One-to-nothing high school softball games are about to become much less common.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has announced that the pitching rubber will be moved back 3 feet, to 43 feet, next summer.
In July, the National Federation of High Schools mandated the change, effective 2011, “to bring more offense to the high school level,” according to IGHSAU assistant director Joel Oswald.
Iowa is making the switch a year ahead of the mandate.
“I think it will be a good change. We’d might as well go to it now; we’re early enough in the fall that pitchers will be able to adjust,” said Brian Erbe, coach at Cedar Rapids Xavier.
The IGHSAU softball advisory committee voted to support the change last week, and the IGHSAU board of directors voted unanimously in favor of the change Tuesday.
That change should be an advantage to the hitters.
“I think we’ll see a lot fewer 1-0 games and lot more 6-4 and 7-5 games,” Erbe said. “It will be more exciting for fans and will put more pressure and emphasis on defense.
“It’s going to help prepare pitchers for college”
College and ASA pitchers already throw from 43 feet.