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By-law exceptions finalized & approved by the GSLJC Board in March, May 4 and finally May 5, 2017

 

Article X

 

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

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

            B.    The following exceptions apply to the MODIFIED KID PITCH (8U) DIVISION

                  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.

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,

                                   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.

i)    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. 

  9.   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.  10th Batter rule:  In each team’s at bat, if three outs have not occurred before the 10th batter comes to the plate, the

       10th  batter rule will be used. When the 10th batter comes to the plate, both teams will be notified.  If the 10th batter hits

       the ball into fair territory, the runners may advance until play ends or there is a third out.  The play ends when the ball

       is controlled by a defensive player inside the 8-foot pitching circle. 

               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 whether or not the time limit has expired.

 

          C.     The following exceptions apply to the 9U DIVISION  

                  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.  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 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.

 

E.    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.

                                   

             F.    The following exceptions apply to the 14U DIVISION -- INTERMEDIATE

                  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.

 

          G.   The following exceptions apply to the 16U DIVISION -- INTERMEDIATE

                  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.

 

           H.   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.  

 

 

Article IX, Section 12.   Bats & Softballs:  The GSLJC shall follow the guidelines outlined by the USSSA and ASA which state all bats must have an approved USSSA or ASA stamp on them and be softball fast pitch bats.  11” softballs shall be used for Modified Kid Pitch,

9U and 10U Divisions; 12” softballs shall be used for all other age groups. Refer to GSLJC Rulings book for TB/CP Division bats & softballs guidelines.

     

Article IX, Section 17.  In Modified Kid Pitch (8U) through 19U (Senior), the defense will consist of 10 players. These 10 defensive players in the infield will be limited to the standard configuration of the pitcher, catcher, first  baseman, second baseman, shortstop, and

third baseman.  The short fielder and outfielders must be a minimum of 10 feet behind the imaginary line connecting the bases until the ball is hit.

 

Article IX, Section 18.  Bunting is allowed in all divisions starting with Modified Kid Pitch. 

 

Article IX, Section 10.  Players in all age groups may wear any type of footwear.  If cleats are worn, they shall be rubber molded for ages TB/CP through 12U Division.  14U and 16U (Intermediates) and 19U (Senior) may wear rubber molded or metal cleats.

 

               

 

 

 GSLJC PITCHING AND BASE DISTANCES

                  (as of March, 2017)

 

DIVISION                       PITCHING                    BASES

Mini-Midget TB & CP                     27 ft.                            50 ft.

8U (Modified Kid Pitch)                   30 ft.                           50 ft.

9U Rec. (was 1st Year Midget)         30 ft.                           50 ft.

10U Rec. (was 2nd Year Midget)       35 ft.                            60 ft.

11U Rec. (was 1st Year Junior)         40 ft.                           60 ft.

12U Rec. (was 2nd  Year Junior)        40 ft.                           60 ft.

14U Intermediate                          40 ft. *                         60 ft.

16U Intermediate                          43 ft.*                         60 ft.

19U Senior                                  43 ft.                          60 ft.

 

·         If 14U and 16U recreational age groups are combined

in a season, pitching distance could be adjusted

 

Only 3 16U teams were formed from areas for the 2017

year.  These teams have been bracketed with the

19U Senior for 2017.

 

         

Competitive Tournament League

 

DIVISION                    PITCHING                       BASES

10U Competitive                          35 ft.                            60 ft.

12U Competitive                          40 ft.                            60 ft.

14U Competitive                          43 ft.                            60 ft.

16U/18U Competitive                   43 ft.                             60 ft.

 

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BALL SIZES

     T-Ball & Coach Pitch               11 inch Flexi

                                    Modified Kid Pitch (8U)            11 inch

     9U and 10U                          11 inch

                                    11U & 12U                           12 inch

                                    14U & 16U Intermediate          12 inch

                                    19U  Senior                         12 inch

                                    10U competitive                    11 inch

                                     12U, 14U, 16/18U competitive  12 inch