Rules

TGSA/THE FARM LEAGUE

RULES OF PLAY

Updated February 14, 2017 (Changes from Spring 2016 version are in Italics)

GENERAL

1. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) “A” playing rules shall apply unless modified by a TGSA/TFL local playing rule listed below.  Each manager will be provided a copy of the current ASA Rule Book and it is his or her responsibility to be familiar with the applicable rules of play. 

2. Additional players may be picked up for play from any registered TGSA/TFL team provided the player is the same or younger age classification.  Pick up players may not pitch or catch.  Use of unregistered players or using pick up players to pitch or catch will result in a forfeit. 

8U SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

1. Shall use an eleven-inch (11”) . AD Starr Level 5 or comparable softball. 

2. Games are 70 minutes or 6 innings, finish the inning; or 45 minutes/3 innings in the event of inclement weather.

3. There is a five (5) run limit per ½ inning.

4. A batter will receive up to seven (7) pitches from the coach.  The coach may coach/instruct his batter, but not A batter may swing at up to five (5) pitches.  If the batter swings and misses strike five before receiving (7) pitches, the batter is out.  If a batter hits a foul ball on the 7th pitch, the batter is out. 

5. A regulation game may start with six (6) players.  A total of ten (10) players are permitted on the field with six (6) infielders.  All players on the team shall bat.

6. A Baserunner and or the Batter-Runner shall not be allowed to advance due to an overthrow.

7. While pitching, the “coach pitcher” is not required to have his foot on the pitching rubber, however, one foot must remain inside the pitching circle.

8. Facemasks on batting helmets are optional.

9. May have up to two (2) defensive coaches positioned in outfield.

10. Team should have one coach or assistant at backstop to help with passed balls.  If coach is younger than 18, batting helmet is required.

11. The “coach pitcher” may coach the batter but is prohibited from coaching baserunners while on the field.  One warning will be given and thereafter the ball is dead and the runner closest to home is declared out. 

10U SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

1. Games are 70 minutes or 6 innings, finish the inning; or 45 minutes/3 innings in the event of inclement weather.  

2. After a pitcher walks a batter (4 balls), a “coach pitcher” from the offensive team will enter the game and pitch to the batter and will assume the strike count.  For example, if the Batter has one strike when the “coach pitcher” enters the game, she may receive up to two (2) pitches from the “coach pitcher.”   If the batter fails to hit the ball in fair territory after receiving the remaining pitches, the batter is out.  If the batter hits the ball in fair territory, the result of the play stands.

3. The “coach pitcher” is prohibited from coaching baserunners while on the field.  One warning will be given and thereafter the ball is dead and the runner closest to home is declared out.

4. While pitching, the “coach pitcher” is not required to have his foot on the pitching rubber, however, one foot must remain inside the pitching circle.  

5. No stealing or bunting is allowed when the “coach pitcher” is pitching  

6. There is a five (5) run limit per ½ inning.

7. A player may not advance home except on a batted ball.  

8. A regulation game may start with six (6) players.  A total of ten (10) players are permitted on the field with six (6) infielders.  All players on the team shall bat.  

9. Pitching distance is 35’

10. A Baserunner and or the Batter-Runner shall be limited to advance only one base due to an overthrow, however, the Baserunner or Batter-Runner is subject to being put out while attempting to take the additional base.

11. May have one (1) defensive coach positioned in outfield. 

12U - 14U SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

1. Games are 70 minutes or 6 innings, finish the inning; or 45 minutes/3 innings in the event of inclement weather. 

2. There is a five (5) run limit per ½ inning.

3. A regulation game may start with six (6) players.  A total of ten (10) players are permitted on the field with six (6) infielders.  All players on the team shall bat. 

4. Pitching distance in 12U and 14U may be reduced to 35’ with agreement of all managers in that division prior to start of season.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

•        Home team is responsible for the official book. 

•        Visiting team is responsible for scoreboard operation (if applicable); both teams should

          verify score with umpire between each inning. 

•        The Home Plate Umpire is responsible for turning in the completed scorecard to the

          concession stand after completion of the game.   

•        Both teams are responsible for making sure that the dugouts are cleaned out, the

         bleacher areas are clean, equipment is properly put away

•        The following are not allowed at the Burroughs Park Softball Complex o Dogs –

         Smoking - Bikes, scooters, skates, skateboards and similar items

•        Check the TGSA Website for updates: www.eteamz.com/tgsa

•        Weather hotline updated with changes by 4:00 PM on game days: (281) 516-9093