Girls Outdoor League Rules

PLAY BY DATES

  • U10 Softball – play by date Friday 12th July, semi-final by Friday 19th July, final to take place Sunday 21st July (Venue – Old Camdenians CC).
  • U11 Hardball – play by date Friday 12th July, final to take place Sunday 14th July (Venue – Highgate CC).
  • U12 Softball – play by date Friday 12th July, semi-final by Wednesday 24th July, final to take place Friday 26th July (Venue – North London CC).
  • U13 Hardball – play by date Friday 12th July, semi-final by Friday 19th July, final to take place Sunday 21st July (Venue – Highgate CC).
  • U15 Hardball – play by date Sunday 21st July, final to take place Sunday 28th July (Venue – Highgate CC).

GENERAL RULES AND NOTICES

Other than as set out below, all Girls matches will be played according to the Laws of Cricket and the MJCA Outdoor Competition rules.

  1. The U10, U11 and U12 Girls competitions will all be played as pairs cricket – see below – and the U13 and U15 Girls competitions will be played as normal cricket.
  2. If a Girls’ League fixture is cancelled because of the weather, it may be rescheduled if both Clubs agree and as long as it is played before the play-by date for that division.

GIRLS PAIRS RULES (U10 SOFTBALL, U11 HARDBALL AND U12 SOFTBALL)

  1. Teams shall comprise 8 players, each of whom shall only be a bona fide member of the Club she represents. If both teams can field more than 8 players i.e. 10 players per side, then the match can be played with a greater number. This would be agreed by the team managers in good time prior to the scheduled date for the match.
  2. Innings to be 16 overs per side, unless agreed prior to the start of the match. In the event that the team sizes are increased to 10 players per side, the number of overs per side will be increased to 20 overs.
  3. For U10 and U12 Softball matches, an incrediball should be used; for U11 Hardball matches a new pink 4 3/4oz Junior hardball should be used.
  4. Plastic bats are only permitted in U10 Softball matches.
  5. Each team starts with a score of 200 runs.
  6. The batting team shall be divided into pairs. Each pair shall bat for 4 overs, assuming a 16 overs per side match
  7. Batters shall have unlimited wickets but each wicket shall result in 5 runs being deducted from the total score. No batter who is out shall face the next ball. Batters shall change ends at the fall of each wicket except if a wicket falls from the last ball of an over.
  8. All players except the wicket-keeper must bowl and no player may bowl more than one over more than any other bowler.
  9. In the event of the umpires being satisfied that a player is incapacitated, her place may be taken by a reserve who shall bat and/or bowl in her place. If no reserve is available, any over due to be bowled by the injured player shall be bowled by another player without exceeding her quota. The captain of the fielding side shall choose one of the players in the first 3 pairs to bat a second time to make up the 4th pair.
  10. In the event of a team having only 7 players, the number of overs in the match will be unchanged and any overs that would have been bowled by the missing player, should be bowled by one of the other players without exceeding her quota. The captain of the fielding side shall choose one of the players in the first 3 pairs to bat a second time to make up the 4th pair. There should be no expectation that an extra fielder to replace the missing player should be provided by the other team.
  11. Wicket-keepers may be changed during the course of an innings.

GIRLS U13 AND U15 HARDBALL RULES

  1. The default number of players per team (at U13 and U15) is 11, but if a Club is not able to field 11 players, they may notify the other Club, with at least 7 days’ notice prior to the scheduled time of the match, specifying how many players they will be able to field, and the number of players per side will then be reduced by agreement of both teams, on the proviso that the team sizes should not be reduced to fewer than 8 players per side.
  2. Innings to be 20 overs per side, unless agreed prior to the start of the match.
  3. Batters must retire out at 50 runs.
  4. A wicket-keeper may be changed if ill or injured. In other circumstances, wicket-keepers may be changed, but there should be no stoppage in play and any wicket-keeper may not bowl in the match, either before or after acting as wicket-keeper.
  5. In U13 Girls’ Hardball matches, the pitch length is 19 yards, and a pink 4 3/4oz Junior hardball should be used. Wides and no-balls must be recorded as 2 runs plus whatever is run (with no extra balls), except in the final over, when they should be re-bowled.
  6. In U15 Girls’ Hardball matches, the pitch length is 20 yards, and a pink 5oz Women’s hardball should be used. Wides and no-balls must be recorded as 1 run plus whatever is run with balls re-bowled throughout the innings.
  7. In both U13 and U15 Girls’ Hardball matches, a free hit will be awarded following a front foot no-ball. Where there is a free hit, the field should not change from the previous delivery.
  8. Umpires, match managers or other spectators shall not give advice or instruction to any player who is on the field of play.

Rules 2 to 8 of the Girls’ Hardball rules, as set out above, are consistent with the main outdoor competition rules and are included here as a summary for ease of reference. In relation to any of these rules, Clubs should refer to the main outdoor competition rules for further details.