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, Oct. 26, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rule clarification II

Kind of an easy one but here it goes:
A4 is on third, A3 is on second and A2 is on first. Based loaded, no outs. A1 hits a ground ball to third. Third baseman steps on third for force, throws to second for force, throw to first, batter runner (A1) beats it out--safe. Runner A4 scores. Now there are two outs and 1 run scored.Before the next batter comes up the defensive team manager goes to the umpire and claims that A1 batted out of order. They check the scorebook and its determined A1 did bat out of order.
What is the correct penalty?
, Oct. 21, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Taking my player cap off and putting my umpire cap on, I can speed up the game by calling mostly strikes and outs!! :)
, Oct. 17, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Yes when there are three outs or 5 runs scored the bases would clear and the next half inning starts. Thanks for specifying
, Oct. 17, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Oz is right, a 3-2 count does not speed up the game much, if at all for the reasons he specified. In USSSA we have what we call the hurry up rule. Between innings pitcher gets one warm up pitch and it's right back to the pitcher--no"coming down". Then it's batter up. Also on any out there is no throwing it around the infield, it's right back to the pitcher.
This works in men's ball but in senior ball I cant be sure. Far too many senior players walk slowly in and out between innings.
Interesting about batting two innings at a time, I presume that to be 6 outs or 10 runs, correct?
, Oct. 16, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Hit by a Batted Ball

BJ I'm not certain it's safe to do that, besides I hate to be in any infielders way.
Garocket your correct. But I would add if the pitcher makes an attempt to field the ball, in the umpires judgement of course.
, Oct. 13, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Hit by a Batted Ball

Garocket your right, I should have specified usssa. With the way balls come flying off senior bats I cannot imagine any base umpire standing in front of an infielder--unless they wish to be an organ donor.
, Oct. 12, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner replacement on a base.

Scenario: Stick8 gets a single and gets a courtesy runner, coop3636 because coop is much faster. The only way coop3636 can get a courtesy runner is if he gets injured and is unable to return to the game, correct?
, Oct. 11, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Hit by a Batted Ball

Unless SSUSA is different umpires are considered part of the field. Therefore if a ball hits an umpire it's a live ball irregardless whether it passes by a fielder or not.
Passing by a fielder deals with a base runner. If an infielder tries to make a play on a ball, completely misses it and subsequently it strikes a base runner off the base it is a live ball. If a ball hits a base runner off the base before passing thru a fielder, dead ball, runner is out, batter gets first and other runners go back to their base or move up accordingly.
, Oct. 7, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

Batter runs up in the box to hit and is called out for being out of the box. The ball he hit goes out. Does this count toward their home run total?
, Sept. 12, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Damn, JimmyG you are right again. Your batting a thousand!!

, Sept. 10, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne37, interesting you mention Gary Johnson. Third party candidates are generally in the race to take votes from one candidate in order to help the other. It was commonly believed that a vote for Ross Perot helped Bill Clinton in 1992. A vote for Ralph Nader helped George W Bus in 2000. Taking away his baffling comments who do think a vote for Johnson helps, Trump or Hillary?
Keep in mind Johnson did run in the GOP,primary in 2012. Or was it 2008? (JimmyG help me out here!! lol)
, Sept. 9, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

JimmyG, you are right again!! My mistake. I nominate you to be the official board fact checker 😊
, Sept. 8, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

RIK56, Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq war veteran who is a double amputee. She servves as a democratic congressional representative from Kansas. I believe she is running for a Senate seat think year. While most people would agree her service is commendable in a nutshell her criticism from pro military pro police people stems from her liberal left wing viewpoints regarding the war.
As I understood it some felt she was using her status as an amputee and Iraq veteran as political ploy to get elected.
, Sept. 8, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne37, It's interesting you condemn others for criticizing Obama, Hillary, Dixie Chicks and now Tammy Duckworth. How come I haven't read you condemn anyone that's directed any criticism of Trump or any other people on the right?
, Sept. 8, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne37, I can understand your frustration but keep in mind, when your the top dog--whether that be POTUS, a known celebrity, a star athlete, entertainer, even the top senior softball team in your division, there are always those who are going to be critical no matter what. It just goes with the territory.
Like Webbie asked, I'm also curious which prominent republicans publically praised the Phillipines President for his comments toward Obama? I would think if there were the media would (borrowing your line here) go "wild like feeding piranahs".
Even Donald Trump condemned those comments.
Just my $0.02 worth
, Sept. 7, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

JimmyG you win the grand prize!!
, Sept. 7, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne37, perhaps I'm beating a dead horse here but you posed this question earlier which I found interesting:
If anybody should feel disrespected in this country, it is President Obama. I've never read or heard so much BS in all my life directed to one person. They even talk BS about his wife. Why is it the same people that think they are the patriots of America feel it is their undeniable right to slander and libel about their sitting president?
I won't disagree the man has experienced heavy criticism but allow me to answer your question with this quote:

"I'm sick and tired of people who say if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow your not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration"

Can you guess who authored this quote?
, Sept. 6, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Webbie, can I be your running mate in 2020? 😀
, Sept. 2, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick credibility?

I could be mistaken but didn't he sign a 6 year $114 million dollar contract with the 49ers a few years ago? If so that's a pretty decent contract I'd say.
Irregardless of his actions regarding the national anthem I thought he'd be a good fit for Chip Kelly's no huddle, up tempo offense. Time will tell.
, July 28, 2016
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are time-outs allowed after umpire calls "Batter up"?

Unless otherwise specified by a given association there is no rule that I know of that specifically stipulates an umpire cannot give time out to a batter while the pitcher is in his/her motion. It's an unwritten rule they aren't supposed to and most don't. but an umpire can call time out whenever he/she chooses to.
When I umpire I tell coaches in the pre game that batters will automatically get time out before the first pitch to get set. After that it's on them to ask for time out.
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