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Rule of the Week: Hidden Ball Trick

What You Don’t Know About the Hidden Ball Trick One of baseball’s rarest plays, the hidden ball trick, is simultaneously gratifying and embarrassing. If you’re the fielder who pulls off this bit of defensive magic, it becomes one of the more satisfying moments of the season. If you’re the embarrassed runner, well, there is no […]

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Rule of the Week: Follow Through Interference

Pro rules have nary a reference to follow through interference. Instead, it is referred to as “back swing” interference. The golfing world knows the difference. Follow through vs. back swing The follow through is the continuing movement of the bat after the ball is struck or missed – the completion of the swinging motion. The […]

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Rule of the Week: Runner’s Lane

Runner’s Lane The purpose of the three-foot wide lane (aka 45’ lane) along the last half of the distance between home and first base in foul territory is widely misunderstood. It only applies when the ball is being thrown to first base from the area of the plate (roughly from behind the runner), and none […]

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Rule of the Week: Pitching Change

One of the standard rules in all baseball codes is the pitcher named in the starting batting order must pitch to the first batter or any substitute until that batter completes his “at bat” (reaches first base or is put out) (NFHS 3-1-1, NCAA 5-5b, OBR 5.10f). The rule is excepted if the pitcher is […]

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Note: This list includes only functional differences. In other words, in cases where there is no rules provision in one code or a minor difference and the guidelines are to treat as essentially the same in both codes, no listing is included. Also, full detail is not provided in some cases; the reader is encouraged […]

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NCAA 10-1a

The home team, conference commissioner or tournament director shall appoint the official scorer. [OBR: No rules provision.]

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NCAA 9-4e, 4-7b AR

A pitcher who leaves the mound but remains in the game may return only once a game as long as the pitcher was not removed on the second trip in an inning. [OBR 5.10d Comment: A pitcher who leaves the mound but remains in the game may return to pitch once an inning.]

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NCAA 9-4d

A conference ends when the coach crosses the foul line on his way back to the bench. A conference begins when the coach crosses the foul line on his way to the mound. [OBR 5.10L Comment 4: A trip to the mound ends when the coach leaves the dirt portion of the mound. A conference […]

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NCAA 9-4a1, 9-4b

On the fourth and each successive charged conference during regulation play, the pitcher must be removed, except he is also removed on the second trip in one inning. If second trip in same inning, the player may not return as a pitcher for the remainder of the game. [OBR 5.10L2: When the pitcher is removed […]

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NCAA 9-3k

In the windup position, the pitcher is limited to two pumps. PENALTY: Balk, ball becomes dead. [OBR: No rules provision.]