Eastern Girls Fast Pitch League
R U L E S
(as of June 20, 2014)
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 IOU 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!
Only those players officially
registered and have paid all necessary fees shall be considered eligible
to play in this league. (See. by-laws Sec. I for age requirement). Team
rosters must be submitted before play starts in the spring. Failure to
submit a completed roster prior to beginning of play will result in forfeit
loss for all games prior to submission of roster. Any team that does not
submit a roster is ineligible for playoffs and subject to loss of league
No All Star or Recruited Teams.
No Double Rostering. Players must have played in 25% of the regular season
games to be eligible to play in the playoffs (including call-ups).
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 SPECTATOR
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 unsportsmanlike
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.
Any manager, coach and/or ejected player from a game will be suspended
from the next game played. The ejected person/persons may also be subject
to disciplinary actions by the Eastern Executive Committee.
Weekday league games will begin
at 6:15 PM, unless agreed otherwise. The visiting team will have the field
for practice 15 minutes prior to the start of the game or at the discretion
of the umpire. The home team shall have access to the field prior to the
Cancellation of games will not
be accepted, except for a legitimate school function. If teams know in
advance that they will be missing players for a game, additional players
may be called up (from any willing community) from a lower age group. This
method should be attempted before cancelling a game. No girl may be called
from another fast pitch league. Girls may be called from an age appropriate
(same age) slow pitch team.
All score books must include
shirt number and starting position. All books must be signed by an umpire
at the end of the game.
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 game.
will have a two (2) hour drop dead time limit, with no new inning to begin
after 1 hour and 45 minutes. Any time an inning is not completed
by the two (2) hour drop dead time limit the game will revert to the previously
completed inning to determine the outcome.
Official uniforms include: pants
or shorts, shirt (with number) tucked in, hats or visors, stirrup socks,
arid knee pad (if shorts are worn). Full uniform must be worn during all
Appropriate shoes must be worn.
Rubber cleats are recommended. Metal spikes are not allowed, EXCEPT IN
THE 15 & Under and18 & Under DIVISION.
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.
Number of Players
10 & under and 12 &
Under teams field 10 players. 15 & Under and 18 & Under field 9
players. All players must show up within 15 minutes of scheduled game time
or the team will forfeit. If a team knows in advance that they will be
unable to field a team, additional players maybe called up from a lower
age group. If short of players. 10 & under, 12 & Under and 15 &
Under teams may play with 9 without penalty. All age groups may play with
8, however must take an out in the 9th position of the balling 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. Clarification - Coaches
may call players up from a lower age division with the following rules:
Coaches may only call up additional players if they know in advance that
they will be unable to field a team. Coaches must start rostered players
first and then fill any vacant positions with called up players. The called
up player may wear their original team uniform or may wear an extra provided
by the team they are playing for. Coaches may not call up players from
a team who has a regular scheduled game on the same day and time, No player
may be called up from another fast pitch league.
In the 12U and the 15U division,
a call-up on the roster will be limited to 2 innings of play unless you
are truly shorthanded, and limited to 2 innings in the pitching position,
regardless. In the 18U division, a call-up can pitch the entire game.
Call-ups for play-off games
are limited to players from the community, referencing also Rule A.2. The
opposing coach is not permitted to allow Call-up players unless specifically
within these guidelines. Any special circumstances would require review
and approval of the Executive Committee, or Age Group Commissioner (acting
on their behalf).
A regulation game will be 7
innings. A regulation game can be called, by the umpire after 5 or more
complete innings because of rain, darkness etc.
Runs per inning shall be limited
to (5) 10 & Under 12 & Under and 15 & Under PERIOD! There will
be no limit on runs in the 7th inning or last inning (called by the umpire)
for the 12U & 15U leagues, and 6th inning or last inning (called by
the umpire) for the 8U and 10U leagues.
A twelve run rule will be in
effect after 5 innings.
The umpire shall notify each
coach/manger at the top of the inning that it is the last inning.
Teams will be comprised of up
to 15 players. Girls may only be rostered for one team regardless of age
category. Teams with 15 or more players will be allowed to play with the
Executive Board approval.
10 & under, 12 & Under
and 15 & Under - all girls rostered must play at least 2 innings in
the field and bat at least one time in each regulation game.
DP- DESIGNATED PLAYER RULE -
A designated player may be used provided they are clearly indicated as
such prior to the start of the game. A designated player may enter the
game only if the person for which they were designated for leaves the game.
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. Other position
players may use a pinch runner
only once and must notify the umpire and other manager/coach of their entrance/exit
from play. A pinch runner may enter the game defensively only in the position
of the player for whom they ran..
BUNTING - will be permitted
in this league. The third strike foul out will be in effect. Ex. If the
player making an attempt of bunt and the ball goes foul, the batter is
ASA Rule for sliding is in effect.
Overthrow into dead bait area
(determined by the umpire) will result in 2 bases awarded. Ex. Runner gets
the base they are going toward and the next base.
NO EQUIPMENT MAY BE THROWN.
The throwing of equipment will result in ejection from the game by the
umpire. Warning will be given prior to the start of each game.
Continuous Batting Order will
be used for all age groups. 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
- exception is a pitcher that is removed from the defensive lineup can
only return to the pitching position once.
The pitcher shall hold the ball
in her throwing hand AND inside her glove before she begins the delivery.
The pitchers shall not pause
for more than 1 second during her delivery. Both feet must remain in contact
with the pitching rubber at all times prior to her FORWARD STEP.
The pivot foot must maintain
contact with the ground at all times. (DRAG)
The pitcher MAY NOT step backwards
as part of her pitching motion.
10 & under, 12 & Under
and 15 & Under pitchers may pitch no more that 5 innings per game.
One pitch constitutes an inning pitched.
At the beginning of each inning
the pitcher shall have 5 warm-up pitches.
When a new pitcher is entered
in the middle of an inning she shall receive no more that 7 warmup pitches.
On a dropped third strike, the
batter may try to advance to first base, if there are less than 2 outs
and 1st base is UNOCCUPIED, or there are 2 outs. No dropped third strike
rule applies for the 10 & under age group.
Once the pitcher is removed
from the lineup; she may reenter back into the pitching position only once.
10&u. 12&u, 15&u — The pitcher will report to the umpire when
entering and re-entering the game.
10U & 12U Only: Opposing
coaches may agree to allow developmental pitchers to pitch from the "L"
position during a game, with prior discussion. 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.”
PLAY OFF TIE BREAKER RULES
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
10 & Under 35 foot pitching
12&U: 40 foot pitching distance;
,15 & U, 18 & U: 43 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.
Official softball required for
EASTERN FASTPITCH SOFTBALL will be a 12” (11” for 10U) optic- yellow, raised
red stitch softball. Cork center is recommended but if poly-core center
ball is used the maximum compression of such ball will not exceed 375 PSI.
The ball must be stamped ASA .47C0R.
First tie breaker is head to
head play, or combined head to head play if more than two teams are involved
in the tie.
Second tie breaker will be runs
allowed in head to head play (or combined head to head play if more than
two teams are involved in the tie).
Total games played
Win-Loss record against common