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Sept. 22, 2022
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: TX Thunder 60 AAA loking for Players

Texas Thunder 60 AAA looking for players
We are looking for players for the 2023 season starting with Winter Worlds in Phoenix. We are trying to get more outfielders, but a Shortstop infielder will be considered. Please contact Terry Frederick 713-253-9072 or Al Schoelen 214-477-4142. Both phones will accept text messages.
Sept. 22, 2022
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas Legends moving to 65AAA

Joe, you can play all the positions. Just kidding. I am going to play one more year at 60 AAA, and then plan to move up next year. If the Thunder 60 doesn't move up for 2024, then I might be knocking on your door. Al
Sept. 3, 2022
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas Thunder 60 AAA looking for players

We are looking for players for the 2023 season starting with Winter Worlds in Phoenix. We are trying to get more outfielders, but a Shortstop infielder will be considered. Please contact Terry Frederick 713-253-9072 or Al Schoelen 214-477-4142. Both phones will accept text messages.
Aug. 1, 2022
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Safety

I thought intentionally erasing the chalk lines of the batters box, even at the coin flip, was cause for ejection.
July 30, 2022
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Player released and playing on another team in same age group

My understanding of this rule is a player can play in his age group on one team, get released, and play on one other team in that same age group in the same season. He cannot be released again and play for another team in the same age group, including the original team that released him the first time. The season includes all sanctioned events in SSUSA for the entire season including Winter Worlds even though that event was in a different year, but was part of the next year roster event.
July 30, 2022
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Whatís your call

1) Had the lead runner on 2nd already scored? If so, then then the runner on first could be declared out, but the run would count, game over.

2) Was the person struck outside the dugout. Standing at the opening doesn't mean he was in the field of play. If he wasn't in the field of play, then it is a dead ball and all runners advance bases from their position at the time of the release of the thrown ball. Run scores, game over.

3) He was in the field of play and not the on deck batter or base coach. Again, had the run already scored. If not, you have interference, dead ball, runner closest to home is out.

This is based off USSSA rules since you said young guys playing so I presume it wasn't Senior Softball.
Oct. 25, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run limits

50's are seniors and 40's are masters..since 40's are younger they have slightly different rules in a couple of area's. 40's also don't have the courtesy foul.
Oct. 25, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

The key word in the rule is "deliberately". It is an umpire judgement call. If the action is not deliberate, then it cannot be an out. I have seen on a few rare occasions a player stand at the plate with his bat on his shoulders and watch a bad pitch hit the bat. On on a very rare occasion, the ball went fair. These were not deliberate or intentional acts by the batter. However, if a batter had intented a full swing on an outside pitch, I doubt he checked his swing. USSSA reclarified this rule to intentionally hitting the ball slowly under it's definition of a bunt. This cut out the full swing issue where a guy would take a full swing but hit the ball slowly like a bunt. I called a guy out in doing it. He then did it the next week and another umpire called him out. He quit after that. He later would hit little bloopers into right field. Players wanted to call him out. I told them that a ball that lands in the outfield is not getting that call. The intent of the rule was to stop "intentional bunt like contact". A ball in the outfield wouldn't apply.
July 8, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's the correct call?

The strike map is not necessarily in fair territory. The SSUSA rules only defines fair territory and there is a diagram in the rules showing the mat and home plate separate. The foul lines are marked from the rear corner of home plate. I believe this would be a judgment call to whether the ball was touched over home plate or behind the plate. The position of the player is not relevant only the position of the ball. If the ball was over home plate when touched then it would have been fair, otherwise it was foul. For an umpire to make that call, he would have to be absolutely sure or he would need to call it foul.
June 1, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is batter out

The whole purpose of this rule is two fold. One to define control for a catch (yes, the ground can cause a fumble) and what is legal possession that constitutes a catch. A person can't use the inner part of his ball cap to catch the ball and then reach in with his hand to say he legally possessed and controlled the ball. The same would be to pull out his jersey to form a "cup" to catch the ball. The ball in contact alone against the body would not be illegal, but it would not be a catch until the player had the ball in his hand or glove.
May 21, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: batter interference

It is an umpire judgment call. If in the umpire believes it would have been a strike, then that is the call otherwise it is a ball.
May 21, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

