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Vinny sieckowski

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, Jan. 24, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

Mountain man
its important to enforce at the start of the open inning.
Down 11 going into the top of the 6th inning with 7 minutes still on the clock. The home team (my team) were told flip flop and this is the open inning. We argued it cant be a flip flop because there is still time on the clock. so as a result we lost out on home and lost the 7th inning that would have been played since time was on the clock at start of the 6th.
We lost the argument and lost that game by 4.

So make sure you enforce the intent of the rule if ever in this situation.

This comment is a lesson learned remark not to point fingers. The ump, director and myself all discussed this the next day and a mistake was made and recognized, so no need to bash.


, Jan. 23, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat prices

I think the final prices haven't changed much. Its the retail price. 5 years ago there were a lot less REPS out there. Every rep knows the more you sell the cheaper rep gets them for in the future. So you often see pm me for pricing. They do that because the company says you need to sell bat X at $$$ price. But if you sell 100 bat Xs you will get your next order at a lower cost. Sooo many will sometimes sell a bat at no profit to build quantity sales.
If i sell bat X at 179 shipped and its 180.00 retail no savings so why buy from me but if i sell bat X at 180.00 retail 229.95 wow what a savings.
, Jan. 17, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Courtesy runner

thanks ssusa
As an ump players ask me these questions usually cause they probably got the short end. I should have caught that on unlimited runners.

question for me though if 1 rule says once the CR touches the base he is the runner of record
Then why the new rule that a CR must be acknowledged by umpire. If he isn't acknowledged but still can be called out then the new rule isnt in effect?


, Jan. 17, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Courtesy runner

you make the call.

while time was called by the umpire A CR went to first, stood on first and the batter /runner stepped off. coach said get off we already used a runner. the CR stepped off and the batter/ runner returned to the bag. During this time time out was still on from home plate umpire (confirming score).

When play resumed the defensive team called time and stated to base umpire they already used a runner and you saw another runner step on first blue.

Base umpire calls for an out.

Offensive coach argues the following:
at no time did the CR advise or get acknowledged by either umpire
time on the field was called by home plate umpire prior to and during
at the resuming of play the proper runner was on first and not eligible for protest.


Call was reversed safe at first.

Is this the right call?
, Jan. 13, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bullhead City's 15th Annual Senior Spring Tournament

any chance of ever bringing 40s division into this event?
, Jan. 11, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Taping of bat handle.

I use the knob and oddly cant bat without it (headgames).
I discussed this on another board as well. the rule is interpretive.

To enhance.... well I can tell you take the tape and knob off my bat and i will hit worse. So by rule it is enhancing my at bat.

I truelove believe most umps, myself included understand these rules and only enforce major violations of such.
, Jan. 9, 2017
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Anyone have any info on the 40s division for 2016.
My team is looking into going this year but at 13 hours driving isn't an inviting option. So with car rental, flights and hotel this will be our most expensive event of the year including Worlds.
Would hate to spend all that money and turn out to have 6 or 7 teams.

Any 40s team on here going?
SSUSA is the first year for 40s?
, Dec. 19, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player fees

thanks love the input, keep it coming.

yeah a big chunk of the 18Gs is hotels, being from Tucson there is nothing local so 7 of our 9 events are out of state.
I just wonder if we say $250.00 a guy and must pay by April 1 are we risking problems? What is a star player isnt paid in full does he get benched? do you cut him?
Looking for the negative as well in doing a player fee
, Dec. 19, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player fees

sorry to clarify this is for 1 tournament team that plays tourneys only.
, Dec. 19, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player fees

Just wondering what you all think of player team fees? With about $18,000.00 in costs for the 2017 year we thought about charging each play a fee to be paid in full by April to help offset costs. Clearly we will outline what it covers, doesn't guarantee a starting spot etc. Just wondering what ideas others have done. Sponsorship is hard to find and collecting/fronting entry fees is a paid as well.

What are your ideas?
, Dec. 15, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Patterson NY Over 50 League 2017 season

or maybe just allowing 3 40s players max per team on the roster. This way no one can complain the 40s are killing us lol.
, Dec. 8, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Triple Play or Not? - Help with call

Stick8
My thing is why would try for a 4th out. u,p says out out and out at home. so we walked off. our team didnt go thinking we had 3 outs both teams walked off because the ump said it was three outs. He over turned as out outfields were getting to our dugout.

Granted if he stays with 3 outs the offense will feel cheated.
, Dec. 7, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 season

Looking for a ruff estimate for the 2017 season schedule. A week, weeks or months just to inform teammates some need advanced notice for time off.
I understand it is usually same weekends but would hate for them to ask for xyz and they really needed tuv.
, Dec. 6, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Triple Play or Not? - Help with call

Thank you SSUSA. I have tried to start several new threads and it wont come up. The next time i try if it doesnt work i will call the office.

