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Oct. 15, 2014
cal50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

Home team is an advantage because you know how many runs going in you have to score. In senior softball you are allowed 5 an inning, so it is not the same as the really good young teams where they can score enough in the top of the inning to intimidate the other team. If a team selects visitors they really are planning for a very good open inning, but that is putting a lot on the open inning being a big one.

They do have some statistics in the MLB on the advantage of home team, (through 2008) one place is
http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2850

This is a stat on playoffs and the edge to the home team is .548

Softball is a much higher scoring and easier to score game so I would thing it would be a higher winning percentage.
Oct. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

Thanks Stick, hope to see you in May.
Oct. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

I knew that there was more involved in it, but this sure is tough. 3 weekends starting to look more viable.
Oct. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

To understand it a little better...
Could (62 teams) 200 games be played in 2 days using 12 fields? On the first day of the tournament, do you plan 10 games on that day per field? I say 12 instead of 10 knowing that on the final day, the tournament needs to be finished earlier.

What park has the most fields to play on?

How many total games were played in Vegas this year?


Oct. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

What do you think of instead of a bunch of groups in a 3 day tournament to 1/2 of the groups play Friday & Saturday and the other half play Sunday and Monday?
Oct. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

Hi Mike,
A problem for me in this scenario is that I play on 2 teams, a 50 and 55. If the 50's and 55's were together, I could not play in both. I would be curious how many people do play on 2 teams at the worlds.

What about changing the tournaments to 2 day tournaments. Example have the 50's play Friday & Saturday and the 55's play Sunday & Monday. (or vice versa) Do similar for all age groups close in age. I would bet that many would come out early to watch the finals of the tournaments that finished on Saturday. I also would think that many more people would try to play in both where able.

Maybe it would affect the Monday games for the more senior age brackets and wouldn't work though.

Dave
Oct. 8, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2014 World Masters

Mike, your son gave a great introduction of you. Very impressive young man.

Dave
Oct. 8, 2014
cal50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Face masks required

I myself am glad to see face masks required. In young man's ball more and more pitchers and infielders are wearing them. I didn't notice any more than usual hits up the middle because of them. Anyone else like or dislike the face masks being mandatory? (Hopefully the same people that talk about the "stooopid" bats and the "greedy" associations will not hijack another thread.)
Aug. 18, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher does what?

We play 5 man about 99% of the time, I agree it helps on double plays.
Aug. 18, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher does what?

Every position in the infield should already know where they are going on any ball hit to the infield, in most cases go for a double play. Where would depend on what base the slowest runners are and the bases covered by the infielders with the strong arms.

On ball hit to pitcher in most cases go for 2, second then first.
Aug. 15, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

leftyodoul, I am making that assumption because all of the balls are supposed to go through the umpire and the assumption is that if they did try to use those balls earlier they would have been caught earlier. I do admit though that I do not know if a chilled ball is easily detected and could be wrong that they should be easily detected.
Aug. 15, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

The penalty for actually using an altered bat is

1. Batter will be called out and ejected from the tournament.
2. Base runners will be instructed to return to the base(s) occupied at the
time the suspected altered bat was used, providing there are fewer than
three outs.
3. The bat (if surrendered by the owner) will be held and forwarded for
testing through the National SSUSA Office at the conclusion of the
tournament

I wouldn't think that the attempt to cheat with a ball would be worse than that.
Aug. 15, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

It was wise of the SSUSA to have all balls before thrown in the game go through the umpire.

That rule made sure that the team did not cheat, although the attempt was there.
Aug. 15, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

I don't see anywhere in the rule book that the penalty for attempting to use altered equipment whether a bat or a ball is grounds to forfiet the game. It would appear that they never actually hit one of those balls as the balls went through the umpire before being introduced into the game.

I do agree that there has to be penalties for attempting to cheat. I bet that SSUSA will amend that rule to include so it is clear.
Aug. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Reading through the rules on altered equipment, it does clearly state that chilling a ball is altering and against the rules. But in the penalty part, it only talks about altering bats and doesn't talk about the penalty for altering balls.

I have no idea who plays on either team, so not making any excuses for anyone, but it would appear that the team didn't know it was against the rules because they gave it to the umpire to check out. It would also appear that (assuming they threw all balls to the umpire to check) they never did hit any of the balls.


Aug. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

jimperry19, I sure hope you didn't do that in a watercooler. That would be grounds for neutering.
Aug. 14, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

I am curious, did they throw the ball to the umpire first or to the pitcher? We have been instructed by SSUSA officials to throw every ball to the umpire to check out and then let them throw it in.
Aug. 13, 2014
cal50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

swing, I tend to agree with you. I would have to believe that they did not know they were cheating, it would be very obvious to everyone that the ball is cold when they threw it in.
July 18, 2014
cal50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Ball would be fair, but question is the runner safe or out if in foul territory. I would guess runner would be out.
July 15, 2014
cal50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Staff, this must be a specific SSUSA rule, it would not apply as you describe anywhere else I can find. I could be mistaken and would be curious of Stick's input on USSSA rules.
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