MIAA Baseball Sliding and Collision Rule Explained
The rule explained below has been in effect since 1995. It was adopted in 1995 by the MIAA Board of Directors at the request of the Baseball Committee and supported by the Sports Medical Committee. The intent of this rule is to encourage base runners and defensive players to avoid unnecessary and violent collisions with the catcher at home plate(see Below).
Force Play-Slide Rule
The intent of the Force-Play-Slide Rule is to ensure the safety of the defensive player. This is a safety as well as an interference rule . This rule pertains to a force-play situation regardless of the number of outs. (Language is from the NCAA baseball code.)
A.R A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the individual slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the defensive player.
A.R. A pop-up slide is a legal slide as long as the runner does not make contact with or alter the play of the fielder.
A.R. Beyond the base refers to any part of the runnerís body that makes contact with or alters the play
of the fielder beyond the base.
NOTE: If the runnerís slide is flagrant, the individual shall be ejected from the game.
Penalty With less than two outs, the batter-base runner, as well as the interfering runner, shall be declared out and no other runners shall advance. With two outs, the interfering runner shall be declared out and no other runners shall advance.
Penalty - If, in the umpireís judgement the runner a.) Could have avoided the collision and reached the base, or b.) Was attempting to dislodge the ball, the runner shall be declared out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball shall be declared dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the interference.