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Title: NFHS Softball 2014 Rules Changes Major Editorial Changes Points of Emphasis


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NFHS Softball2014 Rules Changes Major
Editorial ChangesPoints of Emphasis
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NFHS Softball2014Rules Changes
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Taper (1-5-2C)
  • The taper of the bat shall have a solid surface
    and shall have a conical shape. Its length and
    material may vary.
  • The taper is the transition area which connects
    the narrower handle to the wider barrel portion
    of the bat.

4
Bat Taper 1-5-2c
LEGAL
LEGAL
ILLEGAL
5
Electronic Devices (1-8-6 New)
  • The use of electronic devices by team personnel
    to transmit or record information pertaining to
    his/her player or teams performance shall be
    permitted within the teams dugout/bench area
    only. Information obtained from an electronic
    device may be used for coaching purposes during
    the game.

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Electronic Devices1-8-6, 3-6-11
ILLEGAL
ILLEGAL
LEGAL
7
Team Members (2-58 New)
  • TEAM MEMBERS - Defined
  • Team members are players listed on the teams
    roster and lineup as submitted to the umpire at
    the pregame meeting.

8
Team Members2-58
  • Team members must be submitted to the plate
    umpire at the pregame meeting.

9
Team Personnel (2-59 New)
  • TEAM PERSONNEL - Defined
  • Team personnel consist of all school
    representatives located in the team dugout,
    including but not limited to coaches, managers,
    certified athletic trainers and scorekeepers.

10
Team Personnel2-59
LEGAL
ILLEGAL
11
Electronic Devices(3-6-11 New)
  • The use of electronic devices for coaching
    purposes is permitted during a game however any
    information obtained shall not be used to review
    decisions made by the umpires.

12
Electronic Devices1-8-6, 3-6-11
ILLEGAL
ILLEGAL
LEGAL
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NFHS Softball2014Major Editorial Changes
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Knob (1-5-2A)
  • Knob. The knob may be molded, lathed, welded or
    permanently fastened. Devices, attachments or
    wrappings that cause the knob to become flush
    with the handle are permitted.
  • The knob may be covered with grip tape. A
    one-piece rubber knob and bat grip combination is
    illegal. Choke-up devices are not permitted.

15
Bat Knob1-5-2a
LEGAL
LEGAL
ILLEGAL
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Violation in Live-ball Area(1-6-3)
  • A violation, while in live-ball area, shall
    result in a warning to the coach of the team and
    the individual. A subsequent violation may result
    in the individual and coach not being permitted
    on the field.

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Bat-Ball Shaggers1-6-3 3-6-1
  • A batting helmet is required for non-adult
    bat/ball shaggers.

The individual and head coach are restricted to
the bench after second violation.
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3-2-13 Note
  • The accommodations should not fundamentally
    alter the sport, heighten risk to the
    athlete/others or place opponents at a
    disadvantage.

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Player Equipment3-2-13 Note
  • Accommodations to participants with disabilities
    and/or special needs should not fundamentally
    alter the sport, heighten risk to the
    athlete/others or place opponents at a
    disadvantage.

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(7-3-1 Effects 1)
  • Paragraph rearranged for clarity
  • However, if the batter steps out of the box or
    holds up her hand to request time and the pitcher
    legally delivers the ball, it shall be called a
    strike and the ball remains live.

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Batting Infractions7-3-1
  • If the pitcher releases the ball and the batter
    has one foot outside of the batters box, it is
    an automatic strike.

22
(7-3-2)
  • A pitched ball that is entirely within the
    batters box strikes the batter or her clothing.
    No attempt to avoid being hit by the pitch is
    required. However, the batter may not obviously
    try to get hit by the pitch.

23
Hit By Pitch7-3-2
  • If the pitched ball is within the batters box,
    the batter does not have to avoid being hit.

24
(7-3-2 Penalty)
  • If the batter made no attempt to avoid the pitch
    which is not
  • entirely in the batter's box or she obviously
    tried to get hit by the pitch, the ball is dead.
  • The pitch is a ball or strike depending on its
    location and the batter remains at bat unless it
    is strike three or ball four.

25
Hit By Pitch7-3-2 Penalty
  • After the batter pulls the bat back (PlayPic A),
    she cannot obviously try to get hit by the pitch
    (PlayPic B).

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Leaving the Base Early8-6-17 8-6-18 Penalty
  • The ball is dead, no pitch is declared when
    applicable and the runner is out.
  • The Penalty was in the book but was in the wrong
    place. The placement of the penalty has been
    corrected.

27
Leaving Early8-6-17, 8-6-18 Pen.
  • The penalty has been moved to Arts. 17, 18 for
    when a base runner fails to keep in contact with
    a base in slow pitch and fast pitch.

