Sunday, March 20, 2016

UEFL University - Video Rulebook - Batted Ball

The following entry in the UEFL Video Rulebook pertains to a batted ball.

During a batter's time at bat, his objective is to reach base or advance a runner while the defense's objective is to retire the offense. Either objective is achieved by causing the batter's time at bat to end: While the at bat may end via the strikeout (see STRIKE) or walk (see BALL), this section concerns the case of the bat making contact with the baseball: A fair ball, for instance, terminates the batter's time at bat. This is called a batted ball, all of which resolve in one of two probable classifications, foul or fair; click each image to view a video example of the corresponding item:
Fair (Comes to Rest on Infield)
A batted ball not touched by a person which comes to rest within (between) or on the foul lines in front of first or third base is a fair ball.
Fair (Falls Beyond Base)
A batted ball which first touches the ground, wall, or a person between or on the foul lines and beyond first and third base is a fair ball.
Fair (Bounds Past Base)
A batted ball which first touches the ground prior to first or third base, and subsequently bounds over the base or within the foul lines, is a fair ball.
Fair (Leaves Playing Field In Air [Home Run])
A batted ball which leaves the playing field in flight is fair if the ball is over fair territory at the moment it left the field. The foul poles themselves are within fair territory. (Home run.)
Fair (First Touch of Person)
A batted ball whose first touch of a person is within (between) foul lines and in front of first and third base is a fair ball. It does not matter if the ball previously touched the ground.
Foul (First Touch of Person)
A batted ball in flight which first touches a person outside of the foul lines is a foul ball. The 'in flight' requirement is suspended if the ball hasn't yet passed first or third base.
Strike Three (Out)
A batted ball in flight which first touches the ground outside of the foul lines beyond first or third base is a foul ball. A batted ball untouched by a person that has not passed first or third base, and that comes to rest in foul territory, is a foul ball.
Strike Three (Uncaught)
A batted ball which first touches the ground prior to first or third base, and subsequently bounds past that base outside of the base/foul line, is a foul ball. For Foul (Bounds Past), the ball must not be touched by a player prior to bounding past first or third base.
Strike Three (Tag Out)
A batted ball, whether in flight or bouncing off the ground, which first touches the batter before any other player, and touches the batter while he is within a legal position within the batter's box, and the batter does not intend to interfere, is a foul ball.

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