Wednesday, January 11, 2017 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM
St. Mary's High School
Virginia Piper Auditorium on the south side of campus
2525 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
All classroom classes will be held at the AIA office.
Mechanics classes will be held at Monterey Park
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4s - 70%
5 - 90%
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2017 Softball Rules Changes
1-5-2c Taper. The taper is the transition area which connects the narrower handle to the wider barrel portion of the bat. The taper shall have a solid surface and shall have a conical shape. Its length and material may vary.
Rationale: This change brings the NFHS in line with other rules codes concerning the surface of the taper.
3-2-1 ART. 1 . . . Uniforms of all team members shall be of the same color and style. State associations may, on an individual basis, permit a player to participate while wearing a different style uniform for religious reasons, inclement weather, etc.
Rationale: There may be circumstances in which state associations make accommodations relative to inclement weather, religious exceptions, or other situations.
3-2-7 ART. 7 . . . Exposed undergarments, if worn, are considered part of the official uniform. All exposed undergarments shall be a solid single color: black, white, gray or a solid school color.
a. For individual players, exposed upper-body undergarments do not have to be the same color as exposed lower-body undergarments.
b. Among players For all team members, all exposed upper-body undergarments shall be the same solid single color, and all exposed lower- body undergarments shall be the same solid single color.
c. Garments other than team uniforms such as arm sleeves, leg sleeves, and tights are permissible. Anything worn on the arm or leg is a sleeve, except a brace, and shall meet the color restrictions.
Rationale: Multi-color undergarments and sleeves are a distraction and create a possible safety concern. This rule establishes solid color requirements similar to other NFHS sport rules.
3-2-15 ART. 15 . . . All equipment shall be inspected by the umpire, and is to be placed NEW outside the dugout/bench prior to the start of the game.
Rationale: Placing all equipment in one location at one time is a more efficient method to conduct this inspection.
3-6-7 ART. 7 . . . Players and substitutes shall not enter the contest unreported.
PENALTY: (Arts. 2 through 10) The umpire shall issue a team warning to the coach of the team involved and the next offender on that team shall be restricted to the dugout/bench for the remainder of the game. (Art. 2) A fake tag without the ball is obstruction (8-4-3b). (Art. 7) The head coach is also restricted to the dugout/bench for the remainder of the game for a second violation. (Arts. 8, 9, 10) For coaches who violate, depending on the severity of the act, the umpire may issue a warning, restrict the offender to bench/dugout for the remainder of the game or eject the offender.
Rationale: Language in the Article 7 penalty was not clear as to when the coach is restricted. This added statement makes it clear that the coach is only restricted on the second offense.
2017 Softball Editorial Changes
ART. 2 . . . The pitcher shall not at any time during the game be allowed to use tape or any other substance on the ball or contact points of the pitching hand or fingers; nor shall any other player apply a foreign substance to the ball. A pitcher who licks her fingers shall wipe them off before bringing them in contact with the ball. Under the supervision and control of the umpire, powdered resin or any comparable drying agent may be used to dry the hand. It is not necessary to wipe off the drying agent before making contact with the ball. The pitcher shall not wear any item on the pitching hand, wrist, arm or thighs which the umpire judges to be distracting to the batter.
Rationale: Confusion exists regarding whether drying agents must be removed from the hand before making contact with the ball. This language clarifies the rule.
ART. 8 . . . The batter hits the ball fair or foul while either foot is touching the ground completely outside the lines of the batter's box or while touching the plate.
NOTE: A follow-through with the bat may carry one of the batter's feet entirely outside the box so it touches the ground as the ball is leaving the bat. It is customary for the umpire to ignore this if both feet were in legal position at the start of the swing and if it is not considered an attempt to circumvent the spirit of the rule.
Rationale: The note does not clarify the rule, and often creates confusion in the administration of the rule.
b. (F.P.) a pitched ball is entirely within the batter’s box and it strikes the batter or her clothing. No attempt to avoid being hit by the pitch is required. However, the batter may not obviously try to get hit by the pitch. c. (F.P.) a pitched ball (not entirely in the batter’s box) not swung at nor called a strike touches any part of the batter’s person or clothing. It does not matter if the ball strikes the ground before hitting the batter. The batter’s hands are not to be considered part of the bat.
Rationale: Language that was originally inserted in 2013 was inadvertently omitted.
8-2-4 The batter-runner shall be called out when: Exception
ART. 4 . . . The batter-runner fails to advance to first base and enters the dugout/bench area after a batted fair ball, a base on balls, a hit batter (F.P.), a dropped third strike (F.P.), or catcher obstruction.
EXCEPTION: (S.P.) The ball is dead on a base on balls (S.P.), or on a hit batter who is injured (F.P.), the ball is dead, the batter-runner is not out and runners cannot advance unless forced.
