2021 Spring Season Rules

Baseball

Softball

KNOW THE RULES

The “Foul Tip”

By libby | January 12, 2021 |

The foul tip is one those baseball rules that confuses the casual enjoyer of America’s pastime and infuriates baseball purists.  This article is designed to help you understand this simple yet often misunderstood rule. According to MLB.com,  “A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and…

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Clinic Dates Announced – Updated

By phbavp | January 11, 2021 |

Hello PHBA Coaches! The clinics are on the League Calendar. Please check the event details for times, location and meeting connectivity details (for virtual meetings). Coaches must attend a minimum of 2 clinics each year, but it is always recommended to attend as many as you can. There is a lot of good information to…

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The “Look Back” Rule

By libby | January 25, 2021 |

The Look Back rule is specific to softball.  The rule, in the words of USA Softball (teamusa.org), “was supposed to stop players from dancing around between bases while the ball was in the Pitcher’s possession and control in the Pitcher’s Circle.”  The short, paraphrased version of this rule is this:  When the Pitcher A) Has…

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Coach Pitch Interference

By Raul Ortega | February 20, 2021 |

The rule for coach pitch interference was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. The coach should make every effort (think Neo in the Matrix) to avoid contact with a hit or thrown ball. However, if the coach is hit by the ball, the ball is LIVE and play will…

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When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

By Raul Ortega | February 22, 2021 |

The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. So how many pitches does a coach really get to throw during coach pitch? This one seems simple enough, and yet the math never seems to add up for most coaches and umpires.…

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Scrimmages with Umpires

By Raul Ortega | March 8, 2021 |

Get your teams ready by scheduling a friendly scrimmage with bonafide umpires. Remember, scrimmages are now allowed within the state guidelines. It’s a great way to get the kids ready for the season by doing away with the 1st game jitters before Opening Day. After losing an entire season to COVID-19, the umpires need to…

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