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Discussion: Moving bases

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Sept. 21, 2004
Men's 60
203 posts
Moving bases
I was listening to a discussion about adding to the base length to make the game safer for the infielders. Someone suggested that as a tradeoff, allow the runners to leave the base as soon as the pitcher releases the ball. This would force the umps to have to make pickoff calls, but it sure would bring the catcher back into the game. I think this suggestion has merit.
Sept. 21, 2004
Men's 50
64 posts
I am all for moving the bases back another 10 feet or so as it will not only make the game a little safer for infielders but also put more D back in the game. Steeling bases or lead offs not such a good idea in slow pitch because the catcher gets to many bad bounces at home. You would also need an extra Ump (more money) and imagine how much longer a game would take to play.
Sept. 21, 2004
45 posts
Another bad idea. If you think safety is the issue, simply play a little deeper. At our age, do you really want to add to the distance that you have to run? If you want to play with bases farther out and leading off and stealing allowed, there are senior hardball leagues that you can join.
Sept. 21, 2004
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
829 posts
NSA moved the bases back five feet a couple of years ago and the pitcher's rubber three feet. The only safety aspect that I can imagine is that there a lot more outs on the bases because the runner is not there yet (if you can make the throw). It adds about seven feet further from third to first. Midwest is NSA, and I noticed that a few of you thought that it was just you that felt like the truck around was more. No, it was the extra twenty feet. As far as leading off and stealing, I would play fast pitch if that is what you are looking for. I have done some ASA, ISA, and upper NSA which allow stealing, and as a one man system, we are at a little disadvantage to get to second to make the call. It is interesting for a change though.
Sept. 21, 2004
Men's 60
203 posts
Gentlemen (and Lady):
No one is talking leadoffs or stealing bases. You have to remain on the base until the ball leaves the pitcher's hand.
There is no stealing. If the batter doesn't swing or if he swings and misses, the runner is eligible to be picked off.
As this is considered a force out, the home plate umpire has no problem making this call.
Oct. 16, 2004
Men's 70
24 posts

One of our players came up with the brilliant idea of moving first base back one step to eliminate all those close plays. About the same brilliance as lengthening them!!!!!
Oct. 18, 2004
stig 52
Men's 50
46 posts
Moving the bases back is a bad idea. I have played a lot of ball with the 70' bases and it cuts scoring down 30% or more. It would cut down scoring in seniors by more than that. Most seniors want this game to be more offensive than defensive.
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