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TRI COUNTY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT ASSOCIATION RULES AND PROCEDURES – 2019 

1.0 TOURNAMENT ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION 

1.01 The Official name of the tournament shall be the “Tri County Softball 

Tournament” 

1.02 Beginning in 2019, the host park sequence shall be: 

1. Duluth 2. Brookwood 3. Mill Creek 4. Barrow County 5. North Metro (currently Tri-County member but unable to host) 6. Dacula 7. Lanier 8. North Gwinnett 9. Buford 10. Mountain View 11. Archer 12. Grayson 13. Norcross 14. Shiloh 15. West Walton County 16. Peachtree Ridge Park 17. South/Central Walton 18. Mountain Park 19. Collins Hill 

1.03 If any other park joins the Tri County Association, their names will be placed at the bottom of the rotation. If more than one (1) park joins at the same time, a coin flip or lottery will be held to determine placement of the new members. 

A park may host the Slow (Tee Ball and Pee Wee) and Fast Pitch (all other age divisions), or either, in their turn. If they are unable to host both, that portion shall be offered to the Tri County Membership by lottery. Only those parks that have participated for one (1) or more years will be eligible for the lottery. If, for any reason, a park is unable to host the tournament during their turn (either slow or fast), they shall lose their turn and be placed at the bottom of the rotation. 

1.04 The Director of Softball for the host park or his/her designee, shall serve as President of 

the Tri County Tournament Association. He or she will serve for one (1) year, during which their park hosts the tournament. 

1.04a. Tri-County Softball Leadership Committee will consist of five (5) members. These 

five (5) members will include the director from the past two (2) Tri-County host 

parks, current Tri-County President, and the director from the future two (2) Tri- County host parks. 

1.05 The Tri County Association will hold its annual meeting the second Wednesday in January. All rule changes, etc. shall be decided by majority vote of the park’s participation in each year’s tournaments. Participation shall include, but not limited to, having a representative at each meeting concerning the tournament and two (2) consecutive years of Tri County Tournament play. Parks failing to participate in Tri County will be removed from the host park list. Each park shall cast one (1) vote. Any tie will be broken by the host park casting an additional vote. 

1.06 The requirements for hosting the tournament shall be as follows: 

A. There must be at least five (5) lighted fields in condition for tournament play. B. Games will not be canceled due to bad weather earlier than three (3) hours prior 

to game time. C. Tournament to be held over at least an 8 day span. Individual age groups may 

take less based on number of teams entered. 

1.07 The opening day’s activities shall include the playing of the National Anthem prior to 

the first game. 

1.08 Both Pre-Tri County and Tri County tournaments will play a pool play into a single 

elimination tournament bracket. 

1.08a A three (3) game tournament pool play format with single elimination bracket play 

a. Pools are randomly selected. b. If there is more than one all-star team in one park, they will not be put in the same 

initial pool. c. For brackets that have 10 or more teams, the teams will be split evenly into an 

“A” and “B” Bracket. If there are an odd number of total teams, the odd number of teams will be placed in the “B” bracket. 

1.08b Game times will be as follows: Pool play & bracket games will be played at regulation 

time. (75 minutes for 6u & 8u; 90 minutes for 10u & up). At the end of regulation time, pool games will finish the inning and can end in a tie. 

1.08c Home team during pool play will be determined by a coin flip. Home team during bracket 

play will be determined by seed. Highest seed is home team. 

1.08d All games will finish the inning. Pool play games can end in a tie. Bracket play games 

will go to international tie-breaker. 

1.08e Pool seeding: 

a) Best Record b) Head to Head 

c) Run differential - Essentially the total number of runs scored by each team in all 

games, minus the total number of runs scored by the team's opponent in all games. d) Least runs scores e) Coin Flip 

1.09 The HOME TEAM shall furnish a scorekeeper (age 16 or older) for each game. This is 

considered the OFFICIAL BOOK. In the event there is any question as to the score, location of runners or batting lineup, this is the OFFICIAL BOOK and the Umpire will look to this book and scorekeeper for any clarification. The scorekeeper shall sit in the scorekeeper's box. The HOST park shall provide an Official (15 Player) Scorebook to be used for the recording of all games. The Scorekeeper must enter the game data in this Official Scorebook. Each team shall furnish an adult scoreboard operator (16 or older). The scorekeepers shall be treated with the same respect as any other game official. The umpire may remove any fan displaying unsportsmanlike behavior towards a scorekeeper. Rosters should be on hand with the official book and shall only be inspected by an umpire or tournament director. 

