Spectator Line

Why are spectators not allowed to stand on the 1st and 3rd base-line in baseball?

“Ridiculous!” You say?  “They would be on the field of play, they would interfere with the runners, they could become emotionally involved being so close to the action!” and your list of reasons would go on and on.

And yet, we allow spectators at a soccer game to stand-on-the-touchlines which are just as much a part of the field as the 1st and 3rd base lines in baseball.  Why is this not considered to be ridiculous?

For this reason I suggest that every D-7 soccer field mark-out a ‘Spectator Viewing Line.’

Since spectators are off the field they won’t interfere with play and being a distance away from the action might help in minimizing their emotional outbursts.