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, 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.
, Aug. 5, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

PJ3P, speaking as a Christian you nailed it!!
1rackseeker, if anyone feels offended or feels your being rude should you choose not to participate in an after-game prayer rest assured they're just acting insecure
, Aug. 5, 2015
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WORLD"S

Rabbit part of why there werent as man teamis is because there was an SPA qualifier in Sylvania, Ohio the same weekend. That is, teams in the AAA & AA level.
, July 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules of the Game

Oz as always your thoughts are spot on. And your right one on deck only, everyone else in and bats in the dugout. The exception being the USSSA conference--they allow 2 on deck batters and all team bats are in a bucket next to the dugout. Any errant throw that hits the bucket the play is still considered live.
, July 29, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules of the Game

Recently witnessed this scenario:
Runners on 1st and 2nd, two outs.
Batter hits a grounder to third, third baseman bobbles it. Pitcher races over to cover third for a force play but got there too late. It appeared the third baseman got pissed, flung the ball by the pitcher and it struck the bats along the fence that the batting team was using. Umpire calls dead ball, lead runner out, inning over.
Is this the correct call?
, July 9, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

In my humble opinion:
Arroyo Grande: the best
Field of Dreams: is good--gimmicky with different dimensions plus wall ball but field turf is nice to play on.
Sunset: is OK, real hard infields though
Shadow Rock: so so
others I'm not familiar with
, June 29, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

Two words come to mind regarding this issue: Play Station
, June 16, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

T.C.Sr, based on what you posted it sounds like the hpu may have made the 'catch" call too quickly and the bu made the 'safe" call where he shouldn't have. The call on play, as you desribe it, is the home plate umpires call. It's good the umps got together after you asked them to. I don't know what they discussed but they should first have determined who's call it was. Since it's the hpu call they should have went with his call even though he may have made the call prematurely. The bu shouldn't have made any call whatsoever--that wasn't his call. It should have been 2 outs runners at first and second.

, June 15, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

Mango, yes we were on the diamond next to you guys Sunday. We didn't get much of a break so I didn't get a chance to watch your game. You guys must have played well because there were some strong teams in the 50 major plus.
Good luck to you guys the rest of 2015!
, June 15, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Mario just for the record in USSSA Class D it's 2 hr's with an out after.
In E it's an out, the inning is over and an offensive ejection.
, June 14, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

T.C.Sr, only going by your description and not seeing the play I say ABSOLUTELY that home plate umpire should have stuck with his call!! Just curious, if you saw the play did the defensive team ask the home plate umpire for help?
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