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Friday, 20 February 2009 21:17
(Modified Pitch as per BY-LAWS Section 2 Group C 17)


Before commencing the delivery (pitch), the pitcher

a. May not take the pitching position on or near the pitcher's plate without having the ball in his/her possession.
b. Shall not be considered in pitching position unless the catcher is in position to receive the pitch.
c. Must have both feet on the ground within the 0.61 cm (24 inch) length of the pitcher's plate. The shoulders shall be in line with the first and third bases and both feet must be in contact with the pitcher's plate.
d. Must, while standing on the plate and with the ball in either the glove or the pitching hand, take the signal from the catcher with the hands separated.
e. Must, after taking the signal, bring his/her whole body to a full and complete stop with the ball held in both hands in front of the body. This position must be held for not less than one second and not more than 10 seconds before releasing the ball.


The pitch starts when one hand is taken off the ball.


a. The pitcher must not make any motion to pitch without immediately delivering the ball to the batter.
b. The pitcher must not use a pitching action in which, after having the ball in both hands in the pitching position, he/she removes one hand from the ball, takes a backward and forward swing, and returns the ball to both hands in front of the body.
c. The pitcher must not use a windup in which there is a stop or reversal of the forward motion.
d. The pitcher may take the ball behind his back on the back swing.
e. The pitcher must not use a windmill or slingshot-type pitch, and the back swing must stop at the horizontal (i.e. the pitchers arm parallel to the ground).
f. The ball must not be outside the pitcher's wrist on the downward motion and during the complete delivery.
g. The delivery must be an underhanded motion with the hand below the hip, and the palm may be pointing downward.
h. On the forward swing of the pitching arm:
    1. The elbow must be locked at the point of release; and
    2. The shoulders and driving hip must be squared to home plate when the ball is released.
i. The release of the ball must be on the first forward swing of the pitching arm past the hip. The release must have a complete, smooth follow through with no abrupt stop of the arm near the hip.
j. Both feet must remain in contact with the pitching plate at all times prior to the forward step.
k. In the act of delivering the ball, the pitcher must take one step simultaneous with the release of the ball. The step must be forward toward the batter and within the 61.0 cm (24 inch) length of the pitcher's plate.

NOTE: It is not a step if the pitcher slides his foot across the pitcher's plate, provided contact is maintained with the plate. Raising the pivot foot off the pitcher's plate and returning it to the plate creating a rocking motion is an illegal act.

l. Pushing off with the pivot foot from a place other than the pitcher's plate before the stepping foot has left the plate is considered a crow hop and is illegal.
m. The pitcher must not continue to wind-up after releasing the ball.
n. The pitcher shall not deliberately drop, roll or bounce the ball in order to prevent the batter from hitting it.
o. The pitcher has 20 seconds to release the next pitch after receiving the ball, or after the umpire indicates 'play ball'.


If the pitcher desires to walk a batter intentionally all pitches must be legally delivered to the batter.

NOTE: A pitchout for the purpose of intentionally walking a batter is not considered an illegal pitch.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2009 21:43
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