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The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee approved an addition to Rule 2 about intentional walks and three additions to Rule 3 regarding uniforms and equipment at its June 12-14 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
In Rule 2-65-2, the committee added language to include intentional walks into the fast-pitch game. The rule states that a request for an intentional walk can now be made prior to or during the at-bat by the defensive coach or catcher. This change aligns fast-pitch and slow-pitch rules to keep up with current trends of the sports and maximize the flow of the game.
“The Kentucky High School Athletic Association experimented with intentional walks for the 2017 season, and the response from coaches and umpires was overwhelmingly positive,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and staff liaison for softball. “The NFHS questionnaire response from constituents was also very favorable.”
In another change, equipment no longer has to be inspected by the umpire or placed outside the dugout/bench prior to the start of the game. The rules committee agreed that the responsibility for ensuring that players are legally and properly equipped rests with the head coach and school administration.
“Umpires must remain vigilant in identifying illegal or altered equipment throughout the course of the game, and equipment violation penalties will continue to be assessed when discovered,” Searcy said. “However, it is the head coach’s responsibility to verify that his or her players’ equipment is legal.”
Effective January 1, 2019, all balls used in high school baseball competition shall meet the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) standard at the time of manufacture.
This revision in Rule 1-3-1 was one of the four changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 4-6 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“We are excited that our membership will now have equipment that meets a standard that is consistent across the country,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball. “We are comfortable knowing that all baseballs for high school play will be the same size, same weight and have similar playability.”
The committee also revised Rule 1-5-3, which will require the catcher to wear a chest protector that meets the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture, effective January 1, 2020. The NOCSAE standard has been developed to protect the heart and the cardiac silhouette from commotio cordis, which continues the committee’s focus on minimizing risk of injury for players.
“Being aware that a standard exists to protect players, this decision was easy to make,” Hopkins said. “When our catchers wear this chest protector, we are confident that the best protection for their heart is constructed into this equipment.”
The Baseball Rules Committee also modified Rule 1-3-2a2 regarding the components of a bat. The modified language states that bats “not have exposed rivets, pins, rough or sharp edges or any form of exterior fastener or attachment(s) that would present a potential hazard.”
A modification was also made to Rule 8-2-7, which strikes the language preventing a player who is awarded first base on a base on balls the ability to over-run the base and return safely.
A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Baseball.”
According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 488,815 boys participating in baseball at 15,956 schools across the country, and 1,290 girls playing the sport in 254 schools.
Winners of the annual BCUA Sportsmanship Awards for 2017 were announced at the banquet...
2017 AWARD WINNERS
ROBERT LEWINTER AWARD
Kevin Frank, Emerson H.S.
WARREN “POPS” TASHIAN AWARD
Natalie Miller, New Milford H.S.
BARNEY FINN AWARD
RAY FARRICKER AWARD
ED STROHMEYER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD BERGEN COUNTY BASEBALL
Lyndhurst High School
DON CASAMENTO SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD BERGEN COUNTY SOFTBALL
NV-Old Tappan High School
PETE AMORUSO SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD PASSAIC COUNTY BASEBALL
Passaic County Technical Ins. High School
GEORGE LUCAS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD PASSAIC COUNTY SOFTBALL
West Milford High School
Below you will find a Hall of fame application: The Criteria for Hall of Fame Nomination:
Criteria for Hall of Fame Membership:
1. Member must have minimum of 10 years as an active member in the BCUA.
2. Member may be former or active in the Association.
3. Nominations for this recognition must be received in writing by the Secretary who will forward the nomination to the Hall of Fame Committee Chairperson. Members of the Hall of Fame Committee are prohibited from submitting nominations. The nomination must include a narrative of how the member meets or exceeds the criteria for selection.
4. The following criteria will be used to determine admission to the Hall of Fame:
A. Member must have served in a positive capacity for the association (i.e.: Officer, Committee Chair, Executive Committee, Any Committee member, etc.)
B. Member must have distinguished him/herself as an umpire representing the BCUA in a positive manner (i.e: County/State Tournament, Charity)
C. There must be no issue regarding integrity or honesty in their service to the BCUA.
d. The member must be approved by 75% of the Hall of Fame Committee present. Four members represent a majority of the Committee.
8. Once approved by the Hall of Fame Committee, the choice(s) will be forwarded to the
Executive Committee, where a majority of those voting in favor would gain approval.
9. The new Hall of Fame Member, once approved, would be notified in writing by the Secretary of this honor and invited to the next association banquet or general membership meeting to receive recognition of the honor.
10. The Hall of Fame Member would be listed in a separate section of the directory.