2017 Update #1
1. The lead-off batter in every inning should be in their on-deck circle while the pitcher is warming up. They cannot be near home plate timing swings. Also note they should not be in the opposite teams batter box as there is no current batter putting her in the path of a foul ball.
Please keep on top of this as the lead-off hitters tend to get too close to the plate when the pitcher is warming up. If you get any discussion about this simply follow the rules and send them to the on deck circle, that is where the Next batter is suppose to be prior to her at bat with a few exceptions. Warming up and timing her swing are not one of those exceptions.
2. Pitchers are required to as per rule 6A section 1 item D
“While on the pitchers plate, the pitcher shall take a signal or appear to take a signal with the
hands separated. The ball must remain in either the glove or pitching hand.” If they take a signal off the rubber it is an illegal pitch. If they take a sign off the rubber them engage the pitchers plate correctly and appear to take a sign they are legal.
3. Uniforms.as per rule 3 section 6 item C....
“Undershirts- players may wear a solid colored undershirt,. It is not mandatory that all players wear an undershirt , but if more than one player wears one, they must be like in color and style. No player may wear ragged, frayed or slit sleeves on exposed undershirts.” So if two players are wearing black and three are wearing red undershirts they must all match. Inform the coach to correct the issue.
4. Ask the coaches to include the substitute’s numbers on the line- up card. This will make substitution recording easier for you as the game progresses.
5. Be sure to check for the coaches helmets prior to the start of each half inning. The helmets are required, no exceptions. If no helmets available they can coach the offensive team from the dugout.
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