Softball (Lob Ball/Slo Pitch/Three Pitch)
Secondary - Interschool 2020
- Wooden bats must not be cracked. All bats must have proper grip.
- The bats must comply with the current Slo-Pitch Ontario Association (SPO) rules (for example, Amateur Softball Association bat policy [ASA2004]).
- The batter, on-deck batter, bat person, base runners and base coaches (located behind first and third base) must wear a properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn batting helmet with flaps, covering both ears certified by a recognized safety standards association
- Helmets equipped with chin straps must be done up; otherwise, the helmet must fit such that it will stay on the head.
- All of the defensive players must wear baseball gloves.
- Student umpires must wear a mask and a chest pad when positioned behind home plate.
- The catchers must wear shin protectors, a chest protector and a mask with a throat protector.
- The catcher must wear suitable protection for the pelvic area.
- Use softballs appropriate to the skill level of the students.
- The bases must be properly secured.
- A safety bag must be used at first base.
- Keep all of the equipment not being used out of the practice/playing area.
- Where pitching machines are being used they must be inspected prior to use and be under the direct supervision of a teacher/coach.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Molded baseball cleats or running shoes must be worn.
- For indoor practices, playing surface must provide safe footing and traction and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (for example, tables, chairs).
- Goalposts must be padded if in field of play.
- Training must include flexibility, strength and cardiovascular-enhancing activities.
- Players must be physically prepared for contact.
- Non-fielding players must be on the bench or in the designated area of bench.
- The players 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).
- 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 the screen to avoid dangers of a slipped bat.
- A commitment line on the third-base line must be used.
- All plays at home plate must be force plays. Tagging at home plate is not permitted.
- Players must be instructed to drop or lay the bat down after hitting, not release it during the follow through of the swing.
- Appropriate sliding techniques must be taught to minimize the risk of injury before sliding is permitted.
- The location of spectators must not present a safety concern.
- When practicing indoors with a regulation bat:
- use a batting cage;
- use a pitcher behind a protective cage or batters hit off a tee (in each case batters hit into a cage); and
- all non active players must be behind cage, no fielders allowed.
- On-site supervision is required.
Mon, 08/31/20 05:59 pm