The Official Forum  

Go Back   The Official Forum > Softball

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Sat Jul 30, 2011, 01:05am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 4,375
2012-13 NCAA Rule Changes

RULES CHANGES FOR 2012-13 SOFTBALL

MAJOR CHANGES

The following rule changes were accepted by the Softball Rules Committee at their annual meeting, and reviewed and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP). They will be incorporated into the rules book for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Rule 2.1 Backstop. A backstop is required. …When the backstop is wood, cement or brick, it is strongly recommended that it be padded from dugout to dugout beginning no higher than one foot off the ground and extending to the top of the wood, cement or brick or six feet from the ground, whichever is shorter. Padding is required by the 2016 season.

Rationale: Student-athlete safety. Padding is important because play often occurs at or near the backstop.

2.10 Fences. It is highly recommended that the playing field be enclosed completely by sideline fences and a permanent home-run fence in a smooth arc of not more than 235 feet from home plate. If constructed of wood, cement or brick, it is strongly recommended that it be padded beginning no higher than one foot off the ground and extending to the top of the wood, cement or brick or six feet from the ground, whichever is shorter. If a 6-foot fence, it is highly recommended to be…

Rationale: Student-athlete safety.

3.2. Ball. (Affects 15.6 also.)

3.2.2 The home host team shall be responsible for providing a minimum of five twelve game balls of the same specifications and manufacturer. Each game shall begin with two new game balls (one rubbed by each team, so the manufacturer’s gloss is removed) and three ten additional (new or game quality) balls.

Rationale: Expedite time for ball to be returned to play because more are available.

3.3 Bats.

3.3.2 Upon arrival to the field, the host each coach or school shall provide a printed copy of the current NCAA Approved Bat List available on the NCAA (Playing Rules Administration - NCAA.org) and SUP ArbiterSports websites as amended through communication from the NCAA relating to bats added to or scratched from the list. All bats in the dugout and on the field shall be highlighted and included in the count for each model on the printed NCAA Approved Bat List. nonapproved bat list as made available on the NCAA (ASA Web site the preceding Monday). It is highly recommended that the bat list with color pictures be provided. EFFECT-The game may not be started until the appropriate lists are presented.

Rationale: Most changes are from the rules supplement but new requirement of highlighted bat list provided by each coach, not the host) with number of bats for each model so all bats to be used are accounted for.

3.4 Warm-up Bats. (Affects 11.1 also.) Delete entire section.

Rationale: Warm-up bats of more than 39 ounces are rare in the collegiate fastpitch game.

NOTE: After the comment period and before PROP approval, the committee agreed to allow single piece, unaltered wooden bats in the on-deck circle.

3.7 Electronic Equipment Used for Scouting.

Note 1 Turning on or off videotaping equipment between innings does not constitute a violation.

Note 2 Uniformed team personnel (including players) may not be outside team areas for scouting purposes.

3.7.4 A team may film or videotape only contests in which it is playing, but may record (from the video truck, satellite feed or airwaves, not video camera) any game which is or will be televised. Videotaping may not be done from the team’s dugout or bullpen.

3.7.6 Cell phones and pagers are not allowed on the field but may be used in the dugout for purposes other than coaching or scouting. Videotaping from cameras and cell phones from any team area is not allowed.

EFFECT (3.7.1 to 3.7.7)—When brought to the attention of the umpire by a coach, the umpire shall warn the violator(s) and the head coach. If the violator(s) does not immediately comply, the head coach shall be ejected (if within the facility) and in all cases, the plate umpire is responsible for filing an incident report (See Appendix E), in writing, to the NCAA as soon as possible but not later than 72 hours after the incident.

Rationale: This addition forces uniformed personnel to scout from only their team areas, eliminates videotaping from a team area and reiterates the need for filing an incident report.

6.8 Delayed Dead Ball. (Affects 12.20 also.)

New 6.8.6 Base runner leaving a base prior to release of the pitch.

Rationale: Changes the effect from immediate dead ball to delayed dead ball in order to advantage the defense.

12.20 Leading Off Base.

EFFECT—The ball is dead, "No Pitch" is declared, and the offending base runner(s) is out. Each other base runner must return to the base legally occupied at the time of the pitch. Delayed dead ball is signaled. At the conclusion of the play, the coach of the defensive team shall have the option of taking the result of the play or "No Pitch" is declared and the batter is returned to the batter’s box. In addition, the offending base runner(s) is out, each other base runner must return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

Rationale: Allows the offended team to choose whether or not to take the results of the play or the traditional result for leaving a base early.

