TENNESSEE ASA 8U RULES
- Base distance shall be 60 feet.
- A 20 ft. arc from home plate is foul territory.
- A 30 ft. arc from home plate is an area where no defensive player is allowed in until the ball is hit. Penalty: Offensive team has the choice of taking the play or batting again.
- 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.
- The outfield fence is to be a minimum of 120 feet and a maximum of 140 feet.
- 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.
- Shoes with rubber cleats may be worn. No metal or hard cleats will be allowed.
- Batting helmets with chin straps 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 faceguard and a faceguard 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.
- The official ball must be marked 11 inch .44 core ASA approved ball.
- Shirts of similar color with a number must be worn.
- A regulation game shall consist of 5 innings or one hour time limit unless numerically eliminated by the run rule.
- If a tie exists after 5 innings of play or a one hour time limit, the ASA international tie breaker rule will be in effect.
- Each batter will receive 3 strikes or five pitches before being called out unless the last pitch is fouled. If a foul ball is hit, the batter will continue until a fair ball is hit or the player strikes 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.
- Up to 12 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.
- 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.
- 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 12 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.
- All play is governed by ASA Rules unless otherwise stated within these rules
This page was last updated: April 29, 2012
Tennessee, District 10