Weekly Questions and Concerns
(Questions regarding situations on the field that need to be clarified)
- Fielder unintentionally tagging baserunner, while juggling live ball, before runner tags base they are running to. Out or Safe?
— Once a fielder plays a fair ball, if the ball touches a base runner while they are attempting to reach a base or off a base, they are out, whether or not the fielder maintains possession of the ball. Exception- a baserunner overrunning first base with no attempt made for second base.
- Defensive teams dugout yelling baserunner out, confused baserunner leaves base and defense tags her out. Umpire did not call the baserunner safe or out, until after defense tagged runner.
— A base runner is safe until called out by the Umpire. If there is confusion, caused by the opponents, as described above, the runner shall return to the base and play will continue.
Sportsmanship rules include that players should not try to influence or confuse opposing players.
- Infield Fly and baserunners tagging up. When can baserunners leave on an infield fly call?
— The infield fly rule is used when there are runners on first and second(or first, second, and third) with one or less outs. The rule is intended to not allow the defensive team to misplay an infield fly so they can get multiple outs. The umpire will indicate vocally that the infield fly rule is in effect and that the kicker is out. Runners may advance at their own risk. Because the kicker is declared out, the kicker is out whether or not the ball is caught, and there is no force play at any base. If the ball is caught, all base running rules after a caught ball are in effect.
- Fouls are always counted as strikes, including on a 2 strike count and are called when:
- The ball lands or is touched in foul territory.
- The ball lands inside the foul line, but rolls outside the foul line before reaching the 1st or 3rd bases. A ball that lands on the 1st or 3rd bases or touches the ground in fair territory past 1st or 3rd base, but then rolls into foul territory shall be considered fair.
- Kicker contacting the ball behind home plate with any part of the body above the knee.
- The kicker kicks the ball with any part of the foot planted outside the kicking box, including in front of home plate.
- The kicker makes a “double-kick”, i.e. kicks or contacts the ball after the initial kick at all.
- All plays shall be declared dead once pitcher is on the pitcher’s mound/plate & raises their hand or is on pitcher’s mound/plate & begins to reset for next play.
How many players can be on the field? (Males & Females)
– The minimum = 8, with 4 of each gender. 9 players (5 males, 4 females is permitted.)
Maximum = 10, with at least 5 of each gender.
Team has more males than females, must play with 7 players (4 males and 3 females ONLY exception) & a “Ghost Out” will be placed within the batting order.
- 6 Males and 4 Females IS NOT PERMITTED
Where does the pitcher have to be while pitching?
– Pitcher shall roll the ball, staying on or within 5-feet in front or behind the pitcher’s plate until the ball is kicked.
Stepping over home when kicking results in what?
– Fouls are always counted as strikes, including on a 2 strike count and are called when:
….The kicker kicks the ball with any part of the foot planted outside the kicking box, including in front of home plate.