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Rules on playing down

» Erp65: Can a 50's player play down in States tourney on a 40"s team
      »Erp65: My 40"s team was disqualified and I was not allowed to play in 50's ...
      »STL0: If you go under Tournaments/Rules and select Team Rating Index, ...
      »DaveDowell: I'm not sure "they" is SSUSA at all. We had all 40's playing "clean" ...
      »West Coast Mayhem #00: I believe he is talking about USSSA States this past weekend in ...
4 Aug. 7, 2017 944

Need a ruling

» Ball4: We have a tree just on the other side of our outfield fence. The ...
      »SOFTBALLNUTZ: Now is a GREAT time to practice your swing with an AXE!
      »B.J.: there is no 1 ruling on a play like this... and its exactly why you ...
      »Duke: Depending on the angle of the ball approaching the tree limbs and ...
3 Aug. 6, 2017 654

Results for Western Regionals

» Chudomelka7: Are there any results from Sacramento out?
      »CallaVett: 50AAA - 1) Calhoun/Michaels 2) Outlaws of Lincoln 3) Portland ...
      »CallaVett: Winners are listed above in "WORLD MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 USA ...
      »the car: 50 major K M sports 1st layer cake 2nd Cali gold
      »the car: 8 teams in majors
4 Aug. 4, 2017 1085

what is correct call

» Larry S: Runners on first and second. Batter hits ball up the middle & it ...
      »B.J.: since the batted ball did not pass a fielder (pitcher does not ...
      »B94: I believe the fact that the batted ball made contact with the pitcher ...
      »B.J.: B94 you are correct....the pitcher would be considered an infielder ...
3 Aug. 2, 2017 679

"No Pitch" rule interpretation

» Turbobob: 2017 SSUSA rulebook Section 6.13 No Pitch No pitch shall be ...
      »SSUSA Staff: "No pitch" means just that ... It's treated as though the pitch never ...
      »k man: Turbo, does seem a bit unfair in that one instance but would you feel ...
2 Aug. 1, 2017 491

Runner hit by batted ball while standing on 2nd base.

» Sov: Actually had this happen last week. The only question was whether it ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Sov ... You did not provide enough information to make a proper ...
      »Sov: probably a coin flip between the pitcher and second baseman. I would ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The pitcher is NOT considered an infielder for purposes of the ...
3 Aug. 1, 2017 793

Courtesy runners

» Turbobob: Is there any reason to impose a limit on the number of times a ...
      »Turbobob: To be a little clearer on this, I'm talking about the SAME rostered ...
      »B.J.: turbo... im not quite sure what you are asking?
      »SSUSA Staff: We're not sure, either! ... THINKING we understand the question, and ...
      »mad dog: hey dave/staff......you also run for your at bats...plus run one ...
      »k man: Courtesy runner in the open inning question: Batter A reaches 1st ...
      »SSUSA Staff: mad dog ... Very true ... COULD run more than seven in theory k man ...
      »DMac: I have ran more than seven times in a game on many occasions. My ...
      »The Screamer5: I know I'm in the minority with this opinion, but I would like to see ...
      »Turbobob: B.J. and SSUSA Staff, My intent in the posting is to see if there ...
      »DaveDowell: Turbobob ... We don't disagree conceptually at all ... In fact, ...
      »B.J.: Turbo... we have 5 divisions of rec ball in our leagues and the top 2 ...
      »stick8: K man the answer to your question as you put it would be player C or ...
      »Turbobob: From the feedback given, I do not see any reason to limit the number ...
13 July 28, 2017 1354

