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Fifth Edition Rule Book Effective 1/1/2020

FASTPITCH AMERICA World Series and Nationals Qualification Guidelines:1. Teams must be FASTPITCH AMERICA Sanctioned.2. Attend the FASTPITCH AMERICA State Tournament in your home state or a RegionalQualifier Tournament for your area.3. Receive an at-large berth.4. Roster: Up to three pick-up players may be added to a team’s roster after the FASTPITCHAMERICA State Tournament / National Qualifier / NIT.Table of Contents1. Definitions2. Basics of Playing the Game3. Pitching Rules4. Batting and Base Running5. Official Lineup of Players and Substitutes6. Equipment7. Regulations of the “Playing Field”8. Umpire’s Rights and Responsibilities9. Tournament and League Play Guidelines10. Special Rules for 6-U Tee-Ball, 6-U & 8-U Coach Pitch, 8-U Modified Girl Pitch, 8-UMachine Pitch, 10-U, High School Division11. FASTPITCH AMERICA Sportsmanship Guidelines12. Points, Power Rating, and ClassFASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL RULESThe following rules are the official FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION rulesthat will be in effect at all Regional and National tournaments. Local areas may modify theserules to conform to their local high school rules and recreational league rules only. Optional rulesare common in regards to coach pitch verses machine pitch in younger divisions. Using 10defensive players in younger divisions is a recreational option designed to get more girls in thegame. Local options are not necessarily endorsed by FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALLASSOCIATION, but demonstrate the flexibility and tolerance of the FASTPITCH AMERICASOFTBALL ASSOCIATION. FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION willalways be about the “can do’s”. Safety rules are NOT FLEXIBLE. We will adhere to all safetyrules in their fullest, including all safety rules that are mandated by the governing body ofsoftball. In order to keep the FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION Rulebookas streamlined as possible, we will refer back to the National Federation of High School’s(NFHS) rulebook for all rules and case studies. Addendum to the forth edition book is in yellowbackground and Italicized. (1)

THE INTENT AND PURPOSE OF THE RULESThe restrictions which the rules place upon the players are intended to create a balance of play;to provide equal opportunity between offense and defense; and to create an atmosphere ofsporting behavior and fair play.Therefore, it is important to know the intent and purpose of the rules so that it may beintelligently applied in each situation. A player or a team should not be permitted an advantagethat is not intended by a rule. Neither should play be permitted to develop which may lead toplacing a player or a team at a disadvantage not intended by a rule.Definitions1.1 Altered bat: When the physical structure of a legal softball bat has been changed.1.2 Appeal: A play or rule violation on which the umpire does not make a ruling until requestedby a coach or player. Judgment calls (Balls, Strikes, Safe, or Outs) are not appealable.1.3 Base runner: An offensive batter that has just put the ball in play becomes a base runner.1.4 Bunt: When a batter taps the pitched ball and attempts to put the ball in play. The bat doesnot have to remain still to be considered a bunt attempt.1.5 Conference: Anytime a head coach gets permission to suspend play to talk to the players.Only 1 offensive or defensive conference allowed per ½ inning without penalty. On the seconddefensive conference in a ½ inning the pitcher must be replaced. Replacement pitcher must pitchto at least one batter. The replaced pitcher may go back into the pitcher’s position once per ½inning.1.6 Stalling: Umpire has a right to end a conference early if the umpire determines a team istrying to stall a game. This call will not be questioned or appealed by a coach.1.7 5 Minute Rule: Umpire will stop the clock if a time out is called by either team or an injuryoccurs to a player in the last 5 minutes of the game. The umpire will have the official time.1.8 Leap, Crow Hop, or Replant: A “Leap” is defined as an act by the pitcher which causesboth feet to be airborne at the same time on the initial move and move from the pitcher’s plate.“Pushing off” and dragging the pivot foot in contact with the ground is required. If a hole hasbeen created, the pivot foot may drag no higher than the level plane of the ground. A “CrowHop” is defined as the act of a pitcher who steps, hops, or drags off the front of the pitcher’splate, replants the pivot foot, establishing a second starting point, pushes off from the newly-established point and completes the delivery.1.9 Dead ball: When the ball is not in play. Umpire will declare, “Dead ball.”1.10 Fake tag: When a defensive player makes the motion of tagging a base runner when thereis no actual play being made. Penalty could be ejection of the offending player.1.11 Foul tip: A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly from the bat to thecatcher’s mitt or hand and is legally caught by the catcher. It is a strike and remains a live ball. (2)

