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    OK just wanted to get a feel of what people think about this. We were playing an elimination game and the grounds people did not line the field for our game, there were games previous to ours, there was NO batters box. Now being around the game for as long as I have, I know that they sometimes do not have time to do this for every game, however we were starting games 15-20 mins early. Anyway to my point, a slappy from the other squad was consistantly out of the batters box, her back foot was 3 inches from touching the plate, umpire didn't even look let alone warn her about it. My DD was pitching and the first time she faced her she straightened her up with a fastball, and did it her next two at bats. The opposing team fans started throwing a hissy fit saying she was throwing at her, in effect she was just to try to draw attention to her stance, didnt work though. This is a continuing frustration for my DD being a pitcher because this is hardly ever noticed by umpires or even called for that matter. The box is there for a reason, when rules arent enforced because of lack of knowledge or effort it takes away from the game.

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    most tournaments we've attended the box is incorrect to start Most don't realize the inside line of the box is 6" from the edge of the plate and is 3' wide by 7' long which 4' of that 7 is going towards the pitcher's mound from the center of the plate. That's a lot farther than most realize, and it "appears" a lot of slappers are out of the box, but actually they are not..... and remember that the batters entire foot must be out of the box at contact to be considered out of the box. The coach could politely ask the umpire to keep an eye on it, but with no lines going to be an impossible call. We did see a girl called out this past weekend for stepping in front of the plate at contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitchersdad26 View Post
    OK just wanted to get a feel of what people think about this...
    Umpires should take a quick glance at the batter's feet and, if she's not in the box, she should be instructed to get properly positioned. The umpire should not allow a pitch to be thrown until the batter complies.

    Letting a batter set up too close to the plate gives her an advantage not intended by the rules. It takes the inside of the plate away from the pitcher, because she doesn't want to hit the batter. It takes the outside away too because the batter now has better plate coverage to reach the outside corner.

    Even if the boxes aren't marked, all of the rules pertaining to the boxes are still in effect. The only difference is that instead of a nice white chalk line, the umpire has to use his judgment to determine the lines.

    I had this very thing come up in a tournament earlier this year. No box marked, but a batter was set up with her foot almost touching the plate. Pretty easy to judge that she's NOT six inches away from the plate. I asked her to move back (as the rules prescribe). For some reason her coach took exception to this and argued it right up to the point of ejection! Of all the stupid things to get tossed over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BretMan2 View Post
    Umpires should take a quick glance at the batter's feet and, if she's not in the box, she should be instructed to get properly positioned. The umpire should not allow a pitch to be thrown until the batter complies.

    Letting a batter set up too close to the plate gives her an advantage not intended by the rules. It takes the inside of the plate away from the pitcher, because she doesn't want to hit the batter. It takes the outside away too because the batter now has better plate coverage to reach the outside corner.

    Even if the boxes aren't marked, all of the rules pertaining to the boxes are still in effect. The only difference is that instead of a nice white chalk line, the umpire has to use his judgment to determine the lines.

    I had this very thing come up in a tournament earlier this year. No box marked, but a batter was set up with her foot almost touching the plate. Pretty easy to judge that she's NOT six inches away from the plate. I asked her to move back (as the rules prescribe). For some reason her coach took exception to this and argued it right up to the point of ejection! Of all the stupid things to get tossed over...
    Bretman, something struck me after reading your response I have never thought of before. Is there a difference between when the batter "sets up" before the pitch and when she makes contact with the ball? As stated earlier, her foot must be completely out of the box at contact to be considered "out of the box." That's how I learned it. Perhaps I'm wrong? Must both feet be contained within the box in order for the ump to resume play?

    If not, the scenerio you stated above, she would most likely be legal because with the toe of the shoe almost touching the plate, the heel would almost certainly be "in the box" (if the entire foot has to be outside the box to be "out of the box") unless the batter's foot including shoe was less than six inches in length. Or oddly turned in or out. I understand the intention of the rule, just wondering of the by the book rule interpretation.

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    There are two separate rules covering this. One is for the batter's position in the box prior to the pitch (both feet entirely in the box with no part of a foot extending outside of it) and the other is for when the batter contacts the pitch with her bat (neither foot on the ground entirely outside of the box).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BretMan2 View Post
    There are two separate rules covering this. One is for the batter's position in the box prior to the pitch (both feet entirely in the box with no part of a foot extending outside of it) and the other is for when the batter contacts the pitch with her bat (neither foot on the ground entirely outside of the box).
    Makes sense. Thanks for the clarification!

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    Just some advice.....

    The plate doesn't move regardless of where the batter sets up.
    If your dd learns to put the ball onto inside of the plate the batters will step back; they certainly won't get the fat part of the bat on the ball.
    To be successful your dd has to throw inside and paint the edges. Jam the hands high is an excellent pitch.
    If someone gets hit. oh well they should have been quicker.
    If the opposing parents start yak'en, let 'em talk. The more they chat the more effective your dd is with her pitch location.
    Now if she can develop a screw ball that starts over the plate and moves into the batter, nothing like a swinging strike and a hit batter on the same pitch.
    Stop looking at a batter crowding the plate as an advantage to the batter. If the pitcher puts the ball on the inside of the plate, on the hands...advantage to the pitcher.
    Last edited by Fairman; 07-12-2017 at 08:17 PM.

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    We have seen some obvious out of the box batters this year and never once called. When asked, the ump always says you can't expect me to see that and call balls and strikes, my reply is yes I should expect you to. Then the strike zone seems to shrink for my pitcher!

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