Coach Interference Explanation

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Jun 18, 2023
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I could not imagine the game without the rule.
You would never throw a pitch after runner is on base.

why? Are we worried about small leads? If the runner is 15" off the bag, throw her out? If we don't want runners to lead before the pitch, then make them stay on the base until the pitch.
 
Jun 8, 2016
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Despise is such a strong word. Like the only thing I can think of right now that that word applies to is turnips..God I hate those.
 
Apr 14, 2022
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why? Are we worried about small leads? If the runner is 15" off the bag, throw her out? If we don't want runners to lead before the pitch, then make them stay on the base until the pitch.
Runners have to stay on the base until the release of the pitch. That is what the look back rule does.

This is what would happen.

Runner leads off, thrown back, runner leads off again as throw returns to pitcher. Repeat until time limit.

If you want to allow leads, then runner steals second and third.
 
Jun 18, 2023
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You can make the rule the runner has to stay on the base until the release without the rest of the nonsense. If the runner takes a lead when the throws goes 1B-P, if they don't return to the base by the time the pitch is released, they're out.

None of this subjective "hesitation" nonsense.
 
Aug 1, 2019
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You can make the rule the runner has to stay on the base until the release without the rest of the nonsense. If the runner takes a lead when the throws goes 1B-P, if they don't return to the base by the time the pitch is released, they're out.

None of this subjective "hesitation" nonsense.
So, batter hits a double to left field and rounds 2nd. At what point is the runner required to get back to the base and stay there? At some point, pitcher will have to have her back to the runner, get set on the rubber with both feet pointing forward (no pitching out of the stretch and checking the runner), take a sign, and wind up before the release.
 
Jun 18, 2023
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So, batter hits a double to left field and rounds 2nd. At what point is the runner required to get back to the base and stay there? At some point, pitcher will have to have her back to the runner, get set on the rubber with both feet pointing forward (no pitching out of the stretch and checking the runner), take a sign, and wind up before the release.
by the time the next pitch is released. If you're not on the base, you're out. It's not complicated. Just make her go back. What's the benefit of trying to allow "Stolen bases" or whatever we're calling that, after the balls back to the pitcher? Does this happen often?

If the intent is to make sure each play starts with the runners on the bag, then we've defined a "Beginning" so what's the end? At some point, we have to define 'end', dead ball, time to pitch again.
 
Aug 1, 2019
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by the time the next pitch is released. If you're not on the base, you're out. It's not complicated. Just make her go back. What's the benefit of trying to allow "Stolen bases" or whatever we're calling that, after the balls back to the pitcher? Does this happen often?

If the intent is to make sure each play starts with the runners on the bag, then we've defined a "Beginning" so what's the end? At some point, we have to define 'end', dead ball, time to pitch again.
Ok. So that runner who rounded 2nd on the double can stand a few feet off the base while the ball is returned to the pitcher. So she either has to get back in contact with 2nd or make her way to 3rd and be in contact with the bag by the instant the next pitch is released. Correct?

Not trying to shoot this down, just trying to make sure I'm understanding correctly.
 
Jun 22, 2008
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I havent read all the comments, but man has this gone off the rails.

If the coach coming on the field calling time did affect the play, then the umpires should have done something to correct the situation. Who knows what actually happened, without seeing video of the play no one knows.

As for these recent posts about runners off base, a lot of misinformation. No, a pitcher cannot pitch until all runners are on base, it is the rule. Also, no, runners cannot just stand there off the base. When the ball is returned to the pitcher inside the circle, runners must either advance or return to a base. If they just stand there off the base they are out under the lookback rule. No, the pitcher does not have to play on them if they are just standing there. No, a pitcher should not pump fake, lunge, make googly eyes etc at the runner. Pump faking, lunging etc are making plays on the runner and the lookback is no longer in effect until the pitcher is no longer making a play.
 

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