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Jan. 26, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: offensive interference

roco36.. it's a tough call without actually seeing the play.. usually interference would only be called if the runner purposely stopped in front of you to block your vision.. your description of the play though tells me the runner was doing what he was suppose to do.. he was in the base path and trying to advance.. no call play on
Jan. 24, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner leaving Base Early

Dave, what I meant by being caught in the air... would be a deep pitch and caught in the air by the catcher...should have added "catcher"
Jan. 24, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner leaving Base Early

no... the ball must be hit, make contact with the plate or ground or be caught in the air before a runner can leave the base
Jan. 19, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: first baseman charging the plate during delivery of the pitch

Ib16, it could be that he just read your post wrong..I know I have done that.. he is correct that there is no rule where a defensive player can position himself before the pitch, except that he needs to be in fair territory... but in the OP scenario it stated he was charging the plate which as SSUSA posted is illegal and the player should have been ejected with no warning
Jan. 18, 2018
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll thread closed ?

Dave, lol, thx

Jan. 18, 2018
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll thread closed ?

Dave, "empirical" data... couldn't you just use normal data... now i have to go and google that
Jan. 11, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: umpire interference

Dave, you are correct, I mis-read the OP and then your explanation of the umpire being hit by a batted ball is what I was answering... if the base umpire makes contact with a defensive player during a play you have nothing..it is considered incidental contact.. play on
Jan. 11, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: umpire interference

roco... well the HP umpire got it 1/2 right.. the umpire is considered part of the field..the proper call would be determined by the position of the base umpire when he was hit by the batted ball.. if he was in front of the defense when hit then it is just as Dave stated per the Bible... if he was just behind the defense when stuck then it is a live ball play on
Jan. 10, 2018
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Today's Big Vote

NYGNYY... i googled it...lol electoral fraud... I like the buying of votes idea.. i bet it runs rampant in SSUSA
Dec. 30, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Player Ejection

I assume you mean during a disagreement with a call.. the player would be ejected from the game by the game umpire.. then the UIC and tournament director would follow up with other punishments... which could vary from the rest of tour. to a ban for life
Dec. 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Player Ejection

even for league play it's usually the same as Dave described above...every ejection is looked at by a Division board and then minimum of 1 game and maximum of league expulsion.. the same act by different individuals can also have different outcomes...ex. if the player has had problems in the past
Dec. 12, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: morning sunrise

no suspension of play if sun is in the batters eyes...
below is the rule...

6.16 • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS
In significantly windy conditions, if, in the judgment of the umpire, the wind is having a discernible adverse effect on the accuracy of both pitchers, the umpire may declare that only strikes count. In the case of sun interference potentially affecting the pitcher’s safety, the umpire may invoke a short suspension of play.
EFFECT: Softball is an outdoor game played in the elements. Sun position affecting the batter is not a potential safety issue and shall not be the basis for a suspension of play.
Dec. 2, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: GLOVES/MITTS

Dave, lol... I'm gonna have to get my reading glasses checked.. I see the strikeout lines now but the 1st time I didn't?
Dec. 1, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: GLOVES/MITTS

Staff, I'm confused on the below new glove/mitt rule.. first it states glove and mitts may be worn by any player..but then it states that mitts can only be used by the catcher and first baseman


§3.6 • GLOVES – Proposal to allow the use of mitts by any defensive player – “Gloves and mitts may be worn by any player.” , but mitts may be used only by the catcher and first baseman • PASSED 12‐0

Dec. 1, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: foul ball out

in SSUSA it is a live ball out just like a fair ball fly out.. many times you will hear the defense yell out let a foul ball go if the batter has 2 strikes with runners on base
Nov. 20, 2017
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rules question

it' legal as long as it is done right away and the pitcher hasn't started his motion
Nov. 16, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules question

Vance... no this is not a force out.. it is considered a timing play.. how are the runners forced to run? the fly ball was caught therefore the runners did not have to advance.. in this scenario 1 run would score unless the defense appealed that both runners had left early and the umpire called them both out
Nov. 16, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules question

if the runner on 3rd scored before the ball was back into the infield and an appeal was made then 1 run would score...this is a time play.. runner on 2nd would have been called out for leaving early on the appeal ...3 outs
Nov. 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1 and 1 count

or how about having your pitcher throw more 1st pitch strikes...I dont know how many games I work where the pitcher goes 3 and o before he then throws a strike to the batter
Nov. 13, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: bats on playing field

Dave can correct me if im wrong... as soon as the ball came into contact with the bats dead ball should be called by the umpire.. then it becomes his judgement.. he could return runners to there previous base.. let them score or call them out if he believes a play could have been made
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