Thursday, March 24, 2016

UEFL University - Video Rulebook - Awards and Penalties

The following UEFL video rulebook entry pertains to awards and penalties that result from the ball becoming dead or the defense's illegal action.

Base awards may be granted to the offense or other penalties imposed for the following situations:
When the pitcher commits any of a series of illegal actions known as a balk (click for a comprehensive list), baserunners are awarded one base.
Pitched Out of Play
If the pitcher's pitch to the batter bounces out of play or if a pickoff thrown while the pitcher is in contact with the pitching plate (rubber), baserunners are awarded one base.
Thrown Out of Play
A ball generally batted which lodges in a fielder's jersey is dead and umpires award the baserunners one base. If intentional, the award is at two (thrown) or three (batted) bases.
Out of Play (Lodged in Jersey or Equipment)
A fielder's throw that leaves the playing field (either by bouncing or on the fly) is a dead ball and two base award. The award is given from the time of pitch if the throw is the first action off a fair batted ball, or from the time of the throw if otherwise.
Batted Ball Bounces Out of Play
A fair batted ball that leaves the playing field in flight is a home run. A fair batted ball that leaves the playing field on a bounce or carom is a two-base award unless subject to ground rules particular to the stadium in which the event occurred.
Glove Thrown At Ball
If a fielder throws his glove at or willfully touches a detached part of the uniform/equipment to a live ball, the awards are as follows:
one base, if a pitched ball;
two bases, if a thrown ball;
three bases, if a batted ball.
Catcher's Interference
If during the natural course of a swing, the batter's bat makes contact with the catcher's glove, the catcher is guilty of interference, the ball remains live until play concludes and the offense has the option of awards:
one base for batter & all runners or decline the penalty.
Obstruction Type A
Obstruction Type A (Type 1) occurs when the defense illegally impedes the progress of the batter or runner while a play is being made on him.
Penalty: Ball is immediately dead and the runner is awarded one additional base from his location at the time of the obstruction.
Obstruction Type B
Obstruction Type B (Type 2) occurs when the defense impedes the progress of the batter or runner while no play is being made on that runner.
Penalty: Ball remains alive until the conclusion of play at which time the umpire determines an appropriate award to nullify the act of obstruction.
Catcher Illegally Blocking Home Plate
The catcher may not block the runner's path to home plate without possession of the ball unless he must position himself in front of home plate for the explicit purpose of legitimately fielding a throw on or toward the plate.
Penalty: Unlike Obstruction A, the ball remains alive as the run scores.
Umpire Interference
Umpire interference occurs when:
> A fair batted ball makes contact with the umpire before passing an infielder or touching the pitcher. Award: Dead ball, one base (single).
> The catcher/plate umpire make contact on a throw. Runner sent back to original base (if out, out stands).
Spectator Interference
Spectator interference occurs when a fan reaches out of the stands and over the playing field (or goes onto the field) and touches a live ball or interferes with a fielder attempting to field the ball.
Penalty: Dead ball, umpire determines award to nullify the violative act of fan interference.


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