2018 National Championship Rule Changes

2018 National Championship Rule Changes

Softball Australia is pleased to release the latest Technical Bulletin that explains the rule changes that will take effect for the 2018 National Championships.

As these rules will be implemented at the 2018 World Championship events, Softball Australia has directed that all the new rules will apply to Australian Championships from the date of this Bulletin.

During the Rule Book changeover period, Softball Australia will continue to use the 2013 – 2017 Rule Book in conjunction with this Technical Bulletin for the 2018 Australian Championship season.

Click here to access the Technical Bulletin.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division (WBSC-SD) review and update the playing rules every four years at the WBSC Congress. At the 2017 WBSC – SC Congress Playing Rules Commission; 28 proposed rule changes were submitted.  Of the 28, 4 were withdrawn and 5 were amended resulting in 24 proposals being passed.

Of the 24 approved rule change proposals, 11 were for housekeeping, simply rewording the rule to help with the interpretation of the rule without affecting the intent of the rule.

The approved changes affecting the way we play the game relate to:

  1. Appeals
  2. Bench Area
  3. Illegal Glove
  4. Strike Zone
  5. Uniform
  6. Pitching

For the most up to date version, visit Softball Australia Resources / Technical Bulletins https://www.softball.org.au/technical-bulletins/