Rule Changes and Rumours...
Hi folks. There have been a couple of "rule change" notices buzzing around FB and various social media over the past couple of weeks. We have been in contact with a local New Zealand umpire to find out what's true and what's not...
A PDF copy of the amended rules can be found HERE.
Rule change 1: Adjusted strike zone (confirmed true)
The space over any part of home plate between the bottom of the batter’s sternum (chest plate) and the bottom of the batter’s knee cap, when they assume their natural batting stance. The natural batting stance is the stance the batter takes after the release of the pitch when deciding to swing or not swing at the pitch.
Rule change 2: Pitching rule change (confirmed true)
Short version: The pitchers back foot (stepping foot) now no longer needs to be in contact with the pitcher's plate. Please note that the pitcher needs to get themselves into position prior to taking the call as their feet must remain stationary during and after taking the call.
FALSE rule change: Pitching rule change (confirmed in trial in Europe, not changed as a rule yet)
Neither foot needs to be in contact with the pitcher's plate. NOT A RULE YET!
11. Proposal R14 and R15 – Change Fast Pitch Only – Allow Pitcher to only have contact with pivot foot
Appears in reformatted rules as:
4.3.1 PRELIMINARY ACTION BEFORE DELIVERING A PITCH
Before delivering a pitch, the following actions must occur.
a) All players must be positioned in fair territory and the catcher must be in the catcher’s box and in a position to receive the pitch.
b) The pitcher must have possession of the ball and be on or near the pitching plate.
c) The pitcher must have the pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and both feet within the 61.0 cm (24 in) length of the pitcher’s plate. The hips must be in line with first and third bases
d) The pitcher must take, or appear to take, a signal from the catcher while standing on the plate with the hands separated and the ball in either the glove or the pitching hand.
e) The pitcher must, after taking the signal, bring their whole body to a full and complete stop with the ball in both hand s in front of the body. The non-pivot foot (the stepping foot) must be stationary at the start and during pause. The non-pivot foot can only move forward with the start of the pitch. Any backward movement of the non-pivot foot during or after the pause is an illegal action.) This position must be held for not less than two (2) seconds and not more than five (5) seconds before releasing the ball. (MP only – This position must be held for not less than two (2) seconds and not more than ten (10) seconds before releasing the ball) (FP ONLY - Holding the ball in both hands to the side of the body is considered in front of the body.)
4.3.2 STARTING THE PITCH
a) The pitch starts when one hand is taken off the ball or the pitcher makes any motion that is part of the pitcher’s windup). The pitcher may not use a pitching motion in which, after being in the pitching position with the ball in both hands, they take a backward and forward swing and return the ball to both hands in front of the body.
b) The pivot foot must remain in contact with the pitcher’s plate prior to the start of the pitch. Lifting the pivot foot off the pitcher’s plate and returning it to the plate, creating a rocking motion is an illegal act. (MP Only Both feet must remain in contact with the pitcher’s plate prior to the start of the pitch. Lifting the pivot foot off the pitcher’s plate and returning it to the plate, creating a rocking motion is an illegal act.)
12. Proposal R16 – Amend Strike Zone FP Only
Appears in reformatted rules as:
c) A strike is called the ball is live and runners may advance with liability to be put out :
i. when any part of a pitched ball enters the strike zone before touching the ground and the batter does not swing, (FP Only - Provided the top of the ball is at or below the sternum or the bottom of the ball is at or above the bottom of the knee cap);
First Update Of The 2017/18 Season...
Notice from Otago Softball Association Inc.
Under 17 Boys:
There will be a training and registration of interest on Sunday 15th October from 11am-1pm at Ellis Park. All are welcome.
Hi folks, a quick update, this week's senior draw, and some important news...
Both senior teams had wins on opening day. Nice to get some early points on the board. Well done Prems and Falcons!
This week Prems have a double header: First game at 2:30 vs. Dodgers (note this is different to the draw put out on Monday)
Second Game at 4:30 vs Ellis Park Prems.
Falcons Your game is at 12:30 on D2 with a duty to follow on D2 straight afterwards.
Attention all U17 Girls interesting in playing for Otago this season...
Under 17 Girls:
There will be a training and registration of interest on Sunday 15th October from 10am-12pm at Ellis Park. All are welcome.
Any questions, please direct to the manager, Melinda Broek per the following contact details:
p: 03 477 0600
m: 021 519 965
A Junior Softball training clinic will be held on Saturday morning October 21st 8:30am - 12pm and this will be run by former Black Sox, Thomas Makea. The clinic will be free to those attending and for children under 18. More to come on this so keep an eye out.
We're going to re-post these 2 items again because they're that important! We would strongly encourage every junior player to do what you need to do to be there, we don't often get Black Sox players down here helping out, so let's not squander this opportunity! We would also encourage all senior players/coaches/anybody to get along and watch what's going on, plenty to learn for sure!
2017/18 Season Registrations...
Great to see the 2 senior teams have complete teams again this year (we could probably squeeze another player or 2 in to each so get your registration in ASAP before there is no more room.)
Time for the juniors to get registering, the teams are starting to build up but don't leave it to the last moment to register. Junior games start in about 6 weeks, and seniors in about 3. It'll be here in no time ;-)
For those who have registered and haven't paid yet, please get you payments in ASAP, The club has already covered red the fees and we now need to put the money back in the bank account so we can buy the new gear we want for this season.
If you're wishing to pay your fees via internet banking our banking details are below.
Please include the players name as a reference.
If you prefer to pay by cheque, please make checks payable to "Cardinals Softball Club" Thanks.
Westpac Bank Account: 03-0905-0189338-000
Online registrations are available here: http://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/53896
Fees have been updated and are on the Teams and Registration page.
Please Help Otago Softball...
