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					 ACT SOFTBALL
 ASSOCIATION
INCORPORATED




    TEE-
   BALL
   RULES




           21 February 2009
            Rules of Tee-Ball                                                     Last Revised 21 February 2009



                       ACT SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED


                                            RULES OF TEE-BALL


Introduction

Tee-Ball is a modified form of softball specially designed for the needs of young players up to 10 years old, to
introduce children, parents and spectators to softball and to develop sportsmanship and fellowship among
participants. It is played in accordance with the Official Rules of Softball except for the variations set out in these
Rules.

Tee-Ball is designed to teach children the basic skills of batting, fielding, throwing and base running and must
be played in a spirit, which ensures the children get the maximum enjoyment from it. This is far more
important than any competitive aspect of the game.

The pitching element has been removed from the game and instead the ball is batted from a tee. Base stealing is not
permitted. Children should be taught to play the game correctly. This means they must occupy orthodox fielding
positions (see attachment) and make normal plays such as force-outs, tagging runners, holding runners on base, etc.
Proper training should be given before young ones start to slide into bases.

While Organisations wishing to play Tee-Ball are expected to play by these Rules, they are at liberty to make some
minor variations to cater for particular local requirements or conditions.

Parents may help by coaching, scoring, umpiring, managing a team, being an equipment officer or whatever - all
having enjoyment so that children may play a team sport and have healthy exercise.

Further information about Tee-Ball may be obtained from your local Association or Softball ACT’s Office.




                                                       RULES

1.   GENERAL

     (a)   These Rules are to be read in conjunction with the Official Rules of Softball as adopted by the Australian
           Softball Federation Incorporated.

     (b) The ball is not pitched in Tee-Ball - instead it is batted from a tee.

     (c)   For the purposes of Tee-Ball, unless otherwise specified in these Rules:
           (1) the Official Rules of Softball shall apply;
           (2) a reference in the Official Rules of Softball to:
                (i) "the time of the pitch" shall be read as a reference to the time the batter hits the ball;
                (ii) "the next pitch" shall be read as a reference to the batter's next swing at the ball, whether or
                      not the ball is hit;
                (iii) "the batter swinging at the pitched ball" shall be read as a reference to the batter swinging at
                      the ball on the tee.




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2.   GROUNDS

     The field shall be marked as for softball except:

     (a)   the baselines shall be 15.25 m (50 ft);
     (b)   the pitching plate shall be 9 m (30 ft) from the apex of home plate;
     (c)   the pitching plate shall be in the centre of a circle of 2 m (6 ft 6 in) radius;
     (d)   an arc with a radius of 4.5 m (15 ft) from the apex of home plate shall be drawn in the infield from the
           home/first base line to the home/third base line;
     (e)   on open grounds a field limit line should be drawn parallel to and 7.5 m (25 ft) to 9 m (30 ft) outside the
           home/first base line and the home/third base line. The players' benches must be outside this area. The
           ball is dead if it goes beyond the limits of the playing field.


3.   EQUIPMENT

     (a)   The ball shall be a vinyl covered softball 280 mm (11") in circumference with a soft centre.

     (b) The tee:
         (1) may be made of any suitable material;
         (2) may be of any suitable construction and should be adjustable;
         (3) must not have any sharp edges or protrusions;
         (4) must be light enough to be easily removed;
         (5) should be adjusted to suit the batter;
         (6) must be placed with the stem over home plate;
         (7) must be removed by the umpire whenever necessary after the batter hits a fair ball.

           (Note: Batters may use a tee of their choice.)

     (c)   A mask and protector need not be worn by the plate umpire.

     (d) Catchers must wear a helmet and it is recommended that they wear a mask and body protector.

     (e)   All other equipment, including uniforms and footwear, must conform to the requirements in the Official
           Rules of Softball. Bats, gloves and the like should be of a size suitable for use by young children.


4.   PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTES

     (a) All players shall play offence and defence in every game, however only 9 players are permitted on the field
         in defence at any one time.

     (b) The re-entry rule shall not apply. This means there is no restriction on the number of times a player may
         be re-entered for the same player. However, subject to rule 4(c), a player can only be re-entered if the
         player being replaced has had both a turn at bat and a turn in the field.