1.12 Hit by pitch: When the pitched ball hits the batter and the batter is not swinging at the ballor a strike is not called. Dead ball results with the batter advancing to first base.1.13 Illegal bats: A bat that does not meet the requirements of an official bat as dictated byNational Federation of State High School Associations.1.14 Infield fly rule: A batted pop fly in the infield with 1 or less outs when a base runneroccupies at 1st and 2nd base or 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base. When umpire feels the ball can be caught byreasonable effort he indicates or verbalizes infield fly, and the batter is out.1.15 Live ball: Any and all times that the ball is in play or until the umpire calls “time” or“dead ball”.1.16 Age Groups: Age Groups are the age of a player on 1/1 of the Seasonal Year. Seasonalyear begins on 8/01 of the calendar year and runs until 7/31 of the following year1.17 Age Up Date: All Players must age up on 9/01 of the Calendar year. Example: a girl turns17 on 01/02 of the seasonal year she can play 16U until 08/31 of the calendar year and then on09/01 must start playing 18U. Example 2: a girl turns 17 on 9/02 of the calendar year she mustas of 9/01 begin playing 18U for the Seasonal Year.1.18 Age up date will apply to all events starting on 9/1 or later.1.19 All 8U players, all 10U infielders, and 12U corners (1s and 3rd) must wear protective faceguards. Face Guards ae optional for 14U and up.Basics of Playing the GameThese are the basic playing rules adapted by the FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALLASSOCIATION. We will not mention the very basics, which are universal. Balls, strikes, outs,foul ball, fair ball, home run, triple, double, single, walk, strike out, etc. These are some of thefundamental parts of the game that have been a part of the game since it was invented.2.1 The plate is considered fair territory. A hit ball that hits the plate and remains fair orrests on the plate is considered a fair ball.2.2 The strike zone is when a pitched ball crosses any part of the plate in width and crossesanywhere from the batter’s knees to her solar plex.2.3 The game will be seven innings (6U and 8U will be 6 innings), unless a run rule comesinto effect or the game has been established in advance with a time limit or less innings.2.4 The run rule will be 12 runs after 3 innings, 10 runs after 4 innings, and 8 runs after 5innings.2.5 In 5 Inning format games the run rules will be 12 runs after 2 innings, 10 runs after 3innings, and 8 runs after 4 innings. (3)
2.6 Tied game after innings specified have expired or after game time limit has expired:1. Some leagues will play extra innings until a winner is determined.2. Tournaments should use International Tiebreaker. (The last completed at bat in the previousinning becomes a base runner at second base. Play until a winner is determined)..2.7 Determining home team:1. Leagues may pre-determine this on a schedule or use coin toss.2. Tournaments should use coin toss before the start of the game2.8 When the ball is “dead”:1. When “no pitch” is called by the umpire.2. When a fly ball in foul territory is not caught.3. Offensive interference.4. When the batter or base runner is hit by the batted ball before the ball is touched by a fielder.5. When the umpire calls “time”.6. Buckets are allowed on the field for the purpose of calling signals only. If a ball hits thebucket or the bucket interferes with a fielder. Then interference, blocked ball or obstruction willbe declared on the offending team as deemed necessary in the umpire’s judgment.2.9 When the ball is “live”: 1. Any batted fair ball. 2. Any fair ball that is in the playable field of play. 3. Any and all times before an umpire calls “time”. 4. When an umpire is hit by a thrown ball or batted ball. 5. When a base coach is accidentally hit by a thrown ball.2.10 ProtestsProtests will be decided at the time they occur,(before the next pitch. Game will be haltedand a ruling made. Then, if applicable, the game will continue. After consulting with the gameumpire, the final decision will be that of the tournament director or the acting director in thetournament director’s absence.Official Pitching RulesFASA has opted to conform to the new College pitching rules as follows3.1 Before the pitcher pitches the ball, she must do the following: 1. Have possession of the ball in either the pitching hand or the glove hand. 2. Have both hands separated as she steps onto the rubber. 3. Pitchers Pivot Foot must be in contact with the Pitchers rubber. 4. Pitcher must take or simulate taking signs while on the rubber from the catcher only. 5. On the pitch delivery the pivot foot may slide across the pitcher’s plate. (4)
3.2 The pitch begins when the hands are no longer separated. The pitch delivery can beaborted by pitcher stepping off the rubber in a backward step with her plant foot.3.3 The delivery must start no less than one second and no more than 10 seconds after thehands are in contact with each other.3.4 Pitcher’s delivery: 1. Windmill or Slingshot style is acceptable. 2. Arm movement must be an underhand motion. 3. When the pitcher is in the pitching position and she has her hands apart, her pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate, both feet on the ground within the 24-inch length of the pitcher’s plate, and the catcher is in position to receive the pitch. While the pitcher takes the signal, her stride foot may be on or behind the pitcher’s plate as far back as desired. Once the pitcher initially sets the toe of her stride foot, she cannot move it to increase or decrease the distance behind the pitcher’s plate. In addition, the pitcher must take or appear to take a signal while in the pitching and signal-taking positions. 4. Pitcher may use backward movement of the pitching arm at the start of delivery; however, a backward step is not permitted. 5. If the underhanded arm movement is more than 12” away from the parallel of the body, the pitch will be considered a sidearm pitch. 