According to the Little League Baseball® Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies – Rule 2.00 – foul ball: A foul ball is a batted ball that settles on foul territory between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that bounds past first or third base on, or over, foul territory, or that first …
The ball is considered fair if it hits the line past first or third base. It can go into foul territory after hitting the line as long as it makes contact with the line past one of the bases. So, yes, hitting the foul line can result in a fair ball.
Outfield Foul Balls
In the outfield a ball is determined to be foul by its relationship to the line when it first touches the ground or is touched by a player. So if a ball hit in the outfield lands in fair territory and then rolls foul, it is a fair ball. This is different than with the infield.
A foul ball can count as a Strike 1 and a Strike 2, but never a Strike 3. A foul ball pop-up/fly ball is treated the same as any ball hit inside the lines. This means if a runner is on base, he can tag up and risk running to the next bag. This includes scoring, if it is an option.
So what is the main difference between a foul tip and a foul ball? It’s in the catcher’s hands. A foul tip is a pitch that is nicked by the hitter’s bat, goes directly into the catcher’s hand or glove and is caught before touching the batter, the umpire or the ground. Anything else is a foul ball.
A foul tip is always a strike, regardless of the existing ball-and-strike count. A player with two strikes against him is automatically struck out. A player with fewer than two strikes against him is not out.
If a batted ball hits the plate first it’s a foul ball.
Approved Ruling: Home plate, first, second, and third base are all completely within fair territory. The foul lines are also within fair territory. In order to rule the ball foul, it must have come to rest in foul territory or be touched in foul territory.
You cannot steal a base on a “dead” or foul ball. Overthrown or passed balls may be stolen on, as long as the ball is still considered to be “live” The base ahead of you must be unoccupied (unless the runner ahead of you also attempts to steal the base in front of them; this is known as a double steal)
A foul tip is always a strike; and, unlike a foul ball, a foul tip can result in strike three. A foul tip is a live ball. Runners can advance (steal) at their peril.
If a ball strikes the foul pole, it is ruled as fair. It does not matter if the ball bounces into foul territory after hitting the pole. The ball only needs to touch the foul pole to be fair – even grazing the pole is sufficient.
If a batter swings and misses a ball and in the process unintentionally hits this catcher on his backswing, it shall be called a strike, and not batter interference. Batter non-interference applies as long as the batter’s feet remain in the batter’s box. The ball is called dead by the umpire and the play is halted.
Yes. This is treated like any other pitch. The ball can be batted and if the batter is touched by the bounced pitch, he is awarded first base on a hit by pitch.
A fielder may go into foul territory to back up an appeal after the ball has been put into play. d. All personnel except the nine defensive players on the field must remain in the dugout or bullpen (see 5-2-c PENALTY).
A fly ball hit in foul territory is in play and can be caught for an out; baserunners can advance as on any other fly ball out. If it drops to the ground, it is simply a foul ball, and runners cannot advance. A ground ball hit in foul territory is simply a foul ball, and cannot be played.
In all four cases the catch would be legal, as dictated by the best judgment of the umpire. The same restrictions apply to a foul ball descending into a stand. A catcher or fielder may not jump into a stand to catch such a ball, but reaching into the stand and making the play is permitted.
The penalty is triggered when a team commits more than six fouls in a game. Each penalty situation involves two penalty free throws, and the tenth and subsequent fouls will also include possession of the ball. The bonus rule specifically supersedes the normal rules for defensive fouls on shot attempts.
A loose ball foul in basketball is a foul committed while both teams are contesting possession of the ball, or a foul of any kind that is committed while the ball is loose. This often consists of grabbing, checking, or pushing another player. Loose ball fouls usually occur following shot attempts, turnovers, or passes.
The batter can leave the batter’s box and it is only a violation if he interferes. Conversely, the batter can lean over the plate and interfere while remaining in the batter’s box. The catcher must have a clear throwing lane. There does not have to be contact for the call to be made.
You are not allowed to steal a base during any situation in which the ball is dead. This includes during mound visits by the umpires, catcher, or coaches, directly following a batter who is hit by a pitch, during a foul ball (up until the pitcher is given a new ball), during pitching changes, and during video reviews.
A batter does not necessarily need to reach base for a fielder to be given an error. If he drops a foul ball that extends an at-bat, that fielder can also be assessed an error.
Definition. A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and is legally caught. A foul tip is considered equivalent to a ball in which the batter swings and misses, in that the baserunners are able to advance at their own risk (without needing to tag up).
If a right handed hitter is fouling fastballs down the left field line then his timing is early. If he is fouling fastballs down the right field line then his timing is late. If the foul ball goes straight back his timing is good.
Definition of tag
For a legitimate tag, the fielder must have the ball held securely in either the hand or the glove. Nowhere else.
The batter’s legal position shall be both feet within the batter’s box. Approved ruling: The lines defining the box are within the batter’s box. Coaching tip: When instructing batting stances, make sure that your batters’ feet are completely inside the box before the pitch to avoid any potential situations.