     (c) There are no re-entry restrictions where player injured during the game is required to be replaced. This
          means that should a player be injured during the game, the injured player can be replaced by any player on
          the bench, irrespective of whether the player injured or the replacement player have previously replaced
          and/or been replaced by another player.

     (d) A designated hitter shall not be used. All players must both field and bat.

     (e)   Fielders must not, with deliberate unsportsmanlike intent, act in a manner to distract the batter. For the
           first offence the offender (and the coach) shall be warned. For a second offence the offender shall be
           removed from the game. In each case the batter shall be awarded first base and all runners shall advance
           one base. The ball is dead.

     (f)   Coaches must ensure that the game is played in the right spirit, that players get the maximum
           enjoyment out of it, and that their skills are being properly developed.

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5.   THE GAME

     (a)   Games shall be regulation games as defined in the Official Rules of Softball except:

           (1) a time limit of one hour is recommended;
           (2) when one team leads by more runs than the other team can score in the remainder of the game "time
               and game" shall be called by the umpire. (Note: this is possible any time from one out in the
               bottom of the fourth innings.)

     (b) An inning is completed when either 3 outs have been made or 9 batters have completed their turn at bat,
         whichever occurs first.

     (c)   When the 9th batter for the inning comes to bat, the scorer shall notify the plate umpire who shall inform
           both sides by calling loudly "last batter".

     (d) If the scorer does not notify the umpire that the 9th batter is at bat, the umpire shall declare that batter out,
         the side is retired and no runs shall score as a result of the 9th batter's turn at bat.

     (e)   If more than 9 batters bat in the same innings the 9th batter shall be declared out, the turn at bat of all
           subsequent batters in that innings is cancelled, the side is retired and no runs shall score as a result of the
           turn at bat of the 9th and all subsequent batters. The first batter in the next inning shall be the batter
           following the 9th batter.

     (f)   When the 9th batter hits a fair ball the side may be put out by:

           (1) getting the 9th batter out, irrespective of the number of outs; or
           (2) getting 3 outs by normal play; or
           (3) an infielder with the ball touching home plate, irrespective of the number of outs.
               (Note: Only an infielder can touch home plate to retire the 9th batter. If the ball is fielded by an
                         outfielder it must be relayed to an infielder to make the play at home plate.)

     (g) No runs shall score:

           (1)   after the 9th batter is out;
           (2)   when the 3rd out is the result of a base runner leaving a base before the batter hits the ball;
           (3)   after a play is made at home plate to retire the side;
           (4)   as otherwise prescribed in the Official Rules of Softball.


6.   BATTING

     (a)   Before calling "play ball" the umpire should ensure that:
           (1) the batter has taken his or her position in the batting box; and
           (2) the tee has been adjusted to the batter's satisfaction.

     (b) The batter shall be permitted to level the bat with the ball with only one movement. Any additional
         movement of the bat towards the ball shall be called a strike.

     (c)   If, in the levelling swing the batter, in the opinion of the umpire, unintentionally knocks the ball off the
           tee, a strike shall not be called.

     (d) The batter shall take a normal full forceful swing when striking the ball. Bunting is not permitted. For a
         violation a strike shall be called.

     (e)   The batter shall take a set stance in the batting box. After the call "play ball" a batter must not reposition
           his or her back foot such that he or she will hit the ball in an appreciably different direction. Movement
           of the front foot is permitted.
           Penalty: Each time the back foot is moved "foul ball/strike (1, 2 or 3)" shall be called. If it is the 3rd
                        strike the batter is out.

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     (f)   If the batter hits before "play ball" is called the ball is dead and no count is recorded on the batter.

     (g) A strike is called:

           (1) when the batter swings at the ball on the tee and misses;
           (2) when the batter swings and hits the tee but not the ball. The ball is dead and runners may not
               advance. The Umpire should also call and signal "dead ball";
           (3) for every foul ball. All foul balls are strikes. After 3 strikes the batter is out.

