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Interference

» Paul P: Ok, I get it, I know the rule, as do all of you, but let me throw a ...
      »stick8: The umpire was correct except for one thing. Based on your scenario ...
      »Garocket: Stick that is correct. Any interference by a runner that has already ...
      »stick8: I'd like to add if the runner was using "descriptive" language, ...
3 Oct. 21, 2014 237

Why Not Reward Performance?

» Tate22: MLB - best record means home field advantage, same in the NFL, NBA, ...
      »Marv19: Donnie that's so novel and creative where did you come up with that ...
      »?: If being the home team is such a big deal..... Then explain why i ...
      »?: Correction to my last post... Only the KC Royals should have been ...
      »SCRAPPY: Don, I agree 100%. I have played in tournaments for over 40 years ...
      »DaveDowell: Don ... A couple of quick observations ... The SSUSA Field Director ...
      »TexasTransplant: Jeez, isn't the fact that the team from the loser's bracket will have ...
      »Tate22: Dave Dowell, that's a great point and your proposal works for me. If ...
      »stick8: Tate22, USSSA has a similar rule in their NIT's and conference ...
      »mad dog: tate22,stick8.....i have always remembering us playing it that ...
      »BruceinGa: We had the same conversation last week in Vegas. Ours was centered ...
      »Clean Up: What's the Big Deal? Is there really any BIG home field ...
      »stick8: ?, 3 reasons why the Royals and Giants are still playing. 1)pitching ...
      »?: stick8 You are absolutely correct! And to think they did all ...
      »cal50: Home team is an advantage because you know how many runs going in you ...
      »Robo2: If you really wanted to reward performance then why have a Home Run ...
15 Oct. 17, 2014 961

tag up

» hurdler52: situation is runners at 2nd and 3rd one out. Batter hits fly ball ...
      »B.J.: yes the run scores... this is a time play, as long as the runner has ...
      »jim16: In the 70 AAA tournament at Sunset park that very situation occurred, ...
      »stick8: Both scenarios are timing plays. If the runner at third crosses the ...
      »Garocket: Stick are you refering to the fourth out appeal.
      »stick8: Garocket that is correct but you spoiled my fun!! :)
      »Garocket: Stick we may be the only two but at least two of a very few that even ...
      »stick8: Garocket, with the exception of ssusa staff and perhaps a few other ...
      »OmahaChuck: ASA Rulebook Rules Supplement Section, Rule 1.K: "Tag Ups. ...
8 Oct. 15, 2014 478

Play at the plate

» Webbie25: This one also happened to me and I didn't argue, because I didn't ...
      »softball4b: The guy you went around was your own player and the defensive player ...
      »Webbie25: Mike, I did go across the corner of the box. I just could not cut ...
      »StevenL.Imlay: I was trying to get back to the plate but I wouldn't have gotten to ...
      »Dbax: Like Mike said it was our player. He was on deck and picking up the ...
      »softball4b: Batter
      »stick8: Webbie not seeing the play it's hard to discern what happened. What's ...
      »StevenL.Imlay: Stick8 I was going for the home plate not a tag. It never entered ...
      »stick8: The rule states a runner can't be tagged out once he/she passes the ...
      »curty: we had a similar type play. In a rundown (pickle) the runner stopped ...
      »stick8: Steve I'll definitely take your word for it. I suspect many players ...
      »Webbie25: I never meant to infer that Steve did try to tag me or did anything ...
      »stick8: Curty if I read you correctly the third baseman had the ball, ran at ...
      »HJ: I have trouble understanding how a 3rd baseman can interfere with a ...
      »curty: the play occured right at the commitment line. the runner crossed the ...
      »DaveDowell: Had a similar play at BLD involving a 3B chasing a runner home toward ...
      »HJ: Dave, your call is easy and third baseman erred since a simple throw ...
16 Oct. 9, 2014 940

DH

» RaptorPete: My question is the ISA/ASA authorized use of a designated hitter. I ...
      »AJC: If you can have 12 guys listed on your lineup card and of course ...
      »hitman: In ISSA and ASA 65 and over use 11 fielders and bat as many as ...
      »TimMcElroy: In Senior Softball, we have an EH (Extra Hitter) which allows a ...
3 Oct. 8, 2014 209

Face masks required

» cal50: I myself am glad to see face masks required. In young man's ball ...
0 Oct. 8, 2014 160

When there is no double bag at first

» Webbie25: This happened at Boulder City this weekend. We had no double bag and ...
0 Oct. 6, 2014 228

Baserunner Retreating

» OmahaChuck: Apologies in advance if this has been answered before (I checked the ...
      »Garocket: Home plate is the only base that you cannot retreat to. In that ...
      »stever: Stop and think about the umpires decision. What is a baserunner ...
      »titanhd: I've seen this called as well.I believe that the umpire call was ...
      »stick8: In young mans ball, USSSA specifically, it's legal. I might be ...
      »JackZ_SLC: From the SSUSA rulebook, rule 8.3 a runner is out when: H. When ...
      »OmahaChuck: Thanks everybody. As you can tell, we have answers on both sides of ...
      »JackZ_SLC: From how I read and understand it, the BATTER would be out and all ...
      »TimMcElroy: JackZ_SLC Section 8.3 of the SSUSA rulebook refers to the ...
      »Garocket: Tim if that is the way it it writing in SSUSA that is good and it ...
9 Sept. 10, 2014 542

40+ player with no teams aroun my state!!!!