1.10 The use of any tobacco products is prohibited within the perimeter of the park’s playing 

fields. 

1.11 The entry fee for the Tri County Park will be $225.00 for each team participating in the 

tournament. The entry fee for the Pre-Tri County will be $200.00 for each team participating in this tournament. 

1.12 The host park and/or sanctioning organization are not liable for any injuries which occur during tournament play. Each local league (park) must furnish their own insurance coverage. 

1.13 A Team fee of $175 per team for Tri County and $175 per team for Pre-Tri County will be assessed in lieu of collecting gate fees. Teams will not be allowed to play in the Tri County or Pre-Tri County tournament until the team fee has been paid to the host park. 

1.14 Team trophies will be given by the host association for 1st and 2nd place. Trophies shall be a reasonable size, minimum 22” for 1st place and 18” for 2nd place. Individual trophies will be given to each girl on each division’s first and second place teams. A trophy, medallion, or plaque may be given for sportsmanship awards. Each girl who participates in the tournament will receive an “ALL STAR” award (certificate, pin, ect.) stating that she is a member of an “ALL STAR” team. 

1.15 In case of lightning, umpires shall stop play. All players should leave the dugouts/playing 

area and seek safe shelter. Play can resume when there have been no lightning strikes for thirty minutes. 

1.16 The host park will designate a Tournament Umpire in Chief who will be responsible for 

distributing copies of the rules to the umpires assigned, reviewing the rules with the selected umpires, and ensuring compliance with these rules throughout the tournament. 

If the host park is sharing responsibility for the slow or fast pitch tournament with another park, each park may choose the umpires for its portion of the tournament. 

The host that provides the umpires shall pay for them. 

1.17 Any call by an umpire that is solely a matter of judgment is final and not subject to 

protest. Only rule interpretation and player eligibility questions are subject to protest. 

1.18 All protests concerning player eligibility or rule interpretation must be accompanied by 

a $100.00 cash protest fee. This fee will be returned if the protest is upheld. 

1.19 Player eligibility may be settled after a game if made during the game, but must be settled 

before the game if protested before the start of play. Furnishing of a birth certificate (original or copy) at time of protest shall be sufficient to rule a player eligible or not, if age of player is protested. Eligibility questions for other than age will be ruled by a majority vote of the Directors of the Parks participating in the tournament. 

1.20 Rule interpretation protests will be made to the home plate umpire at the time of the 

occurrence, and before play is resumed. The home plate umpire will notify the official scorekeeper who will notify the Tournament Director or his designee. The protest committee will rule on the protest. The protest committee will be composed of three (3) members, including one (1) umpire not participating in the game, one (1) member of the host park, and (1) individual not associated with either team, chosen at random. All committee rulings are final. 

2.0 PLAYER AND TEAM ELIGIBILITY 

2.01 Each player’s age shall be the age she was as of December 31st, the year before the 

Tournament. (Example: If the tournament is held in 2008 it would be the player’s age on December 31st, 2007, at 11:59:59 PM) This follows the USA Softball Rule book for a player’s age. 

2.02 The tournament shall be divided into the following age classifications: 

Tee-Ball 6 years and younger Pee-Wee 8 years and younger Minor 10 years and younger Major 12 years and younger Junior 14 years and younger Senior 18 years and younger 

2.03 Any player may play in a higher age classification, but may not play in a lower age group. Players may not play in more than one (1) age group during the tournament. Players must participate in the same age bracket in which they played during the regular recreational season. If a player has four (4) or more games in an older age bracket during the regular season, she will have to play in the older age level for the tournament. 

