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Nov. 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

FWIW, both Laurel & Hardy and the Stooges were a riot. I could watch both and laugh my rear end off!! Getting back to the subject Oz does make a valid point. Durability seems to be the prevalent issue on senior bats today. While players have their favorite bats it seems as if the most common denominator is bats not lasting. And with bats having no warranty it can get expensive to keep purchasing new bats. It goes without saying senior bats are not made for durability. Since they are all composed of thinner walls they are built for performance!! The new Dudley bats have been mentioned as having more durability. Time will certainly tell on that. The latest Miken has a one year warranty--unheard for senior bats!! Miken must be confident their bats will last to offer a warranty. Time will tell on that as well.
Nov. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

OZ you are rapidly establishing yourself as the most cerebral posters on here!! Excellent topic for discussion.
Nov. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Curty the way you describe that play the umpire was correct. It happened to me earlier this year when someone tossed me a foul ball that had been retrieved. My attention was diverted when the pitcher released a pitch. The batter took the pitch and since I didn't see it I couldn't call it a ball or a strike so it's "no pitch".
Nov. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

SCUBA based on your description I have an illegal courtesy runner, thus an out. Courtesy runners cannot be inserted until the play is over and it must be announced to the umpire. Conceivably this "courtesy" runner could take it upon himself to advance to second if the ball is still rolling around foul territory.
If the throw from the outfield happens to go out of play other legal runners are awarded two bases from the time of the throw (in usssa it's the time of the pitch.)--the base your going to plus the next one. The illegal courtesy runner is still out and cannot be replaced.
Oct. 31, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Oz that's the beauty of USSSA!! Your last sentence sums it up perfectly. If it's close swing thy bat!!
Oct. 31, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Jimmy there's no hand signal in utrip until the pitch crosses the plate. That's what helps distinguish utrip from the others. As I stated earlier in a 2man the base umpire can put his arm out if he sees the pitcher outside the pitching box delivering a pitch. But not many do that.
Oct. 31, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Fellas BJ is exactly correct. For further info refer to section 6 of the SSUSA rule book. For the record it doesn't matter if the pitcher starts out with one foot in the box and shifts outside the box or was not in the box before pitching. Both are illegal!!
Oct. 31, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Jimmy your correct. What he should have called was "unfairly delivered" that's USSSA terminology. "Illegal" is used in ASA (as I just learned from sparky) & SSUSA. They both mean the same thing. You ask a good question. USSSA umps do use signals but only after the ball crosses the plate. That's the beauty of utrip, you never know what the ump will call!! Kind of scary though. As a batter you hope the ump knows the rules. Sadly, far too many don't.
Oct. 31, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Jimmy in your scenario it's a ball not because the pitch was deep or outside. The pitch is a ball because it was unfairly delivered!! It could have landed right behind the plate and it would still be a ball. I presume you had a one man for your playoff game? If so there is no signal the ump would use. If it's a two man the base umpire would put his arm out if he sees the pitcher is outside the pitching box delivering the pitch.
Oct. 30, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Tim, I with B.J. on this one. I don't believe it's a dead ball. The only rule on the pitching box in the SSUSA umpire rule book is in Section 6, rule 6.4 part B, it states: "the pitcher must take a position with at least one foot in contact with the pitchers box" In 6.11(1) it states "any infraction of 6.3 to 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.
In Doc11's scenario that's an illegal pitch in SSUSA. Umpire puts out his left arm (thank you for the correction sparky.1!!) and yells out "illegal" while the pitch is in the air. In USSSA umpires do not call "illegal" while the pitch is in the air. They wait until the catcher catches it and then state "unfairly delivered". If the batter swings at it, it's game on.
I'm not familiar with ASA rule on this.

Oct. 29, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

In this case the umpire is to hold his right arm out to the side and yell out "illegal" while the pitch is in the air. If the batter chooses to swing at it it's game on.
Oct. 24, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count? Playing Devil's advocate

Get up one time OZ!! I'm no one special, just a remarkably sub-average senior softball player. Ahhhhhhhh!!
Oct. 22, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count? Playing Devil's advocate

OZ you bad boy you!! lol Welcome to the board.
Oct. 21, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference

I'd like to add if the runner was using "descriptive" language, meaning f-bombs, that were loud and clear I'd throw him out. No place in the game for someone screaming language like that out.
Oct. 21, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference

The umpire was correct except for one thing. Based on your scenario it should be first and second with two outs instead of first and third. The runner that was on second goes back to second--he does not advance to third. This is usssa rule, others may vary
Oct. 14, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: tag up

Garocket, with the exception of ssusa staff and perhaps a few other posters you could be right.
Oct. 14, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

?, 3 reasons why the Royals and Giants are still playing. 1)pitching 2)defense
3)clutch hitting. It wouldn't surprise me to see a KC-SF world series.
Oct. 14, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

Cal50, congrats on your team victory!
Oct. 13, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

Tate22, USSSA has a similar rule in their NIT's and conference tournaments. By rule, whoever wins the winners bracket is automatically home team for the first game of the championship. If it goes to the 'if' game it's a coin flip. Many like to call that the "Resmondo rule" because when the powerhouse Resmondo teams won the flip they'd always take visitors and score a bunch of runs--many times putting the game out of reach before the other team even batted.
Oct. 13, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: tag up

Garocket that is correct but you spoiled my fun!! :)
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