» chump1993: I'm sure this has all been discussed before, but why do players on a ...
0 Sept. 10, 2014 251

SSUSA TRANSGENDER ATHLETES POLICY REVISED

» SSUSA Staff: Upon reviewing the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) ...
0 Sept. 4, 2014 640

You Make the Call - Infield Fly

» Sisavic: Men on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Batter hits high pop behind 2nd ...
      »B.J.: i wrote this scenario up and sent it to the national uic about 7yrs ...
      »stick8: That umpire blew it!! Once the call is made that's it, it stands no ...
      »paul0784: Correct call stick8. Should have been batter is out and runners are ...
      »BruceinGa: Similar to the situation in Birmingham, umpire calls strike but when ...
      »stick8: Bruce did that really happen? Egads!!
      »BruceinGa: yes, it did. She was constantly laughing and giggling, so much that ...
      »stick8: Bruce that is a first for me.
      »BruceinGa: Stick, we were well in control of the game so we didn't complain. We ...
      »stick8: Bruce, if I found out one of the umpires in my crew did that they ...
9 Sept. 2, 2014 852

You Make the Call - Crash at Second Base

» Sisavic: Batter hits the ball into left center. He rounds 1st and heads for ...
      »B.J.: 1st call....if B/R was going for a double, why was fielder standing ...
      »stick8: I'm not certain the situations you describe were in senior ball or ...
      »Fred S: Stick*: Your right but the problem comes in ump making the safe ...
      »mad dog: fred on the veering off sets the runner up for being called for ...
      »B.J.: GETTING AN OUT AT 2ND BASE.... lets remember that the bag belongs to ...
      »stick8: Fred I have to admit I've never seen that call made either. Even if ...
6 Sept. 2, 2014 747

Thrown Ball

» Softballer48: Set-Up: Runners on 1st and 2nd; Batter hits a ground ball into the ...
      »Softballer48: Should have said interference by the on deck batter, causing the ball ...
      »Softballer48: SSUSA Staff.....PLEASE comment on this!
      »stick8: Had a similar play umpiring a USSSA C nit a couple years ago. Runners ...
      »B.J.: I dont like automatic bail out calls...If the ball was thrown that ...
      »B.J.: let me add one thing to that scenario...many times in tour ball the ...
      »stick8: BJ it's not a bailout call at all. Its designed to protect the ...
      »B.J.: because if he was standing in the on deck circle where he belongs and ...
      »baseballbill: What if it hits the base coach, What is the ruling??????
      »B.J.: if the base coach is in his designated coaches box and in my ...
      »paul0784: The on deck batter has the right to be on the field as well as the ...
      »Softballer48: paul0784: I thought the same as you.....There was no intent by the ...
      »titanhd: Hi Stick. I beg to differ on your opinion.The ball is immediately ...
      »whiterice: On deck batter is legally on deck. My opinion is dead ball when it ...
      »whiterice: How can he call the batter out when he hit a single ?
      »titanhd: whiterice. I agree .
      »stick8: Titanhd I cited what the rule is in a USSSA game. Your correct, upon ...
16 Aug. 30, 2014 637

Foul Territory

» RaptorPete: This is a new one for me. I've played a lot of softball over the ...
      »JimmyG: From SSUSA rule book 6.8(1) • PITCHER DELIVERING THE BALL The ...
      »JimmyG: 6.11(1) • PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL PITCHES Any infraction of §6.3 through ...
      »B.J.: JimmyG....correct rule but a pitcher should never get called for an ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Agreed B.J. ... The background on why it's an "illegal pitch" in slow ...
      »RaptorPete: Thank you very much JimmyG, B.J. and SSUSA Staff. I will forward this ...
5 Aug. 29, 2014 778
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OFFICIAL SOFTBALLS • SSUSA Rulebook §3.5

» SSUSA Staff: There have been some recent competition issues and inquiries about ...
0 Aug. 27, 2014 1002

