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April 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Wayne, in your original scenario you say that the runner was standing on the bag.. again as long as he stood still and didn't move into the fielders path in my JUDGEMENT it would not be interference.. and what happens if he moves into foul territory and the ball drifts back in that direction and the fielder bumps into him is he still out for interference??
April 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

Wayne, you asked if there was another 4 base award that you didn't know of so I posted it.. as far as a runner finishing their obligation for running bases.. I agree with you a B/R should advance to the base awarded before getting a C/R or be called out as soon as the C/R touches the bag
April 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

SRoe.. lol... I find it just the opposite.. most players do not know the 6-12 arc especially on the 12ft side.. For what ever reason the higher the team is ranked the more they expect the strike zone to be lower as in 10 ft.
April 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: double bag at 1st

K.. once the runner has "attained" 1st base the double base is treated as one.. for both the runner and the defensive player.. so yes the runner can stand off in foul territory and just toe the bag
April 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Wayne, the runner on the bag does not have to move to get out of the fielders way, but he also may not shift his position to get into the fielders way.. this would be a judgement call as to how the umpire sees the play.. and trust me the offense always sees it different than the defense
April 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

Wayne.. 8.4(7) • FOUR-BASE AWARD
Any fair ball touched by a player on either side of the fence that clears or has cleared the fence in fair territory before touching the ground will be a "four-base award," and will not be included in the total over-the-fence home run count.
NOTE: The batter may return directly to the dugout and all other runners may return directly to the dugout. EFFECT: The concept known as “hit and sit” is permitted.this is a
April 20, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

Dave.. Then I'm not reading this rule correctly...
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.. what does the last part of the rule say? (is a foul ball and a dead ball) I understand why the batter would be out just like if a fielder caught a fly ball in foul territory on a 3rd strike.. this would cancel out any courtesy foul because the ball was caught
April 19, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

TX.. yes you are correct it does.. and the same result for a foul ball.. your op said that a foul tip wasn't a foul ball.. I just showed you that it was.. When and if SSUSA uses a 1 and 1 count with a courtesy foul then a foul tip on a supposed 3rd strike would be the courtesy foul
April 15, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

TX... read the rule again the end of the last sentence before the effect..." is a foul ball and a dead ball" ...The foul tip rule is for a batter that tips it straight back with less than 2 strikes.. if caught it is a foul ball and a dead ball but not an out
April 11, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Associations
Discussion: What Home Run Rule you use in your Senior League

we have unlimited HR's in our league and we made up a protected batter rule so the big hitters are not walked every at bat..
9. Protected Batter (PB):
a. Each team is allowed to “protect” two players on their lineup sheet.
b. Protected players must be designated on the lineup sheet prior to the start of a game and changes are not allowed as the game progresses.
c. All protected batters may be walked one time during a game without penalty to the defensive team.
d. Upon receiving a second walk, the protected batter must proceed to second base. NOTE: Bases must be touched in order.
e. The second walk penalty shall not be in effect if a strike is thrown to the protected batter during the second or subsequent plate appearance if the protected batter walked in a preceding plate appearance.
f. The protected batter receiving a second walk shall be credited with a double in the scorebook and all results of such action (RBIs) will count.
g. The protected batter rule will be in effect the entire game.
March 28, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

SSUSA has hit and sit with no requirement to touch 1st base.. there is no exception in the rule for a runner who jogs around the bases.. it's a dead ball situation so I would not call him out.. most likely he is a batter who has never cleared the fences before and is :) enjoying his hit
March 25, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

stick8 on your situation a few years ago.. Just so you know for in the future a runner cannot be assisted by a coach or another player.. unless it is a trailing runner who could help him up but not pass him in doing so
March 25, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ground rule double/courtesy runner

Linknblue.. actually the appeal can be made by any defensive player
March 25, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: what is the call

dave... lmao
March 24, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

Dave's 2nd answer is the one I would go with.. A batter that has been awarded 2nd base has to finish his running responsibilities before asking for a C/R.. if for some reason he gets to 1st and yells out I have a C/R going in for me.. as soon as the C/R touches the bag he should be called out
March 4, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

Fleck you are correct not enough umpires enforce this.. that is why during the pre-game meeting the HP umpire should stress that it will be called.. one other point on pitchers getting hit.. I never can understand why when a pitcher is ahead in the count with 2 strikes on the batter that he would throw a "low outside" pitch to him and then be surprised when the batter hits it up the middle.. I'm not saying you have to groove a strike to him but the low outside pitch is an accident waiting to happen
March 4, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scorekeeping

the umpires on the field are in charge of keeping the score and as the rule states he will verify with both teams after each 1/2 inning the correct score.. for him to change his score card the team must have shown him where the extra run had scored... as far as them ending up with 5 runs instead of the 4 I have no idea why.. there is no run penalty for not keeping a book other than you have no way to argue the score

Feb. 21, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

txnighttrain.. the 1st part of your post was correct the b/r should have been called out.. as far as the catcher talking during the pitch it is bush league but part of the game and the umpire usually doesn't say anything unless it is brought up by the offensive team that it is bothering them
Feb. 20, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When runners are entitled to advance

k man.. yes.. USSSA rules are different than SSUSA
Feb. 19, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: vegas

if the coach physically stopped the runner from advancing then interference should have been called.. there is no penalty for a batter advancing to 1st base with the bat as long as he does not interfere in the play
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