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#744 - 05/05/08 09:44 PM Rules for Slap Hitting
Bob K Offline
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As far as footwork (where feet can be/when they can be there) I'm assuming that feet need to start in batters box, still be in batters box at the time the bat hits the ball. Is this correct, and is there anything else that can be called against the batter when she tries to slap hit?

Thanks in advance!
Bob

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#755 - 05/08/08 03:51 AM Re: Rules for Slap Hitting [Re: Bob K]
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Both LL and NCAA rules agree, the batter is out if she makes contact while either foot is on the ground, entirely outside the batters box. A slap shall not be ruled a bunt, if hit foul on strike three. By definition, the swing is a short, chopping motion. At all times, the batter must start with both feet completely in the batters box, the lines are a part of the box.

It is not an easy call for the plate umpire. the pitch is the first concern, ball or strike. By the second inning, the front end of the box is usually pretty hazy, having been stepped on by 6-12 batters.

your friends at East Coast Umpires

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#767 - 05/09/08 06:07 PM Re: Rules for Slap Hitting [Re: Anonymous]
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Thanks for your response!

By any chance, does East Coast Umpires Association work PAL Girls Softball and NJBL Girls Softball games?

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#771 - 05/10/08 01:05 AM Re: Rules for Slap Hitting [Re: Bob K]
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No we don't Bob K, not sure who they use..

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#1733 - 10/23/08 02:29 PM Umpire Training Course [Re: Bob K]
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East Coast Umpires Association (ECUA), Long Island's largest umpiring group, is now accepting applications for its 2009 class. Regardless of your umpiring experience, the ECUA training staff is dedicated in providing you with the best quality training available. No experience is needed and all new umpires will begin to work games during the 2009 season. Training is given in the classroom and on the field by a professionally trained staff of Divsion 1 College Umpires.

Classes will begin in January and will be held weeknights at The Crowne Plaza Hotel (formly The Radisson) in Holtsville, NY.

For further information you can visit: http://www.eastcoastumpires.com or e-mail info@eastcoastumpires.com

Have a great off-season,

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#1738 - 10/27/08 06:38 PM Re: Umpire Training Course [Re: ECUA]
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Thanks

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#60022 - 03/31/16 01:34 PM Re: Umpire Training Course [Re: Bob K]
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if you are slapping and you have 2 strikes, then hit it foul do the same rules apply as if you where sacrificing?

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#60028 - 04/01/16 07:24 AM Re: Umpire Training Course [Re: Anonymous]
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No they do not. Re-read the post outlining the rules of slapping above. With 2 strikes, if the batter actually slaps at the ball and fouls it off, it is just a foul ball and not an out.

The key is all around the interpretation of if the batter is actually slapping or did she attempt to bunt. The way that is determined is based on if the batter actually separates her hands to bunt or ball or keeps them together to slap.

Many slappers will choke up as they start their slapping motion, so moving both hands as one up the barrel of the bat is still an attempt to slap and therefore the batter is not out if she fouls off the ball.

Also Slappers perform 3 types of slaps and last one know as a 'soft' slap especially with two strikes and that really is just a check swing. But this is still considered slapping and therefore the batter is not considered out if foul.

Hope this helps!

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#60035 - 04/01/16 02:16 PM Re: Umpire Training Course [Re: Bob K]
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? I think the question is if the batter is out. i think if your slapping and you foul off the ball its the same as if you were swinging. foul ball your still alive.

Most umps are not looking at your feet, more if you touch or cross the plate.

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#63652 - 04/20/17 02:26 AM Re: Rules for Slap Hitting [Re: Anonymous]
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I often see players in both HS and College stepping out of the box before they make contact on a slap hit. It's annoying because Umps never make that call.

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