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Old Wed Jul 05, 2006, 03:39pm
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2007 NFHS Rules Changes - "Step and Reach"

Following is the text of a press release from NFHS:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Struckhoff

INDIANAPOLIS (July 5, 2006) — Effective with the 2007 high school softball season, new rules will dictate who has the right-of-way between a base runner and a fielder on a non-controlled batted ball. These rules revisions were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 18-19 meeting in Indianapolis, and then were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“A player legally running the bases has full responsibility to avoid contact with a fielder who is attempting to make an initial play on a batted ball,” said Ralph Swearngin, executive director of the Georgia High School Association and chairperson of the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “However, after a fielder has had an opportunity to make an initial play on a batted ball, the responsibility for contact changes. Once a fielder, excluding the pitcher, misplays a batted ball, that fielder should not be protected and, therefore, should not be permitted to obstruct the advancement of a runner.”

A revised definition of interference states that a fielder is considered to be making an initial play on a fair batted ball when she has a reasonable chance to catch or gain control of the ball that no other fielder, except the pitcher, has touched. The fielder is still considered to be making an initial play if she fails to gain control of the batted ball, but is within a “step and reach” of the ball. This rule clarifies that the runner is charged with interference if she makes contact while the fielder is attempting to make the initial play on a fair batted ball.

In another change, Rule 3-6-17 expands the penalty when a player removes any lines of the batter’s box or on the field of play. A team warning will be issued, with the next offense resulting in a strike for the offense or a ball for the defense. The change now restricts any subsequent offender to the dugout along with the head coach.

In addition to these two rules changes, the committee approved six major editorial changes. New Rule 2-15 clearly defines the confines of the field of play as the designated dugout/bench area and any enclosed or marked area designated as a warm-up area that is adjacent to the field and within view of the umpire(s).

“This rule identifies an area that has been left to umpire or site-by-site discretion,” said Mary Struckhoff, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee.
Malicious contact penalties will be clarified with additions made to Rule 3-6-18, which now states that if malicious contact is made by the offense, the play is dead immediately and the offender is declared out, unless she has already scored. If the defense is responsible for the malicious contact, the offender is ejected at the end of playing action.

For state associations that have chosen to utilize a double first base, Rule 8-10 will now provide more detailed information.

“With more states permitting the use of a double first base, we thought it necessary to make some additions to clarify which player uses the white and colored portions of the base,” Struckhoff said.

The committee also identified Points of Emphasis for the 2007 season. Among those are concussions, batter delays, obstruction and interference, and inspection of equipment by umpires.

Softball is the fourth-most popular sport among girls at the high school level with 364,759 participants during the 2004-05 season, according to the High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS. It also ranks fourth in school sponsorship across the nation.

Item#: 778 Posted: 07/05/06
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Old Wed Jul 05, 2006, 03:57pm
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The step and reach wording seems to be more of an practical application of the common sense rulings most of us would have made already.
But maybe it will educate some of the coaches I have met over the years.

OH, add another post to my tally.
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It is always great to get clarifications of any rule, so I like what I see in these changes.

Looks to me like "confines of the field" has been expanded for some, and I hope we don't end up debating what designated means in "designated as a warm-up area".

To me, for now, it will be any area used as such "adjacent to the field and within view of the umpire(s)" and "adjacent to the field" will mean an area where there is no usable space between it and the field fence/boundary.


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Old Wed Jul 05, 2006, 05:15pm
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Also looks like no clarification or ruling on the ITB/CR question.
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Old Sat Jul 08, 2006, 04:26pm
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"A revised definition of interference states that a fielder is considered to be making an initial play on a fair batted ball when she has a reasonable chance to catch or gain control of the ball that no other fielder, except the pitcher, has touched. The fielder is still considered to be making an initial play if she fails to gain control of the batted ball, but is within a “step and reach” of the ball. This rule clarifies that the runner is charged with interference if she makes contact while the fielder is attempting to make the initial play on a fair batted ball."

This clarification addresses and answers three discussions we have had on the FED board in the past year.
1) The obvious step and reach on a bobbled ball.
2) The protection of a 2nd fielder on a deflected ball by anyone other than the pitcher. This says the 2nd fielder is not protected because only the initial attempt is protected.
3) The heated discussion we had about interference on a ground ball over foul territory. This ruling used the word "FAIR" batted ball twice. We can conclude from this that there is no interference on a play when the batted ball is on the ground over foul territory. It is merely a foul ball.


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Old Sat Jul 08, 2006, 07:34pm
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The step and reach wording seems to be more of an practical application of the common sense rulings most of us would have made already.
But maybe it will educate some of the coaches I have met over the years.

OH, add another post to my tally.
"But maybe it will educate some of the coaches I have met over the years."

Like they'll read the ruling. Or understand it if they do.

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Old Mon Jul 10, 2006, 01:58pm
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"But maybe it will educate some of the coaches I have met over the years."

Like they'll read the ruling. Or understand it if they do.

Bob
I recently saw a meeting of all the HS coaches around here, even the JV coaches and they were discussing rules and getting the correct interpretations.




Then I woke up!
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Anybody notice that there was no mention (or none that I saw) changing the HS pitching distance?
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Old Mon Jul 10, 2006, 02:46pm
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Anybody notice that there was no mention (or none that I saw) changing the HS pitching distance?
Yeah. The "why not" question was raised on eteamz, but no actual response from anyone in the know. Speculation about incomplete analysis of the Florida experiment.

JMO... it is only a matter of time before HS and all 18U goes to 43 feet.
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