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July 13, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Rule 8.2 C.1. If a runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is NOT OUT! Please read the rule again.

July 8, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

Rule 6.18 prohibits hitting the ball intentionally up the middle at the pitcher. This is an umpire judgement call. The batter is declared out and ejected the game. If I hear a player say he is going to try to hit the middle, I will point it out to the umpire and remind him of this rule. If you are concerned about safety, practice bat control and hit it to all fields.


May 29, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: IVAN DENNIS PASSES

Ivan was a retired Dallas Police Officer. He finished his career in the Mounted Unit. I played on the same team with him and played against him. He always had a good attitude and was grateful competitor whether he won or loss. He will be missed.
May 29, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

I agree with Mad Dog 100%

May 29, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

I get tired of hearing that a person has to "hit the middle" to get a hit after their home runs are gone. Good hitters can hit the ball to most places on the field. I can hit the ball between the pitcher and second baseman or short stop. If they play me to pull and put on a big shift, I hit it to the opposite field. Very rarely do I hit one right back at the pitcher. I spray the ball and force team to play me straight up. It opens up the whole field. I know no one is perfect, but a good player practices bat control. A person saying they have to hit the middle for a hit and then says they care about player safety really doesn't care or they wouldn't try to hit a ball where it could hurt the pitcher.
May 7, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defibrillator Need - Get One

I'm sorry to hear about your player. We played y'all in Tulsa and enjoyed playing you even though we lost. I manage the Dallas Spurs and will let my guys know. We'll start our next tournament with a prayer for his family.
May 7, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

I umpire USSSA.There is no rule 8.13. The rule is Rule 8 Sec 7.E. It is basically the same as SSUSA. The runner must be awarded one base past the last one obtained.
April 30, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championship results

Anyone Know what the results were for the 55 AA

April 30, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: oil city classic

The 55 team bracket has 7 teams: 5 - 55AAA, 1 - 55AA, 1 - 60 major. The bracket I got is a 6 game round robin with 3 games on Sat and 3 on Sun. This is subject to change, but I would have been notified if it had.

The Teams:

Integrity Builders AAA
Electifiers AAA
Mudcats AAA
Mayhem AAA
Renegades AAA
Dallas Spurs AA
KC Kids 60 Major
Jan. 13, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

A person with good bat control does not have to hit at the pitcher to get a hit. I have been able to spray the ball all over the field for hits. I admit that sometimes I have gone straight up the middle by accident. This usually happens when I have two strikes and just want to put the ball in play. I do not intentionally ever go straight up the middle. It is also a good way to get put out with a quick pitcher. I just get tired of hearing that a guy that hits homeruns can only get hits going up the middle. Years ago, I used to watch USSSA Major tournaments. These young guys on the better teams not only controlled how many home runs they hit (they did have a limit), but didn't go up the middle to get hits. They sprayed the whole field. The better teams had power hitters with bat control. I just think this art of hitting is being lost.
Jan. 13, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Managers/Players around the Texas Region, what do you think about the Sportsplex in Houston?

Our team is not going to play in the Texas State Championships if they leave it at the Houston Sportsplex. My players didn't like the fields, the area, or the spectator area. Our familes had to PAY to get into a rundown complex and parking was at a premium.

Since SPA also decided to play there, it is unlikely we will play any of their tournaments this year.

If you are going to have a championship tournament, then you need to play on fields that reflect that. The Rocky Mountain Championships in Aurora,CO had top quality fields and the entry fee was the same. I can't see why they can't do it in Texas.
Dec. 26, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

If it effects a team then it should say so in the rule book. It looks like the rule is in conflict with policy because it permits him to play but it can effect team status without stating such. If the chart is not in the rule book, I don't see how it is a rule but just a policy. This is confusing for coaches. All rules should be in writing and in the rule book or they shouldn't be rules.

Dec. 19, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Houston Fire EarlyBird

Is this going to be an SSUSA sactioned Rec tourney or one you just put on? Also, congratulations on becoming a Major Team.

Dec. 19, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

Rule 4.2(6) A player may play in two age division under the following conditions:

A. Player is playing in two separate age divisions. EXAMPLE: Team One is in 55+ Division and the other is in the 60+ divison; AND

B. A player can only play on a team in the same skill level, or one level higher or lower. EXAMPLE: A player on a 55-Major division team cannot play on a 50-AA team.

This is the rule word for word. Under this rule A 65 AA player could play on a 60 AAA team because it is one skill level higher which is allowed under rule and should not effect his status.
Dec. 19, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF question on scoring of runs

On the other hand, if the legally tagged runner crosses the scoring line before the out at first, then run scores. This is not a force out situation. I had to protest a call at a tournament because the umpire called that nearly same type situation a force out when we had runners at 1st and 3rd. I was on third and tagged and scored long before they got the ball to first to record the out on the runner failing to tag. The right fielder had caught the ball and decided to walk to first and make the out. I had crossed the scoring line and was talking to the unpire long beofre the out at first was recorded. I won the protest and my run counted.

March 18, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

The tournament in Euless (Labor Day Classic) has been now been moved to Houston. We were going to play in it. Since it is now in Houston, we won't be there.
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