6. A “Leap” or a “Crow Hop” is not permitted during the pitching delivery.3.5 Pitcher cannot stop her motion before the ball leaves her hand.3.6 If the pitcher stops her wind up (unless the umpire calls time) without releasing theball, an illegal pitch will be called and a ball will be awarded to the batter. No action by abatter, coach, or fan can cause the pitcher to throw an illegal pitch.3.7 Pitcher cannot have anything distracting on her pitching arm, hand, or wrist. Anysweatband must be flesh in color on pitching wrist or arm. Pitcher’s uniform, equipmentand/or accessories must be worn properly. A pitcher is prohibited from wearing or usingany item that, in the umpire’s judgment, distracts the batter.3.8 Pitcher can ask the umpire for a different ball at any given time before the start of herpitch. During wet conditions, a coach may request permission to towel dry the balls for thepitcher.3.9 Intentional Walk: If the pitcher desires to intentionally walk a batter, she can at anytime during the players at bat notify the umpire of her intentions and the walk will begranted by the umpire. No pitches need to be thrown to the intentionally walked batter. (5)
Batting and Base RunningThe FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION will use the following basic rulesfor batting and base running:4.1 The girl is considered the batter when she takes her place in the batter’s box.4.2 The batter can call time by lifting her hand. The umpire can grant the batter time out.If time is not granted, she will take the called pitch.4.3 Batting out of order can be appealed to the umpire by the defense: 1. Infraction appealed during illegal batter: the correct batter takes over and assumes the pitch count. 2. Infraction appealed after illegal batter has batted but before next pitch: the girl that should have batted is out and any base advances will return to their position prior to the illegal batter’s bat. The correct spot in the lineup will be the batter that follows the girl called out. Example: (Batter #5 is the girl called out. The correct spot in the lineup would now be Batter #6.) 3. Infraction appealed after illegal batter has batted and after next pitch: the play stands. All base runners remain where they are. 4. Batter positions on the lineup sheet are determined by the player’s name and not the jersey number. Improperly recorded position numbers and player numbers are correctable errors.4.4 The batter is out when the following happens: 1. Batter steps on the plate when hitting the ball in fair or foul territory. 2. Batter steps out of the batter’s box when hitting ball in fair or foul territory. 3. Batter fouls off third strike while trying to bunt. 4. Catcher catches third strike foul tip.4.5 The batter can advance to first base when the following happens: 1. Batter is pitched 4 balls. 2. Batter is hit by pitch (unless the ball is in the strike zone or swung at). 3. Catcher drops third strike with one or less outs with no base runner occupying first base or with two outs regardless of occupation of first base. A Ball that hits the dirt and caught by the catcher is considered a dropped third strike. Exception to dropped 3rd strike: If the batter enters the Dead ball area, she will be called out. The dead ball area is considered outside of the fence surrounding the field or in the dugout. 4. When the catcher interferes with the batter’s bat while batter is swinging at the pitched ball, or anytime during a pitch. If the ball is put in play during the interference, the offensive coach has the option to take the result of the play or the interference. (6)
4.6 The base runner must run the bases in order when advancing or retreating.4.7 When a base runner misses a bag, the play is appealable to the umpire by the defensivecoach or any player on the field. Appeal must be made before the next pitch (except coachpitch) is delivered.4.8 If a base runner attempts to advance to the next base while the pitcher has possessionof the ball in the pitcher’s circle, she must continue to the next base. Any attempt to retreatback to the previous base (without pitcher attempting to make a play on the base runner)will result in the base runner being called out. This is called “hesitation” or “look back”rule. The base runner can turn the corner and immediately look for the ball. This is not anattempt to advance to the next base.4.9 Base runners may attempt to steal only after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand duringher delivery of the pitch.4.10 Base runner cannot run more than 3 feet out the base path to avoid a tag. This willresult in base runner being called out. The base path is the path between the runner and adirect line to the next base.4.11 Base runner should avoid contact with the defensive player at any base if there is adefensive play being made. This is for the safety of the girls. Any aggressive act will resultin the base runner being called out or at the umpires dissection the runner may be ejectedfrom the game.4.12 No defensive player may block a base, home plate, or the base path without havingpossession of the ball.4.13 Base runner cannot interfere with a defensive player making a play on the ball. Thisresults in the runner being called out and all base runners returning to previous bag beforethe interference occurred (unless forced to advance). The batter/runner is deemed safe atfirst base.4.14 If a batted ball hits a base runner prior to passing or being touched by a defensiveplayer (non-pitcher unless the pitcher touches the ball or makes a play on the ball), thebase runner is called out. In addition, if the runner interferes with an attempt by thedefense to field the ball, the base runner will be called out.4.15 Base runner must retouch her base during a caught fly ball and cannot advance to thenext base until the ball is touched by the defensive player’s glove or body. (7)
