Blast Ball

Updated Friday February 13, 2015 by South Montgomery Girls Softball League.

SMGSL offers a BLASTBALL!® division for players aged 3 to 4 years old.  BLASTBALL!® is an excellent introductory game for beginner boys and girls who wish to play softball or baseball. The structure of the games allows for more action for a younger players short attention spans. More kids get to be involved which helps them develop and retain an interest in the sport. The game is safe and uses a foam bat and ball.
 
BLASTBALL!® teaches the basic softball/baseball fundamentals of hitting, throwing, and fielding while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
 

   Player Age:

  • Eligible players must be 3 years old by the 1st game of the current season, and must not be older than 4 years old by the first practice of the season.

Playing Field:

  • Playing field will consist of a 1st base loaded with a horn and a home plate where the batter will hit from a “Tee”.
  • All defensive players will line up at least 40 feet away from home plate.
  • A distance marker should be set at 10 feet from home plate. Any ball hit past the distance marker and inside the foul lines will be considered a fair ball and the batter shall advance to 1st base.
  • 1st base will be set at a distance of 30 feet from home plate.

Equipment:

  • All players will be supplied with a team t-shirt.
  • Batters must wear batting helmets when batting
  • All equipment for BlastBall will be furnished to the coach. The coach is responsible for the care and upkeep of the equipment. Coaches will pick-up equipment prior to the season, and return it at the end of the season. Furnished equipment will include:
    • Equipment bag
    • Blast base
    • Blast tee
    • Blast Bat
    • 2 Blast Balls
    • Bases
    • Distance marker
    • Cones
    • 2 Helmets

Games:

  • The home team’s coach will be responsible for setting the field up for their game.
  • The game length is 45 minutes
  • Each team will bat their entire roster during the game
  • If the game is called because of darkness or inclement weather, it will be declared a complete game if twenty -five (25) minutes are completed prior to the stopping of play.
  • No score or win/loss records will be kept.
  • There will be no score keeper, however an SMGSL Board Member will be at the fields should you have any questions.

Rules:

  • Each BlastBall team must have two (2) coaches on the field of play at all times.
  • No offensive player will be allowed on the field unless he/she is wearing a batting helmet.
  • Each team will bat its entire roster in each inning one complete time, which will constitute a half inning of play.
  • Each turn at bat the batting order will be reversed. (example: if a player bats last in the 1st inning he/she will bat first in the next inning).
  • When at bat, the object is to hit a fair ball, reach the base and sound the horn before the defensive team fields the ball, holds it above their head and yells “Blast”.
  • Each batter will return to the dugout after running to 1st base.
  • Each batter will receive a maximum of six (6) swings in which to hit a fair ball.
  • A fair ball is any ball between the foullines and past the 10-foot distance marker in front of home plate.
  • When on defense, all players will play a defensive position at least 40 feet from home plate. No player shall play catcher.
  • Defense will consist of 1 pitcher and at least 4 infielders.
  • The home team will be responsible for setting up the field for the game.
  • Coaches will also serve as umpires while on the field.
  • Game 3 – a 2nd base will be added, and the kids will run to 2nd (then leave the field)
  • Game 5 – a 3rd base will be added, and the kids will run to 3rd (then leave the field)
  • Game 7 – Home Base will be added, and the kids will run all of the bases before returning to the dugout.
Questions? E-mail the Blast Ball commissioner Daren Gilbertson at daren.gilbertson@outlook.com