6.16.4 Called Game. A conference team may establish a travel policy that allows a game to conclude before its actual completion.

Rationale: Expanded to allow for shortened games due to air travel in more than just conference games.

7.2.5.3.3 Protest. At the conclusion of the game and as soon as possible, the plate umpire will notify the NCAA softball secretary rules editor of the protest. Within 72 hours, the plate umpire and the protesting coach must each complete an official protest form…

Rationale: Notification will allow the NCAA Softball Secretary-Rules Editor to begin gathering the necessary information to rule within 72 hours as opposed to beginning within 72 hours.

9.4.2 Fielder Obstruction.

New 9.4.2.3



A fielder shall not position herself in the runner’s line of vision to intentionally prohibit her from seeing the first touch of a fly ball.

Rationale- Relocation of current rule (9.4.2.5) with more appropriate effect to increase the penalty from a warning to potential of an awarded base.

11.16 Hit Batter.

New 11.16.1



Note 1 If the pitch is in the batter’s box, the batter is not required to make an attempt to get out of the way.

11.16.2.1 The batter made no attempt to avoid the pitch or obviously tried to get hit by the pitch.

Rationale: Penalizes the pitcher whose pitch is in the batter’s box when it hits the batter by removing the requirement that the batter attempt to avoid the pitch

13.1 Ejections.

New 13.1.2 The umpires have the authority to issue a postgame ejection for unsporting behavior that occurs after the last out of the game, before the umpires have left the confines of the field and if the conduct would have resulted in an ejection had it occurred during the game. EFFECT- The umpire shall notify the appropriate head coach of the ejection and if the affected team has a subsequent game that day, the on-site administrator will also be notified. The violator shall serve the ejection in his/her team’s next regularly scheduled and played contest. All conditions for the effect of an in-game ejection apply. (See Rule 13.1.)

Rationale: Provides a penalty for immediate unsporting behavior after a contest, but it is limited to before the umpires leave the field.

13.2 Physical Contact with an Umpire or Opponent.

Note: Suspended personnel shall not be in uniform, shall not be allowed in any team area and shall not perform any team duty while serving a suspension. Exception: Players suspended under 13.2 may be restricted to the dugout if the suspension is to be served while the team is on the road and no other suitable supervisory options are available.

Rationale: If the suspension would begin in the second game of a doubleheader or while the team is on an extended road trip, there may be no other options for maintaining supervision of the student-athlete other than to restrict her to the dugout.

13.7 Intentionally Pitching at a Batter or Umpire.

EFFECT—If the plate umpire believes such a violation has occurred, the umpire shall warn the pitcher, catcher and her the head coach that future violations by any pitcher from his/her team will be cause for immediate ejection of the pitcher, catcher and the head coach. If, in the umpire’s judgment, the situation warrants drastic action to diffuse a potentially volatile situation, the umpire may eject the pitcher and catcher without first warning her . The head coach of the offending team may also be ejected at this time if the umpire believes it to be appropriate. A warning may be issued to one or both teams before the start of the game or at any time during a game if the umpire deems it to be appropriate (See Rule 13.1.)

Rationale: Expands protection to umpire.

14.7 Fielder’s Choice. (Affects 14.15 also.)

New 14.7.2.5 When a base is gained by a runner who is allowed to advance because of defensive indifference.



Exception: See Rule 14.15.2 for first and third situations.

Rationale: Better reflects what the runner earns.

14.15 Stolen Base Not Credited.

New 14.15.2 A stolen base is not credited to a runner as a result of defensive indifference when no play is made on a runner. The runner’s advance is scored as a fielder’s choice See Rule 14.15.2 for first and third situations.

Rationale: Better reflects what the runner earns.
__________________
Scott


It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Sat Jul 30, 2011, 01:11am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 4,375
They are official now!
__________________
Scott


It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Sat Jul 30, 2011, 09:32am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 14,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skahtboi View Post
RULES CHANGES FOR 2012-13 SOFTBALL

Rule 2.1 Backstop. A backstop is required. …When the backstop is wood, cement or brick, it is strongly recommended that it be padded from dugout to dugout beginning no higher than one foot off the ground and extending to the top of the wood, cement or brick or six feet from the ground, whichever is shorter. Padding is required by the 2016 season.

ationale: Student-athlete safety. Padding is important because play often occurs at or near the backstop.
Still do not understand why if this is a safety issue, any school would need five years to get pads on their fences/backstops/walls

Quote:
3.2. Ball. (Affects 15.6 also.)

