8 & Under

Skill Focus: Intermediate throwing, batting, baserunning, catching pop-flies, beginner development for players interested in catching – introducing situational awareness such as knowing your pitch count, knowing your defensive outs, how to tag up while baserunning, where to throw the ball when on defense depending on outs and runners, etc.

Expectations: This division will run the full length of the Softball season. Each team is expected to play a minimum 10 games. More home than away games. Travel to away games within approximately 20 – 30 minutes of Garner.

Game Play Rules:

  • Field of Play: Bases 60’, Pitcher’s Circle 8’ Radius, Batter’s Box 6’ x 3’, Minimum Outfield Fence 180’
  • Time: No New Inning after 1h 15m – game ends after 1h 30m
  • Pitching: Ball will be pitched to player from a coach
  • Batting: Each batter receives 5 pitches, or 3 strikes. Batter is out on third strike. No walks.
  • Fielding: Teams can field 10 defensive players, with 4 in the outfield.
  • Innings: Innings change after 3 outs or 5 runs.
  • Baserunning: Leading when ball cross plates, stealing is NOT allowed

Uniform and Equipment:
League Provided: Jersey and socks.

**Metal Cleats are not allowed**

Age Qualification: Any player whose eighth (8) birthday falls on or after January 1 of current year is eligible to compete in 8 & under Coach Pitch play. A player must have a minimum league age of six (6) years of age.