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Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

7.06 Obstruction

When the obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call or signal “Obstruction.” (a) If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batter-runner is obstructed before touching first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall advance without liability to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in […]

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

7.02 Touching the Bases

In advancing, a runner shall touch first, second, third, and home base in order. If forced to return, the runner shall retouch all bases in reverse order, unless the ball is dead under any provision of Rule 5.09. In such cases, the runner may go directly to the original base.

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

5.00 Putting the Ball in Play – Live Ball

5.01 – At the time set for beginning the game, the Umpire-in-Chief shall order the home team to take its defensive positions and the first batter of the visiting team to take a position in the batter’s box. As soon as all players are in position, the Umpire-in-Chief shall call “Play.” 5.02 – After the […]

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Lodged Ball Creates Controversy

The Connecticut Tigers hosted the Vermont Lake Monsters on July 19, 2016 at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Ct. The Tigers had Cesar Gonzalez on second and Cole Bauml on first with one out in the bottom of the ninth trailing, 3-1. Josh Lester then hit a ball down the left field line that went under […]

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Fan on Field

The Mariners hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on June 25. In the top of the fifth inning, the Cardinals had runners on first and second and no outs when Mariners’ left fielder Seth Smith made a catch on a fly ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter just as a fan split between him and center fielder Leonys Martin. It was a bizarre sight. Since Smith made the catch, spectator interference was not called.

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Catch a Ball and Fall/Carry into Dead Ball Area

Perhaps Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo should be called “Catch and Carry Rizzo” because of his penchant for making catches before carrying the ball into dead ball territory. The Cubs and Brewers played at Wrigley Field on August 12. In the top of the sixth inning the Brewers had Jonathan Lucroy on first base and […]

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Game Ends in Appeal

Sunday’s Reds-D’Backs game in Arizona ended in controversy as it involved a rare double appeal to end the inning and a misinterpretation of the rules by the umpires. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the tenth inning, the D’Backs had the bases loaded with one out when Chris Owings hit a shot […]

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Umpire Hit by Batted Ball

The Angels hosted the A’s on April 21. In the bottom of the sixth, the Angels had Johnny Giavotella on first base when Kole Calhoun hit a shot that hit second base Mike Winters who was positioned on the infield side of second base. This was a classic umpire interference violation. “Time” was called and […]

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Interference: Where Umps Place Runners

As stated, spectator interference creates a dead ball and empowers umpires to place the batter and runners at any base they judge they would have reached had there been no interference. In the April 16 Royals/Twins game at Target Field, Kennys Vargas singled to the right fielder corner in the bottom of the seventh inning […]