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Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

» maddogatc: Used to be that both feet needed to be completely within the batter's ...
      »BruceAZ: Maddog, as long as you're touching the lines you're ok, here's the ...
      »Katzy63: Not to confuse the question, but the foot placement before the pitch ...
      »mad dog: bruceaz....what assoc are you looking at....as ASA has it that the ...
      »B.J.: mad dog...this is SSUSA not ASA this rule and 7.3 are both in the ...
      »Paul C: I disagree with Mad Dog. ASA rules are same as SSUSA. See ASA rule ...
      »B.J.: Paul C....ASA rules are completely different than SSUSA here is ...
      »Dbax: You guys are saying exactly the same thing. Both feet must be in the ...
      »Katzy63: SSUSA Rule 1.5: The batter's box is 3-foot by 7-foot area to which ...
      »B.J.: guys here is the difference between SSUSA and ASA in SSUSA you can ...
      »Dbax: Doesn't make sense B.J.
      »mad dog: DBax....it is been that way for ASA and if i remember right USSSA...i ...
      »Dbax: Mad Dog, BJ stated that in ASA that the lines are part of the box ...
      »rrengineer99: so according to ssusa rule 7.5(c),see above, when i was called out, ...
      »Dbax: Yep.
      »FOFO: I ump NSA and the rule is the same as ASA. You must start with ...
      »B.J.: with the above posts (ASA, USSSA, NSA) I think that is why there is ...
      »Semmy: Okay, sorry if this gets misconstrued as being inflammatory, but it ...
      »Semmy: Sorry, I just realized my error. The front of the batter's box isn't ...
      »BruceAZ: Semmy, look on page 94 of the SSUSA rule book, it gives the ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Semmy ... Your "geometry is a bit off here, so here's a quick ...
      »garyheifner: This was a very good discussion. I saw the rule violated many times ...
      »Semmy: Thanks to all for the clarification. :)
      »garyheifner: A question: In the post by the staff, it is noted that a short pitch ...
      »Mango: I know there was a degree of controversy in Reno with "out of the ...
      »B.J.: gary....no you can't hit the ball on the bounce..it is a dead ball ...
      »Tim Millette: Reno was a disaster when it came to the batters box. We played ...
      »The Screamer5: Agree...the box rule is inconsistently enforced just about everywhere ...
      »DieselDan: I'd suggest that players who occasionally have this issue print the ...
      »Mango: Screame 5 I'm interested in your thoughts as a u trip ump for over ...
      »Katzy63: Why move the box forward? The rear of the strike mat is almost at the ...
      »garyheifner: Forgive my memory loss, it was at either Ft. Meyers winter nationals ...
      »Benji4: Most Pitchers stand 3 to 5 feet behind the pitching rubber so why not ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Benji4 ... This particular message board topic is a popular annual ...
      »paul0784: B.J.-ASA Rules are not the same as SSUSA. Just take a look at the ...
      »paul0784: B.J.-Sorry you are correct and Paul C is not.
      »Mario: Just an observation, since they made the plate a strike they have in ...
      »D-Ballgame: My question is, why is it SO heavily enforced on the turf fields and ...
      »SSUSA Staff: D-Ballgame ... The principal (and REALLY simple) reason it's "..SO ...
      »Garocket: Staff I have been playing for 40 years and have never seen a batters ...
      »Garocket: Your diagram in the back of rule book shows 4 up and 3 back. Is it ...
      »SSUSA Staff: 4' forward 3' back from the elbow pivot point is correct ... I got ...
      »Mango: Mario- that was exactly my point.
      »The Screamer5: Good question Mango. Common sense would suggest that the box be moved ...
43 June 3, 2015 2798

One up Rule in the Open Inning!!!

