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									Allen Sports Association
   Fast Pitch Softball Rules




            Revised
       January 6, 2012
                                Allen Sports Association (ASA)
                                   Fast Pitch Softball Rules

TABLE of CONTENTS

   Article I.     POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ......................................................... 3
     Section 1.     AUTHORITY ...........................................................................................................3
     Section 2.     PURPOSE ..............................................................................................................3
     Section 3.     ADMINISTRATION .................................................................................................3
     Section 4.     ELIGIBILITY ...........................................................................................................3
     Section 5.     TEAM AND LEAGUE ORGANIZATION .................................................................4
     Section 6.     PRACTICES AND GAMES ....................................................................................4
     Section 7.     CODE OF CONDUCT ............................................................................................4
     Section 8.     AWARD GUIDELINES ...........................................................................................5
   Article II.    GENERAL RULES (ALL LEAGUES) .................................................. 6
     Section 1.     AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION .................................................................6
     Section 2.     PLAYERS ...............................................................................................................6
     Section 3.     COACHES ..............................................................................................................6
     Section 4.     GAME .....................................................................................................................6
     Section 5.     POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT ...........................................................................6
     Section 6.     BATTING ................................................................................................................6
     Section 7.     RUNNERS ..............................................................................................................7
     Section 8.     UNIFORMS ............................................................................................................7
     Section 9.     LEAGUE STANDINGS ...........................................................................................7
     Section 10.    MISCELLANEOUS .................................................................................................7
     Section 11.    PROTESTS ............................................................................................................7
     Section 12.    EXCEPTIONS ........................................................................................................7
   Article III. MACHINE PITCH RULES ................................................................... 9
     Section 1.     PLAYERS ...............................................................................................................9
     Section 2.     COACHES ..............................................................................................................9
     Section 3.     GAME PLAY ...........................................................................................................9
     Section 4.     BATTING ................................................................................................................9
     Section 5.     BASE RUNNERS/BATTER-RUNNER .................................................................10
     Section 6.     AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION DISTANCES .........................................10
   Article IV. MODIFIED KID PITCH RULES ......................................................... 11
     Section 1.     COACHES ............................................................................................................11
     Section 2.     GAME PLAY .........................................................................................................11
     Section 3.     PITCHING ............................................................................................................11
     Section 4.     BATTING ..............................................................................................................11
     Section 5.     BASE RUNNERS/BATTER-RUNNER .................................................................11
     Section 6.     AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION DISTANCES .........................................12
   Article V. KID PITCH RULES ........................................................................... 13
     Section 1.     GAME PLAY .........................................................................................................13
     Section 2.     PITCHING ............................................................................................................13
     Section 3.     AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION DISTANCES .........................................13
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Article I.        POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Section 1. AUTHORITY
        The ASA Softball program is conducted by authority of the Board of Directors of the Allen Sports
        Association, Allen, Texas (ASA).
Section 2. PURPOSE
        The purpose of ASA Softball is to promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, fellowship, athleticism
        and fair play by providing recreation, fun, and cooperation through voluntary participation. In no manner
        is this program intended to hinder school athletic programs, but rather, it is intended to give all eligible
        individuals the opportunity to participate in the tradition of softball.
Section 3. ADMINISTRATION
    A. Softball Commissioner will act as the presiding officer of the Softball Board, which will have the
       responsibility for the administration and conduct of the ASA Softball program within guidelines established
       by ASA.
    B. The League Director for each playing league will be designated by the Commissioner, and will be
       responsible for assisting the Commissioner in the direction of their league.
    C. The Softball Board is comprised of the Commissioner, League Directors, and other board members as
       determined by the Commissioner and ASA.
Section 4. ELIGIBILITY
    A. Players:
       1.    All leagues are formed by grade. Participants must be girls in the appropriate grade and not older
             than the following:
                  Grade K and cannot be older than 6 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 1 and cannot be older than 7 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 2 and cannot be older than 8 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 3 and cannot be older than 9 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 4 and cannot be older than 10 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 5 and cannot be older than 11 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 6 and cannot be older than 12 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 7 and cannot be older than 13 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 8 and cannot be older than 14 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 9 and cannot be older than 15 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
                  Grade 10 and cannot be older than 16 years old prior to 9/1 of current school year
             Participants that exceed the age requirements will be moved to a league one grade higher.
       2.    A player may play on only one ASA Softball team per season.
       3.    Players may play in their grade or one grade higher. Players playing above their grade level must
             submit an acknowledgement signed by their parent or legal guardian.
       4.    Preschool girls are not eligible to play in any league.
       5.    Players registered with VTD Sports, United States Specialty Sports Association, United States
             Fastpitch Association, Amateur Sports Association, Texas Amateur Sports Association, or any other
             select softball organization must have approval from the league director prior to being placed on a
             team.
    B. Coaches:
       1.    An individual may be denied coaching privileges for any violation of ASA code of ethics, coach’s
             contract or conduct code.
       2.    Eligibility for adults as coaches in the ASA Softball Program is as follows:
       3.    Coaches must meet any requirements specified by, and be certified by, ASA.
       4.    Coaches must demonstrate knowledge of Softball rules.
       5.    The assignment of coaches will be at the discretion of the Softball Board.