2.04 Duplicate team rosters for the Pre Tri-County and the Tri-County tournaments must be 

submitted at the Player’s Certification meeting. The roster will include the player’s name, address, age, and date of birth. It shall also include the manager’s name and 24 hour contact phone numbers. The Team Manager, his or her Softball Director, and the Tournament Director will sign the roster for each team. One (1) copy of the roster with all signatures will be returned to the manager, and One (1) copy will go to the Tournament Director. Late certification will NOT be allowed. All teams to provide Plate Umpire with line-up for each game. 

2.05 Teams will be limited to a maximum of fifteen (15) players. Teams must bat their entire 

roster, not including alternates. Slow pitch (TB/PW) teams will be limited to a maximum of 12 defensive players. Fast pitch teams will be limited to a maximum of 10 defensive players. 

2.06 Four (4) adults per team will be allowed in the dugout. In the Tee-Ball and Pee-Wee age 

groups, one (1) additional adult or assistant coach is permitted. 

2.07 No player who resides in one league’s district will be eligible to participate on another league’s team unless she has written permission from the Director of the park in which she resides. This does not apply if she has played the entire regular season out of her district. A copy of this letter must be provided to the Tournament Director. All releases must be made before the certification meeting. Any team in violation of the above rule will be ineligible for all tournament play. 

2.08 It is required that all teams entering the tournament be composed of “Recreational 

League” or “C” Level players who have participated in their respective park’s regular season play. Travel teams and their members are ineligible to participate in the tournament. Participation on a church or college team is not considered travel team play provided that the team is composed of “C” level players. 

Any team that has played in a class A or Class B tournament as a team will be ineligible for Pre Tri and Tri County Tournaments. 

Any player who has played on a park “Recreational League” team and more than one (1) tournament’s roster spots, and/or “A” or “B” level league game’s roster spots serving as a substitute of a travel team cannot participate in the Tri County Tournament. Park Recreational League teams may, however, play other park’s “C” Level teams during the regular season without being considered a travel team. 

Recreational League All Star teams or “C” Level teams cannot have played in more than two (2) tournaments prior to the Tri County Tournament. Both of these tournaments must be a “C” level tournament only. 

It is up to the Director of each park to ensure that this rule is enforced. If an ineligible player participates in the Tri County Tournament, any game which the ineligible player was listed on the roster will be forfeited. 

2.09 A player may not participate if she is pregnant. 

2.10 Any girl who is eighteen (18) years or younger as of December 31st, the year before the Tournament. (Example: If the tournament is held in 2008 it would be the players' age on December 31st, 2007 at 11:59:59 PM) but who has graduated from High School or was enrolled in a school during the regular season, may still participate in the tournament. 

2.11 All Star practice may not begin until the completion of the “Recreational League” 

season play. Failure to comply will result in tournament disqualification. Single teams in a recreational league age group who elect to play all stars are exempt. 

3.0 EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS 

3.01 The host association(s) shall furnish ASA approved softballs for each division level as 

follows: Tee-Ball, Pee-Wee, and Minor 11-inch, yellow-red stitch, .47 core, .375 compression Major, Junior, Senior 12-inch, yellow-red stitch, .47 core, .375 compression 

3.02 All players must wear shoes and numbered jerseys. Team jerseys shall be the same 

color. Two (2) players on the same team cannot wear the same number. 

3.03 No player may wear metal cleats. Players are allowed to wear stud earrings, however, they are not recommended. Dangling hoops, necklaces, bracelets and rings are 

prohibited. Bracelets may be taped down. All other jewelry is up to the discretion of the umpires. Amendment: Metal Cleats are allow ONLY for Junior and Senior Level. 

3.04 The wearing of caps or visors and headbands will be optional for each player, not each team. If worn they may be mixed, but must be worn properly. If one type or more than one type is worn, they all must be of the same color. Handkerchiefs DO NOT qualify as headbands and cannot be worn around the head or neck.. Plastic visors are not allowed. 

3.05 Batters may not sling the bat as they swing at the pitch. Batters will be warned once, 

after which, they will be called out for slinging the bat. When a batter is called out for slinging the bat, an immediate dead ball will be called and all runners will be required to return to the base previously occupied at the time of the pitch. 

