Flower Mound Youth Sports Association

Obscure and Interesting Rules
What is the rule for two runners occupying the same base?
This happened in a game I was involved with and everyone except the umpire was confused as to the rule. If two runners are standing on the same base at the same time then they are both illegally occupying the base.
The defensive player in this case can tag both runners and both runners would be out for the double play. If either runner, however, steps off the base then the runner still on the base is safe and the runner who steps off the base is in play and can be tagged out, but there is no force out back at the previous base nor is there a force at the next base unless all previous bases are occupied.
For instance, if there are two runners on third, but no runner on first, neither runner from third is a force, but they cannot both occupy third at the same time, so either the second runner can run back to second or the front runner can run home, but a tag is required to make the out in either case.

What is the rule when a team bats out of order?
In the following case, a batter came up to bat skipping the previous batter in the lineup. That player struck out and after the strike out, it was noticed that a player had been skipped. All of the coaches assumed that the player who should have batted was out for not batting in his proper order and the player who struck out was also out for striking out.
In fact, the proper ruling is that the strikeout was assessed against the player who should have been batting as though as though he was actually batting and the batter who batted too early comes back up to bat for himself - taking two at-bats in a row.
If the first player had gotten on base and then the error was appealed then the batter who got on base is called out, but the out goes on the record of the batter who failed to hit and the player who hit out of order goes back up to bat to hit for himself.
One nuance to this rule is if the defense does not catch the error. Importantly, the offense is under no obligation to point out the incorrect batting order if it is detected by the offense. The onus is on the defense's manager to notice the error and make the appeal. In fact, if the umpire recognized the error, he is not allowed to point out the error unless the defense's manager asks for an appeal - similar to a runner not touching a base.
If the batter who bats out of order gets on base (batter A) and the next batter up (batter B) is supposed to follow batter A in the order and takes any pitch with no appeal from the defeinse, then batter A becomes legal and stays on base and no outs are assessed. The player who was skipped just loses that turn at bat.
Importantly, the manager for the defense is only allowed to appeal during the improper at bat up until the next batter gets a pitch. After that there is no appeal.
Another nuance is, if the player who was skipped comes up to bat and takes any number of pitches and an appeal is made. The batter is not out nor is the previous batter (who batted out of order). The player who is batting is removed and the player who should follow Player A in the order takes his place and assumes his count.

What is the rule for a runner going from first to third, but the ball is caught in the air after the runner has passed second?
In this case the runner must touch second before going back to first, otherwise there is a force out at both second base and first base. This applies to all bases taken by the runner before the ball is caught.

What is the rule when a runner is hit by a batted ball?
The ball is dead. The batter-runner is awarded first base (unless he is the one touched by the batted ball), and other runners advance only if forced. 2. The runner is not out, however, if he is touched by a batted ball after it passes through or by an infielder (except the pitcher).
Roster Management Spreadsheets

Simple Roster Spreadsheets allow you to add all players and it will create lineups by auto-rotating players through variuous positions. These are primarily used for the younger age groups prior to specializing at any specific position. Thanks to Rick Kenyon for creating these spreadsheets and sharing them for everyone to use.

Advanced Roster Spreadsheets allow you to track every inning played by your players in each position including the bench and provides you with statistics for what percentage of time a players has played in the infield, outfield, and on the bench throughout the season. It also allows you to track defensive statistics and for 9U and up, you can track pitching statistics. They will also alert you when you have left a player out of the lineup or have a player in the lineup twice in the same inning. You can also track player-of-the-game awards, etc.

These were created by Victor Havared and are highly modified versions of the simple lineup sheets above. The different versions for the different age groups take into account the number of players allowed on the field at any given time.