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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Summer is the time for the National Federation of State High School Associations to announce changes in sport rules and softball now has some new guidelines.
Beginning next year, pitchers in eastern Oregon “will be allowed to disengage both feet from the playing surface if the pivot foot is not replanted prior to the delivery of the pitch.”
“When examining the survey responses, the NFHS Softball Rules Committee recognized that a majority of the membership were in favor of this change,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “An additional topic the committee discussed was whether a pitcher gains an advantage by having their pivot foot airborne vs. having it remain in contact with the ground. Our rules have traditionally allowed for flexibility to accommodate the differing skill levels of high school athletes. This change allows for exploration of different styles of pitching during student-athletes’ developmental stages.”
EOS is not sold on the idea Ayla Davies, Carlee Strand, Aimee Meyers or Brie Kemble need any further advantage to continue to mow down batters.
The organization also issued a rule stating electronic information can now be transmitted to the dugout from anywhere outside the live ball area. Softball did not go the route of baseball allowing a coach and the catcher to communicate electronically.
Beginning January 1, 2027, softball uniforms may display only the player’s name, school name or nickname, school mascot and/or school logo.
This ruins our plans for every team to wear a patch on the uniform with “I LUV EOS” inscribed.
It is now official. Dirt is not considered a foreign substance and does not have to be wiped from the hand prior to contacting the ball for pitchers.
EOS is thankful this was finally cleared up as the question of dirt being a foreign substance frequently was a topic of conversation. Get dirty girls!
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