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Old Sun Jun 03, 2018, 10:25am
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Courtesy Runner

NFHS Rules. Championship game of a 18U tournament. Team A courtesy runs for the catcher with #27 in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, Team A courtesy runs for the pitcher with #27. Team B coach asks plate umpire if the same courtesy runner can be used for both. Team A coach brings out his lineup to show the plate umpire. The umpire and Coach of Team A visit, then share a laugh. Plate umpire goes out and confers with his partner. Then base umpire tells Coach B that its summer baseball and they are going to allow it.
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Old Sun Jun 03, 2018, 01:11pm
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NFHS 12-1-1

By state association adoption any, all, or any part of the suggested speed-up
rules may be used.

COURTESY RUNNERS
1. At any time, the team at bat may use courtesy runners for the pitcher and/or the catcher. In the event that the offensive team bats around, the pitcher and/or catcher who had a courtesy runner inserted on their behalf may bat in their normal position in the batting order.
2. The same individual runner may not be used for both positions (pitcher and catcher) during the game. [My emphasis.]
3. Neither the pitcher nor the catcher will be required to leave the game under such circumstances.
4. Players who have participated in the game in any other capacity are ineligible to serve as courtesy runners.
5. A player may not run as a courtesy runner for the pitcher or the catcher and then be used as a substitute for another player in that half inning. If an injury, illness or ejection occurs and no other runners are available, the courtesy runner may be used as a substitute.
6. The umpire-in-chief shall record courtesy runner participation and also announce it to the scorer.
7. A player who violates the courtesy-runner rule is considered to be an illegal substitute.
a. Should an injury, illness or ejection occur to the courtesy runner, another courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher may run.

Perhaps your state adopted most of this "speed up" rule but not the one highlighted above at #2.

My experience has me believing that hustle is the only effective "speed up" rule.

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Old Sun Jun 03, 2018, 01:18pm
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What is the normal penalty for using the same courtesy runner?
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Old Sun Jun 03, 2018, 01:57pm
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NFHS 12-1-1

By state association adoption any, all, or any part of the suggested speed-up
rules may be used.

COURTESY RUNNERS
1. At any time, the team at bat may use courtesy runners for the pitcher and/or the catcher. In the event that the offensive team bats around, the pitcher and/or catcher who had a courtesy runner inserted on their behalf may bat in their normal position in the batting order.
2. The same individual runner may not be used for both positions (pitcher and catcher) during the game.
3. Neither the pitcher nor the catcher will be required to leave the game under such circumstances.
4. Players who have participated in the game in any other capacity are ineligible to serve as courtesy runners.
5. A player may not run as a courtesy runner for the pitcher or the catcher and then be used as a substitute for another player in that half inning. If an injury, illness or ejection occurs and no other runners are available, the courtesy runner may be used as a substitute.
6. The umpire-in-chief shall record courtesy runner participation and also announce it to the scorer.
7. A player who violates the courtesy-runner rule is considered to be an illegal substitute. [Again, my emphasis.]
a. Should an injury, illness or ejection occur to the courtesy runner, another courtesy runner for the pitcher or catcher may run.

This is hard to violate because the UIC won't permit the entry if the CR was previously used in the game for the other battery position and it was recorded on his (the official) line up card.

Again, all the angst during the game over the CR has likely mitigated the intent of the rule.

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Old Sun Jun 03, 2018, 03:28pm
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7. A player who violates the courtesy-runner rule is considered to be an illegal substitute. [Again, my emphasis.]
And, to help Limacon2, that means the CR is out and restricted to the bench for the rest of the game.

Since this was an 18U tournament, I'm sure the coach protested to the TD -- how did that go?
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