Mathematically, that's simply not true. If there is rain falling, will you get more or less wet, if you run?The chances of you catching a stray round are greater when standing up or moving instead of getting as flat as can be.
To be clear, I'm not advocating "standing up." My strategy if caught in an OPEN field, is to haul as$ out of there. You can stay. But, my kid and me? Gone! I'm not worried about "stray rounds." I'm worried about AIMED rounds.
Your analogy of military troops falls flat (so to speak). Here's why:That’s why any video you see of combat shows troops hitting the ground when shots ring out.
Soldiers are directed to ENGAGE the enemy shooting at them. So, they don't have the option of RUNNING AWAY. Running away is generally frowned upon on the battlefield. Since they are tasked with FACING the enemy (while returning fire), it is prudent to make themselves as small a target as possible - by getting down low and returning fire. The troops aren't avoiding "stray rounds."
As an ordinary citizen in a wide-open sports field, I am not tasked with facing the enemy. I'm allowed to run away. And, I will... until I can find actual cover. No way I'd ignore my kid or let my kid cower or freeze in the open field. Honestly, I cannot understand any parent who would dive to the ground and leave his kid out there on the open field.
Absolutely disagree. I would do my best to determine the direction in the very dynamic situation. In an open area, that's actually not as hard as you want to imply (to support your position). In an urban area with lots of sound-reflecting surfaces, it gets more complicated. But, we're talking about a baseball field. Simply put, I could not disagree more.As I said until you know where it’s coming from and which direction would put distance between you and that becoming one with the earth is probably wisest.
If we're together at such an incident, when you turn to say, "Hey Racer, what are we gonna do?" You'll not see me there.
It reminds me of the admonition I got from the Navy pilot I flew with off the carrier. "If you hear me say 'eject, eject, eject!', and you say 'What?' and look over... You won't see anything but a smoking hole where I used to be."