3.06 All batters, including on deck batters and base runners in all age divisions, must 

wear a batting helmet with chinstrap. All age divisions are also required to have a facemask on all helmets. The facemask will be required to have the NOCSAE stamp on the facemask itself. 

A team will be issued one (1) warning for the first violation. A second team violation will result in the player being declared out. A third team violation will result in the player being ejected from the game. 

3.07 Tee-Ball and Pee-Wee catchers must wear an approved protective helmet and mask. It is 

strongly recommended, but not mandatory, that catchers also wear a chest protector. 

All Fast Pitch division catchers must wear an approved helmet and mask with throat guard, chest protector, and shin guards. 

3.08 Pitchers in all age groups must wear a face mask and heart (chest) protection. 

3.09 In all age groups bats must meet the ASA/USA Softball requirements for legal bats. 

However, for 6U and 8U age groups, bats must meet additional requirements. 6U and 8U age groups will not allow high powered bats including double wall constructed bats or composite bats. These bats will not be allowed for safety reasons. All bats must be single wall aluminum construction for handle and barrel (End caps may be a material other than aluminum) The penalty for using an illegal bat must be enforced during an at bat or after a hit, but before the next pitch is thrown. The batter will be called out and runners shall return to base prior to the batted ball and the umpire shall remove the bat from the game and issue a team warning. A second such offense shall cause the ejection of the manager. 

4.0 PLAYING FIELD SPECIFICATIONS 

SLOW PITCH BASE DISTANCE PITCHING DISTANCE 6 & Under 50 feet 25 feet 

8 & Under 50 feet 28 feet (Coach Pitch) 

FAST PITCH BASE DISTANCE PITCHING DISTANCE 8 & Under 50 Feet 30 Feet (Player only) 10 & Under 60 feet 35 feet 12 & Under 60 feet 40 feet 14 & Under 60 feet 43feet 18 & Under 60 feet 43 feet 

A 16-foot diameter circle will be drawn around the pitching rubber and used as outlined in the ASA Rule Book. 

5.0 GENERAL PLAYING RULES 

5.01 Slow Pitch Regulation Game 

AGE DIVISION TIME LIMIT # INNINGS RUN LIMIT 6 & Under 1 hr. 15 min. 5 5 runs first 4 

Innings, 10 Runs 5th and beyond 

8 & Under (Hybrid) 1 hr. 15 min. 6 3 Runs first inning, 

5 runs 2nd-5th Innings, 10 Runs 6th and beyond 

The final inning of the game must be completed unless the home team is ahead at their time of bat. 

Championship games will have no time limit; mercy rule still applies. (See 5.04) 

5.02 Fast Pitch Regulation Game 

AGE DIVISION TIME LIMIT # INNINGS RUN LIMIT 

10 & Under 1 hr. 30 min. 6 3 Runs per Inning for 

first 3 innings & 

12 & Under 1 hr. 30 min. 7 5 runs 4th inning & 

beyond. 

14 & Under 1 hr. 30 min. 7 5 Runs in All Innings Runs 4th inning 

18 & Under 1 hr. 30 min. 7 5 Runs in All Innings 

An inning may not begin after the time limit specified Championship games will have no time limits; mercy rule still applies (see 5.04) 

5.03 Fast Pitch Only – In the event of a tie after regulation time or innings, all extra innings 

will be played using the “International Tie Breaker” rule. 

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5.04(a) If, after half a slow pitch game has been played, any team is ahead by sixteen (16) 

or more runs, the game will be called. Half a game will be: 

6 & Under 3 Innings 8 & Under 4 Innings 

If, after half a fast pitch game has been played, any team is ahead by eleven (11) or more runs, the game will be called. Half a game will be: 

10 & Under 4 Innings 12 & Under 5 Innings 14 & Under 5 Innings 18 & Under 5 Innings 

5.04(b) In the event a game has to be called due to Rain or Inclement Weather at least half the game would have to be played to be considered a complete game. As in Rule 5.04 the following number of completed innings will determine if the game was a complete regulation game. If the game is called at some point beyond this point the winner of the game will be determined by the score of the last complete inning. Example: If a 6 & Under game was in the 5th inning and the game was called due to Rain or Inclement Weather the winner would be determined by the score at the end of the completed 4th inning. 

