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May 15, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Commitment line

Mike, allow me to further specify on your scenario. As Dave correctly stated that runner is automatically safe. He doesnít have to touch the scoring plate or cross the scoring line, he can go right to the dugout. And the play remains live
May 9, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somerville

Very true Oz. They dominated 35ís and 40ís for years. Both Nothdruft and Mavericks had great teams with great players. And they were all gentleman.
May 8, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somerville

I would say the Mavericks / Seacrest Mavericks were the most dominating team Iíve ever played against in 50 major plus. Iíve had many a battle with them thru the late 2000ís thru the early 2010ís, coming out on tne short end almost every time. I would venture to say in those years they won pretty much everything they played in. How many national titles they won is hard to tabulate. Not that I necessarily enjoyed getting my rear end handed to me but I always looked forward to matching up,against them. As good as they were on tne field they were better guys off tne field.
April 30, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner on first base

Wayne, I think we can all agree if the runner is off the bag and gets hit itís a dead ball out unless the ball passes thru a fielder.
That being said if a runner is on the bag and gets hit with a ball itís dead and the batter is awarded 1st and runners on base advance one base. Thatís the ssusa rule.
To address your point, ,in usssa the same scenario is a live ball, play on.

April 28, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Wayne thatís fine if you get out of the way and stay on the bag. Most players would probably do that. But getting trampled on wasnít part of the discussion. It was a runner on the base not moving while a fielder is attempting to catch a pop up right at that runner. As BJ pointed out and I agree with, if that runner doesnít move and thus doesnít interfere with the fielder I have nothing.
April 28, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner on first base

Coop3636 thats the rule in usssa. BJ stated the correct rule in ssusa.
April 28, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner on first base

Wayne I have an idea but Iím not totally sure what baseballbill meant when he stated runner on first ďintentionally did not go to secondĒ. Iíll let him elaborate on that one.
But to answer your question if a runner on first is struck by a batted ball while contacting the base and it did not pass thru a fielder the rule in ssusa itís a ball runner at first goes to second and batter is awarded first. That is unless in the umpires judgement the runner interfered somehow.
Hereís a situation that happened to me as a player. Iím playing middle in a 5 man infield. Runners on first and second, no outs. Hard one hopper right to me. The runner on second froze and stayed in contact with the bag. I tagged him, then stepped on second and threw to first. Miracle of miracles it was a triple play (I should have retired right there 🙂). I suspect The runner at second tried to confuse me. He was hoping I stepped on second then tagged him which would mean he would be safe. Like I said above I have an idea what baseballbill meant and this could be it. In my situation and baseballbills the runner is not out for holding the bag. He has to be tagged, forced out, or is out if two runners end up on the same bag.
April 28, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Wayne37, judgement is judgement and only you as the umpire have to determine that. But the play as you described cannot be accurately called on this board unless one is actually there witnessing it. I wonít say you are incorrect but if Iím that runner on third Iím holding the bag and will not move.
April 28, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner on first base

Wayne37, Iím not sure what youíre getting at with the question but there are several. Bases loaded no outs. Batter walks. All runners on base are required to advance to the next base.
April 26, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Wayne37, this is a judgement call. The runner at third, as BJ correctly points out, has every right to stand on the base. As long as he doesnít Intentionally move or flail around to interfere with the third baseman I have nothing.
April 26, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner on first base

Baseballbill,
SSUSA, dead ball batter is awarded first and any runner advances one base if forced to.
USSSA, live ball play on.
That being said if umpire deems runner on base intentionally got hit he could rule dead ball, double play, runner and batter.
April 26, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

Wayne37, Iím not sure about ssusa but in usssa if an outfielder has a fly ball hit his glove and go over the fence we call it a 4 base error. Up until last year the batter runner and any runners on base were required to run it out. Now itís hit and sit. And it doesnít count toward the home run total.
As to your question, technically a batter has to be in the box to receive the intentional walk.
K man, in the situation you described in Virginia Beach, telling Player A to go directly to second is wrong so that ump canít call him out on appeal for missing first (if he did indeed tell him to go directly to second). Even if the umpire didnít tell him that, player A still wouldnít be out. Thatís because player B went to first. Once that happens that is considered a pitch and you lose your appeal on player A.
April 11, 2018
stick8
Topic: Associations
Discussion: What Home Run Rule you use in your Senior League

In our senior 55+!Can-Am league (Canada-America) we have unlimited home runs.
March 28, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

BillC48, if this scenario was in an ssusa tournament no penalty. Ssusa and most other associations have the hit and sit rule on over the fence home runs. Ball is dead. As BJ stated it would probably be a case of someone enjoying a homer they normally don't hit. I'm still seeking my first one!! 😀
March 26, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

BJ, as always you are correct on that. I was playing middle in a 5 man at the time and thought that very thing.
March 25, 2018
stick8
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: what is the call

Once the runner crosses the commit line toward home he cannot be tagged out. If he is tagged that runner is automatically safe and does not have to touch the second home plate or cross the scoring line. The ball remains live.
March 25, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

Baseball bill was this in a house league or a sanctioned ssusa tournament? In a house league you might be able to do that. In a sanctioned tournament I believe I the runner is responsible for touching the base(s) awarded. Had a similar situation occur in a tournament several years ago. Bases loaded walk. Batter runner was jogging to first and suddenly went down due to leg cramps. Our pitcher and one of his teammates helped him up and helped him touch first base. He then went out of the game.
March 23, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ground rule double/courtesy runner

Randall, was this in a sanctioned SSUSA tournament or a house league? Reason I ask is because in a house league it might be ok to do that. I could have missed it but I didn't notice a rule in the ssusa rule book pertaining to that situation, so it's not a question that has a definite answer that I can tell.
It' is best if all runners touch the next base or in your case touch first and second to avoid any confusion on a dead ball situation where bases are awarded.
March 20, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: runner scoring

Smitty63, staff is correct. Let's say the batter walks in your scenario. Most players know or should know, the batter (and the other runners on base) have to touch the next base and will many times yell out "touch a base". The same thing applies on a base hit.
The only time it doesn't apply is if the batter hits a home run, presuming they havent used all the allotted home runs. Then it's hit and sit. But since your scenario stated only one run was needed to get 5, you only get one run.
March 2, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

This rule is akin to pitchers in Major League Baseball. If a pitcher hits a batter the home plate umpire may deem it necessary to warn both benches that the next pitcher to throw at a batter will be tossed.
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