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California Softball Rules Interpretation Meeting. NFHS Softball 2011 Rules Changes. Lineup Card Inaccuracies (3-1-3 Penalty). New penalty established for changes made to submitted lineup card First offense = Team warning

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California SoftballRules Interpretation Meeting

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NFHS Softball2011Rules Changes

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Lineup Card Inaccuracies (3-1-3 Penalty)

  • New penalty established for changes made to submitted lineup card

  • First offense = Team warning

  • Second offense = Head coach restricted to dugout/bench for remainder of game

  • Applies to changes made to name and number – not defensive position

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Lineup Card Inaccuracies (3-1-3 Penalty)

  • Be preventative when possible

    • Look over the lineup card thoroughly at the pre-game plate conference.

    • Once the lineup card have been checked and received by the plate umpire, the penalty is in place.

    • Starting players and substitutes are included.

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Lineup Card Inaccuracies (3-1-3 Penalty)

  • Be preventative when possible

    • It is important, especially for the batting order for the lineup card to be accurate.

    • For both the umpire and official scorekeeper.

    • Batting out of order penalty is NOT affected.

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Concussion Procedure Revised (3-3-9; 10-2-3k)

  • Concussion language revised in all NFHS rules books.

  • Removed references to “unconscious or apparently unconscious.”

  • New procedure requires an athlete exhibiting signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion to be removed from the contest.

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Concussion Procedure Revised (3-3-9; 10-2-3k)

See Appendix A

on Page 86

of the 2011

NFHS Softball

Rules Book

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Concussion Recognition and Management (3-3-9; 10-2-3k)

  • A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function.

  • A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body.

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Concussion Recognition and Management (3-3-9; 10-2-3k)

  • The game official is not responsible for the evaluation or management of the athlete after he/she is removed from play.

  • Everyone understands that the umpire is normally NOT medically trained. Just need to be able to recognize of the symptoms, remove the individual and inform the coach.

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Suggested Concussion Management

  • If there is no appropriate health-care professional available to evaluate the athlete, the athlete SHOULD NOT be permitted by the coach to return to play.

  • Athletes with continued concussion symptoms are at significant risk for recurrent, cumulative and even catastrophic consequences of a second concussive injury.

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Concussion Recognition and Management (3-3-9; 10-2-3k)

  • Bylaw 313

  • A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day.† A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion andreceives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider.

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Concussion Recognition and Management (3-3-9; 10-2-3k)

Licensed Health Care Providers:

What licensed health care providers are trained in the evaluation and treatment of concussions/brain injuries and authorized to allow the athlete to return to play?

The “scope of practice” for licensed health care providers and medical professionals is defined by California state statues. This scope of practice will limit the evaluation to a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO).

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Scored/Retired Runner Interference (8-6-18)

  • Intent no longer the determining factor in ruling interference by a runner who has scored/been retired

  • Rule now consistent with definition of interference

  • Rule easier to enforce, enhancing more consistent application

  • Runner closest to home is declared out.

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Scored/Retired Runner Interference (8-6-18)

8.6.18 SITUATION: With R1 on first base and one out, B3 is at the plate with a 3-2 count. The pitch is swung at and missed. F2 drops the ball and B3 runs to first base even though first base is occupied. F2 throws the ball to first in an attempt to pick off R1, who is diving back to first base. The ball hits B3 in the back and ricochets into the dugout.

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Scored/Retired Runner Interference (8-6-18)

RULING: With first base occupied and less than two outs, B3 is out on strike three. Therefore, she has interfered with F2’s throw to first base. The ball is dead and R1 (the runner closest to home) is ruled out for the third out.

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Pitching Distance (1-1-2b)

  • The rear tip of home plate and the front edge of the pitcher’s plate shall be 43 feet.

  • This distance is for all levels (varsity, JV, freshmen)

  • If the pitching plate distance is incorrect, the game shall NOT be played.

  • Any game that does have the proper pitching distance, may end in a forfeit.

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NFHS Softball2011Major Editorial Changes

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Glove Rule (1-4)

  • Glove rule reorganized

  • Clarified that any gray, white or optic colored marking that gives the appearance of a ball – on the outside or inside of the glove – is not permitted (1-4-1c)

  • Previous rule prohibited a circle that gave the appearance of the ball

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Glove Rule (1-4)

  • The optic marking may be “blackened” with a marker to change the appearance. The glove can then be used.

  • The umpire is the sole judge if the marking(s) gives the appearance of the ball.

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Force Play Reinstatement(2-24-4)

  • Clarifies the force-play reinstatement rule

  • ART. 4 . . . If a forced runner, after touching the next base, except home, retreats for any reason towards the base she had first occupied, the force play is reinstated and she may again be put out if the defense tags the base to which she is forced.

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Force Play Reinstatement(2-24-4)

  • The “home” exception was necessary to be consistent with Rule 2-49 and Case Book play 2.49 B

  • Once a runner legally scores, she cannot be put out – BUT, she could be guilty of interference (runner closest to home declared out)

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Guards, Casts and Braces(3-2-13)

  • The language regarding guards, casts and braces was edited to clarify:

    • Must be padded with a closed-cell, slow-recovery foam no less than 1/2” thick

    • Knee and ankle braces unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production are permitted and need not be padded/covered.

    • Athletic departments are already using this type of padding.

