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Running lane violation

» Wayne 37: 8.3 • BATTER-RUNNER IS OUT D. When he RUNS OUTSIDE THE RUNNING LANE ...
      »lb16: I would think to get an better explanation of the rule you will need ...
      »DaveDowell: This ought to be an interestng theoretical discussion to watch ... In ...
      »Wayne 37: There really is no theory involved. I do know that some rulesets ...
      »B.J.: welocme back to WAYNES' WORLD of RULES... where does it state in ...
      »NYGNYY: I hope everyone and your families are safe. As noted I have too much ...
      »B.J.: NYGNYY.. a fielder does not have to make a throw for an out to be ...
      »TimMcElroy: And just like that, I am whispering to myself again.
      »Wayne 37: I knew exactly what you were going to say...………..and you did. I ...
      »B.J.: Tim, lol.. they do make meds for that .. btw.. it's ok to whisper to ...
      »DieselDan: Maybe it's time to have those lines put down at the larger ...
10 April 6, 2020 284

Ejection Rule

» SCUBA: 4.8 • EJECTED PLAYER "A player or coach who has been ejected from ...
      »DaveDowell: Absent aggravating circumstances, like an actual physical altercation ...
1 March 25, 2020 428

missed Infield fly call

» alan--23: Hi all, This is my first time posting and a new member. This a local ...
      »lb16: alan - State infield fly rule should have been called. Put original ...
      »BruceinGa: I'm not an umpire but have run into this situation a few times. I ...
      »DaveDowell: Bruce ... I think the original fact pattern stated that the R2 was ...
      »stick8: Alan—23, I am glad to learn you are trying your hand at umpiring!! If ...
      »mck71: Dave - I would agree with you and lb16. My call would have been the ...
      »B.J.: I agree with ib16 also... but.. there are no instructions of what to ...
      »BruceinGa: Dave, I should practice what I tell my 8 yr old granddaughter, "read ...
      »Wayne 37: Let the play stand as called. The offense and defense both did what ...
      »B.J.: wayne and his words of wisdom as usual.. (Let the play stand as ...
      »k man: Could possibly have used rule 8.3J ??? When an infielder ...
      »stick8: Wayne37 I could be mistaken but I believe that’s what the NCAA and ...
      »stever: The goal of every umpire should be to get the call right if at all ...
      »Wayne 37: As usual, someone replies with a what if. Nothing to really correct ...
13 March 19, 2020 509

Catcher already has the ball when non-forced runner crosses commit line; I assume ...

» jgoff5113: Scenario: Bases loaded and less than 2 outs. Batter grounds it to ...
      »B.J.: yes.. runner is still out you are correct a double play
      »jgoff5113: Thank-you B.J. I thought so, but wanted to confirm with you experts!
      »grayhitter59: does not matter when the ball was accutaly caught, once the runner ...
      »k man: Yes, I know its the rule. In this situation, 3rd baseman steps on ...
      »grayhitter59: He can dance all he wants between the bag and the line once he passes ...
      »DCPete: Kind of doubt he must continue forward after crossing the commit line ...
      »grayhitter59: no sir, if after crossing the line he turns around to go back to ...
      »stick8: K man that’s actually a smart play by that runner!! It may appear ...
      »k man: Stick, it may look good to the one team but I'm sure the defensive ...
      »DaveDowell: DCPete and grayhitter59 ... There is no specific procedure that the ...
      »B.J.: Dave...you need to read the OP again 3bman stepped on 3rd for an out ...
      »DaveDowell: B.J. ... I think my response to the original post is correct ... That ...
      »B.J.: Dave, again the way the rule is specifically worded and yes as you ...
      »DaveDowell: And you know my official position on umpires who make up words to ...
      »B.J.: Dave, I guess that's also the difference between an umpire and a ...
      »DaveDowell: B.J. ... I would opine that the problem is a failure of some umpires ...
      »B.J.: lol Dave, yes we will agree to disagree "again" and as I ...
      »grayhitter59: Dave, As I understood the runner crossed the line therefor cannot ...
      »DaveDowell: gh59 ... B.J. and I are debating what he can/cannot do AFTER he ...
      »grayhitter59: He can sit there and drink a soda and tell a joke if he wants, also ...
      »stick8: K man and Dave are correct! That might be the only time on a throw to ...
      »Wayne 37: In the OP the runner is out once they cross the commit line. What ...
22 March 19, 2020 701

Scoring line

» idahoreb: Situation: Less than two outs, runner coming home stops before ...
      »stick8: That is correct. If runner is tagged after they cross the commit line ...
1 March 15, 2020 197

Giving runs, and those runs count against you in seeding.

