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What Do You Know? 9 Rules Questions from 2018

1. There’s a runner on first, catcher’s interference is called and the batter safely makes it to first as a result of the play. If the runner on first (after safely reaching second base), makes an attempt for third base during the play and gets thrown out, does the offensive coach have the option to […]

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Bat Interference

When a bat touches a live batted ball, several things can happen. For instance, a batter bunts a ball, drops his bat and then the ball rolls into the bat. If a batted ball rolls into a stationary bat in fair territory and stays in fair territory, the ball is live and in play. If the batted ball rolls into a stationary bat in fair territory and comes to rest in foul territory, it is a foul ball. If a batted ball rolls into a bat in foul territory, it is immediately a foul ball.

A batter is responsible for his bat. If a batter drops his bat and it touches a live batted ball in fair territory, he is out for interference whether he does this intentionally or not. In the case of a broken bat, the batter is not responsible for a piece of broken bat, even if it affects the play.


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Foul or Fair

A fly ball is determined to be fair of foul based on where the ball is when it is touched by the fielder. It does not matter where the feet of the fielder are positioned, only the location of the baseball (fair or foul) at the time it touches the fielder.

Official Rules of Little League-Level Baseball

6.09 Batter Becomes a Runner

The batter becomes a runner when- (a) a fair ball is hit; (b) Majors/ Intermediate (50-70) Division/ Junior/ Senior/ Big League only: the third strike called by the umpire is not caught, providing (1) first base is unoccupied or (2) first base is occupied with two out; (NOTE: A batter forfeits his/ her opportunity to […]

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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Baserunners Struck by Batted Ball

On a day America set its eyes on the Kentucky Derby, Major League Baseball provided its own long shot when three baserunners were called out because they were struck by a batted ball. Two of the runners, Taylor Featherston and Jordan Pacheco, incredibly made the last out of the game. Andrelton Simmons (Braves) completed the […]