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May 3, 2012
STORM 33
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Major SSUSA/LVSSA SW National Championship in Las Vegas

On behalf of Nor Cal Storm, I'd like to thank all those folks who worked so tirelessly to put on a true quality event this past weekend. From the well groomed fields at Arroyo Grande, to the gentlemen who kept water in the dugouts and 'broomed' the infields, to the top flight umpire teams and of course Fran, Dave, and well ... ok, Otis (who I think just pretends to be grumpy) - a well deserved tip of our caps. But most of all, we thank and appreciate the teams we had the privilege to play: Top Gun, Ryan's Way, Minnesota Masters, and Over the Edge. More than worthy adversaries all. Almost every team held a championship in their history and all played with a rare dignity. We look forward to seeing you all again as competitors and as friends.
June 10, 2011
STORM 33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When a Pitcher is not a defensive player...

Stick 8 - Thanks again, however I don't believe the umpires were rookies, just wrong in this instance. In truth, they did a solid job and they hustled, one can't ask for more than that. SSUSA Staff: I've asked you previously for a reply on this ruling. I have specifically avoided naming the TD. I don't want the issue to be tagged as personal with anyone - it's not - I just believe the ruling was wrong and that this is an opportunity for a 'teachable moment'.
June 8, 2011
STORM 33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When a Pitcher is not a defensive player...

stick8, This then must have been the basis for their decision although they made no attempt to clarify the point. The play occured because the Pitcher was attempting to field the ball and it glanced off his glove. Bad call / worse communication / questionable judgement - questionable rule.
June 8, 2011
STORM 33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When a Pitcher is not a defensive player...

Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. There was no obstruction or deliberate contact with the ball by the runner. The ruling seemed to revolve around the Pitcher having no status as a defensive player. Never heard of such a thing. One umpire indicated that the ball must pass by (or strike) an infielder before coming in contact with a runner for the runner not to be ruled out. In this instance, the Pitcher was ruled as having no standing as a defensive fielder. The 2nd umpire initially disagreed but subsequently concurred - and the TD on site supported the decision.

I'd like some feedback from SSUSA Staff as to where such a ruling can be found.
June 7, 2011
STORM 33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When a Pitcher is not a defensive player...

During a game in Reno, with men on 1st and 2nd, the batter grounds a hard shot up the middle to the right of the Pitcher. He stabs at the ball, it kicks off his glove and careens into the runner advancing from 2nd to 3rd.

The call was: dead ball, runner that was hit by the ball that deflected off a defensive player's glove (in this case the Pitcher) is out! After a protest is lodged, the 2nd umpire and the on-site Tournament Director concur in the ruling.

I have a hard time believing that this was a correct ruling. I'm going to have a harder time accepting the possibility that this is actually correct. Didn't we just spend a year trying to find ways to protect a player - the Pitcher - who, in the light of this ruling doesn't even exist as a defensive player on the field?

Appreciate your thoughts.
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