GOT GAME Playing Rules



NEW USA Softball Rules 2018 for POOL PLAY:


NEW for USA Softball 2018 for POOL PLAY: 

Rule 7, Section 2F: Junior Olympic Fast Pitch Pool Play: Nine defensive players will bat or teams have the following options:

1. Bat nine players without the DP/Flex.

2. Bat nine Players and use the DP/Flex.

3. Bat up to and including all roster players without a DP/Flex.

4. Bat up to and including all roster players with the DP/Flex.

Effects of this rule are as follows: • Players not listed in a defensive position will be listed as an EP; • EPs will be listed beginning in the 10th spot of the batting order; • When not using the DP/FLEX any 9 can play defense; • When using the DP/FLEX any 8 and the FLEX can play defense; • The Batting order will always remain fixed;


* Any Player may be used as a courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher; • Any Player can be used as a pinch runner for an injured player;

• If a player is on base when it is their time to bat;  They will be removed from the base and take their turn at bat.  The person who they are running for will be called out.  

>Any player can be a pinch runner or a courtesy runner. Any player on base, running for someone else is removed to take their turn at bat, an out recorded for who they are running.

Short Handed/ Injury Rule: 

• When only batting nine defensive players or using the DP/FLEX;  If an injured player is not able to bat an out will be recorded for their turn at bat unless the team has a substitute not already in the batting order that can take their place. • When batting more than nine defensive players and have no available substitutes;  If an injured player is not able to bat in their place in the batting order, the batting order will be compressed to the number of batters in the batting order less the injured player with no out recorded for the injured player unable to bat.

Comment: This requirement now allows you to either bat 9 players or bat up to every roster player present.  If an injured player is unable to take their turn to at bat the batting order will be compressed with no out recorded for the injured player unable to bat.

Dead Ball Appeal: 

Rule 8, Section 7F-I Effect, [3] (Dead Ball Appeal): Once the ball has been returned to the infield and time is called, any COACH or infielder, with or without possession of the ball, may make a verbal appeal on a runner missing a base or leaving too soon on a caught fly ball. No runner may leave a base during this period as the ball remains dead until the next pitch.

Comment: Adds a coach to those who can make a dead ball appeal.


Got Game USA Softball of NC Additions/Exceptions to the USA Softball Rulebook (UPDATED 1/2018)

These rules APPLIES to our regular season tourneys ONLY. Our USA Softball State Tournaments/Qualifiers will go strictly by the 2018 USA Softball Rulebook.

DESIGNATED RUNNER: A player who is a designated base runner (DR) – Designated runner or “Bandit” can run for anyone at any time during a game.  This runner is listed on batting lineup as DR.  Once she has been put out or crossed home plate, she may return to the bases to run for another runner in that half inning.   A team may enter a DR into a game as a substitute, but then the DR is gone for the rest of that game.

EXTRA PLAYER: ( Bracket Play) An extra player is optional, but it allows a team to play up to eleven (11) players on offense and nine (9) on defense. NOTE: A team may use up to 2 EP’s however they must remain in the same batting order.  Extra Players MUST be on the ORIGINAL Batting lineup.  EPs are allowed to play defense within the original batting lineup.

FREE DEFENSIVE SUBSTITIONS:( Pool Play)  We will  allow teams to utilize FREE DEFENSIVE SUBSTITUTIONS during POOL PLAY ONLY. Once Bracket play begins, any Substitutions must be reported to Plate umpire.

INTENTIONAL WALK:  Teams must pitch 4 balls if a runner(s) is on base.  However, if bases are empty team may request runner be awarded 1st base.



A.  A courtesy runner shall be any available eligible substitute or if NO eligible substitutes, the LAST BATTED out.  Courtesy runners are allowed for pitchers and catchers ONLY.   The courtesy runner for pitcher or catcher can be inserted anytime.

B. The courtesy runner is not officially in the game.

C. The pitcher and catcher are identified as the last players who physically played that position on defense.  In the top of the 1st inning only, the pitcher and the catcher are identified as those players listed on the lineup as the pitcher and the catcher.



A. A run ahead rule must be used at all tourneys;, 12 after 3 innings, 10 after 4 innings and 8 after 5 innings.

B. Complete innings must be played unless the home team scores the run ahead limit while at bat.



If, after completion of 7 innings of play (or time limit), the score is TIED, the following tie breaker rule will be played to determine a winning team.

A. Starting with the top of the 8th inning, or when the clock runs out, and each half inning thereafter, the offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the players who are scheduled to bat in that respective half inning being placed on second base (e.g. if the number 5 batter is the leadoff batter, the number four batter in the batting order will be placed on 2nd base. A courtesy runner may be inserted in for pitcher or catcher as usual.  All GGF rules apply in the tiebreaker format.  If you are using a DR, you can place that runner at 2nd base.

B. “IF” Necessary Games  – This is considered a NEW GAME and a NEW lineup will be made out.  Coin flip will take place at meeting and the last person listed on the lineup goes to 2nd base.  The ITB will begin now and team that holds the lead after end of full inning is declared the winner.


SHORT – HANDED RULE: ( Pool & Bracket play) 

1. To start a game:

a. A game may begin or end with one less than required to start.

b. The vacant position must be listed on the batting order in the 9th batting position.

c. An out will be taken when the vacant position in the batting order occurs.

2. To continue a game once started with a full team listed on the batting order:

a. If a team begins play with the required number of players as listed, that team may continue a game with one less player that is currently in the lineup whenever a player leaves the game for any reason other than ejection. Under no circumstances shall a team be permitted to bat less than 8.

