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, Jan. 21, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base runner leaving early

Rule Book §6.13 • NO PITCH (on pages 36-37)

No pitch shall be declared when:
A. The pitcher pitches during the suspension of play.
B. The pitcher attempts to "quick pitch" the batter.
C. A runner is called out for leaving his base before the pitched ball reaches home plate, is batted, or touches the ground before reaching home plate.
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, Jan. 20, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: first baseman charging the plate during delivery of the pitch

OK, that's enough ... TWO distinct hypothetical situations here ... TWO separate rules interpretations, one for each ... TWO knuckleheads still wanting to debate it and insult each other ...

** THREAD CLOSED **


, Jan. 19, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: T.O.C. Florida 2018

Pa ... I'm scheduling a minimum five-game-guarantee for all teams ... The only thing that could change that would be adverse weather implications which are outside of our control ... Larger divisions will generally play a two-game round robin to seed three-game-guarantee brackets ... A few divisions will play a three-game round robin into double elimination brackets ... There will NOT be any "round robin only, best record wins" type format this year ...


, Jan. 19, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: first baseman charging the plate during delivery of the pitch

rightjr1 and marcster13 ... The rule has it's background a long time ago to address two circumstances, one of which is a bit "odd" ... The "normal" reason was to prohibit a middle infielder from standing in line behind the pitcher, waving his arms or otherwise "clowning" the batter ... The odd one is somewhat as HAT MAN described, and that was putting a stationary fielder directly in front of the pitcher to shield the initial part of the pitch's arc before it rose over that fielder's head on the way to the batter ... Those actions were considered unsportsmanlike ... As for the catcher, he's generally not considered a "fielder" during the pitch, and that dynamic of behavior between the batter, catcher and umpire is it's own little world! ...


, Jan. 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating???

Pa ... My best advice is to take the good doctor at his word: He claims to be completely retired from senior softball ...
, Jan. 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll thread closed ?

B.J. ... I'll save you the effort ... empirical = based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.
, Jan. 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll thread closed ?

Hey, the good news is you all have about ten months to submit qualifying commentary for the Rules Committee to consider ... All email and snail-mail correspondence on any Rules topic(s) are accumulated and passed to the Committee Chair in mid-November for potential Agenda inclusion ... Remember, Message Board posts are specifically excluded from consideration by the Committee ... In the interim, SSUSA will be gathering good empirical data on innings played and observing how effective the "player initiatives" for more efficient play are progressing, if at all ... Good luck this season! ... Carry on! ...


, Jan. 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll thread closed ?

Webbie25 has a part of it ... No inappropriate content, but the reasons were an [1] excessive "pitch count"; [2] the concise wisdom of tg69's last post in the thread; [3] the "redundancy loop" of the commentary (present company included); and [4] the debate is a moot point for about 10 more months ... If it's an issue that really needs to continue, by all means do so here (for a while) ...
, Jan. 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating???

Oooppsss! ... Yep, a bad case of "wishful thinking" here ... January 12th it was ...
, Jan. 17, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

Honest, I REALLY was going to check out on this typing practice exercise about an issue that's a moot point for about another 10 months ... But here goes, one last time ...

Don5 ... The polling that was done was a "Member Preference Survey" and not a binding vote for implementation ... The 65+ Men (and the 55+ women) were essentially the "break-even" ages where there was not a significant preference margin of at least 22% for the "1-1" count ... The 65+ division 53.5%-46.5% vote in favor would have required less than 4% of the votes to go the other way for a reversal of choice, and that was not enough of a "mandate" for change ... The break falling at 65+ on the age grid was also helpful in terms of how our TOC Qualifier and Championship events are structured ... By not extending the "1-1" count into the 65+ division at this time, it eliminates potential crossover games between 65+ and 70+ teams playing under different starting pitch counts ...

NY² ... It's possible nobody in the 60+ talked to you about the "1-1" at those locations, but 61% of the respondents to the member preference survey "talked" to us about it and were in support ... Also, please re-read the Special Meeting Minutes carefully ... The only thing we enacted that had a TRIAL basis component is the issue of the with/without the courtesy foul ... The "1-1" count is likely here to stay for the forseeable future since 12 of the 13 members cast at least one vote in that direction last week ... The Rules Committee will make that determination later this year ... It sort of has to since we received only TWO properly submitted opinions on it over the last month ... Message Board commentary, regardless of the band-width consumed, is ignored for purposes of Rules Committee debate ...

