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In ASA COED can the Infield Player be playing in the grass or outfield before the ball is pitched or do they have to wait until ball is pitched and then they can back into the grass?

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Hi Chris

In ASA play grass or no grass doesn't matter.  Is the defensive player playing where an infielder normally plays (just as is the outfielder playing an area a outfielder normally plays).  That's the rule, I know it seems somewhat vague but it's not.

In the umpire's judgment is the infielder playing and area an infielder normally plays.  This could be deeper on 300lb 6'5" Bubba and not so much on 5' 95lb Susie.  Are they able to cover the base they play?  If they aren't the umpire should move them until the umpire is satisfied they are playing an infield area.

Once the pitch reaches hp, is swung at or batted they may move anywhere they want.

Some local leagues use lines in the outfield and grass etc but ASA does not.

Mark

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Dr. Mark R. Ambrose

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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.

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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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