Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2012

6.19 Softball

6.19.1 Softball Knockout competition – girls

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Knockout Competitions" - Section 5.2

(a) Age

Open age. Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Eligibility of Students" - Section 5.2.

(b) Entry

Each school may enter one team of no more than fourteen players per match. Any pupil may play in one or all of the matches.

(c) Draw

(i) Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Draw" - Section 5.2.

(ii) The competition will be completed, at a central venue, over a period of two days.

(iii) The final 16 teams will be made up of one team from each region (10) A second team from each of the 6 highest placed regions from the previous year’s final 16 knockout championship.

(d) Conditions of play

Each match is to be played according to the ASF rule book unless otherwise stated.

(e) Uniform

All members of the one team shall be uniformly dressed.

(f) Duration of the match

Each match shall consist of seven equal innings or one and one-half hours, whichever is reached first. No innings (eg. top of an innings) is to commence less than 5 minutes from the 1 1/2 hour mark. If time is completed and the team batting is the first side, then the game is over immediately. If the second batting side is batting and is equal or behind, the innings shall be completed. If the score is drawn, an equal number of extra innings shall be played until a result is reached. If application of the normal rules would result in a tie, then a tie breaker system will commence immediately, or if an incomplete innings is in progress (and the score would otherwise have reverted to the end of the last complete innings) the incomplete innings should be completed. The tie-breaker system of a runner placed on 2nd base will commence at the top of the 8th inning or at the commencement of equal innings in extra time. (The CHS convener may vary this to suit local conditions, eg. one day tournaments).

(g) Declaration of an innings

(i) The offensive team may declare its innings at any stage of the game.

(h) State section (Final 16 knockout series)

(i) The CHS convener is responsible for the conducting of the state section of the knockout (Final 16 knockout series).

(ii) Two rounds of the knockout shall be played on the first day. Round 1 in the morning. Round 2 in the afternoon.

(iii) The semi-finals shall be played on the morning of the second day, the final in the afternoon of the second day.

(iv) The draw

The final 16 draw shall be seeded according to the previous year's result at the final 16 knockout competition ie. 1 v 16, 8 v 12, 5 v 9, 4 v 13, 3 v 14, 6 v 10, 7 v 11, 2 v 15.

(v) Each team shall provide their own kit of equipment, including a clean fluro yellow softball of a competition standard. Each team shall also provide a facemask with attached helmet and throat protector, a body protector/(breastplate) and at least 4 batting helmets. The batters and base-runners must wear helmets.

(vi) The CHS convener will provide all officials. Each school is given the option of bringing a qualified student umpire to the final 16 knockout series.

(vii) Disputes and protests shall be decided on the spot in consultation with the CHS Softball convener.

(viii) Schools reaching the final 16 knockout series are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

(ix) Each school competing in the final 16 knockout competition, which is held at a central venue will be subjected to a participation levy.

6.19.2 Softball State Championships - girls

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "State Championships (team sports)" – Section 5.3

(a) Date

The state championship shall be held annually in the first term of the school year.

(b) Age division

Open age.

(c) Entries

Each region may enter one team (a maximum of fourteen players).

(d) Uniform

Players must wear the correct regional uniform as registered on the entry form.

(e) Equipment

Bases, home plates and pitchers plates shall be provided by the host region. Equipment shall comply with the rules of the ASF. Each region is to supply their own bats, gloves and catchers equipment including a catchers helmet and throat protector and at least four (4) batting helmets. The host region shall provide score sheets, backing boards and a timing device. The cost of the three balls required for each team at the state championships will be included in the regional levy. The Regional Sports Coordination Officer/Championship manager will purchase three balls per team (all to be the same type) for the state championships. 

The host region shall provide an MVP trophy for each region to be presented at the conclusion of the championships.

(f) Match rules

(i) The rules of play and the field measurements shall be those of the Australian Softball Federation except where otherwise stated.

(ii) The period of play shall be a minimum of one (1) hour and ten (10) minutes or seven (7) innings, whichever occurs first. If a draw occurs at the end of the seventh innings and there is sufficient time available within one (1) hour and ten (10) minutes limit, the game shall be continued with a tie-breaker commencing immediately.

(iii) In the event of dangerous conditions and/ or inclement weather, when any game in progress is "called off", it shall be considered a regulation game provided:- 50% of allocated time has elapsed or a minimum of three (3) innings has been played or 2.5 innings if the second team is at bat and ahead.

