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Discussion: Game suspended due to weather

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Aug. 30, 2012
SrOdie
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Game suspended due to weather
Looking for some guidance.
Rain during the 7th inning of our game resulted in the game being suspended. The visiting team was at bat and had scored several runs to take the lead. They were still at bat when rain forced the suspension of play.
The game was rescheduled due to field conditions.
When the suspended game is played, does play resume where it left off (with the visiting team still at bat) or would it restart as if the 7th inning hadn't started?
Our league rules do not address this specific situation so we defer to ASA rules.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to find an answer within ASA rules either.
Aug. 30, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
981 posts
I don't know the rules, however my feeling would be that that inning should be restarted if you are resuming that game... You have to have both teams play in the same conditions in that last inning to be fair.IMO I also would be OK with the last completed inning after 5 being the final score due to rain. First choice would I be for resuming the game next chance we got!
Aug. 30, 2012
SSUSA Staff
1124 posts
If the game was "suspended", it simply resumes at the same point at a future date. It's as though it never stopped. Runners are placed at the bases they occupied. The same batter comes back up with the same count and the outs are as they were.

The game could also be declared over, and it would be an official game because (under SSUSA rules), more than five (5) innings were complete with the Visiting team ahead or after four and a half (4) innings complete with the Home team ahead. In this particular game, should it be declared over, the score reverts back to the end of the previously completed inning (the 6th).

If you are on the Visiting team, I suspect you will be trying hard to remind the game official that (s)he used the word "suspended" if the matter should be open to debate at some later time!
Aug. 30, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Never heard of a game being resumed in that situation, though I don't know the rules either and maybe this league/tournament has an odd rule. 4 1/2 inning is pretty standard to be a legal game.

But if it is resumed it certainly should be at the point it was stopped and not the beginning of the inning. That would be something else I never heard of.
Aug. 30, 2012
Jawood
Men's 50
788 posts
In league play, forget about it and go to the nearest bar!
Aug. 31, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Why are 6, 8, or perhaps 10 team leagues regarded as more insignificant thant a 3 team tournament bracket?
Aug. 31, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
981 posts
Depends on the talent in your League G19... most Rec leagues have mostly Rec type players... only a few leagues have top talent playing in them compared to Tourney teams with top talent... Duh
Aug. 31, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Agreed, but it would also depend on the talent in the 3-team bracket. And if it is AA v. Major+.

By definition "top talent" is not playing AA. Or it shouldn't be. Nor should it want to be.

Around here many tourney players, including Major guys, also play league during the week.
Aug. 31, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
981 posts
Gary19 what I see here on the westcoast is AAA major and major plus having Touney players and I haven't even seen a AA team.. I know that the good major teams don't have rec players and AAA seams to have a few Rec players... and Zero Rec players at major plus! So, what I'm saying is there is a big difference between league and Rec out here!
Aug. 31, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
How many real "tourney" players are there who only play tourneys? Here, many/most play both, so while they are not necessarily all loaded up on one Rec team, they are usually in the leagues with everyone else.

Rec players might not play Major, but here there are Major players who are playing Rec during the week.

Aug. 31, 2012
softball4b
Men's 60
722 posts
ASA rule book does not define suspended game, it defines regulation game. Only game started at a specific point of suspended play is temporary suspensions. Umpire decision.
Aug. 31, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4315 posts
Actually ASA does in 3 areas but one for what more than likely is weather.
Rule 10, sec 8, article A-1 page 128 in 2006 book.
Always has hat the weather rule.
Aug. 31, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4315 posts
Regarding suspended games due to inclement weather, I have played in at least 4 places where we had games stopped for; rain, wind, & yes, the sun. Only a couple of those were cancelled. But if I remember correctly I had to cancel a T due to weather. St George has done it on more than one occasion and the sun was one I mentioned, rain a couple of times.
Most suspended games are short lived time wise, maybe a couple hours but some were actually postponed until another weekend which posed a conflict with another T that weekend sop teams suffered with that.
Aug. 31, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
981 posts
Gary, in my area usually guys that are on major or major plus Tourney teams come from all over the area.. Nobody drives that far to play leagues... I have a team in the SF area that has been together for 15 years.. We still win most of the time and are 20 to 30 years older than everyone we play against.. We have 5 to 6 Tourney players on that team that play on different teams and levels in Tourneys... I think most Tourney guys are playing leagues but not necessarily with a Tourney Caliber team in league. I'm sure there are a handful of teams that might play leagues together but I'm sure they are few and far between. I always thought of Tourney players as the cream of the crop players. I thought the divisions kind of sorted these players. G19 thinks everyone should be in one division..I would love to see you make a comeback and play up so I could see your 18mph marshmallow! :-)
Aug. 31, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Tourney players, on one level, probably are the cream. But again, it depends on the level. For obvious reason AA guys cannot, and should not, be grouped with Major guys.

And you would see everything from 18mph to probably 30, or more. With as much variation of motion, rhythm, timing, and deliveries as as I can think of. And ask my kids, I do sit at home thinking of them.

Though we all know at the end of the day it is still sort of a big ball being thrown underhand....:)
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