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You make the call

» Perl: Question for SPA umpires. Rule 6 Pitching Sec 4 The pitcher may ...
      »B.J.: Perl.. you might get more answers if you post this on a SPA site.. ...
1 Sept. 30, 2023 436

Equilizer runs in a mixed bracket seeding process

» gobama: In 70 ball if you have a AAA and major mixed bracket do the 5 runs ...
      »DaveDowell: YES
1 Sept. 25, 2023 382

softballs that are kept in a cooler

» Oldballs: what is the rule about a team throwing in a softball that has been ...
      »DaveDowell: Rulebook §3.4(6) • PENALTY FOR USING AN ALTERED BAT OR SOFTBALL C. ...
      »DaveDowell: »1tufout: which balls will we be using? Baden Fire 44/375? Thank ...
      »1tufout: Ok, and thank you Dave
      »HAT MAN: Dave Are teams allowed to buy the baden 44/375 from the internet? Or ...
      »DaveDowell: Vinny ... YES, so long as they are identical to the ones we will have ...
      »HAT MAN: Thanks Dave So it must have a ssusa stamp on the ball or it can't be ...
      »DaveDowell: I'm presuming that the logo presence would be a component of ...
      »Full Count: Just to confirm. The same senior softball Baden Fire is available ...
      »DaveDowell: Full Count ... NO, that's NOT what my posts said OR intended to ...
      »curveball: Just to convey a "Paul Harvey" moment, the rest of the story. I was ...
      »DaveDowell: curveball ... Thanks for proving my point! ... That entire exercise ...
      »tg69: DD. Back to the original post. Balls kept in a cooler. What is the ...
      »DaveDowell: The "ball in a cooler" cheat alters the technical performance of that ...
      »Asylum: Good Evening, I have the same question as "softball4b" are we ...
      »BANDITOS180: Asylum, I have the same question. I have about 10 of the Baden that ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The ONLY allowed softballs for play at the World Championships are ...
      »Asylum: will the stamped balls be available for trade at the managers meeting ...
      »DaveDowell: NO and YES to your questions ... The authorized softballs are on site ...
18 Sept. 24, 2023 2096

What do 12 and 6 foot arcs really look like?

» Bruce M: Here is an attempt to demonstrate them: ...
      »DaveDowell: The easiest visualization I mention to players is the height of the ...
      »Bruce M: Yes, Dave, that is why I did the video on a basketball court. Hope ...
      »softball4b: I don't know if I could hit off of you, but it would be fun. Good ...
      »mck71: Excellent video Bruce. When I get questioned (usually on higher ...
      »HSquared: Thanks Bruce. As a 6'-0" pitcher myself, it's easy to achieve the 6 ...
      »Ozone8: Very helpful, thank you.
      »lb16: My rant on pitch arc. I have seen consistently in all senior ...
      »Full Count: I think it really only matters what the umpires interpretation is. ...
      »Parman: Going to 6-10 ft arc would eliminate nearly all of the barking at ...
      »FOFO: THe tough part is the inconsistency of some officials. I don't ...
      »Mikelmart: This 6-12 pitch falls under perception vs. reality. Every ...
      »SS11: So Bruce, if it goes over the backboard, it went over 12', right? ...
      »DaveDowell: SS11 ... Probably not ... The "clamshell" style backboard Bruce was ...
      »SS11: Dave - you are almost correct. But those style of backboards range ...
      »Full Count: Nice video Bruce.
      »Dbax: SS11. Nope. I asked the question on the post. He said the top of the ...
16 Sept. 14, 2023 1477

Illegal batter substitution

» Casey39: At what point should a manager call an illegal batter substitution if ...
      »Donna McGuire: The unreported substitute rule and illegal batter rules can be found ...
      »Nancy Allen: Donna, totally agree. I was scorekeeper for our team. I never ...
      »Casey39: What happens if the batter takes a pitch, or fouls off a pitch and ...
      »Donna McGuire: He is in the game and continues his at-bat.
      »Dbax: What if it’s a batting out of order situation?
      »Casey39: Donna, thanks for the clarification on this rule. All associations ...
      »Donna McGuire: Batting out of order is the same. Wait until the at-bat ends to ...
      »Dbax: 👍👍
      »nickname36: "EXACTLY" I agree totally....
9 Sept. 10, 2023 808

