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8U Rules

PLAYING FIELD:

  • Base distance shall be 60 feet. 

  • The pitching rubber will be 35 feet from the back of home plate or there can be no pitching rubber placed on the field. 

  • A half-way line will be marked between the bases. The umpire’s ruling on whether the player was half-way or not is a judgment call. 

 

COACHES:

  • Each team may have a maximum of 4 coaches in the dugout. 

  • Two defensive coaches will be allowed on the playing field. They must be 3 feet behind the baseline while the ball is in play. 

  • One offensive coach will be allowed in the first and third base coach’s box. 

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • Shoes with rubber cleats may be worn. No metal or hard cleats will be allowed. 

  • Batting helmets with facemasks must be worn by all batters and all runners. 

  • If a player deliberately removes their helmet during live play, a team warning will be issued. If a player removes their helmet after receiving a warning, the player will be called out. 

  • Catchers must wear a helmet with a face-guard and a face-guard will be optional for the player in the pitcher’s circle. 

  • An approved softball or tee ball bat will be used. The diameter of the barrel shall not exceed 2.25 inches. 

 

REGULATION GAME:

  • A regulation game shall consist of 5 innings or 50 minute time limit unless numerically eliminated by the run rule. 

  • If a tie exists after 5 innings of play or 50 minute time limit, the ASA international tie breaker rule will be in effect. 

 

OFFENSE:

  • You may bat up to 15 batters, with a minimum of 9 batters. 

  • A team may play with only 8 players, but must take an out in the 9th position.

  • Each batter will receive 3 strikes or a maximum of five pitches before being called out.

  • Bunting is not allowed. Penalty: A strike will be called on the batter.  

  • The coach is responsible for removing the bat from home plate after each batter. 

  • Any player who slings the bat will receive a warning. If the player slings the bat a second time; the player will be called out.  

  • A base-runner who leaves the base before the ball is hit will be called out. 

  • Assisting a runner by a team member will result in the runner being called out. 

  • Each team may score only 7 runs per inning.  

 

DEFENSE:

  • Up to 10 players will be allowed on the field.  

  • Defensive players cannot roll the ball underhanded or unintentionally roll the ball overhanded. Penalty: The runner will be called safe. 

  • The infield fly rule does not apply. 

  • When the lead runner is stopped by a defensive player, with the ball, time shall be called at the discretion of the umpire.  

  • The player playing the pitcher position will maintain one foot in the pitcher’s circle until the ball is hit. Exception: If the umpire determines that for safety reasons, the pitcher should be moved back, the pitcher may move within 3 feet of the pitchers circle and directly behind the pitcher’s circle.

 

RE-ENTRY RULE:

  • All starters may be substituted for and re-enter the game one time. The player must enter the game in the same batting order he/she was in at the start of the game.  

 

APPEALS

  • The coach may appeal a player missing a base after time has been called.

 

TEAMS AND PLAYERS:

  • A team may consist of up to 15 players but only 10 may play at one time.  

  • A player’s playing age is determined by the age that player is on January 1st of the playing year. 

  • All players and teams must be registered members of ASA to be eligible for championship play.

 

OTHER RULES:

  • All play is governed by ASA Rules unless otherwise stated within these rules