» JT25: I would like to see SSUSA go to the One up Rule in the Open In the ...
      »crusher: Game tied going into top of open inning & HR's are tied at ...
      »JT25: Thats when strategy comes into play if your visiting team thats the ...
      »17Black: I agree with crusher on this one, and I do believe that is why some ...
      »17Black: I did play in a tournament somewhere a couple years ago where our ...
      »JT25: It's always advantage to be the home team and that's why I think the ...
      »JT25: That's a great point 17black the visiting team could go 1 up but the ...
      »Mango: JT, You bring up an interesting topic for discussion. You state that ...
      »garyheifner: Just to express an opinion, hated the 1-up. We get "3" take them ...
      »LeeLee50: JT25, The HR is fair just the way it is. 3,6,or 9 HR's isn't that ...
      »PlanoPlayer: JT25: I would like to see one up in all innings not just the last. ...
      »Gonedeep43: And what if you come to the open inning and haven't used any ...
      »JT25: Thanks for all your comments, I just believe going 1 up in the open ...
      »Grimmie: JT25 we do have tourneys like this. Our Southside team is playing in ...
13 June 2, 2015 818

Missing 1st Base Before the Throw Arrives

» SCUBA: If someone asked me as an umpire what I would call if the ...
      »Garocket: That is the correct ruling in ASA as well as major league baseball. ...
      »Garocket: Sorry missed the scenario of runner missing second base That is ...
      »B.J.: SSUSA is the same as ASA a runner is always presumed to have touched ...
      »cal50: I am interested in clarification on this one. If a batter hits a ...
      »Garocket: He makes a safe call because the runner got to the bag before the ...
      »stick8: You guys are killing me!! lol Cal50 in your first scenario yes the ...
      »cal50: I hope to see you in Tennessee.
      »Garocket: Stick I would have to disagree with you if there was two outs before ...
      »B.J.: Stick...Garocket is correct on this....no runs would count...any ...
      »stick8: BJ and Garocket you might be right. Consider this scenario: runners ...
      »B.J.: stick...no...Garocket must touch first...lets say Garocket ended up ...
      »B94: I think the runs still count because it's an appeal play not a force ...
      »B.J.: B94...yes it is an appeal play... but it doesn't matter if it's a ...
      »Garocket: The appeal is on a forced runner. The runner batter runner is forced ...
14 June 2, 2015 989

boundries

» garyheifner: Question: If I moved like out of the USA. Ex. To one of the islands ...
      »taits: A can of worms, read 13.1(2) pg 61 Maybe you'll see it ...
1 May 31, 2015 472

Since I live in Texas

» Dancer: Since Texas has no state on its southern boarder, can I grab players ...
0 May 22, 2015 332

rain delay rules

» johnperry: This past weekend we played in a T.O.C. tournament in Leesburg, Va ...
      »Nancy Allen: I am glad that you got your games in. Not to belittle your concern, ...
      »Hitemdeep: We were rained out in vegas last month. In the 5th inning down 2 we ...
2 May 21, 2015 613

Bat Thrown Out Of Tourney, Why Not Player????

» KGB: A bat was taken from a player this weekend in Loudon County Va as the ...
      »Dancer: I thought I read about this once on this board. It seems to me they ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The procedural aspects of handling a suspected altered bat are ...
      »Dancer: I see innocent until proven guilty.
      »TimMcElroy: KGB, A bat was removed from play at Phillip Bolen Park on Friday ...
      »DCPete: Tim, does this mean that from now on any bat that has the end cap ...
      »Paco13: If it is somebody playing 50 M plus. I have the feeling that he is ...
      »rdrman66: By any chance is this player on a team based in Florida but he lives ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Gentlemen ... We're not going to "try this case in the media" ... If ...
8 May 19, 2015 1262

Equalizer

» titanhd: What is the correct equalizer when 60AAA plays 60AA.We played this ...
      »JBTexas : one or the other not both at that age bracket, once you hit 65 could ...
1 May 18, 2015 308

Roster Rules for Tournaments

» monam33: How many major plus players are allowed on a major roster? How long ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Generally, the answer is three, subject to a limited number of ...
      »monam33: We have contacted Tiffany and George. George has not gotten back to ...
2 May 13, 2015 607

Rule 6.16

» garyheifner: I just noticed this rule for the 1st time. When the wind is so bad ...
      »cal50: I think this is a good common sense rule. Never noticed it before.
1 May 12, 2015 544

Outfielder caught a flyball with a first baseman mitt?

