According to Rule 7.13 of the Little League Baseball (r) Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies, when a pitcher is contacting the pitcher's plate and in possession of the ball, and the catcher is in the catcher's box ready to receive delivery of the ball, base runners are not permitted to leave their bases until the ball has been contacted. If a base runner leaves his or her base before contact, the base will be called illegally while the play is in progress. If the base runner returns to his or her base before being put out, that run will be awarded to the opposing team.
The purpose of this rule is to prevent extra bases on balls hit into the outfield or taken at third base. It also prevents runs from scoring when a baserunner reaches first base before being caught stealing. However, if a player leaves his or her base before being put out, that player can return to any part of the base he or she left from as long as it is before the next pitch. For example, if a player is running down the line when the pitcher throws a strike, the player can return to second base without being put out because the batter cannot advance him or her there.
There have been cases where this rule has been broken; for example: A batter hits into a double play groundball-to-third baseman-who throws home, forcing the batter to stop at first base.
Little League Baseball Did you make the decision? Did the runner leave the base too soon? Runners must not leave their bases when a pitcher is contacting the pitcher's plate and in control of the ball until the ball has been delivered and reached the batter. With one out and runners on first and second base, the hitter has a two-strike, one-ball count. If the hitter swings and misses, that will put the runner on third base. The catcher can then throw to first base to try to get the runner there before he reaches it. If the catcher throws the ball away from first base, this is called a balk. This means that the pitcher was not able to release the ball during his windup phase and therefore cannot continue pitching.
The rule was created because many players left their bases prematurely while trying to advance someone else to third base. For example, if the runner on second base sees that the pitcher is not going to deliver the ball and leaves his position early, then the runner would be called for leaving his base.
It is important to remember that little leaguers are children, so they do things without thinking about the consequences. One of the reasons why kids play little league baseball is because it is fun. They are not focused on winning or losing, they are only trying to have fun. When you realize that they are just having fun and not trying to hurt anyone, then you should not worry about them leaving their bases.
If a runner leaves his base before this occurs, he will be called out.
In youth baseball, it is common for young players to leave their bases while the pitcher is delivering the ball toward the plate. The rule in little league says that if a player is not on first base when the ball is thrown, he cannot come home until after the batter has been given a chance to hit the ball. This means that if a pitcher throws fast and keeps the ball up in the zone, little leaguers are likely to see many strikes called while at bat.
In addition, little league rules state that if a batter does not step into the box when the pitcher delivers the ball, then no pitch is recorded as being made. Thus, if a pitcher works the zone well, he will give up few hits while keeping his opponents off base at a high rate.
However, this style of pitching is more common among older pitchers who have more experience because it is harder to control the speed of the ball when you are far away from the mound.
Base runners may attempt to advance at any moment while the ball is alive, even before or during the pitcher's pitch. In attempt to tag the runner, the catcher—or pitcher, in place of delivering the pitch—often tries to avoid this by tossing the ball to one of the infielders. If the ball is caught, the batter is out; if it isn't, the umpire calls him safe regardless of where the ball goes after it leaves the bat.
In addition to tagging the base runner (throwing to first) to force him to return to base or be thrown out (at second), an infielder can also apply pressure to a base runner by throwing to second or third. This will usually cause the base runner to stop running in order to avoid being tagged out. A double play can only happen when a fielder catches a ball hit toward any field corner other than first base.
The rule on advancing base runners was created to protect against collisions between runners trying to advance towards different bases. For example, if the runner on first advances when the pitcher starts his windup and then continues past second base before the ball is delivered, this could lead to a collision between them. Similarly, if the runner on second attempts to advance to third before the pitcher has completed his delivery, there could be a conflict because now both runners are heading for the same spot on the field.
Little League regulations prohibit a runner from leading off until they are 13 years old (part of the Intermediate Division baseball program). There are no balks or pick-off movements for pitchers if a runner does not lead off. Runners can (and frequently do) steal bases. Base runners can (and are) thrown out by catchers. It is up to them what strategy they use to try and get around the game.
In addition, there is no such thing as an automatic balk at any age. If a pitcher works a full three-ball count before throwing, then he has effectively balked. This happens very rarely, but it can result in a run scoring if the batter strikes out or goes down on a double play.
There is no rule that requires a runner to take the first step off the baseline when attempting to score from first base. Some coaches believe this is good strategy because it makes them work harder to get across those bags. Other coaches feel that since most players attempt to slide into home plate headfirst, this is already taken care of automatically. Either way, runners are allowed to make their own decisions about how they want to approach advancing from first base.
When a player reaches second base, they are expected to proceed towards third base unless instructed otherwise by a coach. Coaches often tell their players to "stay down" when they have men on base because these baserunners are usually able to advance only a few steps before being caught by a defender.
7.13 specifies that "a runner attempting to score must not detour from his direct approach to the plate in order to establish contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate)." A runner who violates the rule is out, even if the fielder drops the ball. This means that even if the catcher has no intention of catching the ball, he cannot leave his position at the plate to pursue a running catch.
This rule was adopted in 1997 after an incident in which Mark McGwire broke away from third base during Game 7 of the World Series against Greg Maddux to chase down a long fly ball. The Cardinals lost the game and the series after Jeff Bagwell struck out looking trying to reach the ball.
Before this adoption, there had been two previous cases where runners were called out when they went into the stands or around the bases to try to make a catch. In both cases, the runners were called out because they had left their original course toward first base or the pitcher's mound.
The first case occurred in 1912 when Billy Maharg of the New York Giants was running down the third-base line while wearing nothing but shoes and socks. He reached up with one foot and caught a ball thrown by Joe Quinn of the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, umpire Hank O'Farrell called him out because he believed Maharg had gone beyond third base in an attempt to catch the ball.