Fair ball

Sport: Baseball

A fair ball is any batted ball that lands within fair territory, on the foul line, or is caught by a member of the defensive team within fair territory

When is a Ball Considered to Be a Fair Ball?

In all of the following situations, a batted ball would be considered a fair ball:

 

  • If the batted ball makes first contact with a fielder while the ball is in fair territory
  • If the batted ball makes no contact with a fielder, and instead makes contact with the field in fair territory (including on foul lines and foul poles) beyond first base or third base
  • If the batted ball makes first contact with the field between the home plate and the first or third base, then subsequently bounces over or makes direct contact with either of these bases, or otherwise passes either of these bases while remaining in fair territory
  • If the batted ball settles in fair territory between the home plate and the first or third base, not except if the ball bounces off the home plate

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