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NFHS Softball2014Points of Emphasis
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Flex/Designated Player Education
  • The DP/Flex Rule was instituted to encourage
    further participation and flexibility of the
    game. The overall impact of this rule has been
    positive, however there still remains some
    confusion/challenges with the understanding of
    the rule.
  • Support Information can be found at
  • Officials NFHS Central Hub www.arbitersports.com
    under Softball Resources and Video tab.
  • Coaches www.nfhs.org

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DP/Flex
  • Resources are available in the NFHS rules book
    and on NFHS Arbiter Central Hub and NFHS website
    for an explanation of the option as well as
    strategies for using it.

31
Player Safety
  • The NFHS Sports Medicine Committee has expressed
    concern with the number of injuries that are
    related to Sliding. Injuries to the knees and
    ankles, along with concussion, occur most often
    on the bases.
  • The Softball Committee and Sports Medicine
    Committee are encouraging coaches to take
    additional time to teach proper sliding
    techniques to prevent collisions at each base,
    but especially home plate. On the defensive side
    of the ball, proper attention needs to be given
    to appropriate techniques for tagging the runner
    and defensive positioning on the base paths and
    home plate.

32
Player Safety10-2-3k
  • Rule Reference and page number for Appendix B are
    revised.

33
Player Safety
  • Coaches are encouraged to take extra time to
    teach players proper sliding techniques.

Attention needs to be given to defensive
positioning on the base paths.
34
Equipment Check/Bats
  • The NFHS Softball Committee has determined that
    the head coach is the person most responsible for
    the safety and well-being of the players on
    his/her team. Although the committee has
    recommended that umpires continue to check
    equipment prior to each game, it is the head
    coachs responsibility to ensure that his/her
    players are legally equipped.

35
Equipment Check/Bats
  • Coaches need to know the condition of each helmet
    and bat in the dugout and remove those that do
    not meet the specifications outlined in the
    Softball Rules Book.
  • The NFHS Softball Committee strongly recommends
    that state associations look at options available
    to them for testing bats.

36
Equipment Check/Bats
  • Cracks and other flaws that make bats illegal
    cannot always be apparent on the umpire checks
    during pregame.
  • The NCAA and ASA have offered to loan pressure
    testing machines to test bats during your state
    tournaments with the underlying theme of player
    safety.

37
Equipment Check
  • The head coach is responsible for the safety and
    well-being of the players on his or her team, and
    is accountable for the condition of each helmet
    and bat in the dugout/bench area.

38
Electronic Devices
  • The role of technology has expanded significantly
    in recent years and with it, coaches and players
    have sought a variety of ways to incorporate that
    technology into the game of Softball.
  • The NFHS Softball Rules Committee respects and
    embraces the growth of the game through
    technology and as an instrument to teach the
    game.

39
Electronic Devices
  • A new rule (1-8-6) allows for coaches to utilize
    technology to transmit or record information
    pertaining to his/her player or teams
    performance within the teams dugout only.
  • Any information obtained from an electronic
    device may be used for coaching purposes during
    the game. .

40
Electronic Devices
  • Note that this technology can be used only in the
    dugout or bench area.
  • The electronic devices are not allowed on the
    field at any time due to safety considerations
    and game time restraints.

41
Electronic Devices
  • Further, Rule 3-6-11 prohibits the use of any
    information obtained through the use of
    electronic devices being used to review decisions
    made by the games umpires.
  • Rule 3-6-10 allows for coaches to have
    stopwatches and scorekeeping material/devices in
    the coaching box.

42
Electronic Devices
  • Information obtained from an electronic device
    may be used for coaching purposes during a game
    only in the dugout/bench area.

43
RESOURCES
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NFHS Officials Association Central
Hubwww.nfhs.arbitersports.com
  • Contains
  • Sport information
  • Rules information
  • Rules library
  • Searchable rules book and case book
  • Video content on officiating sport, competition
    situations and interpretations

45
Interscholastic Officiatingwww.nfhsofficials.com
  • Introduction to skills and concepts used as an
    official
  • Ideal for new officials or those in first few
    years of officiating
  • 30-45 minutes to complete
  • Topics include basics of becoming and staying an
    official, science of officiating, art of
    officiating, how to combine these skills for
    successful officiating
  • Course is FREE to any NFHS Officials Association
    member
  • Non-members course is 20
  • Contact NFHS Officials Department for details
    (317.972.6900)

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Fundamentals of Coaching Softball www.nfhslearn.c
om
Unit Titles 1.Basic Skills 2. Offensive
Skills 3. Position Play 4. Team Defense 5.
Developing a Practice Plan 6. Coaching Tips
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NFHSLearn.com
  • Free Courses
  • A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness
    Prevention
  • A Guide to Sports Nutrition
  • Coaching Unified Sports
  • Concussion in Sports What You Need to Know
  • Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment
  • Engaging Effectively with Parents
  • NCAA Eligibility Coaching Education
  • Pole Vault Successful Skill Development
  • Sportsmanship
  • The Role of the Parent in Sports
  • World Book Learning Pro (4)

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