Presentation on theme: "HS Softball Strike Zone"— Presentation transcript:
1 HS Softball Strike Zone All definitions are from the NFHS Rule BookThe “Slot” is the recommended positionEvery pitch has a verbal call, EXCEPT a swinging strike
2 Batter Longer than you thought! Has 20 seconds to get ready to hit the ballIf the batter is NOT ready after 20 secondsAfter the pitcher is ready to pitch8 seconds16 seconds20 seconds4 seconds20 second clock starts12 secondsA strike is called on the batter PenaltyLonger than you thought!Use the penalty only if required
3 Plate Dimensions Section 2 – BASES,PLATES The Plate is 17” wide1-2-217”The black edging is NOT considered part of the plate8 ½”Black Edging is 1”12”8 ½”The plate is 17” long, with ½ being at a 45° angleThe back of the plate is where the foul line connect
4 Softball Batters Box 1-1-4 3’4’Batter's Box3 feet x 7 feet3’10’8’ 5”Catcher’s Box10 feet x 8 feet 5 inches
5 Strike Zone 27 inches wide Arm Pits Top of knees NFHS RulesSTRIKE 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.Top of kneesArm PitsOfficial Strike ZoneAny part of the ball passing through the strike zone in flight shall be constituted a strike.Width of home plate is 17”.Diameter of the ball is approximately 4”.There is 1” of black edging.The umpire shall determine the batter’s strike zone according to the batter’s usual stance when swinging at a pitch.27 inches wideThe effective width of the strike zone is 27”
6 CALL STRIKES The “Real” Strike Zone Rule of Thumb 27 inches wide NFHS RulesSTRIKE 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.CALL STRIKESRule of ThumbStrike ZoneVarsity – Top of beltJV- Below the lettersThe umpire shall determine the batter’s strike zone according to the batter’s usual stance when swinging at a pitch.27 inches wide
7 STRIKE ZONE …. assumes a natural batting stance The “Real” Strike ZoneSTRIKE ZONE …. assumes a natural batting stanceWhen the batter swings .. she moves but the strike zone stays the same.The strike zonedid notchange …the batter moved !