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Thursday, February 9
X Play Rules

X-play INTRODUCED IN DIXIE ANGELS AND PONYTAILS

In 2011, Dixie Softball experimented with what will be called X-play rules in the Dixie Belles and Debs World Series. Everything went well and the decision was made to expand X-play rules into the Dixie Angels and Ponytails divisions. This will mean that in the Dixie Angels and Dixie Pontyals divisions only, there will be two World Series for each division.

X-play rules will allow leagues that want to play a more X-cellerated, X-panded style of play for their girls to do so. A league may choose to play the TRADITIONAL style of softball for their girls, that Dixie Softball has offered since 1976, or a league can choose to offer both X-play and TRADITIONAL styles of play to their programs.

Below will be the rules that will govern the X-play style of play. All other rules of Dixie Softball will remain the same:

X-play DIXIE ANGELS

Regular season and tournament play

1. Baserunners may leave the base when the ball reaches the batter. If a baserunners leaves the base early, the umpire shall signal "delayed dead ball" to indicate the violation at the time it occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any portion of the play that occurred on the violation.

2. Baserunners may attempt to steal only one (1) base at a time. There will be no further advancement on overthrown balls or missed throws by any baserunner. Following an attempted steal the ball will be ruled "dead".

3. Baserunners may steal home. No stealing is allowed on throw backs to the pitcher, any other player or coach.

4. If the catcher of record is on base with two (2) outs, a coach has the option of putting in a courtesy runner for the catcher. The courtesy runner will be the player who made the second (2nd) out of the current inning.

X-play tournament play only

1. The consecutive game rule for pitchers will NOT be in effect.

2. A coach will be allowed to use the number of innings alloted a pitcher in any manner he chooses. EXAMPLE: A coach may pitch a pitcher the first eleven (11) innings of a tournament or he may choose to spread out the eleven (11) innings over the course of the tournament.

3. A starting pitcher cannot pitch more than six (6) innings in one day when a double header is played. Otherwise, the pitcher has her allotment of five (5) innings per game with the one (1) extra inning in case of a tie game and the pitcher is the starting pitcher and has pitched the complete game.

X-play DIXIE PONYTAILS

X-play regular season and tournament play

1. Baserunners may leave the base when the ball leaves the pitcher's hand.

2. The third (3rd) strike rule will be in effect.

3. If the catcher of record is on base with two (2) outs, a coach has the option of putting in a courtesy runner for the catcher. The courtesy runner will be the player who made the second (2nd) out of the current inning.

4. The batter's box will be measured seven feet (7') by three feet (3'). The batter's box will be measured four inches (4") out from the side of home plate and from the center of home plate the batter's box will be measured with four feet (4') extending toward the pitcher's plate and three feet (3') extending toward the backstop.

X-play tournament play only

1. The consecutive game rule for pitchers will NOT be in effect.

2. The coach will be allowed to use the number of innings alloted a pitcher in any manner he chooses. EXAMPLE: A coach may pitch a pitcher for the first thirteen (13) innings of the tournament or he may choose to spread out the thirteen (13) innings over the course of the tournament.

3. A pitcher cannot pitch more that seven (7) innings in a day when a double header is played. Otherwise, the pitcher has her allotment of six (6) innings per game with one (1) extra inning in case of a tie game and the pitcher is the starting pitcher and has pitched the complete game.

NOTE: Leagues may choose to play by "TRADITIONAL" rules only or play by "X-play" rules only. A league my choose to offer both styles of play if they so choose. If a league offers both styles of play they must register that they are playing both styles and pay the proper fees. Players cannot play on the "TRADITIONAL" tournament team and the "X-play" tournament in the same season.

If the interest is there for both "TRADITIONAL" and "X-play" styles of play the district and state will offer tournaments for both styles of play. There will be a World Series for both styles of play as well.

2012 APPROVED SUPPLIERS

As of December 14, 2011, those listed below are the 2012 Approved Suppliers of Dixie Softball, Inc. As more suppliers are approved their names will be listed:

FUND RAISERS

Brax, Ltd.

Pro Time Sports

BK Distributor

World's Finest Chocolates

SOFTBALLS

Diamond Sports Equipment

Pennant Sports (formerly known as J. P. Sports)

BATS

Miken

Mizuno, USA

Rawlings

Rip It Sporting Goods

 

NEW RULES AND POLICIES FOR 2012

The Dixie Softball, Inc. national board of directors met in Litchfield Beach, South Carolina on September 23 & 24 and the following rule & policy changes were put into place:

RULES

1. Page 79, Section VII, DIXIE ANGELS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES

The following will be added as a new Article: (D.) - (LOCAL LEAGUE OPTION 2) Each time a player-pitcher issues four (4) balls to a batter, the batter will not receive a base on balls. Instead the coach-pitcher will pitch three (3) pitches to the batter in which the batter can: 1. Strike at and miss three (3) pitches thus creating a "strike out" or, 2. Hit the ball where a play can be made. After the batter has either successfully reached base or made an out, the player-pitcher will resume pitching to the next scheduled batter. Present coach-pitch rules that appear in the DIXIE DARLINGS SPECIFIC PLAYING RULES in this rule guide will apply with the above exceptions.

