- May 29, 2015
Right! If a player hits a over the fence homer, its a dead ball, so i team
I was thinking the same thing. Now, a over the fence homerun is a dead ball, so if the whole team ran out on the field and ran the bases with the hitter, as an umpire, I'm not really sure what rule this would violate. Maybe a warning for unsporting behavior?
The OP didn't specify, but it is NCAA and the rule citation is correct. Celebrating players must stay in foul territory. I am not aware of any other code adopting that.
(I had a brain fart at first -- my immediate thought was "There is no RULE 12 ..." Then I remembered USSSA and thought it was that. Looked it up, nope. Then it dawned on me. The OP didn't sound like an NCAA game.)
Regarding the sound and noisemakers ... since most of that crap (drumsticks on buckets, etc.) started in NCAA and is highlighted in the post season, I assumed it was legal. It is not. Fans are indeed under the purview of the facility management, not umpires.
5.11 Artificial Noisemakers Use
Objects used to make noise or amplify sound to show support, approval or opposition to playing action, other than body parts, are considered artificial noisemakers. It is not permissible to use equipment to make noise (for example, banging on a bench/bucket with equipment, shoes, or hands, banging bats and balls, etc.).
5.11.1 Spectators shall not use artificial noisemakers, air horns and electronic amplifiers.
EFFECT—Such instruments shall be removed from the spectator areas by the game management personnel. Any subsequent violation by the same individual shall result in removal from the site and the umpire shall file an electronic Incident Report to the NCAA softball secretary-rules editor. See Rule 13.2.1.
5.11.2 The use of artificial noisemakers, musical instruments, air horns and electronic amplifiers by student-athletes and team personnel is prohibited in team areas.
EFFECT—The umpire shall issue a team warning. Any subsequent violation by the same team shall result in a behavioral ejection of the violator. (See Rule 13.2.1.) If the umpire judges the act to be flagrant, the offender shall be ejected without warning.