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NFHS 2-33-1

NFHS 2-33-1/OBR 5.10e

Courtesy runners can be used as part of high school baseball game speed up rules. Most states use this option, so umpires must know the rules regarding courtesy runners.

A courtesy runner is someone who is not batting in the game and can be used to run for the pitcher or catcher. This allows the pitcher and/or catcher to get back on defense more quickly when the half-inning ends. The courtesy runner remains a regular substitute who can come into the game as a fielder or batter.

Here are the rules regarding a courtesy runner:

  • The same courtesy runner cannot run for the pitcher and the catcher. A courtesy runner runs for the position, not the player. Thus if a pitcher is moved to the catching position and then gets on base, he must have a different courtesy runner as catcher than he did as pitcher.
  • Any player who has played in the game cannot be a courtesy runner.
  • If a player participates as a courtesy runner in a given inning, he cannot go into the game as a batter in the same half inning.
  • If a player bats for the pitcher or catcher, that player is not allowed a courtesy runner if he reaches base.
  • A courtesy runner can be replaced on base by another courtesy runner.
  • The plate umpire must record any courtesy runner’s participation.

[OBR: courtesy runners are not allowed.]