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2018 NFHS SOFTBALL RULE CHANGES 2-65-2, 8-1-1c, 8-4-3a, 9-6-2: The coach, pitcher or catcher of the defensive team may request an intentional walk either before … LIGHTNING SAFETY UIL Recommendations for Lightning Safety High School Softball Rules Changes Focus on Intentional Walks, Equipment The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee approved an addition to Rule 2 about … UIL & TAPPS DRONE POLICY The UIL and TAPPS have created the following policies for the use of drones by its member schools: UIL Policy: In … NON-TRADITIONAL GAME EQUIPMENT It has been brought to our attention that there are teams utilizeing the piece of equipment pictured to the left during game … 2017 SOFTBALL POINTS OF EMPHASIS Click here for the NFHS 2017 Softball Points of Emphasis NFHS COMMENTS ON 2017 SOFTBALL RULES Click here to be directed to the HFHS article NFHS OFFICIAL SOFTBALL SIGNALS Click on the document link for a chart of signals. EASTON BATS The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)/USA Softball, in working with Easton Baseball/Softball Inc. (Easton), recently … Mirror-Like Helmets Batting helmets and catcher's helmet shall have a non-glare surface (not mirror like) A mirror-like or a glare surface is … Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer Is it legal for a pitcher to use this product? The Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer is a towel that is impregnated with a light … Non-Approved Fast Pitch Bat List for High School Softball Updated information on non-approved or banned bats can be found at ASA's website www.ASASoftball.com or www.softball.org. Missing Certification Seal and Double Base Use If a bat does not have a certification seal on it but it appears on the ASA Approvd Bat list and the coach can show you the …

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2019 NFHS SOFTBALL RULE 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
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