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    C. The Softball Board will be the final judge of fact in all questions of eligibility.
Section 5. TEAM AND LEAGUE ORGANIZATION
    A. Unless otherwise indicated, the leagues will play according to the following rules:
               Grade K will utilize the T-Ball Rules.
               Grade 1 will utilize the T-Ball Rules.
               Grade 2 will utilize the Machine Pitch Rules.
               Grade 3 will utilize the Machine Pitch Rules.
               Grade 4 will utilize the Modified Kid Pitch Rules.
               Grade 5 will utilize the Modified Kid Pitch Rules.
               Grade 6 will utilize the Division II Kid Pitch Rules.
               Grade 7 will utilize the Division II Kid Pitch Rules.
               Grade 8 will utilize the Division I Kid Pitch Rules.
               Grade 9 will utilize the Division I Kid Pitch Rules.
               Grade 10 will utilize the Division I Kid Pitch Rules.
    B. The ASA Board reserves the right to merge one or more grades into one league.
    C. Teams will be formed in the following manner:
        1.   Player Assignment:
             Players not on a “Pre-Formed” Team will be assigned to a new or existing team.
        2.   Pre-Formed Teams:
             a) Coaches may “Bring Their Own Teams” (pre-formed teams) provided the head coach submits a
                 roster of player’s names to ASA by the deadline. This deadline will precede the draft.
                 Submission of name roster does not constitute registration of players (see below).
             b) Each player must register individually and must have paid their registration fees by the
                 registration deadline.
             c) When registering, parents must request that their child be placed on the head coach’s pre-formed
                 team.
             d) Coaches of pre-formed teams should ensure that each parent registers their child correctly.
             e) No roster size minimum or maximum, but if the team does not have enough players, it will be
                 filled in by the player assignment process, combined with another team, or the players will be
                 assigned to other teams.
             f) Coaches will not be allowed to add to their rosters after the deadline without the approval of the
                 League Director.
             g) Players will not be added to teams once the season has started without the approval of the
                 League Director and Commissioner.
        3.   No team will be permitted to have more than two players currently on the roster of any select softball
             team.
Section 6. PRACTICES AND GAMES
    A. No player or coach may participate in any team meetings, workouts or games until he or she is officially
       assigned to the team and has completed his or her player/coaches certification.
Section 7. CODE OF CONDUCT
    A. The ASA Softball program strives to develop softball skills, teamwork, achievement and good
       sportsmanship among all participants. Winning is secondary to these objectives. Coaches and fans are
       expected to abide by these principles.
    B. All coaches must demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play at all times to fans, officials, and players.
    C. Players, coaches, officials, and participants are subject to, and must abide by, the ASA Code of Conduct.
    D. Head coaches are responsible for the actions of their team’s players, coaches, and fans. Coaches must
       explain to their parents and players that any negative actions they take before, during or after a game in
       relation to the officials, coaches, players, or spectators will have a negative impact on the game and will
       potentially result in game penalties against their team as well as the individuals taking the actions.

