MN SOFTBALL 8U FASTPITCH RULES
2021 8U State Tournament Rules (link)
The initial rules were created by Minnesota Softball Staff after consulting with many other states about how they conduct 8U softball. The idea is to get kids playing short games, learn how to play the game properly, and to enjoy playing the sport. The premise of this is not to develop pitchers. You can and should work on pitching during every single practice, with every single kid. If you have a kid that is an advanced player for that age, place them on a 10U team if feasible. Now entering our 7th year being organized the rules have evolved to meet the needs of associations and coaches to help make the sport better and to make it grow.
These rules were modified at the March 18, 2021 8-Under focus meeting.
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Coaches allowed on the field:
In order to ensure the coaches can focus on instruction with players at the 8U level, the home team will provide a non-coach parent umpire/or a youth cadet umpire if you had one trained. The parent ump/cadet will keep track of the pitch count and strikes as well as enforce the rules set forth for the 8U league. Should the parent ump/cadet question a play, they may defer to offense and defense coaches in field to help make the final call.