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Discussion: Pick your choice

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Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 60
162 posts
Pick your choice
Guys, to speed up local tournaments please choose A or B. Would like to see the consensus of opinions.
A-one and one count with an extra foul ball?
B-one and one count with no extra foul ball?
Would be interested to see what guys think on this matter as we have approx. 3 to 5 of these a year and getting more teams each time. I appreciate your replies.
Harris County Senior Softball League
Houston, Tx.
Oct. 9, 2007
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
If I had to go to a 1 and 1 count and the purpose is to speed up the game I would go with "B".
Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 65
884 posts
Greg-If the umps have a clue, I'm all for it. However, all too often in the HCSSL and elsewhere I've had umps call a pitch that hits nothing but the plate surround a strike. I always thought the plate was the white 17 X 17 inch plate - not the white plate PLUS the surround. Having said that, if I'm mistaken, I still don't mind the 1 - 1. I just have to get a different mind-set and focus better. In other words, come to hit!

Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 60
246 posts
If a matter of time, I'd vote for "B".
Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 55
14 posts
I vote "B" if you want to speed up the game. You are there to hit, if you can't hit a fair ball within 4 pitches shame on you.
Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 65
329 posts
I do not like 1/1 but I had to I would go "A"
Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 65
601 posts
I also do not like the 1-1 and do not think it deserves the attention it gets as a "game shortener" but I'd take "A" if it were a forced option. A good umpire can get and keep the game on track as well as, or better, than changing the basic formula of the game..
Oct. 9, 2007
353 posts
Speeding the game up is fine; however I'd go with A. It allows for unforeseen variables which affect the game and the joy of hitting.
Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 70
14 posts
B...... But then I've never seen a pitch I didn't want to hit!LOL Rarely swing at the ball more than once an at bat. It is an easy target!
Oct. 9, 2007
Men's 60
992 posts
Hey Guys, I have conducted leagues for the last 18 years as a volunteer park director. As a result, I am always in favor of helping out with the time factor. So, B would be my choice. However, no extra foul really does give the edge to a good pitcher. Good luck with your leagues.
Oct. 9, 2007
Gary Heifner
248 posts
"B" for sure. I did have an ASA ump ask me why we played 0-0 count. He, like me, think its a total waste of time.
Oct. 9, 2007
Rod Sweet
Men's 70
53 posts
SPEED UP TOURNAMENTS: I understand the reason for speeding up the tournament but really if you look at the whole picture "What's the hurry, in our age division (70) we are in no hurry and we treat every game as it could be our last one so where are we going, can't we just enjoy the game?
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