The NCAA will look at a few rules changes for the game of softball, specifically, letting the defense have a choice of penalties for a runner leaving the base too early.

As it stands now, when a runner leaves too soon, the ball is dead.  The runner is called out and play resumes.

But, according to an article on, the new rule would make it a delayed dead ball which would give the defense the option of taking the automatic out or taking the result of the play.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel will consider this and other rules changes on July 13.