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, May 25, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

swing and rip the ball down the line...the next at bat they take an outside pitch and punch or 1/2 swing to the opposite field...in both cases in my book that is a base hit...but in the second case it was NOT a full swing...if you have a rule that states FULL swing then it will always crop up with the teams that have slap hitters..to me the definition of a swing is the bat passing thru the strike zone of the strike mat
, May 25, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

Nancy, for the most part I agree with what you say... but the rule itself could definitely be worded better and then we wouldn't have this once a year complaint about it... again I have never called chopped ball or have I seen it called... as far as as a full swing... I've seen pull hitters take a BIG BOY
, May 22, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

to get a double play on any scenario like that then the umpire must not have seen the ball hit him... because once it hits him it is a dead ball...if the ball did actually hit him and he had both feet in the batters box it should have been a dead ball foul... if 1 foot was completely out of the box while exiting the box and it hit him then it would still be a dead ball but batter is out.... question on your scenario...if the catcher tagged the batter and then threw to 1st how did they get an out there??? once the batter was tagged the runner at 1st didn't have to advance...was he standing off the bag??
, May 22, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

to be honest about this call....I have umpired for 20 years in all of the big tournaments and I have NEVER seen a chopped ball called...it just doesnt happen... just as rule 7.6 on a batter taking a FULL SWING.... batters that hit to the opposite fields always take a somewhat 1/2 to 3/4 swing...again this is never called...that being said if the umpire acknowleged that it happened but didnt know of the rule then you as the manager should have asked for the UIC or a tournament director to get a ruling
, May 19, 2017
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: make the call

in the scenario the batter is always out on the IF call ...if there was no interference ...it could be a live ball also depending on the position of the fielder... if the 1st baseman was attempting the catch in front of 1st base and the runner and missed it and the ball then bounced and hit the runner then it would be a live ball all runners can advance
, April 24, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the Batters Box.

spock... the rule explains it all

A. The batter must have at least some portion of both feet on or inside the lines of the batter's box at the start of the pitch. A batter who steps out of the batter’s box at any time during the pitch and then hits the ball, fair or foul, shall be called out.
Steps out means touching the ground completely outside of the lines of the batter’s box. (See §1.5)

Dave is right there needs to be more enforcement of the rule....if the players need more room then petition SSUSA for a rule change and ask for different size batters boxes
, April 20, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching rule

forgot to add this is the SSUSA rule USA/ASA may be different
, April 20, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching rule

here is the rule

6.4 • BEFORE STARTING THE PITCH
A. The pitcher shall not be considered in the pitching position unless the catcher is in position to receive the pitch.
B. The pitcher must take a position with at least one foot in contact with the pitcher's box.
C. The pitcher must come to a full and complete stop with the ball in front of the body. The front of the body must face the batter. This position must be maintained at least one second before starting the pitch.
, April 17, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call.

coop... a obstructed runner does not have to make an attempt to go to the next base... if a runner is obstructed the umpire should give a signal and a verbal call of obstruction and the play continues as a delayed ded ball... once the play is completed the umpire would then award any advancement of bases that in his judgement the runner would have obtained...also contact is not necessary for obstruction to be called
, April 16, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

Dave, which bizarre flight plan that I made up...lol... I agreed with you that if after the deflection the ball went foul yes 2 base award... but are you saying that it doesn't matter if the ball after the deflection goes over the wall in fair territory and lands foul its still a 2 base award?
, April 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

SORRY....didn't pick up on the part of ball going into foul territory.... then it would depend on if the ball went over the fence in the air in fair territory and then landed foul...this would be a 4base award...but if it hit off his glove in fair territory then bounced foul and out of play it is a ground rule double
, April 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

forgot to add....in softball it is considered a 4 base award
, April 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

Dave I see the rule you posted.... I guess deflecting off the glove is different than off the head of the O/F ...they awarded Carlos Martinez a home run when his batted ball deflected of Jose Canseco's head and over the fence.....one of his better fielding plays
, April 9, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

Dave, since SSUSA does not allow mitts except for 1st base and catcher what is the call...is it the same as ASA...Thx
, April 8, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

also this play was just discussed a few posts ago "the do over" and Garocket had the correct answer for the penalty of an illegal glove catch
, April 8, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

I've never seen a SSUSA rule on this but the ASA rule is that the offensive manager has the option of taking the play or having the runners return and the batter go back to the plate and hit again but start with the same count he had before the hit
, April 8, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

im not sure...a few years ago
, April 7, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

not in SSUSA...only 1st baseman and catchers...I know in ASA they allow it
, April 5, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitch that hits the ground before home plate

ques. 1)yes and yes 2) yes
, April 5, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ejection

It depends on the age bracket...if it is 70s or older yes ..if it is 65's and lower you can play with 9...ejected player is an out every time he would have come to bat
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