What Does Tagging Up Mean In Baseball

Baseball Tagging Up Rules

In baseball, tagging up is an important rule to follow. It was put in place in 1908, at the beginning of the modern baseball era. It stops base runners from gaining an advantage over their opponents when attempting to move to the next base. Following that, we’ll go through the laws of tagging up and when it’s necessary to do so during a baseball game.

Tagging Up

When a baseball is soaring through the air, it is called tagging up, and it prohibits a base runner from moving up in the order in which they started. In baseball, tag up is something base runners do when there are less than two outs and an abatter hits a fly ball (a baseball that is hit high and into theoutfield). If an outfielder catches the baseball, the runner is required to return to the base he was originally positioned at. When the fielder successfully catches the baseball, the runner is free to proceed to the next base and attempt to advance to that base.

After a baseball is caught, the runner must return to his base since he is not entitled to that next base because the batter has been struck out and cannot advance.

Gut Decisions

Because the runner anticipates that the baseball will be a fair hit, and therefore will be allowed to take the next base regardless of whether or not the outfielder is able to catch it, it is possible for him to advance bases without being tagged up. This, however, is a bit of a risky proposition. The outfielder must return to his previous base in order to avoid being thrown out if he manages to catch the baseball in his glove.

When Tagging Up Doesn’t Matter

Tagging up is normally reserved for situations in which there are fewer than two outs. The runner will often just run to the next base without tagging up if there are two outs. Even if the baseball is caught, the half-inning will have ended and the base runner’s position will no longer be significant. If it does not get caught, the runner will have a significant advantage in terms of moving the bases forward.

Multiple Tag Ups

It is possible for a runner to potentially tagup in a few situations, but they should eventually opt not to do so and remain where they are. When tagging up, you cannot advance to the next base unless the runner at the next base does the same, like in the following example. It is possible for several runners to tag up on the same play as long as the runners are advancing to a base that does not have a runner on it. At any one moment, a base may only be occupied by one runner.


The rules of tagging up are described in detail in MLB Rule 8.2. Whenever a flyball is caught and an out is recorded, the base runner is required to touch the base that they are now on, according to the baseball rule of tagging up.

The tagging up rule is in place to prevent base runners from gaining an unfair advantage while advancing to the next base in the infield. Tagging up is also used to ensure that the game is played fairly.

Why is tagging up a rule in baseball?

Tagging up is necessary in order to keep the game fair. They could be able to travel considerably further if they were able to run around the bases while the ball was flying around the outfield and being caught, as opposed to if they had to wait until the ball was caught before they could leave the base. If they were not required to tag up, hitters may attempt to hit the ball as high as possible in order to allow their runners enough time to complete the round of the base. As a result of this regulation, after the outfielders have caught the ball, they have an opportunity to throw out additional runners.

Why do baseball players not tag up when there are two outs?

When there are two outs in a baseball game, players do not tag up because if the fly ball is caught, the inning will be over. If the fielder makes a mistake and loses the ball or fails to make the catch, the base runner has an advantage in his or her attempt to advance to the next base. When there are two outs in an inning, it is always in the runner’s best interest to take the ball and run.

When can a tagged up player advance to the next base?

A tagged-up player can only move to the next base if it has been ruled that the ball has hit the ground or has been caught for a recorded out, and the ball has not yet hit the ground. The player must then tag up with the other players before running to the next base.

Do baseball players have to tag up after every pitch?

No, baseball players are only required to tag up when the ball is captured on a flyball or ground ball. If the ball touches the ground at any time throughout the game, the runner is free to go to the next base without being tagged out.

Can you tag up from first base?

Tagging up may be done from any base and should be done whenever it is required by the rule and whenever it is deemed necessary.

When may the runner leave the base to tag up correctly?

When a ball is in the air and a runner is waiting to see if the ball will be caught, it is in the runner’s best advantage to remain off the base as much as possible. The runner used his knowledge and judgment to calculate how far to lead-off based on the sort of hit he has received in the past. Once the ball has been caught or not caught, the runner should begin to tag up to the next player in line.

