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  1. Here’s the official interpretation that can be found in the 2016 BRD (section 290, p. 190): OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: After ball four, a batter becomes a runner. Since the ball is not batted, any hindrance that occurs on the catcher or the catcher’s throw must be intentional for interference to be called. For the FED the BRD states that there is no provision and to treat it as in OBR.
  2. 2019 NFHS Softball Case Book 3.1.3 Situation: The visiting team’s head coach submits and verifies a lineup card with No. 4, L. Brown listed eighth in the batting order and playing first base. However, L. Brown is actually wearing uniform No. 21. After reaching base in the top of the third inning, the home coach appeals to the umpire that L. Brown is batting out of order. RULING: L. Brown is the correct batter but is in violation of the rule that requires a player’s name and shirt number be correct on the lineup card. A team warning is issued to the visiting head coach, the error is corrected
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    Joint tape.

    Since you mentioned your daughter (and did not mention level of play) I am guessing that you are asking about fast pitch softball. Here are the current high school fast pitch softball rules I think would apply-- 2020 NFHS FP softball rule 3-2 ART. 9 . . . A pitcher shall not wear any item on the pitching hand, wrist, arm or thighs which may, in the umpire's judgment, be distracting to the batter. PENALTY: (Arts. 1 through 10) Illegal equipment shall be removed. If the uniform violation can be corrected in a reasonable amount of time (as determined by the umpire), the violation shall
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    To our guest Strilla, if you would like to read the rule (the whole citation is 6-2-4d) that Mr. noumpere cited here it is in its entirety with the other relevant rule that 6-2-4d refers to… 2019 NFHS rule 6-2-4d- 1. If the pitcher, with a runner on base, stops or hesitates in his delivery because the batter steps out of the box (a) with one foot or (b) with both feet or (c) holds up his hand to request “Time,” it shall not be a balk. In (a) and (c), there is no penalty on either the batter or the pitcher. The umpire shall call “Time” and begin play anew. In (b), a strike shall be ca
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    I don’t know if it was umpire Jerry Layne who caused the amendment to rule 6.02(b) Comment but I can tell you that it was 2014 when the language first appeared in the OBR rule book-- The Official Playing Rules Committee made the following changes that will be in effect for the 2014 season: • Amended Rule 6.02(b) Comment to nullify a balk caused by “inadvertent” actions by the batter. (Batter is no longer limited to stepping out of the batter’s box in order for the balk to be nullified.)
  6. 2010 SITUATION 13: R3 is on third and R2 is on second with no outs. Both runners attempt a double steal. As R3 gets into a rundown between home and third, R2 advances and stays on third base. With R2 on third base, R3 commits interference during the rundown. RULING: The ball is dead immediately. R3 is declared out for the interference. R2 will be kept at third base since he had legally reached third at the time of the interference. (8-2-9, 8-2-8) 2010 SITUATION 15: With one out, R3 is on third base and R2 is at second base when B4 misses the sign for the squeeze bunt. B4 hits a high chopp
  7. NFHS rule 8-2 ART. 9 . . . Each runner shall touch his base after the ball becomes dead. All awarded bases must be touched in their proper order. The runner returns to the base he had reached or passed when the ball became dead. In the event of interference, a runner returns to the base he had legally reached at the time of the interference. If the interference does not cause the batter to be out and any other runner cannot return to the base last legally occupied at the time of the interference, he is advanced to the next base.
  8. No need to wonder any longer, Mr. Catch18. All you need do is search your local school district’s website to find out their policy. When I searched your question I immediately found the following for an elementary school in Sachem (New York, I think)--so it would appear our nation's school districts do consider things like this. Dear Parents, Welcome back to another school year! We would like to take a minute to remind you about some of the guidelines of our department to ensure your child has a safe and enjoyable physical education experience… JEWELRY Our main issue is with
  9. While researching this issue I found a blog written by a jeweler about athletes wearing jewelry. I could not find a name or date so the only attribution I can provide is the web address-- 1. Contact Sports When it comes to contact sports, kids and jewelry do not mix. A contact sport is defined as any game in which physical contact between two players is accepted as part of playing the sport. Some people differentiate between high-contact and low-contact sports, but if your child is playing any game where there is the potential for them to be colliding with other players jewelry is pr
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    Since the OP used the pronoun her I am guessing that we are talking about softball. Here’s the current FED definition of the term catch-- 2020 NFHS softball rule 2 SECTION 9 CATCH ART. 1 . . . A catch is the act of a fielder who, with her hand(s) and/or glove/mitt, securely gains possession of a batted, pitched or thrown ball. ART. 6 . . . A ball prevented from hitting the ground by a player's equipment (providing it is in its proper place) or body shall not be ruled caught until the ball is securely held in the player's hand(s) or glove/mitt.
  11. As recently as the 2018 baseball season the NFHS had its jewelry rule as a Point of Emphasis. Here’s what it said then— The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and the NFHS Board of Directors believes there are areas of the game of interscholastic baseball that need to be addressed and given special attention. These areas of concern are often cyclical, some areas need more attention than others, and that is why they might appear in the rules book for consecutive editions. These concerns are identified as “Points of Emphasis.” For the 2018 high school baseball season, attention is being called t
  12. If your local league’s rules are anything like high school softball rules then you should be able to find the definition of the term outfield and the rules that state that coaches cannot be outside the dugout during live ball situations. For high school softball the outfield is defined as only fair territory and coaches cannot be outside of the dugout-- 2020 NFHS Softball Rules Book Rule 2 SECTION 22 FIELD OF PLAY, FAIR TERRITORY, FOUL TERRITORY, DEAD-BALL TERRITORY ART. 1 . . . Field of Play. The field of play is the area within which the ball may be legally played and fielded.
  13. From the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (section 3.5, p. 32): Players, especially pitchers, will not be allowed to wear distracting jewelry of any kind. This prohibition also applies to pins and other items being attached to any portion of the uniform (including the cap) or playing equipment. 2019-2020 NCAA rule 9 Pitching Violations SECTION 2. The pitcher shall not: h. …A pitcher shall not wear jewelry or clothing items that a batter or umpire considers distracting (e.g., chains, white logos, wrist bands, loose lacing on glove). Tattoos on a pitcher's body that
  14. Your understanding of the rules is correct—your umpire had it wrong. Here’s what the 2019 Little League Rules Instruction Manual teaches its umpires about rule 8.05(j)-- 2019 LL rule 8.05(j) the pitcher, while touching the plate, accidentally or intentionally drops the ball INSTRUCTOR’S COMMENTS: ➔ A ball, which slips out of a pitcher’s hand and crosses the foul line shall be, called a ball; If it does not cross the foul line and there are no runners on base it will be called no pitch. If it does not cross the foul line and there are runners on base, it is an illegal pitch (a b
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    thrown bat

    The OP said that the game was "fp FED"—I’m reading that to mean fast pitch softball. So, if that is the case, here are the relevant rules on thrown bats. 2020 NFHS Softball Rules Rule 3 SECTION 6 BENCH AND FIELD CONDUCT ART. 3 . . . A team member shall not carelessly throw a bat. PENALTY: (Arts. 2 through 10) The umpire shall issue a team warning to the coach of the team involved and the next offender on that team shall be restricted to the dugout/bench for the remainder of the game. Rule 7 SECTION 4 BATTER IS OUT ART. 14 . . . The batter throws her bat and
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