» tall_thunder: Please Directors, give me a good answer to support my issue, which ...
      »Wood_1966: Understand, but if those 5 runs did not count against your run total, ...
      »tall_thunder: WOOD_1966, good point. Didn't mean to say for Directors to support my ...
2 March 13, 2020 348

Carry Bat

» seniorsoftballnut: Question can you carry your bat with you to first base after you hit ...
      »lb16: If it is hit and sit rules it doesn't matter if you touch 1st with ...
      »r4pitch: Why would you want too.. Dont know the rule.Should be a out.Reid
      »B.J.: yes in SSUSA you can carry the bat all the way around all the bases ...
      »SOFTBALLNUTZ: seniorsoftballnut Hope you and yours are doing well. Haven't ...
      »Wayne 37: yes in SSUSA you can carry the bat all the way around all the bases ...
      »k man: I know there is no SSUSA rule for this but I knew I saw it somewhere. ...
      »doker: yes as in a previous discussion bat can be carried but if the bat is ...
      »doker: fair foul or otherwise ...still interference!!!!
      »SSUSA Staff: NOPE! ... But nice "stretch" to a rather seasoned thread to keep the ...
9 March 7, 2020 1293

Was this the correct Call?

» sbsoftball30: Batter/Runner hits fair grounder to third baseman. Fielder attempts ...
      »SSUSA Staff: There is no prohibition in the SSUSA Rulebook for a batter-runner ...
      »B.J.: I would agree... if the bat he was carrying was in foul territiory ...
      »NPW#9: What if the ball went out of play after hitting the bat. Does the B/R ...
      »B.J.: NPW... yes since the bat would be considered part of the runner and ...
      »Wayne 37: Why does the B/R have to be in the running lane on a normal ...
      »DaveDowell: B.J. ... Does your answer change if the thrown ball hits the bat, ...
      »B.J.: wayne... you might not need to always ask these questions if you ...
      »B.J.: Dave... lol I forgot about Jose... he would never get extra bases ...
      »Wayne 37: I read the rule and as usual it is vague with no interpretation. I ...
      »B.J.: wayne.. again you use the word VAGUE because of your lack of reading ...
      »SSUSA Staff: I just KNEW we should have CLOSED THIS THREAD immediately after the ...
11 March 7, 2020 749

Fielders choice or sacrifice

» Nvjimmymac: One out, men on first and third. Batter hits ground ball to short. ...
      »DieselDan: "The batter is credited with an RBI (run batted in) for every runner ...
      »B.J.: jimmymac.. this would be scored a FC with a RBI.. I don't believe a ...
      »stick8: Jimmymac, officially that’s a fielders choice. He gets credit for the ...
      »MurrayW: No, a fielder's choice counts as an out and not as getting on base. ...
      »Dbax: I agree. A fielders choice does not count towards your on base ...
      »Wayne 37: Hit into a DP here and the batter isn't credited with a RBI.
6 Feb. 25, 2020 622

Kicked Ball

» sdmal: Recently had a situation where a second baseman muffed a grounder. ...
      »chico senior: Runner is out.
      »sdmal: He intentionally kicked the ball not accidentally.
      »rightrj1: The runner is still out! It doesn't matter how the ball out to the ...
      »stick8: Runner is out.
4 Jan. 31, 2020 523