Can a team score a run from tagging up?

When a fly ball is caught, it is necessary for a base runner to make contact with the base they are currently on. It is not possible to score a run if a base runner fails to tag up properly on a fly ball. At some point during a baseball game, this has happened more frequently than not. When a fly ball is caught, it is possible for a runner on third base to fail to tag up. In this instance, the run will not be counted.

Tag up – Wikipedia

Not to be confused with the phrase “tag out.” The term totag upinbaseball refers to a baserunner’s decision to retouch or remain on their starting base (also known as the time-of-pitchbase) until (after) the ball is first touched by a fielder. Baserunners are required to tag up when a hit ball is collected before it bounces off a fielder’s glove, and they are out if any fielder in control of the ball reaches their starting base before they are tagged up. Runners are permitted to attempt to advance after a lawful tag up, regardless of whether the ball was caught inside the territory.

Runners may frequently advance a base on long fly ball outs; when a runner scores on a sacrifice fly, the play is referred to as a sacrifice fly. As a result of the increased likelihood of getting thrown out on short fly balls, runners seldom attempt to advance after tagging up on them.

Putting out a runner who is required to tag up

An out is called when a baserunner fails to tag up on a caught fly ball (for example, if they start running too early, believing the ball will not be caught). This is referred to as being “doubled up/off.” If a fielder wants to double off a runner, he or she must make contact with the runner’s starting base while still in possession of the ball, and before the runner returns to it. It is possible for a fielder to double a baserunner off if he or she believes the baserunner may have left the base too soon (and thus failed to legally tag up).

This is seen as an example of an appeal play.

Doing so is known as a “time play” (as contrast to a “force play,” which implies that even if the doubling-off is the third out of an inning, any runs scored prior to the double-off will be counted as earned runs (unless the run was scored by the same runner that was doubled off, in which case the run will not count in any situation).


As written in the baseball rules, tagging up before a runner can attempt to advance to the next base on a fly ball/pop fly/ or line drive, with less than two outs is required.The runner must return to the occupied base, stay in contact with that base, until the fielder has caught, or dropped the ball.The base runner may then attempt to reach the next base.The penalty for running before the ball is caught, if discovered, the runner will be called out.For beginning players, the most difficult part is to get them to wait until the ball has been caught by the fielder.They often go back to the base, touch it, then turn and run towards the next base while the ball is still in the air.For the more experienced, the most difficult part is timing their departure with the catch, controlling the emotions that are generated by the upcoming play, which can be one of the most exciting in baseball.It is one of those “too much time to think scenarios.”

Rules Tips ~ From the Dugout

You must tag up on all fair and foul balls in the air quickly if you are a runner on third base with less than two outs. Younger players are sometimes unaware of the fact that they can tag and run on a caught foul or fly ball. If possible, avoid assuming that all participants, young or old, are aware of this and make it a point to state it explicitly. Instead than depending on the third base instructor, players should become familiar with reading the catch for themselves on a regular basis. The runner will see and respond quicker than the coach can see and react, and the runner will hear and react faster than the coach can hear and react.

Frequently, people want to place their foot on top of the base, which does not produce any sort of push off.

It makes no difference whether you are in the center or on the right.

Drill Possibilities For Tagging Up

  1. Baseballs
  2. A field with bases
  3. A fungo to hit fly balls/pop ups, or you may toss them if it is more convenient for your scenario
  4. A scoreboard
  5. Coaches who are available

Goals And Skills Developed

  • Baseballs
  • A field with bases
  • A fungo to hit fly balls/pop ups, or you may toss them if it is more convenient for you
  • Coaches who are currently available.

