Best new rule…so far

Got the 2007 ASA rule book Monday night and started going through it as I always do. That’s when I found it — my nomination (so far) for the best new rule.

Essentially, it states that a legal pitch must be delivered from the side of the body on the throwing arm side. It specifically prohibits pitches delivered between the legs or behind the back.  I can’t help but wonder what happened, and where it happened, that necessitated making a rule about it. Most pitchers I’ve seen are doing all they can to get the ball where they want it with a normal delivery.

This is almost as good as the one about all base runners returning to their original bases after an offensive conference. You shouldn’t even have to have a rule about that. But I guess you do.


About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on May 9, 2007, in Rules and Umpires. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I guess it’s kind of like the warning label on a can of paint. “Can be harmful to your health if swallowed”. . .Daaaa, it’s paint! Of course it’s harmful if you swallow it!You would never have to state such rules or warnings for honest people. But for some, if you don’t cover things explicitly, they will try and take advantage anyway they can.


  2. LOL! You are so right on both counts.


  3. High School coaches are very protected from my experience and only in extreme case are they disciplined for anything.The state school is amoral and if the coach is also then you can only hope for the best. As a taxpayer you are screwed and as a parent you are stuck with the only option a parochialschool that costs alot.


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