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Dave (Walli) Jaksa
|March 18, 2010|
|Topic: Rules of the game|
Discussion: SSUSA STAFF-Please change a dumb rule
Hey guys, I have a lot of experience with the rules. My brother was a minor league ump for many years and wrote a book which is still used today for helping umpires deal with the "grey" areas in the baseball rule book.
There is a reason the rule exists that you must have one foot on any base - and it exists in baseball as well. At first base, there is an additional advantage. If you stand, let's say 6 feet in foul territory when the ball is pitched, you can gain an advantage by timing the pitch and the batter's swing. If done properly, you can have a couple steps in before you hit the bag and you would be moving at a faster speed than if you simply start to run from a standing position with a foot on the bag.
And if they say you can start in foul territory at first, then you should be able to start behind the bag at any base. Now all kinds of crazy things can happen like starting two or three steps from second base so you could actually put yourself in a position to screen a second baseman from the ball if he is playing up the middle. So there is a reason for a runner to be required to have a foot on the bag.
|Oct. 24, 2009|
|Topic: General and miscellaneous|
Discussion: Lighting at Phoenix Desert West is Terrible
After the sun went down at Desert West last night, the lights were turned on and you still could not see the ball. I am not sure if it was just the lights or also a problem with the color of the ball, but it was nearly impossible to see. In the outfield, you had to cncentrate extremely carefully to make sure you did not lose sight of the ball and you could not judge the distance of a fly ball until it was almost frequently too late. From what I understand, one of the teams decided to stop playing their game because they couldn't see the ball and it was too dangerous to continue play - they were force to forteit their game. For a world tournament, we deserve a lot better than not being able to see the ball. No games should be scheduled after sundown on these fields.
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