Eastern Girls FASTPITCH Softball
League shall follow ASA Softball FASTPITCH rules. In addition to
the ASA Rules, EASTERN has adopted the following rules for safety, accommodation
and efficiency purposes. Also refer to the 10U rules for specific
additions or modifications applying only to that age group.
PURPOSE: to foster, to the
youth involved with the sport, the ideals of good sportsmanship by providing
supervised, FASTPITCH softball games. “It is the responsibility of
ALL ADULTS to bear in mind, that the attainment of exceptional athletic
skill or the winning of games is secondary to that of molding future citizens”.
The other team, coaches, players, fans, etc. ARE NOT THE ENEMY!
ASA Rules apply unless noted
A. GENERAL RULES
For the health and promotion
of recreation league play, individual player and/or coach activity and
team activity must be controlled and limited to encouragement, cheering,
and good sportsmanship. BE SUPPORTIVE! THE UMPIRES SHALL CONTROL
Only team members, coaches,
managers, and official scorekeepers for the team are permitted on the team
bench and in the playing area. There is to be NO use of tobacco products
on any team bench in any community.
Decision of the umpire is final.
Umpires may eject players, coaches, and managers from the game for unsportmanlike
conduct, foul language, continuous arguing and/or harassment of the umpire.
Coaches must conduct themselves in a civil manner at ALL times. Violation
of this rule may result in game forfeiture and/or disciplinary action.
BLOOD RULE - A player, coach,
or umpire who is bleeding or who has blood on their uniform shall be prohibited
from participating further in the game until appropriate treatment can
be administered. If medical care or treatment is administered in
a reasonable length of time, the individual will not have to leave the
Appropriate shoes must be worn.
Rubber cleats are recommended. Metal spikes are not allowed.
Helmet, mask with throat protector,
chest protector, and shin guards must be worn by all catchers.
Any players warming up a pitcher must wear a mask!
The batter, on-deck batter,
bat person, and any player who might fill-in as a base coach must wear
batting helmets. Chin straps and face masks are mandatory on all
batting helmets, and mouth guards are highly recommended.
No jewelry may be worn.
FOR PITCHERS ONLY- Any covering
or bandage may be worn due to injury. Covering must be flesh tone.
Pitchers may have only neutral tones of nail polish, undershirt, or sweatshirt
while playing the position.
NO BANDAGES MAY BE WORN
FOR PIERCINGS ANYWHERE! PIERCINGS MUST BE REMOVED.
C. PLAYING RULES
Number of Players
10 & under teams field 10
players. If short of players, 10 & under teams may play with
9 without penalty, and can also "borrow" players from the opposing teams
for defense.. All age groups may play with 8, however must take an
out in the 9th position of the batting order. A late arriving player
that is to be inserted into the game by her coach should be added to the
bottom of the batting order.
All leagues are continuous batting
order. We want the girls to play. If a girl becomes
injured during the game and does not play the rest of the game – no out
will be recorded in her spot in the batting order– however, she cannot
reenter the game unless an out was taken in her spot in the batting order.
If the girl leaves a game for any other reason than injury, when it is
her turn to bat, an out will be taken (unless her departure was discussed
and agreed by opposing coaches prior to the game’s start). Continuous
batting order allows for free substitution.
Games are 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The umpire shall notify each
coach/manger at the top of the inning that it is the last inning.
COURTESY RUNNER - a courtesy
runner may be used for the pitcher or catcher at any time during the game.
A courtesy runner is mandatory for the catcher with 2 outs.
Games are 6 innings.
Runs per inning shall be limited
to (4) PERIOD! The 4 run rule is waived in the final inning.
Each player must have played
2 full innings by the end of the 5th inning. If the starting pitcher
is removed from the circle during an inning, the pitcher cannot return
to the circle during the same inning. The pitcher can return to the
circle in the next inning, but only the starting pitcher may do so.
Any other player can enter the game defensively anytime and at any position.
If a player cannot bat for any
reason, the player is removed from the game and cannot re-enter the game
in any position. The vacated batting position is not recorded as
The infield fly rule does
Dropped third strike does
Base runners cannot leave the
base until the pitched ball has crossed home plate.
Base runners starting at 1st
or 2nd base are entitled to advance or steal only one base per pitch, with
liability to be put out (no advancement on an overthrow to 2nd on a steal
from 1st to 2nd). Runners starting from 3rd base may not steal or
advance home on a passed ball, a wild pitch or a bad throw back to the
pitcher but are liable to be put out if they come off the base.
A runner attempting to advance
beyond the one base they are entitled to advance or steal, may be put out
while between bases. A runner cannot be put out while in contact
with a base.
After all play ceases and the
ball becomes dead, if a runner occupies a base beyond the one the runner
was entitled to advance or steal, the runner will be returned to the correct
base without liability to be put out.
If a batter strikes out and
the ball is dropped, the batter is out and cannot advance to 1st base,
but the ball remains live for the purpose of throwing any advancing runner
A batter who receives a base
on balls cannot advance past 1st base. If they advance further, once
the ball becomes dead, the batter/runner will be returned to 1st base,
however, they do so with liability to be put out.
D. PITCHING RULES
Pitchers are permitted to pitch
from the “L” position. The “L” position is defined as “starting the motion
with the ball in the pitching hand above and behind the head, glove hand
out, lead foot in front of the rubber, and back foot on the rubber.”
Pitchers are permitted to pitch
a maximum of 4 innings per game.
A pitcher can only have 2 walks
per inning. On the 3rd walk, the coach will come into pitch,
the batter will lose the entire count, and will receive 4 pitches from
the coach. On the 4th pitch, either the batter hits the ball or is
All pitchers can re-enter.
A pitching rubber must be installed
at 35 feet from home plate.
E. FIELD REQUIREMENTS
Home teams are responsible for
lining and dragging the playing field. Bases must be secured.
*For safety purposes it is the strong recommendation of League Official
that “pop up” bases are utilized. Measurements of field:
35 foot pitching distance.
16 foot circle around mound
(8 ft. radius)
Bases: 60 feet distance apart
w/Running Lane for 1st Base
Batters box shall measure 3
feet by 7 feet, inside line shall be 6 inches from home plate. The
front line shall be 4 feet to the front and the rear line shall be 3 feet
to the back of the obtuse corner of home plate.
The use of a Double First Base
All ground rules should be clearly
defined and agreed upon (by umpires and coaches/managers) prior to the
start of each game.