The NCAA has changed the regulations for the height of softball dugout rails. Based on the new regulations, many dugouts may not be in compliance.
Regarding enclosing the field side of the dugout, Rule 2.10 of the 2016 - 2017 NCAA Softball Rules Changes states:
"It is highly recommended that the field side of the dugout be protected with netting or fencing no less than 6 feet from the floor of the dugout, except for the designated entrances/exits. Protection is required by the 2018 season."
BTP Sports has several options to help you meet the new NCAA regulations:
Dugout rail with a center opening and a custom leaning rail.
Dugouts with lower railings already installed:
To retro-fit a dugout with an existing rail system, a series of taller posts and netting can be installed in front of the current railing at a relatively low cost.
If you are replacing your existing rails, or are installing rails for the first time, there are several options available from BTP Sports:
Railing system with a leaning rail
This design incorporates an offset "leaning rail" on the dugout side of the rail system. The leaning rail is typically set at 42" high but can be set at any height you choose during initial installation.
Traditional or standard railing system without a leaning rail
The "return" on the home plate end of the rail is optional. All rail systems can include a return on one or both ends of the rail system if desired.