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Discussion: Special rules for 80 plus and physically challenged players.

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Nov. 16, 2020
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Special rules for 80 plus and physically challenged players.
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I'm in a public senior league (65 plus) with many players 80 plus. We are looking to expand our current considerations for the 80 plus and physically challenged players, defined as players who can hit the ball well, but are limited in running skills.

We currently use these rules so the game is safe, fun and competitive for them.

1. They do not have to play defense unless they want to, and are in the normal batting order which is not limited to 11 players.
2. An arc is drawn in the outfield between each foul line, 140 feet from Home plate. Outfielders must stay behind the arc until the ball is batted. Keeps them from squeezing in on the batters.
3. If the batter hits the ball into the outfield, the outfielder cannot throw him out.
4. The hitter cannot be the 2nd out of a double play if 1st base is occupied and a double play is attempted.
5. They can use a courtesy runner from Home plate, and just hit the ball without running, and the courtesy runner takes over from there.

I heard there was a new rule that they use in Florida for physically challenged players. An additional flat rubber 1st base is placed 30 feet from home plate. The physically challenged player would run to that base after hitting the ball. The fielder would still throw the ball to the original first base and runner is safe if he reaches the 30 foot base before the ball is caught by the first baseman, but is out if first baseman gets the ball before reaching the 30 foot base. If safe, a courtesy base runner could be used at that point.

This seems like an umpiring nightmare, but will work in our self-umpiring league where the 1st base coach is also the umpire. He just has to move for a good view for the decision.

Does anyone use this rule or one similar to it? If so, I would like the specifics of the rules governing this situation.

Also, if there are any other rules out there that give consideration on 80 plus and physically challenged players, I'd like to hear them.

Thanks in advanced for the feedback.
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