4.16 Obstruction: Obstruction is any act committed by a player, coach, or fan that impedes thebatter for a fair opportunity to hit the ball or to hinder a runner from reaching the next base. Thisobstruction can be physical, visual, or verbal.4.17 Interference: Interference is any act committed by a player, coach, or fan that impedes thedefensive team from making a play on the ball. This interference can be physical, visual, orverbal. A checked swing or attempted bunt with the bat pulled back is not consideredinterference.4.18 On deck batters may use either on deck circle.FASA is going to trail a rule for the 2020 season we will institute the base banditrule as follows4.19 Base Bandit can be used in Class “C” and “CREC” events only. Base Bandits may runfor anyone in the batting order. Base Bandit will be placed on the lineup card in the sameplace the subs are listed with BB as their position4.20 Base Bandits cannot play defense or bat, if they are inserted into the batting lineup orplays defense then the base bandit position is removed for the remainder of that game, thenthe base bandit will be treated as a substitution, and all substation rules shall apply.Official Lineup of Players and SubstitutesThe FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION has adapted the following rules.The official lineups are for league and tournament play. They will be used for all State, Regionaland National play.5.1 Rosters are required at all FASA Sanctioned events.5.2 Team must start with nine defensive players.5.3 FASA also has the option of using “Extra Players (EP)”. Using nine regular players andup to three “EP”. There would be 10, 11 or 12 total players on the lineup sheet. Any ninecan be used in the field with 10, 11 or 12 batters. (This lineup is designed to get moreplayers in the game). Three of the players would have EP as their position. Any of the 10,11 or 12 players can be used for defense.The coach can change the defensive players at any time using the 10, 11 or 12 players onthe bench. In addition to the 3 EPs allowed under FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALLASSOCIATION rules, teams may also add a “DP/FLEX” player to their lineups.For purposes of simplicity, if a coach chooses to use a DP/FLEX and only 9 batters, one ofthe 9 batters will be considered a DP. 8U can also use DP/FLEX but must bat 10 battersException: If the DP/FLEX is used, that player must remain on defense throughout thegame, unless inserted into the lineup “once” for the DP, or replaced on defense, in whichcase the FLEX position would be eliminated for the remainder of the game.
(8)5.4 Substitute players shall be listed on the lineup sheet. They can be used at any giventime during the game. The original player (starter) can re-enter the game at any giventime. The starter and the substitute may each re-enter once.5.5 Courtesy runners are allowed for pitchers and catchers. Determination for thecourtesy runner will be as follows: 1. Any player listed on the lineup sheet that is not currently in the batting order. The FLEX is listed in the batting order and can only be used as a courtesy runner only for the DP that she is tied to. 2. If all players listed on the lineup sheet are currently in the batting order then the courtesy runner will be the last player with a completed at bat. If the last completed at bat is a pitcher or catcher, the courtesy runner will revert to the batter immediately preceding her in the batting order. 3. Courtesy runners can only run for either the Pitcher or Catcher per half inning. They cannot run for both. 4. In the top half or the bottom half of the First inning and there is no completed at bat then the courtesy runner will be the player in the last position in the batting lineup.5.5 All lineup sheets will be turned in at the start of the game. One copy will be given to theplate umpire and one copy will be given to the opposing team. If a player is lost to injury orillness, that space in the lineup will be scratched through. Exception: if there are less than 9players on the lineup sheet, the player’s spot will not be scratched through. Instead, theaffected spot will be an out when that spot comes up in the order. If there is a substituteplayer available, the substitute will go in that spot. There is no out penalty as long as thereare at least 9 players left on the lineup.5.6 Any player ejected from the game will result in an out when that spot in the lineupcomes up, unless there is a substitute player available to go in that spot. Minimumrequirements for fielding a team are still active. A team must have a minimum of 9 playerson the lineup card, but can finish with a minimum of 8 players. The missing player in thebatting order would be an out. Less than 8 fieldable players on the team will result inforfeit for that team.5.7 A player’s age on January 1st of the seasonal year determines the age classification inwhich the player is eligible to participate. Seasonal years will run from 10/1 until 9/31 ofthe following year. Beginning 9/1/2014 girls will required to Age-Up in the fall.Example: if a girl will turn 9 on 12/30 of the current year, she must play as a 10U player.Example: if a girl turns 9 after 1/1 of the seasonal year, she can play 8U until the seasonal yearends.
(9)5.8 Age groups will be broken down as follows:5--Under, 6-Under, 7-Under, 8-Under, 9-Under, 10-Under,11-Under, 12-Under, 13-Under,14-Under, 15-Under, 16-Under, 17-Under, 18-Under, 18-Over, 16/18 Combined.5.9 Online Rosters are required.5.10 Pickup players are allowed but the team must use and print the online pickup player form.5.11 Players can only play on 1 FASA team on any given weekend. Penalty team forfeits gameand player is objected from the event.EquipmentThis is the equipment to be used while playing in official FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALLASSOCIATION events. Equipment must be standard approved equipment that is properlymarked with “Official Softball” or similar markings that certify the equipment. All official safetyequipment must be used. Any Deviation from these equiptment rules then all libality will be theresponsiblty of the head coach of the team.6.1 All bats must be unaltered official softball bats. The umpire will check all bats prior tothe game. Any illegal bats will be removed from the dugout prior to the game. NationalHigh School Federation maintains a list of illegal bats and FASTPITCH AMERICA willenforce this. Use of illegal bat will result in an automatic out and ejection of player usingthe bat. Non-compliance will lead to the coach being ejected from the game.6.2 A FASTPITCH AMERICA stamped game ball or the equivalent must be used in allFASTPITCH AMERICA sanctioned events. All 12-Under through 18-Over division ballsmust be 12” in diameter with .47 C.O.R. and .375 compression. 