Softball Batters Box

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by DDAF, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. DDAF

    DDAF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I think I have an umpire that just doesn’t want to call anyone out of the batters box. Before the game starts he marks out the front line of the box then tells me that my box is wrong. The box is 3’ x 7’ and is 6” off the plate. The foul line connects at the front corner of the box. The umpire said that the foul line should connect on the side of the box.

    Looking for help or comments.
    NFHS Rules Their drawing shows it connecting at the side, but when I lay it out, it always connects at the corner.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Below is a diagram of a softball batters box. Drawn in is the fair line if it were started at home plate. It shows that the fair line does intersect the batters box on the side of the side.

  3. DDAF

    DDAF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks, I have the same diagram but when I change the diagram lines to a 4” line it changes everything.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    gotta rembemer that when you do any lines, if I remember correctly, the outside edge of the lines is your box. that way your striping is inside the box.
  5. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    If your lines are not laying out correctly, you may also need to double check to location of the bases. If you start your line at the point of home, and run it to first and third, the line won't cut the corner of batter's box. If it does, either your box is laid down incorrectly or your bases are out of position.
  6. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    A softball batter's box is way differant then baseball. There is more of the box in front of the plate then behind. 4' to the front from the back corner. 3' to the back from the back corner.
  7. cutsit

    cutsit LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 21

    Each sanction has a diagram of the home plate area in their rule book.

    I haven't checked to see if ASA and USSSA are the same. The USSSA rule book is on line at ASA doesn't have the book on line but provides a copy to each manager when they sign up each year. Maybe someone can give you a copy.
  8. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    or just get ahold of the umpire and politely ask him if he has a copy of the diagram so that you can get it right. Officals love it when you make them feel like they have the answers. However the diagram that was given is right as far as I remember.

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