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, Nov. 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

In our open-age leagues all the umps call balls & strikes entirely on where the pitch lands so the batters height has nothing to do with the strike zone.
The mat makes the game more fair for everyone, even the umps.
, Oct. 21, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Guess the ump is standing too far away from the mound so the rules for staying inside the Pitcher's box will Never be enforced . . .
, Oct. 20, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

To better answer Mac's question, per the SSUSA Rule Book, the front line of the batter's box should be 39 1/2" in front of the front edge of home plate.
If the lines aren't there, no umpire on earth no matter how experienced, could tell if the batter's foot was a legal 39" in front of home plate or an illegal 40" in front.
(and even when the chalk lines are still visible, they are very often not placed at these exact specifications so umpires enforcing this rule under these conditions are making a mockery of the game)

, Oct. 19, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

You should really be careful what you wish for.
If the Umpires start staring at the batters feet every time they swing they'll miss runners leaving their base early, or worse they might not see whether a hard ground ball hit down either line is fair or foul.
That'll make for some heated arguments . . .
, Oct. 5, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

The other team should have protested the game at that point since this was an incorrect call by the umpire (see Page 61 of Rule Book) & is Not even an umpire judgment call when there is no play made at 1st base.
, Oct. 5, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original gray Miken Ultra (without center rod insert) VS. current MIken 2 piece endloads

CAT; all you need to know is the original Ultra was banned & never made again while the current 2-piece end-loads are Legal & still being used.
Doesn't matter what ball is used, the original Ultra was a weapon of deadly force . . .
, 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?
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