The Cincinnati Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Red Stockings play by the official rules of base ball as they were written at the end of 1868 - the major difference from earlier rules being the elimination of the rule that allows a fair ball caught on one bound to be an out.

In addition to the 1869 rules, there are several regular home rules that are to be honored on the Buckeyes' and Red Stockings' home field in Heritage Village. The umpire may also have additional ground rules for extraneous circumstances.

Base Stealing & Running
At Heritage Village, base stealing is allowed only when the catcher muffs the pitch (with a muff defined as more than one bound after the ball crosses the home plate). A runner on base may take a leadoff of no more than two steps.

Woods cover the deepest parts of the outfield. Any ball struck into the woods is in fair play.

Any ball that strikes a tree, structure, object or living creature on the fly may be caught on the fly (or on one bound if the ball is deemed foul) for an out. Remember, fair/foul is determined by where the ball first touches the ground after being struck.

Any ball that is struck, lands in fair territory and manages to bounce over the picket fence along the third base line is a fair ball and remains in play (it requires a skilled striker to accomplish such a feat). Any ball that is erroneously thrown into that area also remains in play.







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