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Discussion: time limits

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Nov. 13, 2010
Men's 50
16 posts
time limits
i think that the best way to get an extra ten minutes and or a 1 and 1 count added to the tournaments is for ssusa to send out emails to all managers and get a vote from the teams so they can get an idea of how the teams feel about what we pay for.
Nov. 13, 2010
Men's 60
496 posts
How about 1 and 1 (no waste) and then add 1 and down for the pitcher / catcher? Outfielders will definitely have to hustle out. But I bet it would add a lot of ball playing to the existing time. And in most cases you'd get 7 in. Instead of a change in arch how about a wider mat. This would for sure eliminate a lot of the walks. How many times do you see a guy get in the box and just put the bat on his shoulder?
Nov. 13, 2010
Men's 65
840 posts

The mat was widened not too long ago. You cannot widen it any more, unless you eliminate the batters box. I am already at the edge of the box trying to hit an outside pitch. Maybe lengthen the mat, but not widen it any more than it is at this time. Batters will have to step on the plate/mat a lot, to reach a wider mat.

A 1 and 1 count AND 1 warmup pitch in between each inning, except for a new pitcher, would help to increase our chances of playing a full game.

Andy Smith,
Double Edge,
60 Major Plus
Nov. 14, 2010
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
duke,marv,andy,gonna answer all at once.
prol with all the hustling in/out is the oppo dugout(1b side dugout to LF,etc) OF does about a 3/4 of a mile extra just in going in and out from the position.i think they should get us golf carts for the OF'ers, a pitcher i hardly ever take a warm-up pitch after the first inning,anyways.i like 60 minutes for seeding games,and either 70 or no time for brackets with a run rule after five inning(with a flip/flop with catch up option for team to be run ruled).mat i think is good at 24 wide by 36 long(not sure how big it is now),with a no prol if you happen to step on it going for a ball(actually played a league like this,but it was a disc 3' across),just no backing up to hit a ball.
oh another thought,quit all the damn whining and bitching about calls/pitches.
marv what is a, then add 1 and down for the pitcher / catcher?
Nov. 14, 2010
Men's 50
3114 posts
I'm a big fan of 1-1 count.
It's great for a ton of reasons
and being a pitcher,
we don't REALLY need any warm ups
between innings.
Most of the time is spent by me
waiting for my outfielders
to get to their spots.
Nov. 14, 2010
Men's 50
3114 posts
I just realized
a 30 second clock or timer
could be used by the ump between innings
and then when a pitch wasn't thrown
a ball would be called
or if the batter wasn't in the box
a strike could be called.
Nov. 15, 2010
Men's 65
158 posts
1 and 1 doesn't bother me. We played a time last year an half the time ran for the other half. Now you may not think that takes a while. These are seniors. Who wants to or can run in the dug out. It's like I'm in the out field forever. Let me tell you it's no fun being a rabbit after you've 4 or 5 games. Almost all local leagues play 1 and 1. It did help us go from a 5 innings to 6 or 7.
Joe Lefty Falcon
Wild Bunch 60 Major
Birmingham 55 Major
Nov. 15, 2010
Men's 65
2238 posts
Situation-you are playing your 7th game of the tourney in the outfield and it is 100 degrees. 4 balls are hit to you and you have to chase them down, including the last fly ball in the corner at the fence. You have a time limit to get in and you are leading off. By the time you get in, you are breathing so hard you cannot swing the bat. Actual rigid time limits, no way, but maybe be ready to get to the outfield if you are not hitting, have a guy with your glove if you are on base and the third out is made-speeds it up a bit. 1-1 is the easiest way to speed the game a bit.
Nov. 15, 2010
Men's 65
4549 posts
Yes, I can just picture a ump holding a stop watch and calling "times up, delay of game" and after the first warning start calling strikes with no one in the box...
That will sure make a lot of players happy.
This whole thing has gotten out of hand.
It is no longer softball as was known to be. Its been modified over and over for the sole purpose of making money for those putting on the 'show'.
Next you'll be wanting to start with one out, to quicken the game.
Why not? We now have filp-plops, catch ups, run rules, don't hit middle, gotta wear gear or you can't play position, teams in CA, Fl can't recruit from other borders, you hit a great ball and your out. ETC, ETC.
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