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NFHS 6-2-5

NFHS 6-2-5/OBR 6.02a Comment, 6.02a9

The “hidden ball trick” is when a play has ended and the fielder fakes giving the ball back to the pitcher. The fielder goes back to his position with the ball and the pitcher head toward the mound. If the high school pitcher gets within five feet of the pitcher’s plate without the ball, it is a balk.

[OBR: only a balk if the pitcher goes “astride” the pitching rubber, fakes a pitching position off the rubber, or tries to use the resin bag to make it look as if it is the ball.]