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May 1, 2012
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2012 Home Run Rule Clarification

The explanation of the one up rule by ssusa staff is not what the rule reads, under the umpire section for rules. It states that you can not go one up to win a game, but does not state that you can not go one up if it does not win the game. The language is bad on this rule and should be changed to say, you can not go one up in the bottom of the last inning, or that you can go one up as long as it does not win the ball game.I have umpired for thirty five yrs and nine in ssusa.Some people don't like my personality as an ump but very few withh disagree with my inturpatation(sp?)of the rules. Good luck on this one being called consistantly, until the wording is changed.
March 18, 2011
Maj + player
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: available to play in Reno on Memorial Day weekend

available to play with 50 AAA or 55 AAA or Major. I am rated as a 55 Major player. I live in northern ca but can travel to join any team that touches ca.I am a 1B/pitcher/catcher. I played 50 major+ until I had a hip replaced in 2006. Not fast but can run for myself most of the time. Can hit with anyone in senior softball for avg and have occas. power. If needed, drop me a line at timcanhit1@hotmail.com. Thanks
Feb. 7, 2011
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: interference or not?

another thing, it is not a judgement call by the umpire at first base. interference is a dead ball and if it is called, the double play is completed. if there is no outs out and a runner on third at the time of the play, the runner closest to home is to be called out for the second out. in that case, you would have your two outs and still have a runner on first. this part of the call is different in diff. assoc. ssusa doesn't spell this part out very well but you can not let that guy from third score on the inter. call. either call him out or send him back to third and take you out at first.
Feb. 7, 2011
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: interference or not?

if you gentalmen are refering to senior softball rules, ssusa rulebook, you should read the definition of interference. 1.43 of the book states,the act of an off. player or team member which impedes or confuses a def. player attempting to execute a play.a base runner must get down, better known as sliding, or get out of the way of the fielder making the play. i have umpired many ssusa events and i know this is the rule. i hope this will help you guys out.
May 23, 2010
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead Ball

Bruce, If the ball is still live, which means the umpire has not called time out, the runner may advance. If the umpire has turned his back on the play, he will probably say that he had called time out. That will be the umpires way out, if he did not see the play. I have worked with umpires who do not think it is necessary to call time out after play has seemed to stop. Just because an umpire turns his back on a play, time out is not automatic. Good umpires will not let this happen, they will call time out as soon as the play seems dead on the field. I hope this explains things.
May 23, 2010
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead Ball

Bruce, there is not a circle in slo-pitch softball. That is a fastpitch call. As stick8 says, time is out when the umpire calls it. In one man mechanics, as soon as the umpire deems the play over and no runners are still moving in a forward motion towards the next base, he/she should call time out. The umpire should verbally call time out on every play when there are runners on the bases. Umpires, be loud and proud when calling time out so you will stay out of unwanted problems. Good luck to all those playing in Reno next week. I will see most of you there as I will be umpiring.
May 19, 2010
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running in the Batters Box

I am a senior umpire that has a lot of national experience as a player and an umpire. some of you just don't want to believe there is always a batters box, lines or not! the runners(batters in box) are to be called out if an umpire believes he has one foot compleely out of the box and on the ground when he makes contact with the ball(fair or foul). Also, if the batter steps on the mat, directly in front or behind the mat, while making contact with the ball, he is also to be called out. there are alot of seniors who think they have to hit an outside pitch to the opposite field instead of repositioning youself in the batters box so that a strike will then be just like hitting an outside pitch. I hope you can picture what I am saying. Good Luck to all of you this yeaqr.
May 14, 2010
Maj + player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations, Steve Imlay...

Steve and Woody, Congradulations on your inductions into the HOF. You are two guys that I have had some fun battles on the field over the past 15 yrs or so. I believe that both of you are well deserving as players and people. More than I can say about some of the players that got there because the rest of their team was already in. Good job to both of you, and Steve, I'll always remember you as a roomie.
Tim Reed

Nov. 24, 2008
Maj + player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: No one really cares about player safety!

Hi Guys, I am a 30 yr umpire and I will always put the safety of the players ahead of (we have to get the tournament in). I have personally had two games stopped in the 45 and over ASA nationals because of sun in my pitchers eyes. It is a very dangerous situation and I think that some of the more experienced umpires will or should agree with me. I have stopped games in Nor Cal tournaments because of the sun. It is only a safety problem if it is in the pitchers eyes. Everyone else can back up further if you are not comfortable. It is not a safety issue if it is in the batters eyes as I actually swung and missed because of the sun in a Nor Cal tournament last weekend. Yes! It was strike three and I am a .750 hitter on the year in Major ball now. It is still a game and the umpires are totally responsibile for the conditions of the playing field once the first pitch is thrown. Come on guys, protect you fellow players from possible lights out. I hope this will enlighten some of you players that some of us umpires (and player) do think of your safety on the field. You fellow player and umpire, Tim Reed
Nov. 6, 2008
Maj + player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: GRANDMA FRAN

Dave & Fran: Congradulations on the newest member of the family. I know how distracted you two were in Phoenix, but you both managed to do your jobs just fine. You both are major plus multi-taskers. Have fun with the little one, your friend always, Tim Reed
Aug. 25, 2008
Maj + player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacements

I guess I can speak of this operation with experience. I had my right hip (I am right handed) replaced in Feb 2006. I was retired at the time so I took an extra long time to rehab and get back into the game. I am playing at about 90% of where I was before the operation. I played Maj plus with the Mavericks before my pain took me down. I can now push off and drive the ball again with no pain. I have lost some of my power but I do not take the batting practice that I did before the operation. Most people do not even know that I had it done, if the are watching me play. I am 6'4" and weigh about 290lbs now. I am slowly coming down in weight, which we all know will help my health. I am proof that you can come back and play at a high level after a hip replacement. Good Luck to all of you hip replacement players.
Jan. 31, 2008
Maj + player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Melinda Linpinski, Wife Ken Lipinski 50 Major + Mavericks

Ken, My thoughts are with you during these very sorry times. If you need someone to talk to, you know you can always call me. If I can do anything for you, just let me know. Melinda is now in a better place, but she will be missed by all. Tim Reed
Sept. 25, 2007
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1ST Baseman's mitt

ssusa has there own rule book and you can not use a first basemans mitt anywhere but first and catcher. they do not use asa rules.
Sept. 25, 2007
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: foul tip rule

You ae confusing foul tip with foul ball. A foul tip on the first or second strike is not an out. A foul tip goes directly to the catchers glove or hand and is not higher than the batters head. If it is over the batters head, it then becomes a foul ball and then can be caught for an out.
Aug. 31, 2007
Maj + player
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Legal bats for the Huntsman?

Taits, the freak was not legal last year at the huntsman games, nsa rules. the freak 98 and plus were legal. i umpired the tourney and if you used yours, you got away with it. i know that several players were ejected for just stepping into the batters box with the org. freak.
July 11, 2007
Maj + player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: foul tip rule

Guys, You must remember that there is a Seniorsoftball USA rule book and an ASA rule book. Senior softball has not adopted that foul ball rule, the first base glove rule, or the one large bag at first base. I believe the umpire called it right the first time if you were playing in a SSUSA tournament. If it was a tournament where the ASA book is used for any rules not covered by the assoc. you were playing, then it would have been an out. I hope this helps you.
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