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My son plays for his highschool here in Georgia. He is a right handed first baseman. The first base coach in the last game he played kept complaining about where my son was standing while holding the runner on first. He would stand with left foot beside bag on homeplate side,and right foot on other side of bag on right field foul line (like his coaches have taught him) Does the other coach have a valid gripe ??
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Instead of complaining, the opposing coach should teach his baserunners to come back to the bag (on pick-off attempts) on the inside of the base so that it is difficult for the first baseman to receive the throw. This will eventually result in throws that get past him.....then he will be forced to change to a more efficient positioning at the bag.......but it is not illegal.
Hold up guys, you are giving some bad information here.

NFHS rules Rule 1 section 1 art 4- At the time of the pitch, all fielders shall be on fair ground except the catcher who shall be in the catchers box. A fielder is in fair ground when at least one foot is in fair territory.

You do not have to have both feet in fair territory. From reading this it seems that the opposing coach seems to be implying that F3 is standing over the base obstructing his runner from tagging the bag.
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#1- Imagine this....One of the teams I umpire, has a 6'4" 330 pound first baseman/Linebacker....he has size 15 feet and is standing over the bag......a runner has to place his leg in between the legs of F3 to reach the bag and to make contact has to be in full contact body to body with F3....I can see obstruction clearly in this scenario.....and I know that it wont be long before the testosterone takes over and a shoving match ensues.....

#2- per our state rules interpreter, we are to call obstruction on this.....
Actually, a catcher can not block home plate intentionally. He can be standing there with the ball in hand or he can be in a position to catch the ball with the ball coming.
The problem is as has been said on here several times, what the rules say and what is called is two different things.
Most umpires will let a catcher get by with it far greater than any other player. Most umpires will let a catcher stand in the base line without the ball but would not dream of letting any other fielder.
This is why coaches tell their players to "Take him out." or "You know what you have to do to get back to the bag."
Again, we would go a long way as umpires if we would just make the calls early.
Any defensive player has the right to be at the bag, and block off a runner with his body, if he's got the ball. He's also got the right to be there if the ball's on the way and that's where it's going. He doesn't have the right to block the bag (or the path to it) if he doesn't have the ball and the ball isn't on the way (and by on the way I mean close to arriving, not just leaving the center fielder's hand.) The call should be the same at any base. It just tends to be most obvious (and dramatic) at the plate.

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