Finally, a master list of slo-pitch rules. This is for hitters, fielders, pitchers, umpires and even spectators. The world would be a rosy place if we could all just remember these 15 points.
Rules are in no particular order, except for #1 and #2 which are essential to a game being played in an efficient manner.
- Hitters – Always take the first-pitch.
- Pitchers – Always throw a first-pitch strike.
- Spitz are communal. If you don’t want to share, leave them in your car.
- Umpires – Always call your own guy “out” on close plays. It’s better for your buddy to bust YOUR chops over the call than some “Gary Go-Hard” getting in your face.
- Umpires – If it’s a “foul ball”, yell like your hair is on fire. Don’t make any baserunners or fielders run for no reason.
- Spectators – Shag up those foul balls. The extra steps add up on your fitbit.
- Umpires – If the pitch is a “strike”, make an audible noise so the outfielders can hear you. If it’s a “ball”, silence is ok.
- Clean up your empties and garbage.
- Never throw behind the runner.
- Always hustle in and out of the dugout.
- Don’t try to hit up the middle.
- If you accidentally hit up the middle, apologize.
- If your 10th guy is a little late…start with 9 and take the auto-out. Don’t stall.
- Clean up your bats from the on-deck circle.
- “Three Cheers” should be done with purpose.