Home Plate Fair or Foul August 01 2023, 0 Comments
Coaches- let's discuss foul balls around home plate. Let me start off with the situation story that happened a few nights ago the local softball park with a 12-year-old coach. the story ends with him eventually getting ejected because he didn't know the rule and would let up.
The batter hit a ball correctly and home plate, this happened twice during the game, and it went out toward the pitcher. The coach just would not believe that the umpire to the rules he said any ball that hit home plate is automatically foul. of course is not home plate is in fair territory and as long as a done touch the batter before they leave the batter's box and it's a fair ball.
let's discuss is just a little bit more so we don't have this problem over again. a fair or foul ball is determined when it is touched. it can easily get into fair territory and go file or it and found territory and go fair what determines that fair or foul is where it passes 1st or 2nd base or where it's touched. it has nothing to do with the box and home plate it's where it's touched that's the key.
In this particular case the coach simply didn't know the rule, and got himself and parents upset over this lack of knowledge.
when you approach is umpire, don't argue safe/out ball/strike that's a losing proposition what you should ask what you should question is rule. when you approach umpire tell him what rule your disagreeing with, then you have a chance to get it changed. Safe/out ball/strike our judgments and are not going to be changed.
Hope this helps and keeps the game moving smoothly and nobody ejected or upset.
umpire for over 50 years.=== Arnald Swift