AAA Rules

Clarence Girls Softball League

DIVISION RULES

AAA

Clarence Girls' Softball League uses the Official Softball Playing Rules as adopted by the Amateur Softball Association of America; youth div. fast pitch rules apply

I. GENERAL
A) To be eligible for the AAA Division, a girl should be in the 4th or 5th grade. As an optimum, each team should consist of 10-12 girls.

B) Good sportsmanship is the rule at all times, including players, coaches and spectators.

C) Games will have six innings; each girl on the team roster who is present must play at least a minimum of four defensive innings, provided she is not declared ineligible by the coach at the start of the game because she is physically unable to compete. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a forfeited game to the opposing team. Four completed innings will constitute an official game in the case of a rainout; score recorded at the end of the last completed full inning will stand.

D) The home team, designated on the schedule, shall have the following responsibilities:

1) Sit on the first base side of the infield

2) Supply new game ball and good second ball

3) Refer to rain out policy for rescheduling of games

4) Teamâ??s short players must use "call-up" players from the Ponytail Division

E) Any fan yelling or a deterrent of play from the spectators must be handled by the coach or coaches. If the spectator(s) do not stop after two warnings, the umpire may forfeit the game to the opposing team. Spectators (not affiliated with a team) causing a disturbance will be approached by both coaches and the umpire to resolve the problem

F) Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at any CGSL games.

II. PITCHING
A) The distance from the pitcher's rubber to the home plate is 35 feet measured from the front of the pitching rubber to the back of home plate.

B) Pitchers can only pitch a maximum of 2 innings.

C) No balks will be called against the pitcher.

D) Pitching form and regulations will follow ASA rules for fast pitch softball. There are no walks â?? batter either hits or strikes out. AAA pitcher pitches to each batter until either the batter hits, strikes out, or 4 called balls are thrown. After 4 called balls are thrown, the coach/parent steps in and throws 3 pitches maximum to batter. The strike count is not reset. Batter either hits or strikes out after these final 3 pitches (not counting foul balls).

E) If a pitcher hits a third batter with a pitched ball the pitcher must be changed.

III. BATTING
A) Teams will bat all girls present in continuous batting order.

B) In the event that the offensive team scores five runs during one inning, the inning shall be declared over the instant the fifth run scores.

C) If the batter throws her bat in such a way that, in the umpire's opinion, it may be injurious to persons or property, the umpire will warn the batter. Should the same batter repeat this offense, she will be declared out and the play declared dead.

D) The dropped third strike rule is not in effect.

E) Bunting is permitted.

IV. BASE RUNNING
A) No stealing is allowed.

B) A runner may not lead off. A runner must remain on base until the ball reaches home plate. The base runner must return on any strike. A runner in violation will be warned once by the umpire. Repeated rule violation will result in the runner being declared out and the pitch to the batter declared void.

C) If the catcher for the next inning is on base when the second out has just occurred, she will be replaced with a pinch runner to allow her to time to prepare for the next defensive inning. The player who made the second out is the pinch runner.

V. DEFENSE
A) The defensive team will consist of nine players with at least three outfielders. The outfielders should be approximately twenty feet from the infield. A minimum of eight fielders is encouraged. All players will wear a softball safety cage regardless of defensive position.

B) There are no limits on substitutions except that pitchers may pitch a maximum of 2 innings.

B) Coaches must call up players from the next lower division only to prevent a forfeiture of their game. The call up player cannot pitch and must be assigned to the last position on the batting order

C) Catcher must wear a helmet, facemask and throat guard, chest protector, and shin guards during games and all practices. Safety is always first priority.

D) The infield fly rule is not in effect.

E) Players should be rotated equally between infield and outfield with no player playing the infield more than 4 innings per game.

VI. POST GAME

A) At the end of the game, players will exchange a handshake as a gesture of good sportsmanship.

B) Each coach is responsible for the proper condition, cleaning, adjustments, safety concerns and accounting of league equipment. If replacement of equipment is needed, coach shall contact the Equipment Manager. Each coach must return all league property at the end of the season.

Revised 2/1/22 HUBACHER

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