Runner Interference

Because of the complexity of the interference rule and also due to the usually highly intensive argument that the interference call elicits, the Locker Room has multiple articles covering the different types of interference. This article will focus on interference by an active runner (excluding the batter-runner). The other articles which cover interference, all of which are in this same

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Interference by Retired Runner

Because of the complexity of the interference rule and also due to the usually highly intensive argument that the interference elicits, the Locker Room has multiple articles covering the different types of interference. This article will discuss retired runner interference. Interference by a retired runner does not happen often but when it does the effect is serious – the runner

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Offensive Team Personnel/Equipment Interference

 Offensive Team Personnel Interference This article is the second one which discusses uncommon interference, the first of which is Interference by Retired Runner. Another type of uncommon interference is perpetrated by offensive team personnel. Who, exactly, are included as offensive team personnel for this rule? We have covered two examples above – a retired runner and a runner who has

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Team Interference – Home Run Celebration

NCAA Rules Waiver posted 1/27/2021: Due to challenges resulting from COVID-19, softball rule 12.17.3.4.2 has been changed for the 2021 season. This new waiver prohibits offensive team personnel from congregating anywhere outside the dugout to congratulate a runner(s) after an out-of-park homerun. A further clarification by Craig Hyde was given on his 2020-2021 Preseason Message posted on 2/5/2021, during which he

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Collisions

Be ready to make this call The NCAA has added to the rule book additional wording and emphasis on collisions with the intent to encourage players to avoid them whenever possible. This puts additional pressure on umpires, as we now need to judge whether a collision was avoidable, intentional, malicious, obstruction, interference, or some combination of these. Collisions can happen

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