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    E. Fighting will not be tolerated. Players or coaches who fight, start, or instigate a fight will face disciplinary
       action. If a punch is thrown, whether it connects or not, that individual will be suspended from further
       league play pending an investigation.
    F. All coaches and players should shake hands at the conclusion of their game.
    G. Violation of the conduct described in this Section may result in an immediate suspension or other penalty
       as determined by the Softball Board or ASA.
Section 8. AWARD GUIDELINES
        The following guidelines establishing a method to award players for their effort while participating in Allen
        Fast Pitch Softball. Awards may be given as trophies, shirts, medals, or pins. League play and
        tournament play may be given different types of awards.
    A. League Play
       The following will be used for distributing league play awards at the end of the regular season:
        1.   T-Ball - all players will receive participation awards.
        2.   Machine Pitch – all players will receive either a participation award or a league placement award, but
             not both. League placement awards, if provided, will be distributed to players of top placing teams in
             accordance with paragraph A-4 below or participation awards.
        3.   All other leagues will receive league placement awards. NO participation awards are awarded.
        4.   League placement awards will be will be given by the following scenarios:
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             a) Leagues or divisions with 4 teams or fewer, awards will be given to all players on the 1 place
                team.
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             b) Leagues or divisions with 5 to 10 teams, awards will be given to all players on the 1 place and
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                2 place teams.
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             c) Leagues or divisions with 11 teams or more, awards will be given to all players on the 1 place,
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                2 place and 3 place teams.
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                note: If there is a tie for 1 place or 2 place, all teams involved in the
                tie may be given awards, but it may affect awards given in other places.
    B. Tournament Play
        1.   No awards will be given for pre-season tournament play.
        2.   In post-season tournament play, awards will be will be given by the following scenarios:
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             a) Leagues or divisions with 4 teams or fewer, awards will be given to all players on the 1 place
                 team.
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             b) Leagues or divisions with 5 to 10 teams, awards will be given to all players on the 1 place and
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                 2 place teams.
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             c) Leagues or divisions with 11 teams or more, awards will be given to all players on the 1 place,
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                 2 place and 3 place teams.
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                 note: If there is a tie for 1 place or 2 place, all teams involved in the
                 tie may be given awards, but it may affect awards given in other places.




