Softball (Lob Ball/Slo Pitch/Three Pitch)
Secondary - Interschool 2023
- 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 pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders must wear softball/baseball gloves when a regulation/official or hard, flight-restricted softball is being used.
- Helmets equipped with chin straps must be done up; otherwise, the helmet must fit such that it will stay on the head.
- 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 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
- The bases must be properly secured.
- A safety bag must be used at first base.
- All of the equipment not being used must be kept 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.
- If wearing cleats, no metal or compound cleats. Molded cleats only.
- Prior to use, backstops, fences and fields must be checked for hazards. Any hazards found must be reported to students and appropriate officials.
- Modify the activity to avoid hazards (for example, mark hazards with cones, cover hole in fence with mat).
- The field of play must never be located near an open roadway onto which an active player might run.
- If more than one activity is going on, determine that there is a safe distance between the activities.
- If, in the opinion of the umpire, after consultation with both coaches, the field is deemed to be unsafe for play, the game must be rescheduled.
- 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.
- 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).
- Players must be instructed to drop or lay the bat down after hitting, not release it during the follow through of the swing.
- 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.
- A commitment line on the third-base line must be used.
- Appropriate sliding techniques must be taught to minimize the risk of injury before sliding is permitted.
- All plays at home plate must be force plays. Tagging at home plate is not permitted.
- 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.
Fri, 08/25/23 09:51 am