If the batter reaches home base a run/point is scored. If the batter hits the ball and makes it to a base before the fielding team are able to get the ball to and touch the base the batter may keep running or stay at a base. They cannot however share a base with another player on their team. In this instance one team member will be out.

A batter is out if the fielding team catch the ball hit by a batter before it touches the ground or by touching the post the batter is running to with the ball before the batter reaches it. If the runner reaches the 4th post on a no ball, the batting team scores 1 rounder. The batter cannot be caught out.

If the ball goes into the backward area the batter must stay at the 1st post until it reaches the outward area. If the 4th post is reached, 1 rounder is scored.

If the batter incurrs 2 no balls in a row then each member of the batting team gets to walk 1 base.

The team with the most rounders wins.
Running Around the Track
  • Batters must always make contact with the base as they run past it. If you don’t, the fielders can stump you out at the following post.
  • You don’t have to move to the next post every time a ball is bowled.
  • A batter may not remain at the same post as another batter. The umpire shall order the player who batted first to run on and may be put out in the usual ways. If they are both between bases and the batter coming up the rear runs past, then they would be out as the overtaker.
  • If you are at a base you cannot keep on moving to the next post when the bowler has the ball in his square. However, if you are between base then you can keep on moving until you reach the following base.
  • If a base has been previously stumped, you can run on to it but there will be no score if the next base has ahead has been stumped.
A player is out when:
  • a batter runs on the inside of the base and does not touch the base.
  • the base the batter is running to is stumped/touched.
  • you overtake a previous batter on the field.
  • the batter misses or hits the ball and their foot is over the front or back line of the batting square.
  • a fielder obstructs a batter.
  • you deliberately throw a bat.
  • the batter is caught out.
  • the batter loses contact with the base when the bowler has the ball.
Batting Rules
You may use two hands when batting.

All batters must wait far behind the batting square and well away from the 4th post.

If a player is out, they must also wait in the backward area well away from the 1st post.

Each batter will have one good ball bowled to them.

Before running to 1st base you must carefully drop the bat. Any deliberate misuse of the bat will result in your team forfeiting the game.

It is a no ball when:
  • the ball is above the head/below the knee.
  • the ball bounces on its way to you.
  • the ball is wide or straight at body.
  • the bowler’s foot is outside of the square when they release the ball.
  • the bowler does not use a smooth underarm action.

  • Please note:
    • You can still run on a no ball and can’t be caught out. You score in the same way.
    • Umpires decision is final.
    • 5 points will be awarded to each team for every game they win
    • 10 points will be awarded to both the teams who reach the final
    • 15 points will be awarded to the team who wins the entire event
    • 1 point will be awarded each time a player makes it round the track
    • 14th June 2017
    • 6:00pm - 9:30pm
    • Didsbury Sports Ground, Ford Lane, Didsbury, M20 2RU
    • 07442 507 601