IGSSA SOFTBALL CONVENER 2006 Angela Knight - Roseville IGSSA Committee Danebank, MLC, Ravenswood, Santa Sabina, Wenona, Pymble, Frensham, St Catherine’s, Roseville, Queenwood. Representative Team Officials Selectors One representative from each school on the committee. Development Team Manager Coach Roanne Hill, SCEGGS Lia Fayle, Pymble Open Team Manager Coach Claire Dalziel, Abbotsleigh Alan Moore, Ravenswood NSWCIS Representatives Angela Knight, Roseville EVENTS IGSSA Conveners’ Seminar: - Wednesday February 8, IGSSA office, 6.30pm IGSSA Registrations: - Tuesday February 14 IGSSA Representative Team Nominations: - Friday February 10 IGSSA Representative Team Trials: - Thursday February 16 & Tuesday February 21, Pymble NSWCIS Staff Nominations: - Wednesday February 15 NSWCIS Carnival: - Thursday March 2, St Ives Village Green NSW All Schools: - Tuesday March 21, Blacktown Australian All Schools: - TBC Playing Saturdays February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 April 1 (semi’s), April 8 (Finals) SOFTBALL GUIDELINES_____ 2. At any time after registration a girl may play in a Grade or Division higher than the SCHOOL DUTIES______________ one in which she is registered (see following table). Once she has played 3 games in the 1. A responsible adult - Convener must be in higher Grade or Division she must remain in charge at each venue each Saturday from the higher Grade or Division. 7.30 am to finish of play. 3. Each school may drop one player per 2. The Convener must be able to provide Ice team to the next lower team ( i.e. same or and First Aid, access to toilets, access to one lower division only ) than the one in Telephone for emergencies, and will keep a which she is registered once during the first constant check on the progress of matches. two weeks of play. This rule will still apply if a team has a bye in the first 2 weeks. In the 3. The Convener will have result sheets for event of continuous rain a special decision games which should be signed by all girls will be made for all schools. Once a girl is before their game. At the completion of the dropped she may remain in the lower team, game captains and umpires to complete however, should she play in the team in result details. which she was originally registered at any time during the remainder of the season, it is 4.The Convener must make a decision treated as her third game in the higher concerning commencement of play, any grade, and she must remain up. stoppages or cancellation due to inclement weather. Any such decisions should be 4. Where schools have teams in the same made after consultation with any P.E. staff Grade and Division they must nominate the present, when the majority view should higher or lower team and rules relating to prevail. playing up or down will apply. 5. Other school duties are detailed later. 5. It is within the rules for a girl to play in a MAXIMUM of TWO teams on one day REGISTRATIONS_____________ (within the general registration rules), provided this causes no inconvenience to All girls must be enrolled at the school they the opposition. represent and be registered with the AHIGS OFFICE. 6. No player may take part in a semi-final or final unless they have played 3 competition FLOATING REGISTRATION Each school may round games. A girl registered in a team and use up to 4 floating registrations during the who has played a minimum 3 round games season - i.e. where a girl is used for one game with her registered team but is unable to only no fee will be charged. The use of a floating play in a semi-final shall not be deprived of registration must be in line with other registration the opportunity to play in a final. No girl may rules. play in more than one grade/division or different grade/divisions for the semi-finals REGISTRATION RULES_________ or finals. Special permission will be granted 1.All girls must be registered after they play their in exceptional circumstances for a team to first game play a finals floater. This is a girl who has not played during the season and is only for use when a school has every team in the semis/finals or an exceptional circumstance 5.Number of Players - A team must have at where safety would be a consideration (for least 7 players available throughout the example : Grade 1A player required due to game or a forfeit is declared. injury – only team not in semis – Grade 5E 6.The Infield Fly rule will not apply to Grade5 7. When submitting player profile lists prior to the IGSSA grading meeting, please 7. The nine run rule ( per innings ) is to be ensure that player positions are listed. played in all Grades where applicable.( See also Rule 8. ) 8.The minimum number of registrations per team is 7. No maximum. 