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Bat Testing Planned for 2023 North Carolina High School Softball Playoff Finals
This year, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has stated that they intend to continue their practice of physically testing all bats presented for use in the state playoffs finals. Every bat will be tested for compression compliance using approved bat testing equipment and standards. Any bat that fails the compression test will be rejected for use in the championship games. Testing will take place at the FINALS game site(s) prior to the beginning of the first game of each classification’s three-game final series. It applies to all classifications, 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A, and will affect all eight teams who advance to the finals. Please be aware that results of physical testing takes precedence over listing on USA Softball’s Approved Bats List. Since bat testing is not easily accessible in North Carolina, this means that even if a bat is listed as legal on the list and has been used legally throughout the entire season, players could be confronted with their bat being rejected for use in the finals.
Last year, bats were tested and many rejected at the state finals. Certain Easton “Ghost” bats are of particular concern.
Follow this link to find USA Softball’s Approved Bat List . Any questions regarding this subject should be directed to your school’s athletic director and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Annual NCSCA Softball Coaches Clinic Returns
The association is pleased to announce the return of our annual Coaches Clinic after a two year Covid interruption. This year’s clinic will be held on Saturday, January 28 at Mooresville High School (Iredell County). Mark your calendar and join us for this informative event. Follow this link for clinic details.
2023 Softball Rules Changes
The National Federation of High Schools has announced rules changes for the upcoming 2023 softball season.
This year’s changes…
1. …revise color restrictions on gloves.
2. …clarify the ball’s fair or foul status in the event interference is called.
3. …allow the wearing of jewelry.
4. …alter scoring protocol for game-ending home runs. All runs associated with such home runs now count.
5. …clarify batter-runner interference on fly balls over foul territory.
Mid-Year Financial Statement
The association’s mid-year financial review is available to members. Log in to the Members’ Area to view the statement.
2022 All-District/All-State Awards
NCSCA is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2022 post season awards. Coaches within each of our eight districts across North Carolina selected these players because they consistently demonstrated a high level of skill through the 2022 season. Being selected for these awards is achieved through proven ability and dedication to the game.
Each recipient will receive a certificate that will be in the possession of their coach after being made available in early August. Please contact your coach in August or as the upcoming school year begins.
2022 Scholarship Winners Announced
NCSCA is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2022 scholarships. This year, our four winners are:
Madeline Ford Green Level High School University of Florida
Amanda Blackburn Gray’s Creek High School Methodist University
Macie Bell East Wilkes High School Ferrum College
Jada Spake Bandy’s High School Coastal Carolina University
We extend all the best to our winners as well as all of our Class of ’21 graduating seniors. More information about our scholarship program can be found here.
2022 North Carolina High School Softball Playoff Winners
Congratulations to all participants in this year’s very competitive state playoffs. The exciting competition seen was a testament to the extremely high level of skill that has been achieved by our athletes. This includes not only our regional and finals participants, but those playing in the early rounds as well. Our 2022 state playoff finishers are:
1A- South Stanly
2A- West Stanly
3A- Eastern Alamance
4A- D.H. Conley
1A- Bear Grass Charter
3A- North Buncombe
4A- East Forsyth
1A East- Bear Grass Charter (region 1)
1A West- South Stanly (region 6)
2A East- Washington (region 1)
2A West- West Stanly (region 6)
3A East- Eastern Alamance (region 5)
3A West- North Buncombe (region 8)
4A East- D.H. Conley (region 1)
4A West- East Forsyth (region 5)
1A East- Vance Charter (region 3)
1A West- South Stokes (region 5)
2A East- South Lenoir (region 2)
2A West- West Stokes (region 5)
3A East- Cape Fear (region 4)
3A West- Central Davidson (region 5)
4A East- Fuquay-Varina (region 3)
4A West- Marvin Ridge (region 6)
4/25/22 rev. 5/10/22
2022 Postseason Awards
Player nominations for 2022 postseason awards are now closed. The deadline for submitting nominations was 5/9/22. All-District and All-State recipients will be announced in late June.
2021 Year End Financial Report
NCSCA’s financial report for 2021 is available for members to review in the Members’ Area. All past financial statements are also available for review in the Members’ Area.
Softball Needs Officials
In recent years we have seen a decline in the number of qualified individuals who participate in our sport through offering their services as game officials. Most notably, we see fewer younger people becoming umpires each year. This is a huge problem since we cannot play games without umpires. Statistics over the past ten years reveal that as umpires have become fewer, the number of high schools fielding softball teams in North Carolina has steadily grown with a corresponding increase in the number of games being played. In our state, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) governs, certifies, and manages officials for all high school sports. NCHSAA’s goal is to provide game officials all across the state who are competent, fair, and consistent in their craft. Officiating softball is an exciting profession to be part of as the overall skill level of our athletes continues to increase each year. We encourage anyone who would like to participate in our sport as an umpire to become an NCHSAA certified official. To find out how you can become a qualified softball umpire, you may access information here.
3/19/19 revised 2/2/21
NCHSAA no longer requires umpires to check players’ equipment prior to each game. This, in effect, puts more responsibility on you as coach to make sure your players’ equipment is both legal and game ready. Catcher’s gear with failing straps, cracked helmets, broken face masks, loose or missing attachment screws, cracked and out-of-round bats, and illegal bats, are all your responsibility to check for and not allow to be used in a contest. Remember, the penalty for using an altered bat or a bat that is NOT on the USA Softball legal bat list is: batter is out, batter is ejected, and head coach is ejected! The list of legal bats can be found here.
9/13/18 rev. 12/27/21
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