8-Under and 10-Undermust use 11”diameter with .47 C.O.R. and .375 compression.6.3 Non-compliance will lead to offending coach being ejected from the game.6.4 All batting helmets and catching gear must be approved and in original condition.Numbers and personalized designs are okay. PLAYER SAFETY IS THE MAINCONCERN.6.5 Shoes and socks must be worn and plastic cleats are recommended. Metal cleats areallowed for 14-U, 16-U, 18-U, 18-Over, and 16/18U divisions. Coaches may wear open toedshoes.6.6 Hats and visors are permissible. They are optional between each individual player.6.7 All jewelry is prohibited, except medical alert bracelets which must be worn on theglove hand. Non-compliance will lead to offending player and coach being ejected from thegame.
(10)6.8 Numbers must be worn on uniforms, with no 2 players on a team having the samenumber.6.9 All helmets must have NOCSAE approved face guards.6.10 All 6U & 8U players are required to wear face shields, 10U infielders are required towear face shields and 12U pitchers 1st and 3rd are required to wear face shields. 14U and olderface shields are recommended but do not have to be worn. Heart Guards are not required butFASA but does highly recommend the use of them.Regulations of the “Playing Field”These are the basic dimensions for the playing field for each individual age group. TheFASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION will use these dimensions for all officialevents. Maximum fence distances can be further if there is no way possible to bring playing fieldinto legal distance. Temporary fences are recommended to bring fields into legal bounds.Age Group Pitching Distance Base Distance Distance “Feet”6-U Tee Ball 35 Feet 55/60 Feet* 120-200 Feet*8-U 35 Feet 60 Feet 150-225 Feet*10-U 35 Feet 60 Feet 150-225 Feet*12-U 40 Feet 60 Feet 175- 225 Feet*14-U 43 Feet 60 Feet 200- 225 Feet*16-U 43 Feet 60 Feet 200- 225 Feet*18-U 43 Feet 60 Feet 200- 225 Feet*18-O 43 Feet 60 Feet 200- 225 Feet*16/18 Combined 43 Feet 60 Feet 200- 225 Feet**Distance based upon availability of playing field7.1 There will be a 16-foot diameter circle drawn evenly around the pitching rubber.7.2 The batter’s box will be to the left and to the right of the plate. They will be 3 feet wideand 7 feet long with Four feet toward the pitching rubber from the center of the plate.7.3 Base lines will extend out 3 feet on both sides of the base parallel to the centerline.7.4 Coaching boxes and on-deck batter’s boxes are suggested.
(11)Umpires Rights and ResponsibilitiesThese are the standard guidelines adapted by the FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALLASSOCIATION that governs the rights and responsibilities of the umpires.8.1 The umpire is responsible to keep control of the game.8.2 The umpire has the right to eject any player, coach, or fan from a game for anyunsportsmanlike behavior.8.3 Any judgment call that the umpire makes cannot be protested.8.4 Any call made that may be a misinterpretation of the rules can be protested.8.5 A head coach can appeal to the plate umpire in the case of a batter on whether or not acheck swing was checked or not. (The field umpire might have a better view). The plateumpire does not have to grant the appeal.8.6 The umpire can suspend play for any reason: acts of nature, unruly conduct, etc.8.7 Everyone has the responsibility to ensure sportsmanship in all events. An unruly fanmay place the entire team in jeopardy of ejection or possible forfeit.Special Tournament Rules9.1 6-Under TEE-Ball Rules: 1. Each half inning will end with 3 outs or with 10 batters, whichever comes first. 2. Free substitution on the field. There will be no more than 6 players in the infield. 3. Two defensive coaches may be present in the field to assist his or her team with positioning on the field. During play the coach must be behind the deepest fielder and may not interfere with the game. If a coach touches the ball or a player, interference will be called and each runner will be awarded the base that she was running to plus one additional base. The umpire will rule on the play whether interference should be called on the coach. 4. All infield defensive players except the pitcher must remain no closer than 10’ in front of an imaginary line drawn on the baseline between first base and second base and between second base and third base until the ball is in play. The pitcher must stay in the circle with at least one foot in the pitcher’s circle until the ball is hit. The outfielders must be 10’ behind the imaginary base line before pitch is thrown.
(12) 5. If the ball is fielded and overthrown during at attempt to make a play at a base, runners will be allowed only one additional base provided the ball is retrieved and immediately returned to the pitcher in the pitcher’s circle. If a fielder gets the ball after the overthrow and makes an attempt to make a play on the runner, the ball remains live and runners may advance. 6. The batter will have a maximum of 5 swings from the Tee unless the 5th and consecutive swings are foul. A coach will be allowed at the plate to assist the batter with the Tee. 7. “Time” will be called by the umpire when the team in the field has returned the ball to the pitcher in the pitcher’s circle and the player has control of the ball or when the runners have stopped. 8. All players present when the game begins will be included in the batting lineup. Teams will “bat the roster”. If a player arrives after the game has started, she will be added to the bottom of the batting order. No pinch runners will be allowed unless a player is injured. 