Website of the Byfield-Newbury Baseball Softball League

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Coaches and Parents Please note:  Rule changes may be expected each year.  We do the best we can to keep the rules current for each season.  Updates will be provided as they are known.


Essex County Women's Softball League Rules

Please note that as of April 24th the latest rules for the league (with changes from the last board meeting) have yet to be posted to the web site

Current Rules:

Essex County Women's Softball League Rules 2016

Known Updates:

  •  Senior teams will have a 43 foot pitching distance (3 feet further from last year) and stay with 12 inch balls

Senior Division Rules to Know

Dropped Third Strike:

During play when there are fewer than two outs and first base is unoccupied, the batter may attempt to reach first base if the catcher should drop a pitched ball that would normally be considered the "third strike".  The catcher must either "tag" the runner or throw to the first baseman who may then tag the runner or base.  If the batter successfully reaches first base then no out is recorded.  

Infield Fly Rule:

One of the more curious and complex rules is the Infield Fly Rule.  What the Infield Fly Rule does is to prevent infielders from intentionally dropping a pop-up in order to make a double play.  What makes the Infield Fly Rule complex are the conditions that need to be met for the rule to be invoked.  

  • ​The rule must be called by the umpire
    • ​The call is made by the umpire when the ball reaches the apex (highest point) of travel and it is apparent that the batted ball will be an infield fly.
    • The umpire makes a judgment call that the ball may be caught by an infield player with ordinary effort.
  • The rule will not apply to line-drives or attempted bunts
  • The rule only applies when there are less than two outs  
  • The rule only applies when there are runners on first and second bases or the bases are loaded.  
  • When called, the batter is automatically out
  • The infield fly is treated as a regular fly ball meaning that runners are not forced to run, but they must tag up before advancing to the next base 


Intertown Baseball Rules Minors & Majors

Current Rules:

The updated 2017 rules for the Intertown league may be found in the Documents section of this website.

ITBL Website:

ITBL Home Page:

The Inter-Town Baseball league is comprised of teams from 8 Massachusetts towns and 1 New Hampshire town.  Boys and girls from Byfield/Newbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury and Seabrook, NH between the ages of 9 and 12 play in two divisions.  The minors division plays on a 46/60 little league regulation diamond and the majors division plays on a 50/70 diamond.  The goal of the majors division is to better prepare the young players for their transition into Babe Ruth where they will play on a 60/90 major league regulation diamond.  Each division also hosts an All Star game midway through the Spring season.  The Inter-Town baseball league offers youth players a competitive environment, but most importantly a place for them to have fun and learn the art of baseball.

League schedules, standings, scores, pitch counts and other information will be maintained on At the conclusion of each game, the head coaches are responsible for verifying with each other the pitch count totals for each pitcher on each team.

Results should be submitted within 24 hours of completion of the game. In the case of a tie, the home team should report the result. Repeated failure to report scores in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of the applicable games.