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Bill johnson

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June 24, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Bats
Discussion: USSSA bats

look above for BAT POLICY.. it gives a list of approved bats
June 7, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas Softball

The Villages Fl. is opening all 5 mens and 2 ladies divisions starting tomorrow 6/8... we've had team practices now for 2 weeks.. hopefully we are able to keep going in this direction
May 22, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

from an umpires view.. 1 game I will never forget.. it was almost 20 yrs ago and I had only been umpiring senior softball a short time.. I had HP in a championship tournament game.. bottom of the 7th inning and the team had the winning run on 3rd with 1 out.. the outfield came in a little so they could make a throw to the plate on a fly ball catch... the batter hits a long fly ball to left and over the OF's head.. or so the runner thought... the runner on 3rd started celebrating as he ran toward home crossing the committment line and then the unexpected happened.. the LF never gave up on the ball and made a diving catch running backwards for the second out.. the 3rd base coach and many in the dugout were yelling at the runner that he had to go back and tag up.. as soon as he recrossed the CL going back to 3rd I called him out.. WOW.. need less to say the team went ballistic with the MGR. yelling at me trying to tell me that the runner had to tag up and that going back over the CL was an appeal play... well the game went an extra inning and they just fell apart and ended up losing
May 14, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ruling

titanhd... waiting to see if a fly ball is caught
May 12, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ruling

stick.. as far as the ball being blocked it would depend on whether it was blocked by offensive or defensive equipment not involved in the game..

if by offensive gear then dead ball runners returned to last base at the time of the ball being blocked... also if there was a chance for the defense to possibly make a play the runner the defense was making a play on would be called out.. (umpire judgement)


if the ball was blocked by defensive equipment or if the ball goes out of play it is a 2 base award from the position of each runner and the last base touched at the time of the throw.. since both runners were between 1st and 2nd it is based on the lead runner


May 7, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

i think alan meant the team that was playing defense at that time would appeal the play..

your correct no other batter would be coming to bat.. and the defense would have to make the appeal before the pitcher and all infielders have clearly vacated their normal fielding positions and have left fair
territory on their way to the bench or dugout area.
May 4, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DO RUNNERS RETURN

stick.. that's why I asked that scenario because if he entered the dugout the umpire is suppose to call him out and return the runners with NO APPEAL NEEDED by the defense even though there would only now be 1 out...

so just because he didn't enter the dugout there is no call unless appealed??

I guess Dave isn't going to get involved with this?
May 3, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DO RUNNERS RETURN

here's another scenario.. no outs and a bases loaded walk .. the 7th run of inning scores.. the batter takes a few steps tosses his bat and just waits by the base line while a team mate brings out his glove... the batter never enters the dugout/team area.. what's the call? ... is this a different call than if he had entered the dugout?

at what point is a runner on 1st actually forced to run?


May 2, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DO RUNNERS RETURN

stick...lol right about now I have PLENTY of hairs to split with all the barber shops closed...

what's the difference between a batter going 69' down the base line and stopping or if he cuts the corner to sharp and never touches the bag ... neither runner legally attained 1B... and per the rules a runner is always assumed to touch the bag and then the defense must make an appeal..

but with this rule if the umpire sees him stop short and then walk away to the dugout he is to call him out.. with no appeal needed from the defense and return the runners

I guess my problem is that I don't understand why runners would have to return?? they should be forced to run on the base hit..

another example..
what if the ball was hit to short R field and the runner on 1st never vacated the bag.. the ball was then thrown into 1st base and they tagged the runner on 1st would he be out?
per earlier discussions with senior softball the runner on 1B is not forced to leave if the B/R fails to advance and touch 1B

with this rule here is another crazy scenario..

what if a lazy ground ball is hit to the SS and the B/R doesn't run after the hit but instead immediately enters the dugout.. the SS tosses the ball to 2B for a force out and before the throw to 1st the umpire declares batter out for entering dugout.. is the runner on 2nd now safe because he wasn't actually forced to run and was not tagged

May 2, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DO RUNNERS RETURN

stick.. how did the batter legally acquire 1st base he never touched the bag.. and yes it's still 2 outs.. but per the rule of the runner not advancing to 1B (legally) rule 8.3 C says runners must return

I never liked this rule... this is suppose to be an automatic call by the umpire not an appeal play..

I agree B/R should be called out for not touching 1B but sending runners back never made sense to me..

