College Softball Pitching Rules
Pitching rules softball is the ball is declared an illegal pitch if the pitcher pitches using underhand motion.
The ball is declared illegal if the pitcher's feet are maintained at a distance from the pitcher's mound provided by the official Rule book of softball. The position should be established before taking the signal.
This is implemented to maintain consistency with the pitcher's lane lines while pitching.
Here are some of the pitching rules in college softball for the 2023 season listed below:
- A pitch is considered legal if it is thrown to the batter underhand.
- Before pitching, both feet should be within the 24-inch length of the pitching mound. The pivotal foot should be in contact with the mound whereas the secondary must be behind the pitcher's box.
- The pitcher should have her hands separated before taking the pitching position. The shoulders should be faced in line with the first and third base.
- The pitcher shall be taking the signal from the catcher with the hands separated with the ball being remained in either the glove or pitching hand.
- The hands should come in front of the body together for not more than 10 seconds before the ball is released. It may be moving or motionless.
- The pitcher can't put back the hands or touch again during the pitching delivery before the release.
The rules if violated will lead to penalties for the respective team and will be called an illegal pitching delivery.
Other Softball Rules In 2023:
- NCAA Softball Obstruction and Halo Rule
- College Softball Run Rule
- College Softball Pinch Runner Rule
- Look Back Rule
- Infield Pop Fly Rule
- USSSA Slowpitch Softball Rule
- NCAA Softball Mercy Rule
- College Softball Number Of Innings Rules