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Discussion: Middle infielder positioning

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Oct. 9
Men's 65
71 posts
In tournament play for 70 Plus, using 11 defensive players (5 infielders), are there any restrictions on how far into the infield grass the middle infielder (or any infielder) can position himself?

Can he position himself in the shallow outfield, effectively becoming a 5th outfielder?

The only reference in the rules that I see for defensive player positioning is in Sect, 6.8.1, stating “The pitcher shall not deliver a pitch unless all defensive players are positioned in fair territory, except for the catcher ….”

Oct. 9
Donna McGuire

67 posts
SSUSA does not say where defenders must play, other than the catcher must be in the catcher’s box and the pitcher must be touching the pitcher’s box, and all defenders except the catcher must be in fair territory. Teams may play five infielders or five outfielders, or any other combination of infielders and outfielders they desire. (Many 40s men’s teams play five-man infields and use only three outfielders. Many 70s teams will use a “rover” who might be an infielder for one batter and an outfielder for the next batter.)
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