8. The batting side may at any stage elect to declare their innings closed prior to nine THE PENALTY FOR PLAYING AN runs being achieved. This decision is taken ILLEGAL PLAYER IS FORFEITURE OF at their own risk and is not reversible. The THE MATCH aim of this rule is to prevent the farcical situation (in a timed game) where to achieve GROUND RULES______________ the desired result batters are encouraged to get out. 1. Match Times - Grades 1-5 - One hour NB: The score of a called regulation 9. Sliding Base Rule - do not chase the base game shall be the score at the end of the - maintain ground where base was originally. last complete inning unless the team second at bat has scored more runs than 10.Matches are to be played in accordance the first team at bat in the incomplete with the rules of Softball as recognised by inning. In this case, the score shall be the ASF (Australian Softball Federation ) that of the incomplete inning. Please current rule book. explain this rule to girls as this situation happens often and is, through 11.Speed Up Rule - In the event of the misunderstanding a cause of upset and catcher being on base with 2 out, she may concern. be replaced by a runner ( any but the 4 next in line from the catcher in the batting order ). 2. Grades 1A & 3A will play 1hr 15mins in This is to save time. If the catcher is the semi’s and finals replaced she must immediately change into her catchers gear. In the event of an innings not reaching nine runs a team may declare the innings closed 12. Please encourage students to widen up at their own risk the strike zone. Coaches should encourage students to hit the ball where possible as 3.Playing Field opposed to being walked. All games will be played on a 18.30m diamond with a pitching distance of 12.19m UNIFORM___________________ for Grades 1 & 3 and 10.66m for Grades 2, 4 & 5. A safety base is to be used for Grade All girls must wear their nominated school 1-5 games. Softball uniform whether this be all in 4.If unmarked, the pass ball line should be Knickerbockers, or all in P.E. Uniform. defined at the start of play. Players not in uniform will not be allowed to take the diamond. The uniform must be correctly worn. If bike pants are worn they participant in inter – school sport. Sport is must not be visible below PE skirt line. inherently dangerous. Participants are advised to assess their own needs and to SAFETY____________________ take out insurance appropriate to their circumstances. 1. Helmets are mandatory for batters, on- deck batters, batter-runners and all youth CONVENERS__________________ age coaches (U18) who coach in the first or third base coaches box. Any defensive Conveners will be paid according to their player may wear an approved helmet of level of experience, expectation in respect of identical colour to the team caps. number of diamonds and competence in carrying out the required duties. This will 2. All Catchers must wear a helmet (or face range from $20 - $25 per hour. Maximum mask & skull cap), throat protector, body hours per morning = 5 hrs (except in protector and leggings. Catchers must be exceptional circumstances). Conveners fully protectively dressed when warming up. may, where feasible, umpire in addition to convening providing convening at all times 3. Shin Pads must be worn by all players. takes priority over umpiring. In this case no more than $20 per game may be claimed 4. Properly fitting mouth guards are strongly for umpiring. recommended for all players. UMPIRES____________________ 5. Caps are strongly recommended and girls should be encouraged to use a 30+ Girls are to be reminded that the umpire is in sunscreen. full control of the game. Should this not be the case girls must nevertheless respect that 6. Soles of shoes may be either smooth or this is the case and are never to argue with have soft or hard rubber cleats. No metal the umpire. If any query is to made of the cleats or shoes with detachable cleats are umpire, this must be performed in the proper allowed. manner - see Softball Rule Book and AHIGS Sporting Committee (IGSSA) Code of 7. Casts - plastic, metal or other hard Conduct. If an umpire fails to arrive for any substances may not be worn in a game. game the teams are responsible for starting their own matches. No extra time is 8. No jewellery may be worn. Medical alert allowed. bracelets may be worn if taped to the body. Any player refusing to remove jewellery will Schools travelling to Frensham should be excluded from the game. contact the PE Staff at Frensham a week prior to scheduled matches to ascertain if 9. All equipment must be approved by the they will need to supply umpires. Australian Softball Standards and be in accordance with the current rule book. AHIGS will pay "Outside Umpires" as follows: 10.Girls are not to share drink bottles. Unqualified but competent - $20 11.AHIGS does not provide insurance for NSW Level 1 Umpire Accreditation or 2 accidents or injuries sustained by any Years IGSSA umpiring service - $22 NSW Level 2 Umpire Accreditation or 4 RUBBISH AND TOILET DUTIES FOR Years IGSSA umpiring service - $23 NON SCHOOL VENUES_________ NSW