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1  T or F Time can be granted prior to a runner reaching first base on a base on balls  T or F It is a fair ball if while on or over fair territory a hit ball touches the person of an umpire or player, their clothing or equipment  T or F A batter squares to bunt and holds the bat over the plate. The pitched ball, while not in the strike zone, is caught by the catcher. A ball shall be called by the umpire.

2  In getting secure possession of a ball a fielder must  A. Hold the ball in his hand and glove  B. Hold the ball in his hand or his glove  C. Hold the ball in his hand and/or glove  D. B and C

3  What action(s) must a fielder perform to show that he has completed a catch?  A. Stops running and returns the ball to the infield  B. Voluntarily removes the ball from his glove  C. Stops and voluntarily removes the ball from his glove  D. None of the above

4  B1 hits a ground ball to F6 who throws to first. F3 juggles the ball so that it rolls up his arm and is clamped to his body by an elbow or forearm when B1 touches first.  RULING: B1 is safe. It is not a catch until the ball is secured by the bare hand or glove hand.

5  Pregame conference between UIC, U1, Coaches, and their respective team captains shall begin:  A. 10 min prior to game time  B. 5 min prior to game time  C. Before the game is scheduled to begin  D. None of the above

6  The infield fly rule is in effect:  A. With runners on 1 st and 2 nd base with 2 outs  B. With runners on 1 st, 2 nd, and third base with 2 outs.  C. Anytime bases are loaded  D. With runners on 1 st and 2 nd, or bases loaded with less than 2 outs

7  T or F Runners are NEVER permitted to slide head first into home plate  T or F Malicious contact penalty supersedes an obstruction by the catcher at a play at the plate  T or F A legal slide is one that is within an arms width of the base in which the runner is attempting.  T or F The force play slide rule only pertains to plays made at 2 nd base.

8 Class #2 January 21, 2014

9  Art 1  Each of the two teams consists of at least nine players throughout the game  A team must start a game with 9 players but may finish with 8. If they are unable to finish with 8, the game shall be forfeited.  If playing with 8 players an out shall be called each time the missing is due to bat

10  Art. 2  Captain and Head coach shall provide UIC with their lineup card  Line up card shall include  Shirt number  Position and batting order  Name and number of each substitute  Line ups become official after they have been exchanged at pregame meeting  Umpire should not accept without subs listed  No penalty given

11  Art. 4  At time of pitch ALL fielders shall be in fair territory  Except the catcher  A fielder is in fair ground when at least one foot is touching fair ground  Penalty is an Illegal pitch - a ball is awarded to the batter

12  Art. 5  Players may change to different fielding positions at any time during the game  Except a pitcher  He is required to pitch to the first batter until he has reached base or been put out  To ensure this takes place umpire will deny any coach’s conference that would violate this rule  Read Rule 3-1-2

13 1.1.2 SITUATION B: Team A's JV team has returned to join the varsity team during the sixth inning of the varsity game. A member of Team A's JV team attempts to enter the game as a pinch runner, but Team B's coach notices that Team A's JV player was not listed on the starting lineup card and argues he should not be allowed to enter the game. RULING: There is no penalty if the names are not listed on the lineup card. However, it is suggested that all players who might possibly enter the game be listed with their proper names and shirt numbers.

14 1.1.2 SITUATION C: Team A's head coach in the third inning wants to substitute a player who is not on the original lineup card. RULING: There is no penalty if a coach wants to substitute a player whose name was not listed as a substitute on the lineup card. However, to help improve the pace of the game, all known substitutes, with their name and shirt number, shall be listed on the lineup card submitted at the pregame conference.


16  ART When the dugout area is temporarily extended, for any reason, it shall be extended toward the outfield on a line parallel to the foul line. The extension of the dugout area shall be equally applied for both teams.

17 Art. 1 A minimum of 3 baseballs shall be provided to start the game. Unless otherwise mutually agreed upon, the home team has this responsibility. No less than two baseballs shall be used to complete a game. The NFHS Authenticating Mark is required on all balls that will be used in high school competition.

