Weekly Newsletter


Use of the DP/Flex
We still seem to be having misinterpretation and misapplication of the DP/FLEX by coaches and umpires. Below are a few reminders.

If used the DP/Flex must be made know to the umpires and opposing coach prior to the start of the game. The DP is listed as one of the 9 hitters in the batting order. The DP is batting for the FLEX and they are placed in the 10th position in the lineup and will not bat. The substitution rule applies to the DP and FLEX just as it does any other starter. They have one re-entry.

DP/Flex basics:

  • DP is listed in first 9 and bats.
  • FLEX is listed 10th and plays defense.
  • DP can also play defense for any of the batting players who remain in the game as batters.
  • If the DP plays defense for the FLEX that FLEX player has left the game but may re-enter one time.
  • After re-entry if the DP plays defense for the FLEX again that FLEX player is done and cannot re-enter.
  • A substitute could enter as a new FLEX player.
  • If the FLEX ever bats or runs bases it must be for the DP who has left the game but may re-enter one time.
  • If the DP re-enters and the FLEX again bats or runs for that DP that DP player is done and cannot re-enter.
  • A substitute could enter as a new DP player.

Cold weather during the softball season is common in Kansas. It is permissible for defenders to wear sweatshirts on the field of play unless the umpire were to deem the extra clothing dangerous to play. A number is not required on the sweatshirt or jacket. A legal uniform is required under the jacket. (NFHS Rule 3-2-1)

Coaches must report substitutes
Coaches are to report all substitutes including courtesy runners to the plate umpire. Rule 3-6-7 indicates players and substitutes shall not enter the contest unreported. The umpires shall issue a team warning to the coach of the team involved and the next offender on that team shall be restricted to the dugout/bench for the remainder of the game. The head coach is also restricted to the dugout/bench for the remainder of the game.

Check the Non-Approved Bat List
The ASA approved and non-approved bat list has moved to the website. The following is the link to the page where coaches can get the non-approved bat list, All coaches are required to have a copy of the non-approved bat list with them to provide to umpires. Coaches should also use the approved bat list to check all bats that are being used by players and confirm they are an approved bat. The ASA bat list can be located by going to the KSHSAA softball page and then on the right under “other information” click on the ASA approved bats, this will also take you to the site.

Catchers Box is to be Marked
A reminder to those marking softball fields that the catcher’s box is to be marked in addition to the batters boxes. The catcher’s box extends 10 feet behind the back edge of the batter’s box and is 8 feet 5 inches wide. The catcher must be in the box when the pitcher assumes their position on the pitching plate.

Maximum Games
Softball players are permitted to play in 26 games during the season. Any amount of time in a contest as a pinch runner, courtesy runner or position player constitutes participation in that game. Teams at any level may only schedule 20 games, but a player can participate in 26.

Situation of the Week
In the third inning, S1 reports to the plate umpire, but (a) her name is not on the lineup card even though she was on the bench at the start of the game; (b) S1 arrived after the game had started and, therefore, was not on the lineup card; or (c) S1’s name is listed properly, but her number is listed incorrectly.

RULING: In all cases, S1 is eligible to enter the game as a substitute. In (a) and (b), S1’s information may be added to the lineup card, and in (c) the number is corrected. However, in all cases, her head coach receives a team warning. Any further change/addition to the lineup card in name or number results in the head coach being restricted to the dugout/bench area for the remainder of the game. (3-1-3 Penalty)

Situation of the Week #2
With one out, R1 is on second and R2 is on first. An infield fly by B4 touches R2 who is standing on first.

RULING: B4 is out. R2 is not out unless she intentionally interferes. (2-30; 8-2-9; 8-8-13

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