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curt snow

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west warren, MA

Division:
Men's 60

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Sept. 18, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: runner not on base at pitch

umpire declared dead ball DUE to runners off base " as soon as he realized it happened." It was 2 man system but base ump saw nothing. you can bet he was aware after the spat! Also, our orange bag is separated from primary base about a foot for safety. Runner on first was trying to get a running start on the pitch.
Sept. 18, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ROOKIE SENSATION ARRIVES

yahoo & congrats to all. Is this Mallory's newest team member? I'm about to get my first great grand child, which I will be attending. Best to all!!

Sept. 17, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: runner not on base at pitch

yes, Nancy, he was in foul territory, toeing the bag, but leaning back. On the pitch he switched feet, so as to get motion forward. my initial point was as many have stated- off the base before hit or crossing plate= out, but discussion centered around player safety. At least one should have been out, as batter can't hit both lines at once!
Sept. 14, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: runner not on base at pitch

I have an idea but look to the knowledgeable board members: runners on 1st & 3rd, no out, lefty batter up: runner on 1 is leaning back, with 1 foot on safety base only, runner on 3 is also leaning back toeing the base as pitch is delivered. Both runners vacate their positions while pitch is in the air into foul territory. Original call was no pitch, as runners were not in position. After 20 mins of discussion, all agreed to go with that, as no penalty to either team ( really just wanted to resume play!) how would YOU call it

July 25, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make the Call

actually had similar situation ( as umpire) years ago: bases loaded, no outs. 2nd baseman, attempting to field a ground ball, had ball go inside his shirt. he went to the base for the force out on r1 with the ball still in there, with arms crossed to contain it. I made no call, but the runner assumed he was out & left the field- at which time I declared an out. At the completion of the play the fielder retrieved the ball & held it up for all to see. As a coincidence, this fielder had a prosthetic leg! True story!
July 2, 2018
curty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Was the ump right??

in this scenario wouldn't the runner be out for NOT touching orange on a play at first?

June 8, 2018
curty
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Looking for a women's 40 or 50 travel/tournament team

interested women for 40+ or 50+ tournament teams please contact Val @ vhnavigator@comcast.net. East coast team. thanks.
May 24, 2018
curty
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 40 womens team

please contact Val Smith @ vhnavigator@comcast.net

March 21, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: runner scoring

recently saw a similar play, with the variation as follows: bases loaded, 5th run on third, no outs: ball hit to left field, dropped in but fielder was charging hard to take away the hit. runner on third was tagging, but then took off when ball hit the ground. However, nobody else made significant effort to advance (expecting the throw to go home). Left fielder threw, hard, to third, then to second & on to first for the triple play! NO RUN. Of course, huge argument, especially since this was a volunteer umpire at a vacation, nonsanctioned tourney. I am amazed by the things we see regularly.

Jan. 10, 2018
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "team "player

wondering how many teams acquire a player for 1 or possibly 2 seasons, with age not being a factor. Seems like a lot of guys switch teams on a regular basis, while in my younger years our teams stayed together more. I realize that some players move due to skill level, location, injury & personal issues out side the game- not talking about them. Seems like players have lost team mentality in favor of greener pastures on a more frequent basis these days. I don't consider these as good teammates. Any thoughts?
Dec. 14, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

voted for 1-1, no foul. my reasoning is not just to speed up the game, which I believe it does, but from a standpoint of a hitter and / or pitcher. it's slow pitch softball. 0-0 was meant for baseball where the hitter is at a disadvantage. We play with a larger ball, very little "trickery" allowed to pitchers, slow speed (arc), and of course special bats. I have heard & probably uttered " it only takes one" more than once a game! I believe hitters are extremely spoiled as it is, with most taking a strike (wasted pitch) before preparing to bat. Having played with the 1-1 count for many years i think it is an easy adjustment. Just my opinion as a player, umpire, manager, administer.
Sept. 27, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: out or not?

ball was ruled foul ( third strike = out), said runner was "in play", therefore out. experienced ump, usually very competent.
Sept. 27, 2017
curty
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bad experience for a Class Tournament - Worlds

If game was protested immediately, no one should have left the playing area. Discussion ensues, TD rules. If out is up held, as it should be, and team has left, forfeit. When a properly timed protest is registered, every thing stops. of course, an Umpire should have seen & ruled appropriately to begin with.
Sept. 27, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: out or not?

recent play: runner on 3b, no out. batter hits ball foul down the line with 2 strikes, runner jumps up to avoid being hit, in fair territory, but ball strikes his out stretched hand. What's the proper call? Ump's original call= double play!
Sept. 7, 2017
curty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

there are several rule declarations that state that a runner MUST avoid contact with a fielder. In usssa ( should be same in SSUSA) when a runner is retired- put out, he is no longer entitled to anything, includeing base path, which is all the more reason to avoid contact with a fielder. "takeing out" a defensive player at any time in senior ball is morally wrong, and illegal by rule, resulting in the second out being awarded, or sending runners back to the last base prior. IT IS THE RUNNERS responsibilty to avoid contact and umpires need to be aware of this. I personally have seen a number of injuries due to over aggressive runners. As an umpire of 30+ years, i have never hesitated to make this call

July 17, 2017
curty
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Time for SSUSA to listen.

hey guys-- come play in New England some time! Our best fields, for the most part, would make you cringe. That doesn't even include the weather. Oh, forgot, not many teams here, so very few tourney's. We're happy to play, so we accept whatever we get!!

July 9, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

umping recently, called a double play - 2 outs- on a play at the plate: runner attempting to score went to mat as throw was coming home & very narrowly missed making contact with catcher, who dropped the throw. runner 2 ( batter/runner) stumbled on his way to second and in my opinion the catcher would have had an easy opportunity to complete the double play.
April 27, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: home advantage

I believe the rule is fair, as far as advantage is concerned. My point is that giving up anything- even HR total, is a disadvantage. I strongly believe that the younger team already has an advantage- YOUTH (LOL.) While this may not be apparent in seeding play, it can be a decided difference on the final day, coming from the losers bracket. If 2 teams carry the same rating index and are therefore playing even, their native HR rule should stand. I would not consider this as unfair to the lower rated team as it only happens between age groups. My $.02!

April 26, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: home advantage

wondering why: when 60M plays 55AAA they play even EXCEPT on home run rule, AAA getting 3 & out, M getting 6. In the above scenario, the M team is handicapped to the lower division rule. Shouldn't this be an automatic home team (60M) as they are giving something up? I realize that both carry the same point rating, but it seems to me that any handicap to either team was the basis for the automatic home team rule to start with. Any thoughts??

March 22, 2017
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of Major +

my original post was meant to be tongue in cheek! First- from massachusetts, very few of any divisions represented but let me state the obvious. I started as AA @ 55 playing 50's, quickly moved to AAA 50's, now @ 60M,& 65M ( 68yrs). Our teams started as locals now are "regional." There is a place for the team's (AA)to play as they travel much less & are not as talented but want to play. these guys may not be as passionate as some, but they would not play at all if they do not have a chance to be competitive. our M team hits: 60= less than 5 hr's per tournament, 65 also less than 5 hr's per, and being from the northeast our schedule is shortened by weather. My point being we would not be competitive @ M+, so would either disband or at least break up the team. The current structure is effective for AAA & M, with M+ suffering due to lack of teams & AA suffering also, but the division lacks teams due to commitment. Leave it alone. Generally speaking, M+ guys want change to benefit their division, not for the overall game.
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