Community College play continues through June 9th.
The GSAC Championship Tournament was held recently. Congratulations to Kent Jacobsen & Darren Deckard for their selection. The Commissioner & coaches were pleased with their professionalism.
The SCIAC Championship Tournament will be held May 7-8-9 weekend:
Crew: Leighton Hickman (crew chief), Tim Kohut, Danny Winders, Arturo Quinonez
ORANGE EMPIRE CONFERENCE – NEW POLICY ON THE TIME LIMITS OR NO TIME LIMITS
This is from an email from the Conference Softball Sports Rep Jason Kehler (dated May 15)
• 2:15 time limit to start a new inning for game one on Wednesday, unless tied at which point tiebreaker is used. *
• 2:45 time limit to start a new inning for game one on Friday, unless tied at which point tiebreaker is used. *
*Except fields with lights. Games to be completed.
• Tiebreaker for first game, decision at plate for second game.
• 20 minutes between games
Any deviation from the above statements must be agreed upon by both Head Coaches at home plate.
If no agreement can be made, the above statements must be followed.
Game management update
Game Management topic
We have had a difference of opinion on the situation whereby the defense asks one of the base umpires for time to speak to one or more defensive players, which is granted. The plate umpire is not dealing with any substitutions or anything else. Who should be the responsible umpire to break up the conference – the umpire that granted the time out or the plate umpire? Here is the reply from Craig Hyde, NCAA Softball National Coordinator: “From mechanics angle – if players are near the plate, dugouts or circle, plate can break the communication – if near the base umpires – the one in the vicinity can break up.”
BAT TESTING MANDATORY FOR ALL NCAA DIVISIONS – ALL GAMES – BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2022
Division 2 & 3 are planning now for bat testing next season. The NAIA is in discussion as to what they will do with this new rule. We are waiting to see what community college decides to do. Do not bring it up in discussion with coaches. If asked, umpires do not test bats. The responsibility is the home team with a representative of each team present to assist.
Locker Room updates
Game Management Corner/General/Game Conditions: Inclement Weather or Unforeseen Circumstances. New section for when ball is getting wet during play.
Mechanics Corner/Three-umpire specific/Covering fly balls… Added three important pre-pitch items
Mechanic Corner/Two-umpire specific/Covering fly balls… Added three important pre-pitch items
CCSUA/Play Ball: added Ventura College to Community College Covid Testing Protocols
Rules/Runner Regulations: Passing a preceding runner
Mechanics/Base calling the play: Force play angle to throw