18  Art 2 Bat Characteristics  All Legal wood, aluminum, or composite bats shall: 1. Be 1 piece 2. If Multi-piece be permanently assembled 3. Can’t have exposed rivots, fastners, rough or sharp edges of any kind, Must be free of dents, burrs, or sharp edges 4. Treatments/Devices meant to enhance bat performance are not allowed

19  All bats not made of wood  Shall have a safety grip 10-18”  Cork  Tape  No plastic tape  Pine tar is permitted on grip of bat  Molded grips are illegal

20  All bats not made of wood  Barrel to be no larger than 2 5/8”  Bat can be no longer than 36”  Weight can be no less than 3oz less than the length of the bat…example 36” length bat can weigh no less than 33oz.

21  Bats not made of a single piece of wood  Must be labeled “BBCOR.50”  Silkscreen or other permanent mark  No sticker or label will be accepted NFHS has been advised that certain manufacturers consider alteration, modification and doctoring of their bats unlawful and subject to criminal prosecution.

22  Reebok Vector TLS 33 inch length  Marucci Cat 5, 33” length  Reebok Vector TLS 32” length*

23  Wooden bats  Handle may be roughened or wound with tape  No more than 18” from end of handle  Barrel can be up to 2 ¾”  No more than 36” in length

24  Illegal bats  No artificial or intentional means to control the temperature of a bat is allowed  Nothing can be added into a bat  Bats that are broken, cracked, or that deface the ball are to be removed without penalty  Penalty: If the batter enters the batter's box with an illegal bat or is discovered having used an illegal bat the batter is out. If the infraction is discovered before the next pitch following the turn at bat of the player who used an illegal bat, the defense may take the penalty or the result of the play  Coach shall be restricted to the dugout if this is the first offense, ejected if the 2 nd.

25  Gloves  Catcher’s mitt can be any size  Pitcher’s glove can NOT be or include white or gray  Glove shall be removed from the game  Fielder’s gloves  14”height  8” width of palm  5 ¾” Webbing

26  Loose equipment of either team may not be on or near the field PENALTY: If loose equipment interferes with play, the umpire may call an out(s), award bases or return runners, based on his judgment and the circumstances concerning he play.

27  SITUATION D:  During the game, B1 enters the batter's box with a wood composite bat without the BBCOR certification mark, or a bat made of a grass, such as bamboo. The umpire-in-chief questions the coach. It is the coach's opinion that since the bats are partially made of wood, the bats are not subject to the BBCOR standard and do not require the BBCOR certification mark.  RULING: The coach is incorrect. A bat is either solid wood or non-wood. Any bat that is not a solid piece of wood is considered a non-wood bat and is subject to the BBCOR requirements. The bat is illegal, BI is out and the penalties of 4-1-3b are applied to the head coach.

28  SITUATION G:  A batter enters batting box with an illegal bat in the first inning. The umpire detects the illegal bat. In the third inning, another player for the same team enters the box with an illegal bat and it is detected. In the fifth inning, a third player from the same team enters the box with an illegal bat and it is detected.  RULING: For the offense in the first inning, the batter is out (7-4- 1a) and the head coach is restricted to the dugout. For the offense in the third inning, the batter is out (7-4-1a) and the head coach is ejected. For the offense in the fifth inning, the batter is out (7-4-1a) and the person who is now acting as head coach is ejected.

29  All player are required to wear a uniform of the same style and color  Hats and shoes are required  Uniform sleeve lengths may vary  May not be frayed, slit, or ragged  Should be approx. the same length  Pitchers undershirts (if exposed)  Can’ t be white or gray Note: Vest and undershirt are viewed as a type of uniform

30  SITUATION A:  Team A wears the new vest-type jersey. The school's colors are red and white. Its road uniform top is red, with a white undershirt. The pitcher is wearing this uniform. (a) The sleeve of the white shirt does not extend beyond his elbow or (b) He is wearing a long-sleeved, white-compression shirt that extends beyond the elbow.  RULING: Legal in (a), illegal in (b).

