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April 30, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner can advance

Just remember, you can tag up when the ball is first touched, not when the catch is completed. This actually happened. Line drive hits pitchers glove over his head and carries to outfield. Runner was standing on second when ball was first touched. Runner takes off. The ball is caught and the defense appealed the runner leaving too soon. They lost the appeal because the runner was on base at the first touch of a live ball by the defense.
April 30, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

This is an umpire judgement call. I umpire and rarely has that ever happened. When it did occur, The runner did not move from his original position on the base and that was what I was looking for at that time. The only time this happened when I observed it, the fielder caught the ball anyway. The problem I have is that the verbal part of the interference is not called. I have heard players on the offense calling for the ball as though they are going to catch it or yelling to have the defense throw it to another base. The umpire did nothing even though he acknowledged hearing it. I have called players out twice for verbal interference. This should be addressed, because it happens more times than you may think.
April 18, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

The effect actually says "the ball is dead on all foul tips and the batter is out if it is the third strike."
April 18, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

I umpire USSSA. When they got rid of the courtesy foul, more guys went up the middle. Some pitchers have even been carted off to the hospital. USSSA then had to change to the middle rule. If a line drive hit the pitcher in the pitching area, it is an out. 2nd offense is a player ejection and 3rd is a forfeit. Needless to say, balls hit at the pitcher decreased. As soon as a few pitchers ride off in an ambulance because of more middle hits, expect this rule to change. Until then I am glad I am not on the mound. I think it is mostly major and major plus guys that want this 1-1. They rarely got in 7. AA and AAA usually get in 7. In the games we won at the Texas State Championships, we averaged 24 runs a game. We made it to the championship game through the losers bracket only to run out of gas. That game went 7 automatically and wish we could have finished with less at that point in the tournament. I can adapt to the 1-1, but I liked senior ball for it's slower pace. Maybe if more people contributed to the survey, things would have been different. For now, I will live with it, because it is the rule.














April 9, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

If people like 1-1, then they should go play USSSA. If SSUSA wants to become like another organization, then I am starting to hear the golf course calling my name. What speeds up the game is the run limits per inning. If you take that away, 7 innings will become a dream.
April 9, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

The 1-1 count produced more Base on Balls due to the windy conditions. We still had one game only go 6 innings. Our Team had 50 Base on Balls over 9 games. One player had 10 and he doesn't get the many usually in a season. Last year we usually went 7 innings in most of our games. We usually don't make it 7 innings in two or three for the whole year. I liked the old way better. Pitchers could be more refined on pitching instead of serving up meat pitches. The new ball hasn't showed up yet.
April 9, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship Results

It was quite windy. We got 50 base on balls over 9 games.
March 27, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

Rule 1.29 Foul Tip: A foul tip is a batted ball that goes directly from the bat, not higher than the batter's head, to the catcher's hand(s) or glove and is legally caught by the catcher. NOTE: Any batted ball that goes directly from the bat, not higher than the batter's head to any part of the catcher's body or equipment other than the hand(s) or glove is a foul ball and a dead ball. EFFECT: The ball is dead on all foul tips and the batter is out if it is the third strike.

Since we have the 1-1 count in the 50-55-60 age brackets now with a courtesy foul, this rule is more likely to come into play. This would mean that a player with two strikes and then has a foul tip would be out since a foul tip (which means it fits the above definition) is not a foul ball.

Staff please correct me if this is wrong.