9. A batter must hit the ball at least 10 feet in order for it to be ruled a fair ball. The distance shall be designated by an arc drawn between the two foul lines. Incidental contact with the Tee is allowed as long as the ball is also hit and is fair. 10. In the event that the tenth batter hits the ball, the defensive team may end the inning with an out on the lead runner regardless of the number of outs already made. Returning the ball to the pitcher in the circle will result in time being called. 11. There will be no walks. 12. There will be no infield fly rule. 13. Fielders CANNOT STAND on a base unless they are receiving a throw. 14. A throw is considered as the ball being thrown overhand to another player. Rolling the ball is not allowed and will not be considered a throw. (No “bowling” is allowed) 15. There will be no base stealing. 16. Catchers may not throw down on runners on any base 17. 6U can use a combination of coach Pitch and Tee-Ball rules (coach gets 3 pitches then the batter can get 2 swings with the ball on the tee). 18. All infielders MUST wear a face shield.9.2 6-Under and 8-Under Coach Pitch Rules: 1. 8 runs or 3 outs per ½ inning. Following the 3rd out or 8th run scored, all play is stopped in order to prevent injury. 2. There will be 10 defensive players allowed on the field. There must be no more than 6 infielders. The outfielders must play at least 10 feet beyond the bases. If a team has 10 defensive players they must also bat 10. DP Flex rule can only be used if batting at least 10 and have the 11th give listed as a flex 3. 5 pitches or 3 swinging strikes, 5th and consecutive fouls will not be counted against the 5 pitch count. 4. If the coach pitcher is hit by the ball it is a do over no pitch. The batter will return to the batters box and assume the count that was on them before the pitch
(13)5. The Player-Pitcher must remain in the pitching circle until the ball is pitched. TheCoach-Pitcher may pitch at any distance inside the 16 foot pitching circle and within theboundaries of the 24 inch pitching rubber. To clarify, the Coach-Pitcher must be touchingor be directly in front of the pitching rubber with both feet inside the pitching circle anduse a straight ahead pitching approach. Coach-Pitchers may not pitch from either side ofthe pitching rubber so as to gain the advantage of a directional hit. Penalty: If at any timeprior to release of the ball, the Coach-Pitcher steps outside of the pitching circle or isoutside the imaginary 24 inch pitching rubber boundaries, a strike will be called on thebatter.6. While the ball is in play, all runners are free to advance at their own risk. Play isstopped on defense by stopping the lead runner. Once the lead runner has been stopped,the ball is no longer in play. The ball is thrown to the pitcher’s circle and no runner mayadvance.Example #1: Runner “A” is at 2nd base when the batter (Runner “B”) hits the ball.Runner “A” then runs and reaches third base safely, while the ball is fielded and isthrown to the 3rd baseman. The 3rd baseman now possesses the ball and is capable oftagging Runner “A” out if she was to attempt to advance. The Umpire declares playstopped. The ball is then thrown to the pitching circle and Runner “B” is halted at 1stbase.Example #2: Using the same scenario as Example #1, Runner “A” is at 2nd base when thebatter (Runner “B”) hits the ball. However, Runner “A” is tagged out prior to reaching 3rdbase. In this scenario, the ball is not dead, but rather Runner “B” would now become thelead runner and may continue to advance at her own risk until she is declared out or herprogress is stopped by the defense. The umpire then declares play stopped and the ball isthrown to the pitching circle.7. Balls must be approved. (COR 0.47-11 inch. Optic yellow)8. Two coaches can stand in the outfield in foul ball area only, one on each side of thefield.9. Runners may leave the base when the coach releases the pitch.10. Run rule is 12 runs after 3rd inning, 10 runs after 4th inning, and 8 runs after 5th inning.11. Unlimited amount of players on the roster.12. Teams can bat up to 13 players. Lineup may consist of 10 players with up to 3 EPs.13. Dead ball is called if Pitcher-Coach is hit by pitch or interferes with play.14. There will be no base stealing. Throwing down in back of a runner is allowed but ifthe catcher throws down behind a runner then the catcher is making a play on the runnerand ALL runners may advance.Example 1: Runner on first breaks toward 2nd base when the pitcher coach pitches theball, catcher catches the ball and returns it to the pitcher. Runner must retreat to 1st base.Example 2: Runner on first breaks toward 2nd base when the pitcher coach pitches theball, catcher catches the ball and throws at runner off of 1st base. Runner may advance to2nd or retreat to 1st base, in either example runner can be tagged out. If 2nd or 3rd baseare occupied then those runners can also advance with the risk of being tagged out.15. Bunting and Slapping are allowed.16. NO SMASH Hitting (Faking a bunt and then hitting away)
(14) 17. There will be no “Infield Fly Rule” or “Intentional Walk” for 8-Under. 18. A throw is considered as the ball being thrown overhand or underhanded to another player. Rolling the ball is not allowed and will not be considered a throw. If in the umpires judgement the ball was rolled to another player then the runner will be declared safe. 19. The Catcher may not catch a foul ball unless they are in the catcher’s box when the pitch is thrown and in the squatted position. If the Catcher is in the standing position, this will not be considered a caught foul ball. IF THE GIRL DECIDES TO PLACE HERSELF ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE CATCHER’S BOX AND CATCH A FOUL, IT IS CONSIDERED A NON CAUGHT FOUL BALL. 20. All Players MUST wear a face shield10.3 8-Under Modified Girl Pitch Rules: 1. The Player-Pitcher will pitch 5 pitches or until there are 3 balls on the batter, whichever comes first. If the batter does not hit the ball or strike out, then a coach assume the count on the batter and will have the opportunity to pitch up to 3 pitches. If the batter fouls off the second pitch from the coach, she will remain at bat until she hits the ball fair or strikes out. 2. There will be no walks. The batter must hit the ball or strike out. The only time a batter may take first base is if she is hit by a Player pitch. 