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Altered bat at Worlds

» Donna McGuire: Attention all players: Do not spray any sticky substance on the ...
      »DaveDowell: Rob64 ... I removed your suggestion in this thread about bat shaving ...
      »Rob64: So you don't think people are using shaved or rolled bats? It wasn't ...
2 Sept. 25, 2022 742

(65)

» bringiton: I just got playing with a 65s get to the park and they had our ...
0 Sept. 20, 2022 197

runner interference

» rtaven: 8.7 page 52 says "a runner must make every effort to avoid collision ...
      »B.J.: rtaven.. you did not give a scenario .. it would depend on the actual ...
      »rtaven: Batted ball hit pitcher and rolled toward 2nd baseman,2nd baseman ran ...
      »B.J.: rtaven.. on your scenario the ball went off the pitcher which most ...
      »Bigtimer40: I agree with BJ on this one. The ball is still considered a batted ...
      »Donna McGuire: I disagree with B.J. and Bigtimer40 on this one. Once the ball ...
      »B.J.: Donna I agree with your post but I actually was saying the same ...
      »Turning2: The original poster is asking for clarity for SSUSA rule book ...
      »B.J.: T2.. a runner bumping into a fielder is not always an automatic INT. ...
      »Turning2: BJ - I agree with you 100%, i just wanted to help the original poster ...
9 Sept. 12, 2022 349

Batter interference

» Bigtimer40: Batter hits a fair fly ball that is catchable by the catcher. While ...
      »B.J.: if in my judgment the batter interferred with the catcher making the ...
      »Mikelmart: I would say no interference for now, let me explain. There was no ...
      »Mikelmart: BT40 here's a scenario to your scenario. Runner on first, batter hit ...
      »Donna McGuire: Interference is a judgment call. When it occurs at home plate, the ...
      »Bigtimer40: The ball was in fair territory about 3ft in front of the strike mat ...
      »Bigtimer40: @Mikelmart....In your scenario, I believe as a baserunner on a base ...
      »Mikelmart: BT40 thanks for adding a little more detail to both scenarios.
7 Sept. 10, 2022 301

Age breakdowns going forward

» kuuup22: As my team moves to age 75 Team next year, I realize there are some ...
      »DaveDowell: The SSUSA National Rules Committee meets once a year, at the annual ...
1 Aug. 31, 2022 247

Who's Out?

» Rob64: Real simple question if the curtesy runner is on base and he's up to ...
      »JimmyG: 8.5(4) • COURTESY RUNNER COMING TO BAT WHILE ON BASE A courtesy ...
      »Rob64: Thanks for the rule!
2 Aug. 22, 2022 295

defender touching first base orange bag first

» Larry S: I have read & reread the rule. If the defender touches the orange bag ...
      »Dbax: Why would the runner be safe if he does not beat the defender to the ...
      »4040club: Isn't there a safety rule where the defender must touch the white not ...
      »B.J.: larrys.. dbax is correct.. there is no penalty for a defensive ...
      »4040club: Conversely, What if the batter/runner touches the white bag first and ...
      »DaveDowell: 4040 ... The only "timing issue" is whether or not the batter-runner ...
      »4040club: Umpires and rule 8.4(1) Rule states "the batter-runner must touch ...
      »DaveDowell: 4040Club ... I am one of the Directors at the Eastern National's and ...
      »4040club: Thanks Dave, this was specified by the umps before our games in the ...
      »LeeM: Fielder caught thrown ball, throw pulled 1b off bag. He then touched ...
      »DaveDowell: NO, that is not correct ... The defender touching the orange bag ...
      »B.J.: LeeM .. I've heard of that rule in local league play..but as DD said ...
11 Aug. 20, 2022 1154

Legal pitch

» rtaven: Is there any pitch other than 90 degree or straight up and down ...
      »Turning2: rt - on the tool bar on home page, click on "tournaments", click on ...
      »rtaven: Thank's, I actually had found the rule book pitch underhand.Webster's ...
      »B.J.: rtaven.. having the ball away from the hip is ok as long as the pitch ...
      »rtaven: So anything below 90 degrees should be considered legal?
      »B.J.: I didn’t say that.. think of it as the face of a “old” clock.. if it ...
      »TimMcElroy: Borrowing a quote from a frequent poster on this board- I can't ...
      »B.J.: Tim .. now you went and gave DD a bigger head than he already has.. ...
7 Aug. 9, 2022 512

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 ...
      »Mark Peevey: The homerun rule should be changed! Why are you punishing the Major ...
      »TimMcElroy: Everyone walked in the door under the assumption that they were ...
5 Aug. 2, 2022 604

