Be the Referee: Softball Illegal Pitch

April 25, 2019

"Be the Referee" returns this week as assistant director Brent Rice explains changes this spring in softball for situations when an illegal pitch is thrown.

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Softball Illegal Pitch - Listen

A rules change for the 2019 softball season affects what happens to baserunners when an illegal pitch is delivered.

Previously, an illegal pitch was not only called an automatic ball, but any runners were able to advance one base. Under the rules change this year, those runners will not be able to automatically advance.

Three things won’t change. An illegal pitch is still a delayed dead ball – meaning if the batter reaches first after the pitch and all other runners advance safely, the dead ball is nullified; the coach of the team at bat still retains the option to accept the result of the play or the penalty of a called ball; and batters hit by illegal pitches are still awarded first base.

Past editions

March 21: Instant Replay in Basketball - Listen
March 14: Basket Interference - Listen
March 7: Primary Areas - Listen
February 28: Under the Bus - Listen
February 21: You Make the Call - Listen
February 14: Because They Love It - Listen
February 7: Coach/Official Communication - Listen
January 31: Backcourt Violation? - Listen
January 24: Required Hockey Equipment - Listen
January 17: You Make the Call: 10-Second Clock - Listen
January 10: Tripping in Hockey - Listen
January 3: Sliding in Basketball - Listen
December 27: Stalling in Wrestling - Listen
December 20: Basketball: You Make the Call - Listen
December 13: Basketball Uniform Safety - Listen
December 6: Coaching Box Expansion - Listen
November 29: Video Review, Part 2 - Listen
November 22: Video Review, Part 1 - Listen
November 15: You Make the Call - Sleeper Play - Listen
November 8: 7-Person Football Crews - Listen
November 1: Overtime Differences - Listen
October 25: Trickery & Communication - Listen
October 18: Punts & Missed Field Goals - Listen
October 11: What Officials Don't Do - Listen
October 4: Always 1st-and-Goal - Listen
September 27: Unique Kickoff Option - Listen
September 20: Uncatchable Pass - Listen
September 13: Soccer Rules Change - Listen
September 6: You Make the Call: Face Guarding - Listen
August 30: 40-Second Play Clock - Listen
August 23: Football Rules Changes - Listen