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Old 08-13-2021, 09:59 PM   #4626
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NCAA approves video replay challenges for 2022

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While Iím glad the NCAA finally approved video replay to correct erroneous calls, the committee should be ashamed of themselves for taking so long. I watched part of a Little League playoff game this afternoon. I was shocked to learn the league is already using video replay to view and correct an officialís call.

Itís the right thing to do, of course. But, giving 12 year old boys priority over college age womenís teams? Something about that doesnít set well with me!
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Old 08-14-2021, 01:56 AM   #4627
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While I’m glad the NCAA finally approved video replay to correct erroneous calls, the committee should be ashamed of themselves for taking so long. I watched part of a Little League playoff game this afternoon. I was shocked to learn the league is already using video replay to view and correct an official’s call.

It’s the right thing to do, of course. But, giving 12 year old boys priority over college age women’s teams? Something about that doesn’t set well with me!
Easy explanation. NCAA, NCAA, NCAA. When have they ever done anything in a truly professional manner? NCAA and common sense are two mutually exclusive terms.
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Easy explanation. NCAA, NCAA, NCAA. When have they ever done anything in a truly professional manner? NCAA and common sense are two mutually exclusive terms.
Sad, but all true! The NCAA is an embarrassment these days, and itís getting worse, not better.
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Old 08-18-2021, 04:19 PM   #4629
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Details about the Softball Replay rules and other rules changes for next season:

Softball approves video review challenges

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday approved implementing video review and allowing coaches to have two video review challenges beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.

There is no requirement to use the video review rule. It is optional for all schools, conferences and tournaments to implement.

Over the past few years, conferences have experimented with video review in conference tournament games, including the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Sun Belt conferences during the 2021 season. Softball Rules Committee members have received positive feedback about the experimental rule and recommended that video review become a permanent aspect of the game.

Under the new rule, each head coach will have two challenges to initiate a review for the entirety of the game. A coach must verbally or visually indicate a challenge request before the next pitch, before the pitcher and all infielders have clearly vacated their normal fielding position and left fair territory, or before the umpires have left the field of play.

The umpire crew chief also has the discretion to initiate a review of designated plays beginning with the sixth inning of a game.

The following plays can be subject to review via initiation by the crew chief or via a head coach's challenge:

Regarding batted balls (any ball higher than the top of the foul pole when it leaves the field cannot have that aspect reviewed):
Deciding whether a batted ball called fair is fair or foul.
Deciding whether a batted ball called foul should be a ground rule double, home run or hit-by-pitch.
Deciding whether a batted ball called fair and ruled not to have left the field of play did leave the field.
Regarding pitched balls at the plate:
Deciding whether a pitch ruled a dropped third strike was caught before the ball touched the ground.
Deciding whether a live or dead ball should be changed to a foul ball.
Deciding whether a foul ball should be changed to a foul tip only with no base runners, or if it would result in a third out.
Deciding whether a batter is hit by a pitch.
Spectator interference.
Obstruction and interference (including collisions).
Deciding if malicious/flagrant contact occurred. Umpires may initiate this review without requiring a coach's challenge at any point in the game to ensure student-athlete safety.
Timing plays (deciding whether the base runner scored ahead of a third out).
Force/tag play calls: Plays involving all runners acquiring the base before the defensive player's attempt to put the runner out at any base.
Blocked or dead ball/placement of runners: Deciding whether a ball not ruled blocked should be ruled blocked, and the proper placement of runners after any blocked or dead ball call.
With no base runners, a no catch can be changed to a catch at any time. With runners on base, a no catch can be changed to a catch only if it results in a third out.

The following criteria will be used in games using video review:

All equipment should be tested by appropriate personnel before each game.
A ruling on the field will be changed only if there is indisputable video evidence to reverse the call. Absent that evidence, the original ruling on the field will stand.
A review must be verbally or visually indicated before the next pitch, before the pitcher and all infielders have clearly vacated their normal fielding position and left fair territory, or before the umpires leave the field of play.
Coaches have 30 seconds to verbally or visually lodge a challenge.
The video review may be conducted on-site by the crew chief or by an off-field official at a centralized video review location.
If video review is conducted on-site by the crew chief, the video review area shall not require an umpire to walk through spectators or dugouts to view the coverage. At least one umpire must remain on the field.
During the video review, the defensive team shall maintain its position on the field and may warm up if desired. Offensive base runners and the on-deck hitter shall maintain their position. Other personnel shall remain in the dugout. Any defensive or offensive conferences will be charged as during any other part of the game.
Once the review is completed, the crew chief will communicate the ruling to both head coaches and the official scorer. This should also be communicated to the broadcasting booth, if applicable, via the umpire who has a microphone. The following rulings are allowed:
Ruling on the field is confirmed.
Ruling on the field is reversed.
Ruling stands due to no indisputable evidence to reverse it.
If the reversing of a call results in the need for decisions on the placement of base runners, the crew chief shall use good judgment and/or the appropriate rule to determine where to place the runners as if the call had been made correctly.
The final decision may not be argued by either coach. A coach who argues the final decision shall be immediately ejected.

