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, May 25, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: flip flop and one up in league play

Bruce... I don't see flip flop being an issue it's the same rule...if you allow 1 up... then the visitors can hit one HR which also allows the home team to hit 1 to tie them....I also agree that the home team should not be allowed to go 1 up in the final inning
, May 18, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Confusion on coach's interference.

OZ... you keep calling a caught foul ball with 2 strikes on the batter a strike out...I think it is scored a sac. fly if a runner tags and scores from 3rd and a fly out if no runners score...I think it is only scored a strike out if it is a foul ground ball or the fielder does not make a catch on a foul fly ball... STAFF could you please give an answer on how this should be scored??
, May 17, 2016
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

gary, I disagree with you on your positioning... the umpire should stand on the same side as the batter in the slot and a couple feet behind the batter the deeper toward the backstop the harder it is to get a perspective on pitch heighth and see the front edge of the plate... especially for a ball hit down the line...if you stand on the opposite side of the batter you now have to try to see thru the batter and catcher who are always in the way...also as far as the ump blocking your path to a foul pop up...most catchers stand a few feet back and that gives them easy access to any foul pop ups
, May 15, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Confusion on coach's interference.

OZ40....better yet educate your fielders not to catch a foul ball 3rd strike...then runners cannot advance
, May 15, 2016
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

that is definitely one of the worst I've seen....HP umpire should be in the slot and on the same side of the plate as the batter and distance behind the plate is determined by what the batters depth is in the baters box
, May 14, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Confusion on coach's interference.

Screamer5....yes this is a dead ball situation but the umpire does get to make s judgement decision after the play...it happens all the time when interference is called on a runner going into 2nd base and bumping into the fielder to break up a double play
, May 13, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Confusion on coach's interference.

the play as you describe it....and if the fielder made an attempt to catch it with 2 strikes on the batter then the umpire should have called interference on the coach and then called the runner out who had advanced to third since it sounds like you could have appealed he didn't tag up...also it would be the same call regardless of how many strikes were on the batter....If the fielder made no attempt to catch the ball and the coach caught it then I would have no call except batter is out on foul ball 3rd strike
, April 23, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is the runner out at first?

yes the runner is out on all of the above....the glove is considered an extension of the hand....the only time a runner wouldn't be out is on tag play with ball in hand but tagged the runner with the glove
, April 20, 2016
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not the way to end an open inning

k man....Tim probably meant it was the final out for your at bat...and if his description of what happened was right then it was the correct call by the umpire
, April 14, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first bse

STAFF great answers especially the 2nd one which is the only one that actually describes the "original scenario" ...and also was my answer to Webbie25 when he asked a "specific question" .. would a runner be out IF THE FIELDER JUST CAUGHT THE BALL AND IS STANDING ON THE BAG after the runner had passed the base...again in that case there should be a verbal appeal while the fielder is on the bag....or as I also said a tag of the runner before he returned to the bag... I wasn't over thinking I was answering the question AS IT WAS ASKED and your 3rd answer that is really stretching the limits ...or as you always like to say...over-thinking
, April 14, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first bse

STAFF: I asked this question about your post on 4/10 and I guess you missed it so I will try again....STAFF on my last post I said to do a VERBAL appeal while being on the bag OR tag the runner before he returns to the bag .... You quoted stick8's mechanic...If the first baseman does a live ball appeal before the batter runner gets back to first then i call him out....Per your post on how an appeal can be made how would the fieder communicate to the umpire non-verbaly, implicit, or by assumed—so long as the intent of the fielder is clear to the umpire ..."
...where is it in the rule book or SENIOR SOFTBALL mechanics that an appeal may be non-verbal, implicit, or assumed...so if in your description if a fielder knows the runner misses the bag all he has to do is touch the bag and ASSUME the umpire knows what he is doing? please give some examples... and rule number please...thx
, April 12, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

screamer...NO...the window closes as soon as the runner returns safely to the bag...and yes I understand the appeal is simply asking...my question to staff was... how would the fielder do that in a NON-VERBAL way...and where is it in the rule book or SENIOR SOFTBALL mechanics that an appeal may be non-verbal, implicit, or assumed..
, April 11, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

screamer5....NO...once the runner returns to the bag safely an appeal cannot be made... HOPEFULLY STAFF will cite the rule number and umpire mechanic and give examples for my above post??
, April 10, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

STAFF on my last post I said do a VERBAL appeal while being on the bag OR tag the runner before he returns to the bag .... you quoted stick8 mechanic...If the first baseman does a live ball appeal before the batter runner gets back to first then i call him out.... how would the fieder do that in a NON-VERBAL way...where is it in the rule book or SENIOR SOFTBALL mechanics that an appeal may be non-verbal, implicit, or assumed...so if in your description if a fielder knows the runner misses the bag all he has to do is touch the bag and ASSUME the umpire knows what he is doing? please give some examples... and rule number please...thx
, April 10, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

webbie...YES....there has to be a VERBAL appeal while the fielder is on the bag or he tags the runner while making an appeal... BEFORE the runner returns to the bag
, April 8, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

poolshark....its the same as a runner going 1st to 3rd and missing 2nd...if the ball came into the 2b from the OF and the 2B just happens to step on the bag....would you call the runner out....NO its an appeal...all runners are assumed to have touched the base they are advancing to
, April 8, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

if the batter/runner beats the throw and misses the base he should be called safe...all runners are assumed to have touched the base they are going to...this now is an appeal play and must be made before the runner returns to the bag
, April 7, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter batting out of order

to add to that if the wrong batter makes an out and the defense does not say anything the next batter should be whoever follows the incorrect batter in the line up.... the batter who missed his at bat does not come to bat until the next time thru the line up
, April 7, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter batting out of order

it is worded that way because if the defense were to appeal that the wrong batter was at bat they would just remove that batter and insert the correct batter and he would assume any balls and strikes...the defense will usually wait to see the result of that at bat... if the batter gets a hit or walk then make the appeal for a out
, April 2, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: coaches touching a runner

I agree with the point about the umpire using common sense...but that doesn't always happen....sometimes when rules are written there are gray areas in them and umpires interpret them differently..when this rule was re-written a few years ago if they had removed the words "touches and" it would have become only about physically assistint the runner
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