Interpreter's Corner

Terry Dostie, Comments, May 1, 2012

  1. When a batted ball goes out of play it is 2 bases from the pitch not where the runners are when the ball goes out of play. You are not free to give the runners more or less. Fields like Alvirne, Timberlane and Sanborn have ground rules which kill the ball when the ball goes out of play quite a distance from home plate and you might be tempted to award additional bases beyond the 2,you cant.
  2. Undershirt sleeves for the pitcher cannot be white or grey or distracting . This includes slleves that may or may not be for medical purposes. Be proacive and observe the pitchers when they are warming up for clothing and glove issues.
  3. A DH may be run or hit for. They may reenter as a DH or go in on defense. The exception is if they are run for by a player and that SAME player goes in for defense the DH is terminated. The original DH may still reenter but not as the DH.
  4. Please double check your Federation vs pro/college rule differences. A coach gets 4 trips a game for instance and may use all 4 in 1 inning if he wants NOT 1 per inning like the pro rule.
  5. To be called out when hit by his own batted ball the batter must be COMPLETELY out of the box. Remember the lines are part of the box
  6. Keep all players and coaches in the dugout except for the on deck batter. Do not extend a dugout closer to the plate. That means bats and helmets stay in the dugout.
  7. A catch is legal as long as part of a foot is in play,the line is part of playable area.

Mark Cherbonneau, Comments, May 3, 2012

Hi Everyone: During the course of the season plays happen that generate some good discussion and healthy debate. From that we all learn

Wanted to clarify our mechanics regarding the infield fly rule. Our BUD program teaches and we have always said that the base umpire points to assist the home plate umpire in determining an infield fly, but the verbal call is the home plate umpires call. Home plate umpire verbalizes "infield fly batter is out" and if close to a foul/fair ball, "infield fly batter is out if fair".

By rules interpretation just pointing does not make it an infield fly. The verbal call makes it "official" so to speak. It should be noted that both umpires can call the infield fly. By all means if the home plate umpire spins a brain cell and forgets to call it , the base umpire can make the verbal call. That being said I think it best to stick to our mechanic in most situations , and let the home plate umpire make the verbal call. Base umpires you don't want to be quick to point here. Make sure you have someone who can catch the ball with reasonable effort. Might even want to glance in at the home plate umpire as well to make sure you are on the same page

If the ball is close to a fair/foul ball. First baseman and third baseman drifting towards the line it always belongs to the home plate umpire. Base umpire should not be doing anything in this situation as you have no idea if it is fair or foul.

Finally, remember if both of you don't call the infield fly and it truly is an infield fly , it is an infield fly. It is up to the teams to know the rule.


2012 Rules Interpretation Emphasis

  • Reebok Vector TLS 33-inch model
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised us that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the Reebok Vector TLS 33-inch model.
    Effective immediately and until further notice, this bat (Reebok Vector TLS 33" length) should be considered a non-compliant bat and subject to NFHS Baseball Rules 4-1-3b and 7-4-1a.

  • Marucci Cat5 33 inch length model does not meet BBCOR new bat standard. Effective immediately and until further notice, this bat should be considered a non-compliant bat and subject to NFHS Baseball Rules 4-1-3b and 7-4-1a.
    This bat even though is a BBCOR bat does not meet the new bat standard.
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised us that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the Marucci CAT5 33-inch model.
    Effective immediately and until further notice, this bat (Marucci CAT5 33" length) should be considered a non-compliant bat and subject to NFHS Baseball Rules 4-1-3b and 7-4-1a.

    These bats are not legal. I don't know too many high school teams that use a 33" bat so my guess is you won't come across these bats, but not a bad idea to note it and stick it in your ball bag just in case.

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