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Old Sat Aug 11, 2007, 06:14am
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2008 NFHS Rules Changes


Players permitted to wear metal cleats and metal toe plates.

Penalty - The head coach will now be restricted to the dugout, in addition to the offender, when a second unreported substitution occurs.

Requires the batter to take her position in the batter's box within 10 seconds after the ball is returned to the pitcher in the circle.

2008 Major Editorial Changes

Clarifies that a legal bat must meet the 2004 ASA Bat Performance Standard, bear either the 2000 or 2004 certification mark and not be on the ASA non-approved list.

New - Adds that if an eye shield is attached to the helmet, it must be constructed of a molded rigid material that is clear and permits 100-percent (no tint) allowable light transmission.

2-5-3, 8-2-13 New, 8-6-15
Clarifies when an on-deck batter is subject to interference and the penalty associated with the infraction.

Penalty - Adds a penalty when offensive team personnel are near a base to which a runner is advancing or returning.

3-6-6 & New Note
Adds that bat/ball shaggers are permitted out of the dugout. Also adds a new note to clarify that bench personnel are permitted to engage in throwing and running activities during the one minute designated for the pitcher to throw her five warm-up pitches at the beginning of each half-inning.

Clarifies that the batter is subject to interference if she makes any movement that hinders the action at home plate after the pitch reaches the catcher.


1. Pitching
2. Equipment
3. Use of proper NFHS softball signals


Umpires will once again start from 18-21 feet behind first and third base when no runners are on base. Therefore, with no runners on base, the base umpire(s) should be positioned 18-21 feet behind the base, on the line and "walking the line" as the pitch is released. This mechanic provides for a smoother transition when the ball is hit and the umpire(s) must move to the next position.


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Old Sat Aug 11, 2007, 07:06am
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Thoughts? Sure, here they are:

NFHS 2008 rule changes
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Old Sat Aug 11, 2007, 04:11pm
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Pleeeez...we've already beat this thing to death once. Where is that dead horse, Mick?

BTW, my neighbor Diane Kolb is the officials' representative for NFHS Rules Committee, replacing Emily Alexander on the committee. Glad to say she is my friend. If you want to e-mail her with suggestions, just send me a PM and I will pass it along to her.
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