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May 6, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Outfielder caught a flyball with a first baseman mitt?

only 1st baseman and catchers can use a mitt in SSUSA...the batter is placed on 1st base and fielder given an error on the illegal catch
April 25, 2015
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Why would you ask a question about a SPA Tour. on a SSUSA web site....I think you should bring that up on a SPA web site.... I dont think you will get an answer from STAFF....
Feb. 8, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: PITCHER'S MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT

STAFF: thx for the explanation of the above rules....sorry for my confusion on the rule, I just assumed that the SAFETY MASK was part of the group of "recomended safety equipment"
Feb. 6, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: PITCHER'S MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT

STAFF...the pitchers safety rule has been reworded again....(6.17 • PITCHER'S MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT...PITCHERS SHALL WEAR A PROTECTIVE FACE MASK WHILE PITCHING and must wear the mask consistent with the manufacturer’s intended usage of their product.) My question is why do you use the word MANDATED and in the rule say that a pitcher SHALL wear a face mask while pitching....then in a follow up rule (6.17(1) • RELEASE (INJURY TO PLAYER) By electing not to wear the recommended safety equipment the pitcher waives any and all claims)....this states that the pitcher can elect not to wear a mask...To me the definition of MANDATE and SHAll is that you must wear the mask or you cant pitch???
Feb. 1, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

while we are are on the subject of time...here's some reasons that after a few games a field gets an hour or more behind...it seems no one is ever in a hurry until the clock gets down below 10 minutes...then the complaining starts especially in a close game....it seems its always the umpire or directors fault....why is it when I'm on a field umpiring and a game is finished that I'm always calling out to both teams for their line up cards, it is your responsibility to have them ready... then I call out and wait several minutes for the managers or team reps. to come out for ground rules, immediately after ground rules I call out HOME TEAM TAKE THE FIELD PLEASE... this is the best one, because now for some reason a team that has been standing for an hour waiting to play... they have to get the whole team together congregate outside the dugout and have their KUM BA YA moment which takes a few more minutes then comes the 1st inning warm up tosses...which they could have been doing during the short pre-game meeting....now thats a lot of wasted time
Jan. 30, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

cuda65....if in the pre-game meeting the umpires stated there will be no warm ups after the 1st inning then there should have been no reason to do so...but since they did, what the umpire should have done was just yell out, balls in no warm ups between innings....there is no penalty in the rule book for what the player did, so when the pitcher comes out he should have pitched ... just to add a little more to this with the new pitching rules.. 6.17 • PITCHER'S MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT and 6.17(1) • RELEASE (INJURY TO PLAYER) I would never tell a player that he must pitch to 1 batter that is a big liability to assume
Jan. 24, 2015
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

Staff thx for your interpretation
Jan. 24, 2015
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

SSUSA STAFF when reading part b of rule.. it states that the "runner must continue home" once he passes the line...so if the runner has passed the line by several feet then stops and turns back toward 3rd base a couple steps trying to confuse the defense...shouldn't he be called out immediately for not continuing home?
Jan. 21, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run

if the B/R does run to 1st base he can touch either bag, and if the ball does not make it out of the park he can just continue on to 2nd base
Dec. 27, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

here is a rule that was written for a senior league PITCHING SCREEN RULE.
A. The screen will directly face home plate within one to three feet in front of the pitching rubber, if a pitcher chooses to use the full depth of the ten foot pitchers box then the screen must be positioned in the one to three foot limits of where he/she chooses to pitch.
B. The screen may be posistioned anywhere from the outer left side of the pitching rubber for a right handed pitcher to the outer right side of the pitching rubber for a left handed pitcher.
C. The screen must be placed to the left of a right-handed pitcher, and to the right of a left-handed pitcher to maximize the pitcher’s safety. D. Any batted ball striking any portion of the screen as observed by the umpire will be declared a dead ball foul unless it is the third strike, in which case it is a dead ball re-pitch. All thrown balls are in play.
E. Any pitch delivered with the screen not in a legal position will be declared “no pitch.” If a pitcher refuses to place the screen in the correct position, the umpire will notify the player’s manager and remove the pitcher from the pitching posistion. F. If a pitcher chooses to use a screen then they “MUST” step behind the screen after every pitch, failure to do so will be called a ball (umpire judgment). A pitcher is ineligible to field any hard driven ball that is hit up the middle. (umpire judgment) Penalty for doing so will be a dead ball single for the batter and all runners will advance one base if forced to do so. Pitcher will be allowed to field a slow rolling grounder with no penalty.(umpire judgment)
Dec. 27, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

senior softball doesn't really recognize the use of pitcher safety screens in their rule book..I've seen them delay a game or even move the pitchers box right or left a few feet if both teams agree to it
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)
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