Centralia Girls’ Softball Association 2018 Rules—10 & Under Division

The official ball shall be eleven (11) inches in diameter.

The home team shall supply the umpire.

The distance from the pitching rubber to home plate shall be thirty-five (35) feet. Pitchers are encouraged to begin play with both feet on the rubber, as ASA rules state. However, realizing that many players are inexperienced, this rule will not be enforced. The pitcher must remain in the pitching circle when pitching the ball.

The distance between bases shall be sixty (60) feet.

The batting order will consist of all team members present. If a player is injured, she can be removed from the batting line-up and will not be counted as an out.

After ball four (4) on a batter, the player’s coach shall pitch to her (she does not walk on four balls). The strike count will remain the same and the coach shall pitch only the remaining number of pitches in the strike count to the batter. All pitches thrown by the coach will be considered strikes, regardless of the location of the pitch. The batter is out if she has not hit the ball into play or fouled off the pitch. She shall remain at bat as long as she continues to foul off pitches. Opposing team’s pitcher shall line up defensively in the pitchers circle. The coach, while pitching, becomes part of the playing field.

Teams will field a maximum of ten (10) players and must field a minimum of eight (8) players in order to play. Less than eight (8) players will constitute a forfeit of the game.

A maximum number of six (6) runs can be scored per inning.

A batter may bunt off a player pitcher only. No bunting off a coach’s pitch.

Games shall be no more than five (5) innings. No new inning shall start after ninety (90) minutes from the start of any game. Games may end in a tie.

Every attempt will be made to play each team member an equal amount of time, although an exception may be made for health or disciplinary reasons. The opposing coach is to be notified as to a reason for non-playing of the player, prior to the start of the game or as the situation arises.

Stealing bases is allowed off a player pitcher only. No stealing off a coach’s pitch. Stealing shall be governed by ASA rules EXCEPT that a team may not steal home. The runner may not leave any base until the ball has left the pitcher’s hand. If she leaves early (before the ball has left the pitcher’s hand) she will be called out. This will be determined by the umpire.

The dropped third strike rule shall not be in play.

The home team shall supply the umpire with a protective face mask.

There will be a base race between the two teams at the end of each game.
All other ASA rules shall apply.