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High School Softball Strike Zone  All definitions are from the NFHS Rule Book  The “Slot” is the recommended position  Every pitch has a verbal call,

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1 High School Softball Strike Zone  All definitions are from the NFHS Rule Book  The “Slot” is the recommended position  Every pitch has a verbal call,  EXCEPTIONS: a swinging strike an obvious foul ball

2 20 second clock starts Batter’s Responsibility  The batter has 10 seconds to take her position in the batter’s box after the ball has been returned to the pitcher to prepare for the next pitch. (7-3-1)  Penalty is a strike called on the batter. (7-3-1 penalty) High School Softball Strike Zone

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15 Pitcher’s Responsibility  After the ball has been returned to the pitcher to prepare for the next pitch, she has 20 seconds to release the pitch. (6-2-3)  Penalty is a ball called on the batter. (6-2-3 penalty) High School Softball Strike Zone

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38 Softball Batter’s Box ’ 10’ 8’ 5” Catcher’s Box 10 feet x 8 feet 5 inches Batter's Box 3 feet x 7 feet 3’ 4’ High School Softball Strike Zone

39 17” 8 ” 12” 8 ” Black Edging is 1” Plate Dimensions The back of the plate is where the foul line connect The plate is 17” long, with ½ being at a 45° angle High School Softball Strike Zone

40 Top of knees Arm Pits STRIKE ZONE The strike zone is the space over home plate which is between the batter’s forward armpit and the top of the knees when the batter assumes a natural batting stance. Any part of the ball passing through the strike zone in flight shall be constituted a strike. The umpire shall determine the batter’s strike zone according to the batter’s usual stance when swinging at a pitch. The Book Strike Zone inches wide Book Strike Zone The effective width of the strike zone is 25 inches  Diameter of the ball is approximately 4 inches  Width of home plate is 17 inches High School Softball Strike Zone

41 STRIKE ZONE The strike zone is the space over home plate which is between the batter’s forward armpit and the top of the knees when the batter assumes a natural batting stance. Any part of the ball passing through the strike zone in flight shall be constituted a strike. The umpire shall determine the batter’s strike zone according to the batter’s usual stance when swinging at a pitch. 25 inches wide To have an effective zone, call strikes when the ball passes through the light green area The “Game” Strike Zone High School Softball Strike Zone

42 STRIKE ZONE assumes a natural batting stance When the batter swings.. she moves but the strike zone stays the same. The strike zone DOES NOT change as the batter moves! The “Game” Strike Zone High School Softball Strike Zone


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