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Discussion: CR from the back stop.

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Jan. 25, 2020
DieselDan
Men's 70
408 posts
CR from the back stop.
Our 70/80 rec league (have a teammate who is 90) allows some runners to have a CR from the back stop. The post the BOD wants used is 80' from first base. Someone mentioned you should line up with the third base foul line. Any suggestions what other leagues are using if this practice is allowed?
Jan. 25, 2020
DieselDan
Men's 70
408 posts
Make that batters not runners from the back stop.
Jan. 25, 2020
k man
Men's 65
292 posts
DD, In our senior league (60+), we have a courtesy runner that can run from home plate but the batter must have a medical waiver in order for that batter to get the runner from home plate. That being said, the runner must be 5 feet further back from the extension of the 3rd base line over to the backstop so in effect they are running 70 feet since our base are 65 feet. There has always been controversy in our league as to who should be able to run, ie. last recorded out or just anybody in the lineup but that obviously is up to you to decide. Some teams felt that 5 feet was not enough and both managers felt 10 additional feet was fairer. I guess it will be up to your league to decide.

We also have a rule that allows 2 players to basically fill 1 spot in the lineup where 1 bats while the other plays the field.
Jan. 25, 2020
Omar Khayyam
1329 posts
Our league has allowed courtesy runners from home for years. We are very lenient—if the batter says he needs a courtesy runner, we certainly don't require a medical waiver! What if the batter pulled a hamstring the previous at bat...or is taking medication which affects his running...or is having trouble breathing on a smoggy day...etc. etc. In all the decades we have allowed a courtesy runner (90% of the time for a permanently crippled batter who plays catcher or first base or pitches on offense) we have never had a phony runner just because the batter (or manager) wants a faster person from home! We used to require that the CR begin touching the backstop, but about three years ago changed the rule to line up even with the third base line. What we have done is limit the CR to first base only unless an over the fence home run (which has never happened). Hope this helps.
Jan. 28, 2020
AKA: Southpaw
80 posts
Omar, Our senior league in Birmingham, Al. allows courtesy runners from home. The rule has allowed a number of players in their 80's and even a 90 year old to participate as well as others who were hampered by some degree of injury.
There is such great enthusiasm, commraderie, and support among the players and coaches that we operate on the honor system; we trust each other to be fair and equitable. So far, so good.
Jan. 30, 2020
Omar Khayyam
1329 posts
Southpaw , the tone of your league sounds a lot like ours. Very enjoyable and filled with camaraderie!
Feb. 1, 2020
Wayne 37
Men's 65
713 posts
We have them run from the home plate area in day ball and from the screen in my night league. They should all run from the screen since in day ball they are simply replacing a slower runner with a faster runner. Not really in the spirit of the rule.
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