Text Box: MIDGET, JUNIOR, SENIOR MALE 
FAST PITCH PITCHING RULE

 

 

 

Text Box: FAST PITCH PITCHING RULE
All Female Categories and Male categories up to Bantam


  

 

There are six basic features to the pitching rule they are:

 

  1. CONTACT WITH THE PITCHING PLATE

 

      The pitcher must start with two feet in contact with the pitching plate.

      The feet do not have to be on top of the pitching plate.

      The pitcher may heel and toe but the heel and toe must make contact with the pitching plate.

      The contact must be within the twenty-four (24) inch width of the pitching plate.

      The feet in contact with the sides of the pitching plate is not legal.

 

  1. SIGNAL

 

      The signal must be taken from the pitchers plate while in position described in item1 above.

      A signal may be taken from the catcher or the dugout.

      Looking at the catcher is the same as taking the signal.

      The hands must be separated while taking the signal.

      The ball may be held in either the bare hand or in the glove.

      The ball may be in front or behind the body.

 

  1. PRELIMINARY TO DELIVERY

 

      After the signal the pitcher must bring the glove hand and bare hand together in front of the body. The ball may be in the glove or bare hand.

      In front of the body means not behind the back. Bringing the glove up to the pitchers side and pausing is legal.

      The body must come to a complete stop and the pause must be held for a minimum of one (1) second and not longer than 10 seconds.

      Movement caused by the pitcher griping the ball in the glove during the pause, is not a violation.

      During the entire preliminary process, the feet must remain in contact with the pitching plate.

 

  1. START OF THE PITCH

 

      The pitch starts when the hands separate or there is any motion that is part of the windup.

      Once the hands have separated, the pitcher cannot stop or step back off the pitching plate.

      The pitcher may move off the pitching plate by stepping back prior to the separation or start of the windup, however both feet must be off the pitching plate prior to the separation or the start of the windup.

      No rocking movement that causes the pivot foot to leave the pitching plate is allowed.

 

START OF THE PITCH (cont.)

 

      Lifting the front of the pivot foot (toes) and rocking on the heel is legal as long as some portion of the foot remains in contact with the pitching plate.

      Alternately, the pitcher could lift the heel, and use the front of the foot (toes) to start her momentum, as long as some portion of the foot remains in contact with the pitching plate.

      The pivot foot may turn or slide across the pitching plate during the push off.

 

5.      DELIVERY

 

      The pitcher may drop her hands to the side and then to the rear prior to starting the windmill. The hands going to the rear does not count as passing the hip.

      The pitchers hand may pass the hip twice but there cannot be two (2) complete revolutions.

      The wrist may not be any farther from the hip than the elbow.

      During the delivery, there cannot be a stop or a reversal of the forward motion.

 

  1. STEP AND RELEASE

 

      A step must be taken and it must be forward toward the batter within the twenty-four (24) inch width of the pitching plate.

      It is the non-pivot foot, which must land within the twenty-four (24) inch width of the pitching plate.

      The pivot foot may be outside the twenty-four (24) inch width of the pitching plate due to momentum created during the drag.

      The pivot foot must push off from the pitching plate.

      After the push-off with the pivot foot, the pitcher may drag away from the pitching plate.

      If the pitchers pivot foot has created a hole, the drag must be no higher than the plane of the ground.

      The release of the ball must be simultaneous with the step.

      The pitcher may not step forward, slide the pivot foot forward off the pitching plate or jump forward with the pivot foot prior to starting the pitch. This is a crow hop and is an illegal act.

      If the pitcher has separated her hands after the pause and the pivot foot is off and in front of the pitching plate it is a crow hop.

      The pivot foot must stay in contact with the ground prior to the release of the ball.

      If the pivot foot is airborne and the pitcher still has the ball it is a leap.

      The pitcher may not leap or jump.