Any game "called off" before the minimum time or innings are completed, and which cannot be re-scheduled, shall be declared a draw.

If for any reason a game cannot be played, it shall be declared a draw.

Protests relating to the scoring of runs in a game, must be lodged within twenty (20) minutes of the completion of the game in question.

In the event of an injury to a player, or an official who cannot be moved, if possible, the time will be added on.

(iv) The run ahead rule will not apply.

(v) The competition shall be run on a round robin basis. All teams will play each other team once.

(vi) The pitching distance for the girls’ state championship will be 43 feet or 13.11m.

(vi) Speed Up Rule: In the event of two (2) players being out in an innings, and the catcher is on base as an offensive player, then the catcher may be substituted by a team member who is not in the next 4 batters in the batting line up without penalty to the team.

(vii) The Intentional Walk Rule will not apply.

(viii) A team at bat may declare its innings.

(g) Point score

(i) Points

3 points shall be awarded for a win
2 points shall be awarded for a draw
1 point shall be awarded for a loss
0 points shall be awarded for a forfeit

(ii) Where two (2) regions finish level on points for first place they will be declared joint winners.

(iii) If three (3) or more teams are equal on points results will be used from the games involving only the teams that are equal. Construct a "points table" showing for and against for each team solely on these results. See example below:-

Tied teams Teams For Against Differential Percentage
A v B 5-4 A 6 9 -3 67%
A v C 1-5 B 8 8 0 100%
B v C 4-3 C 8 5 +3 160%

Highest differential is awarded top placing
Highest percentage is awarded top placing
Percentage = runs for/runs against x 100

(iv) Where two (2) or more teams finish level on points for second place, placings will be determined on percentages.

(v) Where teams, apart from first and second place, finish level on points, they shall be given equal placings.

(vi) In the event of a round/ or rounds being cancelled the following shall be used to determine the final position of each region. The total number of competition points will be divided by the total number of games played. In the event of regions finishing level on points, then rules g (ii), (iii), (iv) (v) will then apply.

(h) Umpires, scorers

The host region shall attempt to appoint qualified umpires. Managers may be required to assist where necessary. Managers are required to see their matches are scored correctly. The championship organiser may start and stop the games at a uniform time with a bell or siren if required.

(i) Protests

(i) Umpiring

Any disputes are to be dealt with immediately as they occur. If the CHS convener is unavailable the most senior umpire available at the time will be sole judge of the dispute.

(ii) Championship organisation

The championship shall be organised in accordance with established CHS guidelines and the Softball By – laws.

(j) Championship itinerary

This shall be arranged to allow not less than two (2) hours for selection of the state team if possible. Play shall not exceed three (3) playing days. A managers meeting is to be held on the night prior to the first days play to discuss championship procedure and elect disputes and selection committees, plus nominees for the NSW All Schools Softball officials positions (Coach, Assistant Coach and Manager).

(k) NSWCHSSA team selections

Two (2) teams of twelve (12) players will be selected at this championship to trial for NSW All Schools Softball team. The four (4) selectors will be elected at the sub-committee meeting prior to the commencement of the championships, and will include the nominees for the coach/ assistant coach and managers for the NSW All Schools Team (two positions), two team managers (two positions) and the CHS Softball convener. When determining the the selection of players for the CHS Blue and CHS Red teams, selectors are to consider CHS Blue – number 1 team and CHS Red – number 2 team.

All players who participate in the final selection process are to be notified by mail twenty four (24) hours after the conclusion of the Softball state championships whether they are successful/unsuccessful in gaining selection in the NSWCHSSA team. The selected players must be given all relevant forms to be completed and returned to the NSW Combined High Schools office within two (2) weeks of the champ[ionships.

The CHS convener must send to the NSW Combined High Schools office within one (1) week of the State Carnival a fully completed team list and measurement sheet.

(l) Heat policy

In the event of extreme heat then the following guidelines shall be followed:

(i) Dugout shelters to be provided by all regions as required.

(ii) Ice containers "Eskies" to be provided by all regions. Ice to be provided by host Championship Manager for use by all regions as required.

(iii) Water bottles to be provided by all regions.

(iv) Water to be available at all playing areas.

(v) Hats and blockout to be worn at all times.

