U8 Rules

UpdatedMonday January 20, 2020 byMeridian Youth Baseball.

U8 Division Rules

  • The Home team shall occupy the third base side of the field and the visiting team shall occupy the first base side. No official score is kept in this division.
  • The home team shall furnish a volunteer umpire for all league games. The umpire will be positioned in the field and will be primarily responsible for making out/safe and fair/foul calls. The umpire will not call balls and strikes.
  • Each team will provide one game ball per game.
  • Games shall begin promptly, and the start time will be noted by both coaches. No new inning will be started after one-hour, and a hard-stop will occur at one hour fifteen minutes.  No extra innings will be played due to a tie score. 
  • Because this is an instructional league and pitching is done by coaches, the coach will be allowed to coach from the mound during the pitch. For pitch consistency, 11” softballs will be used.
  • Each half inning shall consist of ten batters or three outs, whichever occurs first. All rostered players present at each game shall be listed in the team batting order. When an inning reaches the tenth batter, play is over when the third out occurs or home plate is touched by any defensive player in possession of the ball.
  • A maximum of 10 defensive players will be allowed on defense at one time. If used, the additional defender must be positioned in the outfield. Since all players are in the batting order, free substitution is allowed. No player is allowed to sit out on defense more than one inning per game unless a special situation occurs.
  • A maximum of two defensive coaches will be allowed in the field.  A maximum of one offensive coach will be allowed on the field.
  • A maximum of five pitches will be provided to each batter. The batter is allowed to swing at all five pitches.  If a batter is still struggling to make contact after five pitches, the coaches can exercise the option of bringing out a tee to assist the batter.
  • Use of a batting tee during games is prohibited.
  • No walks will be allowed.
  • No stealing is allowed in this division.
  • Teams may play games with as few as 7 players. Players arriving late can be inserted into the batting order at any time.