Softball Rules Changes – 2018
By NFHS on August 07, 2017softball
2-65-2, 8-1-1c, 8-4-3a, 9-6-2: The coach, pitcher or catcher of the defensive team may request an intentional walk either before or during the pitch count. Rationale: This change to allow intentional walks was enacted to align fast pitch and slow pitch rules, to keep up with current trends of the sport, and also to maximize the flow of the game.
3-2-7c: Language was added to address the use and placement of the wristband playbook/play card and defines this item as a piece of equipment. It also addresses restrictions on color. Rationale: The wristband playbook/playcards are worn on the forearm and considered equipment, not a garment. Therefore, these items are not required to adhere to the color restrictions addressed in 3-2-7c.
3-2-15, 10-2-3a: This change removes the responsibility of the umpires to inspect equipment prior to the start of the game. Rule 4-1-2d already requires head coaches to verify that their players are legally and properly equipped. Rationale: The responsibility to verify that players are legally equipped rests with the coach and administration of the school. Rules 7-4-2 and 10-2-3l provide the authority to umpires to penalize for equipment violations.
3-7-1 NOTE, 6-2-5 NOTE 2: Added language provides umpires with the authority to allow a reasonable number of warm-up pitches to an incoming pitcher due to circumstances that require a pitcher to be removed by rule. Rationale: Currently there are no guidelines for warming up the incoming pitcher under these circumstances. The default number of pitches used by the umpires is 5 unless there is inclement weather. The note will give guidance to all parties involved.
6-1-2b: The pitcher may now step back with the non-pivot foot at any time prior to the start of the pitch. Rationale: This is a change to assist the developing pitcher.
Major Editorial Changes
3-6-12, 10-1-6: Language provides clarity and consistency for restriction of alcohol and tobacco use by participants and officials.
8-1-2: This change requires the batter to make an attempt to avoid being hit by a pitched ball in the area between the plate and the batter’s box. This portion of the rule had been inadvertently omitted.
Points of Emphasis
- Coaches responsibility to verify players are legally equipped
- When batter must attempt to avoid being hit by a pitch
- Courtesy runner for the pitcher and/or catcher
The 26th annual LHSCA/LSCA All-Star games will be played May 12 & 13, 2017 at LA College in Pineville, La. Game 1 will start at 6:00 PM on Friday and Game 2 will start at 12:00 Noon on Saturday May 13, 2017. See below for a link to the 2017 All-Stars.
The LHSCA/LSCA annual awards banquet will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday May 13, 2017 at the Hattie B. Strother Cafeteria on the LA College campus. See below for a link to the Awards Banquet program.
The Louisiana Softball Coaches Association is now accepting nominations from Head Coaches who are members of the LSCA. Deadline for submitting nominations is May 8, 2017. Coaches can nominate up to four (4) players who are 1st Team All-District. Use one of the forms below to send in your nominations:
ALL STATE NOMINATION FORM – PDF – (Mail-In Form)
ALL STATE NOMINATION FORM – XCEL – (Email Form)
The LSCA website has been updated with new information from the LHSAA on Pre-Season posting of schedules and scores of games played, approved Hall of Fame games, approved Jamborees and the listing by the LSCA of Open Dates and Tournaments Available that have been sent out through the LSCA email blast system. Check thes out at the following link: http://www.lasoftball.net/coaches/
The LSCA announced details of their agenda for the upcoming Winter Clinic to be held at LA College in Pineville, LA on January 14, 2017. Click for details of the agenda – 2017 LSCA WINTER CLINIC AGENDA
The 2017 LSCA Winter Clinic is to be held on Saturday January 14, 2017 at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA
Attendance at the Winter Clinic is FREE for LSCA members. If you are not a member and want to attend the clinic, use this link
LSCA 2016-2017 MEMBERSHIP FORM to join.
Details on the Winter Clinic program will be sent out later. The clinic will start with registration at 9:00 AM on Saturday January 14, 2017
The LSCA now has a link to Available Tournaments and Open dates. Ken Ramsey provides on his web site a listing of these. As a service to the LSCA, he uses our email blast on “Tournaments and Open Dates” to populate his database. The LSCA has a link on its web site at :
The next executive committee meeting will be held at LOUISIANA COLLEGE IN PINEVILLE, LA on Monday, October 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM in the GRANBERRY CENTER THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FORMAL LOUNGE (First conference Room on right as you enter the GRANBERRY CENTER located on College Blvd. on the LA College campus.