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, June 27, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is the rule implying "a runner cannot leave the base until after the ball is batted" fully enforced in SSUSA sanctioned/sponsored games?

Turbobob... it is up to your league officers to make sure rules are enforced... many leagues use SSUSA rules but then have their own specific hybrid rules they follow instead... I also have no idea what level of umpires you have .. but I umpire and play in probably the biggest senior softball program in Fla. and if we happen to see it we call it... this is not an easy call to make, I assume you have a 2 man system and with a runner on base it is usually the base umpire who "tries" to watch the runner...but the base umpire also has to keep watch as the pitcher is releasing the ball and the batter is hitting the ball so that they do not get hit...so unless the runner is really blatant in leaving early it is hard to see...this being league play it is sometimes easier since you get to know the habits of the runners... if your league officials say they do use that rule then talk to the base umpire during the game to watch certain runners leaving early, that may help

, June 27, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the correct call?

stick... the actual award is 1 base from last base touched when the fielder actually went out of play... if it was his momentum that took him out of play...the award would be 2 bases if in the umpires judgemment he went out of play on purpose... a couple differnt answers come out of this since you didn't explin what the runner did after the ball was hit... if he tagged up and was on 1st base the award should have been 2nd but if the runner had advanced to 2nd without tagging up on the hit before the ball went out of play and stayed there the award would have been 3rd ... but then the defense after the play was over could appeal that the runner didn't tag up ater the catch and the runner would be called out..
, June 20, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Collision at 1st Base

Q19 is correct...I would consider this incidental contact where both the runner and the fielder were doing what they were suppose to do... the way you described the play I would have the B/R out also... remember the runner can always veer off and run by the bag in order to avoid a collision and if in the judgemet of the umpire he would have beat the 1st baseman to the bag he should be called safe
, June 16, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Overthrow on tag up

in both scenarios the runner would get 3rd base... but the runner still needs to re-tag 1st base or would be called out on appeal....the SSUSA rule for over throws is posted above 4th post
, June 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Overthrow on tag up

Garocket, thx for catching mistake on counting the re-tag as a base... old U-trip days
, June 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Overthrow on tag up

azcard....I don't think you will find the whole interpretation in writing in SSUSA rule book.... so I will post from ASA rule book and Dave can correct me if im wrong.... G. When the ball is live and is overthrown or is blocked:
EFFECT: All runners shall be awarded two bases. The award shall be governed by the position of the runners when the ball left the fielder’s hand. Runners must return to touch a base missed or a base left too soon. When two runners are
between the same two bases, the award is based on the position of the lead runner. Once a base runner advances to the next awarded base, the runner may no longer return to touch any base missed or any base left too soon.
, June 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Line drive hits base

in MLB home plate is located in fair territory ..in senior softball the back 1/2 of the strike mat actually extends past the fair/foul lines...I think the change of wording this past year was just a clarification that in senior softball the whole strike mat was to be considered in fair territory
, June 15, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Overthrow on tag up


1. When the first throw is made by an infielder, two bases shall be awarded. The award shall be governed by the position of each runner at the time the pitch was made; however, if all runners, including the batter-runner, have advanced at least one base when the infielder makes the wild throw, on the first play after a pitch, the award shall be governed by the position of the runners when the wild throw was made.
2. When a throw is made by an outfielder or is the result of any succeeding play or attempted play, the two base award shall be governed by the position of each runner and the last base he has touched at the time the throw was made. If two runners are between the same bases, the award is based on the position of the lead runner.

in your scenario and awarding of bases... with your runner being off the bag during the catch... then re-tagging the base would count as 1 base and if they fail to re-tag the base they would be called out upon appeal
, June 14, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Line drive hits base

it does not have to pass the bag, RULE 1.22 D. Touches first, second or third base..... and as far as home plate the add on to the rule is all of the strike mat is in fair territory
, June 14, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pretty sad

what other associations??? is your anonymous rant even about SSUSA???
, June 9, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When is is legal for a base runner to leave the base?

the penalty for a runner leaving a base early is a dead ball no pitch and the runner is out...basically there are 3 scenarios for when a batter can leave the bag... 1) when the batter makes contact with the ball ... 2)when after a swing and a miss the ball makes contact with the plate or ground... 3)and with no swing once the ball makes contact with the plate or the ground.... the wording of the ball reaching homeplate means actually landing on the plate

, June 8, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: VERBAL INTERFERENCE

interference is always on the offense and obstruction is on the defense... verbal interference could be when a runner is yelling while passing a fielder trying to make a play...
as far as a catcher talking during the pitch...it is basically bush league... you should ask the umpire to talk to him
RULE 1.45 • INTERFERENCE...Interference is the act of an offensive player or team member that impedes or confuses a defensive player attempting to execute a play. A base runner must
avoid a fielder making a play....
RULE 1.48 • OBSTRUCTION...Obstruction is the act of:
A. A defensive player or team member who hinders or prevents a batter from striking at or hitting a pitched ball.
B. A fielder who is not in possession of the ball, in the act of fielding a batted ball, nor about to receive a thrown ball, who impedes the progress of a runner or batter-runner who is legally running bases.
, May 29, 2017
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: make the call

coop... a coach and a batter must move out of the way of a fielder attempting to make a play...the only safe haven is a runner on base...the runner does not have to abandon his base to allow a fielder to make a play... you wont find a rule in SSUSA book but here is the rule from ASA

RULE 7 - BATTING
Section 6. THE BATTER IS OUT.
I. When members of the team at bat, including those in the team area, other than runners interfere with a player attempting to field a fair or foul fly ball.
, May 25, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

swing and rip the ball down the line...the next at bat they take an outside pitch and punch or 1/2 swing to the opposite field...in both cases in my book that is a base hit...but in the second case it was NOT a full swing...if you have a rule that states FULL swing then it will always crop up with the teams that have slap hitters..to me the definition of a swing is the bat passing thru the strike zone of the strike mat
, May 25, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

Nancy, for the most part I agree with what you say... but the rule itself could definitely be worded better and then we wouldn't have this once a year complaint about it... again I have never called chopped ball or have I seen it called... as far as as a full swing... I've seen pull hitters take a BIG BOY
, May 22, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

to get a double play on any scenario like that then the umpire must not have seen the ball hit him... because once it hits him it is a dead ball...if the ball did actually hit him and he had both feet in the batters box it should have been a dead ball foul... if 1 foot was completely out of the box while exiting the box and it hit him then it would still be a dead ball but batter is out.... question on your scenario...if the catcher tagged the batter and then threw to 1st how did they get an out there??? once the batter was tagged the runner at 1st didn't have to advance...was he standing off the bag??
, May 22, 2017
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

to be honest about this call....I have umpired for 20 years in all of the big tournaments and I have NEVER seen a chopped ball called...it just doesnt happen... just as rule 7.6 on a batter taking a FULL SWING.... batters that hit to the opposite fields always take a somewhat 1/2 to 3/4 swing...again this is never called...that being said if the umpire acknowleged that it happened but didnt know of the rule then you as the manager should have asked for the UIC or a tournament director to get a ruling
, May 19, 2017
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: make the call

in the scenario the batter is always out on the IF call ...if there was no interference ...it could be a live ball also depending on the position of the fielder... if the 1st baseman was attempting the catch in front of 1st base and the runner and missed it and the ball then bounced and hit the runner then it would be a live ball all runners can advance
, 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
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