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AWARDING BASES QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, runners on second and third bases; pitcher throws a wild pitch which gets lodged in the...

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SPEED UP RULES QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, can a courtesy runner (CR) be used for any position player at anytime during the...

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LEGAL CATCH QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, batter hits a looping fair fly ball towards short right field. Second base person backpedals and...

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BASERUNNERS QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, runner on first base; batter flies out to center fielder who overthrows first in an attempt to...

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ATTEMPTED BUNT QUESTION: In high school baseball, batter squares to bunt leaving the bat motionless over the plate as the pitch is thrown high and...

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PITCHING QUESTION: In high school baseball only, with no runners on base, pitcher drops the ball during his delivery. Is this an automatic dead ball?...

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HIT BY PITCH QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, batter swings at pitch which hits batter’s hands and ball rolls into fair territory. Defensive...

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GAME START QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, when does the game officially begin? At the pre-game conference with coaches, captains and umpires; when...

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FOUL BALL / FOUL TIP QUESTION: In high school, baseball and softball, pitch nicks the bat and goes immediately to catcher’s mitt, pops out of...

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Points of emphasis QUESTION: In high school baseball, are headfirst slides permitted at all bases? Are base runners required to slide? Are jumping, leaping and...
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