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Discussion: Stealing Bases

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April 14, 2005
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
Stealing Bases
Another discussion topic for the greatest minds in senior softball. Do you feel that stealing should be allowed / not allowed in senior softball? IMHO,
"After ball hits plate/pitch mat runner can attempt to steat base".
April 14, 2005
number8
2 posts
it would not matter to me. If I hit it to the fence it just a long single unless the outfielder fall it would be a double. We have played the 40 and over ISA and there might be one a game just depends on who is catching , You just can't put a hitter back there because he has got to be another infielder. So are you taking a player away form the game because he maybe has bad knees? Next week he might retire.
April 14, 2005
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
Sorry number 8 I posted the statement in your name. don't know how it came under your name.
Don
April 14, 2005
crusher
Men's 70
389 posts
Several years ago (young pups) USSSA tried stealing bases in the fall league.
Two of us pitched. We would pitch one game and catch the next game.
I caught the 1st game. The pitch spun off to the side and went to the backstop. I raced back grabbed the ball and flung the ball as I was tourning around.
Well, my 2nd baseman was standing in his area, the SS was standing in his area. The young fast pup on first pulled up on second base with a successful steal about the time the ball arrived at 2nd and got smacked with the ball. Lucky for him it hit him in the shoulder. And lucky for me he did not kill me.
The result, the whole thing was a failure in our league and not fun.
It just did not add to the game....
The catcher, no matter how good he is cannot catch a ball that hits the side of the plate or spins off to the side.
Just my feelings based on playing with the steal allowed.
Cursher
April 15, 2005
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2650 posts
The last three years I played in an open league where stealing was allowed. I enjoyed it and think that it would be interesting to use it in senior softball.
April 15, 2005
Longballr9
Men's 40
48 posts
I think as a catcher, I'd enjoy throwing out everyone making the attempt. Crusher makes a good point about the ball spinning off. I'd be running over the umpire to get the ball. I can see where this could add to the game...as long as the knees hold up!!
April 15, 2005
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I think it would be bad for softball. I caught in the worlds in vegas last year. You have to let the ball land on the plate or mat for a strike to be called. I will bet 15 plus balls a game hit the side of the plate or mat and jumped to the side, some to the screen. I would hate to lose a world title because strikes allowed the runners to advance to scoring positions that beat you.
April 17, 2005
RonD22
Men's 50
26 posts
I don't Like the idea. I have umpired senior softball and feel like its just another gimmick. Takes away from the game. Very hard to field a pitch that hits mats edge. More pressure on catcher. I don't think I would like it. Just my opinion
April 18, 2005
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
611 posts
We have played and I have umpired ASA and ISA. It is interesting just like faking the pitch is in USSSA, but I prefer softball straight up, especially when we have senior moments.
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