Infield Fly and Intentional Drop Rules

The infield fly rule is not often invoked during a game. The intentional drop call is even more rare. There are many considerations for both of these, and they can become controversial when they are called. Infield Fly The infield fly rule is in effect only when there are fewer than two outs with either runners on 1b and 2b,

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Retired Batter Interference

Retired batter interference occurs when she is declared out without becoming a batter-runner. If after striking out, while still in the batter’s box, the retired batter interferes with a defensive player’s opportunity to make a play on a runner.Effect: Dead ball. The runner being played on is out. All other runners return to the base at the time of the

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Do You Protect the Batter or Catcher?

From Referee.com, March 9, 2018 A few situations come up over the years that may leave you wondering whom to protect — batter or catcher?  Is it catcher obstruction?  Or batter interference?  Or a collision?  Having a firm grasp on whom to protect will allow you to make the calls and explain to questioning coaches. Protecting the catcher A left-handed

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Batter/Bat Hitting the Ball a Second Time

The batter swings at the pitch and while the bat is still in the batter’s hands, the batted ball bounces back into the bat.  Or…the batted ball rolls on the ground near the plate area and the discarded bat contacts the batted ball.  These are not unusual plays during a typical game and the plate umpire must be ready to

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Batted ball hits batter

Here is a play that happens once in a while and sometimes causes a discussion among umpires – a batted ball contacts the batter who is not completely out of the batter’s box. Specifically: the batter bunts or swings at a pitch; the batted ball hits the dirt or plate; then the ball bounces up and contacts the batter before

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Illegally Batted Balls – Base Umpires

A major rule change, effective with the 2018-2019 rule book, was made with regard to the batter’s legal position in the batter’s box when she makes contact with the pitch: at the moment of bat-ball contact, the batter may not contact the pitch when any part of her foot is touching the ground outside the lines of the batter’s box. The

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