» JT25: I was playing in the Cinco De Mayo softball tournament this weekend ...
      »OZ40: I believe the only players that can legally use a mitt as opposed to ...
      »B94: To the best of my knowledge when a catch is made with an illegal ...
      »JT25: That sounds right but I didn't see that in the rule book. Thanks
      »mad dog: mmm...i thought they had changed that rule where you could wear any ...
      »Garocket: Not sure about Senior softball but ASA Rule states I am almost ...
      »taits: Look at 3.6 or at least it is in the 2010 book. I did not look here ...
      »taits: 3.6 is same but added dimensions to glove\mitt. IMO any one should ...
      »JT25: 3.6 Gloves may be worn by any player, but mitts may be used only by ...
      »mad dog: garocket...yes it was changed a few years back by ASA.....
      »Dancer: I am curious, even though I have a regular glove, but why would a ...
      »txnighttrain: I found the definition for illegal catch at 1.34 and then rule 3.6 ...
      »B.J.: only 1st baseman and catchers can use a mitt in SSUSA...the batter is ...
      »Q19: 3.6 • GLOVES Gloves may be worn by any player, but mitts may be used ...
13 May 10, 2015 1320

Southwest Championship

» cv elite: We were playing a game Sunday morning after the rain delay. Wefound ...
      »Nancy Allen: I never heard anyone curse out a rule book before, but now I have. ...
      »cv elite: We did but nothing was happening so I had to go to Dave.
      »Marv19: Ok lets get the record straight. The ASA ROCK that I know is a 44/375 ...
      »tattooball: The difference between the rock and the ssusa trump ball is 2 ...
      »Marv19: Tattooball: Kevin to be clear your comparison above is between the ...
      »tattooball: Yes
      »jimperry19: Is punctuation not allowed in Senior Softball? Wow.
      »tattooball: No. I only finished the 9th grade but I get along pretty well.
      »Dbax: I'm pretty sure he's referring to the first post. Lol!
9 May 6, 2015 1020

new umps

» garyheifner: For Staff and TDs I have found it common to have a new ump or an ...
      »Nancy Allen: Gary, you are very correct. I present it to our umpires as "It is ...
      »Rich33: UICs and TDs... I'm sanctioned and worked in 5 assoc. ASA, NSA, ...
      »Nancy Allen: Rich, it would probably be better for you to contact the individual ...
      »Rich33: Thanks Nancy. I'll contact each director for each tourney we'll be ...
      »Nancy Allen: I sure wish that you could have done the two games that the golf ...
      »Rich33: Nancy. I was going to ask but didn't know if same division as us - ...
      »Nancy Allen: Thank you. I take a lot of pride in umpiring. It is also easier for ...
      »Rich33: You bet. And yep, we were on deck above. I hugged you Sun morn. ...
      »Nancy Allen: I wish that you had told me that you were Rich33. I guess my handle ...
      »Rich33: Thanks Nancy - same here.
10 May 5, 2015 875

obstructed base

» Pahoa Boy: We had a problem with a call at Saturdays game. Runner on first ran ...
      »Garocket: I think you would have to revert back to Rule 10 section 1 in the ASA ...
      »curty: SSUSA has addressed this issue @ rule 8.6. This states that a runner ...
2 May 1, 2015 613

obstructed base

» umpire 14: No need to use the umpire has authority to make decisions on rules ...
      »umpire 14: No need to use the umpire has authority to make decisions on rules ...
1 April 29, 2015 401

How Many Major players can play on a AAA team

» deep14: Would like to know if a AAA team can take on two major players from a ...
      »paul0784: I believe it is up to 3 M players....
      »deep14: Great thank you
      »DieselDan: You can have more than three of the next higher level on the team, ...
3 April 28, 2015 535

rules

» poodass: how is it possible for 5 major plus players to be on a major team , ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Roster composition and eligibility rules are covered in SSUSA ...
1 April 19, 2015 678

