Dates & Guidelines
The following dates and guidelines are approved for the 2023-24 school year.
- First practice: April 29
- First game: Monday, May 20
- First tournament: Friday, May 24
- Games: 40
- Scrimmages: 3
- Regional Tournament Dates:
Class 1A and 2A: July 8, 10, 12, 15
Class 3A, 4A, 5A: July 11, 13, 16
- State Tournament: July 22-26 in Fort Dodge for all classes
- Official tournament ball: Dudley SB 12L RF Y FP — Red stitch (.47 COR)
- QuikStats reporting dates: QuikStats will be checked every Tuesday during the regular season
- Scholarship dates: May 20 - eligibility resumes at 12:01 a.m. on June 19.
Individual and Team Limitations
A team is permitted to play no more than three games in any single day. Tournaments may include no morethan 16 teams. No more than four games per team may be played in any tournament. A school may play in only one tournament at a time and play no more than three games on a calendar day. No junior varsity teams are allowed in varsity tournaments except in emergency situations (must be approved by the IGHSAU).
Individuals may play a maximum of 65 games and play in only three games per day (includes all levels of play). EXCEPTION: A varsity player who enters the game only as a courtesy runner and serves only in that capacity for the entire game shall not be charged a game played toward the three-game daily limitation. If she enters the game in any other capacity (i.e. pinch hitter, pinch runner, or defensive player), the game counts and she is subject to the three-game daily limit. This exception applies only to the varsity level player and is intentionally narrow in scope. The intent is to allow younger players to fully participate at lower levels and still be available for this limited varsity role without reaching the three-game limit.
Eighth grade students are eligible to practice (including scrimmages) with the high school team on the first date of practice and compete on the first date of competition. Eighth graders may compete on the junior high team, high school team or both. If competing in junior high and high school, they may play in only three games on a calendar day.
Sixth graders may participate (practice or play) on the junior high team on the first day ofpractice, as set by the school district.
PITCHERS & CATCHERS
Pitchers and catchers may voluntarily practice at a facility under a coach’s supervision from January 1 through the end of the summer period using equipment required for these two positions only. No batting practice & no hitting of ground balls may be performed by pitchers or catchers. Pitchers and catchers may stretch, run and play catch (short and long distance). Coaches may now provide instructions to catchers during these sessions.
HITTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
A high school program (9-12) is allowed 10 total days of hitting skill development from January 1 until the first day of practice. This is a program limitation and not a team or individual limitation. Regardless of the number of students who utilize the hitting skills development at any one time, a day is utilized in the 10 days.
The 10 days must be on file with school administration and may include only skill instruction related to hitting. No base running or fielding drills are to be done during these sessions. Students can field batted balls and throw balls back to the pitching area; however, throws across the infield are not to occur. Hitting instruction can take place either indoors or outdoors. Students and coaches may throw to batters from a flat surface behind an L-screen, in a cage or in a soft-toss hitting drill. Pitchers and catchers may also use this time as their contact period.
Outside of the designated 10 days of hitting instruction, no other coaching contact and/or instruction may be provided until the first legal practice date. Coaching contact with pitchers must be in a separate facility if other players are present for any voluntary hitting and fielding activity.