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Article II.      GENERAL RULES (ALL LEAGUES)
Section 1. AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
    A. Amateur Softball Association rules apply, unless superseded by these ASA softball rules.
Section 2. PLAYERS
    A. Teams may play with up to 10 defensive players at one time, including 4 outfielders.
    B. Teams must field at least 6 players for an official game. Less than 6 players will result in a forfeit.
    C. In the event a team has less than 9 rostered players at a game, the team may play with up to 2 additional
       players currently registered on another ASA team in the same league in order to play with a total of up to
       9 players. The additional players count toward the minimum number required for an official game. The
       additional players may only play in the outfield and must bat last in the initial batting order.
    D. Each eligible player present at the start of a game must play at least 1 inning on defense if 2 or 3 innings
       are played, at least 2 innings on defense if 4 or 5 innings are played, and at least 3 innings on defense if
       6 or more innings are played, unless the player leaves the ball fields during the game, or if disciplinary
       action, injury, or illness prevents any player from satisfying their playing time.
    E. Coaches are allowed free fielding substitutions, without formal notification requirements.
    F. Outfielders must have feet in the grass when the ball is pitched. A ball will be called on the pitcher if this
       is violated.
Section 3. COACHES
    A. Only coaches with current ASA badges are allowed on the field or in the dugout during any game.
Section 4. GAME
    A. The home team will use the 1st base dugout; the visiting team will use the 3rd base dugout.
    B. Unless otherwise noted, the home team is listed last on schedule (e.g. Frogs vs. Toads – the Toads
       would be home team)
    C. Regular season games can end in a tie.
    D. Home team will keep the Official Scorebook for each game.
    E. Visiting team will run the scoreboard for each game.
    F. Both coaches will submit scores to the league director or their designee.
    G. There is no runs ahead rule.
    H. After any time limit is reached, the in-progress inning will end when the home team takes a lead in the
       bottom half of the in-progress inning, or when each team has three outs.
    I.   An in-progress inning will not be stopped merely because one team cannot score enough runs in the
         inning to tie or win the game.
    J.   If a game that is called due to weather or darkness is rescheduled, it will be restarted at the exact point at
         which it was called, and will continue until the completion of a regulation game or the expiration of a new,
         complete time limit—whichever comes first.
Section 5. POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT
    A. The team with the lowest numerical seed is the home team, except as noted below.
    B. The winner of the winner’s bracket is the home team against the winner of the consolation bracket.
    C. The winner of the winner’s bracket is the visiting team when the “if” game is required.
    D. If the game is tied at the end of regulation play, the game will continue with the tie-breaker rule in effect.
Section 6. BATTING
    A. Each eligible player will be listed in the batting order and will bat their turn even if they are not playing a
       defensive position during the inning.
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    B. The shorthanded rule does not apply, and no outs will be charged for “vacant positions” in the batting
       order.
    C. No outs will be charged for batters who have left the game due to illness or injury, or who have left the
       ball fields.
    D. Batting order must be provided to opposing coach prior to the beginning of the game. The batting order is
       only required to list the player’s first or last name and jersey number.
    E. Players arriving after the umpire has started the game will be entered at the end of the batting order.
    F. Batters who throw the bat may be called out at the umpire’s discretion.
Section 7. RUNNERS
    A. Substitute Runner - A substitute or “pinch” runner for an injured player will be the batter who made the
       last out.
    B. Courtesy Runner - Coaches may put in a runner for the catcher if there are 2 outs. Coaches may not put
       in a runner for the pitcher. The courtesy runner is the last person to be out. The courtesy runner is not
       restricted from playing in any position during the next inning. The catcher replaced by the courtesy
       runner must catch at least the first entire at-bat when the team next returns to the field.
Section 8. UNIFORMS
    A. Amateur Softball Association rules related to Headwear, Pants, Sliding Pants, and Undershirts do not
       apply.
Section 9. LEAGUE STANDINGS
    A. Team standings will be determined by winning percentage, with a tie counting as ½ a win.
    B. In the event that 2 or more teams finish the regular season with an identical winning percentage, the
       following system of tiebreakers will be used to determine the team standings and post-season tournament
       seeding:
       1.   If two or more teams are tied, the team standings will be determined by the highest winning
            percentage considering only games between the teams that are tied. All games between the teams
            that are tied are considered—even if such teams did not play each other an equal number of times.
       2.   If still tied, the team standings will result in a tie. Post-season tournament seeding will be determined
            randomly, such as by a coin toss, random drawing.
Section 10. MISCELLANEOUS
    A. Weather – After the field hotline has been updated by the Allen Parks & Recreation Department, it is up to
       the umpire as to whether the game will be played as scheduled.
    B. Game time starts on the first pitch. Teams must be warmed up and ready to play at the scheduled start
       time of the game. If the field is being used for another game prior to the scheduled games, teams should
       warm-up outside the fences or on adjacent unused fields.
Section 11. PROTESTS
    A. All game protests must comply with Amateur Softball Association Rules and be submitted in writing to the
       applicable League Director, or delivered to ASA and addressed to the applicable League Director, within
       72 hours of the scheduled start time of the game under protest.
    B. The Softball Board will consider the protest and render a decision. The decision of the Softball Board is
       final.
Section 12. EXCEPTIONS
    A. All items not covered by these rules will be decided by the Softball Board.
    B. The Softball Board is the final judge of fact and interpretation of these rules.
    C. All complaints must be submitted to the Softball Board in writing.


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    D. The Softball Board reserves the right to make exceptions in special cases for all rules, procedures and
       policies.