Have fun!


, Jan. 16, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thoughts on new Courtesy Runner rule

Nope ... The goal is to have the next batter's at-bat start immediately rather than waiting an inordinate amount of time to get the CR out there ... Either he's ready to enter the game NOW or he gets that entire next at-bat to get re-ready and try it again ...
, Jan. 16, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Qualifying for Vegas

Country13 (Joe and the Fish??) ... Please go to the Rules Page of this website and download the "white paper" called World Masters Championships Roster Considerations & Rules • Player Roster Add rules ... That has the general rules for roster composition as it relates to the qualifying rosters for the Eastern/Western Nationals and the World Masters Championships ... If you still have specific questions as it relates to your situation, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours (Pacific time) and ask to speak with an eligibility specialist .. Good luck!


, Jan. 15, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

But historically the players collectively haven't, OZ40 ... Their motivation should be there now to avoid a future Rules Committee consideration of the only remaining "association initiative" (as you adroitly mentioned in post #5 of this thread), the NO Courtesy Foul option ... That one failed last week only because the Committee Chair broke a deadlocked 6-6 Committee vote to go that way ...
, Jan. 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

OK, one more comment! ... chico senior ... The SSUSA Rules Committee has done its part for the "association initiative" in structuring exactly what the majority wanted, by age group, in the "1-1 count" issue ... This is also the first time for SSUSA that there has been a significant playing rule variance based on age group, since we have the same age determined bias about the "1-1 count" as is present in NCSSA ... You've provided an excellent list of the "player initiatives" to be employed to assist in maximizing innings played ... Now it's on the players/teams to carry their side of the deal ... Good luck this Season to all!


, Jan. 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

I'm surprised you haven't used it before, VegasBob, since Jerry Stone and his associates have a regular presence in the western tournament circuit as an SSUSA sponsor ... Simple personal observation: I don't know what's in it (don't want to know!), but it could be renamed "Miracle Stuff" without being deceptive ... It's been highly effective for me in any external application to handle a very broad spectrum of aches and pains, pain from bruises, muscle cramps and minor sprains, even insect/bee stings and sunburn ... I've used Magic Stuff (and it's predecessor Wintercrest) on an occasional as-needed basis for probably close to 15 years ... To borrow a quote from another ad campaign, I "..don't leave home without it.."


, Jan. 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns

NY² ... Maybe ... If it's available through BSN in time, then yes ... If not, then the 2017 specification ball will be in play since the Original T.O.C. is a 2017 Season event ...
, Jan. 12, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

YES ... Your survey invitation was sent to that same email address ... You must have missed it ...
, Jan. 12, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

Partial re-print from SSUSA Staff post on December 26, 2017 ...
__________

"You received one of the 22,877 invitations to participate in the survey if you met ALL of the following criteria as of December 8th:

• You are a currently registered SSUSA player, OR were a registered player during the 2016 or 2017 season(s) if your registration hasn't yet been renewed for 2018;
• You have a valid email address on file as a part of your SSUSA registered player page (which is NOT necessarily the same as the email address you may have used when you authenticated your Message Board posting account);
• You have not officially "opted out" of receiving email communications from SSUSA; and
• Your email handling software/device doesn't divert SSUSA emails to a "junk" or similar folder ..."


, Jan. 12, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

One (hopefully) final thought here ... The Rules Committee gave all Senior divisions of play exactly what they asked for on this annual recurring Rules Agenda issue ... Obviously, the preferences expressed by those who took the 60 seconds to vote weren't unanimous ... Some are happy, some not so much so, and another 77% maybe didn't care enough either way to even vote ... After this year's tourney schedule, when it no doubt is the hot conversation topic once again, we'll have the luxury of 20-20 hindsight ... We'll file your majority preferences on it into one of two folders: The one marked "What a Great Idea!" or the one marked "Be Careful What You Ask For, You Might Just Get It!" ... Good Luck and have fun this Season! ...


, Jan. 11, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: umpire interference

B.J. - The absolutely most accurate part of any of the replies was the parenthetical remark from the UmpireBible ... I just want to know if his umpire partner had already fallen over from laughing or not! ... I nearly did!

In the interest of an accurate ruling, though ... The matter of incidental contact between an umpire and a fielder (this hypothetical) is the "part of the paying field, play on" ruling ... If the umpire contact is with a batted ball, then your analysis is accurate and the correct ruling ...


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