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Discussion: Batter Box Rule

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March 28

651 posts
Sorry if this is a repeat-will make it shorter

I stand with my back foot clearly behind the front edge of the plate and in the marked box. On the swing, I lift my leading knee and push off the back foot. I take a long stride and my front foot lands in front of the front edge of the plate but clearly inside the marked box. Am I OK or now out???
March 28
k man
Men's 65
329 posts
In order to be out BOTH feet have to be in front of the plate when you make contact in order to be called out
March 29

3528 posts
garyheifner ... k man is correct ... As your hypothetical is stated, you are NOT out ... If you have both feet inside the batter's box at the start of the pitch per Rulebook ยง7.3 A. (on page 41) AND your back foot is not in front of the imaginary line that runs across the front edge of home plate and the strike mat when you make contact, you are good to go ... This is a pretty simple set of criteria to meet ... Good luck! ...

March 29
mad dog
Men's 65
4191 posts
what i want to know,why is it that your punishing a batter who can keep both feet in the box,regardless of where you end up in the box.....always thought ya keep both feet in and your supposedly safe...but now if you go ahead of the plate with your back foot ,regardless if you stay completely inside the box,your gonna be out.........sounds like a bunch of bullcrap to me.....
March 30

24 posts
This is a tough one for sure. This rule makes no sense as histircally since the inception of the batters box rule you were ok as long as both feet stayed in the box. Either do away with the batters box or stay with the rule that's been in place for centuries (I exaggerate)
March 30
Men's 75
606 posts
One of the keys to the discussions about old or new batter box rules is the plate umpire. Since the majority of plate umps do not go in front of the plate on ground balls to get a better view of first base, it wouldn't take more than 1.345 seconds to take a look down to the batters back foot on contact to see if it's legal. They still have plenty of time to track the ball/throw/catch if that's what takes place. If the hit ends up going upward, hell, you can check the batters back foot, see if base runners are touching the next base, and still move out, pick up the ball, and get in position for another play. The ball can take care of itself, it's all the other possibilities that umpires need to focus on.
March 30

651 posts
Thanks guys. Just did not want an issue at my 1st tournament.

Speaking of rules. Ck out the new NFL kick off rules. Talk about change!!! Enjoy
April 1
Men's 60
24 posts
I hate this new rule, and I'm sure to get called out a few times in Vegas by it. Since the only use of home plate is for pitching and force outs, and it seems as if we have chimpanzees chalking lines, why don't we have throw down mats for the batters areas? This would be a simple fix, batters boxes would never get wiped out, and even the blind umpire would be able to make that call. When I officiate games, I would always let the coaches know the batter box rule and to not be surprised and yell at me like a child when I enforce it. Batters boxes have been the same for eternity and we've all tailored our hitting with it since Little League. This rule makes sense in the USSSA strike zone type of play, but not in the senior game where decades of learning a craft has to be changed over night. Maybe if the umpires would call the rules as written, batters wouldn't get that extra 6" to 18"? Maybe if an umpire tossed a batter who walked up and erased the line in their at bat preparation it wouldn't have come to this.
God I need my meds!!!!!
April 1

98 posts

I agree with DJ12, keep the batters box rule the way its been since day 1 or
just do away with it completely..
April 1
Men's 65
221 posts
Katzy63, really? "decades of learning a craft has to be changed overnight"? If you have figured out how to stay in the box for decades with the old rule, how does this rule change anything for you? Are you saying that you have perfected having your back foot in front of the plate and not striding to stay in the box?
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