Baseball Instruction/Fielder's Choice

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When scoring a fielders choice, the rule book indicates a fielder making "an attempt" on a baserunner on another base.  Does "attempt" require a throw?  Example.  Runner on first, one out, ground ball to SS, SS comes up to throw to second and actually goes to a throwing motion and realizes second baseman will be late on covering.  SS stops his throw and momentum and turns and throws to first just late, batter safe.  If we assume the SS, without his "attempt" at second would have thrown out the batter/runner, should this be recorded as a fielders choice.  If not a FC, it appears the only other option is a hit, which penalizes the pitcher and rewards the batter.

Thanks, JOhn

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John,

In my opinion a feint throw does not constitute an attempt.  Had the fielder threw to second base and the runner beat the throw it would be considered a FC.  I'd also take into account that the fielder threw to first base.  I would have ruled in your situation as an infield single.

I hope this has helped.

-Martin Hoover

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Questions regarding the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball and Softball. Questions regarding the history and organization of Little League Baseball at local, state, regional, and international levels. Advise regarding certain operational procedures and recommendations to Local League representatives.

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Volunteer Little League Umpire since 2000; 2003 Little League, Junior League, Senior League and Big League Softball European Regional Umpire; 2005 Little League Softball Western Regional Umpire; 2007 Junior Softball Western Regional Umpire; 2011 Little League Softball World Series Umpire; Hesperia National (Hesperia, CA) Little League Board of Directors (2003-2012); President- Hesperia National Little League Board of Directors (2005-2011); Little League District Administrator (2012-present).

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Little League Baseball, Inc is the main operational center. I fall under Little League Western Region, and California District 49. I currently serve as a Little League District Administrator.

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Western Regional Junior Umpire School(2000)(Named Outstanding Junior Umpire of the Western Region Area); Have instructed at numerous umpire schools & clinics.

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Outstanding Junior Umpire of the Western Regional Area(2000)

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