Baseball Tag Outs

When a baserunner is caught in a running lane running between two (2) bases he can be tagged out. Get ready to learn about tag outs in baseball.


We've already learned about the baserunner and that he must complete the circuit of bases in order of 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and home plate to earn a run for his team.

Baseball Advance

We also learned that only one (1) baserunner can occupy a base at given time. This will be important as we begin our discussion of force plays.

There are a few ways for a fielder to put a baserunner out:

In this tutorial, we will learn about tag outs and how a fielder can simply use his glove to touch a baserunner as he is running between the bases.

Tag Outs

Sometimes, runners can be out even as they are running between bases. If a fielder has the baseball and is near a runner who is in the process of running between two (2) bases, the fielder can simply touch the runner with his glove, and the runner is out. This is called a tag out.

Running Lane

The running lane only exists between home plate and first base and not between any of the other bases. It is a three (3ft) foot wide lane, that batter-runners must stay within when advancing to first base.

Baseball Running Lane


The baselines are imaginary straight lines in between each base.

Baseball Baseline

Base Paths

A base path is instantly created on the field the moment a fielder tries to tag out a runner. This means that when running the bases, the runner must stay reasonably within three feet (3 ft) of the base path; for example, they cannot veer into right field when running from first base to second base.

Baseball Base Path

Natural Running Arc

When running the base paths, the baserunner will be ruled out if he runs outside of a natural running arc in relation to the base path.

Baseball Running Arc

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