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INTERTOWNSHIP 10U LEAGUE RULES


  1. ASA playing rules apply except as noted or clarified below.

  2. The game is six (6) innings long.  Four innings constitute a complete game, unless the home team is winning after three and one-half innings: in that case, three and one-half innings constitute a complete game.  This applies to playoffs only.  Playoff games must be complete games as defined by this rule.

  3. Weeknight games will start at 6:00 p.m. with an absolute start time of 6:15 p.m.

  4. Playoff seedings will be a random draw.

  5. Semi-final and final playoff games will be a minimum of four innings and a new inning shall not start after 2 hours. Once an inning is started, it will be finished. There is no drop dead time.

  6. The umpire’s watch will be the official time for the game.  If the umpire does not have a watch, the umpire will designate someone’s watch as the official watch for that game.

  • All games played will not begin an inning after 1 hour 40 minutes. The umpire will keep the official time. Drop dead time is 2 hours.

  • The complete game rule #2 applies.

  1. Teams will place ten (10) girls in the field. If 10 girls are not available, a team can play with less than 10 girls without penalty. Every attempt should be made to play a regular season game regardless to the amount of players available. There is no automatic out in the lineup if less than 10 girls are available for a team.

  2. Thrown bat

    • First occurrence for a team will result in a team warning.

    • Second and succeeding occurrences

    • Dead ball is called

    • Batter called out

  1. Hit by pitch

    • All batters should make an effort to avoid getting hit by a pitch

    • If, in the umpire’s judgment, a batter is hit while making a reasonable effort to avoid getting hit by a pitch:

    • Dead ball is called

    • Batter is awarded first base.

    • If, in the umpire’s judgment, several batters on a single team continuously not make a reasonable effort to avoid getting hit by a pitch a dead ball is called and no bases will be awarded.

    • This rule applies even when bases are loaded.  A player being hit by a pitch and awarded first base does not constitute a walk and the player on third will come home and score a run.

  1. If a pitch by the same pitcher hits three batters in the same inning (each resulting in the batter being awarded first base by the umpire), that pitcher must be removed from the pitching mound for that inning. 

  • She may pitch the next inning if she hasn’t reached her 3 inning maximum

  • There is a maximum of five (5) hit batters per pitcher per game.  If a 5th batter is hit, she must be removed from the mound for the remainder of the game

  • She may move to another position on the field

  1. The Ten Batter Rule

  • If a team bats ten batters in an inning the tenth batter will be played as if there are two outs.

  • If a tenth batter in an inning hits a fair ball, play will continue until the third out is made at any base or at home plate, or when the ball is controlled by the pitcher inside the pitching mound.

  • If the tenth batter walks, the coach will take the mound with the number of strikes in the pitch count at the time of the walk.  The player either hits or strikes out as noted in rule 20.  Play will continue until an out is made OR the ball reaches the pitcher’s circle.

  • Intentionally walking the tenth batter is not permitted.

  • If the 10th batter is hit by a pitch and the batter has made a reasonable effort to avoid being hit, rule 9 applies and the next (11th) batter will bat with the 10th batter rule applying.

  • If a team only has nine (9) batters or less, no automatic out will apply, but the 10th batter rule will still apply when the team reaches it's 10th batter in an inning.

  • There are no automatic outs if a team has less than 10 players. Every attempt should be made to play a game - even if a team has less than 10 players.

  1. The outfielders (including the short fielder) must be located at least ten feet behind the base lines.  (Especially short fielder)

  2. No base runner may leave the base until the pitch is over the plate.

    • First occurrence for a team will result in a team warning.

    • Second and succeeding occurrences

    • Dead ball is called

    • Base runners will be called out

  1. Stealing

    • Third base only

    • No advancing on an overthrow on the steal attempt.

  1. Overthrows (other than steals)

    • All runners can advance at their own risk on an overthrow by any player (including the catcher) after the ball is batted.

    • Play stops when the ball is called out of play by the umpire

    • Dead ball is called

    • Runners advance to base they were going to only.

  1. Pitching Circle

    • Play is considered stopped when the pitcher is in possession of the ball within the circle of the pitching rubber.

    • Runners between bases must advance to the next base at their own risk or return to the last base touched immediately.  Failure to make a commitment immediately will result in the base runner being declared out.

