Rookie Rules and Scoring
Blue Jays Fans! We had such a wonderful fan base at the game last night and the boys had so much fun. If you did not catch the update already, please note that we are not having practice this Wednesday, but are on Thursday at 5PM (Frostwood).
For those of you who care, this note explains some of the more confusing rules this year and how we are scoring the game. You only need to read it if you care about these details, but I have gotten some questions after the game so thought I would share:
One base limit on infield hits: this is a new rule this year designed to give the defensive players a chance to make a play and learn the fundamentals of baseball. On an infield hit, the batter and all runners are limited to advancing one base, regardless of over throws or "freezing" the play. So our boys will always try to make an out to get in the right habit.
Overrunning the base: only the batter may overrun first base. Any runner who runs past 2nd or 3rd can be tagged out while they are not touching the base, even on infield hits. If they try to get an extra base on an infield hit, they will be sent back when the play is over. But they can be tagged out in the attempt for the extra base. Therefore, we are running the bases conservatively and trying to make sure the boys do not overrun 2nd especially (where they do not have a base coach to help them).
Infield vs. outfield hits: a ball that crosses the outfield boundary (white arc line ~15 ft past the base path diamond) or is touched by an outfielder is considered an outfield hit. Otherwise it is an infield hit. So even if it goes past the infielders, we cannot run the bases unless it turns into an outfield hit.
No runs on 3rd out: in this league no runs are scored on a play where the third out is made. For example, imagine 2 outs with bases loaded, batter hits the ball deep into the outfield, all three runners touch home plate, but the batter is tagged out on his way home: inning is over, no runs count. In the major leagues, this is only the case on a force out, but not so here. That will explain why sometimes you will see conservative base running on a big hit - if the batter has knocked in two runs but there are two outs already, we might hold him up somewhere short of a home run if there is a risk that they will have a chance to tag him.
Infield fly rule: there is no infield fly rule, which if you understand how that rule works should be obvious why not. But since most people don't understand it anyway so I won't bother to explain.
If you are following along in game changer, you may notice some other oddities. For example, I am not keeping track of pitch counts, so ignore anything related to number of strikes. If the batter strikes out, I just tap three strikes, if they hit I just record the play as if it was off the first pitch. Also, we are not tracking defensive stats, so ignore everything about fielding. GameChanger provides these cute game summaries, which last season everyone thought I was writing and was super impressed. But in fact, they are auto-generated, and since we are not shifting around who is playing what position, it might say that one boy fielded a hard hit ball and got the runner out, when in reality it was someone else. Rest assured the coaches are not looking at this and we know who is doing what in the field.
We are also scoring batting in the most favorable way possible - boys get credit for a hit even if they only made it due to an error. Also, if there are runners on base and the batter hits the ball such that one of them is forced out, that is normally not counted as a hit, but we do count it as a hit if they make it to first.
If you are wondering about anything else, just ask!