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Title: 2007 GHSA


1
2007 GHSA
Softball Rules Clinic
2
GHSA
POLICIES PROCEDURES
3
RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOLS
  • The Host School must have a Game Manager on
    site at all GHSA contests
  • The Game Manager must identify themselves to
    the contest officials/umpires
  • The Game Manager is responsible to assist in
    spectator control
  • The Game Manager cannot be a member of the
    specific sports coaching staff

4
PAYMENT OF CONTEST OFFICIALS
  • Payment of game fees must be paid within thirty
    (30) days of the end of the regular season.
    Failure to do so will result in a 10 late fee
    being charged.
  • Game fees are to be charged as they are listed in
    the GHSA White Book, and cannot be be reduced or
    increased by schools and/or officiating
    associations.

5
PAYMENT OF CONTEST OFFICIALS
  • The transfer of cash for the payment of game
    fees, in any manner, is NOT permitted at GHSA
    games/contests.
  • By arrangement, schools can be invoiced for
    payment of game fees by the game, week, month, or
    at the end of the regular season.
  • Large school systems are to be invoiced through
    the systems central billing office.

6
  • OFFICIALS During the regular season schools
    will pay the following travel fee
  • Contests using one(1) official - 15.00
  • Sports using two (2) officials - 20.00 per
    crew/per competition day
  • Sports using three (3) officials - 25.00 per
    crew/per competition day
  • NOTE Crews assigned to work more than one (1)
    game per day will only be paid one (1) travel
    fee. Example double headers
  • The respective association will distribute the
    travel fees in accordance to their policies.

7
Out of Season Coaching GHSA By-Law 2.69(c)
  • End of season to the end of school year
  • 1. Only one (1) coach and no more than two (2)
    athletes, at any given time, in skill building
    activity only! (Not in competition or team
    practices)
  • 2. Teams CANNOT participate in camps, clinics,
    etc.

8
Out of Season Coaching GHSA By-Law 2.69(c)
End of school year to 1st official practice
date 1. No restrictions on number of athletes
or nature of the activity. (competition,
practices, etc.) 2. MUST be voluntary 3.
CANNOT be deemed a tryout 4. CANNOT cut
athletes based on participation NOTE The 2.69
By-law restrictions apply to ALL coaches
(full-time, part-time, community)
9
Conditioning Week
  • Effective Immediately The one week period prior
    to the start of official practice, previously
    called the conditioning week, has been
    eliminated in ALL sports.
  • Dead Week
  • 2007 June 30 July 7
  • NO activities of any kind during this week.
    (games, camps, practice, weight training, etc.)

10
Heat/Hydration Policy
  • Every school must have a policy that is signed by
    the Head Coach of the respective sport and
    distributed to every athlete.
  • The policy must have guidelines for modifying or
    canceling practices.
  • A scientifically-approved heat index instrument
    must be on site at every practice

11
Physical Exams
  • Pre-participation physical exams may be
    administered by an MD, Osteopath, Physicians
    Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner.
  • Still must be signed by an MD or Osteopath only.
  • Heal history questionnaire must be reviewed.

12
Eligibility Issues
  • Eighth grade students who are retained for
    academic reasons are not eligible to play on
    sub-varsity high school teams
  • There is no longer any appeal process for
    students who are affected by the Age Rule

13
Eligibility Issues
  • Requests to investigate transfer rule violations
    must provide valid evidence of a violation and
    must be filed with the GHSA Office (20) calendar
    days before the end of the regular season.
  • Requests filed after the required date will NOT
    be resolved until after the playoffs.

14
WEATHER ISSUES
  • Until the time that playing rules give
    jurisdiction to the umpires, the host management
    determines if game can be played.
  • Games that are interrupted for a cumulative
    period of 60 minutes shall be terminated.
  • This time frame does NOT include time needed to
    get the field ready for play.
  • Umpires may terminate the game after 30 minutes
    if it is apparent that field is in unplayable
    condition

15
LIGHTNING DETECTOR
  • Part of required game equipment at all outdoor
    GHSA contests
  • Operated by Game Manager
  • When alerted, Game Manager notifies head
    official
  • Officials may stop game before being notified by
    Game Manager
  • Play will be resumed 30 minutes after last
    episode of lightning detected.