Level 3 Umpire Accreditation or 6 At each non school venue the two teams Years IGSSA umpiring service - $25 on Diamond 1 for the last time slot are responsible for rubbish duty. This duty Qualified schoolgirl umpires in Years 11 involves checking for and picking up any & 12 may be paid. rubbish and placing it in a bin or asking the Convener for a rubbish bag in which to put it Plate umpires must wear protective and disposing of it in a proper manner. equipment - at minimum a mask, throat At each non school venue the two teams protector and body protector. on Diamond 2 for the last time slot are responsible for toilet duty. This duty SCHOOL DUTIES______________ involves checking that the toilets are left free of rubbish and leaving the area in a clean Teams are required to supply base umpires and reasonable state for use by others. and assist with set up or pack up of diamonds. Failure to do so will result in loss Some Basic points for base umpires: of points for the offending team. Base umpires should be familiar with the rules relating to runners on a base. SCHEDULE OF DUTIES FOR EACH WEEK 8am: 1st named team to set up diamond, Decisions must be visual and audible. including back nets and bases. 8am: 2nd named team to supply 2 base For a call of out, raise right hand clearly umpires for 9:10am match. above the head with a clenched fist, and call 9:10am:1st named team to supply 2 base "OUT" umpires for 8am match. For a call of safe, arms extended both 9:10am: 2nd named team to supply 2 base hands over the base, calling " SAFE" umpires for 10:20am match. Assist the Plate umpire in moving teams on 10:20am: 1st named team to pack away and off the diamond. diamond and back nets. Girls in Grade 1A will be expected to act as If 11:30am game is played: - Plate umpire for some games. These duties 10:20am: 2nd named team to supply 2 base will be noted in the draw. umpires for 11:30am 11:30am: 1st named team to pack away DISCIPLINE - FOR BREACHES OF diamond and back nets CODE OF CONDUCT___________ Equipment needed for each venue: PE Staff and officials as decreed in the AHIGS Sporting Committee (IGSSA) Code safety base, 3 bases, home plate, pitchers plate of Conduct are requested to issue cards as & back nets (where required) appropriate. Please read the Code of Conduct issued to all schools. A copy is contained in this handbook. Please make all players, coaches and umpires aware of the green, yellow and red card system. SCORE SHEETS______________ players understand the seriousness of forging a signature. Each team is responsible for providing their own score sheets. A score sheet for copying PROTESTS___________________ is found later in this information. If a coach is not satisfied with an umpiring RESULT SHEETS______________ decision, she/he is entitled to lodge a protest. The following procedure will apply. Every game requires a result sheet. Please The Coach will call "Time" and the Plate do not take these away from the Convener’s umpire will hear the protest. A decision will table, pack them in the kits or take them be given to the protesting Coach and if home or to school - they must be returned to necessary the situation will be explained to the Convener at the ground. If by chance a the opposing coach. The game then result sheet is taken from the ground make continues. If the protesting Coach is not sure it is taken to the PE Staff first thing on satisfied the Coach will lodge a protest in the Monday following the game. the following way. The protest is noted in both scorebooks and the following The Result sheets should remain at the information must be shown: Convener’s table and be signed by players exact time of protest before the game. After the game Captains rule involved and Umpires return to the Convener’s table number out to complete details of the game. position of runners on bases count on the batter At venues where this is not feasible the The game will continue. The protest must be Captain of the first named team is lodged with the Convener immediately after responsible for collecting this sheet from the game. The protest will be heard as soon the Convener. The Captain of the winning as possible after the game by 3 members of team is responsible for returning it to the the Protest Committee, the Convener and Convener after the game. Plate umpire. Each school will have a representative on the protest committee and Captains of both teams should check the should such case arise the committee will be details on the sheet before handing it in, as comprised of any three representatives not once signed, it will be regarded as the involved in the protest. The coaches of the official record of the game. Sheets not teams concerned must attend the meeting. received by the AHIGS Sports Director Should it not be practical to hold a meeting, before the next round will result in a forfeit all parties will be consulted by for the teams concerned. phone/facsimile. Unsigned