Courtesy Runner rule
Catcher only and 2 outs only
This season we are gonna try the courtesy runner rule. I think
this will help us speed up the game and hopefully allow for more
actual playing time. The rules are simple and are as follows:
A courtesy runner may only be used
with two outs and the catcher on base.
The courtesy runner can only be the
player who made the 2nd out of the inning. No courtesy runner is
available until there are 2 outs.
A player who violates the
courtesy-runner rule is considered to be an illegal substitute
and must be ejected from the game.
Players who have already played and
have been removed from the game are ineligible to serve
as courtesy runners.
A player may not run as a courtesy
runner for the catcher and then be used as a substitute/pinch hitter for
another player in that same half inning.
The use of the courtesy runner shall
be announced to the umpire-in-chief who shall then announce it to the
The courtesy runner may not be removed
from a base to become a pinch hitter.
If the courtesy runner sustains an injury,
the injuried player must be removed from the game and the catcher
must return to the basepath.
The use of the courtesy runner is an option.
A catcher may decline the use of the courtsey runner but may not change his
mind later in the same innning.
The offensive team that is replacing the
catcher with a courtesy runner has 30 seconds to make the runner change. If the runner is
not replaced within this time period, the original runner must remain for the
remainder of that inning. The 30 second time limit will begin at the time
the umpire calls for time to allow replacement for the runner.