NFHS 9/12/2019

 

2019 NFHS SOFTBALL RULES CHANGES

1-1-7, 2-22-4, Table 5-1, 5-1-1o:  The media shall be prohibited from being in live-ball area. The home team or game management may designate an area for the media in dead ball territory. 
Rationale: Clarifies that game management may designate a media area in dead ball territory.

1-5-2a: The knob may be molded, lathed, welded or adjustable, but must be permanently fastened.
Rationale:  Clarifies that an adjustable knob is permissible, provided the knob is permanently fastened by the manufacturer.

1-8-4:  Defensive players are permitted to wear a shield on their face/head protection in the field but it must be constructed of a molded, rigid material that is clear and permits 100 percent (no tint) allowable light transmission.  
Rationale: In an effort to promote risk minimization, tinted eye shields are prohibited for defensive face/head protection.    

6-1-1 PENALTY, 6-1-2 Thru 4 PENALTY, 6-2-1 PENALTY, 6-2-7 PENALTY: in the case of an illegal pitch, the batter is awarded a ball. The penalty that permitted base runners to be awarded one base without liability to be put out is removed.
Rationale: The new language creates more balance between offense and defense. The batter should receive the award rather than runners already on base. 
 


2019 SOFTBALL MAJOR EDITORIAL CHANGES

2-65-2: Clarifies there can be no appeal of the play that occurred prior to the umpire awarding an intentional walk. 

6-1-2a, b: Clarifies what motion constitutes the start of the pitch and when the step back of the non-pivot foot may be taken. 

APPENDIX H: An Appendix regarding DP/FLEX rules was added for quick reference.


2019 SOFTBALL EDITORIAL CHANGES

2-65-2, 3-5-1 NOTE, 5-1 Table, 5-1-1k, 6-2-5, 7-1-2 PENALTY 3, 8-2-4 PENALTY, 8-4-3, 10-1-1

 

2019 SOFTBALL POINTS OF EMPHASIS

                                        1.    Simulating taking a sign
                                        2.    Sliding safety
                                        3.    Lineup card best practices

                                        4.    Illegal pitch penalties