Intentionally dropped ball

» retired2013: Rule 9.1 U. States--Dead ball: When a fair batted fly ball, including ...
      »Wayne 37: A batted ball, not infield fly, that is intentionally guided to the ...
      »retired2013: Look t 9.1 U. The rule is clear, but there's no consequence stated/
      »B.J.: retired.. below is the rule that states the consequence.. also ...
      »LMR: I apologize for my ignorance, but what am I missing? With a man on ...
      »LMR: Isn't this why there is an infield fly rule?
      »Wayne 37: Infield fly requires at least runners on 1st and 2nd with less than ...
      »Wayne 37: J. When an infielder intentionally drops, or (((LETS DROP))), a fai ...
      »B.J.: wayne.. please post from the rules where it says that a runner may ...
      »Wayne 37: So you take a runner who has legally obtained home or 2nd base and ...
      »B.J.: Well then in Wayne’s world a longggg high fly ball that is over fair ...
      »Wayne 37: Exactly what I didn't say. If you have to make stuff up to sound ...
      »stick8: Retired2013, I’d have to see the play but if an infielder ...
      »DieselDan: Now that I have a bag of popcorn, please continue.
      »B.J.: DD.. I'd hate to disappoint you and I hope you got double butter and ...
      »stick8: BJ, that is the senior rule. It wasn’t the case in USSSA but I ...
      »Wayne 37: I hate to break it to you again, but you return runners from their ...
      »TimMcElroy: Someone once said of pornography- I can't accurately define it but I ...
      »Wayne 37: I understand that, Tim. That's why I used the term guided the ball ...
      »B.J.: Tim..great answer.. PLEASE don't give up.. I think you're wearing ...
      »Wayne 37: Ok Boomer
      »galasater: Wayne 37 So you have players on your team that run bases, with less ...
      »grayhitter59: Tim, I remember this same thing happening in a winter nationals in ...
      »TimMcElroy: ^^^ Thanks for the smile, Manny.
      »Wayne 37: Since when were towering fly balls exempt from the rule?
      »B.J.: hmmm... Tim, I think wayne is asking you.. have fun
25 Jan. 28, 2020 1099

impact player

» nporee: As I was trying to add to my roster last year, I was told by the main ...
      »TimMcElroy: I don't know which team or player you are referring to but I will ...
      »nporee: Thanks, Tim, good guess. But we are 55 AAA team and we do not have ...
      »Nancy Allen: nporee, Tim did make a good guess. He is a very smart man. Since ...
      »mck71: nporee - you would need to speak specifically with George or Tiffany ...
      »nporee: Nancy, mck71, thank you both.. and yes Coaching and Managing is tough ...
      »TimMcElroy: As Nancy and mck71 suggested, the roster specialists at the home ...
      »grayhitter59: nporee, Impact player is not a SSUSA term, they rate players by ...
      »nporee: Tim, thank you again, but no this was not for the upcoming TOC. this ...
      »chico senior: Grayhitter - Actually, years ago SSUSA did use the term “Impact ...
      »DoubleL10: ‘‘Impact player” is a SPA category. Players classified as such can ...
      »chico senior: The only organization that I have ever played in is SSUSA. Many ...
      »nporee: Double and Chico, that totally makes sense.. but the gentlemen I am ...
      »grayhitter59: Chico, I guess I might have been mistaken, I only heard that term in ...
13 Jan. 27, 2020 1054

interference

» retired2013: During a double play, the runner going into 2nd base interferes wit ...
      »Wayne 37: Runner and Batter Runner are both declared out.
      »retired2013: what rule covers this play?
      »Wayne 37: Don't know exactly, but the runner is out for interfering with throw ...
      »Wayne 37: Look under 8.3 (E) where is says batter/runner is out.
      »B.J.: retired.. INTERFERENCE IS NOT an automatic double play as stated ...
      »B.J.: retired.. I also should have added the 2nd out doesn't necessarily ...
      »Wayne 37: You're right I read the rule wrong. need my glasses......however you ...
      »B.J.: wayne.. lol... I was wondering what your excuse would be and it seems ...
      »Wayne 37: That's the biggest difference between you and I. I know when I'm ...
      »B.J.: wayne.. I've tried to be nice when correcting your posts and yes ...
      »Wayne 37: Like I said, I admit when I'm wrong. Your problem is when you're ...
      »Nancy Allen: Well, you apparently don't understand rule #2 of the message board. ...
      »Wayne 37: Just so you know, I've intentionally stayed away from here for a good ...
      »B.J.: Well here’s hoping 🤞🏾 that it will happen again
      »Wayne 37: Ok Boomer
      »stick8: Had a play last year. Man on 1st, 1 out. Grounder to short. Shortstop ...
16 Jan. 24, 2020 538

