Softball Items of Importance

A SOFTBALL BLAST FROM JOHN BRANSLEY
MAY 4, 2021
 
GAME ENDING PROCEEDURES
1.   15 run rule – If a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after 4 innings and both coaches and umpires agree to end the game.  If the home team is ahead and both coaches agree then the home team does not bat in the bottom of the 4th inning.
2.   10 run rule – if a team is ahead by ten or more runs after five innings the game must end.  If the home team is ahead, they don’t bat in the bottom of the 5th inning.
 
INTERNATIONAL TIE BREAKER
1.   If the game is tied, starting at the top of the 10th inning, each half inning will start with a runner on 2nd base.  That runner is the person who is scheduled to bat last (9th) in that inning.
2.   If the runner scheduled to bat last is the pitcher or catcher, a courtesy runner cannot be used. The pitcher or catcher must run for themselves.
 
COURTESY RUNNER
1.   A courtesy runner may be used when the pitcher or catcher bats and successfully gets on base.    They can enter as a courtesy runner at any time after the pitcher or catcher gets on base.
2.   Different courtesy runners must be used for the pitcher and catcher.  If #12 ran for the pitcher she cannot run for the catcher.
3.   Only players who have not been in the game in any capacity may be used as a courtesy runner.
4.   Courtesy runners may not be used as a substitute in the same half inning that they were courtesy runners.
5.   If a courtesy runner is injured, she cannot be replaced with another courtesy runner.  The pitcher or catcher can come back and run for themselves but if a substitute runs for her then that substitute just replaced the pitcher or the catcher.
 
INTENTIONAL BASE ON BALLS
1.   At any time during an at-bat, a request can be made to the plate umpire by the defensive coach, pitcher or catcher for the purpose of awarding the batter first base.
2.   Time is called and the batter is given the award.