31  Things worthy to note:  Uniforms can not have dangerous or reflective ornaments  No two players on the same team can have the same number  Take notice of logo requirements listed in the rule book, could be on your test

32  SITUATION A:  In (a), the coach and/or the player-coach wears a jacket while in the coach's box; or (b) players other than the pitcher request to wear jacket over their uniforms while on base.  RULING: Legal in (a), illegal in (b). If players other than the pitcher request a jacket while running the bases, the request shall be denied. Jackets are also prohibited on defense.

33  It is mandatory for on-deck batters, batters, runners, retired runners, players/students in the coaches boxes as well as non-adult bat/ball shaggers to wear a batting helmet that meets the NOCSAE standard

34  PENALTY: When an umpire observes anyone who is required to wear a batting helmet deliberately remove his batting helmet while in live-ball territory and the ball is live (non-adult ball/bat shaggers required to wear batting helmet in live-ball area even if ball is dead), the umpire shall issue a warning to the coach of the involved team, unless the ball becomes dead without being touched by a fielder or, after being touched, goes directly to dead-ball area. A subsequent violation of the rule shall result in ejection.

35  Catchers are required to wear a helmet and mask combination that meets the NOCSAE standard.  Must have full ear protection  Must have throat guard  Must wear shin guards  Must wear a cup  Any non adult warming up a pitcher, on or off the field must wear a mask helmet combination that include a throat guard

36  Failure of a player to wear proper equipment after being so ordered by the umpire, shall result in an ejection.

37  SITUATION A:  In (a) R1, upon reaching first base, adjusts his helmet by lifting it, but not above the temples, and replaces it; or (b) R3 doubles and upon reaching second, he removes his helmet, tossing it above his head in celebration; or (c) the bat boy, without a helmet, leaves the dugout to retrieve a ball between home plate and the backstop.  RULING: In (a), there is no violation because the helmet was not considered to have been removed. In (b), because the helmet was deliberately removed, the player is to be penalized as provided. In (c), bat boys and shaggers shall wear helmets when in live-ball area, even if the ball is dead. After being warned, any subsequent violation could result in that individual not being allowed on the field.

38 Substituting-Coaching-Bench and Field Conduct-Charged Conferences

39  Once the line-up cards are official  A substitute may replace a player of his team  Once the ball is dead and time has been called  EXCEPT a pitcher  The pitcher shall pitch to the first batter  Until he has been retired or reached base  If the starting pitcher does not face the first batter, he may remain in the game at another position but may not return to pitch for the remainder of the game  Projected substitutions are not allowed

40  The UIC shall record all subs on his line-up card  Announce any changes to the opposing team.  A sub is considered to have entered the game (announced or unannounced)  When the ball is “live” ( put in play by the UIC)  A runner takes the place of the runner he replaced  A pitcher takes his place on the pitcher’s rubber  A fielder take the position of the player he replaced  A batter steps into the batter’s box

41  Discovery of an illegal player  Read  On offense by umpire or either team  Player is called out and restricted to bench for the remainder of the game  If restricted player re enters game he shall be called out and ejected  On defense  Player is restricted to the bench for the remainder of the game  If restricted player re enters game he shall be ejected

42  The penalty for Illegal substitution supersedes the penalty for batting out of order  If the illegal substitute  Scores a run  Advances  Or causes a play that forces another runner to advance  Discovery must be made prior to next pitch to next batter of either team

43  If discovery is made prior to next pitch  All action created by illegal sub is invalidated  All outs made on the play stand  Remaining runners are returned to their previously occupied base at the time of the pitch

44  In a game-ending situation, discovery must be made before all infielders leave the diamond (i.e., all infielders cross the foul lines).

45  An illegal player on defense  shall be replaced immediately upon discovery by the umpire or either team.  If an illegal player on defense is involved in a play, and the infraction is discovered by an umpire or either team prior to the first pitch to the next batter of either team, the team on offense has the option to let the play stand or to allow the batter to bat again.

46  Any player for whom an illegal player substitutes may re-enter only if he is ­eligible to do so under the re-entry rule (3-1-3).