Thanks for the laugh

» Wayne 37: OK BOOMER
0 Jan. 22, 2020 212

Eye Shield on a Pitching or Fielding Mask

» USAMTZ: Last weekend at the Top Gun in AZ an umpire on day 2 told me that I ...
      »DaveDowell: It appears highly likely you were victimized by a "..let's make it up ...
      »USAMTZ: Thanks Dave. I was hoping that is all it was. Take Care, Glen
      »Omar Khayyam: How bizarre! I have experienced teams incorrectly complaining to the ...
      »BH44: The only I time I have seen teams complain about a pitcher wearing a ...
      »USAMTZ: Omar, The other team had nothing to do with it. It was odd, game was ...
5 Jan. 21, 2020 743

Interference

» Randall: There is a runner on first base with two outs. The batter hits a ...
      »lowprofile: I'm not sure what the rule is the way it's written? here what's ...
      »B.J.: great question and you won't see this specific scenario described in ...
      »Randall: I believe that the answer to this is in the rule book under “the ...
      »B.J.: Randall... I'm not sure that rule applies here because it was a base ...
      »A-RO23: We had this happen in a game this past summer. Only difference (and ...
      »B.J.: A-RO.. I would also have the runner who interfered with the fielder ...
      »Dbax: You can’t call the batter and runner both out.
      »B.J.: below are the SSUSA and USA/ASA rules for batter is out.. as you ...
      »curty: i would consider this- for this ruling- a timing play: Batter is out ...
      »B.J.: I was hoping SSUSA would give answer.. but since they haven't I ...
      »Nancy Allen: The only thing that ever came up in a clinic (NSA) that was close to ...
      »B.J.: Nancy, yes... and good examples
      »stick8: Randall, it doesn’t matter if the ball rolls foul. A baserunner can ...
      »Wayne 37: SSUSA---- 7.6 • BATTER IS OUT F. When members of the team at ba ...
      »B.J.: wayne.. Please read the rules I posted above giving both SSUSAA and ...
15 Jan. 21, 2020 811

65s to 1-1 or not 1-1

» k man: Just got back from Ft Myers 65 AAA Played 7 and only 2 went the full ...
      »Shark: Just an FYI....that our team in Fort Myers played 9 games with a 1-1 ...
      »Wood_1966: I do not understand the thought process of sticking to the old method ...
      »GI: I agree it is about time to play with the 1-1 count as most of us ...
      »garyheifner: I have been led to believe that when a vote is thrown out there, the ...
      »Jawood: Really k man? Since the 1 and 1 count was implemented two seasons ...
      »k man: Jawood, all I can tell you is from what we experienced and I have in ...
      »GI: I want to thank several of you who have called or sent me e-mail ...
      »baseballbill: The 1&1 count kills wasted dead time, more action with less standing ...
      »NYGNYY: I grew up playing with the “old school” and have no problem with it. ...
      »GI: Just to update I looked on my G Mail ansd saw a note from senior ...
      »garyheifner: NYGNYY I play outfield and pitch or catch when needed. It is very ...
      »NYGNYY: garyheifner---Totally missed my point with your definition of what a ...
      »garyheifner: Sorry, I got it totally wrong. I kinda now know what it feels like ...
      »TimMcElroy: garyheifner- HILARIOUS ! Way to keep it light.
      »NYGNYY: Amen to that garyheifner! Enjoy the holidays
      »Fabe: U may never see that first good pitch again! Unless many walks are ...
      »MurrayW: It's slow pitch softball. How bad can the next strike be to ...
      »Gavin5: I support the 1:1 starting pitch count for 75s division, and in fact ...
      »GI: I had batting practice last weekend with a 65 team that played 60's ...
      »chico senior: GI - You either have some misprints or some mistakes. The 60’s start ...
      »GI: Thanks sorry for not writing it right. Now you know why I am a ...
      »GI: Has anyone heard anything from Vegas meeting this week about the 1-1 ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Rules Committee Sessions concluded yesterday (Thursday) and the ...
      »NYGNYY: The rules committee voted 12 to 0 in favor of changing all ages to 1 ...
      »GI: Bless you Senior softball. Free at last free at last Thank God ...
      »JBTexas : I maybe the only one but I'm disappointed the rule was changed for ...
      »NYGNYY: JB Tx I am with you 100%. Guess that’s a ? for Don Brooks who ...
      »DaveDowell: There were five (5) separately submitted written requests to the ...
      »NYGNYY: DD as always thanks for the follow up and information. 5 requests ...
      »JBTexas : Dave, Didn't know we had to submit a request to keep a rule, we ...
      »DieselDan: What JBTexas just posted.
      »DaveDowell: Here's a bit of historical factual background ... Support for the ...
      »DieselDan: But, it seems Dave, "a hot topic, like this one", probably should ...
      »NYGNYY: Thanks again DD for the feedback and facts. I thought you used this ...
      »DaveDowell: Dan ... I guess anything can be "surveyed" as often as it makes sense ...
      »Wayne 37: I thought about submitting something in writing, but then I figured ...
      »DaveDowell: Wayne 37 ... Here's how it works ... The Chair of the NRC accumulates ...
      »Wayne 37: I understand all that, but I continually get so much pushback on the ...
      »JBTexas : After reading the official minutes of the rule committee meeting, I ...
      »k man: Will TOC play 1-1 for 65 and above or will they use the 4-3 rule that ...
      »TimMcElroy: The TOC is played usi g the previous year's rules because that is how ...
      »Willy8: As a 70's player, I have used the 1-1 count with a curtesy foul in ...
42 Dec. 16, 2019 2898

