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» jake7: I would like to know if a team that is rated major in one division ...
0 Sept. 26, 2016 147

Umpire Hit by a Batted Ball

» SCUBA: SSUSA 2015-2016 Rulebook Section 9.1.X Dead Ball states "When a fair ...
      »BruceinGa: I agree with " live ball because the umpire was stationed beyond the ...
      »B94: I've always been of the understanding that the umpire is like dirt - ...
      »coop3636: It is a live ball since it was pass the infielders. Just a little ...
3 Sept. 9, 2016 340

Solution of underage teams

» Davy: I have empathy for the 40's team that went to a tournament in Arizona ...
      »jrhunch: the reason we pay membership fees is so they have our personal info ...
      »marcster13: If it is a SSUSA turny the solution is already in place. Have a ...
      »Hitemdeep: The team in question isn't even a registered SSUSA team. They haven't ...
      »Dbax: Hitemdeep, please send a formal complaint email to SSUSA. We are all ...
4 Aug. 25, 2016 509

Why are there rules?

» Hitemdeep: Why are there rules that players must follow but a director is ...
      »DaveDowell: With such a multitude of detail information you have provided, it's ...
      »Hitemdeep: Played in a qualifier this weekend. There was a team allowed to play ...
      »Benji4: Dave rub the SSUSA crystal ball....C'mon But if I had to guess ...
      »Dbax: Lol! Nice guess.
      »ffdonnie: C'mon deep, if you are going to call someone out on here then grow ...
      »neck10: the tournament director's in Lansing were fine as far as we were ...
      »Hitemdeep: Really this is how you guys respond to a matter that is supposed to ...
      »softball4b: Whether I agree with the premise or not. If I want to be taken ...
      »Benji4: Very well put Mike but unfortunately there are very few of us left ...
      »E6 in AZ: Let me make sure I got this straight, "Hitem" has an issue, posts it ...
      »Benji4: Nobody blew him up with negativity. We simply said identify the ...
      »softball4b: Seriously, you think either of those programs apply. Is the ...
      »Dbax: I did write a complaint to SSUSA earlier in the year after the Spring ...
      »16wood: Each person who uses this message board to express himself/herself ...
      »Hitemdeep: I seriously simply wanted to state why must we follow rules and ...
      »SSUSA Staff: A few hopefully relevant comments ... This Message Board does ...
      »E6 in AZ: Hitem, I hear you and agree completely with you on this topic (check ...
      »Infinity11: Gentleman, I normally don't post on these but in defense of the ...
      »Hitemdeep: Infinity11.....rhata some funny stuff you wrote. It's complete BS. ...
      »Hitemdeep: That's....
      »bogie: Dave, you always address things with such wisdom...can i hire you to ...
      »Hitemdeep: Just a fact for you infinity teams knew they were letting underage ...
      »ffdonnie: Hitem, I stand by my (probably)inappropriate, (possibly beer ...
      »DaveDowell: We respect people's privacy here ... The formal complaint mechanism, ...
      »Dbax: Ffdonnie, the director was named at the beginning of this post by ...
      »Omar Khayyam: I'm impressed with the eloquence of some of our posters. Well ...
      »Infinity11: Omar, You are pretty much right on the money. Although, they did ...
      »OZ40: I personally would feel so much better as I picked up my teeth off ...
      »Hitemdeep: Infinity I guess your point 1% comes into play here because I am 110% ...
      »Omar Khayyam: OZ40, you made me laugh! Thanks for the chuckle.
      »Joncon: From my perspective, 40 year olds are ALL underage lol.
31 Aug. 25, 2016 2117

Using screen for pitcher

» JBTexas : Guys, our 40 division(SASSL) has voted to start using a ...
      »B.J.: I wrote this rule for our senior league...the screen became very ...
      »coop3636: Before some other rules. Make sure your pitchers know that using the ...
      »Dbax: 40's using a screen???
      »rlspls1974: A. At the beginning of each half inning or when a pitching change is ...
      »Downs: JH Texas. If you'll send me your mailing, or home address, I'll ...
      »JBTexas : Downs, e-mail on the way, thanks
      »DieselDan: Our St. G senior leagues use the portable style screens that teams ...
      »NYGNYY: Anytime we can protect a player I am all for it. I am not an expert ...
      »B.J.: Downs I sent you an e mail ...I'd like a copy also...just to compare ...
      »JBTexas : NYGNYY,Our 40 division uses senior bats but our over 40 co-ed ...
      »neck10: we put our screen in front of the pitcher ,the pitcher must throw ...
      »curveball: neck, that's the perfect position for the screen. Solves a lot of ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Our 50 and over league has mandated a screen for 17 years since a ...
      »UMBACH: THE screens are used everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      »J R: JB in Houston we use the rule the inside leg of the screen must be ...
      »BruceinGa: Our screen rules are similar to JR's, inside leg must be touching and ...
      »J R: I agree t should be foul ball and an out on third strike.I just ...
      »B.J.: the problem we found with a batted ball hitting the screen on a 3rd ...
      »mad dog: bj why......its slowpitch....batters in your league can't hit to ...
19 Aug. 19, 2016 834

desinated batter

» eraldo: Is the designated batter still allowed in ssusa tournaments. i can`t ...
      »Duke: As long as you are not trying to say a DH for a fielder. You are ...
      »B.J.: you can bat your whole roster up to 20 7.1(1) BATTER ...
2 Aug. 10, 2016 276

Finding Games

» gibby59: Question As a 50 + team Your looking for good touraments with good ...
0 Aug. 7, 2016 183

Are time-outs allowed after umpire calls "Batter up"?

