Fast Pitch Rules
Divisions: Men’s Fast Pitch / Women’s Fast Pitch
Ages: 35 to 44, 45 to 54, 55 to 64 and 65 up
Grades: Teams will be graded according to their age and their own assessment of their competitive ability.
Ground rules should be discussed between umpires and team captains before each game.
All players participating in the game must appear in the batting order. Unlimited substitutions are allowed on defence only. For the safety of players, once the batter squares to bunt, the batter may not pull the bat back and swing away. Again, for the safety of players, steel cleats are not allowed at the Festival. A DP (Designated player) and an EH (Extra hitter) may both bat in the line-up. They, as well as the Base Burglar, must be designated prior to the start of the game.
The Base Burglar is a designated player that can be used strategically once per half inning, as a pitch runner. Whether to replace an injured player or to simply place speed on the bases at key times, the Base Burglar adds another player to a team’s line up and strategy to the offensive game.
The Base Burglar must be designated in the line-up prior to the start of the game (similarly to a DH or EH). The base Burglar shall be designated as “BB”. The Base Burglar may be changed with a position player, once, at any time during the game.
The Base Burglar will take the position player’s place in the field and batting order.
The position player will then become the Base Burglar.
The Base Burglar can also be used as a replacement player (eg. If a player gets hurt, the Base Burglar can take that players place, and the Base Burglar is eliminated from the game. This can only happen if the Base Burglar has not already entered into the game as a position player).
Use of the Base Burglar is at the Team’s discretion, but is allowed during all modified tournament play.
The home team will be determined by a coin toss prior to each game. The team that wins the toss will have the choice of being home team or visitors.
There is no penalty for “illegal pitch” based on the pitching action, providing there is a genuine attempt by the pitcher to release the ball in an underhanded manner and prior to the pitch both feet are in reasonable contact with the pitching plate.
For safety reasons the pitcher may place a foreign substance on the ball under the guidance of the plate umpire.
All games consist of 7 innings, however, no inning will start after 1 hour 20 minutes. Please check the start time with the umpire.
Games are to be played to their normal conclusion. If the home team is leading after the top of the 7th inning, the umpire will call the game and the bottom of the 7th will not be played. The winner will be decided, by the team ahead at the last completed innings.
In the event that games are shortened due to rain, darkness, or any other circumstance deemed proper by the umpire, a minimum of 5 completed innings will constitute a full game. If less than 5 innings are completed, the game will be abandoned. For ranking, other games’ scores will be averaged.
The Festival Committee will do any necessary rescheduling, if this is feasible.
Home Run Limits
Run Ahead Rule
12 runs after 4 innings
8 runs after 5 innings
Captains can mutually decide however to continue the game to its time/innings conclusion.
However, runs scored after the above will not count for rankings.
Umpires Rulings are final. There is no dispute provision.