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Dec. 11, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

Mad Dog I must take issue with your statement that teams like Resmondo don't light up the pitcher. I've umpired a few conference tournaments and I've witnessed pitchers getting lit up--big time. Whether it's intentional or not is another story but it does happen.
Dec. 10, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

PattyMac raises a great question. The individuals who voted for SSUSA to change the over the limit hr rule from a walk to a dead ball out must have an intent or rationale for that. I am also interested in finding out what that was.
Dec. 9, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

Does anyone remember the middle hitting rule from a couple years ago? That rule did not go over very well and I suspect this new pitching mask rule, while I'm sure will be given every opportunity to succeed, will meet the same fate.
Does anyone find a lot of pitchers wearing pitching masks in their travels to senior softball tournaments? Myself I see very very few.
Dec. 6, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ~~~TIMING~~~

I try not to think. Gets me in trouble most every time!!
Dec. 6, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

I've long felt when a team plays a team one level below them there should not be any giving of 5 runs or an extra fielder. The only thing I would advocate is before the game give the lower team their choice of what home run rule they wish to play with.
Dec. 6, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

I've long felt when a team plays someone one level below them there should not be any giving of 5 runs or an extra fielder. The only thing I would advocate is before the game give the lower team their choice of what home run rule they wish to play with.
Dec. 6, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

Although the above mentioned methods may combat arthritis there is no real concrete cure. If there was it wouldn't be a s widespread. The way I figure it is if I'm going to have to deal with arthritis issues I may as well do it with a smile on my face :)
Dec. 6, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

I'm with southernson on this!!!!
Dec. 3, 2013
stick8
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 50 Major + team

That's good news and thanks for the props Olie. Back at you guys with those!! The Rev sure is one strong hitter isn't he? At this juncture we (OKI) are quite saddened & in utter disbelief at the recent passing of our shortstop. Not only a great player but more importantly a true gentleman--he will be missed. His shoes will be difficult to fill but we'll try the best we can.
Hope santa is good to all you guys!!
Dec. 3, 2013
stick8
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 50 Major + team

Sorry to hear that Olie. Hope you can hook up with another team.
Dec. 2, 2013
stick8
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 50 Major + team

Did GSC break up? I hope not. We (OKI) had some pretty intense battles with you guys this year.
Nov. 29, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

OK you two got me!! I should have clarified in USSSA I'm not familiar with a rule like that. Whether its SSUSA, ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA there is an intent for every rule. I'd be curious what the intent of this rule is.
Nov. 28, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

Mad Dog I have to disagree with you where you stated running backwards from first to home constitutes an out. The only possible ways you could be out in a scenario like that is if you went 3 ft out of the baseline to avoid being tagged or if you ran backwards right into your dugout. Let's say I'm pitching and your batting. You hit a dribbler up the first base line. I run over and field it and as your running to first I attempt to tag you out. You take two or three steps backwards avoiding my tag. Then I decide to throw to first and I make a wild throw that goes by the first baseman. You are not out for taking those 2 or 3 steps backwards!! If the ump did call you out for that I suspect you, your manager, the rest of your team, your fans in the stands watching would go ballistic. Heck I'd have to argue that as well!!
Nov. 28, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

Mnmasters38 and paul0784 I've been umpiring for 20+ years and I have to admit I've never heard of a rule like that. I have to believe whoever the umpire was that said that was giving out false information.
Runners and first and second with 0 outs. Grounder to shortstop. Shortstop decides he's going to get the runner at second.
That runner is out if: shortstop throws to third and thirdbaseman with ball possession steps on third before the runner does, shortstop tags the runner going to third, the base runner intentionally knocks the ball out of the glove of a defensive player attempting to tag him, the runner goes 3 ft or more out of the baseline to avoid being tagged or the runner runs off the field into the dugout.
Nov. 27, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Warning about too many pain medications

Webbie this is a great topic, thanks for bringing it up. Curbing and/or dealing with aches and pains is a continuing issue--especially with senior softball players!! It seems as if different players have their own remedies of curbing pain. What works for one may not work for another.
One of my clients is a doctor who plays ball and he told me that the human body can only take about 3000 mg of ibuprofen a day--which is equivalent to 15 Advils. and always, always take them with a meal. Anything above 300 mg is floating with danger. It sounds like you were floating with danger!!
I'm an Advil guy but only when I have aches or pains. Fortunately I've been lucky not to have experienced a whole lot of that. Perhaps it's me but I have noticed that when I do take advil I sometimes tend to get constipated. Is that something you've found? Or are their other side effects you've noticed?
Nov. 13, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of a great player

I've played with and against Soup for approx 25 years. On the field, he was a 5 tool player and a great teammate. More importantly he was a kind, caring, unassuming man who always had a smile for everyone and never said a bad word about anybody. A 5 tool person!! We developed a pretty good friendship over the years and I will deeply miss my friend.
RIP "Super"
Nov. 12, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Webbie that's unbelievable!! I'm sure you guys gave Steve some (you know what) for that. That sounds funny now but I doubt it was at the time
If that was a USSSA rules game he would be ok--he'd be considered a sub going in--as long as he's on the roster that is required to be on-line. (USSSA qualifiers, NIT's and national tournaments require all teams to have an on-line roster before playing).
In SSUSA if your not listed in the line up card as a player or a sub you cannot play in that game. I think ASA has that rule too.
Nov. 12, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Paul P keep in mind obstruction does not have to be intentional.
Nov. 11, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Curty your line up card scenario is an interesting one and happens more often than you think. USSSA rules state that if he's unannounced or not in the book and: takes a position in the batters box, takes a position in the field or runs for someone he is considered in the game and thus no penalty. In effect, he would be a substitute.
ASA, NSA, ISA and Senior Softball may have different rules on this.
Nov. 11, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Paul P in I'd have to see it but by your description I have obstruction on the firstbaseman--runner gets second. Since that first baseman didn't have possession of the ball, wasn't in the act of receiving a thrown ball, wasn't in the act of fielding a ball and the play was live he does not have the right to impede a baserunner from legally running the bases.
Your second one is just a judgement call.
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