(vi) Drinks Break During Playing Time:

The CHS convener will inform the umpiring chief if a period of the championship is to be played during "extreme heat conditions". During this time a team manager, whose team is playing defensively continually for a period in excess of fifteen (15) minutes can request a "drinks break" through the officials controlling their game. This will not be counted as a team conference unless the team manager makes an adjustment to the field or substitutes a player. If it is possible to delay or suspend a round(s) of the championship, then the CHS convener and the Regional Sport Coordination Officer  will attempt to re-schedule the playing times of future rounds so that a maximum number of rounds are completed.

6.19.3 School Sport Australia Softball Championships

(a) Team

A team of up to 15 players will be selected at the NSW All Schools trials to represent NSWCHSSA at School Sport Australia Under 18's Softball Championships

(b) Venue

The venue shall rotate between the competing states.

(c) Age

Refer School Sport Australia Softball By – Laws.

(d) Uniform

(i) Team members shall wear the official New South Wales Combined High Schools Sports Association uniform (dress uniform) on all occasions unless the manager/ess gives specific permission to vary this.

(ii) Players shall wear the NSWCHSSA playing uniform for all matches.

(e) Championship procedure

The rules shall be those of the Australian Softball Federation in conjunction with the School Sport Australia Softball By – Laws.

(f) Billets

All billeting information must be obtained at selection trials. Parents of the teams must be supplied with full details one week prior to the date of the commencement of the championships.

No arrangements regarding billets may be altered except through injury or illness.

(g) Itinerary

The itinerary will be supplied by the host state prior to the championships.

(h) Results

The team manager/ess and coach must forward full results and written report together with recommendations and nominations for 'Blues' and other awards to the CHS Executive Officer within two weeks of the conclusion of the championships.

6.19.4 Softball Knockout competition – boys

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Knockout Competitions" - Section 5.2.

(a) Age

Open Age. Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Eligibility of Students" - Section 5.2.3 (b).

(b) Entry

Each school may enter one team of no more than fourteen players per match.

Any pupil may play in one or all of the matches.

(c) Draw

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "The Draw" - Section 5.2.

(i) The competition will be completed, at a central venue, over a period of two days.

(ii) The final 16 teams will be made up of one team from each region (10)

A second team from each of the 6 highest placed regions from the previous years final 16 knockout championship.

(d) Conditions of play

Each match is to be played according to the ASF rule book unless otherwise stated.

(e) Uniform

All members of the one team shall be uniformly dressed.

(f) Duration of the match

Each match shall consist of seven equal innings or one and one-half hours, whichever is reached first. No innings (eg. top of an innings) is to commence less than five (5) minutes from the 1 1/2 hour mark. If time is completed and the team batting is the first side, then the game is over immediately. If the second batting side is batting and is equal or behind, the innings shall be completed. If the score is drawn, an equal number of extra innings shall be played until a result is reached. If application of the normal rules would result in a tie, then a tie breaker system will commence immediately, or if an incomplete innings is in progress (and the score would otherwise have reverted to the end of the last complete innings) the incomplete innings should be completed. The tie-breaker system of a runner placed on 2nd base will commence at the top of the 8th inning or at the commencement of equal innings in extra time. (The CHS convener may vary this to suit local conditions, eg. one day tournaments).

(g) Declaration of innings

(i) The offensive team may declare its innings at any stage of the game.

(h) State section (Final 16 knockout series)

(i) The CHS convener is responsible for conducting of the state section of the knockout (final 16 knockout series)

(ii) Two rounds of the knockout shall be played on the first day. Round 1 in the morning. Round 2 in the afternoon.

(iii) The semi-finals shall be played on the morning of the second day, the final in the afternoon of the second day

(iv) The draw

The final 16 draw shall be seeded according to the previous year’s result at the final 16 knockout competition ie. 1 v 16, 8 v 12, 5 v 9, 4 v 13, 3 v 14, 6 v 10, 7 v 11, 2 v 15.

(v) Each team shall provide their own kit of equipment, including a clean fluro yellow softball of a competition standard. Each team shall provide a facemask with attached helmet and throat protector, a body protector (breastplate) and at least four (4) batting helmets. The batters and baserunners must wear helmets.

(vi) The CHS convener will provide all officials. Each school is given the option of bringing a qualified student umpire to the final 16 knockout Series.

(vii) Disputes and protests shall be decided on the spot in consultation with the CHS Softball convener.