47  SITUATION A:  B1 has a count of one ball and two strikes when the captain or coach decides to put in pinch hitter S1.  RULING: The coach should ask the umpire to call time to make a substitution. When S1 enters, he is charged with one ball and two strikes. If S1 strikes out, the strikeout and time at bat are charged against B1, since he had more than half of the allotted number of strikes. In any other case, the time at bat is charged to S1. (9-3-6)

48  SITUATION C:  S1, who was not a starter and has already been in and out of the game once, appears at bat in place of B2. This is discovered while S1 is at bat by (a) the offensive team; (b) the defensive team; or (c) an umpire.  RULING: In each case S1 is an illegal substitute and is restricted to the dugout for the duration of the game. He shall also be called out. The penalty for an ineligible substitute supersedes the penalty for batting out of order. The out is credited to F2.

49  SITUATION F:  S1 replaces B5 in the third inning. In the seventh inning with two outs, R1 on second and R2 on first, B5 re-enters without reporting. B5 hits to F4 who misplays the ball, and all runners are safe after advancing. The defensive team's coach approaches the plate umpire to question if B5 had been reported.  RULING: S1 is out of the game; B5 is a legal substitute even though he did not report.

50  SITUATION I:  S1, who is an illegal substitute, scores, but B4 is thrown out for the third out attempting to advance to second base on a base hit. As both teams change positions, and before a pitch to the next batter can be made, the umpire is informed by the opposing team's coach that S1 is an illegal substitute.  RULING: Even though both teams changed positions, a pitch had not been thrown to the next batter. Therefore, the previous play is nullified. S1 is called out, his run does not count, and B4 shall lead off the next inning. (2-36-3, 3-1-1, 8-4-1k)

51  ART If a pitcher is replaced while his team is on defense,  the substitute pitcher shall pitch to the batter then at bat or any substitute for that batter  until such batter is put out or reaches first base  or until a third out has been made  To ensure that the requirements of this article be fulfilled, the umpire will deny any coach-defensive player conference that will violate the rule.

52  If a pitcher is incapacitated or guilty of flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct  this rule is ignored.  A player may be removed as pitcher and returned as pitcher only once per inning  provided the return as pitcher does not violate either the pitching, substitution or charged conference rule.  If the pitcher, because of an injury or being incapacitated, is replaced as pitcher and the above rule is not satisfied, or if his replacement requires more warm-up throws than permitted in exception, he cannot return to the game as a pitcher

53  ART Any of the starting players may be withdrawn and re-entered once, including a player who was the designated hitter, provided such player ­occupies the same batting position whenever he is in the lineup.  The pitcher is governed by the provisions of Article 2.  A substitute who is withdrawn may not ­re-enter.  A starting pitcher who is replaced in the top of the first inning while his team is at bat shall be governed by the provisions of Articles 1 and 2.

54  ART A hitter may be designated for any one starting player (not just pitchers) and all subsequent substitutes for that player in the game.  A starting defensive player cannot be listed as the designated hitter in the starting lineup.  A designated hitter for said player shall be selected prior to the start of the game, and his name shall be included on the lineup cards presented to the umpire-in-chief and to the official scorer.  A team forfeits the use of a designated hitter if it fails to declare a designated hitter prior to the game.

55  If a pinch hitter or pinch runner for the designated hitter is used, that player becomes the new designated hitter.  The player who was the designated hitter may re-enter as the designated hitter under the re- entry rule.  A designated hitter and the ­player for whom he is batting are locked into the batting order.  No multiple substitutions may be made that will alter the batting rotation

56  The role of the designated hitter is terminated for the remainder of the game when: a. the defensive player, or any previous defensive player for whom the des­ignated hitter batted, subsequently bats, pinch-hits or pinch-runs for the ­ designated hitter; or b. the designated hitter or any previous designated hitter assumes a defensive position.

57  ART Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from the game  He shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional. (See Appendix B: NFHS Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussions.)