Baseball Rules: Tag Up Drill/Set Up

  • Group the players who are available into six categories. You may choose to delete certain positions if your numbers are restricted in order to properly balance the repeats. Left field, third base, shortstop, catcher, pitcher, and the runner at third base are the groups. Throw or hit the fungo, base runners, outfielders, catcher, pitcher, third base, and shortstop are among the available coach priorities. This practice can be done efficiently by a single coach, but if you have assistance, this drill allows you to make the best use of your available resources. Rotate player groupings in any manner suits your needs. When throwing from the outfield, keep the number of repetitions to a minimum. This practice is significantly more successful when performed in lower doses more frequently than when performed in large numbers in a single session.

The Drill

  1. A fly ball is thrown or hit to left field by the coach. Getting behind the baseball, making a catch on the throwing side, doing a solid crow hop, getting on the line and throwing “through,” rather than over, the cutoff man (third base) are all goals for the left fielder. SS is called in to cover 3B. When 3B comes in to the infield grass, in the area between 3B and the pitcher’s mound, he sets himself up for the outfielders’ throw by raising both arms in the air to create a visible target. When the throw comes in, the catcher moves to the front corner of the plate, calling to the cutoff to line him up with the outfielder and home plate, collects it and simulates the tag of a running back. The catcher determines whether or not the throw will reach home, and if it does not, he calls relay if he wants the third baseman to throw it home, or cut 1, 2, or 3 if there is a play at a different position. In the event that he does not shout, the cutoff allows the ball to pass through. In order to line up with the throw, the pitcher must go behind home plate to the backstop
  2. The base runner must come down the baseline towards home plate. When the ball is hit, he returns to third base as quickly as possible, places his left foot against the home plate side of the base so he can get a solid push off, spins his head to look for the catch, and sprints towards home plate when the catch is made.

Variations And Adjustments

  • If you want to keep things simple, you may modify this exercise to include only base runners and one coach, who will either hit or toss the fly balls as needed. When the baseball hits the ground, the runners take off. If you add an outfielder, runners will be able to read the ball and go for the catch. Continue to build positions all the way up to a full-fledged defense, with all roles being assigned to their respective tasks
  • And Increase the number of base runners on second, third, or both bases. Move the outfielder to the center field position, then to the right field position, hence deploying a different cutoff man and duties
  • This drill has limitless possibilities, yields the highest possible returns, and requires the least amount of time.

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What Is Tagging Up In Baseball?

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the site. To answer the topic, “What is tagging up in baseball?” we will write an article today. Tagging up will be the same in softball as it will be in baseball. If you’ve been following our recent stories, you’ll recall that I promised to provide a more in-depth explanation of one of baseball’s most perplexing laws. I delivered on that promise. To make some of our double play and triple play scenarios more interesting, we included a requirement that the runners be caught tagging up in order to complete the plays.

The purpose of this article is to walk you through the whats and whys of tagging up and to walk you through some scenarios in which runners have the option to either tag up or to remain safe on their bag. So, without further ado, let’s get right down to business.

What is tagging up in baseball?

It is possible to advance one or more bases in baseball during the course of the game by tagging up on the ball when the batter hits the ball in the air and the defender catches the ball before it reaches the ground. Tag up situations can occur at any point during the game and allow a runner who is already safely on one base to advance one or more bases. Runners must meet the following requirements in order to attempt to tag up with the pack:

  • There must already be a runner on a base in order for this to be true. There can’t be more than two outs in a row. When the ball is caught, the runner’s foot must be on the ground near the base.

I realize the first one is self-explanatory, but I want to be clear that the batter is not permitted to tag up. If the defense catches the batter with the ball in the air, the batter is automatically out regardless of what occurs after that point. If there are already two outs, the inning would come to an end when the defender catches the ball, thus there can’t be more than two. Keep in mind that you only get three outs in each of your offensive halves of an inning. As in the game of tag, it doesn’t matter how far you travel away from the base or your next target before the ball is thrown; as long as you get back before the ball, you’re in the clear.

As long as the runner returns to the original base they were on at the same moment the catch was made, or at any point after the catch was made, they are eligible to attempt to tag up and advance to the next base.