3.2.2 The home host team shall be responsible for providing a minimum of five twelve game balls of the same specifications and manufacturer. Each game shall begin with two new game balls (one rubbed by each team, so the manufacturer’s gloss is removed) and three ten additional (new or game quality) balls.

Rationale: Expedite time for ball to be returned to play because more are available.
I suspect there is some punctuation missing here, but if they are going to offer a range, why note a "minimum".

Quote:
Note 2 Uniformed team personnel (including players) may not be outside team areas for scouting purposes.
So what is to stop a team from carrying someone not in uniform for this purpose? While I agree with the issue, they probably could have done without the "uniformed" part assuming A/V personnel are not considered "team personnel".

Quote:

6.8 Delayed Dead Ball. (Affects 12.20 also.)

New 6.8.6 Base runner leaving a base prior to release of the pitch.

Rationale: Changes the effect from immediate dead ball to delayed dead ball in order to advantage the defense.

12.20 Leading Off Base.

EFFECT—The ball is dead, "No Pitch" is declared, and the offending base runner(s) is out. Each other base runner must return to the base legally occupied at the time of the pitch. Delayed dead ball is signaled. At the conclusion of the play, the coach of the defensive team shall have the option of taking the result of the play or "No Pitch" is declared and the batter is returned to the batter’s box. In addition, the offending base runner(s) is out, each other base runner must return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

Rationale: Allows the offended team to choose whether or not to take the results of the play or the traditional result for leaving a base early.
Still not big on this change, but someone needs to explain the wording to me. The effect is dead ball with "No Pitch" and the offending runner(S) is out. Then it notes it is DDB and an option being offered.

To start, is seems there is an insinuation that more than one runner may be called out. That would be interesting.

Maybe they need to drop the first two sentences. And, just out of curiosity, how will a coach differentiate the call from an IP or OBS?


Quote:
9.4.2 Fielder Obstruction.

New 9.4.2.3

A fielder shall not position herself in the runner’s line of vision to intentionally prohibit her from seeing the first touch of a fly ball.

Rationale- Relocation of current rule (9.4.2.5) with more appropriate effect to increase the penalty from a warning to potential of an awarded base.
It should be interesting to see how the umpire determines intent here. I can see some OOO assuming an IF heading toward the OF on a fly ball to be doing this intentionally. Of course, this shouldn't happen if the umpire pays attention to the direction which will probably be offered. OTOH, the base runner has a minimum of two coaches to offer direction.

Quote:
11.16 Hit Batter.

New 11.16.1

Note 1 If the pitch is in the batter’s box, the batter is not required to make an attempt to get out of the way.

11.16.2.1 The batter made no attempt to avoid the pitch or obviously tried to get hit by the pitch.

Rationale: Penalizes the pitcher whose pitch is in the batter’s box when it hits the batter by removing the requirement that the batter attempt to avoid the pitch
Don Baylor and Ron Hunt just filed lawsuits against the NCAA for gender descrimination and insist on being allowed to play some college softball.
__________________
The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Sat Jul 30, 2011, 07:05pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 4,375
6.8 and 12.20 are totally messed up if you ask me. The whole concept. What they have done is now do exactly what rules are meant to keep happening, and that is giving one team an advantage over the other.

Frequently, leaving the base early is a misstep in timing. Rather than just punishing the infraction, now, we are punishing potentially the offender and other player or two.

Furthermore, did the NCAA rule gurus consider the fact that many pitchers can change up their arm speed, or delivery style, in an attempt to fool the runners and gain multiple outs via this rule where in the past they would have just gotten one? This shows, IMO, a lack of foresight by the rule makers.
__________________
Scott


It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Sat Jul 30, 2011, 07:06pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 4,375
I can also see the change to 9.4.2 being problematic, as you have already pointed out, Mike.
__________________
Scott


It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 05:42pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: The Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave (MD/DE)
Posts: 6,425
Just posting to bring this topic back to the top.
__________________
Officiating takes more than OJT.
It's not our jobs to invent rulings to fit our personal idea of what should and should not be.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 06:53pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 14,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by CecilOne View Post
Just posting to bring this topic back to the top.
Okay, now that you have brought this back to the top, what are you going to do with it?
__________________
The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 07:15pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 4,361
Quote:
Originally Posted by IRISHMAFIA View Post
Okay, now that you have brought this back to the top, what are you going to do with it?
That's what she said?


Sorry, I couldn't resist! Too easy!
__________________
Dave

I haven't decided if I should call it from the dugout or the outfield. Apparently, both have really great views!

Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

I won't be coming here that much anymore. I might check in now and again.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 07:48pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 14,564
Quote:
11.16 Hit Batter.
New 11.16.1

Note 1 If the pitch is in the batter’s box, the batter is not required to make an attempt to get out of the way.

11.16.2.1 The batter made no attempt to avoid the pitch or obviously tried to get hit by the pitch.

Rationale: Penalizes the pitcher whose pitch is in the batter’s box when it hits the batter by removing the requirement that the batter attempt to avoid the pitch
Thinking about this, I guess what they are saying is that the BB belongs to the batter and the pitcher shouldn't throw the ball into it.

Well, if that is the case, shouldn't the area between the batter's boxes over the plate belong to the pitcher? And if the pitch is not allowed to hit the batter in the box, shouldn't the batter not be allowed to hit the pitch over the plate?
__________________
The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.

Last edited by IRISHMAFIA; Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 09:23pm.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 08:54pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 150
Quote:
Originally Posted by IRISHMAFIA View Post
Thinking about this, I guess what they are saying is that the BB belongs to the batter and the pitcher shouldn't throw the ball into it.

Well, if that is the case, shouldn't the area between the batter's boxes over the plate belong to the pitcher? And it the pitch is not allowed to hit the batter in the box, shouldn't the batter not be allowed to hit the pitch over the plate?
Irish, that is a proposal for next year!
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 10:24pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 937
FWIW....
The text of the document regarding the 2012-2013 NCAA rule changes in the OP is, for whatever reason, is a little "messy" in some spots. In some instances it is not the same text that ultimately ended up in the 2012-2013 NCAA rule book....which may account for some of the head scratching on our part as we read the thread.
Two examples.....
3.2.2, (and Mike already mentioned that perhaps there was some punctuation missing).....in the book it reads....."a minimum of 12 game softballs"......

12.20 EFFECT as it reads in the OP came out as a combination of the EFFECT for 12.20.1 and 12.20.2......in the book each rule has its own effect.

I'm sure there are some others.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old Wed Jan 18, 2012, 10:39pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 937
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skahtboi View Post
6.8 and 12.20 are totally messed up if you ask me. The whole concept. What they have done is now do exactly what rules are meant to keep happening, and that is giving one team an advantage over the other.

Frequently, leaving the base early is a misstep in timing. Rather than just punishing the infraction, now, we are punishing potentially the offender and other player or two.

Furthermore, did the NCAA rule gurus consider the fact that many pitchers can change up their arm speed, or delivery style, in an attempt to fool the runners and gain multiple outs via this rule where in the past they would have just gotten one? This shows, IMO, a lack of foresight by the rule makers.
They can't, defense is not going to get one out for LBR and a second out via the batter making an out on the same play.
12.20.2 Notes, P.151.
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:33am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Glendale, AZ
Posts: 2,672
Quote:
Originally Posted by IRISHMAFIA View Post
Thinking about this, I guess what they are saying is that the BB belongs to the batter and the pitcher shouldn't throw the ball into it.

Well, if that is the case, shouldn't the area between the batter's boxes over the plate belong to the pitcher? And if the pitch is not allowed to hit the batter in the box, shouldn't the batter not be allowed to hit the pitch over the plate?
SHHHHH! You know that NCAA rules are made by the coaches and one of them may see this and think it makes sense!
__________________
It's what you learn after you think you know it all that's important!
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:35am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: The Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave (MD/DE)
Posts: 6,425
Quote:
Originally Posted by IRISHMAFIA View Post
Okay, now that you have brought this back to the top, what are you going to do with it?
I guess I don't have to answer any more, but partly for the above responses and partly so I could find quickly to refresh my memory.
__________________
Officiating takes more than OJT.
It's not our jobs to invent rulings to fit our personal idea of what should and should not be.
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old Sat Jan 21, 2012, 12:41am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NY
Posts: 763
Quote:
Originally Posted by KJUmp View Post
They can't, defense is not going to get one out for LBR and a second out via the batter making an out on the same play.
12.20.2 Notes, P.151.
The defense will decline the penalty and take the result of the play if the batter hits into a double play, for example.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NF 2012 Rules Changes JRutledge Baseball 35 Mon Jul 11, 2011 07:02am
NCAA DH Rule jdmara Baseball 12 Mon Mar 28, 2011 09:20am
Modified NFHS Bat Rule for 2012 pastordoug Baseball 8 Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:18am
NCAA Rule change? - Question #57 NCAA Test ljudge Football 2 Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:21am
No softball at London 2012! Antonella Softball 8 Mon Feb 13, 2006 04:32pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:39pm.



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0 RC1