Team conferences during play

With thoughts of increasing pace and flow of the game, teams are allowed a total of seven charged coach-to-player conferences to occur during a game, beginning with the 2022 season.

Teams are allowed a maximum of one per half inning. An additional defensive conference would be allowed for each pitching change if that pitcher has not already pitched in the half inning, which would count toward one of the seven allowable conferences.

In addition, teams are allowed seven charged player-to-player conferences per game with a maximum of two per half inning.

Time between innings

To further improve the pace and flow of the game, a standard time between innings ó 90 seconds ó was approved for all games (media or nonmedia). Pitchers will be allowed to throw any number of warmup pitches during this time.

Hitter out of the batter's box

If the umpire rules a hitter is out of the batter's box at the moment of bat-ball contact, delayed dead ball will be signaled, and the defensive team will have the option to choose either the result of the play or having a strike charged to the batter and all base runners returned to the base legally occupied at the time of the pitch. If it is the third strike, the batter is declared out. This was recently clarified by the rules committee.

Other rules changes:

Adding to the rules book that a runner will be ruled out and may be ejected for a deliberate collision with a fielder regardless of whether the fielder has possession of the ball. Also, a runner who slides out of the baseline to slide directly at a fielder may be issued a team warning rather than immediate ejection if the action is not egregious enough to warrant an ejection. The action could result in an additional runner being ruled out if it is deemed interference.
The stride foot of the pitcher can be on the lane line/pitcher's plate at the start of the pitching motion rather than within the pitcher's plate.
The softball specifications will be standardized with the National Federation of State High School Associations and USA Softball (maximum compression of 275-375 pounds) by Jan. 1, 2024, to improve inventory availability and assist in cost containment.
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Old 09-08-2021, 10:03 PM   #4630
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Again it appears Patty Gasso's speaking out about inequities in the WCWS has been listened to and needed changes are being made. Yes Patty just continues to make the sport better by presence and contributions.

The scheduling change, taking the tournament from a seven-day event to nine days, eliminates the doubleheader for teams that lose on the tournamentís opening day, and adds a day of rest between the end of bracket play and the best-of-three championship series.

The additional two days for the WCWS will also increase the economic impact of the event for the Oklahoma City metro area. The seven-day tournament had an estimated $24 million economic impact, according to the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

https://www.oklahoman.com/story/spor...22/5776945001/
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Again it appears Patty Gasso's speaking out about inequities in the WCWS has been listened to and needed changes are being made. Yes Patty just continues to make the sport better by presence and contributions.

The scheduling change, taking the tournament from a seven-day event to nine days, eliminates the doubleheader for teams that lose on the tournamentís opening day, and adds a day of rest between the end of bracket play and the best-of-three championship series.

The additional two days for the WCWS will also increase the economic impact of the event for the Oklahoma City metro area. The seven-day tournament had an estimated $24 million economic impact, according to the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

https://www.oklahoman.com/story/spor...22/5776945001/
Great news, but I'm not surprised. When Patty Gasso speaks, college softball listens.
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Old 09-14-2021, 12:35 PM   #4632
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Miranda Elish committed to Oklahoma State yesterday. She transferred from Texas after following Coach White there from Oregon. She sat out last season due to Covid, so she has 1 season of eligibility remaining. She should make an immediate impact for them, IMO. I still think OU is the clear preseason favorite for conference and to win the natty again!
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Old 09-24-2021, 08:57 AM   #4633
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Saw on another site we got a verbal from a lefty pitcher out of North Carolina. Does anyone know anything about her? If so, fill us in on her.
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Old 09-25-2021, 08:16 AM   #4634
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Saw on another site we got a verbal from a lefty pitcher out of North Carolina. Does anyone know anything about her? If so, fill us in on her.
Kierston Dea is a LHP that initially committed to South Carolina and is now committed to OU but I am unaware of one coming from North Carolina.

