Interpreting the Coaches Box
To relieve any confusion for MUD.com readers and to clarify schoolyard info or ‘Tim McCarverisms’ on the muddied waters of baseball rules here is the gospel.
The offensive team shall station two base coaches on the field during its term at bat, one near first base and one near third base.
Base coaches shall be limted to two in number and shall be in team uniform and remain within the coach’s box at all times.
Penalty The offending base coach shall be removed from the game and shall leave the playing field
There is the rule
It is common practice for some coaches to put one foot outside the coach’s box or stand astride or otherwise be slightly outside the coaching box lines. The coach shall not be considered out of the box unless the opposing manager complains, and then the umpire shall stricly enfore the rule and require all coaches to remain in the coach’s box at all times.
It is also common practice for a coach who has a play at his base to leave the coach’s box to signal the player to slide, advance or return to a base. This may be allowed if the coach does not interfere with the play in any manner.