8.6 SLIDING OPTIONAL – AVOIDING COLLISIONS A player may slide or dive when returning to any base. A runner must make every effort to avoid colliding with opposing players while running the bases and or sliding or diving. If, in the umpire’s judgment, a runner misses a base to avoid a collision, the runner will not be called out. If in the judgment of the umpire, the runner fails to avoid a collision with a defensive player involved in the play, the ball will be declared dead and that runner called out. All base runners except the batter will be returned to their previous base unless forced to advance. If in the judgment of the umpire the runner’s collision with the defensive player involved in the play negates a double play, the umpire may award a second out.
8.7 (4) AVOIDING COLLISIONS A runner must make every effort to avoid colliding with opposing players while running the bases. If a runner misses a base to avoid a collision, the runner will not be called out (umpire’s judgment).
Middlesex Senior Softball League Rules: 1. Overrunning 2nd and 3rd base is allowed.
a. If the base is overrun the runner must re-tag the base before advancing to the next base. Sliding back into the base is allowed.
b. The runner must “attempt” to avoid contact with the defensive player if possible. This includes altering his path to avoid not only the defensive player but also not interfering with the throw during an attempted double play, etc.
c. In the case of a forced-out the runner does not have to tag the bag itself. If the runner crosses abeam the bag and beats the throw he is safe. This will be determined by the base coaches or the home plate umpire.
d. The bottom line to remember is the defensive player has the right to the bag and the runner must “attempt” to avoid contact. “Attempt” is the key word and avoidance will not always be successful. If the runner does not make this “attempt” and makes contact with the defensive player or interferes with the throw then he will be called out by the base coach or home plate umpire.
e. The defensive player must avoid the runner if he is not defending the bag. An example would be a long hit and the runner is obviously going to make it a double, triple or even an in the park home run.
Addendum – Overrunning techniques 1. Overrunning can be confusing. It is implemented for safety – for both the defensive and offensive player. According to sports medicine sliding is the major cause of injuries in senior softball. 2. A good rule to follow is if you are the runner “attempt” to avoid contact and or interfering with the defensive player.
Some examples: You are running to second base and the next batter’s hit makes it possible for the defense to make a double play. You DO NOT have to tag the bag but following the overrun rule you will alter your path and run past the bag. If you cross abeam that bag before the defensive player catches the ball you are safe. Remember that if there is an overrun in this case then the runner must retag the base before continuing to the next base.
The defensive player has the right to the bag – to stand by or on it even if there is no apparent play at that bag. The only exception would be if his actions were to intentionally interfere with the runner.
In the document below are quotes from the ASA and Middlesex Senior Softball rule books:
Running the bases and overrun rules - here are quotes from the ASA Senior Softball Rules 2011-2012 and the Middlesex Senior Softball League rules.
Both can be found at this link below:
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