Aliso Viejo Girls Softball
2016 – Spring 8U Division Rules
SECTION 9 – 8U DIVISION RULES:
9.1 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.
9.2 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.
9.4 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.
9.5 RUNS ALLOWED
Maximum runs allowed each inning is four (4).
9.6 TIME OUTS
Time out will be “out” when the ball is returned to the pitcher’s circle with the intent,
based on the umpire’s judgment, of returning the ball to the pitcher. The pitcher does
not have to be in control of the ball. All runners at that point will immediately return to
the previous base or advance to the next base as per ASA rules.
- DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
- Each team shall 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 be positioned in the outfield until the pitched ball is hit or crosses home plate. A coach is allowed to be in the outfield to help direct players until March 12, 2016. After that date, coaches are no
longer allowed to be in the outfield
- 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.
9.7.3 Each player shall play at least one (1) inning of infield by the completion of the
3rd inning. If the game is less than three (3) 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.
9.8 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. Until March 12, 2016, batters hit by a pitch will be given the option to continue batting with a coach pitch reset count (0-0) according to the coach pitch rules in 9.9.1 or take their base. Also, if the batter is unable to continue batting, they will be awarded first base. After this date, 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.
Until March 12, 2016, batters may not be walked by the pitcher. After the pitcher throws four (4) balls in a single at bat, the coach or coach designated volunteer will come in to pitch, with at least one foot in contact with the pitchers plate. If the batter has zero (0) or one (1) strike, the coach gets to pitch up to five (5) pitches to the batter. If the batter has two (2) strikes, the coach gets to pitch up to three (3) pitches to the batter. The batter must either make contact with the ball for a hit or out, or the batter may strike out. After March 12, 2016, batters may be walked by the pitcher, however, batters may not be walked if the bases are loaded. If the bases are loaded and the pitcher has thrown four (4) balls in a single at bat, the coach or coach designated volunteer will come in to pitch. The coach or designated volunteer must have at least one foot in contact with the pitchers plate during the pitch. If the batter has zero (0) or one (1) strike, the coach gets to pitch up to five (5) pitches to the batter. If the batter has two (2) strikes, the coach gets to pitch up to three (3) pitches to the batter.
On a batted ball, the defense may attempt to get the batter/runner out at first base, or another runner out at another base. If in the attempt of getting an out at the base, the ball is inadvertently thrown pass the base and fielder, the runners may attempt to advance as many bases possible until they are put out, until they stop safely on a base or until the ball is in the pitching circle, whether it’s controlled or not by the pitcher.
Managers must teach players to run through first base on a hit ball to the infielders, whether the ball is fielded cleanly or not. Players should run to or through first base. If the infielder fields the ball and a throw is made to first base, and the ball inadvertently gets by the first baseman, the runners may then attempt to advance as many bases as possible until they are put out, until they stop safely on a base or until the ball is in the pitching circle, whether it’s controlled or not by the pitcher. However, if the hit ball goes past the infielder, the runner may round first base and attempt to advance.
If, in the umpire’s judgment, there is a deliberate attempt on the runner to round first base and run to second base on a ball hit to the infield, whether it is fielded cleanly or not, the umpire may declare the runner out.
When the adult coach is pitching, coaching the batter as to when to swing or not to
swing during the pitch is not allowed.
Bunting is not allowed when the adult coach is pitching.
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.
9.10 MERCY RULE – None
9.11 INFIELD FLY AND DROPPED THIRD STRIKE
The dropped third strike rule is NOT in effect per ASA rules. The infield fly rule is not in
9.12 STEALING BASES
No stealing is allowed when an adult is pitching. Stealing bases will be allowed in
accordance with ASA rules. Runners may legally advance one (1) base only per pitch by
player. If additional bases are stolen, the runner is liable to be put out, but will be
returned to the proper base at the play’s completion if the next base is safely obtained.
In all cases, no runner will be allowed to steal home (“Cold Plate”). If a runner attempts
to steal home, she will be liable to be put out, but will be returned to the proper base at
the play’s completion if she safely reaches home. When a batter is walked, they may
only legally advance to first base. Runners may leave when the ball leaves the pitcher’s
hand. Runners off the base prior to the pitch will be called out.
9.13 PITCHING RULES
The ball shall be the 10” Worth RIF Level 1 type.
Until March 12, 2016, a pitcher will pitch to a count of 4 balls or 3 strikes to each batter. If the batter puts the ball into fair play, the play continues. If the batter does not put the ball into fair play after a count of 4 balls, then a designated coach will pitch to the batter and assume the strike count until the batter either puts the ball in fair play or reaches a count of three (3) strikes. The adult pitcher may deliver a maximum of 3 pitches if the count starts at 2 strikes or 5 if the count starts at 1 or 0 strikes. Coaches must pitch with at least one foot in contact with the pitchers plate. If a coach is hit by a ball while pitching, the ball is considered a live ball with play continuing. Until March 12, 2016, a coach is required to be behind their catcher to help stop the ball if it gets past the catcher.
After March 12, 2016, batters will be awarded first base after receiving four (4)
called balls by the Umpire. Coach pitch will only be utilized when the bases are
already loaded. Pitchers will be allowed to walk batters, but not walk in any runs.
During regular season games, a pitcher is limited to six (6) 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 three (3) innings or 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.
The Manager of each team shall be responsible for reporting pitchers’ innings to the league standings coordinator. Pitcher innings will be available for viewing on the league website.
9.15 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.
9.16 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.
9.17 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.