Chadwick McCrea Graham has led activities at the Graham Adair, Inc. business immigration law firm in San Jose, California, since co-founding the firm in 2010. Beyond his work as an attorney and business leader, Chadwick McCrea Graham spends time contributing to various community groups. He is particularly involved with youth organizations, serving as a teacher with his church and as a local soccer and baseball coach.
One of the most important roles of a little league coach is to help younger players understand the sport’s rules and regulations. First base is a great place to start a player’s education, as there are a number of somewhat complex rules governing the base for base runners, including rules about advancing and the uncaught third strike rule.
When it comes to advancing, first base is unique compared to second and third base in that players are permitted to run through the bag while attempting to outrun a throw. In most cases, a player will cross the base, receive a safe or out call from the umpire, and either return to the base or head back to their team’s dugout. However, once a player makes any indication that they may attempt to advance to second base, he or she can be tagged out. There are several steps players can take to help umpires determine whether they are interested in advancing or simply returning to first base.
Contrary to popular belief, a runner who turns left after running through first is not automatically eligible to be tagged out. While coaches should encourage players to turn right in order to avoid a judgement call on behalf of the umpire, players can only be tagged out if they make a decided effort to advance to second. More simply put, a player that turns left and immediately returns to the base is not likely to be viewed as a threat to advance by the umpire. In fact, youth coaches should consistently remind players to quickly return to the base after such a play. More information regarding advancing through first can be found under Rule 7.08 in the official Little League Rulebook.
An attorney with more than a decade of experience in the field of law, Chadwick McCrea Graham currently holds a partnership in Graham Adair, Inc., in San Jose, California.