6 & Under 3 Innings 8 & Under 4 Innings 10 & Under 4 Innings 12 & Under 5 Innings 14 & Under 5 Innings 18 & Under 5 Innings 

USA Softball Rulebook reads: Games that are not considered regulation shall be resumed at the exact point where they were stopped. 

5.05 Conferences will be limited to 3 per regulation game with 1 additional for extra innings. 

5.06 The infield fly rule will not apply to the Tee-Ball, Pee-Wee, and Minor age divisions. It 

will however, apply to all other age groups. 

5.07 Fast Pitch Only: Stealing will be allowed per USA Softball Rule Book. 

5.08 Sliding to reach a base safely will be allowed for all age groups. Players will be called 

out for a head first slide. 

5.09 At least eight (8) players are required to start a game. If a team has less than the required 

number of players available at the official start time (or within fifteen (15) minutes of the official start time of the first game scheduled for the day), the game will be forfeited. If a 

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team begins a game with the required number of players, but loses a player due to injury or illness during the game, the game will not be forfeited. 

5.10 An automatic out will be scored for any missing player(s) if a team plays with less than 

nine (9) players. 

5.11 Unlimited defensive substitution will apply to all positions, except the pitcher’s position which will be governed by ASA rules concerning removal and re-entry. It is the responsibility of each individual park to ensure that all players receive playing time per their own park’s rules. 

5.12 All players on the roster will bat in a rotating order. In case of injury or illness the head coach will have the option of A.) player may be removed from the game without an out being taken but may not reenter the game at any point. B.) team may choose to take an out for the injured or ill player which would allow the player to reenter the game. Option B can only be used for one turn at bat. An offensive player, injured while a base runner, will be replaced by an offensive player making the last out . Batting order does not change for defensive substitution. A maximum of ten (10) defensive players will be allowed for minor age groups and up. 

5.13 Weekday games may begin at 6:00 PM. Saturday games may begin at 8:00 AM. and 

Sunday games may be considered if rain-outs or other problems prevent adherence to the regular schedule. 

5.14 Teams should plan to arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to their scheduled game time to 

allow for warm ups. NO on-field warm-ups will be permitted. Teams who are not ready to play at their scheduled start time will risk forfeiture of the game. 

5.15 Tri County as of 2004 will adopt the rule that states: Use of a double first base will 

be mandatory. 

5.16 Rules not specifically covered herein will automatically revert to the most recent 

USA Softball Rule Book. 

5.17 Courtesy Runner - For this rule, the pitcher or catcher of record is the player physically 

playing the position when the third out was recorded in the prior inning. In the top of the first inning, the pitcher or catcher of record is the player identified on the lineup card given to the official scorekeeper prior to the game 

5.17(a) The team at bat may use a courtesy runner for 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U divisions 

(pitcher and/or catcher); 8U division (catcher only). Whenever they safely reach base prior to the start of the next at bat in the batting order. The courtesy runner is determined as follows: 

It is the player whose name immediately precedes the pitcher/catcher being courtesy run for. If that player is not available because she: 

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i) is currently on base, ii) is the pitcher or catcher of record, or iii) has already, in that inning, courtesy run for the other position, 

Then that player is skipped and the courtesy runner becomes the next previous name on the lineup. 

5.18 8U (PeeWee) Catcher assistance. For the 8U division of play, the team playing the 

field during a coach-pitch inning may station an additional adult (coach or parent) behind the catcher to assist the catcher in returning the ball to the coach pitching in that inning. 

6.0 6 & UNDER DIVISION RULES 

6.01 A maximum of twelve (12) players can play defense 

6.02 The playing field will be marked as follows: 

A. There will be a clearly visible mark halfway between the bases. 

B. There will be a sixteen (16) foot diameter pitcher’s circle drawn on the infield. The 

center of the circle will be a point thirty-six (36) feet from home plate on a direct line between home and second base. 

