In slow pitch senior softball, a ball is hit and lands fair between 1st & 3rd, then bounces left in the air foul. However the ball is caught before it hits the ground.
Is it fair or foul?
As defined in the ASA Code (aka, the Amateur Softball Association of America), there are many divisions of senior slow pitch softball, ranging from 50-over to 75-over. I will be using said rules to answer your question.
The ASA playing rules define a "fair ball" as the following (starting on page 49, in part):
A batted ball shall be judged according to the relative position of the ball and the foul line, including the foul pole, and not as to whether the fielder is on fair or foul territory at the time the fielder touches the ball. It does not matter whether the ball first touches fair or foul territory, as long as it does not touch anything foreign to the natural ground in foul territory and complies with all other aspects of a fair ball.
A fair ball is a legally batted ball that:
- Settles or is touched on or over fair territory between home and first base or between home and third base.
- Bounds over or past first or third base, which is in fair territory, regardless of where the ball hits after going over the base.
- While on or over fair territory, touches the person or clothing of a player or an umpire.
- First falls or is first touched on or over fair territory beyond first, second or third base.
The ball is hit and lands fair between 1st. & 3rd. then bounces left in the air foul. However the ball is caught before it hits the ground.
Is it fair or foul?
Does the ball bounce beyond first or third base with respect to home plate? If so, this is a fair ball.
Otherwise, this is a foul ball.
The answer depends on where that ball landed fair between 1st and 3rd.
Once the ball lands and bounces foul (like the question states).. does the ball bounce foul before the ball passes 3rd or 1st base or does the ball bounce foul after it passes 3rd or 1st base? The part of the question However the ball is caught before it hits the ground is irrelevant and will not make a difference in the outcome of the call.
If the ball bounces foul before it is able to pass either 1st or 3rd base, it doesn't matter if the ball is caught before it hits the ground.. it will be deemed a foul ball..
If the ball bounces foul after it passes either 1st or 3rd base, again it doesn't matter if the ball is caught before it hits the ground.. it will be deemed a fair ball.