Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hint for coaches on tag ups

I started the Rulebook Edge website as a way to help coaches gain a competitive edge by knowing some of the intricacies on some rules.  This blog has mainly talked about rules but I've gotten a bit away from the helping coaches bit.  Today's post is meant for coaches.  It deals with tagging up on a fly ball, and gives tips to the offense, and a legal trick play that can be used by a devious defense.

Every coach and player from Little League on up knows that runners need to tag up on a fly ball that is caught.  If a runner leaves before the ball is caught, he needs to go back and retouch the base or be in danger of getting doubled off.  What many players and coaches don't know, however, is that there is a difference between the time a catch is deemed to be a catch, and the time when a runner can legally leave his base...