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Discussion: Use a plate to touch to score, over crossing a line

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Feb. 12, 2016
Men's 50
77 posts
Use a plate to touch to score, over crossing a line
Playing in the TOC in Florida this past wkend, they used a plate you had to touch to score. I feel the rules committee or Directors should consider making the rule on scoring, that the runners touch a plate, in place of the line. I feel this would help the umpires. For those of you who haven't seen this, it's just a home plate placed away from the batters box, where the line would be. You just had to step on that plate to score.
Feb. 12, 2016
Men's 60
153 posts
Thunder, I've played both and the main reason to put the runner out away from the plate in senior ball, while scoring, is to avoid any collisions at home plate. The problem with a plate is if there's a throw into home and it's wide and takes the catcher near the scoring plate there's potential for a collision. With a line the runner can avoid the catcher by running a little wider. Another thing I didn't like about a plate is in the morning when it's cool the plate gets a little slippery.

Feb. 13, 2016
k man
Men's 65
318 posts
We played in the TOC also but didn't have the 2nd plate. The slippery issue became a problem with the bases because of the drizzle/rain during our last 2 games on Saturday. Before or during the game, umps said you could touch near the bases as you were running so as not to slip/fall or hurt yourself. It actually worked to my advantage 1 at bat. As a lefty batter, I hit a wind aided ball down the left field line that hit just inside the foul line. I knew it was extra bases and as I am running I miss 1st base on the inside (this was not intentional and I had forgotten about what the umps said), I knew I missed it but wasn't going back. Made it all the way to 3rd. Other team challenged it but the umps didn't even consider it.

btw, I also like the 2nd home plate but I understand the safety reasons why they don't use 1 regularly.
Feb. 13, 2016
Men's 75
524 posts
As I have played and understand for a run to score the
runner must touch the ground on the line or behind the line.

If the catcher catches the ball legally and the runners foot is
still in the air even though beyond the line the runner is out.

For this I like an actual plate.

July 13, 2017
the car
83 posts
slide in next time...LOL
July 13, 2017
Fred S
Men's 85
297 posts
I agree with Crusher and there is also the slim chance that the runner will miss the plate and be out if the catcher has the ball on the mat.
July 14, 2017
Men's 60
218 posts
Couple of years back we played in the Worlds and we used a scoring plate. In our first round robin game on Friday our lead off hitter was coming to the plate and the throw as well and when the runner went to take his last step to touch the plate he slid across the plate and tore his ACL on the play. There was a dew on the plate (early morning game)and he was lost for the whole tourney. Actually for the whole year. The line would not have given the same results. I believe the line is safer than the plate.
July 14, 2017
Men's 55
222 posts
A line is MUCH safer than putting another plate in. Especially when the plate is raised. I hate it when I see an actual second plate at any facility.

"The Car": Sliding at home (into a plate or a line) is an automatic out. We had someone on our team do that the year we won in Vegas and it almost cost us the game (winners' bracket semis I think). There was no play at the plate and we were playing on the turf at BLD and for some unknown reason, our player did a pop up slide across the line. I knew the rule and was on deck and was hoping no one caught it but the home plate umpire called him out. That was the 3rd out of our inning so we lost that run and lost the chance to tack on some more. We wanted to strangle our guy.

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