Tuesday, March 22, 2016

UEFL University - Video Rulebook - Safe

The following UEFL Video rulebook entry pertains to "safe" calls.

A runner's objective is to advance through all bases and to home plate. In order to do so, the runner must avoid being put out; the following videos illustrate how a runner successfully avoids being put out or, alternately, how a runner is safe; click any image to view the corresponding visual example:
Touching a Base
A runner is ordinarily safe when tagged while touching a base.
Exceptions (Runner is Out if Touching a Base When):
- He is forced to vacate by virtue of following batter becoming a runner;
- He is struck by a batted ball in fair territory while touching a base;
- Preceding runner returns to simultaneously touch a base where there is no force out situation.
Beats Throw to Base
A batter-runner advancing to first base or a runner advancing to any base which he is forced to try for is safe when his arrival to that base precedes the defense's attempt at retiring him. Generally speaking, a runner who beats a throw to a base for which he is forced to try is safe. See this page for an explanation of misnomer, "Tie Goes to the Runner." The runner may 'run through' first and home bases.
Bobbled Ball
A batter-runner advancing to first base or a runner advancing to any base which he is forced to try for is safe if the defense's attempted tag of the base is unsuccessful. If the defense attempts to tag a base or runner but fails to secure and maintain adequate control of the baseball in the glove or hand (bobble) prior to the runner's arrival, the tag attempt is unsuccessful and the runner, generally, is safe.
Evading a Tag (1)
A runner is permitted to avoid being tagged while trying for a base by sliding, jumping, or engaging in a similar action which will enable him to avoid the glove or hand of the defensive player trying to put him out. If he overruns the base to which he is trying for, he may timely return to touch his base. The runner need not maintain contact with home plate nor first base.
Evading a Tag (2)
A runner may attempt to advance or retreat toward his next or previous base along his base path, which is a straight line between the runner's current position at the time of the tag attempt and the base which he is trying to achieve. If he runs more than three feet away from this base path in an effort to avoid being tagged, he may be ruled out for running outside of his base path.
Obstruction
The act of Obstruction occurs when a defensive player not in possession of the ball nor in the act of fielding the ball impedes the progress of a runner. Only one fielder shall be ruled to be "in the act of fielding" at a time. When obstruction is called, the obstructed runner is either immediately awarded a base (Type A) or protected to a base (Type B). Click here for a look at Obstruction A vs B.

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