Tue 14 May 2013
Given how the Etna v Quincy softball playoff game ended today, guess we better look at the “Look back” rule. This was originally posted in March, 2012.
Art. 1 The look back rule will be in effect when the ball is live, the batter-runner has touched first base or has been declared out, and the pitcher has possession of the ball within the pitcher’s circle.
Art. 2 The runner(s) may stop once, but then must immediately return to the base or attempt to advance to the next base.
Art. 3 Once the runner stops at a base for any reason, she will be declared out if she leaves the base.
Art. 4 Responsibilities of batter-runner after completing a turn at bat, and while the pitcher has the ball within the 16-foot pitching circle, including a base on balls or a dropped third strike are as follows:
A. A batter-runner who rounds first base towards second may stop, but then must immediately, without stopping, return to
first or attempt to advance to second.
B. A batter-runner who overruns first base toward right field, turns left and immediately stops, must then return non-stop to
first or attempt to advance to second base.