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Runner going to 2nd on ground ball over the middle with fielder racing to 2nd, both ...

» Sweet674: Middle infielder races to bag wanting to complete a double play. ...
      »Turning2: 8.6 WHEN SLIDING IS OPTIONAL - AVOIDING COLLISIONS Sliding or ...
      »Sweet674: Appreciate the prompt, well-written response! Playing over 50 years ...
2 June 26, 2022 161

time limit rule for league play

» joebodyman: Our league has a time limit rule that reads: End time: No new inning ...
      »stick8: I believe the rule as you posted is a bit confusing. In my view its ...
1 June 23, 2022 132

Fly ball catch

» BASEHITTER#2: Batter hits a deep fly ball at the right field fence. the right ...
      »B.J.: yes.. read the note part at bottom of CATCH definition 1.10 ...
      »DaveDowell: Correct call ... The umpire's call appears to hinge on his judgment ...
      »B.J.: I agree with DD on it being a judgment call as is every call.. what I ...
3 June 20, 2022 326

5th Run

» NYGNYY: Today had a situation where the 5th run was on third, runner on first ...
      »Dbax: Its just a force out at second. Run scores.
      »mck71: Apologies for not stating the specific rule (I am sure someone will ...
      »B.J.: mck71 ..yes in original post run should have scored.. in your ...
      »mck71: Thx BJ, that makes perfect sense and I should have known that ...
4 June 15, 2022 291

is call obstruction or interference

» BillB2: Senior 60 and over league. Runner from first takes one step and stops ...
      »B.J.: I would have OBS on this play.. the fielder was given the opportunity ...
      »BillB2: Thanks, much appreciated.
      »Rob64: Depends I've actually never saw a flub in the rule book so..... If ...
      »B.J.: rob64 .. that is not what the OP was .. the fielder ...
      »BillB2: B.J. described it correctly.
      »Rob64: Of course he did so the runners were safe and everyone was awarded ...
      »Rob64: Nobody was called out on the play from what I've read.
7 June 15, 2022 316

catch no catch

» shortstop33: Rec ball, line drive hit to me at third, make the catch, ball hit s ...
      »DaveDowell: REALLY??? ... It's NO CATCH if you don't have the ball securely in ...
      »shortstop33: Think about this Dave outfielder making a catch falls to ground ball ...
      »DaveDowell: ss33 ... Maybe some of the others here will contribute to this ...
      »B.J.: SS33 Congrats on 87 in July and I have had the pleasure of knowing ...
      »B.J.: SS on your 2nd scenario I would have an out.. I have seen OF's many ...
      »Rob64: So if I'm playing in the outfield and my hat falls to the ground as ...
      »B.J.: rob .. no it's not a catch .. also if you were holding your hat in ...
      »shortstop33: Thanks for the input
      »Scott Harder: IMO... when the glove left your hand it no longer is part of your ...
      »Rich33: NO catch...
10 June 13, 2022 577

Commitment line on a tag up.

» Bigtimer40: Had a situation come up this week. Zero outs runners on 1st and 2nd. ...
      »B.J.: bigtimer.. I don't have the runner from 2nd being out until the ...
      »fresnomdn: I would guess (and hope) that the commitment line issue would be ...
      »DaveDowell: fresnomdn ... To my knowledge, there is no known exception allowing a ...
      »B.J.: fresno.. I agree with DD if the runner had re-crossed the C/L he ...
      »curty: appears to be no commitment line violation from the op, but that ...
      »Bigtimer40: the commitment line violation isn't an out until it is recrossed is ...
      »mck71: CRAZY scenario! So SS should have tagged the runner going to 2B and ...
      »Mikelmart: Of course all of this is predicated on what the umpire saw. If the 2B ...
      »Packerman412: Well heres how I think it would be or should be ruled. We have the ...
      »B.J.: packerman.. yes the catch is out #1 .. but the ball being thrown back ...
      »Packerman412: BJ. To me you have the same thing as this. Line drive gets hit and ...
      »Packerman412: Donna Mcquire were you at on this
      »B.J.: packerman.. in your scenario yes I would have an out .. that is ...
      »Donna McGuire: Lets see if I can answer the key questions. 1. When do you call the ...
      »B.J.: Donna Thx.. I agree 100%
15 June 11, 2022 814

Is the middle open rule 6.18?

» Big Papi 39: Hi yall just trying to figure out how rule 6.18 application works. ...
      »Turning2: Big P - the entire field is playable from foul line to foul line, the ...
1 June 8, 2022 225

Equaluzer rules/# of homeruns

» TXTrouble3: Couldnt find a rule stating this.... If 50 Major plays 50 AAA ...
      »TimMcElroy: You always play to the HR rule of the lower rated team. In this ...
      »TXTrouble3: Thanks for your input Tim. Juat couldn't find it anywheres in ...
      »Donna McGuire: This is covered in rule 13.3(8)E., part of which says: If there is a ...
3 June 5, 2022 220

What constitutes scoring at home plate

» Nvjimmymac: Rule 8.9(1) says you must touch the outside home plate to score. Rule ...
      »DaveDowell: Nvjimmymac ... The reference to the "outside home plate" is when ...
      »rmp0012002: Touching home plate is not allowed so I look at how the field is set ...
      »Turning2: Nvjimmymac - Refer to 5.7.A along with ALL of 8.9 and you will have ...
3 June 4, 2022 264

