Playing Rules

A.S.A.I. Playing Rules and Regulations


All players participating in city leagues are under the supervision of A.S.A.I. and the Parks and Recreation Department and must be eligible under the rules as set forth by United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). The A.S.A.I. reserves the right to make decisions, which they determine, is in the best interest of the association.

Rosters

• Rosters will be due by game time on the 1st night of league play. Teams may add to their initial roster up until the start of their game on week 3. Rosters are final at this time.
Identification/Eligibility
• Each player must have proper identification immediately available at each game. Identity or Eligibility must be questioned prior to the end of the 1st inning, or at the time a player is inserted into the game.
Discipline/Ejections
• Any player ejected from a game will be suspended for the remainder of that game and up to the next two games subject to the umpire’s recommendation and director approval. Umpire must submit an ejection slip for the player to be suspended for the next 1 or 2 games.
Game Time
• There will be a 5 minute grace period from the scheduled start time of all league games before a forfeit is declared. The team that uses the grace period will become the visitors and lose their first at bat.

Line-Ups

• A written line-up must be turned in to the umpire at the start of game. Line-ups must contain batting order and players first and last names. Failure to have line-up ready at the coin flip could result in team being declared the visitors and lose their first at bat.
Umpire Authority
• The Umpires have the authority to remove a player, coach, or spectator from a game and/or forfeit the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not be limited to fighting, profanity, threats (of any kind) toward the umpires, players or fans, (before, during, or after the game); any alcoholic condition detected by the umpire before or during the game, or any flagrant foul as determined by the umpire. A crash play or intentionally trying to hurt a player with a bat or ball may be considered a flagrant foul and may result in ejection by the umpires. A player, coach or spectator removed from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct shall have sixty (60) seconds to leave the playing site. Penalty for non-compliance shall be forfeiture of game.
Bats/Balls
• Bats will be tested when the umpires declares a dead ball due to the middle rule.
• Bats will also be tested for any home run that is an inning ending home run and an offensive ejection from the game.
• A.S.A.I. and its umpires reserve the right to confiscate and test any bat believed to be altered, or where injury occurres to a participant or umpire, hit by a ball where said bat was used and medical assistance is needed and called (911). Refusal to turn over bat will result in suspension for LIFE.
• Each team must provide a playable ball approved by A.S.A.I. Extra balls must be ready in case of home runs, foul balls, etc.!! Approved balls will be sold at the park.

Time Limit

• Games will be played with a 55 minute time limit and a 20-run rule after 2 innings, a 15-run rule after 3 innings, a 12-run rule after 4 innings and a 10-run rule after 5 innings, whichever occurs first. No inning will begin after 55 minutes. Ties will be played to conclusion. If the time limit expires or a game goes into extra innings, game will revert to one pitch per batter, and the last out of the inning before is put on second base.
• Four (4) complete innings (3 ½ if home team is winning) will constitute a complete game.
Co-Ed
• A team may play with 8 players if shorthanded, 4 males and 4 females. If playing shorthanded, the 10th batting spot is an automatic out. A team may add their 9th and 10th players at any time. Players must be listed on the lineup card. When playing with 8, 10 or 12 players, teams must have equal numbers of male and female players.
• A team may play with 9 players if shorthanded, 5 males and 4 females or 4 males and 5 females. If playing shorthanded, the 10th batting spot is an automatic out. A team may play with 10 players, 5 males and 5 females. If a team chooses to use the extra player option, they must use both 1 male and 1 female. A team may not play with 11 players.
• Offensive teams must alternate the batting line-up according to gender. If a player leaves the game for any reason, their substitute must be of the same gender.

8 Player Rule

• A team may play with 8, 9, 10, 11, OR 12 players (12 if co-ed but not 11).
• If a team plays with 8 or 9 players, the 10th batting slot will be declared an out.
• If a team begins with 8 players, the 9th and 10th player may be added at any time. Players must be listed on the lineup card.
• If a team begins with 9 or more players, they can continue play with a designated out in the lineup provided a player is injured, becomes sick, or other qualifying emergency. Only if a player is ejected, or leaves for another game leaving a team short, will a game be declared a forfeited.
• At no time can a team play with less than 8 players.
• If the player leaving the game is a base runner, a courtesy runner may be used providing the team has not already used their courtesy runner for that inning. If they have already used their courtesy runner, the runner is declared out.
• Whenever an absent player is due to bat, an out is declared.
• When a team plays shorthanded because a player leaves the game due to injury/sickness/emergency, the player cannot return to the lineup.
• If there is an eligible substitute at the game, or if an eligible substitute arrives before the game is over, the substitute must enter the game. He cannot pinch hit or pinch run, but must enter the game in the shorthanded player’s position.