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Rule Exceptions

 

Article X

Section 6.   Rules – The current edition of USSSA Rules shall apply except as noted in exceptions for each age group.          

  1.  Refer to the GSLJC “Mini Midget Rules” rule book for TB/CP Divisions                          

           B.    The following exceptions apply to the MODIFIED KID PITCH (8U) and (9U) DIVISIONS

                  1.  Bases shall be 50 feet apart. 

                  2.  Pitching shall be 30 feet. 

                  3.  A time limit of one hour and 15 minutes shall apply.

                  4.  Five innings constitute a game except in case of unfavorable field conditions when three innings

                       constitute a game.

                  5.  Third called or missed strike is out.

                  6.  The infield fly rule shall not apply.

                  7.  There shall be no base stealing. 

                  8.   Pitching exception:

                           a)   NO WALKS SHALL BE ALLOWED

  b)   When a batter reaches a 4-ball count, the offensive coach will step into the pitching circle  

        and pitch to his batter (who will retain her count) a MAXIMUM of 2 pitches (exception

        allows additional pitches if the batter hits foul balls).  If the batter fails to hit the ball into fair

        territory from coach/ pitcher pitches, the batter is out and retired. 

  c)   A coach, or someone designated, shall pitch underhand to his or her own players.

        Coach pitcher shall pitch from inside the pitching circle. 

  d)   If the coach/pitcher is struck with a hit ball, the ball is dead.  All runners on base return to

        their bases. Replay the pitch.

  e)   If, in the judgment of the umpire, the coach/pitcher intentionally interferes with a batted or

        thrown ball, the batter shall be called out and runners returned to their original bases.

  f)   The pitcher (youth player) must play even with or behind the coach/pitcher who will not

interfere with defensive play.  The pitcher (youth player) must have both feet within the pitching circle

until the ball is hit.

                           g)   Quick pitches shall not be allowed.  The coach/pitcher shall signify beginning of play by raising the ball with

                                 an out- stretched arm before each pitch.  If, in the judgment of the umpire, a quick pitch is made, a “dead ball”

                                 shall be called immediately and play restarted. 

                           h)   If the coach/pitcher hits the batter with a pitched ball, it will be counted as one of the pitches.  If the player/pitcher

                                 hits a batter, the batter is awarded 1st base.

  1. Coach-pitchers may communicate with their batters without leaving the pitching circle, however, should keep

      it at a minimum to avoid delay of the game. 

  1.    A base runner is allowed to lead off after the pitcher releases the ball.  The catcher can throw to   the base and attempt to get the runner out after the pitch.  If the catcher throws the ball to the base occupied by the runner, the runner may advance from first to second base as long as a runner was not on second prior to the pitch being released; or from second to third base as long as a runner is not on third prior to the pitch being released.  The runner is only allowed to advance one base on the play.  No runner may advance to home.

               10.    For each half inning, the team at bat may only score a maximum of seven (7) runs.  Once the

           maximum number of runs is reached, the half inning shall be considered complete and teams

           shall switch sides.  If the team at bat has more than seven (7) runs cross the plate in the last at

           bat, only seven (7) runs shall be counted for that half inning

 11.    Run Rule:  If a team is ahead by 15 runs or more at the end of 2 complete innings, 12 runs or

                        more at the end of 3 complete innings, or 10 runs or more at the end of 4 complete innings, the 

                        game shall be terminated and shall constitute a legal game even if the time limit has expired.

                 

          C.    The following exceptions apply to the 10U DIVISION   

                  1.  Bases shall be 60 feet apart. 

                 2.  Pitching shall be 35 feet. 

                  3.  A time limit of one hour and 15 minutes shall apply.

                  4.  Five innings constitute a game except in case of unfavorable field conditions when three innings constitute a game.

                  5.  Third called or missed strike is out.

                  6.  The infield fly rule shall not apply.

                  7.  Base stealing shall be limited to one base (even on an overthrow) and no stealing of home.

                  8.  A base runner is allowed to lead off after the pitcher releases the ball.  The catcher can throw to the base and

     attempt to get the runner out after the pitch.  If the catcher throws the ball to the base occupied by the runner,

     the runner may  advance from first to second base as long as a runner was not on second  prior to the pitch being

     released; or from second to third base as long as a runner is not on third prior to the pitch being released.

     The runner is only allowed to advance one base on the play.  No runner may advance to home.

