Batter delay of game


An infraction in all four major American sports...

Hockey: A two-minute minor penalty is assessed to any player who deliberately shoots the puck out of the rink or knocks the goal off its posts. A bench minor can also be assessed to the team's captain for failing to put the appropriate number of players on the ice.

Basketball: Called for a variety of actions, including the scoring team interfering with the ball after a field goal and a defender stepping out-of-bounds before a ball is in-bounded. Penalty: The first offense is a warning. Each successive offense is a technical foul. NBA teams often use their delay of game warning near the end of a game to see what kind of play the offensive team has diagrammed.

Football: Most often, the failure to start a play before the play clock has expired. Also called when a kick returner advances a fair catch, and in rare circumstances, can be called on the defensive team as well. Penalty: Five yards from the line of...

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6.02 b) begins by saying while the pitcher is in the set position or in the windup. If this is not the case and there is a delay in the action, ie between pitches the batter may step out (in the comments part of 6.02 b). Also the batter is allowed to take time to receive signs from the coach. If the umpire chooses to ask the player to step in the box, then 6.02 c) may be applied.

The MLB differs from most other levels of play on this rule. In the MLB there is little to no concern over pace of play. It is rare to see an umpire warn a batter for taking his time between pitches.

One thing to consider about baseball is most calls are judgement calls. The rule book is vague. Things from the strike zone to what constitutes a delay are at the umpires discretion. The MLB ran into this earlier in 2014 with the "transfer" rule (2.0).

The are no penalties or fouls in baseball so it is often understood that umpires are seen as moderators instead of officials. If teams play...

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For Association football/soccer, see Timewasting. For the administrative decision to cease play and resume at a later time and/or day, see Delay (game).

Delay of game is an action in a sports game in which a player or team deliberately stalls the game, usually with the intention of using the delay to its advantage. In some sports, the delay of game is considered an infraction if it is longer than that permitted according to the game's rules, in which case a penalty can be issued. Some sports that have a delay of game penalty are American football, Canadian football, ice hockey and association football.


In American football, an offensive team is penalized five yards for delay of game if it fails to put the ball in play by either snap or free kick before the play clock expires. This time limit varies by league, and is often 25 seconds from the time the referee signals the ball ready for play. In the National Football League, it can also be 40 seconds...

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6.01 (a) Each player of the offensive team shall bat in the order that his name appears in his team's batting order.

(b) The first batter in each inning after the first inning shall be the player whose name follows that of the last player who legally completed his time at bat in the preceding inning.

6.02 (a) The batter shall take his position in the batter's box promptly when it is his time at bat.

(b) The batter shall not leave his position in the batter's box after the pitcher comes to Set Position, or starts his windup.

PENALTY: If the pitcher pitches, the umpire shall call "Ball" or "Strike," as the case may be. The batter leaves the batter's box at the risk of having a strike delivered and called, unless he requests the umpire to call "Time." The batter is not at liberty to step in and out of the batter's box at will. Once a batter has taken his position in the batter's box, he shall not be permitted to step out of the batter's box in order to use...

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Had an odd one in an elimination game Saturday. Partner said he would have done the same thing I did, but maybe he was just being agreeable with a partner he didn't know ... it felt like I could have handled this better.

Home winning 2-1, home batting, 3-4 minutes left in a timed game.

1 out, big hitter comes up, faces her 3B coach, swings 3 times, steps in the box, hand up, digs in and faces pitcher. Not a HORRIBLE delay, but 8-10 seconds ... and identical to her behavior the first time she came to the plate. A couple of times, during the 3 swings facing her coach, I said, "Let's go batter" (just like the first time she batted), and she turned around, got in the box, dug in, and was ready.

However, pitcher is getting increasingly frustrated (almost pouting, stomping around the mound and such) and visitors sideline is getting restless.

2 batters later, 2 outs, 1:20 or so on the clock, 2 runners on. New batter behaving similarly. One difference, if it...

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Situation: We are visiting team, bottom of the 5th, score 3-2. We are down by 1 run. 5 minutes left on the clock. The opposing team (home team) comes up to bat and begins stall tactic by having the batter step out of the batter’s box after every delivered pitch to “take a signal”. The USSSA rule states:

A batter shall not delay the game by failing to promptly take his position in
the batter’s box within 10 seconds of the pitcher having the ball in the
pitching circle, or by stepping out of the box when the pitcher is on the
pitcher’s plate

With this delay tactic going on, I instructed DD to pitch as soon as the batter was in the batter’s box and the PU did not signal time.

DD strikes out batter 1, DD strikes out Batter 2, DD gets to 2-2 count on batter 3 when game was called due to time expiring. Each batter was taking at least a full 10 seconds between each pitch, and then once they entered the batter’s box, would take another few seconds getting...

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In baseball, batting is the act of facing the opposing pitcher and trying to produce offense for one's team. A batter or hitter is a person whose turn it is to face the pitcher. The three main goals of batters are to become a baserunner, drive runners home, or advance runners along the bases for others to drive home, but the techniques and strategies they use to do so vary. Hitting uses a motion that is virtually unique to baseball, one that is rarely used in other sports. Hitting is unique because unlike most sports movements in the vertical plane of movement hitting involves rotating in the horizontal plane.[1]

In general, batters try to get hits. However, their primary objective is to avoid making an out, and helping their team to score runs. There are several ways they can help their team score runs. They may draw a walk if they receive and do not swing the bat at four pitches located outside the strike zone. In cases when there is a runner on third and fewer than two...

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01. 20-Second Rule

A modified version of Rule 8.04, which discourages unnecessary delays by the pitcher, shall apply. Rule 8.04 requires the pitcher to deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball with the bases unoccupied. The penalty prescribed by Rule 8.04 for a pitcher's violation of the Rule is that the umpire shall call "Ball."

In the AFL games at Salt River, a clock will be displayed in both dugouts, behind home plate, and in the outfield. A pitcher shall be allowed 20 seconds to throw each pitch. The batter must be in the box prepared for the pitch during the entire 20-second period. If the batter steps out of the box during the 20-second period, the pitcher may deliver the pitch and the umpire may call a strike, unless the batter was first granted time by the umpire.

The clock will stop only when the pitcher begins his motion to deliver the ball (and not "when the pitcher releases the ball" as prescribed in...

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