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June 13, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

yes...i also found it in ASA rules supplement no. 38 OVERTHROWS
June 13, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Garocket...not in this case...he would only get 2nd because having to go back to tag up is considered 1 base. if he made it back to 1st base before SS released his throw then he would get 3rd
June 12, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

he is out on appeal
June 9, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Garocket....you are correct...that is why tournament directors need to stay as tournament directors...there should always be a UIC available for umpire questions
June 8, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

STAFF: I dont understand....in this post you say that you are unwilling to stop the play with a Dead Ball call, but in your previous post you say that when the ball goes out of play it becomes a Dead Ball situation....which one is it?? My interpretation does not stop the runner from going back to 2nd in fact once a dead ball is called, the runner would automatically return to the last base he was ASSUMED to have touched...and from there the umpire would award bases.
June 8, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

the SSUSA rulebook doesnt always spell out different situations and many times i go back to ASA rule book. I decided to e-mail the Florida state UIC with this scenario. Matt. i have a question for you...Runner on 1st long fly ball right fielder runs back and catches the ball. The runner on first tagged up, however the defense is not sure and they start hollering throw it to first. The 2nd baseman
cuts the ball and throws toward 1st and over throws the ball into dead ball area. The runner at the time was between 2nd and 3rd. The next part of the
scenario was that the umpire saw the runner miss 2nd. Where do you place the runner? Here is his answer....

You are correct in your assessment that the runner is assumed to have touched the base once they pass the base unless properly appealed for missing a base. The appeal could be live ball or it could be dead ball after the award is given. The award would have been two bases from where the runner was at the point of the throw that wound up going into dead ball territory. In your case play, the runner was between 2d and 3d when the throw was released that went into dead ball territory. So, by rule the runner is awarded 3d and home. The runner may return to touch 2d after the ball is dead before moving to the bases that have been awarded but if they fail to do so, the appeal for missing the base can be made and enforced.... I understand this is ASA but it is the same rule for all slow pitch softball....I wish in this forum that when specific umpiring questions are asked their was a specific place where either a regional or state UIC would answer the question
June 6, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

STAFF...how do you as an umpire explain to the offense that the runner only gets 3rd i cant imagine the offensive manager not coming out and asking for an explanation why the runner did not get home....do you tell them the runner missed 2nd? then the defense hearing this would make an appeal for an out?
June 6, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

STAFF...i agree with Garocket a runner is always assumed to have touched the base he is going to...it is up to the defense to appeal him missing the base if no appeal he should have been awarded 3rd and home
May 10, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

Bogie-class hitter....lol im hoping for out of the infield
May 9, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

thx for the clarification and yes this did come up as a result from the videos
May 9, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

STAFF...I hear that SSUSA has changed their stance on 2 knobs on the handle, also that a knob does not have to be a manufactured one that you can now make one from tape ...????
May 6, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

what is SSUSA posistion of bat knobs...i know many batters have used the knobs at the end of the bats....now they are using 2...i on the end and 1 in the middle. are they legal?
March 26, 2014
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

wow...really the runner makes a mistake by not seeing his team mate on 2nd and is lucky enough to get back to bag by obstruction call, and now you turn around and award him 2nd when he couldnt get there in the 1st place....doesnt seem right to me...I get that he gets 1st base from obstruction but 2nd also???
Dec. 27, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF question on scoring of runs

stick8 i agree with your scenario...read my OP below...and as I answered the STAFF response. That scenario they gave is not an actual appeal play the defense made a play on a runner who had not tagged that is considered a force out if the ball beats runner back to bag... just like a line drive in the infield...if a fileder throws a caught line drive back to the bag that a runner had left the runner is out...NO APPEAL NEEDED... I asked for an scenario when the run WOULD NOT SCORE...OP... My question is the 2nd part of the rule 5.7 ....No run shall be scored if the third out of the inning is the result of a live ball appeal play prior to the lead runner crossing the scoring line. when could this happen???
Oct. 30, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Was a rule voted in?????

yes it has been changed....once B/R has attained 1st base both runner and defense can now use orange safety bag.
Oct. 29, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF question on scoring of runs

thx for your response, but I dont really consider that a true appeal play... even with out the fielder yelling out, if the runner realized he did not tag up and while attempting to return to the 1st base bag he is called out because the ball beat him back the run still would not score... if the other runner did not pass the scoring line....correct? I guess what I'm asking is if no fielder yelled out the result would be the same so how is it considered an appeal play? Thx again
Oct. 28, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF question on scoring of runs

I was going over rule 5.7 SCORING OF RUNS....B No run shall be scored if the third out of the inning is the result of ...... 2.A runner being put out by a tag or live ball appeal play prior to the lead runner crossing the scoring line. My question is the 2nd part of the rule....No run shall be scored if the third out of the inning is the result of a live ball appeal play prior to the lead runner crossing the scoring line. Can you give me a scenario where this would come into effect. In every appeal I have ever had it has always been after the ball was in the infield and under control with no play being made on a runner. I have never allowed an appeal when a runner is still advancing to another base. Thx for your help.
Oct. 13, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF Question on the Tie Breaker Rule

Thx for the quick response and thorough explanation
Oct. 10, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF Question on the Tie Breaker Rule

Question....I know with the tie breaker rule the last batter takes 2nd base and cannot have a courtesy runner or a substitute until he reaches 3rd. What if when the home team takes the field they get 2 quick outs and now the manager wants to put in a defensive substitute for the 3rd out...The player he subs for was the last batter...after they get the 3rd out the substitute now becomes the runner at 2nd. Correct? Would this be a legal way of getting a faster runner at 2nd? Thx for your help
Sept. 7, 2013
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: scoring of runs with new COURTESY RUNNER RULE 8.5(5)

Taits....but the rule states illegal courtesy runner will be called out upon touching the bag...there would be no time for appeal? thats why I'd like to know for sure
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