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Location of Outfielders

by Jennifer
(California)

Photo Bill Stanton:  Checkswing.com

Photo Bill Stanton: Checkswing.com

Can all of the outfielders on a team move to the infield (baselines) when a weaker batter is at bat?


Rick answered: Jennifer, thank you for your question.

The rule covering this situation is Rule 1-1 Art 4: At the time of the pitch, all fielders shall be on fair ground except the catcher who shall be in the catcher's box.

A fielder is in fair ground when at least one foot is touching fair ground.

Coaches can place the 7 fielders anywhere in fair territory that they wish.

The pitcher is locked into pitching from the mound while standing on the pitching plate and the catcher has to be in the catcher's box.

Time of the pitch is when the pitcher has committed himself to delivering the pitch to the batter.

For the windup position, the "time of pitch" occurs when the pitcher,(a) first starts any movement of his arms(s) or leg(s) after stepping onto the pitcher's plate with his hands already together in front of his body; (b)with both hands at his side, first starts any movement with both arms or leg(s) prior to the pitch; (c)with either hand in front of the body and the other hand at his side, after bringing his hands together , first starts any movement of his arm(s) or legs(s) prior to the pitch. For the set position, the "time of pitch" occurs the instant the pitcher, after coming to a complete and discernible stop, starts any movement woth ars(s) and or legs(s) that commits him to pitch.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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May 18, 2012
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by: Ed Souza

Never embarrass a child on the field it will haunt you forever.. kids can't help when they grow or hit their peak they do it at different times.. the kid who is weak now may be the best player in high school.. I would hate to see a child quit playing because he felt embarresed by a coaches bad decision to make it more about themselves rather than the kids..When coaching think about the entire league and what's best for it. baseball is losing kids because of other sports. Don't drive them away because they feel embarressed

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