C. The pitching mark will be placed twenty-five (25) feet from home plate on a direct 

line between home plate and second base. D. A semi-circular foul line will be drawn ten (10) feet from home plate between the 

first and third base foul lines. 

6.03 Batting – Each team must designate 50% of their batting lineup to only hit a pitched ball. Where a team has an odd number of batters the team must round up to the next whole number. [Example: 50% of 11 batters is 5.5 so this team would need to designate six (6) batters to hit a pitch only. A team with 13 batters would need to designate seven (7) batters.] 6.04 Rules for Batters with the Tee - Each batter will receive three (3) pitches from her adult 

coach. An additional offensive coach will be permitted behind home plate to catch the pitched balls and return them to the pitching coach. A batter will be entitled to a total of five (5) opportunities to place the ball into fair play, of which the first three (3) must be by pitch. If the batter fails to hit the ball into fair territory on any of these three (3) pitches, she will be allowed to hit from a tee. If after five (5) opportunities, the batter has not hit a fair ball, the batter will be called out. Any motion towards the ball on the tee with the bat will be considered a swing. 6.05 Rules for Batters without the Tee – Each batter will receive a total of five (5) pitches from 

her adult coach. Please note, the batter can swing at all 5 pitches and will only be out 

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when the 5th pitch is missed. Because we are requiring these batters to hit off the pitch, unlimited fouls will be allowed on the last pitch (5th pitch) to these batters only. These batters will be marked in the official score book with a letter P to note that player can only hit a pitched ball for the entire game. You cannot change who these players are once the first pitch is made to their team. If any injury or illness occurs to one of these players the team is not required to designate another pitch only batter. 

6.06 If the ball stops inside the ten (10) foot area in front of home plate, it is a foul ball. If the 

ball is touched by a defensive player inside the ten (10) foot area, whether moving or not, it is foul. The ball is fair if any part of the ball touches the ten-foot line. 

6.07 If the ball is hit, the coach who is pitching must immediately exit the playing field so as not to interfere with the defense and the umpire’s line of sight. If the batted ball hits the pitching coach, the ball is dead and the batter must bat again without receiving penalty for a swing. If the coach who is pitching interferes intentionally, the umpire shall issue a team warning. A second such offense, in the judgment of the umpire that the interference was intentional, the batter shall be called out and the coach who is pitching shall be removed from pitching the rest of the game. 

6.08 If the batter must hit from the tee, an offensive coach will adjust the tee for the batter, 

then move to the fence or backstop behind home plate. When the ball is hit off the tee, the coach will immediately remove the tee and bat. 

6.09 Coaches will not be allowed to place the batter or tee in such a manner that will dictate 

the direction of the batted ball which includes touching the bat, any part of the player or marking in the dirt to direct the batted ball.(THIS RULE WILL APPLY IN PRE- TRI AND TRI-COUNTY TOURNAMENTS ONLY. 

6.10 If the base runner has both feet past the halfway mark between the bases when the pitcher 

has control of the ball in the circle (umpire calls time) or time is called ahead of the lead runner when runners are no longer advancing, the base runner will be awarded the next base. If the base runner does not have both feet past the halfway mark, she must return to the base last touched. 

6.11 There are no walks in this age division. 

6.12 When a coach is pitching, the defensive player pitcher may stand anywhere within or directly behind the sixteen (16) foot pitching circle. Directly behind is defined as if there were two parallel lines running from the outside of the pitching circle and continuing toward the outfield. The player pitcher can stand anywhere between these two imaginary lines behind the pitching circle but no further than second base and the player/pitcher may not leave the infield until after the initial play has been made. She is the only player allowed in the circle prior to the ball being pitched. 

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6.13 No more than seven (7) defensive players will be allowed on the infield prior to the ball 

being hit. No defensive player on the infield may stand closer to the batter than the player pitcher. In no case must a defensive player move further back than the bases. 

