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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.
March 2, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: MLB discussing allowing anyone to bat in 9th inning

Joe, it's stick, how are you? Miss seeing you on the field!!
A league I play in used to have a rule where a team was allowed to drop up to 5 batters in the line up. One intent of the rule was that if a player from a team was ejected and there was no sub available that spot in the order would be skipped over--no out. What ended up happening was if a team was down in the last inning and had their bottom of the order up rhyme would skip up to 5 spots and most likely have their top of the order up--which was the main intent of the rule--make games more competitive. Dumb rule and it ticked off a lot of players. It was scrapped, thankfully.
Feb. 21, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: what is the ruling?

Gonz, I suspect that ump didn't even notice the batter-runner not touching first!!
Feb. 21, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When runners are entitled to advance

Kman is right in usssa, its two bases from the outfield--the one you are going toward and the next one. And yes in that situation the runner must go back and touch second and then go to third.
In ssusa bj is correct, the runner on second would be awarded home and the runner on first would get third. And that runner that was referenced must go back and retouch second.
Feb. 21, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

I had this in a usssa class D nit game a few years ago. Catcher was trying to distract the batter by calling "time out" during the pitch. From an umpire point of view if he feels it's a legitimate distraction then he can rule the batter has the option if taking the result of the play. In this case the batter flew out. So he took a do over and got a single. Then I called both managers over and warned them both if it happens again players will be tossed. That's usssa.
I trust bj has it right for ssusa.
From a player point of view Oz is correct, if you let a catcher babbling distract you then you need to focus better on your at bat. But in this case this catcher was going way overboard.
Feb. 9, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

Mango, I have to slightly disagree with your take. Those Mavericks teams I played against in 50 major plus had 15 guys that could hit.750-.800 and 15 guys that could flash the leather. That's why you guys dominated!!
Hope all is well with you and yours
Stick
Feb. 4, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: infield fly rule

Jinx, on the play you described the ump called infield fly before the ball hit the screen, so the call stands.
Jan. 26, 2018
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 1 and 1 with courtesy foul new rule for younger guys

Chico, with all due respect polls are only fodders for conversation. It seems as if, as I understand it, the 1-1 count being applied in senior ball is meant to speed up the game, potentially sped up the game--get seven innings in. In 1992 or 93 USSSA put the 1-1 count in with the same intent--speed up the game. It was discovered that it really did no such thing as a vast majority of batters don't extend to a full count while batting. I personally have no objection to playing with a 3-2 count (as we call it in USSSA) but I don't see games going much, if any faster.
Whether it's 4-3 or 3-2 you still have to hit, run, play defense and throw
Jan. 18, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

OZ, your killing me!! 😎
Jan. 18, 2018
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base Runner in jeopardy or not?

To my knowledge, in all of senior softball any swing and miss by the batter is a dead ball.
However in ISA men's ball (not senior) that would be a legal play
Jan. 18, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

Duke, I'll make a trip to Walmart, purchase it and try it out. I'll let you know how it works. Appreciate the info
Jan. 16, 2018
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

Duke, is this product you speak of good for muscle strains and pulls?
Dec. 27, 2017
stick8
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for an outfielder for Michigan based 55+ Men's AAA team

I will second cop298. I play league with and against most of the players on this team. They got game!!
Dec. 24, 2017
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

No doubt. I think every team should have a bubba on it. Such a good person who everyone wants to do well but then.....
Dec. 23, 2017
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

Oz , merry Christmas to you and Madelynn!! Actually that was a downriver league I played in. The one you referenced was close-- someone made an error in the last inning (bubba maybe?) and then the next batter got a double. Lost the no hitter and shutout. Timmy was bummed that night. Wasn't this at softball city?
Dec. 23, 2017
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

About 1991 or so in a local house league I played in we achieved a mercy, shutout, no hitter and perfect game. The league had a 3 inning mercy rule (up by 25 or more) which we attained. It was 9 up 9 down for the other team.
The funny thing was 3 players on the other team didn't get to bat!!
Dec. 15, 2017
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Two ways a game might save some time a bit:
1) After the 1st inning no "coming down" before each half inning. Pitcher gets one warm up pitch and it's right back to the pitcher
2) After each infield out no throwing it around the infield. Right back to the pitcher.
Now if only players would hustle off the field and not make errors that would save lots of time!!😀
Dec. 12, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: morning sunrise

I vividly recall ssusa worlds a few years ago playing an 8am 50 major plus bracket game at sunset park against GSC. The bright morning sun was right in the fielders eyes. Myself playing middle couldnt see anything!! By rule we could move to another field (all fields were taken) or wait until the sun gets into a spot where it doesn't affect the fielders vision. 45 minutes later we started. It was because of this the games were backed up!!
Nov. 17, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules question

Stattad, if the appeal at second was completed before the runner at third scored then no run. If the runner at third scored before the appeal was completed then the run counts--aka--live ball appeal--timing play.
If the appeal was after the play was over--dead ball appeal--then the run would count.
Nov. 13, 2017
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: bats on playing field

Grayhitter, This is why in USSSA, our former UIC Rick Roberson couldn't stress enough to get players in the dugout or behind the fence and bats in the dugout. On deck batter only allowed outside the dugout. And he better be alert In conference usssa it's done different. Two on deck batters allowed along with the bucket bats are put in.
In getting players and bats in the dugout this is actually doing both teams a favor in hopefully preventing a situation as you describe.
However I had a play two years ago. USSSA C nit. Man on second, 2 outs. Base hit to right field. Runner is trying to score, throw from right is up the third base line and hits the on deck batter on the ankle. Dead ball, lead runner is out. So in your situation that I can tell, the ump made the right call.
Not sure about how it works in senior ball. Perhaps BJ can elaborate on that. He's very knowledgeable on the ssusa rule book
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