We will cover issues pertinent to softball including, but not limited to, game issues, rule interpretations, etc. This issue will cover items of importance.
Several reminders already issued:
TIE BREAKER: The tie breaker procedure for varsity games has been modified this year due to the elimination of the Power Point System. As a result, invitational tournament games and non-region games can end in a tie. In region games if the two teams want to use the tie breaker, which begins in the 10th inning, both head coaches must agree to do so at the pregame meeting at home plate. If they do not agree to do so and the game is tied after 7 complete innings the game will end in a tie.
PLATE MEETING: Both umpires and both coaches SHALL wear facial coverings during the pre-game plate meeting. This is not optional. Umpires do not have to wear masks after the pre-game meeting if they choose.
TEAM FACIAL COVERINGS: All players, coaches, etc. are required to wear facial coverings when in the dugout. If they fail to do so the umpires are required to file a game report. The facial covering worn by the teams can have the school logo on them.
GAME BALLS: Each defensive team is responsible for their own game balls. At the beginning of each half inning the catcher shall show (not hand) the ball to the home plate umpire for visual inspection. When a ball goes out of play, the defensive team shall retrieve the ball and provide another game ball to the catcher who will repeat the inspection process with the home plate umpire.
POST GAME SPORTSMANSHIP: At the conclusion of the game rather than the traditional hand-shakes or high-fives, teams shall gather outside their respective dugout or along the closest foul line and wave to their opponent in a display of sportsmanship.