The College Softball Playing Field

The college softball playing field is similar to the playing field for other softball organizations. The following is a summary of the requirements which may be different. See the rule book for the details. Basic layout The basic layout is the same with these exceptions: • If artificial turf is used, the recommendation is that the outfield portion be green

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Field Requirements 2016-2021

The below chart is an informative listing of the changes to the college softball field over the last few years. The only thing that has been added with the 2020-2021 Rule Book applies to the foul pole – prohibits attachments (e.g., screening, flags, pennants, etc.) from being added to the foul side of the pole. Rationale: The foul pole may

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Required Equipment

It is often stated that a concise summary of the responsibilities of umpires is to ensure that the game is played safely and fairly. To keep the student-athletes safe, we must have a good understanding of the rules covering equipment. As stated in the introduction to the Equipment rule – only equipment that meets the specifications written in the NCAA

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Optional Protective Equipment

Optional protective equipment includes those items not required by rule but worn or used by personal choice. In all cases, they must be worn or used as intended by the manufacturer. Braces/casts/elbow guards/splints These items may be worn as long as the equipment is well-padded to protect not only the affected player, but also her opponents. If it has exposed

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Uniform regulations

The NCAA is more conscientious than other codes with regard to the rules covering the players’ uniforms. There is more emphasis on the appearance of players during a game because it wants to project a more professional image for its student-athletes. The college uniform rule can be categorized into three parts – official uniform, accessories, and inclement weather apparel. This

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College softball lineup requirements

The lineup card requirements are explained in rule 5.7 of the NCAA Softball Rules Book (2020-2021). It must list all eligible players and the starting offensive players in the order in which they are to bat (batting order). The lineup card becomes official when it is reviewed and accepted by the plate umpire at the pregame meeting. Once it is

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Batting cage use during the game

Some teams have been observed using their batting cages during and game and on some occasions the opposing coach has brought this to the attention of the umpires. We have received a rule interpretation from the NCAA Softball Rules Editor about this: Ruling:”There is nothing in the rules addressing batting cage activities during a game because the committee believes it

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6.5.3 Interpretation – Personnel during live ball

This interpretation was posted on 4/30/19: The offensive team:6.5.3 Must keep all personnel, except the base coaches, batter, baserunner(s) and on-deck batter, in the dugout, bullpen or dead-ballarea while the ball is live.EFFECT: The umpire shall warn the violator(s), and if the violator(s) does not immediately comply, the umpire should eject him or her. (Administrative ejection; see Rule 13.2.1) Interpretation:

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DP/Flex

For this entire discussion it is assumed that the team starts with the DP/Flex option. To better understand the DP/Flex rule, you must understand these basic concepts: o The DP and Flex are spots in the lineup card, occupied at at specific time by a player. o Do not confuse the DP spot with the player who is acting currently

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Inaccurate Lineup and Unreported/Misreported Players

NCAA has a significant difference in its rules for inaccurate lineup and unreported/misreported players. It is important that college umpires study and understand these rules. To start with, NCAA rules use a phrase which is not found in other rule books – inaccurate lineup. It also differs with the terms used for a substitution which is not reported – most

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Projected Substitutions

The rule that deals with projected substitutions was changed in the 2018-2019 rule book. The new wording now allows substitutes to be reported to the umpire without being required to immediately participate in the game. The rationale and intent of this new wording changes two situations which in the past were considered projected substitutions, but now are not considered projected

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The Intent of the Rules

Some of this material taken from Umpire.com 8/13/19 When considering the rules, spirit and intent influence interpretation. It would be easier if every rule was black and white and there is no “wiggle room.” We either have a look-back rule violation or we do not. The pitch was either legal or it was not. But that is not the case.

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Media Format Guidelines

Clarification 3/2/20/18: If a coach want to make a substitution(s) between innings, it must be done with enough time to allow proper recording, etc. so the half inning can begin on time. A charged conference may be used if the substitution is not made in a timely manner.

Valuable Rules for Unusual Problems

The plate umpire has the authority to make decisions on any situations not specifically covered in the rules. (15.3.4) The umpire shall not impose an effect on a team for any infractions of a rule when imposing the effect would be an advantage to the offending team. (15.2.14) The plate umpire is empowered to rectify any situations in which a

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Scoring Runs

Can you score a run after the 3rd out? Play 1: Bases loaded, two outs, batter takes ball four. R3 walks slowly to the plate as R2 aggressively advances to 3b, rounds the base and is tagged out. The out on R2 happens before R3 touches the plate.  Ruling: Score the run on the live-ball award Play 2: With two outs

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