6.14 Two (2) defensive coaches will be allowed in the outfield at all times. They cannot touch 

the ball or enter the infield playing area. If a coach touches or is struck by a ball, or enters the infield, the base runners will be awarded an additional base after play has been stopped. 

6.15 When a ball is in play, the umpire will call time out when either a) the player pitcher has 

full control of the ball and is inside the pitcher’s circle with both feet; The pitcher is considered to be in the pitcher’s circle when both feet are on or within the lines and requests time., Or b) when in the judgment of the umpire, all runners have stopped advancing. If the player pitcher is attempting to make a play and runs through the circle, the umpire will not call time. 

6.16 If a player hits a fly ball to the player pitcher and she catches it, it will be the umpire’s 

judgment whether to call time. 

6.17 Any time players remain in jeopardy of being put out, umpires have the authority to not 

call time. 

6.18 If the batter hits a ground ball that is fielded by the player pitcher inside the circle and 

she makes no attempt to make a play at first, the batter will advance to first base. No other runners may advance unless forced. 

6.19 Defensive players may not intentionally ground or roll the ball. The ball must be thrown 

overhand during live ball play. The umpire will not honor outs made by intentionally grounded or rolled balls. 

6.20 One (1) defensive coach will be allowed outside the dugout within arm’s length of the 

dugout area. 

6.21 The initial play from the pitcher to first base MUST be an overhand throw UNLESS IN 

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE UMPIRE her natural motion to field the ball took her out of the circle. 

6.22 Only single wall aluminum bats will be allowed at this age group. Double wall bats and 

bats containing composite materials will not be allowed in this age group. 

7.0 8 & UNDER DIVISION RULES 

7.01 A maximum of twelve (12) players can play defense. 

7.02 The playing field will be clearly marked as follows: 

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A. There will be a clearly visible mark halfway between the bases. 

B. There will be a sixteen (16) foot diameter pitcher’s circle drawn on the infield. The 

center of the circle will be a point thirty-six (36) feet from home plate on a direct line between home plate and second base 

C. The coaches pitching mark will be placed twenty-eight (28) feet from home 

plate on a direct line between home plate and second base. The pitching mark shall be no greater than two (2) feet in width. 

D. There shall be a pitchers rubber or pitching line at 30’ for the player pitcher for the 

first inning of play. 

7.03 During coach pitch innings Each batter will receive a total of five (5) pitches or three (3) 

strikes from her adult coach. A foul ball will be considered a strike unless it is the third strike in which case the batter receives an additional pitch. A batter will not be called out on strikes as long as she is fouling the ball. 

7.04 If the ball is hit, the coach who is pitching must immediately exit the playing field so as 

not to interfere with the defense and the umpire’s line of sight. If the batted ball hits the pitching coach, the ball is called dead, and the batter must bat again. 

7.05 If a base runner is past the halfway mark between the bases when time is called, the base 

runner is awarded the next base. If the base runner is not halfway, she must return to the last touched base. 

7.06 There are no walks in this age division. 

7.07 When a coach is pitching, the defensive player pitcher may stand anywhere within or 

directly behind the sixteen (16) foot pitching circle. Directly behind is defined as if there were two parallel lines running from the outside of the pitching circle and continuing toward the outfield. The player pitcher can stand anywhere between these two imaginary lines behind the pitching circle. She is the only player allowed in the circle prior to the ball being pitched. 

7.08 No more than seven (7) defensive players will be allowed on the infield (including the 

catcher) prior to the ball being hit. No defensive player on the infield may stand closer to the batter than the player pitcher. 

7.09 When the ball is in play, the umpire will call time when either a) the player pitcher has 

full control of the ball and is inside the pitcher’s circle with both feet; The pitcher is considered to be in the pitcher’s circle when both feet are on or within the lines and requests time, Or b) when, in the judgment of the umpire, all runners have stopped advancing. If the player pitcher is attempting to make a play and runs through the circle, the umpire will not call time. 

7.10 Any time players remain in jeopardy of being put out; umpires have the authority of not 

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calling time. 

7.11 If a player hits a fly ball to the player/pitcher and she catches it, it will be the umpire’s 

judgment to call time. 

