Aliso Viejo Girls Softball
2016 – Spring 10U Division Rules
SECTION 10—10U RULES
10.1 BASE AND PITCHING DISTANCES
The distance between bases and the pitching distance shall comply with ASA
requirements. Currently, the distance between bases is 60 feet and the pitching
distance is 35 feet.
10.2 GAME LENGTH
All games in this division will be seven (7) innings regulation or one hour and thirty
minutes (1:30) no new inning and will finish out the inning currently being played. No
new inning will start after 1:30. If the home team is batting and ahead after 1:30 has
been reached, the game will end and all runs scored shall count. Drop dead time is 1:40.
At fields where overhead lighting is not available, all play will stop (drop dead) based
upon the umpire’s judgment of unsafe conditions. When this occurs, if the home team is tied or ahead, the game is over. If the home team is trailing, the score is reverted back to the last full complete inning.
Standings will not be kept. Won-Loss records will not count towards the end of season
playoff tournament. At the completion of the regular season, there will be a blind draw
to determine playoff seedings.
10.4 GAME FORFEITURES
In the event a team is unable to field a minimum of eight (8) players, a regular season
game may still be played. The other team is encouraged to provide additional defensive
players for outfield positions only. AVGS teams may borrow players who did not participate in All Stars during the previous season from other AVGS teams as long as they are playing in the same division only. The borrowed player must play outfield and bat last.
If a team is unable to borrow players because they are shorthanded, there will be no
penalty for outs during an at bat.
10.5 RUNS ALLOWED
For the first four (4) innings, the maximum runs scored is limited to four (4) runs per
inning. Starting the 5th inning the scoring is unlimited.
10.6 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
- If a team has ten (10) players for the game, they must use four (4) outfielders for a
total of ten (10) defensive positions. The outfielders must use normal outfield positions
in left, left center, right center, and right field. No roving player is allowed and all of the
outfielders must play in the outfield until the pitched ball is hit or crosses home plate. If
a team only has 9 players, they may use three (3) outfielders for a total of nine (9)
defensive positions. The outfielders must use normal outfield positions in left, right and
center. No roving player is allowed and all of the outfielders must play in the outfield
until the pitched ball is hit or crosses home plate. The outfield is defined as the grass
area just past the infield dirt. At fields where there is no outfield grass, players must be
positioned in the designated outfield area until the pitched ball is hit or crosses home
- No player may sit on the bench more than one (1) inning any game until all other players
on their team have sat one (1) inning. No player may sit on the bench more than two
(2) innings any game until all other players on their team have sat two (2) innings. This
does not reset after each game and will carry over to the next game. Players absent from a game do not count towards this rule.
- Each player shall play at least one (1) inning of infield by the completion of the 4th
inning. If the game is less than four (4) complete innings, the player must start the next
game at an infield position.
**NOTE: The purpose of Rule 3 is to get all players to play the infield positions.
10.7 PLAYER RE-ENTRY
With the exception of the pitching position, unlimited defensive substitution is allowed.
Substitute players may be entered at the beginning of innings or whenever the umpire
allows time. Any pitcher may be removed from the game for normal player rotation,
and returned to the pitching position once. Late arriving players may be inserted at the
next stoppage of play.
The team will bat round robin for players present at the start of the game. The batting
order remains fixed once presented to the opposing team and umpire. The only
exception is if a player arrives late. Late arriving players must be added to the bottom
of the lineup. The opposing team must be notified of any additions when the player
enter the game. Batters hit by a pitch will be governed per ASA rules as follows: If, in
the umpire’s judgment, the batter makes no effort to avoid the pitch, a ball will be called
and the batter does not walk. If an effort is made, the hit batter will be awarded firs
Injured players or players otherwise forced to leave the game shall be reported to the
Umpire and the opposing team. When the player’s turn at bat comes up, an out shall be
recorded for the one (1) time only.
10.9 MERCY RULE
If either team is leading by 12 runs after 4 innings or 8 runs after 5 innings, the game is
10.10 INFIELD FLY & DROPPED THIRD STRIKE
The infield fly rule and the dropped third strike rule is in effect per ASA rules.
10.11 STEALING BASES
Stealing bases will be allowed in accordance with ASA rules.
10.12 PITCHING RULES
The ball will be 11” Worth RIF Level 1 type.
During regular season games, a pitcher is limited to seven (7) innings per week. A week begins at 12:01 am Sunday and ends at 12:00 midnight on Saturday. Two (2) games equal a week should more than two (2) games be played in a week. The pitcher may not pitch more than four (4) innings nor in more than two (2) consecutive innings in any one (1) game. One (1) pitch in an inning against a live batter constitutes an inning pitched.
In weeks with one game against another AVGS game and one game against a non-AVGS game, the four (4) innings in any one (1) game will take precedent.
The Manager of each team shall be responsible for reporting pitchers’ innings to the league standings coordinator.
10.13 PITCHERS SUBSTITUTION
A pitcher removed from pitching by the coach may not return to pitch in the same
inning (Exception: Blood Rule). Any pitcher may be removed from the game for normal
player rotation and be returned once to pitch.
10.14 COURTESY RUNNERS
Courtesy runners will be allowed for pitchers and catchers of record. The runner shall
be the player making the last recorded out. In the case that no outs have been
recorded, the runner shall be the last player to safely reach home. In the case that no
outs have been recorded and no players have safely reached home, the runner shall be
the last player in the batting rotation.
Courtesy runners may also be used for injured and sick players.
10.15 FIELDERS MASKS
A fielder’s mask must be worn at all times by AVGS players playing the position of
pitcher, first base and third base.
No derogatory cheers will be allowed. No deliberate attempt to distract any players
(specifically the pitcher, catcher or batter) by the opposing team shall be tolerated. We
will follow the General Policies of the league and/or ASA rules for unsportsmanlike
conduct. If a manager, coach or parent is ejected from a game, the league will contact
the associated league and share the report from the umpire as to the reason of the
ejection. Each league will handle their own disciplinary process that could include
suspension from games.
No jewelry of any kind is permitted in accordance with ASA rules.