2021 PH Allstars Softball Teams

Commissioners Nick Barton & Chris Scallin: phpanthersfastpitch@gmail.com Summer Tournament Teams – “PH Allstars” Beginning in the Summer of 2020, the summer tournament softball teams changed their names to “PH Allstars”, similar to the baseball summer tournament teams made up of PHBA house ball players. The number of teams will be determined by the number of…

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OVERTHROW! Send them back, Coach.

The Overthrow Rules 4.11 for both Pioneer divisions have been 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 bases non-stop…

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When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. 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.…

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Coach Pitch Interference

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 “Look Back” Rule

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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The “Foul Tip”

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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