R1 on third. Batter pops up into foul territory. C takes her mask off and makes the catch. C then returns the ball to the pitcher in the circle. After the pitcher has the ball in the circle, while C is putting her mask back on, R1 takes off for home. Pitcher can't do anything with the ball because C is out of position and doesn't have a glove on.
PU & BU confer and tell DC... R1 stayed on the bag through the catch. When the ball was returned to the circle, R1 was allowed to leave the bag because she hadn't "changed directions" before.
I think this is either a LBR violation or a leaving base early situation. Thoughts?