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, Oct. 1, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

STL0; It actually says in the SSUSA rules that a batter should be called Out if he deliberately erases the line & ejected for a 2nd offense.
But even without any deliberate action, the lines are usually gone by the 2nd inning anyway especially if the boxes have a lot of loose dirt or sand in them like most parks do on the Eastern shore.
, Sept. 30, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Can't remember the last time we played on a field with the baselines completely erased; wonder how that could happen?
Of course the bases would also have to be missing since they're the primary determinant of whether a ground ball is fair or foul.
And you must have some incredibly talented Umps who can determine without any Batters box lines when the hitters foot is 4'6" inches in front of home plate instead of the allowable 4'.
Wish we had umps that good . . .
, Sept. 29, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

What part of the "box lines are usually gone by the 2nd inning" don't you understand?
Are you really saying it's OK for the ump to call the batter out because he thinks he may have stepped out of the box even though the lines are no longer there?
And who said anything about "any marked boundary should be disregarded"? No one is questioning the Foul lines like Chris7907 said in the start of this thread. Pretty sure the foul lines qualify as a "marked boundary".
And no, don't know ANYONE who has EVER gotten a speeding ticket for going 5mph over the limit.
We're all out playing ball to have fun hitting, pitching & fielding; no one wants to have an ump take the bat out of our hands because we might have stepped over an invisible line.
, Sept. 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

As long as the batter doesn't step on the plate or directly in front of it (or doesn't walk up 10 feet towards the pitcher) the Umpire should Never call the hitter out for being outside the box.
This is just another chicken-crap call that an ump would only make if they happen to think they're more important than the players & the game and it's inexcusable on their part.
Reality is the box lines are usually gone by the 2nd inning anyway & a lot of them are incorrect in the 1st place as the grounds keepers often put them in based on the baseball specs where home plate isn't part of the strike zone like it is in the Senior game.
Last but not least, there's no inherent advantage in the batter being in or out of the box, it's just a personal preference like a lot of pitchers who try to pitch from outside the pitcher's box, which is also not generally enforced as long as they're close.

, Sept. 24, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: discissions

Eat a Snickers . . .
, Sept. 24, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original gray Miken Ultra (without center rod insert) VS. current MIken 2 piece endloads

Original Gray Ultra 1 was at least 10% longer/hotter and was banned the same year it came out (2002?) so Miken put out the Ultra 2 in 2003 to take its place.
Tri is right, there would have been some serious injuries if the Ultra 1 hadn't been outlawed.
, Aug. 29, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid-Atlantic Last Chance

Seems to be a big secret for some unknown reason . . .
, Aug. 9, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

If anyone brings any live snakes out to the mound I'm definitely staying in the dugout . . .
, July 20, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

The thing that you need to get clear SoCo is that the ENTIRE rule for legal bats applies in SSUSA play; not just the part that you want to apply.
Just happen to have a 2013 FLIPPER & it has the ASA 2004 stamp on it & that makes it completely LEGAL for SSUSA play.
You need to actually read the Rule Book or get back on your meds, whichever comes 1st.
, July 15, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

The rule book currently says any bats made in 2014 or later have to say SSUSA approved on them. The Flipper was a 2013 model & would be legal based on its ASA 2004 stamp.
The 2014 LS Z3000 not so much . . .
, July 15, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

Two problems here; 1) the bat Rule doesn't say it must have a 1.21 stamp, it says it has to have a 1.21 Or LESS stamp (or the ASA 2000 or 2004 stamp). A lot of the older Senior bats are stamped 1.20 like the original Ultra 2 & red Ultra 2 end-load.
The bigger issue involves INTENT as usual; while the Flipper is a nice bat, it's nowhere near the performance of any Senior bat so there was clearly no intent to gain an advantage by using it.
Once again, this was one of those situations where a team/player tried to gain an advantage by some chicken-crap technicality.
Don't understand why teams can't just play the games & try to win straight up rather than thru some trumped up "rule" that provides no actual advantage???
, June 18, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runner

It's worse than lame; trying to get a cheap out called on a technicality when there's no intent to gain any advantage ruins the spirit of the game & those players/teams don't belong on the field . . .
, June 4, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: In Need Of An ASA Bat

Just curious, what makes a particular bat better or worse for the 52 ball?
, May 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Whats Best

Malo, how does the 2015 compare to the blue 2014 DeMarini?
, May 19, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Bat Thrown Out Of Tourney, Why Not Player????

Tim, does this mean that from now on any bat that has the end cap come off during a game will be sent to Sacramento or was there something unusual about this particular occurrence?
, May 18, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ball B.S. In lee county

True that; the SSUSA Trump Stote ball is such an inferior product that they had to add a new rule last year that penalizes a team for trying to put in any other 44/375 ball.
This ball performs more like a 40 COR ball with very little rebound or bounce off the bat so fly balls just don't carry as far as regular 44/375 ball would.
There was only 1 HR hit by either team in our 5 games; hopefully teams won't start shaving their senior bats to compensate.
, April 21, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hot Bats and Hrs

The sub-par Trump Stote ball SSUSA now uses has drastically reduced HRs. (which explains why SSUSA had to put in a new penalty for teams throwing in non-Stote balls)
In Ft. Myers last November our 60 AAA team hit "0" HRS, all of the teams we played hit "0" HRs & our buddies playing 55 Major hit "0" HRs.
The concern over the bat/ball combo being too hot has been out of line for the last couple years.

, April 15, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior bats vs. 52/300 ball

Oz, while that may have been the "official" reason the Shavers would disagree plus even if they're wrong they think their shaved bats hit the ball farther.
But the "real" reason for the 52/300 is that it's supposed to be designed to be safer than the 44/375 if a fielder gets hits by a batted ball.
, April 14, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior bats vs. 52/300 ball

In our different local leagues we've found when it's over 75 degrees a 44/375 ball using an old single-wall metal bat like a DeMarini white steel will outhit the 52/300 ball using a high-end composite like a Z2000.
Which is why a lot of the young guys using the 52/300 are shaving their bats (allegedly).
, March 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

OK; wasn't really presuming that the border-state rule is unfair, but that just seems to be the consensus of the board members on this thread.
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