Are you following these important softball pitching rules?
Hey pals, here we meet again! It seems that you’ve grown the interest for the Softball game and willing to explore more of its features. That sounds really good. Well, today, we are going to concentrate on some fundamental softball pitching rules. There are set rules for pitching the softball correctly and if you are really interested in the game, you must know these rules very well.
OK, right before we proceed, let’s talk about something else. It’s not completely out of the context though. There is a myth that hitting a baseball is much harder than hitting a softball. It could be difficult for anybody to take a side but, with right pitching rules and techniques, you can turn hitting the softball into a difficult task for the opponents.
I believe that the harder it hits, the harder it is to hit. However, there are practices and exercises to improve the techniques of softball pitching.
The basic softball pitching rules at a glance
What we are going to elaborate here is the ASA fastpitch softball pitching rules. The apparently easy-appear underhand flip-type move of softball is different to that of baseball. However, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), one of the prime governing bodies, has set a few rules for the fastpitch softball pitchers to follow. Here are the rules for you:
- Are you ready at your position: The pitcher cannot begin throwing the softball until all the teammates are positioned properly at their own territory. Only the catcher need to remain at her spot behind the home plate till the delivery is made. You should know that the pitcher cannot wear batting glove or any distracting stuffs on her hand. Besides, she is allowed to have five warm-up pitches before the inception of each inning.
- Keep your feet at the right place: The pre-delivery foot positions for both men’s and women’s softball is the same except for one place. The pitcher needs to confirm that either both his feet touching the pitcher’s plate or the pivot foot is touching the rubber with the other one right behind it. The women’s fastpitch softball rules are quite different and in this instance, both the feet must touch the pitcher’s plate all time.
- The perfect hand’s position rule: Oh that’s something really important. The basic rule is that the pitcher has to stand square on the rubber before the delivery with two hands separated. Then she needs to bring her hands together for 10 or less than 10 seconds and once she places the hands together, she can’t just take them apart except for the beginning of the delivery. Once you separate the hands, you can only go forward for the pitching. You need to be careful about the wrist position as well. That can be no farther from the body than the elbow
- The delivery: Making one revolution of the arm is allowed for the pitcher and you must take a step forward with the non-pivot foot before you release the ball. What could be the length of that step? You have to land your foot within 24-inch from the pitcher’s plate. As I mentioned earlier that these rules are as per ASA rulebook. The delivery would be underhand means the pitcher needs to throw the ball from a height below the hip. One more very important thing. When the pitcher gets back the ball from the catcher, she needs to make the next pitch within 20 seconds.
- Dragging the pivot foot: Here’s another important rule for the fastpitch softball pitchers. When you are releasing the ball, you need to push off the rubber with your pivot foot. You need to drag the pivot foot when releasing the ball while the rule is quite different for men. They can either drag the pivot foot or the toe of the foot needs to point downward.
So girls these are some of the very important and core rules of softball pitching. You need to keep them in mind while playing and most importantly, you need to keep on perfecting these softball pitching rules. We will surely be discussing some others very important aspects of the game on the upcoming blogs and till then, keep up the good work.