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Italian Rules of Beep Baseball
B4B - BASEBALL played by BLIND - Brief description of the game
Each team consists of five blind players, one sighted player and one sighted defensive assistant.
The sighted defensive player and the defensive assistant also serve as base coaches at second and third base when the team comes to bat.
The defensive field of play is the area of left field beyond the line between second and third base.
First base is sound activated.
Second base 167 feet from home plate.
The distance between second base and third base and the distance between third base and home plate in 90 feet.
Second base is the base of origin for the defense. All defensive eliminations take place at second base.
Home plate, for the runner, is a line on 13 feet.
The home run line is marked at 190 feet from home plate.
The batter puts the ball (*) in play by tossing it in the air and hitting it.
In order for the batter the batted ball, to be ruled fair, it must go into the left field beyond the line between second and third base after having bounced at least one time.
The batter runs around first base and attempts to reach second base.
He is safe if he arrives before the throw from a blind defensive players is caught by the sighted player positioned at second base.
During the course of the run between first base and second base, the batter is assisted by one of the base coaches.
The batter is allowed three swings. If the batter does not put the ball in play on the final swing, it is a strike out.
The runner on second base advances to third base and home plate on successive batted balls.
Runners can leave the base only after the umpire has called a batted ball "FAIR".
This occurs at the moment the batted ball surpasses the line between second and third base.
The runner on second is assisted by the base coach as he advances toward third base.
Upon arrival at either second or third base, the runner must touch the base.
He does not have to maintain contact.
A run is scored when the runner crosses the home plate line.
After putting the ball in play and arriving safely at second base the batter may, at his discretion, continue to advance toward third base, only after the throw of the blind fielder.
The same is for the runner of second arriving safely at third base with the intention to continue advancing toward home plate.
If the ball batted in fair territory travels beyond 190 feet it is considered a homerun.
The sighted defensive player may field a batted ball hit toward him, as long as he maintains contact with second base. Only the batter, in this case, is eliminated.
If there are other runners on base at the time, they must return to their respective base before the play can begin.
Elimination at second base, third base, and home plate occurs when the sighted player positioned at second base receives the batted ball from a defensive player, prior to the runner reaching the base.
If a ball batted in fair territory goes over the line between second base and third base on a fly, the batter is automatically declared "OUT" and the play is ruled dead.
(*)A regular size baseball with five holes and two sleigh bells inside.