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March 16, 2020
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) Part II

Wayne : The average age of the peope who died in Italy is 81 years old!!! ... Italy is the oldest country in Europe and almost evry single person who has died is either immune compromised or in that high age bracket .... https://tinyurl.com/tzj9676

Also, headline panic : " A recent CDC projection estimated that the U.S. coronavirus epidemic could infect between 160 million and 214 million people over a period of more than a year and kill anywhere from 200,000 to 1.7 million people in the country. A top CDC disease modeler presented the estimates to CDC officials and epidemic experts during a conference call last month, the New York Times revealed on Friday. The scenario did not factor in the efforts now underway to address the epidemic, but rather what could happen if no action was taken to slow the spread of of the disease."

read again and see what is said, IF NOTHING AS DONE, TE DEATHS COULD BE 200,000 to 1.7 million. (the headline panic number used is 1.7 million. We are also doing something, are we not?

(In the 2017-2018 time frame 61000 people died in the USA from the flu.-JFS)

During the Spanish Flu epidemic they Doctors found people recovered more rapidly when in Fresh air and in the sun. The sun encourages production ov Vitamen D which fights viruses.
https://medium.com/@ra.hobday/coronavirus-and-the-sun-a-lesson-from-the-1918-influenza-pandemic-509151dc8065

Read all the info NOT just the fearmongering stuff.
March 15, 2020
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) Part II

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8076109/Coronavirus-dangerous-symptoms-likely-appear-risk-death.html

March 15, 2020
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) Part II

In the words of the great Douglas Adams .... DONT PANIC

https://www.wired.com/story/whats-social-distancing-flattening-curve-covid-19-questions/?bxid=5be9e8e52ddf9c72dc75c279&cndid=53634954&esrc=bounceX&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_031520&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p4
March 13, 2020
jfsully
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The moves by organizations is NOT because the virus is so deadly

The idea is to "flatten the curve" so cases do not overwhelm the healthcare establishment. The fear is , if allowed the virus to run it's natural course, the rapid increase in cases would cause many high risk people to not be able to get treatment.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/science/coronavirus-curve-mitigation-infection.html
Feb. 16, 2020
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats and cleats

Wayne : not always, at adidas outlets etc, sierra trading post online and many other places you can get trail running for the under $50 range. these are normally overstocks and have great discounts.

For instance my current adidas I aid 49.99 for. (they retail at $90.)

You can also pay $150 for a pair.
Feb. 15, 2020
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats and cleats

CJ100 : A lot of us have fund trail running shoes to be better in traction, weight, cushioning and flexibility.
Dec. 8, 2019
jfsully
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ?

The research done by ASA at the time showed warming a bat added 2-4 mph to the batted ball speed. That equates to approximately 10 feet in distance.

I always found it interesting when it was 70+ degrees that people would attempt to use bat warmers as well.
Dec. 7, 2019
jfsully
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ?

If I recall correctly Ball compression is measured at 72 and for each degree below that, the ball gains 5 lbs of compression. Conversely, for every degree above 72 the ball loses 5 lbs of compression.

ASA (now USA) Softball outlawed bat warmers a few years ago. Their testing showed it provided a performance advantage (I think it was like 3-5%)
April 29, 2019
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Force at Home plate

Is the entire mat considered home plate for purpose of a force out or does the catcher have to be on the official "plate portion only?





Dec. 6, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching screen rules

Thanks Dave, you are always great and quick to respond. I think FL Half Century instiuted rules and I wasn't sure if SSUSA had.
Dec. 6, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching screen rules

Just a few clarification questions on pitching screen rules (esp tournament rules). I would appreciaeet answers regarding SSUSA, ISA and FL Half Century

1) Is it legal for a pitcher to throw the pitch over the screen? Pitch would be under 12 ft and hit the mat.

2) Should the screen cover at least 1/2 the rubber to the glove side? (If not it seems a savvy pitcher could use the screen as a very large fielder)

3) Can the screen be knocked over once the ball is hit to keep it from interfering with a throw home?

4) Am I incorrect in thinking I have seen that senior association rules vary in how far back from the physical pitching rubber a pitcher can stand. I believe I have seen some at 6ft and others as far as 10 ft back.




