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Discussion: commit line between third and home

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Aug. 2, 2007
62 posts
commit line between third and home
I'm not sure how universal this rule is but we have a committ line half way between third and home. If you go past the line you have to go home or you are out.

My question is if you go past the line because you think a fly ball is going to drop in can you come back to third and tag up and proceed home again?
Aug. 2, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
Commit line is supposed to be 20 feet from home plate. Once you cross it you can't go back & I'm pretty sure you can not be tagged out in that zone either.
Aug. 2, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
Forgot to add, if you do cross back (try to go back to 3rd base) over in most places your automatically out.
Aug. 3, 2007
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
793 posts
In the Summit's rules comparison, it looks like 20 feet in all but SSWS which shows 32 feet. The rules comparison is at and is only current as of January 2006.
Aug. 3, 2007
62 posts
"Forgot to add, if you do cross back (try to go back to 3rd base) over in most places your automatically out.
So even if you have to go back because of a fly ball that was caught you are out if you crossed the commit line.
Nov. 17, 2014
1 posts
I know this is an old thread; I ran across it while investigating possible rules changes for our youth fall ball baseball league.

Jetboy: A runner at 3rd should NEVER go past the line on a fly ball with less than 2 outs; with 2 outs he should be committed to running on contact anyway. A runner at 3rd with less than two outs should NOT go partway with the intent of returning to the bag if the fly ball is caught. Instead, the runner should stay on the bag so that he/she can leave for home immediately once the ball either drops or is caught. This way the runner still can score on a caught fly ball. Team that employ this offensive strategy will score quite a few more runs over the course of a season.

Nov. 18, 2014
Men's 60
204 posts
with the new 70' bases the commitment line is now 30' from home plate. Once you cross that commitment line you can't come back. However, we had a play this year where the runner was being chased by the third baseman and after the runner crossed over the line he tried to go back and was run into by the third baseman and was awarded the plate for interference on the third baseman? They said once he goes over the line you can't tag him out so if the third baseman had thrown home to the catcher and tagged the plate he would have been called out. Only problem was the third baseman was running so fast he had no idea the runner would stop and trun back and ran right into him then threw home but it was too late cause he had already committed the interference? Smart runner but I still think he should have been called out for causing the interference by going back somewhere he can't go? This was also posted earlier this year?
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