The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee approved four additions to Rule 3 regarding uniforms, equipment and substitutions at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.
These changes approved by the committee, along with one in Rule 1, were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Rule 3-2-15 states that all equipment shall be inspected by the umpire, and is to be placed outside the dugout//bench prior to the start of the game.
The rules committee agreed that placing all equipment in one location at one time is a more efficient method to conduct this inspection.
In Rule 3-2-1, the committee added inclement weather as an exception to the uniform rule for state associations.
The Softball Rules Committee also approved new language to Rule 3-2-7 to reinforce the solid color undergarments requirements.
In Rule 3-6-7, which states that players and substitutes shall not enter the contest unreported, the penalty was revised to state that the head coach is restricted to the dugout//bench for the remainder of the game only for a second violation.
The committee also revised Rule 1-5-2c by eliminating the description of the taper's surface. This change brings the NFHS in line with other rules codes concerning the surface of the taper.
A complete listing of the softball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on "Activities & Sports" at the top of the home page, and select "Softball."
According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 364,103 girls participating in fast-pitch softball at 15,115 schools.