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, June 14, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

Alan, I am so sorry to learn of your sons passing. It has to be one of the toughest things in the world to deal with. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends.

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, June 8, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2nd base RUN BY LINE

Several years there was a winter indoor league we played in that had this rule. It did take some getting use to but for the most part it worked out ok. If after crossing to the right of second you made a turn toward running to third you could be tagged out. It was strictly an umpire judgement. There was also a no sliding rule--of course we played on a carpet type turf and no one in their right mind would dare slide on that stuff!!
, May 26, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: flip flop and one up in league play

I'm not certain playing 3-2 speeds the game up because IMO most players don't wait until they have a full count to swing. What can speed the game up a little is whats called the hurry up rule. Between innings the pitcher takes one warm up pitch and there is no "coming down". Right back to the pitcher and batter up.
, May 2, 2016
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

The directors were in a catch-22, dam if they did, dam if they didn't. I will say with 99.99% certainty that if these were house league games, they would have cancelled the weekend.
, April 26, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: its a little long, but please give your opinion......

Suppose I'm a major team and your triple a. You get 5 runs at the start of the game as you specified. If your the visitors and score 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning I'm down 10 with no chance to catch up when my team is up. To me that's not right.
Personally I believe the whole idea of giving up runs or an extra fielder is not right. Play straight up ball!!
I can see playing the lower level home run rule and runs per inning rule (if applicable) being used, but that's it.
Just my humble opinion
, April 18, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Half Run Rule

I agree wholeheartedly 100% slap hitter. To answer your question of what's next, how about a lower team getting 4 outs an inning? I suspect at some point if it hasn't been brought up, it will be.... you never know what's upcoming.
, April 16, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Half Run Rule

Slap hitter, as an aside, OKI was never in that position. To answer your question, I can't speak for our manager but in the years I played with OKI I cannot conceive of any circumstance where that team would take an extra fielder (or runs). Personally I'm not into the entitlement mentality.
Question: In SSUSA if your playing against a lower level team by rule don't they have to take one of the equalizers or is it optional?


, April 16, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Half Run Rule

Slap hitter, can you provide more details on that? Was this a 55 major plus team playing against a 50 major plus team?
, April 14, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Half Run Rule

Curveball, USSSA has kind of a similar rule in the conference, NIT's and qualifiers. Although it's not based on level as you reference, if you win the winners bracket you are automatically home team for the first game of the championship. It's referred to as "The Resmondo Rule". Resmondo would win the bracket and if they won the toss they'd take visitors and bat for an hour scoring 25 runs or so--putting the game out of reach in many cases. Gotta give the other teams a chance at competing with
If it goes to the "if" game then their's a coin toss.
, April 12, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

BJ the answer to your question would be sign language
:)

, April 12, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule question

Stattad, was this a senior league or regular mens league? I've never heard of a senior league that allows stealing. Did they have the second scoring plate and commit line? Many house leagues have their own rules regarding this and they do vary from town to town. If they allowed stealing in your league then the ump made the right call. If no stealing is allowed the ump should have sent the base runners back to 2nd and 3rd.
, April 8, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

If I'm umpiring and the stated scenario takes place I verbally call him safe. If the first baseman does a live ball appeal before the batter runner gets back to first then i call him out.
, March 24, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

1jonsey, unless he is out on a force any base runner who goes into the dugout without touching the proper base he's forced to go to as the play dictates, yes that runner should be automatically out. My answer was mistaken in your original second scenario. Sorry about that. To answer your last questions: 1)no difference, they should both be automatically out because they did the same thing.
As Oz40 states: always touch the proper base your forced to go to.
, March 24, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

Texas transplant that umpire was correct. If he just goes into the dugout without touching first it's a dead ball out and runners cannot advance--they go back to the base they occupied.
1jonsey, both scenarios are appeal plays as long as the appeal is made before the first pitch is delivered to the next batter. And in both scenarios you describe the runners are forced to go to the next base, so no run scores.
, March 7, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to score this 1

It would be similar to a batter grounding out at first with a baserunner at third scoring on the play. No hit is scored for the batter but he gets an rbi.
, March 7, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How is this scored #2

Oz and garocket are both correct. It's like any other appeal play--it must be made before the first pitch.
, Feb. 23, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

FOFO, would you apply that same principle if the solo was not the 5th run of the inning?
, Feb. 21, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

I'd like to have a dollar for each time I've heard:
"hit the cut-off man"
, Feb. 17, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentional walk rule

Good points Oz.
Just play ball and whatever happens, happens.
Jackbrun, if I was umpiring that league and this player refused an intentional walk I'd warn him and if he refused to take first base I'd toss him.
, Jan. 27, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: illegally batted ball

Jonsey, any bunt, chop or not taking a full swing that results in a foul ball is a dead ball out. It's an umpire judgement.
Mad Dog is correct. There is no rule that states a swing must be a certain speed.
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