Rationale: Rule 8-2-4 states that the batter is out if the player does not advance to first base and enters the dugout/bench area after being hit by the pitch. The exception (F.P) excludes a batter who enters the dugout because the player was injured by a pitched ball. The change clarifies language in the exception.
2017 NFHS Points of Emphasis
TEN RUN RULE
A softball game shall end anytime after 41⁄2 or 5 innings, when a team is 10 or more runs behind and hascompleteditstermatbat. (AIABy-Law26.1.4)
FIFTEEN RUN RULE
A softball game shall end any time after four innings (at the discretion of the losing coach) or after three and one-half (31/2) innings when a team is fifteen (15) or more runs behind and has completed its turn at bat. (AIA Bylaw 26.1.5)
All sub varsity (JV & Freshman) games have a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes - finish the inning. The clock should be started at the conclusion of the umpire/coach meeting at home plate. Finish the inning means that if time expires in the top of an inning you must finish that half inning. Then, if the home team is ahead, the game is over. If the home team is not ahead, you must play the bottom half of the inning until the home teams goes ahead or the half inning is completed.
According to AIA bylaws, a game shall be considered regulation, no matter how many innings have been played, after one hour and 45 minutes have been played and the inning in progress when the time expires is completed or immediately when time expires if the team last at bat is batting and is ahead in score. If the game is tied when time expires and the inning in progress is completed, it will remain a tie score. If the game is tied at the end of seven (7) innings and time has not expired, the game will continue into extra innings until a winner is decided or time expires.
To read the full text see the AIA bylaws, Article 26.1.7 on page 100 of the Constitution and Bylaws on AIAOnline
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OFFICIALS’ MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT FEES PHOENIX, TUCSON & YUMA METRO AREAS
APPLICABLE AIA BYLAW: Article 18. Officials, Section 18.5
18.5 MILEAGE FEES
18.5.1 Mileage reimbursement rate shall be the same as that paid by the State of Arizona for the driver of the car and four cents per mile for each rider. Yearly rates shall be established by February 1 of each year and go into effect July 1 of said year.
22.214.171.124 EXCEPTION: Mileage reimbursement rate for officials who live in the Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma metro areas and who are assigned a contest in their respective metro area shall be paid a flat fee of $10.00 per assignment. (See Form 18.5)
￼￼￼PHOENIX METRO AREA
Adobe Mountain, Agua Fria, Alhambra, Apache Junction, Apollo, Arcadia, AZ Charter Academy, AZ College Prep, AZ Lutheran, Barry Goldwater, Basha, Bella Vista, Bourgade, Brophy, Cactus, Cactus Shadows, Camelback, Campo Verde, Carl Hayden, Chandler, Chandler Prep, Chaparral, Centennial, Central, Cesar Chavez, Copper Canyon, Corona del Sol, Coronado, Cortez, Deer Valley, Desert Edge, Desert Hills, Desert Mountain, Desert Ridge, Desert Vista, Dobson, Dysart, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Gilbert Christian, Gilbert Classical, Glendale, Glendale Prep Academy, Greenway, Hamilton, Heritage Academy, Highland, Higley, Horizon, Horizon Honors, Independence, Ironwood, Joy Christian School, LaJoya, Liberty, Marcos de Niza, Maryvale, McClintock, Mesa, Mesa Prep Academy, Mesquite, Millenium, Moon Valley, Mountain Pointe, Mountain Ridge, Mountain View–Mesa, North, North Canyon, North Pointe Prep, Northwest Christian, Notre Dame Prep, Paradise Honors, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Peoria Accelerated, Phoenix Christian, Phoenix Country Day, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, Pinnacle, Rancho Solano Prep, Raymond Kellis, Red Mountain, Saguaro, Salt River, St. Mary’s, Sandra Day O’Conner, Scottsdale Christian, Scottsdale Prep Academy, Sequoia Charter, Seton, Shadow Mountain, Shadow Ridge, Sierra Linda, Skyline, South Mountain, Sun Valley, Sunnyslope, Sunrise Mountain, Tempe, Tempe Preparatory Academy, Thunderbird, Thunderbird Adventist, Tolleson, Trevor Browne, Valley Christian, Valley Lutheran, Valley Vista, Veritas Preparatory, Washington, Westview, Westwind Prep, Westwood, Williams Field, Willow Canyon, Xavier
TUCSON METRO AREA
Academy of Tucson, Amphitheater, Alta Vista, ASDB, Canyon del Oro, Catalina, Catalina Foothills, Cholla, Cienega, Desert Christian, Desert View, Empire, Flowing Wells, Green Fields, Immaculate Heart, Ironwood Ridge, Marana, Mountain View-Marana, Palo Verde, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Pueblo, Rincon, Sabino, Sahuarita, Sahuaro, Salpointe, San Miguel, Santa Rita, St. Augustine, St. Gregory, Sonoran Science, Sunnyside, Tanque Verde, Tucson, Walden Grove
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