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2016 HI-LO Valley Girls’ Softball—General Rules Summary

 

RULES                

1.         Official ASA rules will apply unless otherwise stated in these HI-LO Valley (HLV) rules. HLV general rules will apply to all age groups. HLV rules for a particular age group will apply only in that age group.

2.         Players must be officially registered with the HLV to participate in any HLV sanctioned game. A player may be registered on only one team in the HLV.

3.         A player may be a substitute on a team above their rostered age division if that team is not able to compete because they are short players.

a)         A player that has substituted up on any team and has played a total of 5 regular season games, becomes officially rostered on the most recent team for which they substituted.  They cannot play with their original team for the remainder of the season.

b)         Participation up in a HLV tournament will count as 1 game toward the substitution limit of 5 games.

c)         If a team is in need of an additional player to fill out a roster, that player must be from the same community and that player must play on a team in a lower division.  (Example:  I need a player for my 12U Chillicothe team, so I could go to my either of my 10U Chillicothe teams and selects a player from one of those rosters)

4.         A player may be rostered on a team below her age group under the following conditions:

a)         The local organization determines that they should be at that age level because of their ability.

b)         They are not more than 1 year past the limit for that age group. The HLV board may grant exceptions to this under special circumstances.

5.         Players should be taught how and encouraged to slide any time there is going to be a close play on them. However, a runner is entitled to come into any base either standing or sliding and will not be called out for simply not sliding. If a runner is deemed to be maliciously running or sliding into a fielder at any time, they will be called out and ejected from the game. Umpires must use discretion when making this call, but must keep the game safe.

6.         A fielder may NOT block any base unless she is in possession of the ball.  The result of blocking a base without the ball is obstruction by the defensive player.

7.         A player must have possession of the ball to block any base on a tag out.

8.         Unlimited substitution is allowed, including the pitcher.

9.         All players rostered for each game will be listed on the game roster and will bat in that order regardless of whether or not they are playing in the field.

10.       No changes will be made in the starting batting order other than adding players to the bottom of the roster.

11.       Any player batting out of order is automatically out. However, an injured player may be removed from the game, their turn at bat skipped without penalty, and then returned later to their original batting position.

12.       There should be no heated, verbal arguments on the field under any circumstances.

13.       Traveling league players may play on house league teams but may not pitch in the house league.  A rostered list of travel players must be turned in to the League President at the coaches meeting

 

GAMES

14.       With the exception of lighted fields, all games will start at 6:00 p.m. A team not present within 20 minutes of the scheduled game time will forfeit the game.

15.       The game should end with a final, unlimited scoring inning. The inning that starts after an hour and thirty minutes of play shall be the final, unlimited scoring inning unless

  • the game has reached the max inning count for a complete game (varies by division)
  • the game has reached the HLV or local time limit
  • local darkness limit

16.       No inning will start after 2 hours of play. In some cases local rules may override the HLV time limit, but only to shorten it. It is the home plate umpire’s duty to note the starting time of the game.

17.       In the case of a tie at the end of regulation play, play will continue with complete innings until the tie is broken or until the home plate umpire calls the game due to darkness or local time limits.  Games in this case will result in a tie.

18.       All schedule changes, except for weather, must be confirmed by both coaches 48 hours in advance.

19.       A one minute time limit will be allowed for a team to take the field and be prepared to play ball.

20.       Age description, division and game night table.

Age on December 31, 2015

Division

Typical game night

7-8

U8 (coach pitch)

Tue / Thu

9-10

U10

Mon / Wed

11-12

U12

Tue / Fri

13-15

U15

Mon/ Wed

 

 

FIELDS

21.       Fields shall be set up to the following specifications:

Division

Base distance

Pitching  distance

Pitching Circle

Ball

U8

60 feet

35 feet

8 foot radius

11 inch flight restricted

U10

60 feet

35 feet

8 foot radius

11 inch flight restricted

U12

60 feet

40 feet

8 foot radius

12 inch (no red dots)

U15

60 feet

43 feet

8 foot radius

12 inch (no red dots)

 

 

EQUIPMENT

22.       All home teams will be required to provide a one-piece, half orange/half white, safety bag at first base for HLV games. Failure to have one will cause the home team to forfeit.