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Article III.     MACHINE PITCH RULES
Section 1. PLAYERS
    A. The catcher may be positioned to the side of home plate at the edge of the grass to the back of the hitter
       and at a minimum must wear a catcher’s helmet with a face mask and chin strap. Full protective gear is
       strongly recommended. Alternatively, the catcher may play in the traditional catcher position directly
       behind the plate and must wear full protective catching equipment.
    B. During the season, every player will play at least one entire game on defense.
Section 2. COACHES
    A. The offensive coach pitching or at the pitching machine cannot coach runners on the bases.
    B. A coach will pitch to his own team. The coach cannot leave the pitching circle to instruct his/her batters,
       they may however motion for the batter to move around in the box.
    C. A hitting team coach can be behind the catcher for the primary purpose of returning the balls to the
       pitching coach to expedite play of the game. The hitting team coach cannot interrupt play to instruct or
       position batters.
    D. One defensive coach can coach in the field in foul territory behind the offensive coach’s box.
    E. Coaches must not create a distraction or interfere with play. Coaches violating this rule may be warned
       once, and then prohibited from coaching for the remainder of that game, and may be subject to further
       disciplinary action.
Section 3. GAME PLAY
    A. No inning will begin after 55 minutes except as required for tournament play.
    B. A game that is called due to weather or darkness is considered complete after 35 minutes of play.
    C. Each team will be allowed 5 runs per ½ inning.
    D. Each half-inning has a 5-run limit.
    E. The dropped 3rd strike rule does not apply.
    F. The infield fly rule does not apply.
    G. The look-back rule does not apply.
    H. Home team will be responsible for setting up pitching machine.
    I.   Visiting team will be responsible for tearing down pitching machine If there is not another machine pitch
         game after the game.
Section 4. BATTING
    A. Each batter will receive 6 pitches, not including un-hittable balls from the pitching machine as declared by
       the umpire. Each pitch will count even if the batter does not swing. Strikes are not counted.
    B. The batter will be called out if they do not hit a fair ball within their 6 pitch limit.
    C. The first 3 pitches will come from a pitching machine set at an appropriate speed. The machine will be
       placed in the pitcher’s circle over or in contact with the pitching rubber located closest to home plate. If a
       batter does not put the ball in play after 3 pitches, the coach will have the option to pitch to the batter for
       the last 3 pitches. If a coach elects, all 6 pitches can come from the pitching machine. A coach will not
       pitch more than 3 pitches to a batter unless there is a problem with the pitching machine.
    D. Foul balls count toward the pitch count. The batter will continue her at bat until the completion of the 6th
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       pitch. If the 6 pitch is fouled off, the batter is out.
    E. There are no walks.
    F. If the hit ball strikes the pitching machine or the offensive pitching coach, it will be a dead ball. The batter
       will advance to first base. Other runners will not advance unless forced.
    G. Bunting is not allowed.
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Section 5. BASE RUNNERS/BATTER-RUNNER
    A. Runners are not allowed to advance except on a fair batted ball.
    B. Base runners are allowed to take up to a 1 step lead after the ball has left the machine or the coach’s
       hand.
    C. The ball is dead when the pitcher has control of the ball in the pitcher’s circle, or when a play is attempted
       at any base or home plate. The ball remains dead even if a player attempts a subsequent play.
    D. When the ball is dead as defined in this section, base runners that have already passed a base may
       continue to the next base. Runners cannot advance, or be put out attempting to advance, beyond such
       next base, except as provided herein with respect to overthrows toward first base.
    E. Batter-Runners, at their own risk, may advance one base on live-ball overthrows toward first base.
       Runners occupying other bases can, at their own risk, advance one base only when forced to advance by
       the overthrown batter-runner. Runners are not allowed to advance additional bases on an overthrow to
       any base other than first base.
        Example #1: Runner on second base when a ground ball is hit to second baseman. Second baseman
        overthrows first base. Hitter can advance to second base, at their own risk, but the runner on second can
        only advance on the hit and may not advance on the overthrow unless forced by the runner reaching
        second as a result of the overthrow. If there were runners in the above example on first AND second, the
        runner on second could advance to home since she is “forced” home by the runner on first advancing to
        third.
        Example #2: Runner on 3rd base when a ground ball is hit to second baseman. Second baseman
        overthrows first base. Runner on third can advance to home if they were already passed the base
        (including the one step lead after ball has left machine or coach’s hand) and continue to the next base.
Section 6. AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION DISTANCES
    A. Bases will be set at 55 feet.
    B. Pitching rubber will be set at 35 feet. A 16 foot diameter circle will be chalked around the pitching rubber.
    C. Official ball: 11” diameter.




