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, Dec. 24, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

bkb555, thanks for the info on this case. Would anyone know if any of the people who lost all their invested money had legal documents drawn up that were signed by the McKinley's for the purpose of at least protecting their investment or guaranteeing a stipulated return the McKinleys may have promised on said investment?

, Dec. 24, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Mad Dog if that is your personal belief that's your choosing & your business, no problem with me. For the record, I don't read that anyone on this thread is trying to get you to think the way that certain others do.
Just sayin'
, Dec. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

For me it was my dad, may he RIP. He was not a softball player, he was a tennis player. He taught me that to be good at a sport learn the fundamentals, constantly strive to improve--practice-practice-practice. Watch the best players--technique, how they play, how they carry themselves, etc and incorporate that into your game. If applicable, read articles & books to gain knowledge.
His main teaching was you have one trait for this to work--love of the game!!

, Dec. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

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, Dec. 10, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

This happened to us (OKI at the time) during the last game of the day on a saturday. Both teams asked the umpires if we could move diamonds (there were open diamonds). The umpires had no problem but the tournament director said no.
, Nov. 20, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

Bruce, unless I misunderstood your post did that happen against a team I was on?
, Nov. 18, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

Here's one for ya Oz: I was umping a league game for Mike a few years ago. In the third inning two police officers in uniform come up to the field and said "give us a minute". They then walked up to the pitcher and talked for about 15 minutes. While waiting a guy on the other team asked me to get the officers to leave so the game can continue. I thought he was being sarcastic so I just just chuckled to myslef. But guy was serious!! I told him if you can get the officers to leave go right ahead. The pitcher was placed under arrest, handcuffed and led off the field (allegedly for assaulting his wife). That put the team below the required number to play so I had to call a forfeit. Never heard of a team forfeiting a game because one of their players got arrested on the field-until then.
, Oct. 18, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner leaves base

He's out for going into the dugout.
, Oct. 16, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Interference at Second Base

Texas Transplant those umpires in that other forum are exactly right!! There is no rule that says you must slide or get out of the way.
BJ, I have to call into question your last sentence. I'm on first with one out. The batter hits a grounder to short. He flips to second and second misses the ball. While running to second, I've veered off but the second baseman grabs the ball and tags me while I'm off the bag. Are you saying I'd be safe at second if the umpire felt I would have made it to second safely if I didn't veer off? Perhaps that's a senior rule but I have to admit I've never heard of that one.
, Oct. 12, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

Sorry up front to disappoint but the answer to the question is no. But what you can do is possibly get a quicker first step but that's it. A good friend of mine is a major league baseball scout. The two things they most look for in prospects is running speed and arm strength. If a prospect has those two they'll get a closer look. Like he says "we can teach 'em how to hit and teach 'em how to field. We can't teach speed or a good arm. Either you have it or you don't". That's reality.
, Oct. 5, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

Last year at Sunset Park we (OKI) were to play God Sports at 8:00 am. On this diamond the sun was directly in the pitchers and fielders eyes. We waited about 30 min or so until it was deemed safe by both teams and the umpire before play started.
, Sept. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunset Park

Played there the last 2 years. Natural grass in the outfield, infield is hard and a fast track--especially using the "rock" as a gameball. Fairly new concession/amenities stand. Overall I give it about a B. Not the best but not the worst
, Sept. 4, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baseloaded

Let me add this is USSSA, other associations, including senior ball, may vary
, Sept. 4, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baseloaded

Well, it's not universally accepted or required that an umpire must call ballgame when the game is over. Some do, some don't. Some might say "that's it" or "game over" or "time limit" and some might not say anything at all.
, Sept. 4, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baseloaded

They could do that swing. In USSSA they did that on dead ball appeal plays. Before you had to wait for time in, pitcher on the rubber, step off, announce what your appealing, throw to the base. You still have to wait for the batter to be in the box (time to be in) but now you just ask the ump.
, Sept. 4, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another Safe or out Question

Antique when you called time that's it, the play is dead. Just from what you describe it doesn't sound like you did anything wrong. Hard to imagine what the batter-runner and the first base coach were thinking if the first baseman dropped the ball and you called him safe. Crazy things happen sometimes
, Sept. 1, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baseloaded

Well after calling the runner out on the force there was a lot of yelling!! here's what went down: The home team argued the plate umpire called "ballgame" after the winning run came across--which I did not see nor hear and vice versa. After consulting with the tournament director/state UIC the question became did the force occur before "ballgame" was called. We couldn't honestly determine that so the UIC ruled force at second, no run, start the 8th inning. The visiting team scored 6 runs and then 3 players on the home team totally lost it and started cussing up a storm at us. We ejected the three player which cut them down to below the limit--forfeit. Then they really became unglued!! When they calmed down they lodged a protest and the national UIC ruled in their favor--for reasons I'm still not sure of. The home team won, then they lost and then won again--all in the same game.
, Sept. 1, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baseloaded

Had a similar type play in a USSSA world tournament about 7 years ago. Winners bracket final, tie score, bottom of the 7th, bases loaded with 2 outs. Pitcher walks the batter to force in the winning run. The whole team runs out and celebrates!! I'm the field ump and I note the batter-runner touches first but the runner on first never touches second--he runs in and celebrates!! So I'm watching and an alert rightfielder gets the game ball from the catcher and runs out to second and touches it.
Take a guess as to what happened??
, Aug. 31, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another Safe or out Question

Webbie, as one who has umpired numerous USSSA qualifiers, nits,
world tournaments and does Conference USSSA I have never once declined anyone who has asked me to ask my partner for help. Even if the call goes against the team wanting help they appreciate us getting together, talking about it, looking to get it right.

, Aug. 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another Safe or out Question

Well said Swing.
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