sheets will be considered a forfeit, FORFEITS___________________ unless the sign on sheets are unavailable from the convener. A team which finds it necessary to forfeit must notify - Any girl found forging another girl's a. their opponents signature on a result sheet will be barred b. AHIGS Sports Director, and when from playing for a period decided by the requested, the ground Convener concerned, IGSSA Softball Committee and her team will no later than 12 noon on the day prior to the suffer a loss of points. Please ensure all game. Please consider when forfeiting the effect NB: No girl may play in a semi-final or final this has on all other schools in the unless they have played 3 competition Division. matches with that team or as defined in table for playing up. No girl may play in more Teams more than 5 minutes late taking the than one Grade/Division or different diamond will be deemed to have forfeited Grade/Divisions for the semi-finals or finals. their match, however, in this case the Special permission may be granted in opponents may choose to play the game for exceptional circumstances for a team to play points, provided this decision is made prior a finals floater. This is a girl who has not to the start of the match, and cannot be played during the season and is only when a reversed. In this case the forfeit no longer school has every team in the semis/finals or stands, nor is extra time allowed. a safety issue is raised. In the case of a team failing to have WET WEATHER______________ necessary equipment available, the non offending team may choose to lend their NB: All players are requested to go to their gear. This decision must be made prior to venues where a decision will then be made the start of the game. In the interests of concerning play for each time slot. inter – school sport it is hoped the game will be played. However, where lack of If play at any venue is cancelled and the equipment involves a safety risk, no play AHIGS Sports Director is notified, a should take place and a forfeit will be message will be put on the AHIGS wet awarded to the non offending team. weather sports line. Players and parents may check this line by ringing: 1900 922 834 FINALS____________________ PARENTS AND PLAYERS SHOULD BE The format of these matches will be as in NOTIFIED IN WRITING OF THIS earlier rounds, with the following exception: ARRANGEMENT BY EACH SCHOOL. Grades 1A and 3A will play for 1hr If a whole round is washed out it will be 15mins in both the semi’s and finals. declared a wet weather day and draw points In the event of a tie at time in a will be awarded. In the case of a partial semi-final, a tie-break rule will apply wash out completed games shall retain their with a runner (last batter out from points and washed out matches will be previous innings) on 3rd base and 2 awarded draw points. down. In the event of a draw at time in a POINT SCORE_____________ final the teams will be declared Co- Premiers. Win: 5 Points The draw for the semi-finals will be Draw: abandoned or wash out: 3 Points decided on the results of the Loss: 1 Point pointscore table and played as 1 v 4 Forfeit: -1 Point and 2 v 3 Forfeit Score For/Against: 7/0 IGSSA SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS___________ LORETO NORMANHURST Mt Pleasant Avenue, NORMANHURST All Schools are requested to supply equipment for home school venues. AHIGS PYMBLE LADIES' COLLEGE will provide the equipment for ‘outside’ Rear entrance - off Avon Road, PYMBLE venues. See first Newsletter for areas you are required to supply equipment. RAVENSWOOD Ravenswood Avenue/Henry Street, While all care will be taken, Conveners are GORDON not responsible for loss or damage. SANTA SABINA Please name all school equipment clearly. Jersey Road, STRATHFIELD Please provide proper home and pitchers ST IVES PARK PRIMARY plates Acron Rd, ST IVES Please arrange for your equipment to be at the SYDNEY UNIVERSITY venue for the first match - 8.00am. If you will not Women’s Square entrance western end be there please make arrangements with Parramatta Road or Carillon Avenue, another school to transport it for you, so it is CAMPERDOWN there in time for the game. TARA VENUES____________________ Masons Drive, NORTH PARRAMATTA Please respect the wishes of the Conveners IGSSA SOFTBALL UMPIRES & at each venue concerning parking SCORERS BADGES_________ restrictions, use of facilities and out of bounds areas, dogs etc. Level 1, 2 and 3 Umpiring Badges and a Scoring Badge will be awarded to girls who ABBOTSLEIGH successfully complete requirements for Pacific Highway / Ada Avenue, these awards. WAHROONGA This will involve a theoretical examination CUMBERLAND COLLEGE OF HEALTH and practical umpiring under supervision at SCIENCES IGSSA Saturday matches. East Street LIDCOMBE. Parking within the college costs $2.70. Must have correct Details may be found in the IGSSA Officials change. Free parking in East