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jwwashburn Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:09am

NFHS: ball hits bat that is not held by batter?
 
Trying to find this in the NFHS book.

I am looking for the rule that covers a bat dropped(in foul or fair territory) and then touched by a ball.

8.4.1d just covers the bat that he still holds, right?

Rich Ives Fri Jul 27, 2012 01:06pm

Ball hit bat. Foul ball. Ball hit an object foreign to the natural ground while over foul territory.

MD Longhorn Fri Jul 27, 2012 02:48pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rich Ives (Post 850120)
Ball hit bat. Foul ball. Ball hit an object foreign to the nauural ground while over foul territory.

A) he's looking for the rule number.
B) he asked about both fair and foul - your answer only applies to half.

Manny A Fri Jul 27, 2012 03:26pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwwashburn (Post 850099)
8.4.1d just covers the bat that he still holds, right?

8.4.1d does not mention that the bat is still in the batter's hands. That's only mentioned under 8.4.1.d2.

So as I understand the rule, if the batter drops the bat after hitting the ball and takes off for first base, 8.4.1d tells us that unless there's intent to contact the ball a second time, it's either Live (if fair) or Foul.

Unfortunately, the two casebook plays for 8.4.1d both involve the bat still being in the batter's hand. There is no casebook play for when the batter releases the bat.

In OBR, it's simple: If the bat moves towards and contacts the ball, it's considered interference, regardless of intent. If the ball, however, moves towards the bat and contacts it, it's nothing.

jwwashburn Fri Jul 27, 2012 05:36pm

Well, it does not say it is still in his hands in 8.4.1d but, I think that it implies(infers?) that.

I had one a few weeks ago in a softball tournament using NFHS rules and realized I was not sure on the NFHS baseball rule(mostly do games with OBR)


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