7.12 If the batter hits a ground ball, which is fielded by the player pitcher inside the circle, 

and she makes no attempt to make a play at first, the batter will advance to first base. No other runners may advance unless forced. 

7.13 One (1) defensive coach is allowed outside the dugout within arm’s length of the dugout area. No coach will be allowed inside the lines of fair play during defensive play. 

7.14 Defensive players may not intentionally ground or roll the ball. The ball must be thrown 

overhand during live ball play. The umpire will not honor outs made by intentionally grounding or rolling the ball. 

7.15 Run Limits. The first inning will be a player pitch inning and will have a three (3) run limit. Innings 2-5 will have a five (5) run limit and all subsequent innings will have a ten (10) run limit. 

7.16 During player pitch, each batter will be allowed any number of pitches until she either has three (3) strikes against her (and will be scored a strike out) or four (4) balls. After four balls (not four pitches)are thrown by the player-pitcher, the coach-pitcher, who should be ready to take the field and pitch, will take over pitching with the current strike count from the player pitcher. There will be no more than two pitches from the coach pitcher and the batter must hit one of those two pitches, or she will be called out. If the coach takes over the pitching with two called strike from the player pitcher, a missed swing, even on the first pitch, will count as the third strike and the batter will be called out. Endless Foul Balls will be in effect, therefore the batter will continue to bat with a coach pitcher as long as she fouls off the third strike. 

7.16(a) All USA Softball rules will apply to the catcher as player 

of the game. 7.16(b) The batter may not advance on a dropped 3rd strike. 

7.16(c) There is no stealing even with a player pitcher. 

7.16(d) A batter hit by a pitch during player pitch innings will be given first base if in the judgment of the umpire the player either made an effort to avoid the pitch or was unable to avoid the pitch. Ex. On a rolling ball that hits the batter and in the judgment by the umpire, they made no effort to avoid being hit by the pitch will not award the batter first base. 

7.17 Only single wall all aluminum bats meeting ASA/USA Softball requirements will be 

allowed. No double wall or composite bats will be allowed. 

7.18 All 8u teams must have a player-catcher for all innings of play. 

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8.0 10 & UNDER DIVISION RULES 

8.01 Stealing of home is allowed. Whether passed ball or delayed 8.02 A maximum of one base can be stolen by each runner per pitch (no additional advance 

on an overthrow). Runners advancing beyond the base allowed do so in jeopardy until reaching an unoccupied base, at which time a time out will be called and the runner(s) will be placed on the correct base. 

8.03 The batter may not advance on a dropped 3rd strike. 

8.04 There is no infield-fly rule. 

8.05 Batter is allowed to steal 2nd base on a walk. Runner can advance(steal) to 2nd base on a 

walk when their forward motion is not interrupted. Look back rule is in effect. NOTE: The runner on second that is forced to third CAN NOT steal home. 

9.0 CODE OF CONDUCT Conduct of Players, Coaches, and Spectators 9.01 Code of Conduct Policy 

It is strictly against the policy of Tri-County Softball for any person, either as a participant, coach or a spectator to engage in arguments, to use abusive language, to harass or make any threatening gestures towards umpires, coaches, players or league officials or to exhibit any behavior not in keeping with the general intention of this association. Failure to abide by these policies will result in game suspensions and/or removal from the park. 

Any further incidents may result in permanent suspension from Tri-County Softball. Any players,coaches, parents or umpires caught fighting or found consuming any controlled substance will be suspended from participation for an amount of time to be determined by the Tri-County Board (or Leadership Committee). 

9.02 Player, Coach and Spectator Ejections 

1.) First Offense If a manager, assistant coach, player or spectator is ejected from a game, they shall be suspended for the next regularly scheduled game. 2.) Second Offense If a manager, assistant coach, player or spectator is ejected from two (2) games in the same tournament, they shall be suspended for the remainder of the tournament. 3.) Appeal Process Upon written request, the person so ejected shall meet with the Tri-County Board (or Leadership Committee) to review said violation(s) and to determine if the suspension should be upheld. 

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