    • If the pitcher chooses to throw the ball to a fielder in an attempt to throw a base runner out, play is no longer considered stopped.

  1. The infield fly rule is not in effect.

  2. The dropped third strike rule is not in effect.

  3. The continuous walk rule is not in effect. 

  4. There is two walk maximum per inning, and the pitcher cannot walk in a run.  (e.g. bases loaded, the batter gets 4 balls.  The pitcher remains on the mound to field the ball, but the batter’s coach steps in the circle and pitches to the player with the same number of strikes in the count at the time of the walk remaining).  The player either has to hit or strike out.  The coach’s pitches will be called by the umpire just as in normal play. 

  5. Pitching shall be as defined by the ASA rules for female fastpitch.  This includes that the pitcher must start with both feet in contact with the rubber, the first step (non pivot foot) may not be backwards, and dragging or pushing off with the pivot foot from the rubber is required.  Pushing off from a spot other than the rubber is considered a crow hop and is illegal.

  • This division shall use eleven (11) inch softballs.

  • The pitching distance shall be thirty-five (35) feet.

  • The bases shall be sixty(60) feet apart base-to-base.

  • For 10U, any player identified on the team roster as playing for a travel team may not play the position of pitcher at any time.

  1. All batters and base runners must wear a batting helmet equipped with a face shield.  The situation should immediately be rectified with no penalties to the player.

  2. Teams should make every effort to get into the field and ready to play after third out is made.  Courtesy runners are permitted at any time for the catcher.  The courtesy runner must be the last batted out even if that is from the last inning.

  3. Fake tags are not permitted at any time

    • Runner will be awarded the base she was going to

  1. Base runners cannot intentionally run into any fielder, whether the fielder is making a play or not.

  2. Sliding is encouraged

  3. If, in the umpire’s judgment, the base runner intentionally runs into the fielder

    • Dead ball is called

    • Runner is called out

    • Fielder cannot completely block the base from the runner

    • The fielder may cross the base and inadvertently block it in an attempt to field the ball

    • If, in the umpire’s judgment, the fielder intentionally blocks the base from the runner

    • Dead ball is called

    • Runner is awarded the base she was going to

  1. In the event that no umpire is available

    • The League Commissioner will notify the home team coach that no umpire has been assigned to that game

    • The team coaches may, upon mutual agreement, solicit a volunteer umpire from among the spectators and coaches

    • If a coach ends up being an umpire for that game, he/she must not participate as a coach during that game, and should refrain from interacting with his/her team in such a way that could be considered impartial by the opposing team and/or the spectators

    • If no umpire is available, the game will be canceled and rescheduled

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    • The home plate umpire shall have complete authority at the field

    • Each Manager is responsible for his/her actions, the actions of the team’s coaches, spectators and parents.

  1. If the game is stopped in the middle of an inning (i.e., before that inning is completed)

    • If the visiting team is winning, the score will revert back to the end of the last fully completed inning, since the home team did not get their chance to bat that inning.

    • If the home team is winning, the score remains as it is at the time the game is stopped, since both teams have had an equal number of at bats

    • If four innings have been played and completed, or three and one-half innings if the home team is ahead, it will be considered an official game.

  1. If the game is stopped due to inclement weather or some other unforeseen reason and does not meet the official game rule #2.

    • The game is considered not official, and will be rescheduled and played from the point at which the game was stopped

    • It is recognized that the same girls are not always available for every game: however, coaches should make all efforts to use the same lineup for the rescheduled, restarted game

    • Coaches should meet briefly to agree on the game status and situation before leaving the field

    • This rule applies to the playoffs only.

  1. Players that show up late for a game shall be added at the end of the batting order.  If a player leaves before the end of the game or if a batter is unable to bat due to injury the batter shall be skipped with no penalty.

  2. No pitcher may pitch more than three (3) innings per game.  A single pitch in an inning constitutes an inning pitched.  (Does not have to be consecutive.)

  3. Inclement weather:  Decision will be made by the League Commissioner in cooperation of the league coaches and club members, no later than one hour before game time; Commissioner is responsible for contacting Coaches and umpires as well as including the President of the Board.

  4. ASA certified bats will be used.