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Discussion: obscure rules?

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Aug. 15, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
obscure rules?
Obscure rules, little known rules or what have you.
Lets post rules that probably not many know about. I realize that each association's rules may differ from other association so name the association and the rule.
I'll start. I was reading the 2012 SSUSA Manager's Handbook and found this:

AVOIDING COLLISIONS
Run throughs are not permitted, and sliding is optional. A runner must make every effort to avoid colliding with opposing players while running the bases. If, in the judgment of the umpire, a runner misses a base to avoid a collision he will not be called out.

I was surprised to see that if you miss a base to avoid a collision you won't be called out. I wonder how many umpires have read and understand this.
Aug. 15, 2012
crusher
Men's 70
395 posts
Bruce, probably if you do this you will be out.
Played SSUSA forever, if you do not touch the base and hang on to the base and are tagged you are out.

Hope all is well with you Bruce.

James
Aug. 15, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
I'm afraid you're right. Why is that a rule? Doesn't make sense to me.
I've very well James! hope you are also doing well.

I can just see the argument on the field after someone is called out for avoiding the collision!! What's strange is it appears as if it doesn't matter if the runner would have been out, if the bag is blocked and he runs to the left or right past the bag to avoid the collision he would be safe if the umpire goes by the book!
Aug. 15, 2012
cal50
Men's 50
284 posts
A rule that only the SSUSA has is that the home team can go 1 up in home runs in the bottom of the last inning. (unless it is a walk off to win) That is one of the silliest rules they have and no other association has it that way.
Aug. 15, 2012
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
here is one the made look again
3. Major-Plus players (from the current or previous seasons) cannot
play on AAA or AA teams.

If this is the rule SSUSA use in there tournaments they must have a cutoff date in place where players van filter down, for I see at least 8 to 10 former Major Plus players playing AAA in the Southern tournament in Brimingham this coming weekend, maybe the is a cutoff date does anyone know how a player gets off the list? I know in SPA they have to have a Medical reason by letter only,
Aug. 16, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
Don, jah#4, maybe the reason for so few major plus teams is that many major plus players are now playing AAA!
Aug. 16, 2012
batter4u
Men's 65
76 posts
This rule has exiled me from playing any SSUSA tourneys for over a year . When I moved to CA. in 09 I consided myself a AAA offensive player and a trailer park defensive player. I was picked up by a AAA team prior to Reno, however this team was reclassified by SSUSA to major plus when we showed up. In 2010 while in CA. I again played for a major+ team After the 2010 season moved to AZ. AZ has 1 major team and no major + teams in my age (65) I have had several AAA teams ask me to play with them and have called the SSUSA explaining my situation, but been told I have to wait out the 2 years. It was black and white, no exceptions, At age 65, I hated missing a whole year of tourneys for this rule,,,, ...
Aug. 16, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Fewer divisions would solve a lot of this. Sure couldn't hurt.
Aug. 16, 2012
kid 32
20 posts
Cal 50, I actually like the rule to go up 1 in the bottom of the 7th! The usual way favors the visiting team! If the homers are even going into the 7th, you allow the visiting to be able to hit 1 and if they FAIL then the Home team cant! Why reward a team for failing? Also if the Home team plays it smart and stays 1 down till the end then they have earned the right to hit 2! Visiting team has the same options to be smart with the homers! Understand both sides but this is my opnion!
Aug. 16, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
Actually I would think that the home team should be able to go one up in the bottom of the 7th. Just another plus for being home team!
Aug. 16, 2012
cal50
Men's 50
284 posts
You are not rewarding a team for failing you are giving the home team an extra advantage.

I can't see how it would ever favor the visiting team as the home team can always equal the home runs.

Home team is an advantage, allowing the home team to have an extra home run is too much of an advantage.
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