If an infielder decoys a throw and a runner is forced to slide as a result, all runners will be entitled to advance one base. If the same fielder decoys a throw twice in one game, he will be ejected from the game. Decoying refers specifically to a situation where a runner on base slides unnecessarily due to a decoy.
All base runners and fielders must avoid intentional collisions with opposing players. In the event of a non-intentional collision resulting from the fielder’s blocking of the base or plate, the runner will be awarded the base or run, whichever is applicable. In the event a non-intentional collision is caused by the runner, and the fielder did not attempt to block the base or plate, the runner will be ruled out. A mandatory slide rule is in effect for all League games. This rule requires that runners must slide at all bases in the event there is a potential play at said base or plate. Head first slides are permitted. Any player not sliding appropriately when required to do so may be ruled out by the umpire, with the exception of situations in which a runner is clearly out and veers out of the base line to avoid blocking a throw (i.e. double plays). Any runner determined to have caused an intentional collision with a fielder, particularly with reference to “barreling” into a catcher, shall be ejected from the game and, at the sole discretion of the League, be subject to a suspension or expulsion from the League.
Fielders may not block said base or plate with or without the ball and must allow access via:
a. a clear path between the fielder’s legs;
b. a clear path to the left or right of the fielder’s position;
c. a direct path with the fielder positioned behind the base or plate.
In the event a fielder is determined by the umpire to be blocking said base or plate, or is found to be blocking the base path, the runner shall be automatically awarded said base or plate. This rule is particularly directed at catcher’s blocking the plate and will be strictly enforced.