Indoor Softball League Rules
Updated 11/7/2018

2018-2019 Genesee Fieldhouse Indoor Softball League Rules


Genesee Fieldhouse is an indoor facility, thus during snow, rain, and other weather related events outside of our control, games may go on. We will cancel games for the safety of our customers, if weather events become dangerous. However, since we are not in control of the weather, no refunds, discounts, or credits will be offered due to weather related conditions. We will do our best to reschedule any canceled game. Game times and days may not match the typical time frame, but we will make it available as an option, where possible. If a game time/day is not agreeable by both parties or not available, the recorded score will be a 0-0 tie for each team.

Each team must pay the umpire $15 before each game. If a team fails to pay before the game is started, it will be the umpire's choice whether or not to start the game.


  1. All age groups will play with regulation pitching and base distances. All games are live arm.
  2. Any team that has sunflower seeds will forfeit their game(s), with no warnings given. If a team cannot obey the facility rules, they will be asked to leave. Please pass this information on your team members and their parents.
  3. Everyone on the line-up sheet bats, and it is free defensive substitution. If a player is not on the initial line-up sheet to begin the game, that player will not be allowed to participate in the game, unless the team has not batted  through its entire line-up, then the player arriving late can be added to the end of the line-up sheet.
  4. A player that bats out of order will be an automatic out and the line-up will resume from that point. This situation will only occur if the batter has received one pitched ball, and is protested by the opposing team. If the mistake is caught before the first pitched ball, no penalty will occur.
  5. Pinch-runners must be used for the catcher when there are two outs. Pinch-runners can be used for a pitcher that is going to enter the game the next inning.
  6. We will play with 0-0 pitch counts, unlimited foul balls 7 runs maximum per at bat. Once 7 runs are met the inning will end and the teams will switch. A mercy rule will be in effect: 15 runs or more after 4 completed innings. 
  7. All age groups play a maximum of 6 innings or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. No new inning will begin with 5 minutes or less left in the game. If the home team is up to bat and is behind at time limit, they will be allowed to finish their half inning, unless the home team is behind by more than 7 run differential, at that point they will be allowed to bat until time limit is reached. Any runs that are scored will count towards each team’s run differential. Games can end in a tie. If the visiting team is up to bat and the time limit is reached, the game will end, and the score will revert to last completed inning. 
  8. A team is able to play with 8 players, however, the 9thspot will be an automatic out. A team with 7 players or less will be forfeiture. Teams can still play, however the score will be recorded as 7 – 0. However, if a team during the game falls below the minimum 8 player rule, the player that left the game (either personal reasons or ejection) will be an automatic out.
  9. If a batted ball rolls through the fencing or any other field demarcation, the ball will be ruled dead (only after umpire inspection) and the ruling will be a ground rule double. Field players must put their arms up to indicate to the umpire that the ball is unplayable.
  10. Any batted ball hit over the fencing or other field demarcation will be considered a home-run. The batter does not have to run the bases.If the batter chooses to run all bases must be touched.
  11. Any batted ball that hits the top of the dome will be a dead-ball. The ball cannot be caught for a recorded out, nor can any base runners advance if dropped or caught, but that batted ball does go against the batters strike count. A batted ball that is hit behind the dugout area, or off the side of the dome cannot be caught for a recorded out. The ball is dead and is unplayable.
  12. Fair territory is defined by an imaginary line running in front of the dugout and running parallel to the base lines. This line is up to umpire judgment on any batted ball. Spectators must be seated behind this imaginary line. Coaches, it is up to you to make sure your parents are seated in the proper spot. A batted ball that is hit behind the dugout is foul and cannot be caught for a recorded out if the ball ricochets back into the field of play. The ball is dead.
  13. Infield fly rule will not be enforced.
  14. Dropped 3rdstrike rule will be enforced for 12U and up ages. This rule is not in effect for 10U.
  15. No pitching restrictions. There is a one time re-entry for a pitcher. If the pitcher is being re-entered she is allowed two pitches and the game will commence, if done at the top or bottom of an inning, she will be allowed 5 pitches.
  16. Stealing: Stealing can be done once the ball leaves the pitchers hand.
  17. There are only 5-mimutes in between games, so please vacate your dugout area as quickly as possible. If you are going to have a team meeting, please do so off the field, so games can stay on time.
  18. Dugouts are for coaches and players only. 4 Coaches maximum allowed. If there are more than four coaches the umpire will ask the head coach to remove one of the coaches. An umpire will only speak with the head coach on any contested calls. If the dugout does not comply the game will be forfeited 7-0. All players must be in the dugout area at all times, except the on-deck batter. Helmets must be worn at all times, including any player coaches.
  19. Team roster/waivers must be turned in prior to your first game. Any player that does not have a signed waiver will not be allowed to play. If a player is deemed to be too old based on the Genesee Fieldhouse age requirements (ask if you are unsure) your team will forfeit and the player will not be able to play. Please keep copies of birth certificates with you, no need to turn them in, unless a players age is contested.
  20. On deck batters are responsible for picking up bats after a batted ball.
  21. Face protection is required by any player warming up a pitcher.
  22. Coaches please pass along to your staff, team members, and parents: Genesee Fieldhouse will not allow any coach, player, or parent in the building that cannot conduct themselves in a calm and professional manner. Any outbursts may cause your team the embarrassment of being asked to leave.
  23. Other rules not covered will fall back on MHSAA/NFHS rules. 
  24. A coach can visit the mound once per pitcher per inning. If the coach visits the same pitcher twice in the same inning, the pitcher will be removed from the pitching position.
  25. Games that are cancelled by the Genesee Fieldhouse due to weather will be recorded as a 0-0 tie. A team that does not show up, the score will be recorded as a 7-0 loss. 

League Tie-Breaker Rules: 

1.      Over-all Record (3-points for a win, 1 point for a tie)
2.      Head to head
3.      Least amount of runs allowed
4.      Largest positive run differential 
5. Most amount of runs scored