Softball (Lob Ball/Slo Pitch/Three Pitch)
Elementary - Curricular 2023
- The equipment that is not being used must be kept out of the practice/playing area.
- The bases must be properly secured. The safety bag must be used at first base.
- Wooden bats must not be cracked.
- The bats must have a proper grip.
- The bats must comply with the current Slo-Pitch Ontario Association (SPO) rules (for example, Amateur Softball Association bat policy ASA2004).
- Catcher must wear a mask with a throat protector if they are playing in front of the screen. If the catcher is playing behind the screen, this equipment is not required.
- Use a ball that is appropriate to the skill level of the students (for example, soft, compressable spongey ball). Regulation/offical or hard, flight-restricted softballs must not be used.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Cleats are not permitted.
- No exposed hanging jewellery is permitted.
- Playing area must be inspected regularly for debris and obstructions, provide safe footing and traction as well as be well removed from traffic areas.
- Prior to use, backstops, fences and fields must be checked for hazards. As necessary, modify the activity to avoid hazards (for example, mark hazards with cones, cover holes in fence with mat).
- The field of play must never be located near an open roadway which an active player might run onto.
- If more than one activity is going on, determine that there is a safe distance between the activities.
- The players must be taught to drop or lay the bat down after hitting, not release it during the follow-through of the swing.
- For in-class softball, the role of the catcher is to retrieve a ball and return it to the pitcher. The catcher is not intended to catch a missed pitch.
- Non-fielding players must be on the bench or in the designated area of the bench.
- Student umpires must not be positioned behind home plate; they must stand behind the pitcher or the screen or outside the baselines.
- The students must be informed about the importance of keeping their eyes on the flight of the ball when playing offense (for example, running bases) and when playing defense (for example, pitcher, infielders and outfielders).
- To avoid dangers of a slipped bat, non-fielding players must stand well back of the batter’s box, must be on the bench, or must be behind a screen or fence, with fingers kept away from screen. On deck batter circle, if used, must be located in a designated area away from the batter and other non-fielding players to avoid interference with the play and on deck batter being hit by a swinging bat.
- Use a commitment line on third-base line.
- All plays at home plate must be force plays.
- Tagging at home plate is not permitted.
- Sliding is not permitted.
- If playing inside a gymnasium, adhere to the following safety criteria:
- No softball, baseball, aluminum, wooden or cricket bats may be used. If a bat is used, it must be foam, plastic or another low impact material.
- Use only low impact, limited bounce, low flight balls (for example, whiffle, soft-skinned, paper, etc.).
- Check that the size of the gym can accommodate the activities and that the walls or stage do not present a safety hazard. Modify the activity if necessary.
- Clearly delineate a boundary line away from the gym walls, using visual markers (for example, lines, pylons), to avoid contact/collisions.
- No games may be played that require a student to hit for distance.
- On-site supervision is required.
Fri, 01/26/24 10:28 am