You knew that, right? And, also, the only true foul tip is a caught foul tip – `anything else is a just a foul ball. In fact, a foul tip is really nothing but a glorified strike.
So a foul tip is a live ball, but very few coaches and players realize that – certainly anything below varsity. It’s fun for me when there is a play that involves some action after a foul tip (like a steal attempt) – I know it’s coming, and I like the teaching moment. Today’s went like this:
Runner on 3rd. Foul tip. Delayed steal attemp at home and they got the kid out. After the inning, a coach of the then-offensive team siddles over and says
“From over there I though he tipped it”
“well then shouldnt…”
“foul tip’s a live ball coach”
“yep..at all levels coach”
“not just on strike three?”