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My daughter pitches for JV and has always complained of new softballs being slick and she can't grip them until they get some wear on em. Is there a rule against using a Rosin Bag for pitchers in the AHSAA rule book? TIA.
Don't know about the rosin bag, but she can grab a handful of chalk from the pitching circle as many times as she wants.
its not an AHSAA rule book, it a National Federation rule book, as a baseball umpire, I know there is no rule in baseball ,I do not think there is one in softball either
No rule against it
I've called AHSAA softball for 9 years. There is no rule against a rosin bag. She just needs to wipe it off after she uses it, or at least make it appear she is wiping. The best advice is to rub the balls up before the game.
She may use a rosin bag as long as she "attempts to remove" any foreign substance prior to contacting the ball. As long as she wipes her hand across her pants she will be fine. I am a high school and collegiate umpire and I will agree that the new balls have a waxy feel.
^^^ This ^^^
I'm an umpire...She can't apply rosin directly to the ball. It is considered "defacing" the ball. She can, as others have pointed out, use the bag on her hand though. Typically what I will do, if I'm the plate umpire is I will ask the 1st baseman to throw the 2nd ball around during the half inning so that both softballs are not slick. But to be honest with you, unless the ball is "slightly used" there's no way of getting around it in the top of the first inning.
OMG! These "Circle Princess's".
I coach a 12U travel softball team and 2 of my starting pitchers like the complete opposite type of ball. One likes it seamless and the other wants seams.
You have to keep them happy they are so temperamental!
That they are. I've coached a 12U tournament team, and they can go from total elation to tears in a New York minute without warning!!!
This post was edited by bama58 13 months ago
Like I said earlier...RUB THE BALL UP BEFORE THE GAME....whew, glad I got that out.
JB23BAMA-Why does the plate ump in softball, unlike in baseball. delay
in raising the right arm on a called strike? It is very frustrating to those
of us in the stands who cannot her a vocal call.
If it not the Princess whining, its their lunatic dad or mom. Pitchers and their parents are the worst people in all of sports. Otherwise, the game is awesome.
My daughter is the exact opposite. She was asked to play in a game at Prattville Christian a couple of years back and she pitched 2 innings, held other team scoreless, and went 3 for 3. Well, WR are batting, bases loaded with 1 out, an dribbler back to the pitcher and she throws home for an out. The runner thrown out comes in the dugout crying. After the game we have to leave to go play a league game and I ask her if she wants to come back and okay after her league game. She says no and I ask why not. "That girl was crying, I don't play with cry babies". End if her play with that travel ball team.
That's the technique that's taught to make sure you're watching the pitch. The delay helps keep you from getting into a call before the ball moves in or out of the zone. You see the pitch, know what you saw, then make the call.
The technique is not really different. Different umpires have different timing. That said, the difference in timing from verbally calling a strike to giving the signal should take no longer than it takes to come out of the squat position. That should be no more than 1 or 2 seconds.
Swinging strikes are non-verbal
This post was edited by JB23BAMA 13 months ago
The list of thier compliants goes on and on: the rubber is too high, the rubber is too low, there is too much dirt in the hole where I step or the hole is too deep, the ball is too slick, the ball is too rough, the ball has seams, the ball has no seams, just on and on!
But we love them anyway and hey, we couldn't win without them! So glad my daughter decided to be a catcher rather than a pitcher!
The first year my daughter pitched she hit more girls than she struck out. I think this helped her because she hits one now and it is like Oh Well, Next batter. We had her pitch in practice her first year and our girls started crying because she throws it fast. I have caught over 5 thousand pitches from her at practice, in the back yard and in the front yard. I would not trade it for anything.
I spent 3 years on the bucket taking pitches from my daughter, also had bruised shins for years. She was a pitcher and a catcher, but playing A level travel she had to make a decision, catcher or pitcher.
I am very, very happy she is a catcher! At our travel team try outs we had 20 pitchers show up and 5 catchers. You do the math.
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