RECOMMENDED MINOR SOFTBALL RULES
With the creation of Softball Canada’s Long Term Player development (LTPD) model (available at www.softball.ca), Softball Canada determined that rules unification was a key element of our LTPD implementation plan. The creation of a nationally standardized recommended set of rules for the minor age categories would assist in aligning our competition structures with LTPD principles. The goal was to create a set of rules to be followed by all minor categories that was based on research regarding growth and motor development. This ensures that the games played by children and youth were age and stage appropriate and met the objectives for those stages of development.
The following rules were developed with the help of experts across Canada, and it is recommended by Softball Canada that all softball governing bodies follow these rules for minors as a supplement to the playing rules.
We encourage parents, coaches, and officials to consult with their local and Provincial/Territorial associations regarding specific rules being used for league and tournament play.
For more information about LTPD, please visit Softball Canada’s website www.softball.ca