» Turbobob: I'm in a 65 plus league and want to know if, after the home umpire ...
      »titanhd: Not the anwser to your question but, players can only request or ask ...
      »B.J.: i'll assume you mean during an inning change...the umpire will allow ...
      »Turbobob: B.J. I'm not in a tournament game, so there is no timer. I ...
      »B.J.: Turbobob...we have one of the largest senior leagues in the country ...
      »stick8: Unless otherwise specified by a given association there is no rule ...
5 July 28, 2016 480

Is there a penalty for batter not releasing the bat after reaching 1st base?

» Turbobob: I'm in a 60 plus league using SSUSA rules. We do not use a runner's ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Turbobob ... You likely erred (by reference to your own description ...
      »Dancer: Then again it is senior league. The guy might have been using the bat ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Dancer, LOL
      »curty: I believe USSSA instituted a rule covering this a few years back as ...
      »Hit the gap: The real question is why the heck would you want to carry your bat to ...
      »k man: Hit the Gap - how about the batter was using a doctored bat, or a bat ...
      »Turbobob: Hey Gap and k man. There are a few players in our league that hit a ...
      »dand: I recently played in the Buckeye Classic, an SPA tournament. The ...
8 July 17, 2016 1059

USING COURTESY RUNNERS

» NYGNYY: Trying to understand the use of courtesy runners. This past weekend ...
      »SSUSA Staff: It appears that the umpire erred ... Any player, starter or ...
      »Omar Khayyam: An often misunderstood concept by umpires and by managers! When I was ...
2 July 15, 2016 610

1-1-----0-0 count

» garyheifner: Staff We have beat this topic to death and then eliminated it from ...
      »Fred S: I like that better than 1-1. It still gives 2 pitches to fool around ...
      »SS13: I think anything is better than 0-0. I would try that for sure.
      »Omar Khayyam: As a pitcher, I like gary's suggestion. I have not been a fan of ...
      »southpaw: As a pitcher, I like this idea as well. After all, we are throwing ...
      »17Black: I am open to all ideas' not sure about the 8 inning games ...
      »k man: 17Black- regarding the outfielders, of which I am one, and that only ...
      »17Black: k man --- AGREED, outfielders defensively/offensively/base running, ...
      »k man: 17Black and thanks for reminding me, senior bats for SSUSA, double ...
      »Don5: Personally I like the 1-1 count, with hot bats and balls, the batter ...
9 July 3, 2016 942

I've never seen this before

» k man: In our 40+ USSSA umpired league the other night, there was a play I ...
      »B.J.: This isn't a U-Trip web site....it's senior softball but I used to ...
      »joel 1975: see if you had have played asa instead of u-trip you would have seen ...
      »k man: BJ- a) I know it's a senior softball website b) I was hoping some of ...
      »B.J.: once a pitched ball hits the strike mat or the ground it is a dead ...
4 June 30, 2016 450

End cap reglued Altered Bat

» mslacool: I had an old combat that the end kept coming off of, ( happened to a ...
      »Dancer: In my opinion, no it is not altered. However, ask them if they want ...
      »SSUSA Staff: mslacool ... We are familiar with the end cap issue with some of the ...
      »bkb555: can an aftermarket end cap be used if the original cap is broken?
      »SSUSA Staff: We would think not ... An aftermarket cap by definition is not the ...
4 June 28, 2016 686

2nd base RUN BY LINE

» 1jonsey: several years ago I played in the Fla. Senior Games and they used a ...
      »DieselDan: This rule, as far as I know, is not a rule of any national SB ...
      »TexasTransplant: Here is the rule as used in the Metroplex Senior Softball Association ...
      »Omar Khayyam: We play with the run through rule on second base and third base in ...
      »stick8: Several years there was a winter indoor league we played in that had ...
4 June 8, 2016 481

flip flop and one up in league play

» BruceinGa: We potentially had a situation last night in our league game. We are ...
      »B.J.: Bruce... I don't see flip flop being an issue it's the same rule...if ...
      »Jawood: A 1 and 1 count will speed up your league play without having to ...
      »BruceinGa: We already have the 1-1 count. I have proposed we do away with 4 hrs ...
      »stick8: I'm not certain playing 3-2 speeds the game up because IMO most ...
      »BruceinGa: I seem to remember a few years ago someone clocked several games, 1-1 ...
      »DoubleL10: Bruce, Seriously...in slow pitch guys step out and adjust their ...
      »BruceinGa: You got it LL! To make things worse, he is a teammate on our 50 ...
      »BruceAZ: Bruce, in our league play we play 2 innings in the field at a time ...
      »BruceinGa: That might be an option. I'll mention it to our board.
      »DCPete: Be careful what you wish for; if you flip-flop in the 7th then start ...
      »Omar Khayyam: We also play double innings in the field and it is neither tiring nor ...
11 May 28, 2016 681