58  ART A player or coach who is bleeding or who has an open wound shall be prohibited from participating further in the game until appropriate treatment has been administered.  If medical care or treatment can be administered in a ­ reasonable amount of time, the individual would not have to leave the game.  The length of time that is considered reasonable is umpire judgment. The re-entry rule applies to starters.  If there is any amount of blood on the uniform, it shall be changed or cleaned before that individual participates again.

59  SITUATION A:  F1 is replaced by S1. The catcher or coach of the defensive team indicates to the umpire-in-chief that his team wishes to grant an intentional base on balls. Following the intentional base on balls, S1 is replaced by S2.  RULING: That is legal, since S1 has faced the necessary one batter.

60  SITUATION C:  In the top half of the first, S1 pinch hits for F1. In the bottom half of the first inning, F1 (a) re-enters to face the first batter or (b) does not re-enter until later.  RULING: A substitute may replace F1 while his team is at bat without penalty. Since F1 is a starter, he shall re- enter and pitch to the first batter in the bottom of the first inning. In (a) F1 has complied with the rule. In (b), since F1 did not pitch to the first batter, F1 may not return to pitch. He may, however, play another position. (3-1-1, 3-1-3)

61  SITUATION A:  A starting player re-enters the game a second time (third time in the game) either as (a) F1, or (b) F8 or (c) batter.  RULING: In (a) and (b), the fielder shall be restricted to the bench immediately when discovered. In (c), the illegal substitute is out and restricted to the bench.

62  SITUATION B:  Jones is a starting player in center field and batting second in the batting order. In the third inning he is withdrawn and Smith replaces him. Subsequently the coach desires to re-enter Jones as catcher and have him bat in eighth position.  RULING: Illegal. Jones may re-enter only to replace Smith. If Smith had been replaced earlier by Gregory, when Jones re- entered he would have to replace Gregory. Jones, Smith and Gregory are all required to occupy the second place in the batting order. However, they may play various positions. Neither Jones, Smith nor Gregory may be transferred to any other position in the batting order nor may they replace any other players already in the lineup, and only Jones could re-enter (once) because of being a starting player. When a substitute is withdrawn from the game, he may not be re-entered.

63  SITUATION B:  DH, batting in the second position in the lineup for starter F5, safely reaches first base, where pinch runner S1 replaces him.  RULING: The DH has been out of the game once. S1 may become the new DH or the original DH may re-enter as DH or may play defense. If he plays defense, the role of DH is terminated. Whenever any current or former DH enters the game on defense, the role of the DH is terminated.

64  SITUATION A:  In the second inning, F8 runs into a fence chasing a fly ball and later exhibits signs of a concussion. The coach and the player's father agree that F8 is okay to continue in the game.  RULING: Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.

65  ART One player or coach may occupy each coach's box while his team is at bat  A coach who is not in the uniform of the team shall be restricted to the bench/dugout.  However, a coach may leave the bench/dugout to attend to a player who becomes ill or injured.  He may address base runners or the batter.  Coaches may wear prostheses and use mobility devices.  Any member of the team at bat, who has not been ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, may occupy a coach's box.

66  ART No coach shall physically assist a runner during playing action.  PENALTY: The ball is dead at the end of playing action. The involved ­batter-runner or runner is out and any additional outs made on the play stand. Runners not put out return to bases occupied at the time of the infraction.

67  ART No offensive team personnel, other than the base coach, shall be near a base for which a runner is trying so that a fielder may be confused  nor be on or near the baseline in such a way as to draw a throw  nor shall the base coach or members of the team at bat fail to vacate any area needed by a fielder in his attempt to put out a batter or runner.

68  If a thrown live ball unintentionally touches a base coach in foul territory, or a pitched or thrown ball touches an umpire, the ball is live and in play.  If the coach is judged by the umpire to have interfered intentionally with the thrown ball, or interferes in fair territory, the interference penalty is invoked.  PENALTY: The ball is dead immediately and the runner is out. The batter-runner or runner may be out as in 7-4-1f and 8-4-2g. Other runners return as in

69  The head coach must attend the pregame conference, if available.  PENALTY: The head coach will be restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game if he refuses to attend the pregame conference.