Opinions on being called out of the batters box - Continued

» Sisavic: I'm not sure why but I had to start a new discussion because I ...
      »STL0: Sisavic - While I don't disagree that the box could have been ...
      »Wayne 37: I've tried to explain this several times, but some people like to add ...
      »B.J.: wayne, without insulting you.. again these 2 rules explaining that a ...
      »Wayne 37: Again, batting position, where does it state partially outside? ...
      »B.J.: wayne...since you seem to know all, then answer this question about ...
5 Dec. 7, 2019 800

Opinions on being called out of the batters box

» cuda65: In two recent tournaments, I got called out for stepping out of the ...
      »B.J.: cuda.. it should never matter the age of the player.. remember just ...
      »cuda65: Thanks B.J. I appreciate your response. I stand near the front of ...
      »garyheifner: I still do not understand the need for a batters box. Regardless of ...
      »garyheifner: My previous--so batter CAN'T close the distance.
      »B.J.: gary.. I'm confused.. 1st you say you do not understand the need for ...
      »garyheifner: It is really quite simple. Without a line in front, a batter could ...
      »Nancy Allen: A friend of mine made a point to me that I had never considered. He ...
      »B.J.: gary.. thx for the explanation.. if there was no full box as you call ...
      »lowprofile: Nancy great point, this subject never seems to go away lol. As I have ...
      »mck71: lowprofile - they do this in USSSA Conference, where as long as the ...
      »B.J.: MCK... I worked U-Trip for years.. and there are 2 big differences ...
      »lowprofile: mck,71 I was not aware that u-trip was doing this? it does make total ...
      »cuda65: Wow, thanks ladies and gents. Just as I had hoped, I got some ...
      »k man: In our local league, the batters boxes on the turf fields were deemed ...
      »mck71: Doesn't site a rule number BJ, but this was taken off OldScout ...
      »grayhitter59: I understand the rule, I believe when this rule was written softball ...
      »DaveDowell: The National Rules Committee sessions for this year are upcoming this ...
      »Wayne 37: It would help if you would define what constitutes being in the box ...
      »B.J.: just when you thought it couldn't get any worse... he's back
      »SSUSA Staff: Here's an "English as a Second Language" version for you, Wayne ... ...
      »Wayne 37: I WOULDN'T TAKE EXCEPTION TO THE WORDING, BUT YOU HAVE SOME YAHOO'S ...
      »TimMcElroy: What the firetruck?
      »titanhd: The issue is that the hitter has to protect 34-1/2" of strike zone. ...
      »TimMcElroy: Teams combine for 30+ runs in a high percentage of games played under ...
      »B.J.: Wayne.. since my initials rhyme with EK I will assume you mean me ...
25 Dec. 1, 2019 1326

75 Roster

» Don25: We are trying to put together a 75 team for 2020. Rule 13.2(4) B. ...
      »cyborg45: My understanding of the rule is they must turn 74 during the calendar ...
1 Nov. 26, 2019 380
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