Fastpitch Softball Leagues:
Mars Baseball & Fastpitch Softball Association currently participates in the Greater Pittsburgh Girls Softball League. This league provides competition within Mars as well as neighboring community associations.
8U – Coach Pitch
This is coach/manager pitch softball, this is instructional yet still providing the girls with a bit of competitive experience. 11” softball is used at this level. No ASA/USA Softball umpires for these games.
10U – Modified Coach Pitch
At this level girls are introduced to basic fastpitch softball skills. Bases are 60’ with a pitching distance of 35’. 10 players are permitted on defense. Games are minimum of 6 innings with a 10-run rule after 4 innings. A player can pitch no more than 3 innings per game. Girls pitch until there are 4 balls on the batter, then the coach comes in to pitch and the count resets. A base runner may steal 2nd and 3rd base only. 11” softball is used at this level. ASA/USA Softball umpires are present at this level of play.
At this level girls continue the basic and advanced fastpitch skills in a competitive setting. Bases are 60 feet with a pitching distance of 40 feet. 9 players are permitted on defense. Games are 7 innings with a 10-run rule after 5 innings. There is no restriction on the number of innings a pitcher can pitch. Also, at this level the 3rd strike rule is in effect. A base runner may steal 2nd, 3rd base and home plate. At this level girls are introduced to a regulation 12” softball. ASA/USA Softball umpires are present at this level of play.
Infielders Face Mask
Helmet w/ facemask
Gray baseball/softball pants
Cleats (nonmetal) and/or sneakers (for turf play)
Optional – bat (approved by ASA/USSA)