23.       Catchers must wear a mask, chest protector, shin guards, throat guard and protective helmet.

24.       Base runners and batters must wear full protective helmets.  At this time it is strongly recommended to each organization that chin straps be used on all helmets

25.       No steel spikes are allowed.

26.       The home team will furnish 2 balls and 2 officials for each game.

27.       Home plate umpires must wear a protective face mask and chest protector.

28.       All equipment must be in compliance with the Official ASA rule. (softballs, ASA bats, helmets with face guards, etc)

 

SEVER WEATHER POLICY

29.       At the first sound of thunder or sight of lightning, games will be suspended for 30 minutes. 

30.       The 30 minute suspension of play restarts every time lightning is seen or thunder is heard. 

 

UMPIRES

31.       It will be each community’s responsibility to review the HiLo rules with their umpires.  The umpires should meet with both coaches before the game to discuss any concerns and set clear guidelines on how they will be umpiring the game.

 

U8 Lassie Division 2016 rules

 

TEAMS

 

1.         Any player who will be 6 years old after January 1st of current year can compete, but any player who turned 9 years old before January 1 of current year is not eligible to compete.

2.         A team shall consist of 10 players, the tenth player being an outfielder who will play 15 feet behind the baselines. A team must field at least 7 players or forfeit the game. 

3.         The pitcher (who is an adult) must not interfere when the ball is hit.

4.         Two coaches on the defensive team may be on the field, but cannot interfere with the ball.

5.         Only a pitcher, catcher, and four infielders will be allowed to play in the infield at any one time.

 

GAMES

 

6.         A normal game will consist of 5 innings.

7.         A maximum of 4 runs per team shall be allowed in one inning. The 5th inning and any inning after that shall be open innings with no limit on the number of runs scored

8.         The ten-run rule will apply after the 4th inning.

            Example: If the home team is at least 10 runs ahead after 3 1/2 innings, the game is over. If the visiting team is at least 10 runs ahead after the 4th inning, the game is over.

9.         In case of rain, 3 complete innings constitutes a game. Any incomplete games are completely replayed.

10.       Only one umpire may be used. The umpire must be at least 12 years old. The umpire must stand behind the pitcher.

 

BATTING

 

11.       The coach pitching to their team batting must pitch within the 16 foot circle that will be based on the 35 feet pitching distance.  Ball must be released within the circle.

12.       No player will be walked. The batter is out after 3 strikes whether the catcher catches the ball or not. No “called” strikes. Maximum pitch count to a batter is 10.

13.       No intentional bunting is allowed. (Umpire’s discretion)

14.       The infield fly rule will not be applied.

 

BASE RUNNING

 

15.       When a ball that has been in play is returned from the outfield to the infield’s diamond square, the umpire will call the play over when a player has control of the ball. All base runners may continue to the base they were headed for when play was called.

16.       There will be no base stealing. Runners may not leave base until the ball is hit into play.

17.       Batter cannot advance on an overthrow at first or any other base, even if played on.

18.       Runner(s) can only advance as far as the batter advances as a result of their hit.

 

 

U10 Petite Division 2016 rules

 

TEAMS

 

1.         Any player who turned 11 before January 1st of current year is not eligible to compete.

2.         A team shall consist of 10 players, the tenth player being an outfielder who will play 15 feet behind the baselines. A team must field at least 7 players or forfeit the game.

3.         Only a pitcher, catcher, and four infielders will be allowed to play in the infield at any one time.

 

GAMES

 

4.         A normal game will consist of 5 innings.

5.         A maximum of 4 runs per team shall be allowed in one inning. The 5th inning and any after that shall be open innings with no limit on the number of runs scored.