16
POSSIBLE RESULTS OF TERMINATED GAMES
  • NO CONTEST
  • COMPLETE GAME
  • SUSPENDED GAME

17
NO CONTEST
  • If game is terminated before the team that is
    behind has completed 5 turns at bat
  • Not legal game, so no winner can be determined
  • Any replay of the game will begin from the first
    pitch
  • In baseball, the pitchers innings count

18
COMPLETE GAME
  • If game is terminated and the team that is
    behind has had at least five full turns at bat
  • And if the score is computed at the end of the
    last full inning (unless home team gained lead in
    the last half-inning)
  • A winner can be determined and the game is over

19
SUSPENDED GAME
  • If the visiting team has had at least five full
    turns at bat
  • And the score is tied after the last full inning
    of play
  • Or if the home team tied up the game in the
    half-inning in which game is terminated
  • Game will be replayed from the point of
    interruption

20
GHSA BY-LAW 2.93
  • Contains specifics about weather delays
  • Including the payment of officials
  • If the first game of a doubleheader is
    terminated, so is the second game

21
Slow Pitch Softball
  • No longer a State Championship sport
  • Has dropped to (14) competing schools
  • Have been aligned in (2) seven team areas
  • May have an end of season GHSA Invitational
    Tournament to be played in the metro Atlanta
    Area.

22
Pre-Season Scrimmage
  • One (1) pre-season scrimmage now allowed
  • 1. Can be played any time after the 1st official
    day of practice and the beginning of the regular
    season.
  • 2. Opposing varsity teams only who have not
    played their 1st regular season game.
  • 3. Must use registered GHSA umpires

23
2007 Sectional Sites October 19 20
  • A-South Southern Pines, Dublin
  • A-North Alto Park, Rome
  • AA-South Paulson Complex, Savannah
  • AA-North Alto Park, Rome
  • AAA-South Southern Pines, Dublin
  • AAA-North Lanier Pointe, Gainesville
  • AAAA-South Lovejoy Regional, Hampton
  • AAAA-North Twin Creeks, Woodstock
  • AAAAA-South Lovejoy Regional, Hampton
  • AAAAA-North Central Park, Cumming

24
Officials Pass
  • Individuals who are members of the GAOA (Georgia
    Athletic Officials Association) will be issued an
    ID card that can be used as a pass at all GHSA
    sanctioned events.
  • The ID card can only be used by the bearer of the
    card (name on the card) and will require a photo
    ID for proof of identity.
  • Individuals guilty of abuse of the ID card will
    face penalties by the GHSA Office and GAOA.
  • For GAOA membership information contact Alan
    Smith at smithwas_at_hotmail.com or go to the
    website at gaathleticofficials.org

25
Miscellaneous
  • Passes for Community Coaches
  • - Each school must submit a list of coaches to
    the GHSA Office
  • - No coaching, or passes issued, until the
    courses are completed
  • When competing out-of-state
  • Play according to the game rules of that state
  • Must follow GHSA policy concerning ejections,
    playing times, etc.

26
2007 NFHS SOFTBALL RULES CHANGES

27
INTERFERENCE/ OBSTRUCTION GUIDELINES (2-36
2-47-2,3 8-4-3b 8-6-10a)
  • Clearly defines responsibility for contact when
    fielder does not initially control a batted ball
  • Creates balance between offense and defense
  • Puts contact into category of obstruction or
    interference, not just a CRASH

28
INTERFERENCE/ OBSTRUCTION GUIDELINES (2-36
2-47-2,3 8-4-3b 8-6-10a)
  • Fielder must have opportunity to make an initial
    play
  • After an initial play attempt on a fair ground
    ball, fielder no longer protected
  • After attempting an initial play fielder not
    permitted to obstruct advancement of runner

29
INTERFERENCE/ OBSTRUCTION GUIDELINES (2-36
2-47-2,3 8-4-3b 8-6-10a)
  • Initial Play
  • Reasonable chance to catch or gain control of a
    ground ball that no other fielder (except the
    pitcher) has touched, OR
  • Reasonable chance to catch the ball in flight
    after it touches another fielder, OR
  • Fails to gain control of the batted ground ball
    and is within a step and a reach (in any
    direction) of the spot of the initial play

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INTENTIONALLY REMOVING LINES PENALTY EXPANDED
(3-6-17 PENALTY)
  • Penalty expanded to include restricting any
    subsequent offender, not just head coach
  • Second and all subsequent offenses
  • Strike/ball on batter
  • Offender and head coach restricted to dugout
  • Change makes penalty consistent with others of a
    similar nature

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DOUBLE FIRST BASE RULES EXPANDED (8-10)
  • More states using double first base units
  • Base running section expanded for clarity and
    understanding
  • When the BR must use
  • Penalties for noncompliance
  • When the runner/fielder has choice between the
    two bases

