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May, 2021

Pitching Change

TO ALL DIXIE SOFTBALL LEAGUES AND OFFICIALS:
NEW PITCHING RULE - VERY IMPORTANT
Dixie Softball has decided to go “outside the box” on a pitching rule change. Normally, when a new rule is suggested, it must go through the procedure of being presented to the entire Dixie Softball national board of directors for approval the following year. However, a new pitching rule has come forth and it has been approved by the NCAA and most of the different state school athletic associations. Dixie Softball apologizes that we were slow in reacting to this rule change. We could make excuses, but we will not. I presented to rule to each of our six-national commissioners for their approval and they approved the change unanimously. The change will still be presented to the entire national board at our annual board meeting this year for final approval, tweaking or even disapproval. I can almost guarantee that the new rule will not be disapproved.
The standard rule for pitchers today in softball is: “The pitcher is considered to be in the pitching position when she has her hands apart, her pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate. Both feet on the ground within the twenty-four-inch (24”) length of the pitcher’s plate, the hips in line with first (1st) and third (3rd) bases, and the catcher is in position to receive the pitch.”
Any part of each foot in contact with the ground or pitcher’s plate must be completely within the twenty-four-inch (24”) length of the pitcher’s plate. The stride foot may be on or behind the pitcher’s plate as far back as desired. Once the pitcher initially sets the toe of her stride foot, she may NOT step back any farther to increase the distance behind the pitcher’s plate.
The rationale for the change is to allow the pitcher to begin with her stride (non-pivot) foot behind the pitcher’s plate as far back as desired. It is difficult for and umpire to see if a pitcher’s stride foot is actually in contact with the pitcher’s plate, and there is no advantage to establishing the stride foot behind the pitcher’s plate as long as the pitcher is not allowed to step farther back during the start of the pitch. This change will provide pitchers with greater balance and considers their variances in sizes and strengths without creating any type of unfair advantage.
This new rule does not allow a pitcher to take a step back before delivering the pitch. It does allow her to place the toes of her stride foot on the ground which allows the pitcher to rock back before the delivery of the pitch. However, the stride foot cannot be lifted off the ground at any time during the delivery until she is delivering the pitch stepping forward.
NOTE: THIS CHANGE DOES NOT CHANGE HOW A PITCHER, UNDER THE PRESENT DIXIE SOFTBALL PITCHING RULE, PITCHES. SHE CAN STILL START HER PITCH WITH BOTH FEET TOUCHING THE PITCHER’S PLATE. THIS CHANGE ALLOWS A PITCHER TO CHANGE THEIR PRESENTATION OF THE BALL ONLY IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO SO.
Again, our apologies for the lateness of this change but we fill to delay the change would benefit no one.
For the entire Dixie Softball, Inc. national board of directors,
Obie Evans, President

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