Aliso Viejo Girls Softball

2016 – Spring 12U Division Rules

 

SECTION 11 – 12U DIVISON RULES:

 

11.1  BASE AND PITCHING DISTANCE

            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 set at 40 feet.

 

11.2  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.

 

11.3   STANDINGS

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.

 

11.4  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.

 

11.4.1

If a team is unable to borrow players because they are shorthanded, there will be no

penalty for outs during an at bat.

 

11.5  RUNS ALLOWED

Each of the first four (4) innings is limited to five (5) runs.  Starting with the 5th inning,

the scoring in unlimited.

 

 

 

11.6  DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

  1. Each team shall use four (4) outfielders for a total of ten (10) defensive positions.

No roving player is allowed and all of the outfielders must be positioned in the outfield

grass or the designated outfield area where fields have no grass, 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 plate.

  1. 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.

  1. 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) 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.  Any exceptions to this rule must be agreed upon by player’s parent, manager, and Director of Player Personnel.

 

11.7  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.

 

11.8  BATTING

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 first

base.

 

11.8.1

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.

 

11.9  MERCY RULE

If either team is leading by 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 runs after 4 innings, or 8 runs after

5 innings, the game is over.

 

 

11.10  INFIELD FLY & DROPPED THIRD STRIKE

The infield fly rule and the dropped third strike rule is in effect per ASA rules.

 

11.11  STEALING BASES

Stealing bases will be allowed in accordance with ASA rules.

 

11.12  PITCHING RULES

The ball shall be the 12” Worth Dream Seam 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 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.

 

11.13  PITCHERS SUBSTITUTION

A pitcher may be 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 to pitch once.

 

11.14  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.

 

11.14.1

Courtesy runners may also be used for injured and sick players.

 

11.15  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.

 

11.16  SPORTSMANSHIP

No derogatory cheers will be allowed.  No deliberate attempt to distract the pitcher

and/or the catcher by the offensive team shall be tolerated.  AVGS will follow the

general Rules & Regulations and/or ASA rules for unsportsmanlike conduct.

 

11.17  JEWELRY

No jewelry of any kind is permitted in accordance with ASA rules.