BASIC BRAVES BASEBALL
Keep these rules in mind as you practice and/ or play. It will impact your performance and your team, so understand them completely:
1. Play every ball as if were fair and alive! The umpire will tell you if it is dead or foul.
2. Run out everything you hit. It might get through, or there might be a bad throw. YOU NEVER KNOW.
3. An infield fly rule must be a force out situation with less than two outs. Runners on first and second, or first, second and third. If the ball is dropped or not caught, runners may advance at their own risk, but the batter is out.
4. You can overrun first base and return without being tagged out if you make no deliberate move to second base.
5. Always keep one foot in the batter’s box when taking the signs. The umpire won’t let you get beat.
6. Look down for signs before and after each pitch.
7. On base, look for signs before each pitch.
8. The pitcher will try to pick you off. Watch his feet. Righthanded pitchers must shift off the pitcher’s plate before they throw over. Left-handed pitchers must throw home if their right foot passes behind the pitcher’s plate. Either one can step off to the back of the pitcher’s plate and throw or not throw.
9. On a caught flyball, if the runner runs past a base, he must retouch it on his way back.
10. If two runners occupy the same base, tag the following runner and he will be out. Nothing happens if you tag the runner that owns that base.
11. At bat, you can run to first on a dropped third strike if no one is occupying first base. IF THERE ARE TWO OUTS AND A RUNNER ON FIRST, YOU CAN TAKE OFF FOR FIRST ON A DROPPED THIRD STRIKE.
12. YOU CANNOT TRY TO DISLODGE THE BALL FROM THE FIELDER OR CATCHER IF THERE IS A PLAY. YOU MUST SLIDE OR VEER ON EVERY BASE, NOT JUST HOME. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU CANNOT CRASH THE DEFENDER. AND THE CATCHER CANNOT BLOCK THE RUNNER FROM THE PLATE EITHER.
13. If there is a man on third and the batter attempts a squeeze bunt, the catcher cannot interfere with the batter’s chance to hit the ball. However, if the pitcher clears his back foot by moving his pivot foot to the rear of the pitcher’s plate, the catcher is free to move out to handle the ball and the batter cannot interfere with the ball because the pitcher became a fielder when he stepped off.
14. Always play the game the right way and always enjoy it. Not a lot of people can do it. Remember, if it was easy, there wouldn’t be boy’s lacrosse.
15. Do not horseplay either at practice or games. People can get hurt playing this sport.
16. This is a team. You all run together, warm up together, play together, and leave the field at the end of the day together. There is no room for anything else.
17. Always have water or something to drink with you.
18. Always have your uniform, hat, glove, cleats, and protective equipment.
19. You cannot wear chains, necklaces, watches, rings, earrings, nose rings, or other such stuff when you play baseball.
20. You are baseball players! That means you do NOTHING to embarrass your team, you pass your classes, you are civil to everyone, and you are a role model to the rest of the school, not a nightmare.
21. If you pitch for another team, tell your coach so you do not overthrow. A pitcher can throw 95 pitches in a game but if so, needs 4 days rest before he should pitch again. If you wear your arm out, you won’t be playing this game for long. (American Baseball Coaches Association pitching matrix).
22. You are expected to be at all practices and games. If there is a valid reason why you cannot attend, do not wait until that day to tell someone, unless it is due to illness.
23. Use equipment that is safe and allowable. Never use a cracked helmet, an out of round bat, or a bat with a crack in it. You can wear metal spikes.
24. If you swing at a ball that hits you, it is a strike and the ball is dead. If it was a third strike, you cannot advance. It is not a dropped ball.
25. Know what you are going to do BEFORE the ball is hit. If it is to you, know where you will throw it. If it is hit somewhere else, know where you go. Basic rule: if the ball is hit and you are standing there, you are wrong! MOVE!!!
26. Only one player can see the entire field: The Catcher. He calls the base and the Shortstop, and only the Shortstop relays the call.
27. Talk to each other on every play. Hits to the outfield in the air can be seen and gauged for distance more accurately by adjacent outfielders. The Centerfielder tells left and right to come in or go out. The Rightfielder and Leftfielder can tell the Centerfielder to come in or go out. The basic rule to follow is, if you are moving into position to back up the play, you aren’t the one telling the Centerfielder where to go.
28. Relays and cutoffs are really important. It is essential that you line each other up and that you listen to directions.
29. Backing up the play is not a demotion. IT IS REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT.
30. Learn how to slide and the different methods (feet first, head first, hook slide, pop up slide, hand slap slide). Don’t start your slide when you are 2 feet from the bag. YOU’LL BREAK AN ANKLE! Practice it all the time.
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