No, it is not legal but many times it is not called.I have a pitching question. when my daughter pivots she is about 2 inches away from the rubber. her foot never leaves contact with the ground but she is technically pushing off about 2-3 inches in front of the rubber. is this legal?
Thanks for your time,
As noted by RHC, in USSSA (and NFHS) the non-pivot foot may start behind the pitching plate while the other associations require the pitcher to start with both feet in contact with the plate. Other than that difference, what happens in regards to the pivot foot is pretty much the same, although sometimes worded differently.The pivot foot may remain in contact with or may push off and drag away from the pitching plate prior to the front foot touching the ground, as long as the pivot foot remains in contact with the ground. Pushing off with the pivot foot from a place other than the pitcher’s plate is illegal.
NOTE 1: It is not a step if the pitcher slides his foot in any direction on the pitcher’s plate, provided contact is maintained.
NOTE 2: Techniques such as the “crow hop” and “the leap” are illegal.