Duplicate jersey numbers

» Casey39: Can we have duplicate jersey numbers on the game roster? You know us ...
      »Casey39: *wear it. Sorry, public education.
      »DaveDowell: Jim ... A scorekeeper for the opposition and/or an alert umpire will ...
2 Sept. 8, 2023 624

Rescinding the 11th defensive player rule

» Fuzz: In my opinion, adding the 11th defensive player to the 65+ Division ...
      »Turning2: Fuzz - Some feedback per your request. I can feel your pain, i play ...
1 Sept. 8, 2023 658

Definition of "moderate speed" of a pitch

» BillC48: Section 6.6, Legal Delivery, paragraph G. states: "The pitch shall be ...
      »DieselDan: I'm thinking what would be considered a pitch that is too fast ...
      »Uncle Mike: Speed usually doesn't come up in my past discussions that I have had ...
      »Enviro-Vac: The question posed by BillC48 is a good one. Since the pitching ...
      »B.J.: if the pitcher is within the 6' to 12' range it's almost impossible ...
      »mck71: Bill, I agree with BJ. As an umpire AND a pitcher, it's not easy to ...
5 Sept. 7, 2023 536

Force out?

» garyheifner: If your an infielder and dive for a grounder. Ball is in your glove ...
      »DaveDowell: YES ... Rarely is a force out completed by touching the base with the ...
      »Dbax: I hope the umpires and directors from the Western Nationals read this.
      »DaveDowell: "...Force plays, or force outs, are one of the two ways to get a ...
3 Aug. 27, 2023 706

Unfair Equalizer when 60AAA team plays a 65AAA

» BattyMatty: I have a problem with the equalizer rule when a 60AAA team plays a ...
      »DaveDowell: Batty ... I suspect your "problem" stems from your misconception that ...
      »BattyMatty: Dave, the 60AAA team does not get an extra fielder when playing the ...
      »TimMcElroy: There IS a difference in mobility as you climb the age ladder. It is ...
3 Aug. 23, 2023 874

What's the Call?

» RDSinNEOHIO: This one happened in a league game. Runners on second and first, one ...
      »Enviro-Vac: Did the ball at any point hit the ground before or during it's ...
      »DRobb: Doesn’t matter whether the ball hits the ground or not. As soon as ...
      »B.J.: DRobb is correct as long as the closest infielder to the ball was ...
3 Aug. 15, 2023 551

Tag Up

» shortstop33: Can I back up behind the bag and get a running start on the tag up, ...
      »B.J.: there is no specific rule that I know of that says you can't .. I ...
      »DaveDowell: I'm in agreement with B.J. on this, with one minor caveat: The base ...
      »shortstop33: MLB, ASA, NCAA have rules against it but like BJ could not find a ...
      »DieselDan: If I don't know the umpire, I let them know that I'll have one foot ...
4 Aug. 9, 2023 549

Pitching Rule

» NYGNYY: Does the pitcher have to start with the ball being presented outside ...
      »B.J.: C. No ... The pitcher must come to a full and complete stop with the ...
      »BruceinGa: The rule is somewhat misleading. Rule says ball in front of body. I ...
2 Aug. 9, 2023 765

Injury Rule

» JohnO28: Had a guy go down due to injury this weekend in the 2nd inning of ...
      »AJC: John, I was told in Reno a couple of years ago since it happened to ...
      »DaveDowell: JohnO28 ... If your facts are accurate, the umpire mis-applied the ...
      »coop3636: Dave I thought that if a player got ejected, you had to have to enter ...
      »DaveDowell: Coop ... It's a forfeit only if the ejection causes the number of ...
      »coop3636: Dave Page 24 rule 4.4 section A.. In Summery... If a teams begins ...
5 Aug. 9, 2023 871

