~ Baseball Rules, Force Play Removed. As An Infielder, What Do I Do Now? ~
Baseball rules, force play removed; as an infielder what does this mean and what do I do now to complete the double play?
Visualize yourself standing at first base, holding the base runner on. With one out, your pitcher is looking to throw a good, low strike, hoping for the ground ball that leads to "the pitchers' best friend", the double play.
The pitcher leans in, gets his sign and comes set. He checks the runner at first and delivers.
As you take your shuffle step away from the bag and position yourself, the hitter swings and sends a screaming grass cutter straight at you.
No time to think, just react. You do what you have done a thousand times before in practice, stay down through the ball and field it cleanly.
Almost on the bag, you turn and step on first base to record the put out on the batter/runner, for out number two.
As an infielder, what do you do now?
By stepping on first base, the rule says that the force play at second base is now removed. That means the base runner must be tagged to complete the double play, ending the inning.
Since you are the infielder who removed the force, you yell "TAG", so that the shortstop knows the force is gone, and he can apply the tag upon receiving your throw.
No matter where it occurs, when the force is removed, the backside of the play must apply a tag to record the out.
Rules Tips ~ From the Dugout
The Rule States: Any runner is out when; failing to reach the next base before a fielder tags said runner or the base after that runner has been forced to advance by reason of the batter becoming a runner.
However, if a following runner is put out on a force play, the force is removed and the runner must be tagged to be put out.
Kansas City Drill ~ Good Multi-purpose Drill For This Rule
The following drill is a multipurpose infield drill, within which the "forceout removed" situation gets covered, in round four.
KANSAS CITY DRILL ~ This drill provides a tremendous number of ground balls to the infielders, working both right, left, and right at them. There are also throwing opportunities to throw and simulate double play pivots.
Complete Four Round Sequence
To Take This Rule To The Next Level
While the Kansas City Drill is essentially an infield skills drill, it provides a great opportunity to introduce the baseball rule, force removed concept, to the entire infield.
Taking this rule concept to the next level; Defensive Situations Off A Fungo Drill, allows you to create the " live in real time scenario" that will make for better team retention and increased comfort level within the game.
~ A working knowledge of baseball rules is essential for players to feel comfortable and enjoy success within the game. Tagging Up
~ The base runner can go when..... Force Removed
~ As an infielder, what do I do now? return from baseball rules first base running lane to theoleballgame.com
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