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Overuning first base

Sep 19, 2018
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I can't add anything new, only reinforce @mmeece story that 1 hard step is intent. Your turn direction is not relevant. Turn right, then take 1 hard step. you're now 'in play'
 
Jun 11, 2013
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Teach them to look for the coach after they cross and you'll do fine. If you want to get cute and show you know the rules better than the umpire you will get called out at some point. It may not be the right call but while you can turn left according to the rules some umpires will take that as an attempt and call you out. It's a judgement call that you can't protest and just not worth it.
 
Jun 6, 2016
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Teach them to look for the coach after they cross and you'll do fine. If you want to get cute and show you know the rules better than the umpire you will get called out at some point. It may not be the right call but while you can turn left according to the rules some umpires will take that as an attempt and call you out. It's a judgement call that you can't protest and just not worth it.
Wouldn't that depend on what the umpire says?

If he says "she made an attempt toward second," you're screwed, of course. If you go out and ask "why did you call her out?" and he responds "She turned left," that seems like a misapplication of the rule. I think at that point, I'd probably ask them to get some help because simply turning left doesn't matter, but I suspect they probably wouldn't bother.
 
Jun 11, 2013
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Wouldn't that depend on what the umpire says?

If he says "she made an attempt toward second," you're screwed, of course. If you go out and ask "why did you call her out?" and he responds "She turned left," that seems like a misapplication of the rule. I think at that point, I'd probably ask them to get some help because simply turning left doesn't matter, but I suspect they probably wouldn't bother.
You are right and if you want to protest you have the right to do so if they say that. Maybe it's just me but I don't try and do things that really don't give me an advantage but can cause me problems.
 
Jun 6, 2016
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You are right and if you want to protest you have the right to do so if they say that. Maybe it's just me but I don't try and do things that really don't give me an advantage but can cause me problems.
Oh, no, I completely agree with you. But just because we might teach a certain thing doesn't mean the players are always going to do the thing we teach. Always good to know all your options just in case.
 
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