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1 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Softball 2014 Rules Changes Major Editorial Changes Points of Emphasis

2 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Softball 2014 Rules Changes

3 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 RULE CHANGE Bat Taper 1-5-2c 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 team’s performance shall be permitted within the team’s dugout/bench area only. Information obtained from an electronic device may be used for coaching purposes during the game.

6 RULE CHANGE Electronic Devices 1-8-6, ILLEGAL LEGAL

7 Team Members (2-58 New) TEAM MEMBERS - Defined Team members are players listed on the team’s roster and lineup as submitted to the umpire at the pregame meeting.

8 RULE CHANGE Team Members 2-58 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 RULE CHANGE Team Personnel 2-59 LEGAL ILLEGAL

11 Electronic Devices ( 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 RULE CHANGE Electronic Devices 1-8-6, ILLEGAL LEGAL

13 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Softball 2014 Major Editorial Changes

14 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 EDITORIAL CHANGE Bat Knob 1-5-2a LEGAL ILLEGAL

16 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.

17 EDITORIAL CHANGE Bat-Ball Shaggers 1-6-3; A batting helmet is required for non-adult bat/ball shaggers. The individual and head coach are restricted to the bench after second violation.

18 Note The accommodations should not fundamentally alter the sport, heighten risk to the athlete/others or place opponents at a disadvantage.

19 EDITORIAL CHANGE Player Equipment 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.

20 (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.

21 EDITORIAL CHANGE Batting Infractions If the pitcher releases the ball and the batter has one foot outside of the batter’s box, it is an automatic strike.

22 (7-3-2) A pitched ball that is entirely within the batter’s 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 EDITORIAL CHANGE Hit By Pitch If the pitched ball is within the batter’s 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 EDITORIAL CHANGE Hit By Pitch Penalty After the batter pulls the bat back (PlayPic A), she cannot obviously try to get hit by the pitch (PlayPic B).

26 Leaving the Base Early ; 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 EDITORIAL CHANGE Leaving Early , 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.

28 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Softball 2014 Points of Emphasis

29 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 under Softball Resources and Video tab. Coaches –

30 POINT OF EMPHASIS 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 EDITORIAL CHANGE Player Safety k Rule Reference and page number for Appendix B are revised.

33 POINT OF EMPHASIS 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 coach’s 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 POINT OF EMPHASIS 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 team’s performance within the team’s 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 prohibits the use of any information obtained through the use of electronic devices being used to review decisions made by the game’s umpires.  Rule allows for coaches to have stopwatches and scorekeeping material/devices in the coaching box.

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

43 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations RESOURCES

44 NFHS Officials Association Central Hub Contains  Sport information  Rules information  Rules library  Searchable rules book and case book  Video content on officiating sport, competition situations and interpretations

45 Interscholastic Officiating  Introduction to skills and concepts used as an official  Ideal for new officials or those in first few years of officiating  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 ( )

46 Unit Titles 1.Basic Skills 2. Offensive Skills 3. Position Play 4. Team Defense 5. Developing a Practice Plan 6. Coaching Tips Fundamentals of Coaching Softball

47 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)

48 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations THANK YOU


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