(viii) Schools reaching the final 16 knockout series are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

(ix) Each school competing in the final 16 knockout series at a central venue will be subjected to a participation levy.

6.19.5 Softball State Championships – boys

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "State Championships (team sports)" - Section 5.3.

(a) Date

A boys state championship shall be held.

(b) Age division

Open Age. Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Eligibility of Students" - Section 5.2.3 (b).

(c) Entries

Each region may enter one team (a maximum of fourteen players). Team lists showing names, ages and form (year) of players must be forwarded to the championship organiser not less than four weeks prior to the commencement of the championships.

(d) Uniform

Players must wear the correct regional uniform as registered on the entry form.

(e) Equipment

Bases, home plates and pitchers plates shall be provided by the host region. Equipment shall comply with the rules of the A.S.F. Each region is to supply their own bats, gloves and catchers equipment including a catcher's helmet and throat protector and at least (4) batting helmets. The host region shall provide score sheets, backing boards and a timing device. The cost of the three balls required for each team at the state championships will be included in the regional levy. The Regional Sports Coordination Officer/Championship manager will purchase three balls per team (all to be the same type) for the state championships.

(f) First aid

The host region shall provide an adequate first-aid kit.

(g) Match rules

(i) The rules of play and the field measurements shall be those of The Australian Softball Federation except where otherwise stated

(ii) The period of play shall be a minimum of one hour and ten minutes or seven innings, whichever occurs first. If a draw occurs at the end of the seventh innings and there is sufficient time available within one hour and ten minutes limit, the game shall be continued with a tie-breaker commencing immediately.

(iii) The run ahead rule will not apply.

(iv) The competition shall be run on a round robin basis. All teams will play each other team once.

(v) The pitching distance for the boys’ state championships will be 46 feet or 14.02m.

(vi) Speed Up Rule: In the event of two (2) players being out in an innings, and the catcher is on base as an offensive player, then the catcher may be substituted by a team member who is not in the next 4 batters in the batting line up without penalty to the team.

(vii) The Intentional Walk Rule will not apply.

(viii) A team at bat may declare its innings.

(h) Points score

(i) Points

3 points shall be awarded for a win.
2 points shall be awarded for a draw.
1 points shall be awarded for a loss.
0 points shall be awarded for a forfeit

(ii) Where two regions finish level on points for first place, they will be declared joint winners.

(iii) If three or more teams are equal on points results will be used from the games involving only the teams that are equal. Construct a "points table" showing for and against for each team solely on these results. See example below:-

Tied teams Teams For Against Differential Percentage
A v B 5-4 A 6 9 -3 67%
A v C 1-5 B 8 8 0 100%
B v C 4-3 C 8 5 +3 160%

Highest differential is awarded top placing
Highest percentage is awarded top placing
Percentage = Runs for/runs against x 100

(iv) Where two (2) or more teams finish level on points for second place, placings will be determined on percentages.

(v) Where teams, apart from 1st and 2nd place, finish level on points, they shall be given equal placings.

(i) Umpires, scorers and timekeepers

The host region shall attempt to appoint qualified umpires. Managers may be required to assist where necessary. Managers are required to see their matches are scored correctly.

(j) Protests

(i) Umpiring

Any disputes are to be dealt with immediately they occur. If the CHS convener is unavailable, the most senior umpire available at the time will be sole judge of the dispute.

Individual regions are given the option of bringing a qualified student umpire as part of the regional team to the state championships.  Student umpires participate as part of the CAPS Scheme.

(ii) Championship organisation

The championship shall be organised in accordance with established CHS guidelines and the Softball by-laws. Any departure from such guidelines shall be discussed by a full committee of team managers and the championship organiser.

(k) Championship itinerary

This shall be arranged to allow not less than two hours for the selection of the CHS team, if possible. Play shall not exceed three (3) playing days. A managers' meeting is to be held on the night prior to the first days play to discuss championship procedure and elect the disputes and selection committees.

(l) Program

At least six (6) weeks prior to the championship, the host region shall notify each Regional Sports Coordination Officer and the Combined High Schools office of the following:

(i) Venue, itinerary and draw.

(ii) Billeters’ names, addresses and telephone numbers

(iii) Managerial/coaches accommodation.

(iv) Recommendation sheet for managers to fill in and return at the conclusion of the championship.

(v) Any other relevant information.

(m) Lunches

The host region shall provide lunches, or canteen facilities, for all players and officials.

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