In the first few HS scrimmages around my parts, there have been some MAJOR
arguments about pitching rules. Quite a few of my colleagues have been calling
an illegal pitch every time a pitcher allows her pivot foot to come up in the air
off the *** during the delivery.
The ASA pitching rules, which we use for HS ball in Mass, are very specific.
The pivot foot must remain in contact with the plate until the leading foot touches
the ground, OR the pivot foot may be dragged off the ***, so long as it
maintains contact with the ground. Hence, the illegal pitch call.
These calls have led to some *** incidents, including the ejection of a
respected coach from a scrimmage (!!). I anticipate a season of controversy.
I've been talking with quite a few of my fellow umps to make sure that we are
all consistent in calling the rule. I'm really interested in how the players,
coaches, and other blues on the newsgroup see it. If I see daylight under the pivot
foot, should I be calling "illegal" every time? And if you think not, then
how should we call this rule about maintaining contact with the ground??
- Never in doubt during a game.....
- But often puzzled on the way home....
Ken Miller Rehoboth, MA