 

ODC Comment

The Female pitching Rule remains the same as 2003 because the Softball Canada membership did not support the changes adopted in the Male Categories. The original pitching Rule proposal included all categories but was amended to only include Midget, Junior, and Senior Male categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GBMSL uses this rule in our Midget division even though we allow females to play in that division

 

There are six basic features to the pitching rule they are:

 

  1. CONTACT WITH THE PITCHING PLATE:

 

      The pitcher must start with two feet in contact with the pitching plate.

      The feet do not have to be on top of the pitching plate.

      The pitcher may heel and toe but the heel and toe must make contact with the pitching plate.

      The contact must be within the twenty-four (24) inch width of the pitching plate.

      The feet in contact with the sides of the pitching plate is not legal.

 

  1. SIGNAL

 

      The signal must be taken from the pitchers plate while in position as described in item 1 above.

      A signal may be taken from the catcher or the dugout.

      Looking at the catcher is the same as taking the signal.

      The hands must be separated while taking the signal.

      The ball may be held in either the bare hand or in the glove.

      The ball may be in front or behind the body.

 

  1. PRELIMINARY TO DELIVERY

 

      After the signal the pitcher must bring the glove hand and bare hand together in front of the body. The ball may be in the glove or bare hand.

      In front of the body means not behind the back. Bringing the glove up to the pitchers side and pausing is legal.

      The body must come to a complete stop and the pause must be held for a minimum of one (1) second and not longer than 10 seconds.

      Movement from the pitcher griping the ball in the glove during the pause is not a violation.

      During the entire preliminary process the feet must remain in contact with the pitching plate.

      The feet may not move backward at anytime.

 

  1. START OF THE PITCH

 

      The pitch starts when the hands separate or there is any motion that is part of the windup.

      Once the hands have separated, the pitcher cannot stop or step back off the pitching plate.

 

START OF THE PITCH (cont.)

 

      The pitcher may move off the pitching plate by stepping back prior to the separation or the start of the windup, however both feet must be off the pitching plate prior to the separation or the start of the windup.

      Any movement of the feet must be forward or sideways.

      Lifting the front of the pivot foot (toes) and rocking on the heel is legal as long as the rear of the foot (heel) remains in contact with the pitching plate and does not move back.

      Alternately, the pitcher could lift the heel, and use the front of the foot (toes) to start his momentum as long as the front of the foot moves forward or sideways and some part of the foot remains in contact with the pitching plate.

 

5.      DELIVERY

 

      The pitcher may drop his hands to the side and then to the rear prior to starting the windmill. The hands going to the rear does not count as passing the hip.

      The pitchers hand may pass the hip twice but there cannot be two (2) complete revolutions.

      The wrist may not be any farther from the hip than the elbow.

      During the delivery, there cannot be a stop or a reversal of the forward motion.

 

  1. STEP AND RELEASE

 

      A step must be taken, and it must be forward toward the batter, within the twenty-four (24) inch width of the pitching plate.

      The pivot foot must push off from the pitching plate.

      The pitcher may not step in front of the pitching plate and start the push-off.

      After the push-off with the pivot foot the pitcher may drag, jump or leap.

      If airborne (leap or jump) the pitcher may land and then throw.

      Once he lands he cannot take another step.

      It is not considered a step if his landing foot slides forward simultaneous with the release of the ball.

      The ball must be released when the non-pivot foot reaches the ground.

 

 

ODC COMMENT

 

The new pitching rule originated with a committee formed by the President of Softball Canada. The committee consisted of a National Team representative, a coach, a batter, a pitcher and an ODC representative. The intent of the committee was to propose a rule, which would meet the needs of the National Team Program and also those competing at the senior male ranks. The Provinces and Territories approved the changes with amendments, at the 2003 AGM in November.

 

We may have eliminated the major cause of illegal pitches at our Canadian Championships but it does not mean that we have eliminated illegal pitching. It is important that we apply the new pitching rule in a consistent manner across the country. The Points of Emphasis are an attempt to provide information to achieve the consistency we all desire.