Is there such a thing as a ground rule triple?

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    Brett Morris
    Keymaster
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    My father-in-law claims that there is such a thing. I say he’s crazy. Who is right and, if true, in what scenario could that happen?
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      Ben Levin
      Participant
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      No, there is no such thing as a “ground rule triple.”  Ground rules shall not conflict with official playing rules (OBR 4.05), and ground rules may not supersede book rules (NFHS 4-1-2).  A manager/coach may not propose any 3-base award as a ground rule, because balls that go out of play or become lodged are already covered by book rules (almost always 2 bases, though the time of enforcement varies by scenario).  The only 3-base award in the rule book is touching a batted ball with detached equipment, which again isn’t a “ground rule” – it’s already in the rule book.
      Brady Hood
      Participant
      1000
      I suppose IF a player touched a batted ball with detached equipment and the ball deflected in to dead ball territory, then that would be a 3 base award…but I that is probably getting into semantics at that point.
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