ASA Softball Slow Pitch Stealing Rule
(not in effect for Youth Slow Pitch, Co-Ed Slow
Pitch, Men's Masters or Senior Slow Pitch)
New for Women's Slow Pitch in 2008
- The runner may leave
base as soon as the ball reaches the front edge of home plate. If the
runner leaves their base before the ball reaches home plate that runner
(whichever runner left first if more than one) is out and the ball is dead –
no pitch is declared.
- If the ball does not
reach home plate (bounces in front of the plate or on the plate), the ball
is dead and the runners must return to their last base touched.
- A runner may be
picked off or thrown out at any base.
- The ball remains live
until the pitcher has possession of the ball in the infield (between the
foul lines) and all immediate play is apparently completed. Any Runner(s)
not advancing to the next base at the time the umpire calls time must return
to the last base legally touched without the risk of being put out.
# 1 Is
returning the ball to the pitcher in the infield anywhere in the infield
(skinned portion of the infield)? Yes, between
the foul lines.
# 2 If two
runners are off base and one stops and try's to draw a throw (but doesn't) and
the other runner try's to steal and has not stopped is the ball dead and both
runners returned to the last base touched (provided the pitcher does not play on
them)? No. The ball remains alive until
the umpire feels all plays has ceased. The same would be true for the ball
back to the pitcher. Bottom line, if one runner stops, all do not have to stop.
# 3 If the
batter swings and misses the pitch and the ball does not reach home plate or
hits on home plate is the ball still alive.
No ball is dead. The umpire would give the strike signal and then a dead ball
signal. No Vocal in either instance
- A runner may advance
- A play is made on
a runner (any act by the pitcher in possession of the ball, in that the
umpires judgment, causes the runner to react; is considered making a
- The pitcher fails
to catch the ball.
- The catcher hits
the batter on a throw to the pitcher or to a base during a play.
- A batter swings
and misses the ball.
- On a foul tip.