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Oh GREAT!!!, our HS governing body has done away with the 90 minute time limit for NFHS girls softball for this upcoming season for this Fall. Just curious, do you or don't you have time limits in your HS games? Dave
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Normally we don't in NC. Ocasionally a HS that does not have their own field or their varsity is using their field on a day when the JV is playing and has to use a local rec field will add a time limit to the game if the rec field has league games following the Fed game.

Sometimes 15 after 3
Most times 10 after 5
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Old Tue Apr 11, 2006, 09:29pm
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Oh GREAT!!!, our HS governing body has done away with the 90 minute time limit for NFHS girls softball for this upcoming season for this Fall. Just curious, do you or don't you have time limits in your HS games? Dave[/B]


I work in Maryland. No time limits for NFHS games here but we do use the 10 run rule after 5 innings.
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Old Tue Apr 11, 2006, 09:38pm
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SC - no time limit for Varsity games. If JV games are scheduled before a Varsity, the JV game must finish in time for the Varsity to start on time.

The JV coaches usually agree to a rule of no new inning after 30 minutes prior to the Varsity game. If it gets to 20 minutes before the scheduled Varsity start, then it is just a drop dead time on the JV game.
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Old Wed Apr 12, 2006, 12:24am
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I too am in South Carolina. In our region if a JV game is played before a Varsity game it must stop 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the Varsity game. There is no state-wide time limit but coaches can agree to one before a game begins. They can also agree to an inning limit e.g. 5 innings. If the game is tied at that point we go to the ITB. The Run Ahead rule is 10 after 4 1/2 or 5 innings but if both coaches agree before the game we can also do 15 after 2 1/2 or 3 innings. In any regular game the ITB isn't used until the 9th inning.
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Old Wed Apr 12, 2006, 02:59am
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Your first problem is that you have softball in the fall..yuk...

NO time limits here in AZ for any level. You get the occasional ugly subvarsity game, but most of the time it works out. 10 after 5 run rule at all levels.
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Old Wed Apr 12, 2006, 04:44am
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Oh GREAT!!!, our HS governing body has done away with the 90 minute time limit for NFHS girls softball for this upcoming season for this Fall. Just curious, do you or don't you have time limits in your HS games? Dave
Here in Mississippi we have time limits for our JV 1 hour drop dead for MHSAA play and No time limit for Varsity. MPSA(Private) 1:30 for Varsity and 1:00 drop dead for JV.
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Old Wed Apr 12, 2006, 05:47am
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No time limit here in PA I'm glad to are would have missed one heck of a game that went 13 innings till the home team won in bottom of the inning on a bases loaded single. After such agreat game heated to see any team lose.
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Darrel, I am thankful that our season is in the Fall. Here in eastern Nebraska our Spring weather is usually rainy, cold and windy. Our Fall weather is usually dry and warm, highs in the upper 80's low to mid 90's. We hardly ever lose a game because of weather. Our track and soccer season run in the Spring and they have canceled more games and meets than they have played, and those are on grass or a paved track. Dave
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Old Wed Apr 12, 2006, 08:22am
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Oh GREAT!!!, our HS governing body has done away with the 90 minute time limit for NFHS girls softball for this upcoming season for this Fall. Just curious, do you or don't you have time limits in your HS games? Dave
Good, as it should be. The game was never meant to be played with a clock. Of course, it is sometime needed for scheduling conflicts like the above JV examples and weekend tournaments.
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Old Wed Apr 12, 2006, 08:53am
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Your first problem is that you have softball in the fall..yuk...
Darrell, you would be surprised; fall high school softball is great, once the adjustments are made. The major advantage is that our softball umpire pool in the spring is not stretched so thin, and can effectively cover college games. The fall high school season is helped by the umpires who call baseball in the spring; that is a huge help, with high school games starting too early in the afternoon for many working people. The major adjustment is that our primary ASA tournament and rec season isn't in the fall; that is rec only the younger ages who aren't playing high school. The spring season starts at the end of February for everyone, and leads right into the ASA qualifiers in June; our teams have played together for 4 months at that point, and are ready for the competition, not just reforming after high school.

The only real disadvantage is that the fall high school season starts so early to beat the bad weather; it is tough on players on teams that play in Nationals with high school coaches who think they should be trying out and practicing for the high school team instead of playing in ASA Nationals. And, it is pretty hot here in Georgia in August and September (most of our schools here start the first week in August, with games starting August 10). But, overall, the pluses far outweigh the minuses.
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As Darrell stated, no time limits at any level here in AZ. Our regional Umpire board is pushing for either a 1:30 or a 1:45 no new inning time limit for FR and JV ball, no limit for Varsity. The pushback we are getting now from the school AD's is that if they do it for softball, they will have to do it for baseball as well so that the girls and the boys will be "equal"!
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Darrell, you would be surprised; fall high school softball is great, once the adjustments are made. The major advantage is that our softball umpire pool in the spring is not stretched so thin, and can effectively cover college games. The fall high school season is helped by the umpires who call baseball in the spring; that is a huge help, with high school games starting too early in the afternoon for many working people.
I'm surprised you haven't heard of that other game played in the fall, football. That's awfully big up this way and would kill any chance of having umpires available to work HS games.

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The only real disadvantage is that the fall high school season starts so early to beat the bad weather; it is tough on players on teams that play in Nationals with high school coaches who think they should be trying out and practicing for the high school team instead of playing in ASA Nationals.
Let me see, play for a National Championship or HS ball which basically has little to no benefit comparatively? Tough decision.
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