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Old Mon Jun 11, 2018, 09:45pm
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Not the original rule.

IMO, this process (stepping on the PP prior to bringing the hands together and simulating taking a signal) was initiated to create a timing pattern that insures everyone is prepared for the beginning of the pitch.

Prior to that, the pitcher only need to both feet on top of the PP with the hands together in front of the body. There was no requirement concerning the signals or delay prior to beginning the pitch.
The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
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