Nov. 7, 2018
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Stote softball

Dave: I hope you didnt think I was questioning the slection of the "new" ball.

We just have seen some of the extra movement in our games over here on the east coast of Florida and we were wondering if others have seen the same
Nov. 7, 2018
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Stote softball

Just curious: Are you seeing a lot of movement on the ball.

Examples:

An inordinate number of knucklers hit and/or line drives to the outfield that seem to hook then slice(or the opposite)?

Inconsistent bounces in the infield not caused by field conditions?

Balls that seem to float and/or change directions as they come down on high flies to the outfield?


Balls seeming to pickup excess spin when hit off center?
Nov. 5, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Excessive Speed Pitch

17Black : Most of those screens are at least 74-76 inches tall(6'2" to 6'4"). Are you sure yours is exactly 6 feet?

The other question is technical and seemingly nitpicky : is it the top of the ball that has to REACH six feet or does the bottom of the ball have to be over 6 feet?

If it is the top of the ball reaching that height, you are forcing a pitcher to throw ore than 6 feet with pitching over a screen.

(Doker :I totally agree, we have tried to experiment pitching under six feet and get it to the mat, we cant do it unless its almost a fastball)
Nov. 4, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Excessive Speed Pitch

To add to the question : Is it possible to pitch under six feet and still get the ball to the plate without "excessive speed"? ... (I think the ASA softball book refers tot he pitch as to being delivered at "moderate speed"?)

We have tried to get a pitch to hit the "strike mat" while throwing under six feet and it doesn't seem to get there unless thrown with noticeable speed.

(Im sure an engineer, physicist or mathematician among us can figure out the scientific answer.)
Sept. 15, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner intentionally get hit by ball

Nancy , no I guessed that there was another background issue. You have always been very respectful to even the silliest questions on here.

BTW, the question was the runner intentionally running into the ball before the SS picks it up, thereby deflecting it so the SS cannot turn a double play.

I know that if the runner OBVIOUSLY intentionally runs into the ball,before the SS can field it at all, what the call would be. The question was, IF the runner was able to 'sell it" and not make it look intentional it would seem to be a smart base running play, essentially giving himself up and saving a double play.


Sept. 15, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner intentionally get hit by ball

I guess I should have been more specific in saying WE know the answer if it is obviously intentional. WE know how to read, read numerous rule books and also know how to respond to questions in a non snarky manner.

The response "This would be an umpire judgement call to whether it was intentional or not." confirms what we discussed, the decision is on the umpire as to whether it was intentional.

The problem is it is a play that is easy to make look unintentional (even if intentional).

Since it is almost an automatic double play in the original described situation, the risk of putting onus on the umpire might make sense.




Sept. 13, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner intentionally get hit by ball

Theoretical situation:

Less than two outs and runners on first and second and a slow runner at bat.

Ball is hit towards the shortstop (or middle fielder) for what would be a easy double play.

The runner on second intentionally gets into the path of the ball and gets hit. By getting hit with the ball and the ball deflecting away from the fielder, a double play is not turned.

Is it just one out for the runner being struck by the ball? By doing this doesn't the runner help his team by avoiding a double play?

(amazing what a few beverages will make guys dream up)
July 22, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: commitment line stepover standoff

The discussion about running to the commitment line, stopping and then stepping over as the fielder tags you has been discussed on numerous occasions here. The answer is the player is safe if he is touched after stepping over the commitment line.

How, from a defenses standpoint, should this play be made?

Here is another question : 1) runner runs to the commitment line ans stops before crossing 2) Third baseman comes up to him BUT refuses to reach out to touch him (avoiding the play from above). ... the runner and third baseman stand there, neither makes any more movement. After a short period of time should the umpire call time and put the runner back on third base? or does this remain a standoff until both the runner and fielder fall over from exhaustion?
May 30, 2018
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Over running the base

The answer you are going to get is "Its a league rule" .

I am curious how a runner overruns third base, wouldn't it just look like a wide turn? (Second base would be easy because the runner would end up in the outfield...lol)
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