POLICY

1. Page 5, Section DEMOCRATIC ACTION, 3rd complete paragraph

With written permission from the President, states may have more than nine (9) districts.

2. Page 13, Section DATES TO REMEMBER

Suggested changes for rules and policies must be in the hands of the vice president no later than May 5 of the current year. Any rule or policy change received after the proper deadline date in a season must be resubmitted the following season (year) and must be received by the proper deadline date.

3. Fees for registering as a DSI umpire in 2012 will be $30.00. The $30.00 fee will include an umpire's manual sent to each umpire free of charge for each umpire request.

3. Page 96, Section XII, Article (C)

Firearms of any kind will NOT be allowed within the confines of the actual playing/practice area. The only firearms allowed at actual playing/practice areas will be those worn by law enforcement officers who are called to the actual playing/practice area to handle situations that may occur from time to time.



Sunday, January 22
Dixie Softball Scholarships

Scholarships

Early on, the leaders of Dixie Softball knew they wanted to develop a college scholarship program that would help former players obtain a college education.

Dixie Softball, Inc. is proud to announce the offering of college scholarships to deserving young ladies in the Dixie Softball program who meet the requirements set forth in the Dixie Softball, Inc. Scholarship Program.

The first Dixie Softball Scholarships were awarded in 1979. Rules for applying are as follows:

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Applicant must have participated in Dixie Softball for any two (2) seasons, must be a senior in high school and must apply by postmark deadline of March 1 of her senior year in high school. Further information and the appropriate forms may be obtained by contacting Doug Garrett, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, 106 Woodlake Drive, Pineville, Louisiana 71360, Phone 318-442-3606, or by Email at: dayprodoug@suddenlinkmail.com.

It is the policy of National Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee for the upcoming year to award six (6) $1,500.00 scholarships.



Wednesday, February 15
UMPIRE CHANGES

Only unregistered umpires will be required to take the umpire's test this year. All umpires that were registered for the 2011 season will not be required to re-test. Umpires registered from last year (2011 season) will need only to send the $30.00 and their card number and any changes in contact information to me, Dale Wooding.They will recieve the new rule book, patch, umpires manual and of course a new card.



Tuesday, March 27
X-Play base running rules
CLARIFICATION OF ANGELS X-play base running rules.
1. BASE RUNNING
(A) – If a base runner leaves her base before the pitch reaches the batter, the base umpire shall signal “delayed dead ball” to indicate the violation at the time it occurs. The defensive team shall have the privilege of having nullified any portion of the play that occurred on the violation.
(B) Base runners may steal only one (1) base at a time and will NOT be allowed to advance any further on overthrows. If, on a passed ball or a wild pitch, the base runner attempts to advance to the next base and the catcher gains possession of the ball during the attempt the umpire shall signal “dead ball”. If, in the umpire’s judgment, the base runner was more than half way to the next base she shall be awarded the base. If, in the umpire’s judgment, the base runner was NOT more than half way to the next base she shall return to the base she just left. EXCEPTION: See article (C) of this section.
(C) Base runners may steal home. On a passed ball or a wild pitch, the base runner on third (3rd) base may attempt to steal home with liability of being put out. Even though all other base runners are governed by the half way rule the base runner on third (3rd) base is not governed by the half way rule. The slide rule will apply to this situation. No other base runner can advance if a play is being made at home plate on the base runner from third (3rd) base.
(D) The batter may advance to first (1st) base only on a base on balls. Other base runners may only advance one (1) base on a base on balls and only if they are forced to advance to the next base.
(E) Failure to IMMEDIATELY proceed to the next base or return to her last occupied base, once the catcher has possession of the ball, following a passed ball or a wild pitch, shall result in the base runner being declared “out”. NOTE: The umpire should give the base runner benefit of the natural reactions and reflexes of a human being. EXAMPLE: With a base runner on second (2nd) base there is a passed ball. The base runner advances toward third (3rd) base and is more than half-way to third (3rd) base when the catcher gains possession of the ball. The base runner continues advancing toward third (3rd) base with the catcher having possession of the ball. After a few more steps toward third (3rd) base while the catcher has possession of the ball the base runner decides to return to second (2nd) base. The base runner should be declared “out”. NOTE: The ruling for reversal of direction with the catcher having possession of the ball after a passed ball or a wild pitch is not unlike the ruling for reversal of direction by a base runner under the eight foot (8’) RADIUS circle.
(F) Base runners cannot steal on throw backs to the pitcher, any player or coach.