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, 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
, March 28, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Mask On Field

since this is a local league I would write up a specific rule covering this if you seem to have a problem...also since the penalty is on the defense it would be obstruction not interference
, March 26, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

Staff....thx for the detailed explanation for the above scenarios...
, March 26, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

OZ40 I agree with you I think it's an appeal play also...what I'm trying to find out is there a difference between a batter/runner and a runner and if so why is there a difference...that's why I asked STAFF for there interpretation of this rule and above scenarios
, March 25, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

oz40...yes....I didn't put in that runners were forced to advance
, March 25, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

STAFF....In rule 8.3C it only mentions the batter-runner is out when he fails to advance to first base and enters the team area after a batted fair ball, a base on balls or catcher's interference. stick 8 says that any runner is out for not advancing and touching the next base and then enters the players area... are BOTH of these automatic outs without appeal...and the key on if it is an appeal or automatic call is whether or not the player enters the players area?












, March 12, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule 6:16 once more

Gary, here is the amended rule ... §6.16 • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS – Proposal to amend the EFFECT at end of section. If the sun is affecting the batter’s ability to see the ball, the umpire may request that the Field Director allow the pitcher to pitch from up to six feet on either side of the pitching rubber, at the side chosen by the batter as the only remedy. The request, if granted, shall be applied on a full‐inning basis only. • In answer to your question...I would say yes..I wouldn't want to be the pitcher trying to hit the strike mat from the different angles
, March 6, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

STAFF...Thx. for the explanations...IMO the rule didn't need to be amended since you say it will only be used in "very rare" and "extreme conditions" ...now that you've given the batter a chance to ask for it, I believe they will be asking all the time...I hope that ALL of your field directors are on the same page especially if you are using multiple complexes
, March 6, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

6.16 • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS.....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. above is the rule title and (old) effct of rule... STAFF... I asked this a few months but never got an answer...how does the sun being in the batters eyes affect the pitchers? the rule was written for pitcher protection....and if the pitcher is asked to move to the side doesn't that put him more in line with the hitters zone? do the batters boxes and strike mats also get turned?
, Feb. 28, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

this is the amendment made for the EFFECT of rule 6.16 in Dec 2015.... §6.16 • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS – Proposal to amend the EFFECT at end of section. If the sun is affecting the batter’s ability to see the ball, the umpire may request that the Field Director allow the pitcher to pitch from up to six feet on either side of the pitching rubber, at the side chosen by the batter as the only remedy. The request, if granted, shall be applied on a full‐inning basis only. • I'd like to know how they are going to move homeplate and the batters boxes if they move the pitcher left or right 6 feet if the plates are fixed...do they now pitch and bat at an angle? as far as the pitcher not being able to see here is the existing rule for that 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.
, Feb. 6, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul tip caught by catcher

DC.....yes
, Feb. 5, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul tip caught by catcher

the umpire is considered to be part of the field....and is treated as such if a ball hits him it's just like the ball hitting the ground....no catch and just a foul ball strike....unless the batter already had 2 strikes on him...then he would be out
, Jan. 28, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul tip caught by catcher

Ranall this is not a USSSA site..or an ASA site...it is a SSUSA site.... 3 different organizations....TC does have the correct rule for a foul tip....to answer your OP yes the ball has to go over the batters head and then can be caught with or without a bobble as long as it is caught with the glove or hands for an out
, Jan. 26, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul tip caught by catcher

basically yes it has to have loft....a caught foul tip is just considered a strike and only an out if it's a 3rd strike
, Jan. 9, 2016
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Double Force Out at the Plate

I think it's time to get a new 3rd base coach...lol
, Dec. 18, 2015
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

if a fielder boots a ball and the runner passes 1st base and is down the line....then the fielder happens to make the throw....this is not having a play made on him
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