3. The umpire will record balls and strikes on the batter. 4. The pitching distance will be 35 feet with an 8-foot circle. 5. The bases will be set at 60 feet. 6. All batters and runners must wear a batting helmet. 7. There will be 10 players on Offense and defense. The Player-Pitcher will remain in the pitching circle when the coach pitches. 8. Catchers must wear full protective equipment (mask-throat protector, chest protector, shin guards). 9. If the catcher does not occupy the catcher’s box in the squatted position until the Coach-Pitcher pitches the ball, they will not be allowed to catch a foul ball and have it considered an out. It would be considered a dead ball foul. 10. A throw is considered as the ball being thrown overhand to another player. Rolling the ball is not allowed and will not be considered a throw. 11. There will be no base stealing, or throwing behind the base runners. 12. There will be no infield fly rule. 13. All Players MUST wear a face shield10.4 8-Under Machine Pitch Rules: 1. 5 hittable pitches = 5 strikes (if the ball is fouled off on the last pitch, then the batter continues to bat). A ball that is not hittable will be called a no pitch by the umpire. 2. The runner may lead off when the ball leaves the machine. (15)
3. There will be 10 defensive players allowed on the field. There will be 4 outfielders behind the base path. The pitcher must have one foot in the circle and be even with the pitching machine. 4. A minimum of 9 players for either team. . If a team has 10 defensive players they must also bat 10. DP Flex rule can only be used if batting at least 10 and have the 11th give listed as a flex 5. Two coaches are allowed on the field in the outfield. 6. The Machine will be set at approximately 35 MPH. 7. Bunting and stealing will be allowed. NO SMASH Hitting (Faking a bunt and then hitting away) 8. The bases will be set at 60 feet. 9. Time will be called when the ball is back in the pitcher’s circle. 10. One base will be awarded on any overthrow trying to pick off a runner. 11. A throw is considered as the ball being thrown overhand to another player. Rolling the ball is not allowed and will not be considered a throw. 12. Runners will not be allowed to steal home. If the ball is hit and it hits the pitching machine or coach, it is an automatic one base for all runners. 13. Play stops when the ball is back in the pitching circle or the lead runner is stopped. 14. 8 foot circle around the machine 15. All players MUST wear a face shield10.5 10-Under Special Rules 1. An 11” diameter game ball must be used in all FASTPTICH AMERICA sanctioned events. 2. The pitching distance will be 35 feet. 3. 10-Under teams will play by the same rules as older age divisions, with the only exception being the ball size and pitching distance. 4. Face shields are highly recommended for the Pitcher, 1st Base and 3rd Base Players 5. Heart Guards are also recommended for the Pitchers10.6 High School Division Special Rules 1. High School group is a combined age group of 16-U and 18-U. (16)
FASTPITCH AMERICA Sportsmanship Guidelines11.1 Sportsmanship Guidelines: 1. If a player gets hurt, after the play has stopped the umpire shall call Dead Ball. Until Dead Ball is called on an injury the runners may advance at their own risk. Safety of the players is taken very seriously and should be monitored by all coaches and umpires. 2. Unsportsmanlike behavior by a player, coach or fan is an eject able offense. 3. Umpires should be fair, impartial, use good judgment and never speak rudely or out of turn to a player, coach or fan. An umpire puts a human element into the game. They are subject to making errors the same as coaches and players are subject to making mistakes. In the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship we will not allow anyone to show disrespect towards them because of their decisions. FASTPITCH AMERICA will do their part by pursuing the best decision makers to call FASTPITCH AMERICA events. 4. Coaches will follow the rules of sportsmanship, never stall a game, be a graceful winner and loser, and never speak rudely or out of turn to a player, coach, fan or umpire. Coaches are also responsible for the sportsmanship of their own players and fans. Coaches should not tolerate unsportsmanlike conduct from their own players or fans. (17)
Class “C” and “CREC” GuidelinesRecreational League Play & Tournament Guidelines Class “CREC”These are the guidelines adapted by the FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATIONfor running leagues. Local directors may make modifications to accommodate local needs.12.1 League Play Guidelines: 1. All teams and umpires must be registered with FASTPITCH AMERICA. Umpires must register individually to receive proper insurance coverage. 2. Teams should be picked in a manner to ensure parity in the league. There is nothing worse than having a stacked team among a group of inexperienced teams. League parity assures better games and a better chance of fair play. 3. At the end of the season, all-star teams can be picked and they should represent the best players that each individual team has to offer. 4. Local all-star tournaments should be rotated between the local area parks on a year-to- year basis. 5. Fundamentals should be taught to the players at all age groups and divisions. Clinics should be arranged for all new coaches. 6. Sportsmanship and fair play should be stressed to all players and coaches. 7. Sponsors should be appropriate for our youth to be associated with. 8. Run Limits in league play for 8U and 6U is 5 per half inning. Tournament Guidelines Class “C”These are the guidelines adapted by the FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALL ASSOCIATIONfor running leagues. Local directors may make modifications to accommodate local needs. (18)
FASTPITCH AMERICA SOFTBALLASSOCIATIONTeam InsuranceProvided byChappell Insurance Agency,Inc.For immediate coverage call Chappell Insurance1-800-447-6797****************************************** (19)
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What do AB and C mean in softball? ›