St. Badging Booklet. FRENSHAM Please encourage girls to achieve these Take MITTAGONG turn off Freeway. awards. To be eligible to enter the following Turn left opposite Melrose Motel - sign " year’s competition, each school must have Frensham " a minimum of 2 girls achieve either an Cross railway Bridge to Range Road umpiring or scoring badge. Grounds are located through entrance on left IGSSA REPRESENTATIVE SOFTBALL TEAM___________ Girls wishing to be considered for these teams must be nominated on the form in the entries booklet. Representative Team - any girl nominated must play a minimum of 3 Saturday IGSSA Term 1 Softball or Tennis matches, with the exception of nominees from Calrossy, NEGS and PLC Armidale and any other member school not participating in the Saturday competition. Check availability for CIS Trials and CHS, CCC games before nominating. Nomination fee - $5 IGSSA Rep. Team cost - approximately $60 SCORING SYMBOLS AS allowed steal ___ one base hit IF infield fly === two base hit F caught fly three base hit FF caught foul fly home run MF muffed fly BB base on balls E error WP wild pitch WT wild throw PB passed ball MB missed base IP illegal pitch LB left base before pitch released - also when out for BOO batting out of order not advancing/returning immediately with pitcher HBB hit by batted ball and ball in 8' circle HPB hit by pitched ball PO put out B bunt 6-3 assist INT interference K2 strike out ( 3rd strike caught by catcher) OBS obstruction KE2 Strike out (3rd strike dropped by catcher and batter S steal advances safely to first.) DP double play K2-3 3rd strike dropped but batter thrown out at first FC fielders choice K2-E3 3rd strike dropped, ball thrown to first PPR passed a preceding runner who errors RXL running more than 3 feet off line to avoid a tag B3S bunting foul on third strike DH designated hitter RE re-entry LEGAL PLAYING UP________ 2C 1A-2B Some examples of legal and illegal plays - 2D 1A-2C girl plays 2 games in one day - LEGAL 2E 1A-2D 2F 1A-2E girl from 3A plays in 2 - ILLEGAL & FORFEIT 2G 1A-2F 2H 1A-2G girl plays less than 3 round games OR plays 3 2I 1A-2H but fails to sign on, NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SEMIS 2J 1A-2I OR FINALS 2K 1A-2J 2L 1A-2K girl in 2A plays down in 2B in Week 2 - 2M 1A-2L LEGAL provided she then remains in 2B for 3A 1A-1D remainder of season OR if she plays up she 3B 1A-1F 3A is automatically re registered in the higher 3C 1A-1L 3A-3B Grade. 3D 1A-1L 3A-3C 3E 1A-3D girl in 2A plays down in 2C - FORFEIT 3F 1A-3E 3G 1A-3F girl in 2A plays down in 2B in Week 3-FORFEIT 3H 1A-3G 3I 1A-3H girl from 3A plays up - 3J 1A-3I Week 1 - 1A,Week 2 - 1C,Week 3 - 1B 3K 1A-3J AUTOMATICALLY RE-REGISTERED IN 1C - 3L 1A-3K the lowest she may now play. 4A 1A-3E 4B 1A-4A a school has 2 teams in Grade 3A Team 11 & 12 4C 1A-4B - RULES for playing up apply similarly to 4D 1A-4C team numbers. 4E 1A-4D 4F 1A-4E LEGAL GRADES FOR PLAYING UP FOR 4G 1A-4F ROUND GAMES SEMI FINALS & FINALS 4H 1A-4G 41 1A-4H GRADE ALLOW PLAY UP TO: 4J 1A-4I 1B 1A 4K 1A-4J 1C 1A-1B 5A 1A-1D 3A-3D 1D 1A-1C 5B 1A-1F 3A-3L 5A 1E 1A-1D 5C 1A-5B 1F 1A-1E 5D 1A-5C 1G 1A -1F 5E 1A-5D 1H 1A-1G 5F 1A-5E 1I 1A-1H 5G 1A-5F 1J 1A-1I 5H 1A-5G 1K 1A-1J 5I 1A-5H 1L 1A-1K 5J 1A- 5I 1M 1A-1L 5K 1A- 5J 2A 1A-1L 2B 1A-2A AHIGS WET WEATHER Due to the short season for all IGSSA Sports, every attempt is made to play the inter-school matches and cancellations of Saturday Sport are rarely made before Saturday morning, unless a venue notifies IGSSA that the facilities will not be playable prior to this. There are two means gaining information concerning play: - IGSSA Wet Weather Line 1900 922 834 AND/OR IGSSA WEBSITE http://igssa.ahigs.nsw.edu.au If play has been cancelled for the entire morning, you have no further responsibilities. If play has not been cancelled, go to your venue and assess its suitability for play. Advise Alison Gowan of the outcome by calling 0418 491 521. If necessary, continue to liaise with Alison throughout the morning and obtain updates from the wet weather line for later fixtures. GUIDELINES Play should not commence under any circumstance if there is a risk of injury to those involved. If conditions deteriorate during the course of the game/match such that it becomes unsafe to continue, play must cease immediately. If an outside venue (non school) is closed by the local council concerned, play must not commence. All participants must be aware that in the event of lightning – play must not resume until 30mins after the last lightning strike. All play must cease immediately if there is hail. All students, officials and spectators should seek cover immediately. Care should also be taken in the event of extreme heat. If there are any concerns or doubt, contact the AHIGS Sports Director immediately. After consultation with coaches, players and umpires, extra drinks breaks or cancellation of play should be considered.