Running lane & thrown bat


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Running lane & thrown bat

  1. 1. Running Lane<br />Rule 2 – The Playing Field<br />A line drawn in foul territory parallel to and 3’ from the first base line. <br />Starts halfway from home plate and goes to the back edge of first base.<br />Purpose of lane generally understood.<br />
  2. 2. Running Lane<br />Rule 8, Sec. 2, E<br />Batter-Runner is Out<br />When the batter-runner runs outside the three-foot lane and, in the umpire’s judgment, interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base.<br />Out side is generally defined as one foot completely outside the line<br />
  3. 3. Running Lane <br />However, the batter-runner may run outside the three-foot lane to avoid a fielder attempting to field a batted ball.<br />This is generally done to avoid causing interference<br />
  4. 4. Running Lane<br />When the defensive player uses the foul portion of the double base, the batter-runner can run in fair territory when the throw is coming from the foul side of first base.<br />And if hit by the thrown ball, it is not interference.<br />If intentional interference is ruled, the runner is out. <br />
  5. 5. Thrown Bat<br />Rules Supplement 24 B.<br />If the bat is out of the batter’s hands, dropped or thrown, and it hits the ball a second time in fair territory, the ball is dead and the batter-runner is out.<br />
  6. 6. Thrown Bat<br />However, if the BALL hits the bat on the GROUND, the batter is notout and the umpire must determine whether the ball is fair or foul.<br />If the ball stops or is touched in fair territory, it’s fair.<br />If the ball stops or is touched in foul territory, it’s foul.<br />Treat the bat like a piece of dirt.<br />
  7. 7. Thrown Bat<br />If the bat is in foul territory and the ball hits it, it’s a foul.<br />This is treated like a object that causes the ball to become foul.<br />
  8. 8. Thrown Bat<br />Rules Supplement 33 B.<br />Batter Interference:<br />Interference could also occur when a batter releases the bat in a manner that it hitsthe catcher and prevents them from making a play.<br />If the batter merely drops the bat and the catcher trips over it, there is no interference.<br />
  9. 9. Throwing or Carrying a Bat<br />When a batter throws the bat intentionally in anger, the player should be ejected. (Bye, bye)<br />Should the bat slip from the batter’s hands, there is no penalty unless the discarded bat prevents the defense from making a play on the ball, then interference should be ruled.<br />
  10. 10. Throwing or Carrying a Bat<br />There is no penalty when a player carries a bat to first base or any other base. (If they want to carry an anchor, so be it.)<br />Should the player use the bat to prevent a defensive player from making a play, then interference should be ruled.<br />