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Senior League (6th/7th/8th Grade) Female Softball  Softball · Female Senior League (6th/7th/8th Grade)

Season:
UGRA Rec SB
Starts:
Apr 16 ’18
Ends:
May 25 ’18
Registration Dates:
Feb 8 ’18 – Mar 31 ’18 regular
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Free Agent Fees
Regular $115.00

URBANDALE GIRLS RECREATION ASSOCIATION

2017 SENIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL RULES

Revised January 2017

The purpose of this league is to have fun and develop players.  While we want to be competitive, we also want to ensure that this is a good experience for the players.  Coaches and fans are asked to demonstrate high levels of sportsmanship.

1. The following rules supplement the official ASA rules.

2. Pitching distance is 43 feet (14U Games) or 40 feet (12U Games), base distance is 60 feet.

3. Metal/Steal cleats will not be allowed during Recreation play.

1. Nine players will play the field.

1. All girls will be in the offensive lineâ??up and all will bat (based on the batting order established at the start of the game).

1. Equity in playing time is required, so no player will sit out of the defensive lineâ??up more than one inning per game.

2. When reâ??entering the defensive lineâ??up, she must replace a player who has not previously sat out in that game, if possible.

3. The batting order is not affected by substitutions in the defensive lineâ??up. Legal line up will consist of 7 players. If only 7 players are available to bat, an automatic out will be taken for the 8th batter in the lineâ??up.

4. f 8 players are available to bat, there will be no automatic outs taken. 9 or more batters in the lineâ??up are normal.

1. All games shall be 6 innings long.

1. No new inning is to begin if an hour and fifteen (1:15) minutes has elapsed since the start of the game.

2. In all circumstances complex lights must be turned off by 10:00 pm. Regular season games can end in a tie.

3. In tournament games that are tied at the end of regulation play (innings or time limit), international rules apply. (Each successive inning will begin with the last batter from the prior inning on second base).

1. First game starts at 6:00 pm and the second games start at 7:30 pm on weeknights.

1. All games are to start on time.

2.  IMPORTANT: Proper emphasis given to timely transition between innings by coaches & umpires will result in more innings played, i.e. having the catcher for the next inning dressed and ready to go when possible, using a coach to warm the pitcher when the catcher isnâ??t ready.

1. Five practice pitches by the pitcher are allowed at the start of each inning and seven practice pitches for a new pitcher.

1. If more than one minute elapses before the pitcher begins her warm up, the umpire may reduce the number of allowed pitches in order to keep the game moving.

1. Mask, with throat protector is mandatory for any player catching or warming up a pitcher at any time, including practice. (Hint: when an extra mask is not available, a parent/coach should warm up the pitcher).

1. A protective mask must be worn by all pitchers.

1. Base runners on any base may leave the base when the ball leaves the pitcherâ??s hand on a pitch (leading off).

1. If the base runner leaves early, she is automatically out and a â??no pitchâ?? is declared.

1. The infield fly rule will be in effect.

1. Dropped third strike will be in effect.

1. A maximum of 5 runs can be scored by a team per inning.

1. After 5 runs are scored, the opposing team will take their bat.

2. The game will automatically stop when the time limit is reached if one team is more than 5 runs ahead.

3. This rule also applies to tournament play.

1. If a base runner does not slide and the fielder is interfered with, or in the judgment of the umpire there is a risk of collision/injury, that runner is out and potential subsequent outs are declared.

1. A runner off base, but less than 1/3 of the distance beyond that base, when â??looked atâ?? by the pitcher when in possession of the ball in the vicinity of the pitcherâ??s plate (circle), must immediately go toward a base without hesitation.

1. Once looked back, that runner cannot leave the base until the ball again leaves the pitchers hand or the vicinity of the pitcherâ??s plate (circle).

2. After a base on balls, this requirement does not apply until the batter reaches first base. Penalty: the runner is called out and a dead ball is declared.

1. 12U games â?? Home plate is closed, meaning that runners canâ??t steal home on a ball that gets by the catcher (past ball).

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