70  SITUATION F:  The home team's head coach appears in the game not in the team uniform but in business casual dress. (a) The head coach calls time-out and calls the infield over to the dugout; (b) the head coach calls time and walks out to the mound to confer with the pitcher; (c) the head coach calls time-out to attend to an injured player.  RULING: (a) No penalty. Coaches who have been restricted to the dugout are permitted to conduct charged conferences from their team bench/dugout. That conference shall end when the players involved start to return to their positions on the field. (b) Illegal. Only persons in uniform shall appear outside of the bench/dugout. (c) Legal. A coach not in uniform may leave the bench/dugout, when requested by the umpire, to attend to a player who becomes ill or injured.

71  SITUATION A:  B1 hits a home run out of the park and, while rounding third, trips over the base. The third- base coach helps B1 to his feet.  RULING: The ball is dead and, since B1 is awarded four bases for the home run, he is allowed to score with this type of assistance by the third-base coach.

72 A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not: a. leave the dugout during a live ball for an unauthorized purpose; b. fake a tag without the ball (This is obstruction) c. carelessly throw a bat; d. wear jewelry (players participating in the game) or wear bandannas; e. hit the ball to players on defense after the game has started; f. use video monitoring or replay equipment for coaching purposes during the course of the game ( Coach shall be ejected)

73  PENALTY: At the end of playing action, the umpire shall issue a warning to the coach of the team involved and the next offender on that team shall be ejected

74  A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not: g. commit any unsportsmanlike act to include, but not limited to 1. use of words or actions to incite or attempt to incite spectators demonstrations, 2. use of profanity, intimidation tactics, remarks reflecting unfavorably upon any other person, or taunting or baiting.. 3. use of any language intended to intimidate, 4. behavior in any manner not in accordance with the spirit of fair play; 5. being in live ball territory (excluding team's bullpen area) during the opponent's infield practice prior to the start of the game.

75  g. commit any unsportsmanlike act to include, but not limited to  6. any member of the coaching staff who was not the head coach (or designee) in leaving the vicinity of the dugout or coaching box to dispute a judgment call by an umpire.  7. Confronting or directing unsportsmanlike conduct to the umpires after the game has concluded and until the umpires have departed the game site.

76  A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not:  h. enter the area behind the catcher while the opposing pitcher and catcher are in their positions;  i. use of any object in his possession in the coach’s box other than a stop-watch, rule book (hard copy), scorebook;  j. be outside the designated dugout (bench) or bullpen area if not a batter, runner, on-deck batter, in the coach's box or one of the nine players on defense;  k. charge an umpire;  l. use amplifiers or bullhorns for coaching purposes during the course of the game;

77  PENALTY: The umpire shall eject the offender from the game, unless the offense is judged to be of a minor nature.  The umpire may warn the offender and then eject him if he repeats the offense.  The warning or ejection shall be made at the end of playing action.  For coaches who violate the umpire may  (1) restrict the offender to bench/dugout for the remainder of the game or  (2) eject the offender.  For violation of g (6), both the head coach and the offending coach shall be restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game, or if the offense is judged severe enough, the umpire may eject the offender and restrict or eject the head coach. Any coach restricted to the bench shall be ejected for further misconduct. A coach may leave the bench/dugout to attend to a player who becomes ill or injured.

78  A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not: m. deliberately throw a bat, helmet, etc.; n. initiate malicious contact on offense or defense; The ball is immediately dead, if on offense, the player is ejected and declared out, unless he has already scored. If the defense commits the malicious contact, the player is ejected; the umpire shall rule either safe or out on the play and award the runner(s) the appropriate base(s) he felt they would have obtained if the malicious contact had not occurred.

79  A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not: o. call "Time" or use any command or commit any act for the purpose of ­causing a balk; or p. use tobacco or tobacco-like products within the confines of the field. q. leave their positions or bench area during a fight or physical confrontation.  PENALTY: The umpire shall eject the offender from the game. In (q), a coach who attempts to prevent a fight or restore order is not in violation of the rule.

