Long Beach Heartwell Fastpitch





Long Beach Heartwell Fastpitch will abide by the ASA 2016 Official rules of Softball including the Rule Modifications for the 2016 Regular Season with the following revisions:


  1. Play Off Game Information:
    1. A coin flip will determine home team.
    2. Regulation Game: 10U and 12U is Seven (7) innings.  8U in Six (6) innings.  A minimum of three and one half (3 ½) is an official game.  There must be a winner.  Ties are to be played out (See Tie Breaker Rule).
    3. Time Limit: 10U and 12U is No new inning will start after 1 hour and 30 minutes.  8U is No new inning will start after 1 hour and 20 minutes.
    4. Championship Game:  No Time limit.  10U and 12U will play the regulation game of 7 innings.  8U will play the regulation game of 6 innings.  However, the game can end by the ASA Run Ahead Rule.
    5. Run Limit:  No run limit for 8U, 10U, and 12U.
    6. ASA Run Ahead Rule (Mercy Rule): 15 after 3 innings, 12 after 4 innings, or 8 after 5 innings.
    7. ASA Tie Breaker Rule:  In the event of a Tie game after 7 innings (6 innings for 8U) or after the time limit has passed, in the next inning the ASA Tie Breaker Rule will be put into effect per Rule Book 5.11 page 59.
      1. Starting with the top of the eighth (seventh for 8U) or after time limit has passed and each half inning thereafter the offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the player who is scheduled to bat last in that respective half inning being place on second base (e.g. if the number five batter is the lead off batter bat, the number four batter in the batting order will be placed on second base).
    8. Substitutions:
      1. Offense: Round Robin Batting, bat the lineup.  A team playing with 8 players will have no penalty charged against them when the ninth batter spot comes up.
      2. Defense: Free Substitutions, no player will sit consecutive innings (unless related to disciplinary reason, which must be pre-approved by the Player Agent/Board of Directors).
    9. Pitching Restrictions:
      1. 8U, 10U, and 12U Divisions may pitch unlimited innings during the playoffs including the championship game.
  2. 8U Division Play Off Game Exceptions: Same as during regular season play except for the following:
    1. Time limit
      1. No new inning after 1 hour 20 minutes.
      2. Championship game, six innings, no time limit.
    2. Run limitation
      1. No run limitation.
      2. Ninth Batter rule will not be used for Play Offs.
    3. Pitching limitations
      1. No pitching limitations.
      2. NOTE: If a player has taken the position on the pitcher’s plate and throws one pitch, even if it is a warm up pitch, she is considered to have entered the game as a pitcher and is subject to the Pitcher’s Appearance Rule (Rule C.2 in the spring 2011 League Rules).
    4. Coach Pitch:
      1. Will not be used during Play Off Games.
    5. Base Stealing:
      1. Same as regular season.
  3. Miscellaneous: For all Divisions
    1. Courtesy Runners, used for pitcher and catcher.
      1. The courtesy runner will be the last recorded out.  The same Courtesy Runner can not be used for the Pitcher and Catcher in the same inning.
    2. Conferences: Rule 5.7
      1. Defense: 3 Conferences per 7 innings (6 innings for 8U).  For extra innings, one conference per inning.
        1. Penalty: On the 4th conference and after, the pitcher must be removed from the pitching position and can not be returned to pitch.
      2. Offense: One Conference per inning.
        1. Penalty: Coach or Representative who insists will be ejected.
    3. Hustle during the game:
      1. 60 seconds between innings.
      2. Pitcher has 20 seconds to pitch the ball.
      3. Batter has 10 seconds to get into the batter’s box and be ready for the pitch.
    4. Batters, after the pitch and received by the catcher, shall not take any practice swings until the ball is back in control of the pitcher within the pitching circle.