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Discussion: Need HR rules clarification by 9:30 Saturday

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Aug. 10, 2012
526 posts
Need HR rules clarification by 9:30 Saturday
2 65 AAA teams are playing. Both have their alloted 3 Hrs in 1st 3 innings. Playing on a short 275' field.

1. Ump and TD says both can continue to hit more Hrs throughout the game as long as you only go 1 up. This means a AAA team could have 7 or more in a game. In 4 qualifers and 2 ring tournies this year, both us and opponents were stoped at "3" and not allowed more. Is this correct for AAA that Hrs are endless.

2. Now this is what happened today. We have 3 and they have 3 going into the 7th and we are up to bat. We could hit a 4th to go one up according to the TD. This means the opponents could hit one to tie and one more to win via point 3 below.

We didn't hit one. So we are still tied at 3 each.

I stopped to verify that the rule says you can't hit a walk off in the 7th if it puts you one up which it would have. The TD standing there said no. If they hit one it counts.

Please correct me if I am wrong

Aug. 10, 2012
2503 posts
AAA Home Run Rule for 65's is 3 per team, per game, 1-Up progressive, walks

After Team 'A' has hit their three HR's, any Team 'A' excess HR's are treated as walks until Team 'B' has hit 3.
Team 'B' may at that time hit it's 4th, but any additional HR's are walks until Team 'A' has hit its 4th.
After that, neither team may go more than '1-Up', and if they do, excess HR's until equal again are walks.

No team may go 1-Up in the bottom of the last inning to win the game. They MAY, however go 1-Up if they are chasing the Visitor on the scoreboard, just not to have a walk-off game winner.
Example: Team'A' is home and down by 1 run. A solo home run then to go one up is allowed (to tie the score). Same example, but there is a man on base. A home run then would be a walk, since the 2-run HR would be a walk-off winner, which is prohibited.

If you accurately described the factual situation in the last inning, the TD was incorrect.
Aug. 10, 2012
526 posts
Thanks for the reply
Aug. 11, 2012
Men's 55
357 posts
This happened to one of my teams earlier this summer in another association.

We were told we could not win a game with a one up homer. We hit one in the bottom of the 7th but were still "chasing" the opponent.

Honestly, there was a 10 minute delay in the action while rules were clarified, and I don't know if the home run we hit made us "even" with the team we were chasing or put us one up??????

(There were multiple "homers=walk" homers when one team was up on the other, and it see-sawed back and forth all game to both teams)

So that is why I really am not sure who was "up", "even" or "down" in the 7th?

Bottom line is the rule said we could not win a game on a one up in the last inning, and it was not the game winner.
Aug. 11, 2012
Men's 55
357 posts
My opinion on the rule-------if the visiting team is EQUAL in home runs to the home team in the bottom of the 7th (not one up, but EQUAL) there shouldn't be anymore home runs for the game----unless it goes to extra innings?

Lets say both teams have 4 homers going into bottom of the 7th, the home team shouldn't be able to hit a 5th regardless of the score, at least not in my opinion???

Then again, there isn't any advantage to being the home team if you can't hit another homer??
Aug. 12, 2012
9 posts
Why should one team be allowed more home runs than another in a game just because they're losing? Allowing them to go 1 up in the bottom of the inning allows them more homers. If they eventually come back and win that extra homer obviously contributed to the win, whether it was a walk off or not.
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