My niece plays 10U ball, both rec. team and a travel team. All games are given a 2 hour time limit. When did this happen and why? It is extremely frustrating to me, baseball/softball is not and should not be a timed game. Can someone please explain this?
Because tournaments need to stay on some kind of schedule. If you don't put a time limit on games you could have games that run 4 hours and high would throw the entire schedule out of whack. Do you really want to be sitting around for hours on end waiting for your next game because 1 or 2 games ran way over?
To me, 90 minutes is the sweet spot. In most cases, you can get a complete game, or at least 6 innings done, but it puts a mercy limit on the games where for whatever reason it's taking forever. However, it's really rare to see tournaments with that time limit. Most of the tournaments we sign up for are 75 minutes, finish the inning.
On paper, our league games are 2 hour limit, but don't reach it to often/ever.
Two hours is plenty of play time for softballers at the 10U level. When I umpire 10U ball, the games are usually limited to 1:15 or 1:30. Be satisfied you get those extra 30 to 45 minutes.
But as Comp pointed out, time limits are pretty normal when there are multiple games on the same field. Even in high school ball where I live, JV games are drop-dead after 1:30 so that the Varsity games can start on time.
I can understand timed play during a tournament but during their rec. season when they are single games I don't think there should be a limit. I guess I'm alone on this LOL. I like to watch a game play out, the way games were meant to be played. It's frustrating for her when they're down or having a rough start and finally get going & get some momentum and then the game is called. I suppose I can see both sides but I could sit all day and watch softball LOL