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, Aug. 19, 2017
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Jose Moreno's Bat challenge

When I've umpired conference usssa all players bats are compression tested before they play. Bats that pass are put in a plastic bucket near their dugout.--they can only use bats in the bucket. After games the buckets are taken and stored away until their next game. Only when they are out of the tournament do they get their bats back. Even though these bats passed the test, bat doctoring has become so advanced a bat can be shaved and still pass the compression test. Hard to believe anyone would shave a senior bat.
, Aug. 19, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

Very well said curveball. I umpired in Lansing today and in one particular game, 50 AAA, I have never seen so many courtesy runners used!! It wouldn't shock me to learn some players ran twice in an inning or ran for someone in the same inning when someone ran for them. Pretty wild.
, Aug. 18, 2017
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Jose Moreno's Bat challenge

What was the reason this team called out the bat?
, Aug. 18, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

I would also think you'd use the senior courtesy runner rule. In GSL you can use a courtesy runner only once an inning.
, Aug. 17, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

17black, you just described the GSL rule!!
, Aug. 16, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

djs_1964, What if you had 1 out, runners on 2nd and 3rd and the 7th (or 5th) run of the inning is at third? You're up to bat. Most teams would walk you to set up a force at any base or look to turn a dp. Presuming you've already walked per your league rule the defense can't intentionally or unintentionally walk you because that would be two bases--the runner at third scores, inning over. That's not fair to the defense. Mannjo's scenario appears more plausible. Put a runner on first and the batter still gets to hit--or gets a choice to hit or go to first. jmho
, Aug. 12, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1st basemens mitt

1jonsey I can't speak to why there isn't some form of a penalty. The rule states any player can use a glove but only the first baseman and catcher can use a mitt. Keep in mind this doesn't mean one who's catching or playing first MUST wear a glove. They can certainly use a glove.
Now if this was baseball it would be different.
, Aug. 11, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1st basemens mitt

As I understand it there is no penalty. it happened to our team earlier this year. Our pitcher was walking too many people. So him and the first baseman switched. After a couple batters the ump came out and tsaid he has to use a regular glove if he's going to continue pitching.
, Aug. 8, 2017
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Outcome of GSC

I signed on to be a GSC rep before all this happened. I was to get one personal bat to use for myself and three sample bats (26, 27 and 28 oz) for others to swing if they wanted. In league play I was to lay out the sample bats for anyone to try out if they wanted. The first red flag I got was when I asked how people go about purchasing the bat. Mind you this was in April of '14 I believe. I was told the bats won't be available to purchase until mid-August or September. Sell bats during the season and have to wait until the end of the season? No way.
The second red flag was being told for weeks the sample bats were on the way. I never received a single bat. After a while I just blew it off and the rest is history.
I never invested a dime in the company and feel bad for surf88 and others who did and I wholeheartedly agree with Tomar77's sentiment.
, July 28, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runners

K man the answer to your question as you put it would be player C or any other player who hasn't run for someone else or hasn't had a runner run for him. It doesn't matter how many times you bat thru the order.
In extra innings the last batter who was up in the previous inning when the third out was recorded out starts the inning at second base and as I understand it, cannot get a courtesy runner.
, July 1, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thrown Ball "Out Of Play"

Duke, if a batter hit a grounder to short, the shortstop bobbles it, picks it up and throws it to first after the batter runner crossed first base and the throw ends up out of play you are correct, that batter runner would get 2 bases from the time of the throw--he gets third.
Bad play all around by that shortstop!!
, June 30, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thrown Ball "Out Of Play"

Easy way to remember:
1) A throw that goes out of play from the infield is two bases from the time of the pitch
2) A throw that goes out of play from the outfield is two bases from the time of the throw
There are a couple of exceptions that are explained on pg 49 of the on line SSUSA rule book

, June 27, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the correct call?

BJ you are correct!! Runner at first was tagging so by rule he is awarded one base. If going out of play is deemed intentional then two bases. The ump told me after the game that she felt the play is just like an overthrow!! Other than that I felt she did a good job.
, June 26, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the correct call?

Run scores as you describe the scenario. It's a timing play.
Here's one that happened while I was playing in Columbus, OH this past weekend:
Runner on first, 1 out. Fly ball down the left field line. Our left fielder ran over and made a nice running catch in play but his momentum took him out of play.
Umpire called dead ball and awarded the runner third base. Is this the correct call?
, June 15, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Overthrow on tag up

Garocket, usssa has amended that to make it easier to understand. It's two bases from the time of the pitch on a throw from the infield that goes out of play (unless the hit ball passes thru a fielder first). It's two bases from the time of the throw from the outfield that goes out of play.
, May 26, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

Umpires should never show up players. Most times player carry on toward umpires in that fashion out of pure frustration--their team is getting beat, they are having a bad game individually, etc. And when they see what they think is a bad call they take it out on the ump.
The common objection I get to the above scenario is "ump he's gotta break his wrist" Note: if you break your wrist your going to a hospital and it's a good bet you'll be on the injured list for a while.
, May 20, 2017
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: make the call

Not having witnessed the play it's a judgement call by the ump if the runner that came off first interfered with the first baseman making a play. If the ump deemed interference then it's a dead ball,o no runners may advance.
, April 30, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpires- Pitching Rules

Can't say what it's like in Southern California but here in Michigan the umps they use are USSSA umps. Perhaps they aren't prepped enough on the pitching requirements of SSUSA. Just a guess on my part.
, April 29, 2017
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing with a 5 man infield...

As one who played the middle for the last 8 years of senior ball and the last several years playing men's ball before that I wil share my insight. Titanhd is basically correct that the theory is the middle man takes the bag on dp balls. That being said on certain hitters that I know are dead pull hitters sometimes I'll tell the secondbaseman or shortstop totake the bag.
, April 17, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call.

Coop3636 I believe what you elluded to applies in baseball, at least at the high school level where I'm at. I'm not certain about the major leagues however.
BJ you are correct but I'd only give the delayed dead ball signal (left arm out), not a verbal call while the play continued. Once the play is over then I'd make the verbal call.
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