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Powdered Resin(6-2-2; 6-4-5)

  • Clarified that powdered resin or any comparable drying agent is permitted

  • New products are being manufactured that “dry” the hands, but leaves no residue on the ball or glove

  • Any material that DOES leave a residue on the ball is prohibited – i.e. rock resin

  • The plate umpire needs to check the drying agent being used.

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Ball-Rotation(6-5 New)

  • Ball-rotation procedure moved from 4-1-4 (Starting a game) to new 6-5 (Pitching regulations)

  • New location in Rules Book more appropriate and easier to find

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Ball-Rotation(6-5 New)

  • 6.5.1 SITUATION: Starting the bottom of the first inning, both game balls have been in play. The visiting pitcher (a) picks up the ball in the circle and pitches to the first batter; (b) asks to inspect both balls at the same time while in the circle; or (c) before throwing a warm-up pitch, tosses the ball from the circle to the umpire and requests the other ball.

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Ball-Rotation(6-5 New)

  • RULING: Legal in (a) and (c). Illegal in (b).

  • COMMENT: After both balls have been used in the top of the first inning, either pitcher may exchange a ball from the circle at the beginning of each inning, but never have both balls at the same time. (6-5-2)

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NFHS Softball2011Points of Emphasis

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  • Any form of behavior intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule or demean others is unacceptable

  • Public Address (PA) systems have been utilized to intimidate/taunt visiting teams by playing negative sound effects or playing “motivational” music only for the home team

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  • When the PA system is used for announcements, introductions, sound effects, music, etc., the presentation should be as neutral as possible

  • Clear guidelines and expectations should be developed by school administrators and shared with the individuals serving in this capacity so presentations are not viewed as acts of intimidation

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Team and Player Equipment

  • NFHS rules require umpires to check most equipment (10-2-3a) prior to the contest.

  • Equipment dictates the safety of the game

  • The following are of specific concern/interest:

    • Bats

    • Gloves/Mitts

    • Drying Agents

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  • Bats should be free of rattles, dents, burrs, cracks and sharp edges.

  • Materials inside the bat or treatments/devices used to alter the bat specifications and/or enhance performance (i.e. bat warmers) are prohibited and render the bat illegal in NFHS but legal in ASA.

  • Safety concerns in the past.

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  • Broken, altered or bats that deface the ball are also illegal

  • A knick or paint chip in the bat from a player knocking their metal cleats against the bat to loosen debris should not render a bat illegal

  • DeMarini Vendetta is legal

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  • Glove/mitt rule reorganized for clarity

  • Gloves/mitts (excluding lace color and logo) containing more than two colors are illegal

  • Any gray, white or optic colored marking (not just a circle) giving the appearance of a ball is prohibited – markings may be colored in

  • Ball appearance or “distracting” is determined by the umpire

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Drying Agents

  • Pitchers permitted to utilize powdered resin to dry the hands under the supervision and control of the umpire

  • Editorial change added any comparable drying agent

  • Please note: “rock resin” is not considered a comparable drying agent and is still prohibited

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Field of Play

  • All high school softball fields used for competition should be properly maintained.

  • This includes ensuring:

    • Grass is well groomed and mowed to a proper height

    • The field is level with no obstructions between the foul lines

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Field of Play

  • All lines are white and properly marked

  • Foul lines extend from home plate, beyond the bases, to the outfield fence – if no fence, extend at least 185 feet into the outfield

  • Catcher’s box is marked 10 feet deep and 8 feet, 5 inches in width behind the batters boxes

  • Designated media areas, if used, are marked prior to the start of the game

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Game Management

  • There are several game-management areas that will assist in a smooth-running contest.

  • The following are of particular concern:

    • Lineup Cards

    • Field Areas

    • Pace of Game

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Lineup Cards

  • Lineup cards should be verified by the head coach as correct – with name and uniform number and all substitutes listed – at the pregame conference

  • New rule provides a penalty for a coach who fails to submit an accurate lineup card

  • Umpires can assist with managing this situation by reminding coaches of the new rule and giving them ample opportunity to verify the lineup card before final submission

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Field Areas

  • Designated warm-up areas should be located in an area adjacent to the field and be in view of the umpires

  • During the contest, players must warm up within the confines of the field or in the adjacent warm up area

  • Coaches must remain in their designated dugout/bench area while his/her team is on defense

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Pace of Game

  • Umpires must enforce the one-minute warm-up period between innings to ensure the appropriate pace of the game

  • The one minute period begins with the last out of the previous half inning

  • Since umpires do not wear watches, an indication of compliance is the defensive team hustling off the field AND the offensive team hustling on the field

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  • Page 43 – Situation 6.3.2 A: Add the word “not” in the last sentence as noted below.

  • 6.3.2 SITUATION A: (F.P.) In an effort to deliberately walk a batter without having to throw a pitch (a) F1 intentionally violates the 20-second rule by not delivering a pitch, or (b) F2 does not return the ball directly to F1 , but instead throws the ball to another fielder.

  • RULING: The spirit of the rules is being violated in (a) and (b). The umpire shall warn the coach of the defensive team and if the act is repeated, the violator shall be ejected. Whether or not runners are on base, a ball shall not be awarded the batter. (3-6-13c, 6-2-3)

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Fundamentals of Coaching Softball

Unit Titles

1.Basic Skills

2. Offensive Skills

3. Position Play

4. Team Defense

5. Developing a Practice Plan

6. Coaching Tips