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DOUBLE FIRST BASE RULES EXPANDED (1-2-1 NOTE)
  • Specifications for the double first base unit
    also revised
  • A one- or two-piece unit permitted
  • Portion in foul territory required to be a color
    other than white

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2007 NFHS SOFTBALL EDITORIAL CHANGES

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CATCH DEFINITION CLARIFIED (2-9-5f)
  • Change was made to clarify
  • Trap Ball touching ground, fielder NOT in
    control
  • Catch Ball touching ground, fielder IN control

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CONFINES OF THE FIELD DEFINED (2-15)
  • Used to determine when umpire jurisdiction begins
    (10-1-2)
  • Upon arrival within confines of the field
  • Term was not previously defined
  • Important in determining responsibilities of
    umpiring crew

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CONFINES OF THE FIELD DEFINED (2-15)
  • Confines of the field includes
  • Field of play
  • Designated dugout/bench areas
  • Any enclosed or clearly marked warm-up areas
    adjacent to the field and in view of the
    umpire(s)

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MALICIOUS CONTACT PENALTY CLARIFIED (3-6-18)
  • Malicious contact typically only thought of as
    committed by a runner
  • Penalty now includes enforcement when infraction
    is by a fielder
  • Immediate dead ball, offender is out and ejected

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RUNNING LANE CLARIFIED (8-2-5)
  • Language added for clarification
  • Consistent with other rules regarding being in
    or out of a space
  • Runner is outside running lane when
  • Either foot is completely outside the lane and in
    contact with the ground

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INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE (8-6-10d)
  • Clarifies that any intentional interference will
    result in an out
  • Previous rule only addressed interfering with a
    thrown ball
  • New language includes intentionally interfering
    with a fielder in any way

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2007 NFHS SOFTBALL POINTS OF EMPHASIS

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BATTER DELAYS
  • Pace of a game enhanced when 20-second rule
    enforced (7-3-1). The batter has 20 seconds to
    take her place in the batters box.
  • Batter must be ready to step into batters box
    and take turn at bat.
  • Coaches must be concise in giving signals.
  • The penalty for noncompliance is a strike being
    called on the batter.

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BATTER DELAYS
  • Once in the batters box
  • Batter may request time, but only granted for
    valid reason
  • The pitcher is entitled to deliver the pitch
  • Putting hand up toward umpire does not guarantee
    time will be granted. If the batters hand is
    up, but time has not been granted, the umpire
    directs the pitcher to deliver the pitch.
  • Stepping in and out of the box when the pitcher
    is ready is subject to a strike being called
    (Rule 3-6-9)
  • Requesting time to perform rituals should not be
    permitted

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TEAM HUDDLES (Reminder)
  • Teams are NOT allowed to huddle in front of or
    outside dugouts after the end of a half inning.
  • Rationale
  • minimizes risks to participants
  • keeps pace of game moving
  • One (1) minute between innings
  • Twenty (20) seconds to pitch
  • PENALTY Coach restricted to the dugout if
    he/she ignores the umpires warning.

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OBSTRUCTION
  • Obstruction requires a clear defensive
    infraction
  • Required condition for obstruction
  • A defensive player cannot block the runners
    access to a base/base path without possession of
    the ball
  • The runner must be hindered or impeded
  • Note If the defensive player is blocking the
    base without the ball and the runner has not yet
    been impeded, there is NO obstruction

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OBSTRUCTION
  • Obstruction, especially at first base still
    concerns committee
  • Umpires ignoring and/or not properly signaling.
    It is NOT a wasted signal.
  • Belief that signal is not necessary if base
    runner already obtained base she would have
    reached had there been no obstruction.
  • It is important to communicate the infraction so
    teams do not continue to commit the same
    infraction.
  • Use the signal and make the call!

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EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
  • Head coaches required to attend pregame meeting
    with umpires.
  • Must verify players legally equipped and
    players/equipment in compliance with NFHS rules
  • Umpires must still conduct pregame inspection of
    teams equipment 15 minutes prior to the start of
    the game.
  • If teams play more than one game in the same day
    and the equipment leaves the dugout, the umpires
    must check the equipment again prior to the start
    of the next game.

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EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
  • Inspection includes
  • bats, batting helmets and catchers gear
  • Teams should have all equipment displayed and
    available for inspection 15 minutes prior to
    start of game
  • When teams play more than one game in the same
    day, and leave the dugout with their equipment,
    umpires must check their equipment again prior to
    the start of their next game.

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2007 GHSA SOFTBALL QUESTIONS?
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