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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 07:48am
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Home Run Dead Ball

NFHS softball and NCAA rules. I have always heard that when a person hits a homeroom that her teammates can not high five them etc. (touch them) until they touch home plate. I watch the games on TV and all of the teammates stand back at home plate and do not touch them until they have touched home plate. I read a memo this past weekend that said the ball is dead and there is no plenty if the teammates touch them. Is this correct?
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 08:53am
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There’s a rule like that for NCAA, but they’re the only one. That rule doesn’t apply to other sanctions.
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 09:35am
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There is a specific rule in NCAA play that prohibits players from touching any runners, including the batter-runner, as they run the bases following a home run. There is a separate rule that prohibits players from setting up in fair territory as they wait for the runners to touch home plate on a home run. The first violation is a warning to the team, and a subsequent violation is an out on the player being touched or on the BR if a player is in fair territory.

NFHS has no such rules.
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 09:44am
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NFHS has no such rules.
Thankfully!

Not USA, USSSA, etc. either
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 09:53am
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Thankfully!

Not USA, USSSA, etc. either
True. I only mentioned NFHS since the original post specifically asked for this. Don't really know why the rules exist in college play. I can only guess that there was an issue in a televised game where the umpire at home couldn't see a runner touch home plate because one or more of her teammates blocked his/her view. The rule on touching a runner is even more of a mystery to me; I just don't see how that could have caused a problem.
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 10:42am
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True. I only mentioned NFHS since the original post specifically asked for this. .
I know, not trying to correct you, just emphasizing only NCAA is that paranoid.
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 11:12am
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Can the player that hit the home run high-5 the base coaches?
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Old Tue May 07, 2019, 12:17pm
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Can the player that hit the home run high-5 the base coaches?
In college play, yes. The prohibition applies to offensive team personnel except base coaches or other base runners.
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