Baseball Running Lane

Baseball Running Lane

The running lane is the three-foot-wide lane in between home plate and first base that defines where batter-runners may advance in. It is also known as the runner’s lane. Batter-runners must stay within this line when advancing to first base or they may be ruled out.

Runner’s Lane Rules

The batter-runner is not allowed to run outside of the three-foot line to the right of the foul line or inside of the foul line. The only exception to this rule is when the umpire determines that the batter-runner was attempting to avoid hindering a fielder from fielding a batted ball. If the umpire determines that the batter runner ran outside the line and interfered with play, they will be called out.


What is the runner’s lane in baseball?

The runner’s lane is another name for the running lane between home base and first base. After hitting the ball or receiving a walk, batters must stay inside this line as they advance to first base.

How wide is the running lane in baseball?

The MLB standard for every stadium’s running lane is three feet wide. All batter-runners must keep their feet within those three feet or the lines marking either side of the lane to remain in bounds while approaching first base.