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Old Sat Apr 30, 2005, 05:11pm
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In reference to the IFF Rule, what is considered the infield? Is it anything inside the baselines only? Does it extend beyond the baselines? What is used a rule of thumb??? TIA
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Old Sat Apr 30, 2005, 05:15pm
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Curious-

As far as I know in every rule book, an infield fly is defined as the following:

A fly ball which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort with 1st and 2nd occupied, with less than two out.

This means, even a pop fly in the shallow outfield, if it could be caught (notice the wording could be) by an infielder with ordinary effort, it can still be ruled an infield fly.

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Old Sat Apr 30, 2005, 10:33pm
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This means, even a pop fly in the shallow outfield, if it could be caught (notice the wording could be) by an infielder with ordinary effort, it can still be ruled an infield fly.

-J
Thanks..... While a realtive newcomer to softball, I've been only considering the pop-ups that are within the perimeter of the diamond...
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Old Sat Apr 30, 2005, 10:54pm
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Understanding the intent of the rule helps.
Its too prevent letting the ball drop for what would be an easier double-play because of forced sitches.
If youve never seen this happen, most folks wouldnt think of it as a taught defensive play.
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Old Sun May 01, 2005, 12:01am
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Infield : The portion of the field in fair territory that is normally covered by the infielders
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Old Sun May 01, 2005, 01:10am
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Infield : The portion of the field in fair territory that is normally covered by the infielders
your point is...?
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Old Sun May 01, 2005, 08:40am
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Chuck - the edge of the grass will vary by many feet from field to field. What is consistant is the 60' baselines and the normal range of infielders inf front of and behind those lines.

You also have to consider the position and motion of the infielders. Assume bases are loaded and all infielders are in, and F4 charges on a fake bunt. B4 tries a slap hit and pops the ball up near the normal F4 position. That ball can easily fall on the skin, but it cannot be caught by ordinary effort because no infielders can get there.

Conversely, a towering fly ball that F6 is camped under 10' on the grass can still be a IFF.

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Old Sun May 01, 2005, 10:14am
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Infield : The portion of the field in fair territory that is normally covered by the infielders
your point is...?
Debeau's point was answering the question asked. The question was, "what is considered the infield."

We know that this has nothing to do with the IFF, but that was the question.

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Old Sun May 01, 2005, 07:18pm
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Speaking of Infields

Did a D III doublheader today. Heard a dad yell the following comment after I called infield fly with F4 standing about six feet onto grass:

"Common blue! She's on the grass! That's not an infield fly!"

There's one in every crowd!
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Old Mon May 02, 2005, 09:05am
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FU - I think that guy was at my game yesterday, yelling at me when I didn't call IFF on a "towering" bunt to the pitcher. Man he gets around.
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