The Otago Softball Association is currently facing some significant financial challenges that may affect our top players ability to represent their country this season, and may in fact affect all players in the upcoming season or two if this crisis is not addressed right now.
There has been a Give a Little page set up and we'd like to encourage our membership to get behind this for the future of the sport we love.
If there is any other way that you may be able to assist (volunteering, sponsorship, etc.) then contact the Otago Softball Association in the first instance, or contact email@example.com and we'll put you in contact with them.
Thanks for your help.
Donate via Givealittle
Hannah Carey: 0276441144
Kyle McCrorie: 027 3615727
Jarrod: 027 481 9813
Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our club. Or visit the REGISTRATION page to submit your registration online.
A big thank you...
Thank you to the following very important people who have volunteered to coach and help out this season.
Hannah Carey - President
Alister Conway - Vice President
Jarrod Blay - Secretary
Kyle McCrorie - Treasurer
Mitchell Finnie Prems coach
Jarrod Blay Falcons coach
Mark Rowley Magpies coach
Glenn Forrester Hawkes coach
Kellie Martin Kiwis coach
Joe Daniels Tui's coach
It takes a lot of people to make a season come together. Thanks to everyone involved! Please help and support the people mentioned above, volunteering their time so our kids can have fun!
Thank you all you're amazing!
Congratulations to NZ's Black Sox for winning their 7th World Championship Title and for their inspiring sportsmanship.
Cardinals Softball Club wishes to congratulate the Black Sox on a fantastic World Championship Tournament. I watched every single game and loved every moment. The semi final against Canada was an epic battle, and the final against our old mate the Aussies was (to me) one of the most exciting finals I have ever watched.
The Black Sox showed the world the meaning of the world "sportsmanship" when they met newcomers Turkey in their first pool game. The kiwis made short work of the Turkish team, but didn't showboat or go out to embarrass them, they were well aware that Turkey is a developing softball nation and showed them respect, and in an incredible act of sportsmanship, the kiwi's didn't leave the park after winning by runs ahead rule in the 3rd innings, but instead stayed at the park and took the Turkish team for a training session where everyone paired up 1 on 1 with their Turkish counterpart to help develop their skills. For this we salute you, well done boys, true champions!
Throughout the tournament the Black Sox performed and acted like champions, cool, calm, composed, and executed their game plan with military precision, clinically dispatching challenges from Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Japan and others. They lost only one game, going down to Venezuela in pool play, but coming back at everyone else with renewed fire and passion. They made it through to the final series coming up against the hosts Canada in a wet and muddy encounter that saw Canada 9-2 ahead at the halfway point. The Sox clawed their way back into the game and came out victors 12-11.
The Gold medal game NZ vs. OZ was played with typical ANZAC passion, with the Aussies coming out guns blazing and racking up a 3-2 lead over the kiwis going into the bottom of the 6th. With 1 down in the bottom of the 6th, the Black Sox started to shake up Aussie Pitcher Adam Folkard, arguably the world's best pitcher, when Wayne Laulu started things off with a single, followed by Kallan Compain who was hit by a pitch and awarded 1st. Josh Harbrow then lobbed a single over the head of the Aussie 2nd baseman. Campbell Enoka was then struck out by Folkard, bringing Joel Evans up to the plate, with 2 out and a 3-2 count, Joel Evans showed incredible discipline and composure as hit smashed a grand slam home run to clear the bases and give NZ a 6-3 lead. The Aussies pulled one back in the 7th with a home run, but Nick Hayes' experience in the circle saw the boys make the final out and take they 7th World Championship title.
Surely, New Zealand's most successful sporting team!
Well done lads, You've done us all proud!
Cardinals Softball Club Dunedin
Welcome to Cardinals Softball Club. Based in Green Island and serving the Green Island, Fairfield and Taieri areas, we have a T-Ball or softball team for everyone from 5 through to 65, boys and girls, men and women. Fun and family focused with great culture and regular activities for the whole family to join in. If you've got a wee one who wants to play tee ball or if you're an oldie trying to recapture your glory days then check out the teams we have available and come join in the fun.
Cardinals Falcons win their section points competition and final
Above: After the final game. Below: Prize giving.
Please remember the 2017 AGM will be held on Tuesday 30th May at 7pm, at the OSA Building on Ellis Park. All Welcome.
More something to be proud of :-D
Cardinals Softball Club is again very proud to announce that Otago has 2 more young players heading off on international duty with ISA. The New Zealand ISA U15 Boys are heading to Sydney for the annual Blues Junior Boys Tournament. Otago will be represented by...
Will Bathgate (Cardinals Softball Club)
Damian Samson (Saints Softball Club)
Well done lads, we're super excited for you both. Remember to play hard, play fair, have fun and enjoy the experience. We know you'll be great ambassadors for Otago/New Zealand Softball.
For more information about the ISA and the Boys Academy, and the Annual Blue Junior Boys tournament, please visit... http://www.isa.org.nz/boys-academy
Something to be proud of...
Cardinals Softball Club is very proud to announce that Otago has 4 talented young players who will be travelling with the New Zealand ISA U15 Girls team to Sydney Australia to participate in the U17 Blue Blaze Softball Tournament. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain some valuable experience against some very sharp competition.
Oliva Guildford (Cardinals Softball Club)
Maeve Witchell (Cardinals Softball Club)
Heaven Samson-Loffley (Saints Softball Club)
Maisie Bond (Central Otago Softball Association)
Well done girls, we're all super excited! Enjoy the tournament, play hard, play fair, have fun and savour the experience. We know you'll do us proud :-)
For more information about the ISA and the Girls Academy, and the Blue Blaze Tournament Please visit... www.isa.org.nz/girls-academy
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Adults: $55 each
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