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Sept. 4, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Glove care

All the things mentioned, vaseline, mink oil, glove conditioner and others may aid the process but I've found the best way to break in a glove is the old school way--play catch with it.
Also playing catch using a weighted ball helps tremendously.
Sept. 2, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

JT9 that's an interesting take, especially the last line. Since senior softball is part of our society, a very big part for some, I'm curious about something. Could you give examples of what would make up an open and a more diverse way of thinking that would help make senior softball a better game?
Sept. 1, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

Mad Dog, Texas Transplant and LP are correct. The run does not count. Since all runners in this situation were forced to move up it doesn't matter how the runner is put out. It's still considered a force out.
If this same play happened with runners on second and third then the run would count--provided that runner crossed the plate before the tag was made.
Aug. 31, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

This play happened in a mens game, not a senior game, i was umpiring. Bases loaded, 2 outs. Batter hits a grounder to third. Ball takes a bad hop bouncing off the thirdbasemans shoulder--he went down in pain. Alertly the shortstop hustles over and picks up the ball, looks to throw home, no play. Then he sees the runner from second stopped halfway in the baseline between second and third. He runs toward him while that runner was backing away trying to avoid being tagged and was eventually tagged for the third out well after the runner from third scored. Does the run count?
Aug. 26, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

Curveball I understand but not every game played utilizes the pitching box. I've umpired mens USSSA conference tournaments and all pitchers must pitch from the rubber--no pitching box. In many house leagues pitchers don't even know theirs a pitching box. Webbie brought up a valid point that the rubber can be a dangerous thing to contend with. I've played on field turf where, I'm guessing here, a painted line represents where the rubber would be placed. I just wonder if that painted line used on field turf could be permanent on dirt?
Aug. 26, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

Weebbie that's actually a good idea to remove the actual rubber. I don't pitch but I've definitely noticed some pitching rubbers that stick out which make me gald i don't pitch. Do you think it would last if they drew a line of paint on the dirt to mark the rubber?
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Staff or anyone else who knows for certain

Chuck I wish I was at East Lansing (closer to home and nicer place) but I'm assigned to Potterville. BTW, two guys I officiate hs basketball with will be at East Lansing. Don't be too rough on them!! lol
Good luck to your team!
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Staff or anyone else who knows for certain

Most definitely true Taits!!
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: another senior ailment : TOE NAIL FUNGUS !

armiho211 can you list what that website is? Thanks!!
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Staff or anyone else who knows for certain

Thanks staff. I wasn't 100% sure on that one.
Taits, I guess i'm a hypocrite in this vein. When I play I want every call to go our teams way right or wrong. When I ump I always try to get it right (although I'm not always right). Maybe it's a split personality I have? lol
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Staff or anyone else who knows for certain

I will be umpiring in Lansing this weekend. I may be mistaken but as I recall they don't use the second home plate, they use a scoring line runners must cross. Questions are:
1)does the runners foot have to be in CONTACT with the line (or CONTACT on the ground past the line)to score? Or has he not scored if only his foot is in the air over the line (not his body)?
2) What if the runners body is leaning over the line but his foot has not touched or crossed the line? Is he considered to have scored?
I realize this is technical but in case this comes up I want to be sure and get it right.
Thanks in advance
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another You Make The Call

Cal50 in the scenario you describe he would be safe--run counts. Reason is the left fielder dropped the ball which means he didn't have to go back and tag.
Now I will say in the scenario you describe a slight possibility an out could be called on that runner if the umpire deems he intentionally distracted the defense by his actions. Suppose the batter-runner was trying to get to second on the play and they had an easy chance to get him out. The outfielder may have heard the batting team hollering at their runner and witnessed the runner on third going back (not knowing he scored) which diverted his attention from getting the easy out at second. Since the runner at third who already scored is no longer part of the play, he could be called out for doing what he did, distracting the defense--although in your scenario it appears unintentional. Like Omar correctly stated it's an umpire guessing intent. It's a tough call to make--one that has to be made right away. Like most calls, one team will say "great call" and the other team will say "terrible call"
Omar in your situation the same thing could be called although the way you word it I might call a distraction by the defense since the runner had already scored--especially if the defense could have potentially had another out on the play.
Aug. 21, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at first

Bruce your referring to blocking the bag with your foot. In this case the firstbaseman's foot is planted square in the middle of the bag and the batter-runner plants his foot on top of it.
Aug. 21, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another You Make The Call

That is correct BudLeftField. After the third out was made the defensive team can do a dead ball appeal that the runner left third early. If the ump saw it and called that runner out the run would not count. Essentially what has happened is the "4th out" of the inning.
Aug. 21, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another You Make The Call

That's true BudLeftfield but in this situation it was the rundown that was called the third out.
Aug. 21, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another You Make The Call

Up front allow me to say this situation did not occur in any game I've umpired. Runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Fly ball to short center-field. Centerfielder comes charging in and makes a shoe-string catch--2 outs. Runner on third clearly left early. Runner on second tagged up moved off the bag drawing a throw behind him and a run-down resulted. The runner on third crossed the plate before the defense tagged the runner during the run down. Does the run count?
Aug. 21, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at first

Webbie as far as I'm concerned a runner stepping on the foot of a first baseman who's foot is in the middle of the bag is part of the bag. I'm not familiar with the play you described but it illustrates a good reason to have the two first bases--safety.
Aug. 16, 2013
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

I wish I had 1/10 of Dales power!!
Aug. 16, 2013
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

Dale, I kind of thought it was because you were implementing more of base hit swing into your game!! lol
BTW, that 25 slow, 25 medium and 25 full swings on all points of the reebok bat that you showed me does work. Once the bat is broken in, NEVER use it in bp.
Aug. 14, 2013
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield fly rule with a line drive

Jetboy, in USSSA it's actually the lead runner who's also out if the act is deemed intentional. And in this situation the act was definitely intentional. I suspect it's close to being the same in the other asscoations, including SSUSA but don't know for certain.
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