Rule 5 – Section 2 – SUSPENSION OF PLAY
5-2-1 “Time” shall be called by the umpire and play is suspended when:
- the ball becomes dead (5-1-2, 5-1-3);
- the umpire considers the weather or ground conditions unfit for play;
- After 30 minutes, he may declare the game ended.
- a player, bench personnel or spectator is ordered from the grounds, or a player is ordered to secure protective equipment;
- an umpire or player is incapacitated, except that if injury occurs during a live ball, time shall not be called until no further advance or putout is possible;
- If there is a medical emergency or if, in the umpire’s judgment, further play could jeopardize the injured player’s safety, “Time” shall be called.
- a player or coach requests “Time” and it is granted by the umpire for a substitution, conference with the pitcher or for similar cause; or
- the umpire suspends play for any other cause, including an award of a base after an infraction, or for inspection of the ball.
5-2-2 When the ball becomes dead:
- no action by the defense can cause a player to be put out (unless it is a dead-ball appeal);
- a runner may return to a base he left too soon on a caught fly ball or that was not touched during a live ball;
- A runner who is on or beyond a succeeding base when the ball became dead, or advances and touches a succeeding base after the ball became dead, may not return and shall be called out upon proper and successful appeal (8-4-2q).
- any runner may advance when awarded a base(s) for an act which occurred before the ball became dead provided any base in (b) above is retouched and all bases are touched in their proper order (8-1-2, 8-2-1, 8-3)
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