4 base error andrequired runner advancement

» tscs000: Bases loaded and ball is hit to the fence and hits glove of ...
      »SSUSA Staff: A "Four Base Award" [Rulebook §8.4(7) on page 45] is to be treated ...
      »tscs000: Thank you for the clarification. Something didn't seem right about ...
      »L: What would happen if the ball does not go over the fence what I have ...
      »SSUSA Staff: L ... Incorrect ... In your hypothetical, you have a live ball just ...
      »taits: First post is also referred to as an assisted HR. Thereby no ...
      »L: I guess I should have said he throws his glove and hits the ball ...
      »SSUSA Staff: L ... See Rulebook §8.4(10)C. (page 46) for this scenario ... "...The ...
      »B.J.: Staff...OP was confusing...I also thought the batted ball went off ...
      »SSUSA Staff: B.J. ... Yes ... Four-base-award if, in umpire's judgment, the ball ...
9 Aug. 26, 2014 754

You Make the Call

» DCPete: Happened at the ISSA tournament in Virginia last weekend. Runners on ...
      »Joncon: IFR not in effect. The player can't make the play with ordinary ...
      »Joncon: And the verbal declaration was alikely the deciding factor but ...
      »southernson: IMHO the verbal declaration by the 3B has nothing to do with the IFR ...
      »stick8: To answer the questions: 1)I call infield fly as soon as I ...
      »DCPete: Thanks for the replies; sounds like the ump blew the call since he ...
      »B.J.: INF should be called at the peak of the hit, if the tour. was using ...
      »stick8: This is what it says in the SSUSA rules about failure to call infield ...
      »B.J.: stick, I would say that after the defense argued the no call on the ...
      »GordieLew: The purpose of the IFR is to protect the runners on base. In this ...
      »Garocket: BJ If runners on 1st and 3rd there would be no infield fly rule. ...
      »B.J.: Garocket...Rule...1.37 • INTENTIONALLY DROPPED FLY BALL If a fielder ...
      »stick8: BJ your answer is correct!! Here's the SSUSA rule on intentional ...
      »Garocket: The one addition that I wish the associations would make is. If the ...
      »stick8: Garocket I understand the principle your getting at but having ...
      »OZZIE#8: the ump blew it.once the ump calls it,that's what it is. if not ...
15 Aug. 23, 2014 804

Interference or not

» rightrj1: .....Runner on 1st one out…. ground ball hit to the 1st basemen…. 1st ...
      »swing for the fences : I would say no call for accidental contact... Baserunner at that ...
      »B94: I don't think there has to be intent for interference to be called.
      »STL0: That doesn't seem like a plausible scenario. Did that actually ...
      »rightrj1: STLO...Yes this actually occurred.....Anything Is possible....The way ...
      »rightrj1: Swing let's have that Beer in Vegas!
      »swing for the fences : sounds good!
      »STL0: Thanks swing...I always knew I was smart :). After all I did finish ...
7 Aug. 18, 2014 765

Strangest play I have ever seen

» Garocket: This past weekend this happened and after I dug deeper the umpire was ...
      »Fred S: There are umps out there that know what they are doing.
      »BudLeftField: I would have thought that since 2 runs had already scored before the ...
      »Garocket: It is but kind of tricky It says that if the third out of an inning ...
      »Paul P: In a similar situation in a Florida Half Century Tournament, runners ...
      »swing for the fences : should of been out no run scored just like the first post! runner ...
      »B.J.: its a force out .....no runs scored.....again why dont UIC's answer ...
      »Webbie25: It is a strange play , but I have actually seen it happen twice. I ...
      »jrhunch: two runs should have counted.the out between third and home was the ...
      »Garocket: Wrong the appeal is a time play that makes the 3rd out on the apeall
      »B.J.: Garocket...not all appeal plays are time plays. If a runner is ...
      »jrhunch: if there was a runner on first and third and one out and fly ball to ...
      »B.J.: jrhunch you are correct on your first scenario with runner returning ...
      »jrhunch: b.j. i was talking about garockets situation i believe the ump made ...
      »jrhunch: b.j. paul p was right in his situation run should not been allowed to ...
      »jrhunch: b.j. i am saying that in garockets situation that 2 runs scored ...
      »jrhunch: i wouldn't bet on it though
      »BudLeftField: Hi jrhunch-I agree with you. That is exactly the point I made in my ...
      »Garocket: Just going by the rule book If the 3rd out of the inning is a force ...
      »Garocket: Sec. 5. ONE RUN SHALL BE SCORED each time a base runner legally ...
      »B.J.: per the O/P by Garocket...below is a rules supplement from ASA...The ...
      »jrhunch: b.j and garocket i also went to usssa book and garocket is right.that ...
      »paul0784: If the umpire made the out call at any base and it was a force out no ...
22 Aug. 18, 2014 1833

Pick up player rules

» sftblfinatic50: Hello, I was playing in a game last night and the other team had to ...
      »BruceinGa: Sounds as if this is a local rule. SSUSA and other senior ...
1 Aug. 15, 2014 512
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