https://extrainningsoftball.com/extr...or-sec-commit/

https://www.oudaily.com/sports/ou-so...6a0eee915.html

Also OU reportedly got a commitment from Kasidi Pickering the #4 ranked player nationally in the 2023 class.

https://www.vype.com/Texas/Houston/kasidi-pickering
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Kierston Dea is a LHP that initially committed to South Carolina and is now committed to OU but I am unaware of one coming from North Carolina.

https://extrainningsoftball.com/extr...or-sec-commit/

https://www.oudaily.com/sports/ou-so...6a0eee915.html

Also OU reportedly got a commitment from Kasidi Pickering the #4 ranked player nationally in the 2023 class.

https://www.vype.com/Texas/Houston/kasidi-pickering

Deal currently attends East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, North Carolina.
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Old 10-28-2021, 08:07 AM   #4636
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Stadium funding announced…Love’s Field
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Old 12-26-2021, 06:53 PM   #4637
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Almost two months without a softball post? UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!. Just a reminder its only 46 days until the drive for the second consecutive NATTY begins, VS UCSB at 4:30 pm not sure if thats local or pacific time. And only 157 days until the official opening of the second consecutive NATTY- as Jayda would say- "LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!"
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Is there any chance (I'm too lazy to read all the details) that the new softball field and a new basketball/concert arena could be built at the same site? So they could share parking facilities?

Just curious and hoping that they start on a new site for OU mens and womens basketball arena. The LNC is almost 50 years old....and never was a really good site for basketball games.
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Is there any chance (I'm too lazy to read all the details) that the new softball field and a new basketball/concert arena could be built at the same site? So they could share parking facilities?

Just curious and hoping that they start on a new site for OU mens and womens basketball arena. The LNC is almost 50 years old....and never was a really good site for basketball games.
I think the new softball field is going to be just west of the baseball field so it will be across the street from the soccer field and LNC.
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Old 12-27-2021, 06:05 AM   #4640
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The softball field will be east of the baseball field and just across the street north from the LNC, which will serve as it's parking facility. It is at the NW corner of Imhoff and Jenkins.
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Thanks for the info.....now if you two could just convince the higher-ups that we need a new arena!!!

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Sadly Iím about 100 mill short of convincing them we need a new basketball arena
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For certain a remodel of the LNC would more than meet any future MBB & MBB needs for the next 14-20 years save at least $100 million compared to a new arena. That would be $100 million that could be used for the new softball stadium, remodel of L. Dale Mitchell with $50 million left to go toward a new press box at GFOMS.
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Four Sooners Named to National Team Rosters

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TV 4:30pm CT tomorrow on ESPN+. Rest of the weekend on flosoftball ($$)
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I'm glad our season opener is on ESPN+, but I hate the fact that the remaining games this week are available only on FloSoftball. I refuse to spend a dime with those people.
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For certain a remodel of the LNC would more than meet any future MBB & MBB needs for the next 14-20 years save at least $100 million compared to a new arena. That would be $100 million that could be used for the new softball stadium, remodel of L. Dale Mitchell with $50 million left to go toward a new press box at GFOMS.
I wonder if the LNC's 1975 infrastructure makes a big remodel not feasible. I know there are water table problems. The Alpha Chi's tore down their old house and are building a new one. The old one was built in 1947. It was too small and the electrical and plumbing didn't meet the demands of the 21st century. You might have to take the LNC down to the ironwork and rebuild to make it work for the 21st century. And that might cost as much as a new building.
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I wonder if the LNC's 1975 infrastructure makes a big remodel not feasible. I know there are water table problems. The Alpha Chi's tore down their old house and are building a new one. The old one was built in 1947. It was too small and the electrical and plumbing didn't meet the demands of the 21st century. You might have to take the LNC down to the ironwork and rebuild to make it work for the 21st century. And that might cost as much as a new building.
Perhaps but as of 2018 OU had a master plan for the renovation of LNC. Because of the age of the facility it would be expensive but likely significantly less than a new upscale facility.


https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/27/o...er-renovation/
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Remodel plans for the LNC (several diff options) have been circulating around for years. But basketball is far back in line. And with the arms race that CFB has become, it's going to be a while before the money makes it's way that far south.
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Remodel plans for the LNC (several diff options) have been circulating around for years. But basketball is far back in line. And with the arms race that CFB has become, it's going to be a while before the money makes it's way that far south.
Very true!!!
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