Rule Books

Rule books from FHSAA will no longer be hard copy.  They will be online through Arbiter only.  However, you can still purchase hard copy books from NFHS directly.

Here’s the info from Arbiter/FHSAA:


This email is in regards to the 2017-2018 rulebooks. As many of you know, a hard copy version of the rulebooks will not be available this season from the FHSAA. The hard copy versions of the rulebooks have been replaced by an electronic version that is avaiable through the Arbiter in the NFHS- Central Hub account. Attached you will find a PowerPoint with step by step instructions on how to access the rulebooks.

Currently the NFHS has the 16-17 rulebooks posted, but are working on getting final approval from their publication department to get them posted. To start Swimming & Diving rule books should be posted by the end of this week. This being said if there continue to be delays we will adjust the testing windows for the sports that are effected by this.


​Jeremy Hernandez

Dropbox file: Rulebook- How to Access.pptx

Softball – New Rules 2018 Season

No more bat/helmet checks before games!!

Allow defensive coach or catcher to intentionally walk a batter without throwing a pitch or at anytime during the at-bat!!

Allow pitcher to step back, wrist bands, etc.

Here’s the entire NFHS bulletin:

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee approved an addition to Rule 2 about intentional walks and three additions to Rule 3 regarding uniforms and equipment at its June 12-14 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

In Rule 2-65-2, the committee added language to include intentional walks into the fast-pitch game. The rule states that a request for an intentional walk can now be made prior to or during the at-bat by the defensive coach or catcher. This change aligns fast-pitch and slow-pitch rules to keep up with current trends of the sports and maximize the flow of the game.

“The Kentucky High School Athletic Association experimented with intentional walks for the 2017 season, and the response from coaches and umpires was overwhelmingly positive,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and staff liaison for softball. “The NFHS questionnaire response from constituents was also very favorable.”

In another change, equipment no longer has to be inspected by the umpire or placed outside the dugout/bench prior to the start of the game. The rules committee agreed that the responsibility for ensuring that players are legally and properly equipped rests with the head coach and school administration.

“Umpires must remain vigilant in identifying illegal or altered equipment throughout the course of the game, and equipment violation penalties will continue to be assessed when discovered,” Searcy said.   “However, it is the head coach’s responsibility to verify that his or her players’ equipment is legal.”

The committee also approved an exception to Rule 3-2-7c which defines wristbands with a playbook/playcard attached as equipment.  The wristband shall be a single solid color other than optic yellow.

In Rule 3-7-1, a new note was added to clarify the number of pitches permitted for an incoming pitcher when the outgoing pitcher is removed by rule or injury. This change was made in order to minimize risk for the incoming pitcher.

The committee also revised Rule 6-1-2b by permitting the pitcher to step backward with the non-pivot foot at any time prior to start of the pitch.  This change is less restrictive than the previous rule, and allows for a more fluid sequence of motion and will aid the development of pitchers.

A complete listing of the softball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Softball.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 366,685 girls participating in fast-pitch softball at 15,304 schools.

2017 Availability Form to Terry

Please complete your 2017 RCUA Availability Form as soon as possible and submit to Terry.  Please use the link above to get the 2017 form (please do NOT use the old 2016 form).  Here’s the web site if you can’t get the link to work: .