Girls Fast Pitch League
8 & Under Softball Rules
F A L L R U L E S
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
C. PLAYING FIELD
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.
Base distances are 60 feet.
A double first base must be used.
Half way lines (30 feet) must
be marked between 1st and 2nd, 2nd and 3rd, 3rd and Home plate.
There must be a line run 10
feet behind the bases, this will designate the outfield playing area, and
no player may cross the line until the ball is hit.
Team coaches may be used on
defense to give instructions, but they must be behind the 10-foot line.
No more than 3 defensive coaches are permitted in the playing area at any
The hosting team must provide
an umpire for each home game. The fee to be paid for the umpire is
$20. The umpire cannot be a coach/parent of the participating teams.
The official softball to be
used in the 8 & under division will be any approved ASA 11 inch softball.
F. GAME RULES
Pitching distance will be 35
feet within a circle of 16 feet diameter.
Team coaches will be utilized
as pitchers but may not make any defensive plays.
A pitcher/coach will pitch to
his/her own batter and must start within the 16 feet circle. The
player-pitcher in the 8u division must start with at least one foot within
Batters will get a maximum of
7 pitches to hit a fair ball. If not done, the batter is out.
There are no walks in this division.
Regulation games in this division
will be 5 innings.
Runs are limited to 4 per inning.
This division may have as many
as 11 defensive players, 5 outfielders on the field. A team must have a
minimum of 8 players available for the game.
The infield fly rule does not
Every player present will play
a minimum of 2 innings in the field.
A player will be positioned
beside the pitcher/coach for fielding but may not interfere with the delivery
of the pitch and must be within the 16’ circle.
If a pitcher/coach is struck
by a batted ball, the ball becomes an immediate dead ball and is considered
no pitch, and all runners return to their base.
This division may use a team
coach as a catcher, but if this option is used, the catcher may not make
any defensive outs.
Play will stop when a fielding
play is made at any base, whether an out is recorded or not.
The position of the infielder
may not be more than 3 feet in front of or behind the base, but not directly
on the baseline.
If a defensive player intentionally
rolls or bounces the ball to a base in an attempt to make an out, the runner
may be called safe at the umpire’s discretion.
Any ball handled by the outfielder
becomes a dead ball, once the ball is back in the infield (across the baseline)
or when a play is made at any base.
Runners will advance in accordance
with the half way lines whenever a dead ball situation occurs.