     (h) Until the ball is hit:

           (1) the pitcher must be on the pitching plate;
           (2) the catcher must be in the catcher's box;
           (3) other fielders must be in orthodox fielding positions; (Note: Fielders may adjust their position in
               the field at any time;)
           (4) no fielder (except the catcher) may be in foul territory or within 9 m (30 ft) of home plate.

           Penalty:     For violation of this rule the batter shall be awarded 1st base and all runners shall advance
                        one base. The ball is dead. (Note: If the batter hits a fair ball and makes 1st base safely and
                        all runners advance at least one base safely the ball remains in play and runners may advance
                        further at their own risk.)

     (i)   The batter is out if the bat is thrown dangerously. The ball is dead and runners may not advance.
           ("Dangerously" means the bat is thrown either carelessly or with force and hits, or almost hits, a player,
           official or spectator.)

     (j)   Fair Ball: A batted ball shall be fair as prescribed in the Official Rules of Softball except it must go past
           the 4.5 m (15 ft) arc.

     (k) Foul ball: A batted ball shall be foul:

           (1) as prescribed in the Official Rules of Softball;
           (2) when it settles or is touched before it crosses the 4.5 m (15 ft) arc;
           (3) when a fly ball touches, or is touched by, a fielder before it crosses the 4.5 m (15 ft) arc and is not
               legally caught;
           (4) as prescribed elsewhere in these Rules.

     (l)   The Infield Fly Rule shall not apply.


7.   BASE RUNNING

     (a)   A runner must wait until the ball is hit before leaving the base. A runner who leaves the base before the
           ball is hit is out. The ball is dead, that strike is cancelled and the batter returns to the batting box with the
           count prior to the last hit.
           (Note: A base runner who leaves the base as a result of the batter either swinging at and missing the ball;
                     or hitting the tee but not the ball, shall not be called out provided he or she remained in contact
                     with the base until the bat passed the ball or contacted the tee. The base runner must return
                     immediately to the base.)

     (b) When the batter hits a fair ball play shall proceed until all runners have held up on bases or until no
         further play is possible. "Time" shall then be called by the umpire.

     (c)   If, after the 9th batter hits a fair ball, a fielder unintentionally overthrows or otherwise makes the ball dead
           all runners shall be awarded home.

     (d) If, after the 9th batter hits a fair ball, a fielder, in the opinion of the umpire, deliberately overthrows or
         otherwise makes the ball dead all runners shall be awarded home. For the first offence the coach of the
         fielding team shall be warned. For a second offence the game shall be forfeited against the offending
         team.

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8.   UMPIRES

     (a)   To prevent unnecessary plays taking place and to lessen the risk of injury the umpire must call and signal
           "time" or "dead ball" as appropriate:
           (1) every time the ball becomes dead;
           (2) any time all plays have stopped and no further plays are possible.

           (NOTES:
             (1) "Dead ball" is called by the umpire when the ball has become dead in accordance with the
                 Official Rules of Softball or these Rules, eg, when the ball is outside the established limits of the
                 playing field, or when it is blocked.

              (2) "Time" is called by the umpire while the ball is alive to suspend play.

              (3) "Time" is to be called by the Umpire as soon as, but cannot be called before, all plays have
                  stopped, all runners have been held on bases and no further plays are possible. It is not
                  necessary to wait for a request from a fielder whether verbal (from any fielder) or by an infielder
                  holding the ball above his or her head.)

     (b) Any time after the ball has become dead the umpire should call "play ball" to put the ball back into play
         as soon as all players are ready to resume.

     (c)   The umpire should put the ball on the tee and adjust its height to suit the batter.

     (d) The umpire should ensure that the catcher is standing well clear of the batter's swing.

     (e)   The umpire must remove the tee whenever necessary so that players will not be obstructed or injured.

     (f)   All obstructions and interferences must be called to:
           (1) teach children to play properly and to position themselves correctly; and
           (2) prevent injury.




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1.   Pitcher                 6.   Short Stop
2.   Catcher                 7.   Left Fielder
3.   First Base              8.   Centre Fielder
4.   Second Base             9.   Right Fielder
5.   Third Base




ACT Softball Association Inc.
21 February 2009


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