2010 NSAA SOFTBALL Umpires & Coaches Rules Interpretation Meeting. Softball – Dates. Start of Practice – August 9 (Now Week 6) Officials Open Book Test – August 13 Officials Supervised Test – Sept. 8 & 13 First Contest – August 19 Districts – October 7 & 8
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Umpires & Coaches
Rules Interpretation Meeting
Pitching distance increasing to 43 feet.
NSAA Board of Directors voted to move all levels of NSAA softball to 43 feet.
“If it is discovered by or brought to the attention of the umpires that the pitching distance, base distances or batter’s boxes are incorrect”
Stop game – make changes immediately
“The game shall continue and shall not be protested for this reason”
3. The relief pitcher was the pitcher of record when her team gained the lead and stayed in the lead.
4. A relief pitcher left the pitching position while the score was tied or her team was behind, and she re-entered as the pitcher and regained the lead.
Not exceed 7,500 pounds/inch
Manufacturers are required to adhere to all NFHS specifications during manufacturing
NFHS Authenticating Mark Required - Softballs DO NOT have to be labeled differently
Softball maximum circumference increased by 1/8 of an inch
Change assists manufacturers in meeting softball specifications and tolerances
Promotes a more consistently manufactured product
Second base added to definition of a fair batted ball
Ball first falls or is first touched on or over fair territory beyond first, second or third base
Occurrence unlikely, but rule coverage important for consistency with spirit and intent
The team’s lineup card shall include the first initial and last name, jersey number, position and batting order of each starting player and eligible substitute
Previous rule only stated “name”
Too many variations presented to umpires
Lineups hard to understand & affected how games were administered
Incomplete lineups should be returned to the head coach for proper completion
A note was added to clarify that the batter-runner is out when she hits an infield fly
Even when it is not initially called by an umpire
It must be brought to the umpire’s attention before the next pitch
Umpire gives delayed-dead ball signal and verbalizes “illegal pitch” (loud enough for the nearest players to hear)
Batter hits illegal pitch fair or foul or becomes a base runner
Batter takes illegal pitch
Ball awarded to batter and all base runners awarded one base
Coach has option of result of play or illegal-pitch penalty (ball awarded to batter;
one base to runners)
Players/coaches not hearing the “illegal pitch” call does not void the illegal pitch
Batters must be coached to know they can swing at illegal pitches
Results in options for team/coach