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July 19-21: Panthers Field of Dreams Tournament

2024 Summer Tournament Rosters

May 14, 2024

Our 2024 summer tournament rosters have been formed: Check out the full rosters here: phba.org/all-star-teams/

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July 19-21 – PHBA Panthers Field of Dreams Softball Tournament

Apr 10, 2024

PHBA Panthers Field of Dreams Softball Tournament, July 19th-21st Register now: https://norcal.registerplay.com/pages/event/1480966309

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Saying Farewell to Shawn Draper

Mar 9, 2023

There is sadness on the fields of Mudville this week. Not because the might Casey has struck out but because a friend, colleague, mentor, and former leader of PHBA’s Blue Crew community and Umpire Leadership Team has called their last ball game. On Sunday past, Shawn Draper, a charter member of the Umpire Leadership Team,…

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Video Replays from “New York”

Mar 28, 2023

In 2014, MLB unveiled their state of the art Replay Operations Center, a 900-square-foot room at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media in the historic Chelsea Market building. It’s a technological marvel, outfitted with state-of-the-art video equipment. And it’s the nerve center of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system. Unfortunately, PHBA is unable…

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When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

Jan 30, 2022

The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed in 2020. So how many pitches does a coach really get to throw during coach pitch? This one seems simple enough, and yet the math never seems to add up for most coaches and umpires. This has been the rule for softball for years,…

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The OVERTHROW Rule is Dead!

Jan 31, 2022

The Overthrow Rules 4.11 for both Pioneer divisions have been rescinded and revamped to encourage the kids (and especially the coaches) to make a play on the runners instead of simply getting the ball back to the pitcher to “kill the play.” In previous years, attempting plays and missing promoted the kids simply running the…

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Coach Pitch Interference

Feb 20, 2021

The rule for coach pitch interference was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. The coach should make every effort (think Neo in the Matrix) to avoid contact with a hit or thrown ball. However, if the coach is hit by the ball, the ball is LIVE and play will…

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The “Foul Tip”

Jan 12, 2021

The foul tip is one those baseball rules that confuses the casual enjoyer of America’s pastime and infuriates baseball purists.  This article is designed to help you understand this simple yet often misunderstood rule. According to MLB.com,  “A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and…

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The “Look Back” Rule

Jan 25, 2021

The Look Back rule is specific to softball.  The rule, in the words of USA Softball (teamusa.org), “was supposed to stop players from dancing around between bases while the ball was in the Pitcher’s possession and control in the Pitcher’s Circle.”  The short, paraphrased version of this rule is this:  When the Pitcher A) Has…

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