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Dec. 5, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

with the above posts (ASA, USSSA, NSA) I think that is why there is so much confusion over rule questions EVERYONE should be looking at the SSUSA RULE BOOK 1ST this is a SSUSA WEB SITE every orginization has their little changes in rules....If an answer cannot be found in SSUSA then go to ASA their organization has the most complete rule book and even gives Rules of Supplements and case book incidents
Dec. 4, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

guys here is the difference between SSUSA and ASA in SSUSA you can just TOE the outside lines of the box with most of your foot OUTSIDE of the box and be legal at the start of the pitch in ASA you must have your whole foot INSIDE THE BOX and the lines are part of the box
Dec. 3, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Paul C....ASA rules are completely different than SSUSA here is Rule 7.3 Section 3. BATTING POSITION.
A. Prior to the pitch, the batter must have both feet completely within the lines
of the batter’s box. The batter may touch the lines, but no part of the foot
may be outside the lines prior to the pitch.
Dec. 3, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

mad dog...this is SSUSA not ASA this rule and 7.3 are both in the SSUSA rule book....RULE 1.5 BATTER'S BOX
The batter's box is the 3-foot by 7-foot area to which the batter is restricted. The
lines are considered as being within the batter's box. At least some portion of
both feet of the batter must be on the line or within the batter’s box.
Nov. 2, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

I wish we would stop posting about U-TRIP rules this site is for SSUSA RULES.....OZ40 a coach touching a runner before time is called does not necessarily mean that the runner is out....many times you see a runner beat out a base hit and then get congratulated by a fist bump or pat on the shoulder by the coach before time has been called....the rule is meant for a coach that has assisted a runner
Nov. 1, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

if the courtesy runner touched the base while ball was still in play and before the umpire called time he would be considered an illegal courtesy runner...here is the penalty....RULE 8.5(5) • COURTESY RUNNER OFFICIALLY IN THE GAME
A courtesy runner is in the game when he touches the base. If a courtesy runner is determined illegal, he will be called out upon touching the base and no other courtesy runner is allowed. The original runner may not return as the runner.
An illegal courtesy runner on base is committing a continuing violation and may be called out upon appeal at any time while on base or, if he scores, prior to the first pitch to the next batter.
Oct. 31, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

I didn't see the play...but many times multiple balls are used in a game and one is returned after either a home run or a foul ball...the umpire will have his head down putting the ball in his ball bag... he should have killed the play after the batter made contact with the ball since he was standing right there..if he wasn't wearing a bag then sometimes the umpire will walk back to the backstop to put the extra balls in a ball drop or a box...if that happened the pitcher should have realized that and not pitched the ball....it this was a 2 umpire game the base umpire should have yelled no pitch after the release of the pitch....the plate umpire did the right thing, he didn't see the play so therefore he has to send everyone back...
Oct. 31, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

if pitcher does what again????
Oct. 31, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

JU....in USSSA the umpire cannot say anything until after the pitch crosses the plate...putting the onus on the batter on wheteher or not to swing... if pitcher was off the rubber upon delivery then the umpire should say unfairly delivered pitch (ball)
Oct. 31, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Guys again here is the rule...6.4 • BEFORE STARTING THE PITCH...B. The pitcher must take a position with at least one foot in contact with the pitcher's box. now if the pitcher fails to do so here is the call by the umpire....PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PITCHES....Any infraction of §6.3 through §6.11 is an illegal pitch. A ball shall be called on the batter. Runners may not advance. EXCEPTION: If a batter swings at any illegal pitch, it is nullified and the result of the play stands...Pitchers many times do pitch from outside the box, the umpire is not a COACH he should not tell him that he is out of the box...he should just call ILLEGAL on the release of the pitch
Oct. 30, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Tim.....I disagree with you on the part of calling a no pitch if pitcher has both feet outside the pitching box.....here is the rule on what to do for illegal pitches....6.11(1) • PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PITCHES....Any infraction of §6.3 through §6.11 is an illegal pitch. A ball shall be called on
the batter. Runners may not advance. EXCEPTION: If a batter swings at any illegal pitch, it is nullified and the result of the play stands.
Oct. 23, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

PJ3P....they have been using Trump 44/375 balls every year nothing different...Each game started with 2 new balls....and yes the back up balls were used just like every other tour. LOL the funny thing about the used balls they were saved from the Div 5 neighborhood League games the majority of players in these leagues are 70's and 80's and they use single wall bats... I doubt that any of them were worn out...I talked to one of the players that were complaining about the balls after their team had been beaten....I asked him what was the score he told me it was something like 21/7...my response to him was well why did you let them switch to the good balls every time the other team was at bat???
Oct. 11, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: tag up

yes the run scores... this is a time play, as long as the runner has crossed the plate before proper appeal is made....
Sept. 1, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call - Crash at Second Base

GETTING AN OUT AT 2ND BASE.... lets remember that the bag belongs to the base runner, any fielder attempting a play at 2nd base should be going across the bag not standing on it. To many times I see a fielder plopped right in the middle of the bag. If a runner is going into 2nd base and is going to be out he should veer off and usually to the outfield side of the bag. Failure to do so and then making contact with the fielder, the umpire should call the runner out and then the closest runner to the plate to complete the double play. SSUSA has now established that a fielder does not have to release the ball in order for this call to be made. If a runner while going into 2nd veers off to avoid a collision and then the fielder drops the ball and by the judgement of the umpire he would have been safe going directly to the bag he should be called safe and awarded 2nd base.
Aug. 29, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thrown Ball

if the base coach is in his designated coaches box and in my judgement didnt intentionaly interfere with the play i would have a dead ball and return the runners if they advavced after the ball hitting the coach
Aug. 29, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thrown Ball

because if he was standing in the on deck circle where he belongs and the defense fails to stop/catch a thrown ball from the outfield I would not penalize the offense...OP also said he tried to avoid the ball hitting him...Offensive teams are allowed 2 base coaches and an on deck batter to be out of the dugout. Now if batter was near home plate picking up a bat or just standing there that would be different....then I would have interference
Aug. 29, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call - Crash at Second Base

1st call....if B/R was going for a double, why was fielder standing on the bag? This is a tag play not a force out.....the base belongs to the runner the fielder should straddle the bag for the tag. Now if it was a good throw and the fielder was standing there holding the ball for a tag and the runner ran into him I would have an out and a warning on the runner .......2nd call....both these call are judgement calls by the umpire and hard to answer without seeing the play but if the runner is out by more than a couple steps he must veer off or slide into bag and in Senior Softball you do not have to attempt to throw the ball to make a double play...if in the judgement of the umpire the fielder could have turned two..B/R is out or runner closet to the plate
Aug. 29, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thrown Ball

let me add one thing to that scenario...many times in tour ball the offense seems to have the need to have 4 or 5 guys on deck milling around.....if that happened i would have interfernce on the play and call runner out just to punish them for being stupid
Aug. 29, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thrown Ball

I dont like automatic bail out calls...If the ball was thrown that far off line and there was no chance for the defense to make a play on the runner and the ball hits the on deck batter who was trying to avoid the ball then I would have called dead ball and sent the runners back to there previous base....now if the on deck batter was in the field of play picking up a bat then I would have interference
Aug. 29, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call - Infield Fly

i wrote this scenario up and sent it to the national uic about 7yrs ago because I witnessed the same thing. His response was that umpires must be responsible for their actions. Once the call is made there is no turning back....(like calling a foul ball to soon and having curve back in fair) batter is out and runners advance at their own risk. That is why they teach you not to call INF to early....and now the rule change helps you out in that you can call it after the play, if you didnt call it.
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