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Rule and scoring questions for girls/womens Fastpitch Softball. Primarily High School (NFHS) and ASA

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Rec, Varsity and Travel Ball Coach and High School Umpire

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Michigan High School Athletic Association registered official: Softball, Basketball

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Recent Answers from Tom Mielke

2016-10-02 Look back rule:

Hi Tony,    Sorry for the delayed response.    A simple switching of the foot that is in contact with the base will not get a call for a look back violation.  If anything, it would be leaving the base

2016-08-10 ASA softball umpire:

While it would be very unusual for the plate umpire to initiate the conversation, nothing rulewose prevents it. The biggest problem with this is the appearance of favortism.  At what point do you decide

2016-07-19 12u fastpitch softball:

Todd,    There is no good answer to your question.  Nothing in the rules of any association covers this.  Sounds like the umpires did the best they could with the mess they created.      Like I said there

2016-07-12 Rule on a batters in the batters box:

At the time of the pitch, both feet must be completely within the batters box.  The lines on the softball field are completely within the area they define.    It is ok for the feet to be touching the lines

2016-05-25 Dead ball:

Travis,    This sounds like a mess.      I am assuming the batter bunted the ball and it came to rest on home plate, then the batter made contact with the ball according to the plate umpire as the batter

 

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