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Jan. 25, 2008
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
834 posts
Game Suggestions
Well, I could use some input. The local park that is picking up the senior leagues is looking for ways to move the game along in order to have the younger leagues behind them start at a reasonable time and is asking for suggestions. The leagues currently use 50 minutes of 5 run innings with an unlimited inning and flip flop if the visitors are ahead at the end. There are no run rules, and the count is 1-1, no extra foul. The only suggestion that I have gotten from seniors here so far is to start the first two innings with the defense in the field; then the visitors play their two innings in the field to save time on changing innings. They play this in one of their leagues. Is anyone doing anything else that might help move a game along?
Jan. 25, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
The one thing that I found that shortens the games is to concentrate on moving the in between innings along.

What we do is say there are no warm up between innings after the first inning. Pitcher gets one pitch if he wants it. Hustle the players in and out between innings.

We we enforce this we play 7 innings games in about an hour.

If you look at the games played the most time wasted is between innings.
Jan. 25, 2008
Men's 65
4549 posts
Time wasted for courtesy runner switch is another.
Jan. 25, 2008
Men's 50
68 posts
I agree with Fred. Here's some other things to consider. 1. NO arguing with the umps by the players, only the managers and players need to remember that you CAN NOT argue a "judgment" call. I've seen a huge amount of time wasted by players arguing with the umps about a call. 2. Managers need to control their players, not the other way around. 3. No "around the horn" by the defensive team makes a good play. get the ball back to the pitcher as soon as possible. 4. The on-deck batter has the responsiblity of getting the previous batters bat back to the dugout and out of the field of play. A lot of batters carry their bat down the first base line and then drop it. The next batter needs to be ready to go get it AND the batter following them can go out and get the bat from the new batter and carry it back to the dugout. 5. Everybody needs to know who they follow in the line-up and be ready when their turn comes up. Even the batter "in the hole" can help out by getting the bat back to the dugout as soon as possible.
One thing to remember is, any position in the outfield takes time to "get to" and "get from" as you get older. If you're tired and coming in from the outfield, walk over to the foul line and off the field so the other team can start batting as soon as possible.
The manager's can help a lot by getting their players ready and letting them know where they are playing and who they follow in the line-up.
Again, NO arguing with the ump. It really bugs the hell out of me when I see players arguing the umps about a call. I've seen a huge amount of time wasted when they argue with the umps and they "should" know that the ump is not going to change their call. Get over it and move on. There's still the rest of the game to play.
Jan. 25, 2008
Men's 65
3146 posts
Mitch, I agree with what your intentions here, however, throwing the ball around the infield after an infield out may take what, 5-8 seconds. The next batter is still walking to the batters box.
I believe in most associatins the umpire may start calling strikes if the batter is slow in taking his place in the batter's box. He may also start calling balls if the defence is slow.
As fo bats, our senior league allows us to keep bat on the fence near the on deck circle. This doesn't give either team an advantage and speeds up play somewhat.
You're right about arguing about calls, play ball.
Jan. 25, 2008
8 posts
Yes, I have an idea about moving the game along. I know we don't have a run rule but we could add a rule if the a team is up by more then 12 ( or whatever number) then the next inning is the open inning. Just a thought.

Or we could just flip a coin and go have a beer.
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