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, 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.
, Jan. 19, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Travelling question

Excellent topic! When I fly to tournaments I always carry a one day uniform along with my glove, cleats and contact lenses. It sounds like a lot but it doesn't take up a whole lot of room in a standard size carry on roller bag.
, Jan. 11, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Everybody fill in the blank............$$$

When I think about this even more I believe it would be prudent to hire a competent attorney and a competent financial advisor to make sure I don't foolishly spend all this money I'm going to win Wednesday night :)
Meanwhile back in the real world, would anyone fully sponsor the senior tournament team they play on?
I'm not so certain I would but what I would do is cover every teams entry fee in the senior leagues I play in during the week.

, Jan. 11, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

BruceinGa made a good distinction that I had failed to make. Is it the complex or strictly the fields? I was thinking more along the lines of the fields. Disney has the best fields I've played on(in my humble opinion of course) but it's a massive place. I'm not certain senior tournaments are played there? Maybe another poster could shed some light on that.
As far as the best complex (fields and surrounding) I would say Huntsman games (St George) rates up there as does North Collier Park in Naples, FL.
, Jan. 10, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Everybody fill in the blank............$$$

Good question Oz! There are so many things that would go thru my mind that my wife and I would love to do. One thing I can predict is it would be a whole lot better counting money from ahead then behind!!
But the very FIRST thing I would do is pay off any lingering debts my wife and I have. I might just bank the rest of it and live off the interest.
, Jan. 9, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

For me it's Disney. Let's hear some others
, Jan. 9, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where do you play during the winter month's?

Here in Michigan there are indoor leagues for young mans ball but no senior leagues that I'm aware of. There is a soccer dome where a bunch of senior players swing twice a week in the morning. There are also several indoor batting cage facilities where one can take swings.
, Jan. 9, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Double Force Out at the Plate

Craig, obviously the first runner, I'll call player A, is out. If the catcher had possession of the ball and maintained contact with the plate when the second runner, I'll call player B, crossed the commit line, player B is out. Hence, in your scenario both runners are out.
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