How tagging up works

Here’s how it’s done: Our first hitter is intentionally walked by the pitcher because he does not swing at four pitches that are outside the strike zone. The hitter is now our runner on first base with no outs for the inning. Our second hitter blasts a deep fly ball to right field, which is caught by the defense. As soon as our runner on first base realizes that the right fielder has an excellent chance of catching the ball, he makes a hasty retreat back to first base. Our runner on first base determines that he can make it to second base before the right fielder can deliver the ball to the second baseman at the precise moment the right fielder makes the catch.

Don’t get out of here too soon!

In this instance, the right fielder merely needs to toss the ball to first base in order for the runner to be able to return to first base.

A runner is out if he or she touches the base before the runner returns.

Typically, when a ball is hit deep into the outfield and the runner on base is doubtful whether or not the outfielder will be able to make the catch, this is what occurs to him or her. This is referred to as “being caught in a no-land” man’s by the general public.

Can the runner advance more than 1 base when tagging up?

Absolutely! Runners are not limited in their ability to advance once a “tagging up” play has been initiated. A situation in which a runner on first base advances all the way to home plate on a single fly ball will be discussed after that.

Tagging up from first to home

Our hitter hits a fly ball to right field, using the same set up as previously. Our runner tags up and makes it safely to second base before the right fielder throws him out at the plate. The ball goes by the second baseman and rolls into the outfield as the throw is being delivered to second. Our runner leaps to his feet and sprints to third base before anyone can pick up the ball and throw it to the outfielder at third. The left fielder picks up the ball and throws it over the head of the third baseman, resulting in an error.

The catcher is the only one who has a chance of catching the inaccurate throw from the left fielder, but by the time he gets to home plate, our quick runner has already crossed the plate and scored a run!

On a score card, this is a play that occurred during one of my son’s games a couple of years ago, and it was an utter pain to figure out!

Tell me how you would rank that particular performance.

Some final words on tagging up in baseball

Any base, with any number of runners already on the field, can be tagged up by another base. Just keep in mind that if you have any runners in front of you, you should make sure that they are also planning to tag along with you as well. The most likely scenario is that you are on first base and decide to try to tag up, but the runner in front of you on second base gets second thoughts and decides to go back to second, leaving you in “no man’s land!” I hope you found this article to be informative and that I was able to provide an answer to the topic “What is tagging up in baseball?”.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, Jeremy.

If you’re interested in learning more about baseball regulations, you may read this article.

What Is Tag Up In Baseball? Definition & Meaning On SportsLingo

When a baserunner stays or retouches the current base they’re at until after a fly ball has been caught for an out by a defensive player before moving to the next base, this is known as tagging up in baseball. If a baserunner leaves before the ball is caught by a defensive player, the defensive player can toss the ball to a teammate at the base the runner was leaving, allowing the force to be released by contacting the base the baserunner was leaving. An offensive player may also tag up if he or she is unclear whether or not the ball will be caught by a defensive player.

Baseballs hit deep into the outfield are generally the only ones that allow baserunners to tag up and advance. This is because their chances of being thrown out on short fly outs is quite high.

Examples Of How Tag Up Is Used In Commentary

1. On the deep fly out to center field, the runner tags up and scores with relative ease. The sacrifice fly is credited to the hitter who hit the ball.

Sport The Term Is Used

1.Baseball Softball is the second sport. (This page has been seen 633 times, with 1 visit today)

Baseball Rules: Tagging Up – Baseball

Tag Up is a term that you will hear at some point during a baseball game, whether it is said by an announcer or by a team coach. But, exactly, what does that phrase mean?

What Does It Mean to Tag Up?

Any time a runner attempts to advance on a flyballout, he or she is tagged up, and the runner must wait until the ball has -xz[ed the inside of a fielder’s glove before attempting to advance. If a player scores from third base after tagging up on a flyball, it can result in a run (or even second base on rare occasions). This is referred to as a sacrifice fly, and it awards an RBI to the hitter while also awarding a run scored to the runner. If a player departs the base too soon, it is the defense’s responsibility to detect that this has occurred.

