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, 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.
, Aug. 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: bases being loaded

Crusher i have a triple play on that.
, Aug. 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another Safe or out Question

Swing, of course players want calls to be correct, umpires do as well. But when you say "if an umpire comes and overrules the other umpire on a play, I call that good umpiring...", I hope you don't mean an umpire running out and overruling his partner on the spot. Any umpire that does that does NOT belong umpiring. I will tell you if I ever had a partner that did that to me I would finish the game and afterwards privately tell the tourney director, the UIC or whoever assigned the games that I never want to be partnered with that person again. Then I would privately tell that umpire in so many words to NEVER do that again.
The proper way to see if a call might be changed is for a player or manager to ask the umpire who made the call to ask his partner for help. Now that umpire doesn't have to ask his partner but it's a good idea to do so--this is where getting it right comes in. And they have to ask something specific--such as did he pull his foot, was he juggling the ball, did he drop the ball, was he on the base, etc etc. Then they can get together, discuss the play and try and come up with the proper call.
, Aug. 28, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: INFIELD FLY

In laymans language ordinary effort means taking a minimum amount of steps toward a position underneath the infield pop-up and waiting to catch it.
Had a play just last weekend (mens game): bases loaded no outs. Batter hits a pop-up halfway between home and third in fair territory. No one moved toward catching it. Amongst the defensive team and their dugout chants of "infield fly ump" I didn't call anything. Finally the third baseman came sprinting in and at the last second made a diving catch. The infield fly rule doesn't apply there. It was more than the ordinary or minimum effort.
, Aug. 28, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: INFIELD FLY

Yes orinary effort
, Aug. 28, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another Safe or out Question

Imagine the championship game of the SSUSA Worlds in Las Vegas. The visiting team, team A is up 1 in the bottom of the 7th and this happens. They win the world tournament!! Or so they think. It's disclosed the umpire told the runner on first there were 2 outs and is not calling a double play. Now there are 2 outs and the next batter hits a walk off hr to win the tournament for team B. Imagine how you feel if your on team A. Unless there is a rule I'm not familiar with I'm sorry but in this situation team A wins because there was actually 1 out on the fly ball. This ruling penalizes team A twice--they lose an out and a world title they properly won. Yes, the umpire in this situation has to eat crow--a lot of crow. This is why you have scorekeepers!!
, Aug. 28, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's the call?

Double play. How many times have you heard people say "run it out". This is a situation where you run it out.
, Aug. 20, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its suppose to be about players playing the game

Good points Wayne37. Let me add that umpires who ump slo-pitch leagues or tourneys solely for the money most times end up being the worst umps.
As for the umpire in question I'm not sure what his thinking was on a ball hit down the line. If it's fair you point fair and say nothing. If it's foul you scream 'foul" so everyone can hear it.
If your a player and you hear nothing then presume it's fair.
, Aug. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: footwork when pitching

You cannot walk up or run up and pitch. You must pause before you pitch.
, Aug. 11, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

This discussion is a good example of the old saying," don't discuss race, religion or politics in polite company ". Antieinstein's fist post said it all.
--Very true. Allow me to add "and when indulging in adult beverages"
, Aug. 5, 2015
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WORLD"S

Rabbit, I played in Columbus last weekend but the site titanhd posted tells how many teams were in Sylvania. I'm sure several teams that played in Sylvanai would have come down to Columbus if it was on a different weekend.
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