A decision by the umpire that a runner is entitled to the base for which he is trying. A baserunner is deemed safe once he reaches a base without being put out. The umpire will indicate that the runner is safe by drawing their arms up straight in front of them, then extending both arms in a wide outwards motion, while verbally calling out “safe”.

When is a Player Considered Safe?

In order to be safe, the runner must be touching a base. This protects them from being put out by any actions carried out by the fielders, including tags. The runner is at risk of being put out once again when they stop touching the base, are forced to go to another base during a force play or tagging up, or if they commit interference. They will also be at risk if the runner further ahead of them returns to the base that they are touching causing two runners to be on the same base.