March 25, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

First line of Rule 8.4(1) "Each batter must reach first base without the aid of a courtesy runner." Since ball is dead, and based on this rule and the the use of a CR, as long as the batter made it to first, a CR could take over.
March 8, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: MITTS

Curveball, you shouldn't ASSume someone is wrong until you read the rules.
Feb. 22, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

I mean didn't find any wording.
Feb. 22, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: MITTS

New rule permits any player on field to wear a mitt.
Feb. 22, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

I asked the field director and he said catcher can't talk when ball in flight from pitcher. I just find any wording to that effect in the rule.
Feb. 22, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

I batted .750 at TOC. The issue is not a distraction from talking, but hearing the umpire call illegal. It makes it tough to discern.
Feb. 20, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

During one of our games at TOC we had a batter/runner interfere with a throw by yelling out for our fielder to throw to third instead of where we wanted the throw to go, which was second. Both umpires heard it even though the batter/runner tried to deny it. The umpire just warned him and told him not to do it again. I told the umpire that the rules say that if a person intentionally interferes, he is out. Rule 8.3.E says nothing about it affecting the play. The intent alone is why he should have been out. He said if the batter/runner advanced further off the play, he would have made him go back. I don't think that is right the way the rule reads, their should have been an out.

The other is on catcher obstruction. The rule says that a catcher cannot obstruct the batter from striking the ball. There was an issue whether a catcher could talk when the ball was in flight from the pitcher. The umpire made the catcher from the other team stop. The contention was that it obstructed the batter from hearing the umpire call illegal pitches and therefore swing at a ball he normally wouldn't have struck at.

I am just trying to get an actuate understanding of the rule and if something is being done wrong have a righteous reason for protesting. I just like to get it right.
Feb. 20, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New Tournament Balls

We were told that a new ball was soon going to be used for Tournament Play. Could you give us the name of the ball (I forgot it) and approximately when you think they are going to start being available.
Feb. 20, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: T.O.C

My wife and had a wonderful time at TOC. What I don't understand is why it is February after the qualifying year. Many teams that were at their best in September, now may not play for 5 months. I know logistics dictates when and tournament are run, but I thought it would be great to play TOC in November and play at least Winter Worlds in February. TOC moves to Phoenix in November, and Winter Worlds move to Florida in February. Just a thought although it may not be possible.
Jan. 11, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

I played 60 AA at worlds. We only had one game that didn't go 7 innings and that was because of the rule change regarding when time ran out. For those not there, normally a new inning starts when the last out is recorded. They changed this at worlds to the first pitch which wasted 3 to 5 minutes. Our umpire in that game took his sweet time and it ran out before the first pitch of the 6th, so it became the open inning. If it was the it be way we would have played 7. It worked to our advantage, but the team screamed about it and I didn't blame them. Guys will still get their 3 strikes. They will just foul off a pitch. However, a pitcher will have to throw more meat pitches when behind. From my experience as USSSA Umpire expect to see higher scoring games, and more BB. The difference with SSUSA and USSSA is the run limits vs no limits. I have seen team's bat nearly 30 minutes. USSSA also only uses a 50 minute clock and no open inning. (Some use 55 minutes). Also, a survey that has far less than 50 percent participation is not what you should be basing change. If you want to look more like USSSA then get rid of run limits (No more need for buffet inning), shorten the time, no more mat, undefeated bracket team in finals is automatically home. You will be lucky to get 5 innings. Senior ball was made to be an easier paced game but still competitive. When you start down that road you are on, eventually it won't be what it was intented to do. History will just repeat again.
Jan. 5, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dallas Spurs 60 AAA Looking for Players

Our team won the Midwest Championships and the Rocky Mountain Championships in 2017, and came in Second at SSUSA Worlds. We won 5 tournaments in 2017. We are a Texas team. Our reward was to be moved up to AAA. We now need some new players to compliment our team. I have already picked up two major players. I could use one more major player and a couple AAA players. I am looking mostly for outfielders with strong arms, good speed and a strong bat. If you are interested email me at asdfop588@hotmail.com. Put "Player Interested" in subject line. Include a name and cell phone in narrative. Thanks, Al Schoelen
Jan. 5, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

I just checked and the teams for TOC are listed, but have not been yet been broken down by ratings. They show 107 teams. I compared the current rating list with the 60's and found that 60 AA (My team is in the division) has found 8 teams. This may not be exact, but should be close enough to give that group an idea of the amount of competition they are going to have.
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