In baseball, a delayed steal is an attempt by a baserunner to steal second base before the throw from the pitcher to first baseman has reached the catcher.
The delay steal is most effective when the middle infielders don’t move toward second base after each pitch. Or if the catcher is throwing from her knees, or being lazy getting the ball back to the pitcher. The shuffle steps allow the baserunner to move toward second without over-committing.
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)
Yes, you are allowed to attempt to steal a base before the pitcher has thrown the ball. This is a risky maneuver, however, because the pitcher could very well notice you’ve taken off and pick you off with ease.
A secondary lead is the movement you make toward the next base once the pitcher has committed to pitch the ball home. Our objective is to create some momentum and cut down the distance to the next base in case of a batted ball or a pitch that gets away from the catcher.
The Designated runner, also called the automatic runner or ghost runner, is the baserunner who begins an extra inning on second base when the tiebreaker rule is in effect.
A hit and run is a high risk, high reward offensive strategy used in baseball. It uses a stolen base attempt to try to place the defending infielders out of position for an attempted base hit.
Base stealing is not allowed. Runners can leave their bases when a pitched ball has reached home plate or is hit. If the batter does not hit the pitch, base runners must return to their bases immediately.
While leading off is not allowed in fastpitch softball, players are permitted to steal bases, provided they do not leave the base before the pitcher has released the ball.
Generally, there is no rule against a batter receiving a walk and continuing right around first to second base- or, even further if she can make it! The exception to the rule (up until next year) is for the age 10U recreational (class B) divisions. Players in this division may not advance beyond first base on a walk.
On a Wild Pitch or Passed Ball
If the pitch is a wild pitch (WP) or a passed ball (PB), then the runner does not get credit for a stolen base. Exception: If the runner was running on the pitch he is given the benefit of the doubt and does get credit for the steal.
A ball that is not caught by the catcher is not (and cannot be) a foul tip. 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 the catcher catches the ball, or the ball is missed and lands behind the plate, the ball is considered live and the base can be stolen. Also, with slow pitch softball, base runners can’t lead off and they must wait for the ball to reach the home plate before they attempt to steal the base.
Steal in counts when the pitcher is likely to throw a pitch that might be moving out of the strike zone or when she is likely to throw an off-speed pitch. Both situations put the catcher in poor position to get the ball to second base quickly.
If the batter is right-handed, the second baseman will cover. But if the batter is left-handed, it’s usually up to the shortstop to make that crucial play.
The left fielder needs to back up second base on throws from the right fielder. He also should back up the shortstop and 3rd baseman when the catcher throws to 3rd base on a steal attempt.
If a base runner is trying to steal, the pitcher may throw to the base that the runner is attempting to advance to. For example, if there is a runner on first base and that runner is attempting to steal second base, the pitcher may throw to second base.
A stolen base can also occur while the catcher is relaying the ball back to the pitcher (this is called a delayed steal), or when a pick-off is attempted. A baserunner can only attempt to steal an unoccupied base, unless there is a double steal. If the runner fails in his attempt, it is a caught stealing.
The baseball rulebook says that you can’t steal a base during a dead ball. However, unlike the hit batter or catcher’s interference situations, after a walk, the ball is live. This means that baserunners who are not forced to advance to the next base can still attempt to do so, at their own risk.