80  ART A coach who is ejected  shall leave the vicinity of the playing area immediately  prohibited from further contact, direct or indirect, with the team during the remainder of the game.  He may return when requested to attend to an ill or injured player.

81  Players loosening up to bat shall remain in the area of their team's on-deck circle while the pitcher is warming up (1-2-3).  PENALTY: The umpire shall issue a team warning to the coach of the team involved. The next offender on that team shall be ejected.

82  *3.3.1 SITUATION BB:  While sliding into second base feet first, R1 maliciously slashes out with his right leg and trips F6 who is in the act of making the pivot in an attempt to complete a double play. Consequently, F6's throw is wild and goes out of play.  RULING: The ball is dead immediately. R1 is out and ejected for malicious contact. B2 shall be called out by the umpire because this was a force play slide situation and R1 did not execute a legal slide. (8-4-2b)

83  *3.3.1 SITUATION O:  The head coach rushes out of the dugout to discuss an umpire's call. Shall the umpire (a) warn the coach, (b) restrict the coach to the dugout for the remainder of the game or (c) eject the coach from the game?  RULING: Depending on the severity of the coach's actions, the umpire may use any of the above penalties.

84  *3.3.1 SITUATION Q:  With a base runner on first and following an attempted steal, the assistant coach for Team A who is coaching first, leaves the coaching box and charges onto the field to talk to the base umpire in a two-person crew arguing that the runner was safe on the steal attempt.  RULING: The assistant coach who was coaching first, and the head coach are now restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game. If the conduct of either coach were of such gravity to violate Rule 3-3-1g in other parts, the coach(es) could be ejected.

85  The defense may be granted three charged conferences during a seven-inning game without penalty  In an extra inning game each team shall be permitted one charged ­conference each inning while on defense without penalty  The number of charged conferences permitted is not cumulative.  Time granted for an ­obviously incapacitated player shall not constitute a charged conference.  A conference is not charged if the pitcher is removed as pitcher.  PENALTY: After three charged conferences in a seven- inning game, or for any charged conference in excess of one in each extra inning, the pitcher shall be removed as pitcher for duration of the game.

86  The offense may be granted one charged conference per inning  The coach or any of that team's personnel can confer with base runners, the batter, the on-deck batter or other offensive team personnel.  The umpire shall deny any subsequent offensive team requests for charged conferences.

87  A defensive charged conference is concluded  when the coach crosses the foul line if the conference was in fair ­terri­tory.  If the conference was in foul territory, the conference ends when the coach initially starts to return to the dugout/­bench area.

88  An offensive charged conference ends when the coach starts to return to the coach's box or dugout/bench area  If a coach who has been restricted to the dugout/bench area is involved in a charged conference that conference shall end when the players involved initially start to return to their positions on the field  The coach shall be given a reasonable amount of time for the charged ­conference as determined by the umpire-in-chief.

89  SITUATION:  A coach goes to the pitcher's mound for a defensive charged conference. He (a) starts to return to his dugout but does not cross the foul line and returns to the pitcher's mound to continue the charged conference or (b) starts to return to his dugout, crosses the foul line, and then returns to the pitcher's mound.  RULING: In (a) the coach is not charged for a second conference unless the umpire has told him previously his time was up. In (b), the coach is charged with a second conference as he ended the initial charged conference when he crossed the foul line unless he removes the pitcher after returning to the mound.

90  SITUATION B:  The coach of the team at bat requests and is granted time so he may have a conference with either the batter or runner(s). Thereafter, if the defensive team's coach goes to the mound to talk to his pitcher, should the defensive team be charged with a conference also?  RULING: No. When either team is granted time for a conference the other coach or representative may do likewise without being charged with a conference, unless the opposing coach or his representative delays the game by not being ready to play when the other team's charged conference is completed.

91  SITUATION C:  The coach of the defensive team has used his three charged conferences. In the seventh inning the coach (a) stops play to confer with his infielders about a bunt situation or (b) goes to the mound to check his pitcher who has just been hit by a batted ball.  RULING: In (a), F1 must be removed as pitcher for the remainder of the game. In (b), this is not a charged conference.