EXCEPTION: If a team is batting 10 or 11 players and 1 becomes injured that spot in the batting order will NOT be an out if there is no eligible substitute available.  We want to allow as many girls as possible to participate so we will not penalize you until you fall below the mandatory 9 in the batting lineup.  Notify the umpire of this situation and scratch out the player and move to the next position in the lineup.

If playing shorthanded and a substitute arrives, she must be inserted immediately into the vacant spot.  If she refuses to enter for any reason, that player becomes ineligible for the remainder of the game.

If the player has reached base safely, then the most recent batter not on base will be allowed to run for that player, until that player is put out, scores or the 1/2 inning ends.

When the player who has left the game is scheduled to bat, an out shall be declared for each turn at bat.  An inning or the game can end on an automatic out.

The player who has left the game cannot return to the lineup.

EXCEPTION: A player who has left the game under the blood rule may return even after missing a turn at bat.

EFFECT: Failure to have the required number of eligible players to start or continue a game will result in a forfeit.

This rule is only in effect if a team has left than 9 players.



The fitness of the ground for a game shall be decided solely by the tournament director.



A. A regulation game shall consist of  6 innings for 10u and 7 innings for 12u – 16u/18u or until completion of the time limit.  A full seven innings need not be played if the team second at bat scores more runs in six and one half innings and/or before the third out in the last of the 7th inning, or the run ahead rule is applied.

B. Any Bracket game that is tied at the end of 6 innings for 10u, all others 7 innings or at the completion of the time limit shall be continued by playing additional innings using the International Tie Breaker (ITB) until one side has scored more runs than the other at the end of the completed inning, or until the team second at bat has scored more runs in their half of the inning before the 3rd out is made.

C. A game called by the umpire shall be regulation if 4 or more complete innings have been played (3 or more for 10u), or if the team second at bat has scored more runs in 3 1/2 innings for 12u thru 16u/18u or 2 1/2 innings in 10u. The umpire is empowered to call a game at  any time due to darkness, rain, fire, panic or other cause that place our fans or players in peril.

D. Games that are tied and have to be suspended for any reason will be started back at the point of interruption.




A protest will not be received or considered if they are based solely on a decision involving the accuracy of judgment on the part of an umpire.

Examples are as follows:

A. Whether a ball was foul or fair.

B. Whether a runner was safe or out.

C. Whether a pitched ball was a ball or a strike.

D. Whether a pitched ball was legal or illegal.

E. Whether a runner did or did not touch a base.

F. Whether a runner did or did not leave a base too early on a caught fly ball.

G. Whether a fly ball was or was not caught legally.

H. Whether it was or was not an infield fly.

I. Whether there was or was not interference or obstruction.

J. Whether the field is or is not fit to continue play.

K. Whether there is  or is not enough light to continue to play.

L. Whether a player or live ball did or did not enter a dead ball area or touch some object or person in a dead ball area.

M. Whether a batted ball did or did not clear the fence in flight.

N. Whether a batted ball was or was not touched by a fielder before clearing the fence in flight.

O. Any other matter involving the accuracy of the umpire’s judgment.



A. Misinterpretation of a playing rule: must be made before the next pitch or, before all infielders have left fair territory or if in the last play of the game, before the umpires leave the playing field.

B. Illegal player: must be made while they are in the game and before the umpires leave the playing field. NOTE: An umpire cannot reverse a decision after a pitch(legal or illegal) to the next batter.

C. Ineligible player: can be made at any time.  Eligibility is the decision of the Tournament Director.




A. A protest must be accompanied by $200 Cash.  A judgment call will not be considered as a protest.

B. The manager, acting manager, or captain of the protesting team shall immediately notify the home plate umpire before the next pitch, legal or illegal, of their intent to file a protest. At this point the protesting team must pay the protest fee and then a UIC or Tournament Director will make a ruling on the protest.  Once the protest has been ruled upon then that decision will be final and the game will resume.  If the protest is deemed valid then the protest fee will be returned.  If the protest is deemed to be invalid then the fee will be forfeited.

C. When a protest for ineligibility is determined to be valid, the offending team shall forfeit the game being played or the last game played by the offending team.



Got Game pledges to provide support, care and encouragement in a safe and healthy environment.  Our intentions are to ensure a fun positive experience to everyone participating and attending our sporting events.  All coaches, players, parents and fans are expected to use sportsmanship like behavior at the highest level. Got Game will not tolerate the use of Drugs, Alcohol or Profanity at any of our events.  All players, coaches, fans and officials shall be treated with respect regardless of the situation.  Anyone who does not follow these simple guidelines will be asked to leave the park immediately.


10u will pitch from 35 Feet.

10u, will use 11” softball


12u will pitch from 40 feet

12 will use 12” softball


14u, 16u, 18u will pitch from 43 feet

14u, 16u, 18u will use 12” softball


14u, 16u, 18u are Allowed to use Metal Cleats



Anytime we play POOL games to SEED Teams:

When we Seed Teams, This is how seeds will be determined:

  1.       Record
  2.       Head to Head ***
  3.       Runs Allowed
  4.       Runs Scored
  5.       Coin Toss

***When we have 3 OR MORE teams with the SAME record, HEAD TO HEAD is DROPPED and 1st Tie breaker will be RUNS ALLOWED, then RUNS SCORED. 


A Game Can End In A “TIE”

A “TIE” Will Count As Half a Win & Half a Loss