RGS GAME RULES 2016

Updated Thursday August 18, 2016 by Randy Hall.

Richmond Girls Softball Rules 2016

Richmond Girls Softball will follow all KHSAA (ASA) rules except for league specific rules as outlined in Richmond Girls Softball Rule Book. 

•Time-Limit

•The Length of the game will be 5 innings or 1 hour and 15 minutes except T-Ball which will be 1 hour.

•The next inning cannot start after the above time limit has been surpassed.

•Run-rule each inning

•Pony Tail and Minor leagues will have 5 run rule per inning if three outs are not reached beforehand.  Play will be over after the 5th run has crossed the plate. 5 runs maximum.

• Middle school and High School leagues will not have a run rule per inning but Mercy Rules will apply.

•Run-rule for game

•Game will be declared over if after completion of third inning any team is trailing by 11 or more runs.

•Please note T-Ball is exempt from this because no score is kept.

•To ensure adequate playing time.  If a game is declared over at 3 innings and there is still time available to play, umpires will call coaches to a meeting a game will be declared over, but umpires will give teams some more scrimmage time to play.

• Coaches, please be aware that we are a rec league and we are looking for good games.  Please be considerate and make sure all necessary actions are taken to considerations to make sure games are not blowouts. 

•Ties

•If game is tied after time has been exceeded the game will be declared a tie.

•The Richmond Girls Softball Board will determine at a later date if for tournament seeding purposes any games that have ended in ties need to be completed.

•The only exception to this rule will be in the tournament.  In the tournament, international tie breaker rules.  Last out from previous inning will start on 2nd base.

•Batting Line-ups and substitutions Regular Season

•  Every child that is present must be in batting line-up.

MUST turn in batting line up to umpire(s) and official scoring book before game.

•  Players may be freely substituted in and out of the field but must occupy same spot in batting order.

•If a player has to leave the game due to any reason that players spot will be skipped in the batting order and the batting team will not be penalized.

•End of game, first game of day, last game of day)

•At the completion of each game the coaches are responsible for cleaning and evacuating the dugout promptly upon conclusion of game.  We have other games that need to get going.  Team meetings after game under no circumstances are to be held in dugout or on field following game.

•Base Stealing

•KHSAA (ASA) rules will be followed on base stealing the only exception will be in Minor league.

Minor league: A player is declared out on a dropped third strike and may not try to advance to first base.  All other runners may try to advance at their own risk.

•Not enough players

•A team must have at least 8 players to start the game.

•If a team does not have 8 players to start then the game will be declared a forfeit.

•The score of forfeit is 5-0.

•A team may finish with less than 8 players due to illness, injury, or loss of player.

•If game is forfeit the 2 teams can use field up to 15 minutes prior to start of next game.

All forfeits must notify Player Agent or other board member.  All forfeits will be investigated by Richmond Girls Softball board. 

In an effort to prevent teams from having to forfeit, RGS will use the following Options:

Option 1:  (MUST BE FIRST CHOICE) If a team does not have 8 players then the team will be allowed to pick up players from the league that is directly below them.  The team in need must have parental consent of the child playing up.

Option 2 (Only available if Option 1 cannot be used) A team may pick up a player from another league team that is currently not playing.  The team must have parental consent of the parent and BOTH head coaches must sign back of the umpire sheet agreeing to such arrangements. 

IN either case, the player(s) picked up must occupy an outfield position and bat at the bottom of the batting order.

•Rainouts

•If a game is rained out it will be announced at 626-7784 after 4PM on weekdays.  

•We will also post rainouts on the website and on Facebook (Richmond Girls Softball).

• It is each team’s responsibility to know their regular and rainout schedule.

•Rescheduling of games

•Under no circumstances will a game be rescheduled other than RAINOUTS.

•Final Score

•It is the winning team’s responsibility to sign off on the umpire sheet which will show the correct winning team and score of game.

• Pitching Machine

•Richmond Girls Softball Board voted in March 2015 to remove the pitching machine from game use in the 10U division.  This is to encourage pitcher development and more understanding of the game.  In order to make sure the games are interesting and challenging, a coaches/board committee will be set up and solutions will be voted on and put into rules updated prior to Games being played.  Clinics will be made available to any player that wants to develop as a pitcher.  Also, pitchers will be spread among all teams when tryouts occur.

•PROTESTS- Any team that wishes to protest a game will pay $150 nonrefundable protest fee.  The team that protests must inform the umpire, official scorekeeper and the other team of their intent to protest the game.  The details of the game at the time of the protest will need to be made clear.  (what inning, who is batting, the count on the batter, # of outs in the inning, team scores, base runners, and the time limit remaining).  The protest must be presented in writing within 24 hours of the time of the protest to be considered by the Board.  If the board rules in favor of the protest, the game will be completed beginning at the exact time in the game in which the protest occurred.   Umpire judgment calls will not be considered for protest.

 

 

 

 

League Specific rules

T-Ball

•1 hour time limit.

•All girls bat and occupy spot in the infield.

•½ inning over when all have batted once in line-up.

•The last batter will be called and when they hit ball all children and batter will run bases until they reach home plate.

•Children will not be allowed to advance more than 1 base on ALL overthrows.

