2021 Interleague Council Local Rules for 12U Division Games
These local rules are adopted for interleague recreational play. The interleague games further adopt the general Official Rules of Softball published by USA Softball for Junior Olympic girl’s fast pitch. In addition, the interleague has agreed:
Start time: within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time (based on field availability).
Home team is responsible for notifying the visiting team of postponements or unplayable
field conditions. If a game is postponed, rescheduling is the responsibility of the home
Home team takes the third base dugout and is responsible for preparing the field before
each game and maintains the official scorebook for the game.
Only players, managers, coaches and scorekeepers are permitted to occupy the player
Local Rules for 12U Division Play
12U-1 Games may be played with as few as 8 players in a line-up. No out is taken for the 9th spot in the batting order (No USA Softball Short Hand Rule applied).
12U-2 Ten players are allowed on defense, six infielders and four outfielders on the grass.]
12U-3 Players may be openly substituted in the defense without limitation. Umpires do not record defensive changes but must receive a lineup from each team that shows the batting lineup and pitching and catching assignments.
12U-4 All players on the team are in the batting order. Players appear anywhere in the batting order determined at the beginning of the game regardless of whether the player is a starting defensive player or a substitute.
12U-5 If a player arrives after the game has begun, add her to the bottom of the order (exception: late arriving player whose first turn at bat has not passed). If a player leaves the game early, skip her at bat without penalty. In either case, the umpire and opposing team must be notified prior to the added or missing player’s at bat.
12U-6 A half inning ends when the defensive team achieves three outs, or if during the first three innings, the offensive team scores four runs.
12U-7 If the visiting team is losing by 13 or more after their at bat in the fourth inning, or any subsequent inning, the Mercy Rule is invoked. Conversely if the home team is losing by 13 or more runs after completion of their at bat in the fourth inning, or any subsequent inning, the Mercy Rule is invoked.
12U-8 12U games are played for six (6) innings or until the playing time limit of 1 hour 20 minutes. Once the game playing time has passed the time limit, the current inning will be

completed and one additional inning will be played. The bottom half of the additional inning will not be played if the home team is winning. Ties are allowed.
12U-9 12U pitching distance is 40 feet.
12U-10 Pitchers are not inning limited, but the coaches should endeavor to provide the
opportunity to those girls who want to pitch and are capable of doing so.
12U-11 A pitcher must be removed if she unavoidably hits 3 batters in the course of an inning. She may return to pitch in later innings, but if she hits another batter that pitcher must be relieved from pitching for the remainder of the game.
12U-12 Home field rules are observed regarding game duration (hard-stops) and other rules specific to the location.
12U-13 Courtesy runners are allowed as substitutions for the next inning’s pitcher and/or catcher. The courtesy runner must be announced prior to the substitution and must be the player in the dugout who is least likely to come to bat that inning (bottom of the batting order at the start of the inning).
12U-14 Injured players, no longer able to play, will be treated as if they had to leave the game early- no out shall be automatically taken. An injured player may re-enter the game upon agreement of the opposing Managers and the umpire(s). An injured batter/runner may be substituted with a Courtesy Runner (see 12U-13).
12U-15 Bats must have the ASA/USA Softball certification mark. 12U-16 Metal cleats are not allowed.