On Thursday, March 16 from 9:00am to noon.
at Calavera Hills Community Center.
The pitcher shall take a position with both feet firmly on the ground and with one or both feet in contact with the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher’s pivot foot (ie foot on either side of the throwing arm) shall be in contact with the pitcher’s plate throughout the delivery.
(Seniors) The pitcher may take a position from the front edge of the pitcher’s plate to ten feet (NCSS – six feet) behind the pitcher’s plate within the 24 inch width of the pitcher’s plate with both feet firmly on the ground.
The pivot foot shall remain in contact with the pitcher’s plate until the pitched ball leaves the hand. If a step is taken, it may be forward, backward, or to the side, provided one foot remains in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the step is simultaneous with the release of the ball.
Note Local Rule 6.2:
A pitch must be delivered from the rubber/pitching line or up to a point of six feet behind the rubber/pitching line. A pitcher cannot release the ball if both feet are ahead of the rubber or pitching line.
Bottom Line: one of the pitcher's feet must be on or directly behind the pitching line.
A catch is a legally caught ball, which occurs when the fielder catches a batted, pitched or thrown ball with the hand(s) or glove/mitt.
1 To establish a valid catch, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove
control of it and/or that the release of the ball is voluntary.
2 If the ball is merely held in the fielder’s arm(s) or prevented from dropping to the ground by some part of the fielder’s body, equipment or clothing, the catch is not completed until the ball is in the grasp of the fielder’s hand(s) or glove/mitt.
3 The fielder’s feet must be within the field of play, touching the “out of play” line
or in the air after leaving live ball territory in order to have a valid catch. A player
who is “out of play” and returns must have both feet touching live ball territory
or one foot touching and the other in the air, for the catch to be legal.
1 If a fielder, while gaining control, collides with another player, umpire or a fence, or falls to the ground and drops the ball as a result of the collision or falling to the ground.
2 If a ball strikes anything other than a defensive player while it is in flight it is the same as if it struck the ground.
3 When a fielder catches a batted or thrown ball with anything other than the
hand(s) or glove/mitt in its proper place.
This all sounds somewhat confusing, but if you learn the rule and approach it systematically you can usually untangle it without too much trouble. Also note that 6.03(b) Approved Ruling includes several example scenarios.
These are useful learning tools.
The flow diagram above summarizes how to handle each of the batting-out-of-order scenarios:
When the runner fails to keep contact with the base to which they are entitled until a pitched ball is batted, touches the ground, or reaches home plate.
(Note: many NCSS players do not realize the 3rd condition in this rule. If the ball reaches the vertical plain of the home plate, the runner is allowed to leave their base.)
Two runners may not occupy the same base at the same time.
Effect: The runner who first legally occupied the base is entitled to that base, unless forced to advance.
(Note: It is not an automatic out when two players both occupy the base. The player not entitled to the base must be tagged.)
Please reach us via the contact section below, if you cannot find an answer to your question.
The runner is automatically called out. The runner must to through the run-through line.
This is a snaphot of the field dimensions used in our league. It shows the placement of the pitching screen, the run-through lines, the alternate first base, the alternate home plate/scoring line, the outfield encroachment line, and more. Use this picture to help understand some of the details in the local rules below.
There is also a video that shows examples of how the run-through lines work. Just click the button below:
This video explains and provides examples on how to utilize the run through lines on both 2nd and 3rd base.
To my fellow Ohana, (family) in the North County Senior Softball league.
This is the first season in this league that we will have a Chief Umpire or UIC (Umpire in Chief) since it was proposed, 2nd and voted in, late last season for this up coming season and on. I would first of all like to thank the board for considering me to serve in this capacity.
Here are a few of my personal goals as your first Chief Umpire.:
1- to invite everyone in the league to READ the rules and update yourselves with any and all changes made by your board members.
2- to get all those that volunteer or are given the assignment to help umpire in our game to be on the same page when it comes to knowing the rules, understanding it's interpretation, applying the rules and it's penalty's.
3- Learning where to position yourselves to always have the best angles over distance to make the best call.
4- Everyone to learn and apply the right umpire signs and signals, and voicing your calls for everyone to hear and recognize your hand signs and signals.
5- To constantly and consistently teach, share and direct those that are interested in wanting to umpire and improve our league.
I would like to thank all of those that have helped and are still helping me to do a better job in this position who are many, including Joe Raffa's creative photography, but I especially want to thank Leigh Peterson for his counsel, direction and patience with me in putting together this website section so that we better provide quality umpires and trust each other when called upon to serve in that position as the umpire.
I invite anyone to contact me with any questions, ideas, information or corrections for me to improve or do a better job. And in closing, It is my hope that everyone understands that the umpire's are doing their best to make the call and that they are making the best judgement call they can.
Always have INTEGRITY as an umpire and remember to have fun and respect our league Ohana (family).