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, 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
, April 2, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Stick, you keep citing UTRIP rules and in many cases their rules are different...but these are senior softball questions and senior softball rules should be used...you are correct in that it doesn't matter between equipment or player....what matters is whether a play could be made on any runner...in any scenario of a ball that gets by a fielder that ends up hittng a bat/player it is considered a blocked ball... if in the judgment of the umpire it impeded a fielder from making a play then the runner being played on is called out ... if the throw was way off line and no possible play could be made then I would have a dead ball return all runners to the last base touched at the time of the blocked ball. to answer your last question on the ball that skipped by the pitcher again if no possible out could have been made i'd have a dead ball return the runners ... here is the EXCEPTION RULE from the SENIOR S.B. RULE BOOK PG 49 this fully explains when you can get an out or when you return the runners

EXCEPTION:
1. If the ball becomes blocked because of offensive equipment not involved in the game, the ball is ruled dead and runners are returned to the last base touched at the time of the blocked ball. If the blocked ball prevented the defense from making an out, the runner being played on is called out.


, April 1, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Stick, I thought the way you worded your original scenario that it was a trick question...yes, bats from the OFFENSE just lying up against the dugout that impedes the catcher from making a possible play I would have an out... and in the rule above it says OFFENSIVE EQUIPMENT nothing mentioned about defensive equipment ... on your play throwing the ball to 3rd, this is a TOTALLY different situation instead of the ball hitting equipment it hit a player and I assume that there was more than an on deck batter out in front of the dugout...yes I would have an out.

Remember with equipment it becomes a judgement of the umpire call...if a player has no chance of making a play on a bad throw then the runner(s) should be returned to the last base touched at the time of the blocked ball.
, March 31, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

stick...that is not at SSUSA RULE..nor is it an automatic out call on the lead runner it's a judgement call by the umpire whether or not there would have been a play on the runner... on your scenario... I have umpired many fields where the bats hang on racks outside on the dugout fence in foul territory...as far as the lead runner being out...if the throw was that far off line then there probably would not have been a play on the runner... below is the FULL rule read the EXCEPTION

8.4(10) • WHEN RUNNERS ARE ENTITLED TO ADVANCE
Runners are entitled to advance without liability to be put out:
D. When the ball is in play and is overthrown (beyond the boundary lines) or is blocked. EFFECT: All runners will be awarded two bases, and the award will be governed by the positions of the runners when the ball left the fielder's hands. If two runners are between the same bases, the award is based on the lead runner.

EXCEPTION:
1. If the ball becomes blocked because of offensive equipment not involved in the game, the ball is ruled dead and runners are returned to the last base touched at the time of the blocked ball. If the blocked ball prevented the defense from making an out, the runner being played on is called out.
, March 31, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Stick 8's scenario could be handled a few ways....the way Stick worded it that the bats were LINED UP outside the dugout...if they were in the designated spot for bats not being used then you could have a live ball play on... if they were just lying in the foul area on the ground in front of the dugout then I would go with IB16's answer

with Sisavics scenario I'd have to see the play and the travel of the over thrown ball ...but the field conditions/dug outs should have been discussed pre-game with the managers....if they don't fit all the players then they should have been told stand outside them but in the out of play area
I always tell both managers before the game I'm not baby sitting you...keep your gates closed and only the on deck batter and 1 more outside the dugout if there are more (and usually are) and a ball goes "NEAR THEM" I'm killing it and punishing you by sending runners back...
, March 18, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the only situation where, after the play is over that a "do over" or "mulligan" can be implemented? (at least that I'm aware of)

i think Dave has it....but on the outfielder in SSUSA with a 1st basemans mitt that makes a fly ball catch I thought that after the catch and appealed by the offense that the catch was ruled illegal the batter was awarded 1st base and it went as an error in scoring??
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