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May 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Caveman you are exactly right!! I'm not an attorney but back in the day I was an office manager for a group of personal injury attorneys. A good attorney can and usually does get around any waiver.
May 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rain and tournaments

Papa01Smurf are you sure SSUSA would get a full day refund for all the rented fields if said day was rained out?
April 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48 if the defense does the appeal properly it would be valid. As I stated the other team can certainly protest the blatant unprofessional conduct or if it's a two man ask that ump to ask his partner for help. Umpires are not out there to tell teams where to hit, where to play on d or do what your scenario outlined. IOW, they don't play favorites. They're supposed to ne neutral.
April 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I need a ruling on this scenario

If the out at second is recorded beofre the runner from third crosses the plate no run. If the runner at third crosses the plate before the out at second is recorded then the run counts.
April 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Crusher, if I read your scenario correctly the field guy ran out into the outfield to see if the outfielder made a catch or not. In that case the home plate umpire has the infield for any plays including making sure runners legally touch the bases. Of course this is USSSA mechanics. In my estimation the field ump does not make that call.
April 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48, I head up a crew of USSSA umpires where I live. If I ever found out one of my umpires actually said that, he wouldn't be in my crew anymore.
April 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IS IT A CATCH

1jonsey, in your scenario I have a legal catch. And I have to question the wisdom of umpire next to you stating the manager could protest the call. Unless he's asked Umpires shouldn't be volunteering info like that off the cuff.
April 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48 if what you stay is true that base umpire shouldn't be umpiring anywhere. Was this a league or tournament? I would mention this to the director.
Crusher was that the field ump or the plate ump that made the call?
April 3, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

How do I get in on this free golf gig? lol
April 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Neck I know Robbie all too well. I played league ball with him and on occasion festival type tournaments with him. I've also played against him when he played with the big boys. It's much more fun playing with him!!
He can do it all--hit, run, he can go get it in the outfield and has a HOSE of an arm. If you go to Mike Macenko's website there's a link to an excellent article about the basics of outfield play that Robbie authored. It's a good read--easy and simple to understand.
And yes, at times he can be outspoken. But knowing him like I do I believe that comes from a great passion he has for the game. Once he gets a taste of playing senior ball I can envision him being a great promoter of the game!!
April 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Garocket your technically correct. In my scenario, the USSSA rule is if after running into the firstbaseman, the batter runner gets up and continues to second then obstruction is called. If the batter-runner gets up and retreats back to first, it's nothing. Now if in the judgement of the umpire, that firstbaseman intentionally, deliberately or blatantly obstructed the batter runner and the runner went back to first my right arm goes out and I wait until the play is over and then call obstruction. It's all umpire judgement.
April 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Yes, I had a nice conversation with the Motor City Madman last week. He's eligible in November. He will love senior softball!!
April 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Here's a situation to ponder;
Bases empty, no outs. Batter gets a base hit to left. A fast runner, the batter-runner is looking to go to second. After rounding first he decides to go to second but runs into or trips over the first baseman who's just standing & watching the play in left field. The batter-runner falls down and immediately gets up and retreats safely back to first. Would you call obstruction on the firstbaseman?
Note: I know the USSSA rule on this but I'm not certain on the SSUSA rule which may be different.
March 29, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Do you use a Heavy/Warm up ball

Weighted balls are not only good for shoulder muscles but are excellent for breaking in a new gloive.
March 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Had a play like this last year. Men's game, bases empty, no one out. Batter hits one in the right center gap. After he rounds third he gets into a rundown. After a couple throws the batter-runner going toward home runs into a 300+ lb catcher who tried to but couldn't get out of the way and was clearly in the base path of the runner. Called obstruction right away--run scores.
March 24, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anybody seen CERCE?

Neck I haven't seen either one since last summer.
March 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Huntsman World Senior Games

I've attended twice and like Omar elluded to the area, fields, amenities and the overall atmosphere is second to none. I've never been to an event where seniors from all over the world act like kids being away from their parents!! lol
I don't know about the other sports but personally to improve the softball have it be the standard friday, saturday and sunday event or even thursday friday saturday with sunday being the travel home day. jmho
March 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anybody seen CERCE?

I could be mistaken on this but perhaps it was you couldn't hit HIM--meaning any ball up the middle he would catch before it hitting any part of his body?
March 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Novi, MI 55+ league looking for teams and individual players

You might be right about that Webbie. The snow is melting and with a few more sunny, mild days the snow will disappear quicker than one would think (presuming we have no more snowy days). But the ground will be almost totally soaked!!
March 13, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Novi, MI 55+ league looking for teams and individual players

The city of Novi, Michigan is having a Tuesday late morning-early afternoon mens 55+ league.
The league starts around mid-end of May.
Teams are wanted and individuals looking to play on a team are also welcome.
For the particulars such as costs, number of weeks, rules, location of fields, etc please contact:
Torrie Heglin @ (248)347-0422
Please be aware this is a recreational level league--not a tournament type player level.
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