   9.   For each half inning, the team at bat may only score a maximum of seven (7) runs.  Once the maximum number of runs

                        is reached, the half inning shall be considered complete and teams shall switch sides.  If the team at bat has more than

      seven (7) runs cross the plate in the last as bat, only seven (7) runs shall be counted for that half inning

                10. Run Rule:  If a team is ahead by 15 runs or more at the end of 2 complete innings, 12 runs or more at the end of

     3 complete innings, or 10 runs or more at the end of 4 complete innings, the game shall be terminated and shall 

     constitute a legal game whether or not the time limit has expired.

 

 

 

 

 

D.    The following exceptions apply to 11U DIVISION and 12U DIVISION

    1.  Bases shall be 60 feet apart. 

    2.  Pitching shall be 40 feet. 

    3.  A time limit of one hour and 15 minutes shall apply. 

    4.  Five innings constitute a game except in case of unfavorable field conditions when three innings constitute a game.

    5.  Drop third strike rulings shall apply.

    6.  Infield fly rule:  11U: infield fly rule shall not apply.  12U:  infield fly rule shall apply.

    7.  Base stealing is allowed with no limitations.   

    8.  For each half inning, the team at bat may only score a maximum of seven (7) runs.  Once the maximum number of runs

                        is reached, the half inning shall be considered complete and teams shall switch sides.  If the team at bat has more than

                        seven (7) runs cross the plate in the last as bat, only seven (7) runs shall be counted for that half inning.    

                   9.  Run Rule:  If a team is ahead by 12 runs or more at the end of 3 complete Innings or 10 runs or more at the end of

         4 complete innings, the game shall be terminated and shall constitute a legal game whether or not the time limit  

         has expired.

                                   

            E.   The following exceptions apply to the 14U DIVISION

                 1.   Bases shall be 60 feet apart.

                  2.   Pitching distance shall be 40 feet.  If 14U & 16U age groups are combined in bracketing, pitching distance could be  

                        adjusted. 

                  3.   A time limit of one hour and 15 minutes shall apply.

                  4.   Six innings constitute a game except in case of unfavorable field conditions when four innings constitute a game.

                  5.  Dropped third strike and infield file rulings apply in INTERMEDIATE DIVISION/S.

                  6.  For each half inning, the team at bat may only score a maximum of seven (7) runs.  Once the maximum number of

                        runs is reached, the half inning shall  be considered complete and teams shall switch sides.  If the team at bat has

                        more than seven (7) runs cross the plate in the last as bat, only seven (7) runs shall be counted for that half inning.   

                   7.  Run Rule:  If a team is ahead by 12 runs or more at the end of 3 complete innings or 10 runs or more at the end of

                        4 complete innings, the game shall be terminated and shall constitute a legal game whether or not the time limit

                        has expired.

 

          F.     The following exceptions apply to the 16U DIVISION

                 1.    Bases shall be 60 feet apart.

                  2.   Pitching distance shall be 43 feet.  If 14U & 16U age groups are combined in bracketing, pitching distance could be  

                        adjusted. 

                  3.   A time limit of one hour and 15 minutes shall apply.

                  4.   Six innings constitute a game except in case of unfavorable field conditions when four innings constitute a game.

                  5.   Dropped third strike and infield file rulings apply in INTERMEDIATE DIVISION/S.

                  6.   For each half inning, the team at bat may only score a maximum of seven (7) runs.  Once the maximum number of

                        runs is reached, the half inning shall  be considered complete and teams shall switch sides.  If the team at bat has

                        more than seven (7) runs cross the plate in the last as bat, only seven (7) runs shall be counted for that half inning.   

                   7.  Run Rule:  If a team is ahead by 12 runs or more at the end of 3 complete innings or 10 runs or more at the end of

                        4 complete innings, the game shall be terminated and shall constitute a legal game whether or not the time limit

                        has expired.

 

           G.   The following exceptions apply to the 19U DIVISION -- SENIOR

  1.   Bases shall be 60 feet apart.
  2.   Pitching distance shall be 43 feet.
  3.   A time limit of one hour and 15 minutes shall apply.
  4.   Seven innings constitute a game except in case of unfavorable field conditions when four innings constitute a game.
  5.   Dropped third strike and infield fly rulings apply.
  6.   Run Rule:   If a team is ahead by 12 runs or more at the end of  3 complete innings or 10 runs or more at the end of

      4 complete innings, the game shall be terminated and shall constitute a legal game whether or not the time limit

      has expired.