In doing so, the defense is pleading with the umpires to rule the player out of the competition.

However, this is seen as a time play rather than a force out situation.

When Can a Tagged Up Runner Leave the Base?

As stated in the regulation, as soon as the ball makes contact with a player, the game is over. This warrants special attention since many, if not the majority, of people assume that a runner cannot leave the base until the ball has been thrown to him. If this were to be the case, though, the defense might theoretically seek to keep bubbling the ball in order to get closer to the infield in order to prevent a player from making a move toward the plate. An example of this in action may be seen in the following scene from a play in which Chase Utley exhibits complete command of the rules:

When to Stay, and When to Go?

When faced with a flyball, one of the most difficult decisions a baserunner must make is whether to remain on base in order to tag up or to go halfway down the baseline to the next base in expectation of the ball landing. Better baserunners have a sense of when the ball will hit the ground. Basecoaches should also be instructing runners on when they should remain on base in order to tag up. There is a brief video available from Antonelli Baseball that goes through some of the rules:

What Does “Tagged Up” in Softball Mean?

The first inning of your softball game has ended with your team losing by a run, but you’re still on third base when your power-hitting teammate comes up to bat. She makes a powerful swing and drives the ball all the way out to left field. You race for home in an attempt to tie the game, but your heart sinks as you learn you’ve been thrown out because the fielder grabbed the ball and tossed it to third base before you had a chance to tag up.

If this scenario seems familiar to you, it’s time to get acquainted with the tag-up rule in basketball.

Tag-Up Rule

If a baserunner attempts to advance to second base before an opposing player catches a ball hit in the air or the ball drops, the baserunner is said to have committed a tag. The runner must return to touch base if his or her opponent successfully catches the ball; he or she then has the option of remaining on base or attempting to lawfully advance. It is not necessary for the runner to return to the base to tag up when the ball is in fair area; if the ball lands in foul territory, the ball is dead and the runner cannot advance.

Tagging Up

A baserunner who receives a fly ball from a teammate is expected to take a couple of strides toward the next base in order to advance. If the ball lands securely in fair territory, you will have an advantage over your opponent. However, avoid moving too far away from your starting position, especially if you want to advance after your opponent has caught the ball. Returning to the base consumes significant time, and your opponent is likely to be aware that you are attempting to tag and advance at this point.

Watching the Fielder

The bulk of tag-up scenarios come on fly balls to the outfield since you will be unlikely to be able to tag up and advance on a fly ball in the infield given the near proximity of your opponents. Upon receiving the ball off the bat, a prudent baserunner will keep an eye on it and make a rapid choice as to whether the ball will fall safely or will be caught. Knowing what is likely to happen might assist you avoid making a rash decision. If you are confident that the ball will fall safely in fair area, sprint to the next base as soon as possible.

When in doubt, go halfway between your base and the next base, keeping your gaze fixed on the field or your base coach’s instructions.

Coaching Tips

It is crucial for base coaches to communicate clearly with their players since inexperienced players may have difficulty estimating the direction of a hit ball. A base coach should make a rapid guess as to where the ball will land and then utilize verbal or visual clues to communicate that idea to the runner on the field. This message may be easily communicated orally while a runner is on first or third base, since the first or third base coach can simply relay it. To signify that the runner on second base should advance, the third base coach generally makes a “stop” gesture with his hands or swings one arm in a circle.

Baserunning – Tag up situations

While you’re standing on the base, ask your instructor for the indications to proceed. Because you are facing the pitcher, this is even more important than it would be at any other base. Once you’ve gotten the signals, you should follow your instincts. The most significant difference between taking your primary lead from third base and doing it from first base is the requirement to remain clear of foul area. If you are hit by a batted ball, you don’t want there to be any doubt that you are in foul area.