What’s your call

» stick8: This happened in a game I was umpiring a couple weeks ago. Young man ...
      »txnighttrain: 1) Had the lead runner on 2nd already scored? If so, then then the ...
      »stick8: Answers: 1) Yes, the runner had legally scored before the ball ...
      »Scott Harder: Seems absurd that someone would throw the ball like that, but you did ...
      »stick8: Scott, it was a Mens E tournament and I totally agree with your ...
4 Aug. 2, 2022 436

Player awarded a base

» scrub21: How many bases is a runner on first base awarded when there is a fly ...
      »B.J.: scrub.. normally you would use the SSUSA rule I posted below .. in ...
      »Donna McGuire: It doesn’t matter what direction the runner is going. Even though he ...
      »Dbax: I agree with Donna.
      »B.J.: Donna Thx.. my mistake .. senior moment .. lol .. I was thinking of ...
      »stick8: Donna is correct. The easy way to think of this is: 1) a throw from ...
      »DJ12: I read this rule as two bases, however, I believe the intent is two ...
      »Crusher23: I love this question because it happened to my team in league play ...
      »B.J.: crusher.. you are correct it is a dead ball if the ball is thrown out ...
      »Donna McGuire: Posters in this thread have referenced two different aspects of the ...
      »stick8: Crusher I had a play just last week like what was described. Runner ...
      »stick8: Crusher when you say tthat once the ball is out of play the runner ...
      »Crusher23: You are probably right Stick. My assumption is that as soon as the ...
      »stick8: Your assumption is technically correct Crusher. Had a play last ...
13 Aug. 2, 2022 898

Player released and playing on another team in same age group

» txnighttrain: My understanding of this rule is a player can play in his age group ...
      »wdodge22: TX You are correct in your understanding with the one ...
1 July 31, 2022 473

pitching arc.

» garyheifner: Moved to the villages Florida in Nov. Some 3000 men plus women play ...
      »B.J.: gary... lol I've lived in The Villages for 20 years and have seen ...
1 July 30, 2022 435

Thrown ball hits batting teams bats along the fence

» marcster13: Awhile back I was chatting with an ump in our league when the left ...
      »rlspls1974: Here is an excerpt from the SSUSA Rule book. 8.4(10) • WHEN RUNNERS ...
1 July 26, 2022 336

Foul Tip

» jgoff5113: I need a brief tutorial on a batted foul ball that doesn't go higher ...
      »Bigtimer40: I do know that our league adopted the rule: There is no “Foul Tip”. ...
      »B.J.: jgoff.. 1).. yes 2) if the ball does not go over the batters ...
      »jgoff5113: Thank-you B.J. So my interpretation is correct. To state it another ...
      »DirkPitt: I haven't heard the term "uncatchable" before but I think I ...
      »jgoff5113: I agree with you DirkPitt. Another way to state it would be that a ...
      »cw: Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think this rule is consistent ...
      »stick8: BJ is correct about the SSUSA rule on this. ISSA and SPA I’m not sure ...
      »Nancy Allen: I only know of one adult association that does not require the ball ...
      »cw: Yes Nancy, that is where I was going with my previous comment. The ...
9 July 19, 2022 784

Tie Breaker

» Rob64: Just Curious 2 teams 2-0 in seeding. 1st Team 1st game 20-2. ...
      »DaveDowell: Please refer to the Tie-Breakers in the "Format" section of the round ...
      »Rob64: This isn't football or baseball it's softball and everyone knows ...
      »DaveDowell: A literal reading of your original post looked like a simple request ...
      »Rob64: Thanks that's information I can use...
4 July 18, 2022 368

Are we playing Soccer or Baseball

» Bigtimer40: Had a couple instances last night: First was a overthrown ball ...
      »marcster13: Great heads up play! It is legal. I have seen people actually make an ...
      »Rob64: What if it's a 44 400 ball can you kick it further than the 44 375? ...
2 July 18, 2022 505

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 ...
      »rfireman44: if a player is rated 60 major and his team is not playing in a ...
      »DaveDowell: Yes he can ... IF he gets a release from his 60-Major team (or ...
5 July 17, 2022 694

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 ...
      »joebodyman: I should have said for all games that day. Our league has an early ...
      »stick8: Since your approximate starting game times are 90 minutes apart the ...
3 July 15, 2022 427

Softballs

» NYGNYY: Currently my understanding is that “SSUSA Softballs” are extremely ...
      »DirkPitt: The 44/400 balls that we used recently are really challenging. The ...
      »Jeff50: We used USSSA Classic M's at the CT Masters. Not so good in the heat ...
      »raiderman66: I know there isn't any chance the list of teams will be made public ...
      »DaveDowell: • DirkPitt ... ASA/USA bats NOT marked with the SSUSA/NTS ...
4 July 5, 2022 777
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