Teams are classified as either "A", "B", "C", or "C-REC"! Class C Teams are teams that have a winning percent of less than 50% and a run differential of less than 10 runs. Class B teams are teams that have a winning percentage between 49% and 76% and a run differential of greater than 9 runs.

What are the dimensions of the batter's box in ASA softball? ›

The size of the batter's box is three feet wide by seven feet long, for both FP and SP play. The front line of the box is four feet in front of a line drawn to the center of home plate. The inside line of the batter's box is six inches from the edge of home plate.

How many innings are in fastpitch softball? ›

Except as otherwise noted in these rules, the USA Softball rules will be in effect. Game Time: 60 minute games (or 7 innings of play whichever comes first).

How many innings are in a fastball game? ›


A regulation game shall consist of seven innings. a. A full seven innings need not be played if the Home team at bat has scored more runs before the third out in the last of the seventh inning.

What does 52 300 mean in softball? ›

Generally speaking, balls with higher COR ratings will have a lower compression rating and cannot compress a softball bat barrel very well. Thus, high COR balls won't allow for the furthest hit balls (think about the USA slow pitch 52 COR/300 Compression balls). 52 COR = Very bouncy and springy. 47 COR = Medium bouncy.

What does TC and PO mean in softball? ›

Passed Ball (PB) Putout (PO) Total Chances (TC) Triple Play (TP)

Do both feet have to be in the batter's box in softball? ›

There is a batter's box on both sides of home plate. The batter may choose which side of the plate to hit from, but both of her feet must be inside the box.

Where do you stand in batters box slow pitch softball? ›

Both feet must be in the box. Standing on the line is in the box. SSUSA Rule 1.5: The batter's box is 3-foot by 7-foot area to which the batter is restricted. The lines are considered as being within the batter's box.

How big is a girls softball batters box? ›

What are the dimensions of the batter's box? The boxes, one on each side of home plate measures 3 feet by 7 feet, including the lines. The outer edge of the lines of the batter's box should be 6 inches from home plate. The front line of each box shall be 4 feet in front of a line drawn through the center of home plate.

Is there an 8 run rule in softball? ›

If one team is up by eight or more runs after five or more equal innings, the plate umpire may declare the run-ahead rule. These complete innings must be played unless the home team reaches the eight-run lead while at bat — so technically, the shortest a game could go is four-and-a-half innings.

Can girls slide head first in softball? ›

Base Runner: A runner who slides headfirst going into a base will be called out. A runner who does not slide, get around or give up when a fielder has the ball and waiting to make the tag will be called out.

Is there a 7 run rule in softball? ›

There will be a 15 run mercy rule in effect at the end of 3 complete innings and a 12 run mercy rule after 4 complete innings, and a 10 run mercy rule after 5 complete innings each team can score a maximum of 7 runs per inning(exception: last inning is unlimited).

Can you steal bases in softball? ›

In softball, the bases are 60 feet and a throw from home to second is 84 feet and 10 1/4 inches. With the shorter distance to second base, base runners in softball are not allowed to take off for a stolen base until the pitcher has thrown the ball.

How many times can a pitcher hit a batter before getting ejected? ›

A pitcher can throw at a batter as many times as he chooses…. The umpire will determine how long this persists more than the pitcher. If an umpire determines it is intentional, he can eject the pitcher immediately…. the ump can also warn the pitcher, and usually warns both benches (managers) at the same time.

What is an error in softball? ›

Definition. A fielder is given an error if, in the judgment of the official scorer, he fails to convert an out on a play that an average fielder should have made. Fielders can also be given errors if they make a poor play that allows one or more runners to advance on the bases.

What does b mean in softball? ›

​ ​ Girls' Fastpitch Class “B” - Any team considered to be a solid but average travel team within your State.

What is the B class in softball? ›

A Classification. This division is for highly competitive travel ball teams looking for the best competition. At the older age, this division features athletes aspiring to play collegiately. B Classification - This division is for teams who are looking for good competition but not at the highest level within USSSA.

What is C class in softball? ›

A "C" team is also any team considered to be an entry level or new travel team with kids new to travel softball and lacks the experience and number of skilled players and pitchers to compete on a National or State levels with the higher skilled Class “A and B” teams.

What is a ab in softball? ›

At-bat (AB)

An official at-bat comes when a batter reaches base via a fielder's choice, hit or an error (not including catcher's interference) or when a batter is put out on a non-sacrifice. (Whereas a plate appearance refers to each completed turn batting, regardless of the result.)

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