Hey Blue! What if ASA Softball runner leaves base early?

By Bob Downey, Hanover LL UIC 2014

Under ASA Softball rules a base runner cannot leave the base until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.

Any violation results in an immediate DEAD BALL.  The umpire should call “NO PITCH” and declare the guilty runner is “OUT”.

All other action on the play is nullified with the batter resuming their at bat with the count the same as it was prior to the infraction and all other runners are returned to their originally occupied base.