Verbal Obstruction or Interference

» Mike14: Is there anything in the rules that covers verbal obstructions or ...
      »B.J.: mike14.. I actually had that happen where the catcher had a senior ...
      »Rob64: why "because there were 2 outs"?
      »B.J.: Because with 2 outs the runner took off as soon as the ball was hi ...
      »Scott Harder: Not sure I like your call here BJ. It's the runners responsibility to ...
      »B.J.: scott.. the catcher has no right to yell foul ball that is the ...
      »Guppy7325: Look in the rule book under conduct or detrimental conduct to the ...
      »Turning2: Scott - BJ and Guppy have clearly defined proper call and procedure. ...
      »Paul C: Additional info to support BJ and Grumpy, umpires and others. ...
      »Scott Harder: Just to clarify.. I don't believe the call was not commensurate with ...
      »Scott Harder: So... what if it wasn't the catcher who yelled? What if it was a fan ...
      »B.J.: Scott.. With the catcher standing right next to or behind the Umpire ...
      »Turning2: Scott - i agree with your statement, with two outs, batter should be ...
12 June 1, 2022 792

Fair or Foul

» franjan: With a runner standing on 3rd base I hit a line drive that hit him ...
      »1bounce: Does not matter where it lands. Its where the ball hit him in fair ...
      »franjan: Not sure I agree. To me the runner standing on the base is just an ...
      »curveball: I agree with you Franjan.
      »B.J.: curveball and franjan.. the ball did not hit anywhere on the bag it ...
      »Hank Heffner: It would be determined foul or fair as to the relative position of ...
5 May 28, 2022 460

3rd baseline

» yerwombat: Recently at the ACC Championships a rule was instituted, if a runner ...
      »DaveDowell: I haven't heard of that one Tim, especially since we only make rule ...
      »yerwombat: Interesting Thanks Dave
      »DaveDowell: Not a "value judgment" here, but the umpires for the ACC in Raleigh ...
      »Scott Harder: Not the most direct route to the outside plate/line, what would cause ...
      »TimMcElroy: Interesting. As the TD, I was unaware 9f this until just now. Did ...
      »titanhd: If you touch any portion of the the batters box you are out. Might ...
      »mck71: Dave, we USUSALLY don't have these lines that are diagonal from 3B to ...
      »TimMcElroy: Hi Mike, As a general rule, umpires will intruct managers to have ...
      »DaveDowell: Some umpires/UIC's and (drat!) Directors ask the field crew NOT to ...
      »TimMcElroy: Mike... I didn't fully read your last message and will agree that ...
      »Guppy7325: I can verify what Tim was saying. I umpired ACC and that was the ...
      »yerwombat: Yes we were told that before the game different days, after the rain ...
      »DieselDan: If the scoring line touches the batters box, most plate umps are OK ...
      »Turning2: SSUSA SENIOR SOFTBALL DIAMOND Infield Layout, Base Dimensions, ...
14 May 28, 2022 679

Player Ratings

» CaliBraves: Scenario: I already know the answer to this but being told ...
      »DaveDowell: In most cases, YES ... If you are filling in on a one-time basis ...
      »CaliBraves: David, Here is what I found in the rules and says that you can ...
      »DaveDowell: CaliBraves ... Don't over complicate this ... You can play across two ...
3 May 25, 2022 305

out or safe

» shortstop33: Batter hits ground ball to infielder, throw beats runner to first, ...
      »Turning2: SSUSA Definition 1.10 Catch You are correct, play must be ...
1 May 22, 2022 284

what's the ruling on ball over the foul line

» Larry S: Batter hits ball down 3rd base line. Ball stops in foul territory ...
      »DaveDowell: FOUL BALL You defined it in foul territory and further defined that ...
      »shortstop33: If any part of the ball is touching the line it is fair, even if the ...
      »DaveDowell: His statement of facts indicates that the ball was NOT touching the ...
3 May 22, 2022 298

What's the call on a pitch

» Larry S: We have a player in our local league saying the plate umpire is ...
      »B.J.: once a pitch hits the ground it immediately becomes a dead BALL so ...
      »Rob64: What is this a joke? How is it possible to hit the ground and then ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Hey Rob64, it's not a joke at all. Many fields do not have dimensions ...
      »Scott Harder: Great that it will be called a ball as it should be, especially in ...
4 May 17, 2022 633

You make the call.

» Perl: Playing SPA, 11 defensive players. Visiting coach puts 10 on lineup ...
      »B.J.: perl.. you should have waited for him to bat again and if he got a ...
      »Schibs: Can I get an expanded explanation on why the player was allowed into ...
      »B.J.: actually I haven't worked a SPA game in years maybe for a better ...
      »berger: B.J., I agree with waiting until the batter completes the at bat. ...
      »DaveDowell: berger ... In SSUSA sanctioned play, the simple statement of the rule ...
5 May 16, 2022 389

obstruction or interferenci

» shortstop33: runner on base pop up fielder runs into runner standing on bag ...
      »B.J.: Id have no call other than a possible IF call and play on
      »shortstop33: I can't believe you have no answer for me BJ. There has to be a rule. ...
      »B.J.: SS.. the base is the runners safe haven its where he belongs as long ...
      »Rob64: Runner has the right to the bag , if running fielder has the right to ...
      »Rob64: I.F. runners on 1st and 2nd with less than 2 outs.
      »lb16: Runner does not have to vacate bag in this situation in baseball or ...
6 May 12, 2022 386

Hitting the Gap

» Bigtimer40: On one of our fields the outfield fence sits on a hill and has a ...
      »DaveDowell: That appears to fit the definition of a ground rule double ... I've ...
      »Bigtimer40: That is how we have been calling it. It was argued that it was from ...
      »DaveDowell: Bigtimer40 ... I'm confident you/we have it right and the others ...
3 May 12, 2022 205
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