A game may begin or end with one less than required to start.
The vacant position must be listed on the batting order in the 9th batting position.
An out will be taken when the vacant position in the batting order occurs.
To continue a game once started with a full team listed on the batting order:
If a team begins play with the required number of players as listed, that team may continue a game with one less player that is currently in the lineup whenever a player leaves the game for any reason other than ejection. Under no circumstances shall a team be permitted to bat less than 8.
EXCEPTION: If a team is batting 10 or 11 players and 1 becomes injured that spot in the batting order will NOT be an out if there is no eligible substitute available. We want to allow as many girls as possible to participate so we will not penalize you until you fall below the mandatory 9 in the batting lineup. Notify the umpire of this situation and scratch out the player and move to the next position in the lineup. If playing shorthanded and a substitute arrives, she must be inserted immediately into the vacant spot. If she refuses to enter for any reason, that player becomes ineligible for the remainder of the game. If the player has reached base safely, then the most recent batter not on base will be allowed to run for that player, until that player is put out, scores or the 1/2 inning ends. When the player who has left the game is scheduled to bat, an out shall be declared for each turn at bat. An inning or the game can end on an automatic out. The player who has left the game cannot return to the lineup. EXCEPTION: A player who has left the game under the blood rule may return even after missing a turn at bat. EFFECT: Failure to have the required number of eligible players to start or continue a game will result in a forfeit. This rule is only in effect if a team has left than 9 players.