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A pitched ball is ruled either a ball or strike based on whether or not it has passed over home plate. Extend the surface of home plate upwards, and that is the zone through which the ball must pass. If a pitched ball does not pass over home plate, but is still caught directly behind home plate (curve ball) it is a ball.

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Q: How far behind the home plate is the strike zone?
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What are the balls in baseball?

A ball in base ball is a ball outside of the strike zone. The strike zone is from mid-chest to knees and over home plate. Any ball inside the strike zone is a strike.

If a ball is pitched and it crosses the batter at his eyes and then drops into the strike zone is it a strike?

Yes. The umpire calls the pitch by determining if any part of the ball crossed any part of the plate within the strike zone. If the pitch does not cross home plate, the umpire calls a ball. If the pitch crosses any part of home plate, the umpire determines the height of the ball as it crossed the plate. If the beight is within the strike zone, it is called a strike. If it is outside the strike zone, it is called a ball.

Is there a 3 inch right or left of home plate for the pitcher's strike zone?


Is the beveled black strip around the baseball field home plate part of the strike zone?

No, the "black" is NOT part of home plate. Home plate is 17 inches wide. Some home-plate models have a black edge that extends beyond that 17 inches. The utility of that black edge is to protect the white edge of the actually plate from chipping.

What size is a strike zone in 16 and under baseball?

The strike zone varies from batter to batter. The width of the strike zone is the width of home plate. The height is from the batter's chest (usually the letters) down to the batter's knees. The strike zone doesn't necessarily go by how tall the batter is, but by how the batter's stance is in the batter's box while waiting for the pitch.

Where is the backdoor slider pitch located?

The term "Back Door" could be used for both a slider, and a curve ball. It refers to a baseball that was thrown outside of the strike zone, misses the plate but, is caught behind the plate, and called a strike. Technically it should be called a "ball" because it never crosses the plate but, because it is caught behind the plate and appears to be a strike to the umpire; It is said it came in through the "back Door"

What is strike zone?

By rule the strike zone measures from the knees to the sternum so to speak. and the ball must also pass over any part of home plate. Watch some games and you will see that CONTRARY TO THE RULES some umpires have different ideas and call "their" strike zone as they please.

What area is defined as the strike zone in baseball?

No - only a piece of it - doesn't even need to be 50% or more - as long as the umpire sees ANY part of it in the zone its a strike

Strike zones in softball?

That space over home plate between the batters front knee and back shoulder as they stand at the plate. It doesn't matter where the ball lands behind the plate. Check with your specific league as to what constitutes a strike. In many ASA slow pitch leagues, a strike must arch between 6' and 12' and land within three feet behind the plate. A ball that hits the plate is not considered a strike. The zone that is mentioned above is primarily for baseball and fast-pitch softball since those balls will have a more straight trajectory, whereas the slow-pitch softball will be coming down at an angle and this zone may not be accurate. Ultimately, the umpire will determine what is a strike and what is a ball, so you may need to adjust to how they are calling balls and strikes.

What is the strike zone of a width of 17in plus 5.8in?

Nothing. The strike zone is the width of the plate times the height of the batter's stance from his chest to his knees.

How big is strikezone in fastpitch softball?

The "strike zone" is baseball is different with each player. It is determined thus: When a batter takes his natural stance at the plate, the "strike zone" is the area over home plate between the batter's arm pits and the top of his knees. Many umpires have their own determination of the "strike zone", but this is what it is suppose to be.

What is the Te Strike Zone between?

The strike zone is that area over home plate, the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at just beneath the kneecap. The strike zone shall be determined from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.