Play #1: When does a new inning start?
Rule: The new inning start immediately following the last out of the previous inning. Rule 1-53
Play #2: The pitcher has a glove black and white and the ball being used is a yellow optic ball.
Rule: The glove is illegal for the pitcher only in FP. Rule 3-4d. In SP the glove is legal. Rule 3-4c
Play #3: Can a player carry the bat to first base? This is a violation in SPN. Is it a violation in Softball Canada?
Rule: There is no violation for carrying the bat to first base. The only violation would be interference if the bat caused a fielder to miss a thrown ball or miss a batted ball.
Play #4: One out, runner on 2nd (R2) and the batter (B1) at the plate struck out, but the 3rd strike hit him as he swung. He was called out, but he ran to 1st base because the ball wasn`t caught. Is that legal or should`ve it been a dead ball because it hit him? Is he out?
Rule: Rule 7-6d - The batter is out when he swings and misses a third strike which touches any part of the batter`s person. Effect 7-6d d-i says the ball is dead so the runner cannot run when he swings and is hit by the pitch. He is out and all runners return to the base held at the time of the pitch. Rule 9-1d also confirms the ball is dead when it hits the batter even if he swung at it.
Play #5: From BC which happened in an ASA game in Seattle.
Pitcher has released the ball and he trips from the pitching plate. The ball ends up in his glove. What is the ruling in Canada? Rule 6-11
Rule: ASA ruled that this was the same as a dropped ball so the ball remains alive and runners could advance.
Initially we felt this was not fair and looked at numerous rule references to cover the situation. BC did a lot of work giving several references but in the end the play was sent to the ISF which ruled the same as ASA. ISF in fact had a similar play in their Case Book so in Canada we would rule it a dropped ball with the ball remaining alive. This is in keeping with our rule philosophy that similar rules we will go with ISF rulings and ASA rulings. The ASA National staff gave this ruling which was the same as the ISF ruling.