RULE CHANGES: 2020

Unreported substitute rule

An unreported substitution is an appeal play:

  • If the coach in violation informs the plate umpire before the offended team appeals - no penalty and the unreported player is officially in the game.
  • If reported to the umpire by the opposing team before a pitch is made - no penalty and the unreported player is officially in the game.

If the offense has an unreported player and the defense appeals:

  • If the batter is still at bat and pitches have been thrown - she is called out; all other play while she was at bat is legal.
  • If the batter has completed her at-bat but the next pitch has not been thrown - she is out; all other play as a result of her becoming a batter-runner is nullified.
  • There are other rules if the unreported player is the tie-breaker runner or pinch runner, if appealed and she is still on any base - she is out; and if a pitch runner she is declared officially in the game.

If the unreported player is appealed by the offense before the defensive coach informs the umpire:

  • If the unreported player has made a play and the next pitch has not been thrown - she is declared officially in the game; the offense has the option of taking the result of the play or having the last batter return and assume the ball/strike count she had before the hit; each base runner must return to the base legally occupied at the time of the last pitch.
  • If the unreported player has made a play and the next pitch has been thrown - she is declared officially in the game and all play will stand.

If the unreported player has not made the last play - she is declared officially in the game and all play will stand

PITCHING RULE CHANGE:

Pitcher's stride foot positioning

The stride (non-pivot) foot may be on or behind the plate as far back as desired. Once the pitcher initially sets the toe of her stride foot, she may not step, drag or slide it back any farther.

This will be following the NCAA rules for pitchers this season.

I have attached the actual rules as stated by the NCAA

Pitcher taking signal

• Pitcher must take the pitching signal only from the required pitching position (on the pitcher's plate, hands apart).

• Hand signals/verbal may come from the dugout prior to the pitcher being on the pitcher's plate

• However, armband information must be gathered by the pitcher while on the pitcher's plate and in the pitching position.

• Pitching signals from the catcher may be given only when the pitcher is in the pitching position on the pitcher's plate.

NCAA is emphasizing that illegal pitches be called for violations of this rule.