I was told a while back that because the batter never advanced (which many runners do advance toward 1B but then just stop because there is less than 2 outs) that the runners on base were not forced to advance..

but in my world of "the Eastern Central Florida Rules Sub-Committee of Umpires" the runners are forced to advance as soon as the batter gets a base hit.. whether or not the batter chooses to advance shouldn't matter
with less than 2 outs

hopefully Dave will answer my original scenario






May 2, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DO RUNNERS RETURN

I've got one.. 1 out bases loaded.. B/R gets a hit runners on 2nd and 3rd score for the 7 run limit for the inning .. B/R rounds 1st and heads to 2nd but misses 1B.. he then realizes 7 run limit so he stops turns and heads straight into dugout..

can Rule 8.3 C be invoked.. B/R is out and all runners return? per the rule the batter failed to advance to 1B ... I know he technically did advance toward 1st and actually ran past it but he never attained the bag... is that any differnt than a runner advancing 3/4 of the way and then stopping?


8.3 BATTER-RUNNER IS OUT
C. When he fails to advance to first base and enters his team area after a
batted fair ball, a base on balls, or catcher obstruction. EFFECT: The ball
is dead, the batter-runner is out and runners return to the base occupied
at the time of the pitch unless put out prior to the violation.
May 2, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

larry.. no run scores if a forced runner does not touch the the bag that they are FORCED to.. the batter is forced to touch 1st therefore in 2nd scenario even though the runner from 2nd was technically the 3rd out the run would not score on appeal from the defense

1.1 APPEAL PLAY

A. Types of appeal plays:

5. After the third out in order to nullify a run.



May 1, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Net for Pitchers

omar.. last winter our top division of play made screens mandatory because of a rash of injuries 1 serious..

after the release of the pitch the pitcher must step totally behind the screen but then they are allowed to step/reach out to field a batted ball.. a pitcher who doesn't step behind the screen is issued 1 warning and if he is caught a 2nd time not stepping behind the screen he is removed from the pithcing position..

my question is that you say in your league the screen must used but the pitcher does not have to stand behind the screen at any time.. then why make the screen mandatory if they aren't using it?
April 26, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Choking up on the bat, rule?

Dave, I love the new title.. "the Eastern Central Florida Rules Sub-Committee of Umpires" ...btw is that a paid position?

my definition for a batter taking a "full swing" is what Dave usually says I will know it when I see it

basiclly the batter would start with the bat back over their shoulder and then advance the bat in an outward swinging motion out over the plate with no need to completely follow thru with their swing..

OZ "the Eastern Central Florida Rules Sub-Committee of Umpires"...would have no problem with a batter choking way uo on the bat as long as they followed thru with "my" description above of a full swing
April 25, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Choking up on the bat, rule?

well I know this will rile Dave...lol

this is a rule that I dislike... over the years I've had many complaints about batters not taking a "FULL" swing (and I'm not talking about a batter just sticking out his bat and bunting) yet there is no definition or explanation for the rule..

not all.. but most batters that hit the ball the other way never take a "full swing" they take a 1/2 - 3/4 swing and just punch/push the ball to the opposite field yet I do not consider that to be an illegal hit
April 6, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running lane violation

Tim, lol.. they do make meds for that .. btw.. it's ok to whisper to yourself as long as you don't start answering yourself
April 6, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running lane violation

NYGNYY.. a fielder does not have to make a throw for an out to be called... "IF" in the umpires judgement the runner interferred with the defensive player making the throw...

that being said if you recored an out at 2nd base and the runner remains in the base path and no contact is made that is not obstruction on the runner.. he does not have to duck or veer out of the base path he is where he belongs .. it is up to the defense to throw around or over the runner


April 6, 2020
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running lane violation

welocme back to WAYNES' WORLD of RULES...

where does it state in the rule that.. (NO PART OF EITHER FOOT CAN BE TOUCHING OUTSIDE OF THE LINES)

as far as F3 using the orange bag.. 1) the rule states the runner can either go to the white bag or that they don't have to touch the bag at all in order to avoid a collision

2) F3 in not allowed to use only the orange bag to record an out
March 25, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can't sleep

stick... as far as the ball getting passed an infielder and going into the dugout usually if that happens you have the defense trying to run it down and entering the dugout area..

but no the ball doesn't have to be retrieved once it enters the dugout or if it is thrown over a fence.. it's still a dead ball and an appeal can be made by the defense once all play has stopped ...

the defense also doesn't have to wait until the next batter comes up and before the first pitch ... as soon as the runner on 3rd passed the scoring line/plate and with it still being a dead ball situation the defense can make the appeal at that time

also the runner on 3rd does not score because he left before 1st touch and crossed the CL and cannot return
to tag





March 23, 2020
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can't sleep

k man... the ball going into the dugout has no effect on the runner not tagging/leaving early.. once the ball is retrieved the defense can make the appeal ..

also the ball doesn't actually have to be thrown to a base that is being appealed .. once the ball comes into the infield and play had stopped the defense can specify the runner and base they wish to appeal on the runner leaving early


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