92 Starting and Ending Game

93  The home coach shall decide whether the grounds and other ­conditions are suitable for starting the game.  After exchange of line-ups the umpires are sole judges as to whether conditions are fit for play  Umpires decide if the second game of a DH will start as well

94  If there are unusual conditions the home coach shall propose special ground rules.  If ­agreed upon by the visiting team, these shall be in force.  If the teams cannot agree, the umpires shall formulate ground rules.  Ground rules do not supersede a rules book rule.  All special rules shall be announced.

95  Before game time, the home team and then the visiting team shall deliver their respective batting orders in duplicate to the umpire-in- chief.  The umpire then shall permit inspection by both head coaches and/or captains if available.  Each team's lineup card shall list a minimum of nine players to start the game

96  The UIC shall ask the coaches if their players are legally equipped and that their equipment is legal as well  The UIC shall emphasize that all players and coaches will exhibit good sportmanship

97  Regulation game is 7 innings  Unless the need of extra innings  Shortened because of weather/darkness  Unless a team has less than 8 players

98  Any game that is tied at the end of 4½ or at least five full innings when the game is called shall be a considered a suspended game per OHSAA regulations.  By state association adoption, the game shall end when the visiting team is behind 10 or more runs after 4½ innings, or after the fifth inning, if either team is 10 runs behind and both teams have had an equal number of times at bat.

99  If weather or darkness interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the umpire, it is a regulation game:  if five full innings have been played  or if the home team has scored an equal or greater number of runs in four or four and a fraction turns at bat than the visiting team has scored in five turns at bat  if play has gone beyond five full innings.

100  If the game is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning  except that if the home team in its half of the incomplete inning, scores a run (or runs) which equals or exceeds the opponent's score, the final score shall be as recorded when the game is called.

101 OHSAA regulations….. No game is ever ‘called’ and ‘started over’ at a later date. When a regular season game is interrupted or suspended for ANY reason and the game cannot be resumed that date, the game will be SUSPENDED if the team behind in the score has not completed its turn at bat in the fifth inning.

102  OHSAA regulations….. When a game has gone beyond the fifth inning, it is a complete game, subject to these TWO EXCEPTIONS: 1. THE GAME IS TIED. 1. OHSAA does not permit any baseball game to end in a tie. All games are consideredas “won”, “lost”, or “suspended”. Therefore, a tied game is a “Suspended” game. 2. The game has gone 5 innings and the visiting team has scored one or more runs to take the lead and the home team has not retaken the lead and the game is called while an inning is in progress but before it is completed.

103  OHSAA regulations….. Coaches and the plate umpire may mutually agree to end a game early. This could be in situations where there is a tremendous lead After 2 or 3 innings and both coaches simply agree to end the game. The score stands and the game is over.

104  According to OHSAA regulations: Though a game also ends when it is forfeited under NFHS Rule 4-4, no OHSAA contest can be forfeited until after it has started. A game that is not started is considered a “NO CONTEST”, regardless of reason.

105  A game shall be forfeited to the offended team by the umpire when a team  refuses to continue play after the game has started; or  delays more than a reasonable amount of time in resuming play, or in ­not obeying the umpire's order to remove a player for violation of the rules; or  persists in tactics designed to delay or shorten the game; or  willfully and persistently violates any of the rules after being warned by the umpire  on its home field, fails to comply with the umpire's order to put the field in condition for play.

106  A game shall be forfeited to the offended team by the umpire when a team  is unable to provide at least nine players to start the game or cannot provide eight players to finish the game 1. An out will be called each time that spot in the batting order comes to bat. If the offensive player must be substituted for after reaching base, the most recent batter not on base is allowed to run for that player. 2. A team playing with fewer than nine players may return to nine players.

107 Per OHSAA regulations “Protests arising from the decisions of interpretations of the rules by officials during the game will not be considered. Per NFHS playing rules, their decisions and interpretations of the rules are FINAL. This means that correctable errors must be corrected during the game and within the time established by playing rules. No video evidence is permitted to determine errors or correct them before, during or after the contest.”

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