Rating Question

» DOLFAN: I'm currently a 50 Major Plus player this year. Next year I am ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Yes
      »gott2play: SSUSA Staff, Is your "yes" response the only answer, or is it ...
      »SSUSA Staff: It was the only appropriate answer to the question as posed ... If ...
      »DOLFAN: @Tony..thanks, you bring up a good point. If I would only play in 55 ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Not sure "negotiated" is the right word, but individual facts and ...
      »titanhd: Would it be allowed that a 50 major team drop and play 55AAA? Entire ...
      »softball4b: Maybe 45 AAA
      »SSUSA Staff: titanhd: Nope, but a 50-Major team, assuming all players are 55-age ...
      »17Black: I am looking around on this web-site and cannot find it BUT doesn't ...
      »SSUSA Staff: 17Black - The Team Ratings Index (R/I) chart is available from the ...
      »rightrj1: DolFan, I'm 57 and rated as a 50 Major + player, I wanted to play 55 ...
      »17Black: SSUSA Staff THABNK YOU yes that's the chart I was referencing ...
      »SSUSA Staff: You're welcome! ... We revised the chart this morning to add the ...
      »17Black: Thanks again and LOL If you would have told me at age 25 I would ...
      »swing for the fences : @rightrj1, who you kidding.. you don't go from 50+ to 55 major.. you ...
      »Michigan Vet: So if I read the chart correctly, a 62 year old that played 55 major ...
      »Fabe: Went thru this myself…58 yrs young, playing 50 Majors…but can't be ...
      »grayhitter59: Michigan,as a major player you can play AAA but the team can only ...
      »rightrj1: Hey Swing, I'm OLD! my skills have left me and I'm still being ...
      »swing for the fences : RJ,, I will have to get you a walker and a Cane and a bunch of ...
      »Tim Millette: RJ, don't feel like your alone... you do know Swing is under ...
      »Nancy Allen: Our 80s players told me that pain is God's way of reminding us that ...
      »swing for the fences : PMSL@ Tim Millette
      »Tim Millette: Does PMSL stand for P iss M iddle S izzling L iners?😄
      »swing for the fences : No, but if you ask your old buddy I'm sure he would fabricate a ...
      »cal50: Whatever happened to Einstein, is he still playing?
      »Tim Millette: Einstein is still "occupying" the SF softball leagues. He's ...
      »BruceinGa: Einstein is one of the best!!
      »Lefty: That's great to hear about Einstein. Met him 4 or 5 years in Dalton, ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Swing reluctant to go middle on Einstein? That seems unlikely. Good ...
      »swing for the fences : Ha, turtleman... I only hit Einstein once, in a league game about 4 ...
      »1billyd: To Staff, if I understand the ratings/index chart, if I am a 70 major ...
      »SSUSA Staff: 1billyd - When you matriculate to the next higher age group, you ...
33 April 11, 2015 3086

Fair of foul, I need help

» cuda65: In adult ASA play, not senior but it may apply. Batter hits a ground ...
      »DMac: Fair
      »Devil Dog: Cuda65...in the scenario that you have provided...the correct ruling ...
      »SSUSA Staff: We fully concur with DevilDog's (excellent) analysis ...
      »cuda65: Thanks Devil Dog. My question then is why would it be an umpires ...
      »Garocket: every call is either a judgment call or a rule interputation. once ...
      »cuda65: Garocket,,, Thank, That answered the questions.
6 April 3, 2015 743

state directors changing rules

» voodoo sports: wanted some feedback so I will paint the picture. played in ...
      »Benji4: I'm assuming the director was Rick Seifman? If so enough ...
      »Dbax: It's time for teams in Arizona and visiting states to wise up and ...
      »VOODOOSPORTS: Although Rick is the state director I did not speak with him. ...
      »Nancy Allen: VDS, the best way to handle this is to contact the office directly, ...
      »Benji4: DC You left out the parts that if he thinks you are too good a ...
5 March 12, 2015 1225
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