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To tag a player out in softball, you can either tag them directly with the ball, or with the ball in your glove. It will not be called an out if you tag them with the glove with the ball in the other hand. When tagging a player, it is easier to straddle the bag, so you can easily get the tag down and make the out. You might want to look up videos on YouTube for a visual example

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Q: Do you have to tag the runner on a force out in softball?
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Can a tag be considered a force out?

On a force out, you may either tag the base the runner is being forced to, or you may tag the runner before he gets to that base. If it is not a force out, you must tag the runner while he is off whatever base he has a legal right to occupy.

When is tagging used in softball?

You can tag a runner anytime but it's most important to tag a runner when it's not a force out play. When a baserunner runs to the next base without a runner behind him he must be tagged out before reaching base.

On a force out at second base in softball the defensive player can?

grab the ball so you can try to make it in the other persons goal

If play is not a force out what must a fielder do?

he must tag the runner with the baseball

What is a 'tag run' in softball?

when someone hits the ball and it is caught, the runner(s) on base can "tag" the base they are on once it is caught and then run to the next base. If they tag 3rd base and run home to score it is the tag run.

What does force third base mean in softball?

force to 3rd base means that when there are runners on 1st and 2nd and they are being forced to run to the next base ( in this case 2nd would be forced to 3rd) and all you have to do is step on the base, not having to tag the runner. this can also happen with a force to 2nd.

Why do they throw to 1st base when a runner is going home?

Because it's a force play and it's easier to get an out that way. No reason to tag the runner.

If a runner has to return to a base on a caught flyball is that a force out?

Yes. The fielder covering the base does NOT have to tag the runner. The runner is forced out when the fielder steps on the base before the runner can make it back. Got that.

Bases loaded 1 out ball is hit to firstbaseman who tags runner and throws home is it a force at home still and can runners revert?

Yes all the other bases are a force out. The runner going to first forces the runner at first to second. The runner at first forces the runner at second to third. The runner at second forces the runner at third to home. You only have to tag the runner when a runner that was "forcing" you (from a previous base) is out. In the scenario you have mentioned the only time the third baseman would have had to tag the runner from second to third would be if the initial force out was behind the runner at either at first or second (the putout thus not forcing the runner from second to third, which would now require a tag. If the initial force out was at first or second, the runner on second would have the choice of going to third or retreating to second, and not "forced" to run. Since the initial force out was at home, the runner from second to third is still being "forced" to run by the runners behind him. Make sense?

What is a force play for girls fast-pitch softball?

A force play is when the runner on a base is forced to run ahead to the next base when the batter gets a hit. For example, if the batter hits a fair ground ball and there's a runner on first, there is a force play at second because the girl at first is forced to run ahead since the batter is running to first, causing a chain reaction. When in a force play, it is not necessary to tag the runner that is being forced to run ahead since you can just touch the base that they are going to. (in the example above, you could just touch second before the runner gets there and they would be out) If it wasn't a force play, (like if there was only a runner on second) then you would have to tag the girl to get her out. Touching the bag before her wouldn't get her out because she has the option to stay at second.

What do you call it in softball when a player must run to the next base because the batter has become a base runner?

It's called a force. The runner is being forced to proceed to the next base by the batter/runner.

When will a runner get a strike in softball?

A runner doesn't get a strike, a batter does.