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Softball/D3K and team area


Dr. Ambrose,

In ASA, the rule about D3K states the player may run to 1B before they enter the team area.  What is considered the team area.

Thanks in advance,

Hi Ronnie,

The team area is a dead ball area and is the dugout or the bench area which usually has a fence and an opening between the bench and the field, etc.  If the player leaves the field of play by entering that area they cannot re-enter the field of play.



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Dr. Mark R. Ambrose


I can answer all questions about book rules and "case book" rules governing the playing of ASA softball. Have a REAL situation that happened and are not sure the proper rule was applied, ask me.


I am a registered ASA umpire, a MASA "At-Large" umpire since 1996 and a retired District Umpire-In-Chief. I have very extensive experience in MASA State Championship and ASA national qualifying tournament play both as an umpire and an Umpire-In-Chief. I completed 3 ASA National Schools including the ASA national advanced umpire school in Ok City("Bernie" for those who know him was the lead clinician, I survived the week and couldn't let my kids watch the game tapes when I got home. No, I love you Bernie). I was one of 4 "Yankee" umpires selected to umpire the Men's D National East Championship in 2002 in Winter Haven FL

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