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Rules adopted for first South Dakota season of girls softball in 2023

Run rule, double first-base rule and game suspension rules were all approved on Wednesday in Pierre.

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PIERRE — A game hasn’t been played yet by the newly SDHSAA-sanctioned softball teams, but the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors spent some time on Wednesday ensuring that there were rules in place for the proper stoppage of play.

SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director Jo Auch presented the board with the rules, all of which were unanimously approved.

The board approved a 10-run rule after five innings and a 15-run rule after three innings. That rule applies to regular and postseason contests.

A variety of rules were approved for when play is suspended because of weather or darkness after five innings. “If you play less than five you have to come back and finish,” Auch said.

Another rule adopted by the board says that if a game is tied at the end of seven innings, each team will begin their next inning with a runner at second base.

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The board also adopted the double first base rule which allows for a larger base for athlete safety.

As of September 2022, 50 teams — 16 AA schools, 19 A schools and 15 B schools — are planning to play the inaugural season of SDHSAA-sanctioned softball. The season is scheduled to begin March 20 for practices and March 25 for games, while the state tournament will be in Aberdeen on June 1-3.

SDHSAA begins classification, calendar study

PIERRE — The South Dakota High School Activities Association is embarking on a two-fold mission to study its classification system as well as the calendar it uses for scheduling high school activities.

“Our goal would be to have a report ready for our June meeting,” SDHSAA Executive Director Dan Swartos told the board of directors.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved the make-up of the two committees. Each will have an administrator and athletic director from Class AA, Class A and Class B schools as well as a speech/debate/theater representative and a Native American representative.

The classification committee will also have a music representative. The calendar committee will have an orchestra/band representative as well as a vocal representative.

SDHSAA last had a calendar study in 2016.

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