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Nov. 13, 2012
southernson
250 posts
OpenGate
So there is a broken gate on the team's dugout and it is tough to close. It does not close all the way, and an overthrow to 3rd is mishandled and goes via the partially opened gate into the dugout.

Do the runners advance? What's the call?

Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
I would think, if this is brought to the umpire's attention prior to the game as it should, it would be part of the pre-game ground rules discussion and the call would be based on whatever was decided and communicated during this discussion.
Nov. 13, 2012
stick8
1238 posts
USSSA rule is runners advance two bases from the time of the throw, no exceptions.
Nov. 13, 2012
wagon487
Men's 50
507 posts
to bad this isn't a USSSA chat room:)
Nov. 13, 2012
stick8
1238 posts
I hear ya wagon. I'm reasonably certain the rule for this is pretty much the same across the spectrum. But if not I will eat crow--and that wouldn't be the first time lol
Nov. 14, 2012
southernson
250 posts
The umpire in charge ruled that the ball was dead once it entered the dugout, and that the runners advance two bases from the time of the throw.

The tournament director came over and said we are not playing that rule this weekend, and everyone had to return to the base.

????
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Why doesn't the TD just get the gate fixed? How hard can that be? I can't imagine the teams will be playing for free this weekend, use some of the money.
Nov. 16, 2012
southernson
250 posts
Much harder than it appears, it's been broke for years.
Nov. 16, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Perhaps, but then replace it. That is not hard at all.

Such a shame what has happened to customer service these days....:(
Nov. 16, 2012
tater9
62 posts
Can't do anything without a work order.....must of got lost :)
Nov. 16, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Apparently. :)
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