6.         The ten-run rule will apply after the 4th inning.

            Example: If the home team is at least 10 runs ahead after 31/2 innings, the game is over. If the visiting team is at least 10 runs ahead after the 4th inning, the game is over.

7.         In case of rain, 3 complete innings constitute a game. Any incomplete games are completely replayed.

8.         Plate umpires must be at least 15 years old. Base umpires must be at least 12 years old.

 

BATTING

 

9.         Batter is out after 3 strikes.  No advancement on a dropped 3rd strike.

10.       Infield fly rule will not be applied.

11.       No intentional walks.

12.       No intentional bunting is allowed.

 

BASE RUNNING

 

13.       Batter and runner(s) can only advance one base (at risk of being put out) as a result of an overthrow at first base, even if a play is attempted at second base.

14.       No base stealing. 

15.       Lead-offs are allowed.  Runners may not leave the base until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

16.       In the case of an overthrow off of the playing field, the ball is dead, and all runners advance one base. The playing field is defined by the home team ground rules.

 

PITCHING

 

17.       A pitcher is allowed only 3 innings per game. One pitch is considered one inning.

18.       All other pitching regulations are covered by ASA rules.

           

            ASA pitching rules do not allow a pitcher to step back during her pitching delivery.  A pitcher must start with both feet on the pitching plate with her hands separated.  The only step a pitcher can take is forward, and the hands must come together once during the delivery.

U12 Junior Division 2016 rules

 

TEAMS

1.         Any player who turned 13 before January 1st of current year is not eligible to compete.

2.         A team shall consist of 10 players, the tenth player being an outfielder who will play 15 feet behind the baselines. A team must field at least 7 players or forfeit the game. 

3.         Only a pitcher, catcher, and four infielders will be allowed to play in the infield at any one time.

 

GAMES

4.         A normal game will consist of 6 innings.

5.         A maximum of 4 runs per team shall be allowed in one inning. The 6th inning and any after that shall be open innings with no limit on the number of runs scored.

6.         The ten-run rule will apply after the 4th inning.

            Example: If the home team is at least 10 runs ahead after 31/2 innings, the game is over. If the visiting team is at least 10 runs ahead after the 4th inning, the game is over.

7.         In case of rain, 4 complete innings constitute a game. Any incomplete games are completely replayed.

8.         Plate umpires must be at least 15 years old. Base umpires must be at least 14 years old.

 

BATTING

9.         Batter can advance to first on a dropped 3rd strike when first base is unoccupied with less than 2 outs.  The base is occupied if there is a runner on first base prior to the pitch.  If there are 2 outs it does not matter if first base is occupied or not.  A player must record the final out as the ball is live.

10.       Infield fly rule is in effect.

11.       No intentional walks.

12.       Bunting is allowed.

 

BASE RUNNING

13.       After a hit, when the pitcher holds the ball within the pitching circle, a runner may continue to advance as long as she does not stop. If the runner stops on a base, she must stay there. If she stops after rounding a base before she reaches the next base, she must immediately return to the last base touched or she will be called out and she may be put out by a tag as she returns to the base.

14.       A walk will be treated the same as a hit as far as a runner’s right to continue on past first base.

15.       Lead-offs and stealing are allowed.  Runner can leave the base when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

16.Stealing of second, third and home will be allowed.

17.       In the case of an overthrow off the playing field, the ball is dead, and all runners advance one base. The playing field is defined by the home team ground rules.

 

PITCHING

18.       A pitcher is allowed only 4 innings per game. One pitch is considered one inning.

19.       All other pitching regulations are covered by ASA rules.

 

            ASA pitching rules do not allow a pitcher to step back during her pitching delivery.  A pitcher must start with both feet on the pitching plate with her hands separated.  The only step a pitcher can take is forward, and the hands must come together once during the delivery.