Intentionally Dropped Fly Ball or Line Drive

» Peoria Player: Rule 1.37 states that the ball is dead and an out is recorded if, in ...
      »Donna McGuire: The batter is declared out. Yes, the other runners return to the ...
      »Peoria Player: Thank you Donna for your quick answer. I'll pass it on to our ...
      »Bruce M: I remember well when I first started officiating. The major plus ...
      »stick8: Ruling as posted by Donna is correct. In young man’s ball we call it ...
      »The Screamer5: Follow-up question...I know it was stated it's the umpire's ...
      »B.J.: you cannot intentionally drop or let drop without touching a fly ball ...
      »Donna McGuire: The SSUSA rule says a fielder cannot intentionally let the ball drop. ...
      »lb16: Donna, What is the purpose of this rule? If the batter who hit ball ...
      »Turning2: lb16 - 1.37 is written to prevent a fielder from allowing a line ...
      »lb16: Turning2 - I am specifically asking about a pop-up in the infield not ...
      »Turning2: lb16 - you’re just not quite reading the full intent of the rule, ...
      »lb16: Runner on 1st is irrelevant if batter runs to 1st there is no chance ...
      »TimMcElroy: The batter wasn't putting forth his best effort, so I'm going to do ...
      »lb16: Tim you conveniently left out this part of the rule: Note that the ...
14 Aug. 4, 2023 1018

No tag call

» Bigtimer40: The question I have is, when a runner is between bases the fielder ...
      »Nancy Allen: It would probably depend a little bit, but I probably would do not ...
      »B.J.: if the tag was made properly I assume you would have made a verbal ...
      »Bigtimer40: The reason I didn't call him safe,was at that point he was middle ...
      »B.J.: bigtimer.. I understand he wasn't on the bag .. but when a tag is ...
      »Nancy Allen: B.J., my phone melted down or would talk with you on this. I was ...
      »B.J.: hi Nancy no problem WOW that's a lot of talking to melt your ...
      »Nancy Allen: B.J., maybe texting and internet now. You know that you have my ...
      »stick8: Like BJ, I would also verbalize a safe or out call on the described ...
      »curty: i do not call runners safe as they pass a base, nor do i call a close ...
      »B.J.: curty.. by you not making a verbal safe call on a runner who misses ...
10 Aug. 2, 2023 898

Qualifying

» Michael Plunkett: What is the definition of qualify? Simple to be on roster? To get one ...
      »DaveDowell: We presume that the player is [1] on the team's tournament roster, ...
      »Michael Plunkett: Thank you David.
      »dkrollw364: Would a player that is on the tourney roster, checked in, and just ...
      »DaveDowell: A player who has appeared in the game as a Courtesy Runner has ...
4 July 24, 2023 790

Courtesy Runner

» KenS: Batter A gets on base and asks for a Courtesy Runner. Runner B ...
      »B.J.: I don't think SSUSA covers your question in it's rule book ..yes ...
      »DaveDowell: B.J. is correct ... Each player on the game card may: • Enter as a CR ...
      »coop3636: Dave If batter #1 gets a CR, batter #1 can not be used as a CR. Is ...
      »TooOldToFight: Coop3636, prior to reading this exchange I would have said your hunch ...
      »DaveDowell: coop3636 ... Thanks! ... TOTF • I erred significantly by omission ...
5 July 22, 2023 753

Is this runners obstruction?

» scoobie: The pitcher is going after a small popup between the mound and first ...
      »B.J.: your terminology is wrong .. obstruction is on the defense and ...
      »scoobie: Thank you. Yes, the rule book doe state runners interference. As a ...
      »chico senior: Runner on 1st. Ground ball to 2nd baseman who flips ball to ...
      »B.J.: Chico.. the runner was where he belonged in the baseline. It’s a ...
      »chico senior: I agree with your ruling. Dave - can you also give me your ruling?
      »B.J.: chico.. now you 'REALLY" hurt my feelings asking DD for a ruling... ...
      »Nancy Allen: B.J., if I read and understood correctly, the runner was hit with his ...
      »B.J.: Nancy, scoobie posted.. The pitcher DEFLECTED the ball over towards ...
      »scoobie: I like B.J. answer. Nancy batter/runner never was hit by the ball. ...
      »Nancy Allen: B.J. and Scoobie, well, duh on my part. That should teach me to play ...
10 July 20, 2023 796

Equalizer Rule

» SCUBA: What is the run equalizer, if any, when a 40 major team plays a 50 ...
      »DaveDowell: 40-Major and 50-Major+ both carry a Rating Index of "9" ... ...
1 July 19, 2023 419
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