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, Sept. 12, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

Very true BJ. If umps hustle and get in proper position you can only argue with them so much. 😀 Most players appreciate umpires that do that.
, Sept. 11, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

BJ you are correct that either ump can call it. But believe it or not the usssa training taught us it's the home plate umpires call. The reasoning is the base umpire will turn to look at the throw to first and may not see the interference--even though he's right there.
, Sept. 7, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

Lb16 you are correct!! To answer your concern, the ball is live.
In a two man system who makes the interference call?
, Sept. 7, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

Had this play in a conference USSSA game I was impinge a couple years ago. Man on 1st, 1 out. Grounder to second. Fielder bobbles the ball. Extremely fast runner on first is motoring to second. Fielder picks up the ball flips to middle man for the force. Middle man gets rid of ball quickly and throw hits runner who's about 2 strides from second and not out of the baseline. After striking the runner in the hip the ball went right to the second baseman. Play is over. About 50 people from the offensive team side along with the fielders were screaming interference. You make the call. Is that in fact interference?
And in a two umpire system, who's call is that?
Remember this is conference USSSA, not senior ball.
, Sept. 6, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

All of which begs the question in the following scenario:
Im the runner on first, no outs. Batter hits a grounder to short. Flip to second to force me out. But I slide into second (which I normally will do if I can get close enough to the bag) and successfully break up the double play throw to first. By what I read above would this be interference on me resulting in a double play?
, Sept. 3, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Players with the same number on a team

In all the years Ive umpired and played I never paid much attention to who wore what number other than to notice various fonts used for numbers. While still prevalent the old varsity block style isn't the norm anymore. Lots of different and interesting styles teams choose for their numbers as well as their logos.
The only time a number ever stuck out was from a few years ago when a big fella wore 911. He said "when I'm up the other team better call 911" 😁
, Aug. 28, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference/Obstruction During a Run Down

Steve in Tucson, two obervations up front.
1)it's good the two umps got together and discussed. Generally speaking, players appreciate umpires who make the effort to get it right.
2)as BJ correctly stated if the defense is blocking a runner from going to a base that's obstruction.
Obstruction has to be called right away with the ump signals delayed dead ball with left arm out.
Tell your umpires two rules of thumb. Whether its intentional or unintentional:
1)a defensive player cannot obstruct a baserunner from advancing to the next base--
2)a baserunner cannot interfere with a defensive player attempting to make a play on the ball.
These are strictly judgement calls.
Can you describe what happened on the play?

, Aug. 25, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Players with the same number on a team

Boombah721, if you had the authority to imposea penalty for two players wearing the same number during a sanctioned SSUSA tournament what would that penalty be?
, 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

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