Player touches batting mat after home run

» TrooperJim: In a game last week, the bases were loaded, two outs and the batter ...
      »BruceinGa: This has been discussed here in the past. If it was hit and sit that ...
      »SSUSA Staff: We concur with BruceinGa ... Since "hit and sit" was instituted a ...
      »Paco13: This is another one of those of stupid is what stupid does. Another ...
3 May 25, 2016 886

Foul Tip

» softball4b: Count no balls no strikes. Ball is tipped directly back and the ...
      »SSUSA Staff: SSUSA sanctioned event ruling: Foul tip, count is no balls, one ...
      »Turbobob: In our 60 plus senior league, we just modified the SSUSA rule so that ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Turbobob, good idea! In our league, when we have too many teams ...
      »mad dog: most of the assoc's now have it as an out if the ball does anything ...
      »taits: I concur with the out no matter the height but a caught ball. ...
5 May 19, 2016 861

Confusion on coach's interference.

» Dodger Don: In a game at the Southwest Championships in Las Vegas the following ...
      »B.J.: the play as you describe it....and if the fielder made an attempt to ...
      »k man: Agree with BJ . Only possibility is that it could be a judgment call ...
      »OZ40: Runner may not advance on a third strike foul period. Even if the ...
      »k man: OZ40 - SSUSA rule 9.4 ball 3rd strike foul caught in air batter is ...
      »The Screamer5: I believe the ruling umpire made the correct call in that ...
      »mad dog: so oz40...a ball hit down the line that is caught by an outfielder in ...
      »k man: btw, in our local weekday league, foul ball on last strike is a dead ...
      »B.J.: Screamer5....yes this is a dead ball situation but the umpire does ...
      »OZ40: I read the rule and I just don't understand the reasoning behind it. ...
      »B.J.: OZ40....better yet educate your fielders not to catch a foul ball 3rd ...
      »mad dog: B.J. yep....now i do know one assoc that does it this way...and its ...
      »OZ40: It's easy not to catch a foul third strike IF it's clearly foul, what ...
      »mitch1414: This is a standard baseball/softball rule with one addition. We hav ...
      »OZ40: I guess I sort of hi-jacked this thread. When a batter comes to the ...
      »Dodger Don: Apparently I didn't make this clear. It's not what anybody thinks the ...
      »OZ40: Dodger, again I apologize if I hi-jacked the thread here. I agree ...
      »Dodger Don: I think by allowing a third strike foul to be caught keeps the game ...
      »OZ40: On a close fly near a foul line as it stands now the umpire still ...
      »B.J.: OZ... you keep calling a caught foul ball with 2 strikes on the ...
      »mitch1414: Oz it is a standard rule that has been changed by several different ...
      »OZ40: Mitch, I respectfully disagree. If a third strike foul is in the ...
      »16wood: It can't be a '3rd strike foul out' until it hits the ground past the ...
22 May 18, 2016 1136

Is it a strike if ball hits front edge of strike mat and also kicks up some dirt?

» Turbobob: Our senior league uses the official strike mat as stated in the ...
      »k man: Turbo, you yourself said: ball hits the front edge of the mat. ...
      »Turbobob: k man, so you are saying that even if the ball hits the front of the ...
      »k man: just my opinion based on how I've seen things called over the years. ...
      »OZ40: As long as the arc requirement is met it seems that the upper edge of ...
      »The Screamer5: As an umpire, I get hear this ALL the time. Batters complain that ...
      »k man: btw, shouldn't be any different than if it hits the side edge or the ...
      »neck10: but just think if the ball bounds upward and back toward pitcher then ...
      »Dancer: We call it a cheap strike, but still a strike. and most likely the ...
      »Don5: In 2017 they will be using square spongy balls, much like the stote ...
      »Don5: Yes I used the word "muck" that wasn't a typo, most of you will ...
      »garyheifner: Have had the post happen many times. Quite often, the ump has ruled ...
      »patrick jt: did someone strike out
      »Turbobob: Thanks for all of your input, which is what I asked for. I believe ...
13 May 18, 2016 962

Chopped Ball

» Steve in Tucson: If a batter make an attempt to chop the ball but hits a "normal" ...
      »Fred S: Agree but try and get an ump to call it.
      »VOODOOSPORTS: the batter is not out unless the attempt and result visually match. ...
      »mad dog: so voodoo.why would you do so....the guy hit the ball into the ...
      »k man: mad dog, completely agree with you. I can remember a time I had 2 ...
      »VOODOOSPORTS: I guess I should clarify. This is how it is in USSSSA. As also seen ...
      »VOODOOSPORTS: it should say i have seen.....in my original post
6 April 26, 2016 798
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