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Old 05-06-17, 03:17 PM
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Under ASA Rules, When does a game begin?

From my experience, a baseball or softball game begins on the first pitch. Today I was informed that in "ASA Softball Fastpitch" rules, the game starts at the coin toss. Since rules are tough to come by for many organizations (really don't want to pay $15 to find out), I was hoping someone on here may have the actual rule for the beginning of a game. This was for a time limit game and is just for my own personal understanding going forward.
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Old 05-10-17, 02:59 PM
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I found the following in the ASA rules. ANswer FIRST PITCH.
BUT, I must say I have been to MANY a game where the ump started the time at the flip of the coin. probably just to get the teams to hustle on to the field. If there are 6 games scheduled on a field in a day 5 extra minutes getting the teams onto the field would add 30 minutes late time for last game of the day, not including any extra inning games.

P. Time Limit Rule. A region may, by majority vote, establish procedures for a
time limit in qualifiers and regional tournaments. In all Junior Olympic Girls’ Fast
National Championship Finals; the time limit rule shall be in effect. When the time
limit rule is in effect, time begins with the first pitch. If the game is still tied after the
time limit has expired, the tie breaker rule shall be in effect at the start of the next
inning.
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Old 05-10-17, 03:15 PM
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I found the following in the ASA rules. ANswer FIRST PITCH.
BUT, I must say I have been to MANY a game where the ump started the time at the flip of the coin. probably just to get the teams to hustle on to the field. If there are 6 games scheduled on a field in a day 5 extra minutes getting the teams onto the field would add 30 minutes late time for last game of the day, not including any extra inning games.

P. Time Limit Rule. A region may, by majority vote, establish procedures for a
time limit in qualifiers and regional tournaments. In all Junior Olympic Girls’ Fast
National Championship Finals; the time limit rule shall be in effect. When the time
limit rule is in effect, time begins with the first pitch. If the game is still tied after the
time limit has expired, the tie breaker rule shall be in effect at the start of the next
inning.
Thank you! That answers the question completely. I have no problem with starting the time limit at the coin toss. That's a choice that every tournament should use if they choose.

I was just suspicious of the claim that the rulebook stated that. It seems that it's universally started at first pitch unless a tournament makes the change.
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