2007 COACH - PITCH RULES Updated: 05/03/2007 USSSA rules will be used except for the following: Field Layout: 1. Pitching distance for both Baseball and Softball will be 40 Foot. 2. There will be a 16 Foot Circle drawn around the pitcher's rubber. (Distance used to be 10 Feet). Changed to 16 Feet to match Girls Softball and make all circles on the field the same. 3. There will be a Thirty (30) foot safety arc drawn from 1st base line to 3rd base line in front of home plate. Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit. 4. There will be a line drawn between 1st and 2nd bases and 2nd and 3rd base to assist the umpire in determine outfield from infield. Lines at 1st and 3rd will be extended out into foul territory, clear to the fence line. Lines are at the outfield side of the bases. 5. There will not be a 20 foot fair ball arc in front of home plate. 6. The bases will be positioned 60 foot apart. Game Length: 1. All games will be 7 innings or 1 hour and 30 minute time limit (whichever comes first) or when the mercy rule (as defined in USSSA rule section 8.03.E) comes into play. 7 inning games is 8 run differential after 5 inning, or 12 run differential after 4 innings. 2. All games must last at least Three (3) full innings. Coach Pitching: 1. The Coach Pitcher can pitch from any part of the 16 foot circle as long as he/she has a part of their body in contact with or over the pitchers rubber when the ball is delivered to the batter. In Baseball Coach Pitch, The ball must also be delivered from the overhand position. In Softball Coach Pitch, the ball can be delivered from the underhand or overhand position. In Softball Coach Pitch, the coach pitcher can stand anywhere inside the circle. The coach-pitcher is not confined to having her foot on the pitching rubber. The pitches can be delivered from any sitting, standing or kneeling position as long as the above criteria has been met. 2. The Coach Pitcher must make an attempt to get out of the way of any batted or thrown ball to allow the fielders to have an opportunity to make a play on the ball. Penalty: See Rule 8.05R (Umpire's judgment). 3. Once the ball has been hit and it becomes a live ball the Coach Pitcher will not be allowed to touch the ball again until all play has stopped and / or the Umpire has declared the ball dead. Kid Pitcher: 1. The Kid Pitcher must wear an approved helmet with protective face mask. 2. The Kid Pitcher can be positioned to either side and / or behind the pitchers rubber when a pitch is made to the batter. At no time will the Kid Pitcher be allowed to take a position in front of the pitchers rubber until after the ball has been delivered to the batter by the Coach Pitcher. 3. The defensive player listed as pitcher cannot leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit. Walks: There will be NO walks allowed for any reason. Walks will not be allowed even when batters are hit by a . ptiched ball Base Runners: A base runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate. Stealing is not allowed. One warning per team per game. All consequential play is voided. Ball is dead the instance a baserunner leaves the base early. Defensive Positions: There will be Ten (10) defensive players in the field with Four (4) of them being Outfielders. The Outfielders will not be allowed to assume an infield position. The outfiielders must be behind the white base lines. Outfielders must stay in the outfield until after the ball has been hit. Clarification: If an infielder is behind the white base line, then the outfielder must be behind the infielder. Bunting: Absolutely no bunting allowed. Infield Fly Rule: The Infield Fly Rule is not in effect. Pitches: A batter shall receive a maximum of six (6) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes. A batter cannot be called out on a foul ball if it is their last pitch. If the last pitch is a foul ball then another pitch is awarded and if that pitch is a foul ball another pitch will be awarded and so on until the batter either hits, strikes out or doesn't foul the ball off. NOTE: There will be no such thing as an extra pitch because the ball is not hittable. Innings: 1. Three (3) outs or Seven (7) runs scored will constitute an inning. No more than Seven (7) runs can score in any one inning. 2. A new inning will start as soon as the last out is made in the previous inning. Batting / Batter Runner / Equipment 1. The batting order shall constitute all players on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall bat before returning to the top of the batting order. 2. Free substitution on defense but the batting order must remain the same. 3. All runners, batters, on deck batters and players coaching a base must wear approved batting helmets that are in good condition. Face masks are not required for coach pitch softball. 4. Base runners must stay in contact with the bases until the ball reaches Home Plate. Penalty: Runner is called out. Absolutely no stealing bases allowed. 5. A courtesy runner for the catcher of record the previous inning only may be used. The courtesy runner must be the player who made the last out. If no outs have been recorded the courtesy runner will be the previous batter not on base. Overthrows: 1. For the purpose of these rules only, an overthrow can occur at any base, including second base. Runners may advance to the base they are going to, at their own risk, it is not automatic. 2. The definition of "Base They Are Going To" will be defined as "the runner is at lease one step past the last base they occupied". Example: Runner rounds first base and has gone one step toward second: Ball stays in a playable area - Runner can go to second, but it is not automatic. He can be put out. Ball is declared dead by the umpire - Runner is awarded second base. 3. There can only be one overthrow on any batted ball. 4. Examples: Runner at 1st base - batter hits the ball - an overthrow occurs at 1st, 2nd or 3rd base: Ruling: If runner / runners are not to the base or their next base at time of overthrow - Runner / Runners will not be allowed to advance to the next base. If Runner / Runners are past the base they are going to at time of overthrow - Runner / Runners will be allowed to advance to the next base at their own risk. Substitutions: 1. All substitutions must be made by the start of the Third (3rd) inning. Penalty: Forfeiture. Throwing the bat: A batter who throws a bat in a dangerous manner will be given one warning by the umpire. If the same batter again throws the bat, they will be called out. If it happens a 3rd time the batter will be called out and ejected from from the game. Each occurrence will be noted in the scorebook. Other Amendments. If the ball comes in from the outfield across the white base line and then the infielder throws the ball back to the outfield, the base-runner only gets the base they were going to. The overthrow rule is not in effect. A team must start a game with 8 players without an automatic out. A team may continue to play with 7 players, with an automatic out for the missing 8th player. The out is not counted if the 8th player was removed because of an injury. Regular Season team rosters will be frozen. Once a team is eliminated from the tournament, a player may not play on another team without the approval of the tournament director.