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June 26, 2011
amr-4-lc
38 posts
pitchers
guys, a question for all the pitchers out there. is the pitcher allowed to pause during his delivery, or once he starts must he continue straight thru the pitch? this is a question regarding senior softball.
June 27, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
By the book the pitcher is not allowed to pause, just one continuous motion, I do believe.
June 27, 2011
Mr. Manassas
226 posts
I believe that is correct...One continuous motion.
June 27, 2011
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Not only is Gary right about continuous motion through the delivery
a la ASA and SSUSA but a pitcher cannot intentionally make any motion or action
that is "intentionally" distracting to any batter.
That's in the rules in black and white and defines the character
of the ASA/SSUSA style that I've been playing for some 14 years now.
June 27, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
one continuous motion is impossible,once you go back you have to stop,to go back forward,so your continuous motion is stopped right there,now unless you let them windmill,then you can have continuous motion.
June 27, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
You can windmill, as long as you release the first time passing your hip.

Joe, a pitcher's job is to do as much as he can, and the ump's job is to catch him.
June 27, 2011
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
Gary19 hate to disagree but you can't windmill.Windmill is a complete rotation of the arm. As you stated Rule 11.6 D "Pitcher must deliver the ball towards home plate on the first forward motion past the hip underhand.

You can swing your arm back but once you start forward you can't stop.
June 27, 2011
Omar Khayyam
989 posts
Fred, I disagree about the windmill being illegal and I think Gary19 meant it the way you describe it. I occasionally use a windmill, but I am always careful to start with the ball in front of me, not taking a small swing back first. That way I don't pass my hip twice. This has been a no-no in fast pitch as well at least since the 1950s when I started pitching (heard that back in the early days, guys would windmill two, three, four times so that the batter wouldn't know when the ball was coming, thus the once-past-the-hip rule).

Whether einstein is correct on this being distracting is a matter of opinion. Would be nice to get some clarification on the distraction rule, as well as what was the intent of distraction (I have watched einstein pitch and he does several things that are distracting to some batters).

June 27, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Omar, that is correct. Exactly what I meant.
June 27, 2011
Mr. Manassas
226 posts
Yes a windmill is fine as long as you only go past the hip once.
June 27, 2011
amr-4-lc
38 posts
guys, the reason i asked the question was because a pitcher was starting his motion towards home plate paused for a moment then continued his pitching motion. in this particular instance it didn't involve anything to do with windmilling. thanks for all the input, great to hear different opinions on the subject.
June 27, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
amr,can ya clear it up a little more.was he going back then pausing then coming forward with the pitch.i will at times go back and pause for a second then come forward when i pitch against the kids to try and throw their rhythm off,but hey it is slow pitch.
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