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Article IV. MODIFIED KID PITCH RULES
Section 1. COACHES
    A. A defensive coach cannot be on the playing field including backing up the catcher.
Section 2. GAME PLAY
    A. No inning will begin after 75 minutes except as required for tournament play.
    B. A game that is called due to weather or darkness is considered complete after 45 minutes of play.
    C. Each half-inning has a 4-run limit.
    D. The dropped 3rd strike rule is not in effect.
    E. The look-back rule is not in effect.
    F. The infield fly rule is not in effect.
Section 3. PITCHING
    A. There is no limit to the number of innings or pitches a pitcher may pitch in one game.
    B. No walks will be awarded to the batter.
    C. If the pitcher delivers 3 balls with less than 2 strikes, a coach of the hitting team will begin pitching with
       the existing ball/strike count.
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    D. If the pitcher delivers 4 balls and 2 strikes, a coach of the hitting team will pitch the 3 strike.
    E. A pitch delivered by the coach with an arch exceeding six (6) feet above the ground will result in a dead
       ball strike.
    F. Each pitch delivered by the coach will count as a strike.
    G. There is no limit on fouled third strikes whether pitched by the pitcher or the coach.
    H. If a coach is pitching, the batter will not be awarded a base if hit by a pitch.
    I.   If a coach is pitching, the player-pitcher will have at least one foot inside the circle around the pitching
         rubber.
    J.   If a coach is pitching, the player-pitcher will not interfere with the delivery of the coach’s pitch.
    K. If a coach is pitching, the coach must start with at least one foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate. The
       coach must pitch underhand, but no other formalities apply to the pitching coach.
    L. If two batters in a single inning are awarded first base because they are ‘hit by pitch’ from a single pitcher,
       the offending pitcher must be replaced for the remainder of the inning. If a single pitcher is replaced in two
       innings of the same game for too many ‘hit by pitch’ calls, the pitcher must be replaced for the remainder
       of the game.
Section 4. BATTING
    A. Batter is allowed to bunt unless coach is pitching.
    B. All players will bat at least once per game. A coach will inform the umpire in the last inning of any batters
       needing to bat if time has or will expire before that team can bat again.
Section 5. BASE RUNNERS/BATTER-RUNNER
    A. All runners and batter-runners must stop advancing when the pitcher has control of the ball in the circle.
       A runner or batter-runner at least halfway between bases may advance to the next base, with liability to
       be put out.
    B. If the pitcher in control of the ball in the circle attempts a play on any runner or batter-runner, all runners
       and batter-runners may continue to advance until the pitcher once again has control of the ball in the
       circle.
    C. Base Stealing:
       1. A steal is any advancement of a runner to another base when the ball is not put in play by a batter.
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       2.   Base runners may not steal a base when a coach is pitching.
       3.   Base runners may steal only 1 base per pitch. If the base runner attempts to steal more than one
            base on a single pitch, or overruns a stolen base, regardless of overthrows, errant throws, or plays
            made on any runner, the base runner must return to the first stolen base with liability to be put out.
       4.   If a runner who has advanced beyond a first stolen base is not returning to the first stolen base when
            a dead ball is called or the pitcher has control of the ball in the circle, or if such runner stops before
            reaching such first stolen base, the runner is out.
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       5.   Base runners are allowed to steal 2        and 3 bases only. Base runners may never steal home.
Section 6. AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION DISTANCES
    A. Bases will be set at 55 feet.
    B. Pitching rubber will be set at 35 feet. A 16 foot diameter circle will be chalked around the pitching rubber.
    C. Official ball: 11” diameter.




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Article V.       KID PITCH RULES
Section 1. GAME PLAY
    A. No inning will begin after 75 minutes except as required for tournament play.
    B. A game that is called due to weather or darkness is considered complete after 45 minutes of play.
    C. Each half-inning has a 5-run limit.
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    D. The dropped 3 strike is in effect.
    E. Look-back is in effect.
    F. The infield fly rule is in effect.
Section 2. PITCHING
    A. If two batters in a single inning are awarded first base because they are ‘hit by pitch’ from a single pitcher,
       the offending pitcher must be replaced for the remainder of the inning. If a single pitcher is replaced in two
       innings of the same game for too many ‘hit by pitch’ calls, the pitcher must be replaced for the remainder
       of the game.
Section 3. AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION DISTANCES
    A. Bases will be set at 60 feet.
    B. Pitching rubber will be set at 40 feet. A 16 foot diameter circle will be chalked around the pitching rubber.
    C. Official ball: 12” diameter.




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