This is an interesting scenario and one the National UIC for USSSA sent out to all umpires. This was his ruling: This is a timing play. If the run or runs scored prior to the runner being passed by the batter base runner they count. If not the don't. This was the ground rule double situation. Even though the ball went dead, runners must still advance properly
May 21, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield fly rule

The infield fly rule once called is called. As our UIC told us one time, if you call it and the ball hits off the outfield fence, the batter is still out. That was just an extreme example and does not happen. The infield fly does not mean the pop up is over the infield dirt. It means it can be caught with routine effort by an infielder or even a shallow outfielder such as a rover. The level of the players is also taken into consideration on deciding what is routine. A lot of times when it is called fielders let it drop hoping the runners will try to advance so they can tag them out. (The force is gone because the batter is out and runners are not forced to advance). It must be less than 2 outs with runners on 1st & 2nd or bases loaded. The whole purpose was to prevent an easy double or triple play. Also, if an umpire calls infield fly and the balls falls short of 1st or 3rd and goes foul without being touched, it is a foul ball. Most of the time it is a simple call, but umpires do misjudge them and on occasion make the wrong call, but they just have to eat it. However, if anyone thinks the umpire should be perfect, then I guess their lifetime batting avg is 1.000 and they have never made an error, mental or physical.
May 21, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Change in the batters box rule

I umpire in USSSA: Here is the actual rule which applies to all levels. Rule 1 Sec 5: ....The Batter must take an initial position with his back foot no further forward than a line defining the front edge of home plate. The batter will be called out if he hits the ball when the back foot is completely further forward than the line defining the front edge of the plate.

Nowhere does it permit a person to make contact with the ball outside the box. Since many times the boxes aren't marked it is the umpires judgment. We are taught it must be obvious. The rear foot rule was incorporated because it now makes the presumption you are out of the forward lines of the box if the back foot is in front of the plate at the time contact is made. If the box is marked, a player could still be called out if he makes contact with the ball and one or both feet is outside the box. The lines are part of the box and you are in the box if any part of a foot is on the line. This rule applies to ALL LEVELS.
Jan. 27, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield fly rule......

If the Infield Fly is called by the umpire, the batter is out and runners advance at their own risk. If ball is dropped, batter is still out and advancing runners must be tagged since force is now off. If caught, runners must tag up before advancing or else they can be called out for failing to retouch with a proper appeal.
Jan. 27, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mardi Gras Qualifier in Louisiana

Tournament had been cancelled. I guess due to lack of teams. I know of two Texas teams that had paid to go.
Jan. 27, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SAFE or OUT

The rule in SSUSA is clear, the runner is out if the 1st baseman caught the ball while in contact with the white base if the batter-baserunner did not touch the safety bag when a play was being made at 1st base. You seem to have been trying to call the situation as an USSSA rule which is different than SSUSA.
Jan. 27, 2021
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield Fly (not)

An infield fly is only when runners are at 1st & 2nd or bases loaded with less than two out. There os a dead ball pop outs on infield if runners are on 1st or 1st and 3rd with less than 2 outs if in the opinion of the umpire that the ball was intentionally dropped or not caught with intent to get a double play. This is an umpire judgment call. A person not running should have nothing to do with the ruling on the field.
Aug. 2, 2020
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championships & TOC

Our bracket has 3 teams from one classification (60 AAA) and one team from a different one (55 AA). In the past, it said the solo classification had to win bracket to get TOC bid. If that occurred then the highest finishing team of the other classification also gets a TOC bid. It does not say that this time. There was a 55 AA in the 60 AAA group at Rocky Mountain Championships last year and and had they won, the highest finishing 60 AAA would have also gotten a TOC Bid. I have also played at Rocky Mountain when we had a similar situation with only 4 teams. The solo team won and we were the highest finishing of the other 3 and got a TOC bid. Our goal will be to win the tournament, but we would like to please know why this didnt apply this time, especially since the lack of tournaments this year means less teams have a chance to qualify. Thank you for your time.
July 22, 2020
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

I noticed that there are a recorded number of teams going this year. More than they have gotten the past 3 years in Sacramento. Maybe the new location might be considered for a future move for this tournament, at least maybe every other year.
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