When the pitcher is throwing from the windup, it is easier to be more aggressive in your secondary lead; nonetheless, the aim of the secondary lead is to get your momentum flowing toward home plate so that you may get the best possible jump on a batted ball if one is hit.

As the ball enters the striking zone, try to have your right foot land on the ground as soon as possible.

The trajectory of the pitch will provide you with a decent sense of what is likely to occur.

A competent catcher will make a throw to third if he notices the shoulders squared towards him. In order to avoid being thrown out at third, the runner must first go back to second base.

Running on Third – Getting Back

As soon as the ball enters the hitting zone, it will either be hit, fouled off, evade the catcher’s grasp, or be caught by the catcher himself. If the ball is caught by the catcher, you should shift your weight to your right side. Continue to push off your right foot and cross the plate in a direction toward third base and fair zone. Despite the fact that you took the lead in hostile territory, you wish to return to the bag in friendly territory. If the catcher intends to attempt to pick you off, he must throw the ball properly to the inside of his bag.

Because of this, it is more difficult for the third baseman to make a rapid tag, and it may result in a botched throw that either hits you or lands in the left field foul pole.

If you were struck by a ball in the air, you should begin your journey back towards third base.

If it’s a line drive that gets past the infield, you’ll be able to score with relative ease, even if you’re starting from third base.

Running on Third – Ground Ball

Knowing when to run home on a ground ball with 0 or 1 outs is extremely tough to determine. The depth of the shortstop and second baseman will tell you if they are willing to give up a run in exchange for the out or whether they are unwilling. If they are positioned deep in their defensive zone, you should be able to score on any ground ball hit to them. Most third base instructors will instruct you on what to do based on the scenario; for example, if the ball is hit to the pitcher or third baseman, he may instruct you to hold and run if the ball is hit anyplace else.

Runner on Second

With less than two outs, getting a runner to third base is usually beneficial since it gives the team the opportunity to score a run without needing to get a hit in the process. If the danger of getting him to third base on a fly ball that would result in the first out is worth it, it could be worth it to attempt. Score runs without the assistance of a base hit is something that coaches aspire to, and moving a baserunner to third with less than two outs boosts the likelihood of scoring the baserunner.

  • In this circumstance, you want to be certain that the player will be able to make it to third.
  • With two outs, he’s already in scoring position at second base, and it’s almost certain that a base hit will be required to bring him home.
  • Because errors and passed balls may result in a large number of runs in young baseball, you’ll have to consider your alternatives based on the game.
  • Depending on how far the ball is hit into the outfield and if it is caught, the second-base runner may only be able to make it all the way to third base rather than scoring on the play.
  • Otherwise, he should come off the bag and increase the space between himself and the bag as he grows confidence that the outfielder will not be able to catch the ball.
  • Some instances may need a runner being removed from the bag and relocating to second when the catch is made, while others will necessitate a runner being kept at third instead of scoring because he was tagging and the ball was not caught.
  • Right field vs.
  • One thing to bear in mind is that the distance between right field and left field when throwing to third base is different from one another.

Due to the wider distance between right field and third base, tagging up and getting to third base is considerably simpler than it would be if the same sort of fly ball were hit to left field.

Runner on First

In the majority of circumstances, the runner on first will not be able to tag up on a pop fly. The throw from the outfield to second base is the shortest of any throw from the majority of the outfield, and it provides minimal opportunity for a runner to make it to second base safely after starting at first. When a ball is hit well into the outfield, the chances of advancing are much increased; yet, the chances of things going wrong exceed the benefits of taking an extra base in this situation.

Furthermore, a ball that is dropped by the outfield might be scooped up swiftly and a force out could be achieved at second.

The batter is also slowed down since he is unable to advance until he is certain that the runner will be going on to the following base.

With time, there will be occasions in which you will want them to tag along with your group.

This situation can present a chance for at least one player to advance by having both players break on the grab and read the throw.

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