THE GAME AND THE RULES: ENGLISH
B4B - BASEBALL played by BLIND - Brief description of the game
Each team consists of 5 blind players, one sighted player and one sighted defensive assistant. These two sighted defensive player and assistant also serve as base coaches at second and third base when the team comes to bat.
The defensive field of play is the area of left field beyond the line (marked by a separation rope) between second base and third base foul line.
- First base is sound activated.
- Second base, which is the first batter’s goal, is 180 feet from home and it is the baseball original base.
- Third base is the baseball original base.
- Distances between second base and third base and from third base and home plate is 90 feet.
- The defensive second base is 13 feet towards the left field from the original second base.
- Home plate, for the runner, is a line of 13 feet.
- The homerun line is marked at 220 feet from home plate.
The batter puts the ball (1) in play by tossing it in the air and hitting it. In order for the batted ball to be ruled “IN PLAY”, it must go beyond the “FAIR” line after having bounced at least one time in the inside foul field.
The batter runs around first base and attempts to reach second base and he is safe if he arrives before the sighted defensive player, positioned on the second base, catches the throw from the blind defensive player.
The batter is allowed three swings.
If the batter does not put the ball in play on the final swing, it is a strike out.
The runner on second base advances to third base and home plate on successive batted balls. Runners can leave the base only after the umpire has called the batted ball “FAIR” and this occurs at the moment the ball, properly batted, surpasses the separation line (represented by a rope) which goes from the defensive second base to the third base foul line.
Upon arrival at either second or third base, the runner must touch the base. He does not have to maintain contact. The batter at home plate and the runners either at second or third base can try to reach an “extra base” only after the throw of the blind fielder.
A run is scored when the runner crosses the home plate line.
If the ball batted in fair territory travels beyond 220 feet, it is considered a homerun.
The sighted defensive player may field a ball hit toward him, as long as he maintains contact with second base.
Only the batter, in this case, is eliminated. The ball in this case is ruled dead. If there are other runners on base at the time, they must return to their respective bases before the play can begin.
Elimination at second base, third base, and home plate occurs when the sighted player (positioned at second base) firmly receives the batted ball from a defensive player, prior to the runner reaching the base.
If a ball batted in fair territory goes over the line between second base and third base on a FLY, the batter is automatically declared “OUT” (it’s called FLY OUT) and the ball is ruled dead. If there are other runners on base at the time, they must return to their respective bases.
Usually games last 7 innings.
(*) A regular Mod. “A” rubber size ball with six holes and two nickel-plated brass bells inside.
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