Aliso Viejo Girls Softball
2016 Spring 6U Division Rules
SECTION 8 – 6U/T-BALL RULES:
8.1 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 30 feet.
8.2 GAME LENGTH
All games in this division will be drop dead at one hour (1:00).
Scores will not be recorded. Standings will not be kept.
8.4 GAME FORFEITURES
No games will be forfeited.
8.5 RUNS ALLOWED
For each inning, all batters shall have an at-bat appearance. Each batter shall have at least two (2) plate appearances during the course of a game. A runner on a hit ball shall only advance one (1) base on a hit to the infield. On balls batted to the outfield, the runner(s) shall be able to advance as many bases as possible until the ball is returned to the infield (passing from the outfield grass to the infield dirt). A defensive player is not required to have possession of the ball in order to halt all advancing runners. If the runner is past half way between two bases when the ball is returned to the infield, they will be advanced to the next base. The last batter of the inning shall continue to run the bases until she is put out or the ball is controlled at home plate.
8.6 DEFENSIVE OUTS
We will not keep track of outs per inning. An inning will consist of 1 complete rotation through the batting order. In the event of a player being put out by a defensive play, the runner will be called out and returned to the dugout. Defensive tags are not required, all base running will be considered “Forces” where the defensive player only needs to touch the base. A defensive player may tag a runner in between bases for an out.
8.7 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
- Each team shall use all players in the infield, followed by the outfield. The infield will
consist of a pitcher (on either side of the circle), first base, second base, third base, and shortstop. The remainder of players will occupy the outfield in left, center, and right field.
- Each player must play a different position each inning. An example would be that
players rotate clockwise or counter clockwise to the next position. The rotation would
continue where it left off for next week’s game. An exemption to first base play can be made on safety grounds.
**NOTE: The purpose of Rule 2 is to get all players to play an infield position.
8.8 PLAYER RE-ENTRY
Unlimited defensive substitution is allowed. Substitute players may be entered at the
beginning of innings or whenever the umpire allows time. 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
enters the game.
8.10 MERCY RULE – None
8.11 INFIELD FLY AND DROPPED THIRD STRIKE – None
8.12 STEALING BASES – None
8.13 PITCHING RULES
The ball shall be the 10” Worth RIF Level 1 type.
From the beginning of the season, all batters shall have the opportunity to bat via coach pitch or a tee. There are no strike outs. It is recommended for the coach to use judgment on whether to utilize coach pitch or go directly to the tee. For batters hitting via coach pitch, the batter must hit the ball into fair territory on or by the 6th pitch. The coach can pitch from any distance from the batter. If the batter does not successfully bat the ball into fair territory by the 6th pitch, the tee will be utilized. The defensive pitchers must stand within the pitching circle until the ball is hit.
8.14 PITCHERS SUBSTITUTION – None
8.15 COURTESY RUNNERS – None
8.16 FIELDERS MASKS
A fielder’s mask is recommended but considered optional for all players.
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