B.J. the ump did recognize he called it too early and was thinking it was a force. We never asked if he thought the runner would have made it back with a throw from home. I couldnt see that possible if he was inches from the commit line and catcher had ball in glove. but either way one team would have felt wronged. the next guy got a base hit and scored those two. In the end we won by 3 lol



, Dec. 6, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Triple Play or Not? - Help with call

B.J. REPLY: HAT MAN... ... if the umpire said he didn't see the runner pass the C/L then he has to admit he should have never made the out call... when an umpire makes a call to early or an incorrect call he is allowed to use his judgement to place runners where he believes they would have been had the incorrect call not been made...so if in his judgement the runner seeing the ball thrown home would have made it back to 3rd then he would return both runners...as far as getting the UIC or tour. director involved that is always your choice if you think a RULES violation has occured
, Dec. 6, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Triple Play or Not? - Help with call

Here is one (i cant post new threads so had to piggy back)

Bases loaded no out
Ground ball hit to first playing even with the bag. Attempt to tag runner on first. runner out of baseline called out. 1st baseman then steps on first out 2. here is the tricky part. 1st baseman throws home and umpire makes immediate out call, catcher then roles ball to ump and we proceed to dugout.
The other team appeals saying the force was taken away (correct statement) and the runner never passed commitment line ( we believe he did). After some thought the ump says i didnt see him cross so runners on 3rd and 2nd two out. didnt challenge because we were winning.
Discussion after the game with ump was is that the right call? By making the immediate out call which ended the inning our catcher had no need or fair process to throw the ball down to get the runner off 3rd or in a pickle. By overturning a 3rd out call the favor went to the offense making him safe with no play.
So while i get he called the force too soon the defense was penalized for it because we could have just ran at the runner, pickle or what have you.

So do you leave the call the same, ask for a director override or side with the offense.
, Dec. 5, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Mad Dog
what number are you thinking though say usssa numbers? I like the idea but the bat development would have to change. It would cause too many ripple effects. EX a few years back I played E worlds with the kids and the next week sr worlds. When I went to utrip they tested all bats, for fun I wanted to test my 50 cut max big cat miken.......150 it tested. Guy says holy sh!@ they let you use that? I say yea and that bat is new on has 50 cuts on it.

So lets say they make it 160 cant use a new bat, make it 120 sr bats wont last a full season. Do they (mfgr) make them 1.20 if so a lot must change.
Then factor in those that do not use the tester correctly.

Sad to say but I dont see money being spent to play the safety card. I think we need to focus on the 1976 hats given out as second place at winter worlds. 210 teams, new record and a 1.79 cap with buckle strap for 2nd. At least make them a snapback or flex fit lol
, Dec. 5, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Rules

they are testing this format to see what impact it has on time management. not an official rule yet.
, Dec. 5, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

too many variables with too many separate interests to see shaved bats go away.
Bat testing (compression) doesnt prove anything. As many have said the bat could be just well broken in. You have to assure the tester is trained. How hard can it be? In may of tested/bucket events in USSSA I have bats tested higher weeks after another test scored it lower(hotter). Had a bat test at 220 following day hit a pitcher and tested at 250. compression testing is not true. note asa and utrip have different compression numbers for those that dont know. They basically mean the same but one is in the thousands and one in the hundreds.
Bat companies are in it for profit. In sr ball its a little different because of no warranty. in ASA/USSSA when a player shaves a bat and it breaks thats profit on 1 bat sale(its not being sent back). If you dont shave it and you break it the mfgr replaces it thus 2 bats at the same price.
Easton attempted a clear design that if the barrel was shaved the outside color would change and the umps would know. Major fail umps calling guys out only to find out the bat after being well broken in was changing color and when sent in proven to be legal. Did I mention the sales were dismal from the start to begin with.
Lets cut open a bat we think is shaved....hmmmmm I use a 2014 demarini the pne end load. I now have 1 left and are becoming harder and harder to find. I dont care if you give me 500 for a bat I wont have one broken in like that and all because of (I think its shaved)
Bottom line is mfgrs wont spend more money to get less profit. Players will always look for an edge. All we can do as many have said is align yourselves with like players and have the comfort of knowing your doing it right.


, Dec. 5, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

My Take,
I have done both, pitched and batted with sun issues. I look at it as its part of the game. In a quick review of just posts on this site going back 9 months no one mentions for or against the sun rule. A 13 to 0 vote to change the rule with no rebuttal from anyone says a majority opinion to me. Having a pitcher move to the sun is like having your pitcher throw the ball where you want it when in a HR derby.
I feel that the push to change or this case not change "for Safety" is getting out of control. If more of your focus is safety this and safety that maybe its time to hang it up. Playing nervous or dare i say scared is a recipe for injury. Not trying to challenge anyone here or their manhood just feel the batters sun rule should never have been a rule. Just like sometimes you get the bad park, or the bad ump, or the wind blowing in its the luck of the draw. Spending more time on rule just changed days ago isn't going to go anywhere. As an umpire i am glad this was taken away, one less challenge from teams/coaches to get an advantage.
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