Pony Tail

•5 innings or 1 hour 15 minute time limit.

•All children must be in batting line-up

•Up to 10 children in the field in the appropriate positions.  In other words, each must occupy specific position and cannot have all in dirt area.

5 run rule per inning 

•Play will be stopped when 5th run crosses the plate.

•Stoppage of play occurs when

•The player-pitcher (NOT the COACH-PITCHER) has the ball in the pitcher’s circle the play is over and runners will go to the closest base.

•The defense stops the LEAD runner.

•Runners are only ALLOWED to advance 1 base on all overthrows.  If the runner makes no attempt to reach the next base, the base is not automatically awarded.  An overthrow will consist of a THROWN ball not caught by the defender that travels approximately 6 ft. away (UMPIRE’S DISCRECTION) from the defender.   This can occur at any base or when throwing to the pitcher at the pitcher’s circle.  The defense should be encouraged to try to make the out as the runner advances but not be penalized if they make another overthrow.   (Ex.  If the batter is going to 1st base after batting the ball and the defender OVERTHROWS the 1st baseman, the runner CAN ATTEMPT to advance to 2nd base.  If the defender then throws to 2nd base and ANOTHER overthrow occurs, the runners cannot advance and the play is over once the runner reaches 2nd base.)  Throws from an outfield position will not be considered as an overthrow. 

•The Coach will pitch the ball with as little arc as possible.  To aid in this, the Coach must have at least 1 foot in the pitching circle when delivering the pitch.   It is not mandatory to pitch from the pitching rubber, since the lengths of the pitching rubbers are different on each field.  REMEMBER:  Our goal is to decrease the number of strikeouts and have our young girls hit the ball and make a more exciting game.

  • The Coach-Pitcher may NOT give instructions to his/her players during a live ball.  Instructions from the Coach-Pitcher may be given to the baserunners  or the batter prior to the ball being pitched.
  • ONE defensive coach will be allowed on the field and must be positioned behind all fielders.

•Batter will be allowed 5 pitches or 3 strikes, whichever occurs first.  If the batter does not swing at the 5th pitch, a strikeout will be declared.   If the batter fouls the 5th pitch, the batter will be given another pitch until the 3rd strike occurs or the ball is batted into fair territory.

•Mercy rule will occur if 1 team leads by

•11 runs or more after the completion of the 3rd inning or

•6 runs or more after the completion of the 4th inning.

                                  The inning must be completed because of seeding.  Some of the league tie-breaker rules factor in runs scored and runs against.         

                                 

                                     

Minor

•5 Innings or 1 hour 15 minute time limit

•All children must be in batting line-up.

•Up to 10 children in the field in the appropriate positions.  In other words, each must occupy specific position and cannot have all in dirt area.

•5 run rule per inning

•Play will be stopped when 5th run crosses the plate.

•  Batter out on dropped 3rd strike

•Pitching Distance is 35 feet

  • Defensive coaches will not be allowed on the field of play during a live ball.

NO WALK RULE / “COACH RESCUE” -- A player pitches until the batter strikes out, hits the ball in play, or gets 4 balls.  If 4 balls are reached, an offensive COACH will enter and batter will continue her at bat with the inherited strike count she had with the PLAYER pitcher.  The batter will then have a maximum of ONLY 3 pitches from the coach, unless the last pitch is fouled.   A foul ball on the third strike will be replayed until the batter puts the ball in play or strikes out.  A pitch delivered by the coach MAY be called a strike even if the batter does not swing if it passes through the strike zone. (i.e. – If the batter has a count of 4 balls 2 strikes, the coach pitcher will enter, if the pitch the coach throws is a called strike or a swinging strike, the batter is out.)

The coach pitch must be delivered from the pitcher’s circle. If a coach delivers a pitch from a place other than the pitcher’s circle, there will be a warning for the first occurrence and the pitch will be considered a no-pitch and re-played. Additional occurrences will be considered a strike.  Coaches must make every attempt to avoid a batted ball while in the pitcher’s circle. A batted ball striking the coach pitcher while in the pitchers circle will be considered a dead ball.  However, if the coach is deemed to have interfered with the play, the batter will be out and runners will be returned to their original positions.

 

NO STEALING will be allowed while a coach is pitching to the batter.  Steals are allowed on the player pitcher

•Mercy rule will occur if 1 team leads by

•11 runs or more after the completion of the 3rd inning or

•6 runs or more after the completion of the 4th inning.

                                  The inning must be completed because of seeding.  Some of the league tie-breaker

                                  rules factor in runs scored and runs against.

 

Middle School and High School

•5 Innings or 1 hour 15 minute time limit

• All children must be in batting line-up

•9 children in the field in the appropriate positions.  In other words, each must occupy specific position and cannot have all in dirt area.

•Pitching Distance

•Middle School  40 feet

•High School 43 feet.

 

  • Defensive coaches will not be allowed on the field of play during a live ball.

•Mercy rule will occur if 1 team leads by

•11 runs or more after the completion of the 3rd inning or

•6 runs or more after the completion of the 4th inning.

The inning must be completed because of seeding.  Some of the league tie-breaker  rules factor in runs scored and runs against.