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May 5, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Outfielder caught a flyball with a first baseman mitt?

Not sure about Senior softball but ASA Rule states

I am almost sure ASA changed the rule about 3 years ago that a mitt can be worn by any player

ASA Rule 3-4
A Glove/Mitt may be worn by any player. The dimensions of any glove/mitt used by any fielder shall not exceed the specifications set forth below (see drawing and specifications). (Fast pitch) The Pitcher's glove may be of one solid color or multicolored as long as the color(s) are not the color of the ball being used in the game.

NFHS Rule 1-4
Art. 1...Gloves/mitts shall:
a. Be a maximum of two colors excluding lacing and manufacturer's logo colors.
Lacing shall not be the color of the ball.
b. Not be entirely gray, white or optic in color.
c. Not have a gray, white or optic colored marking on the outside or inside that gives the appearance of the ball.
d. Be permitted to have one American flag not to exceed 2 inches by 3 inches.
e. Not be judged as distracting by the umpire.

April 29, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: obstructed base

I think you would have to revert back to Rule 10 section 1 in the ASA rule book. because I have looked in all 4 association rule book
and none of them covers that play.

But the rule 10 of ASA does say

The plate umpire shall have the authority to make decisions on any situation not specifically covered in the rules..
This is not covered so you would have to live with his decision.

I would hope since the obstruction caused the player to miss the base, that the umpire would call him safe. If not I would have my second baseman to obstruct every runner that came by and get some easy outs.
April 21, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Breakaway Bases

Don't go to the trouble, they are a safer on slides but slow the game down a lot. when you slide into a base most of the time you will have to stop the game and make sure you brush the bottom pan off or the base will pop off real easy even on a runner going from 1st to third. Or the other kind with the square pan in the ground every time someone slids you have to stop the game and get the infield dirt out of the bottom pan, so the base will fit down in the female anchor.
April 14, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

Back in the nineties a team called LAGNAF. They said it stood for Lets All Get Naked and well you can fill in the last word.

But they got into a Church tournament and said it stood for Lets all gather nuts and Fruits
April 3, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Fair of foul, I need help

every call is either a judgment call or a rule interputation.
once it went by the bag in fair area it was his opninion that it was a fair ball and that is the judgment in the call.

April 2, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA survey

These type surveys also lets some companies decide on whether they want to set up booths at tournaments or offer discounts to the senior softball community. If they see enough numbers then the companies decide if this demograhic is large enough to offer discounst to their products.

March 26, 2015
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Tennessee is the lucky dog in this drawing, they can have players from 9 states

North Carolina

And poor little SC can only have 3
March 23, 2015
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds

Just check the Super 8 in St George is only about 45 a night higher than Mesquite
March 23, 2015
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds

I would bet that SSUSA would give your team enough to pay for the extra gas, if your team would give SSUSA the money your team saved on Motel Rooms. I would think SSUSA would come out ahead 3-4 hundred
March 23, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pioneer park

Nickname I noticed that you play in the 50s not a far distance from young boy ball.
All young boy ball does is complain about fields, umpires and driving distance. Young boy ball wants the Motel at the back of the parking lot. Try Atlanta sometimes the field is 4 miles away but takes 45 minutes to get there because of traffic. Give me the drive from Mesquite to St George any day. Beautiful drive and you more than likely just saved abourt $120.00 on Motel rooms by staying in Meaquite
Jan. 30, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

The most outlandish rule I ever seen was in 1979 ASA, think it only lasted for 1 year.
If the starting pitcher was replaced with another player he could not return to the mound, but if the second third or 4th pitcher was replaced they could go back to the pitching mound as many times as needed

So what we did was let a non pitcher pitch to the 1st batter then brought our number 1 pitcher in that way he could be replaced as many times as needed and go back to the mound.

Now ain't that something
Nov. 19, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Staements like Brusters is why people think the seniors are bunch of spoiled babies. Dbax is right it is 50-50 regardless as to who calls it.
I thought I had heard of everything, but to complain over who calls the coin flip!!! that takes the cake.

Nov. 3, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

Funny how they post USSSA rules and they do not even know the USSSA rule

page 42 2015 USSSA Rule book
L. When anyone other than another runner physically assists him while the ball
is in play.

It does not say touch it says assist.

Big difference in touch and assist
Oct. 31, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

I would have to agree with Tim, IF the pitcher never got in the pitching box. By what you guys are saying if a pitcher is standing on second base after a Time out he could pitch from there. It would be illegal but the batter could swing at it if he wants to?

Lets put a little common sense in it, The pitcher should not have been allowd to pitch (Dead Ball) if he had never got into a legal pitching position. However I do agree on an illegal pitch if the batter swings it is all bets off, what happens happens.
The way it it described it should have been a no pitch.
Oct. 22, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count? Playing Devil's advocate

The one one count is better for the batter than you might think.
I pitch and I can almost gaurantee you that I am going to throw 1 waste pitch per batter with 4 balls to work with and sometimes 2

Oct. 21, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference

Stick that is correct. Any interference by a runner that has already been putout( in this instance the runner was out on the tag then interferce occured) is a dead ball and the runner closet to home is called out. The dead ball occured a split second after the hit so the runner at second would have to stay on second and the batter-runner on first.

Oct. 20, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

That is why I hate tournaments that furnish the ball. You never know what you are going to have to hit. Especially late in the day when the balls have been hit 100s of times.
Let the TD state the type ball he is using and allow teams to hit thier own ball as long as it is the type the TD is using. If he has them to sell then so be it . I had ratehr spend 25 or 30 dollars on bals and get to hit decent ball.
at $5.00 each let each player pay for a ball that would give you 12-15 new balls to use for the weekend.
Oct. 13, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: tag up

Stick we may be the only two but at least two of a very few that even know what we are talking about
Oct. 13, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: tag up

Stick are you refering to the fourth out appeal.

Sept. 10, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baserunner Retreating

Tim if that is the way it it writing in SSUSA that is good and it explains it well.

However just a small detail that is in other associations is the runners would go back to the last base touched at the time he steps backwards.

Knowing that 99% of the time the last base touched would be the base he was at at time of pitch


Fast Eddie on 3rd slow batter hits a slow dribbler down the first baseline first baseman deep

Fast Eddie takes off and scores before the 1st baseman picks up the ball and starts to tag the runner but he backs up.

Just wondering why you would penelize fast Eddie for an infraction after the score?

Just curious
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