Batter hitting the strike mat

» Steve in Tucson: Gentlemen, In our league, we have a player who, while making a legal ...
      »Gonedeep43: WTF?? I would suggest to this person to get some serious batting ...
      »SOFTBALLNUTZ: Tell the idiot that the game is softball and "NO ...
      »B.J.: in answer to your question... no... nothing in the rules
      »DaveDowell: I think you're on to something SOFTBALLNUTZ ... One strike/stroke ...
      »kingofpain22: too funny..
      »HAT MAN: wow hold on Are you saying his approach to hitting the ball is an ...
      »Steve in Tucson: Vinny, You really don't want to see it. And, yes, he actually hits ...
      »Sparky.1: Guess the major question should be, what kind of hitter is he? Have ...
      »Bubble Gum: Does this joker move the mat from it's original position when hittin ...
      »Benji4: Vinny Send me an email with your cell please. I got a new phone ...
      »Mulewhipper: Sounds like a Cricket player...
      »AJC: Exactly what i was thinking Mulewhipper. Hard to imagine hitting a ...
12 July 28, 2017 1478

8.6 - Avoiding Collisions

» baseballbill: Is the base runner allowed to stop on the left or right side of the ...
      »baseballbill: Also should have stated beating the throw on a tag ??????
      »B.J.: yes if he is avoiding a collision and beats the throw he should be ...
      »baseballbill: Thanks B.J.
      »SSUSA Staff: baseballbill ... We completely agree with B.J. on this one, but ...
      »kjones: What is the call when a runner is running in line to hit the orange ...
      »B.J.: kjones.. not seeing the play it's hard to call but you have to ...
      »spoonplugger: Does the pitcher have the ball ? Is he going for a tag ?
      »kjones: yes the pitcher has the ball. He was not going for a tag. I was the ...
      »B.J.: Kjones... now that you fully explained the scenario... I believe the ...
      »mad dog: kjones....our game is not based on safety.....if it was we would't be ...
      »Sparky.1: Well said Mad Dog, well said! Sparky1 "the Rattlesnake" (just for ...
      »kjones: Safety is in senior ball with no collisions at home, an orange base ...
12 July 27, 2017 1307

Calling time out

» Jersey Jack: My question comes as an umpire and is about calling time outs. Base ...
      »B.J.: Jersey , I assume you are doing a 2 man system... as a base umpire ...
      »Nancy Allen: JJ, this would probably be a good one to talk about, and if you like, ...
      »Jersey Jack: Thank you BJ and Nancy for your reasonable explanations. For whatever ...
      »Nancy Allen: JJ, thank you that makes sense if you are player/volunteer umpires ...
      »the car: that is a nice opinion but not the rule and when you get that little ...
      »B.J.: car...the answers that were given were not opinions... they are ...
6 July 21, 2017 999

Rosen Bag On the Field

» Crash1: Just wondering? The last two tournaments we played in very hot and ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Crash1 ... There's nothing in the SSUSA Rule Book that prohibits a ...
      »Crash1: Thanks for the quick response. It was "no sweat".
2 July 20, 2017 626

Rule Joke

» Nancy Allen: I am mostly posting this for the amusement of Dave, but I think that ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Nancy, I have played only out west for many decades and I had no idea ...
      »B.J.: Nancy, I'm not from the west (Fla.) but I had the same call several ...
      »Nancy Allen: Omar and B.J., that is interesting to extend it to the runners too ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Nancy, you have a wicked sense of humor!:=)
      »Nancy Allen: Omar, thank you, that is wicked awesome compliment.
      »BruceinGa: A few years ago we played in a tournament that was delayed by rain. ...
      »the car: i play out west and have not heard of this and we have been called ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Wet base bags is not a common occurrence in California, but it is a ...
      »Nancy Allen: Mine was 83 and sunny. I know in wet conditions that I have told ...
      »DBurke23: The "neighborhood rule" at second has been in effect for baseball as ...
      »neck10: did they ask you to close the gate????????????????????
      »Nancy Allen: DBurke23, I know that I have seen it in baseball and fastpitch ...
12 July 19, 2017 1103

70 team team playing 65M in Vegas

» Lefty: Can a majority 70 team with some 65 players, 3 65M+ players and 4 ...
      »Lefty: I guess my question is how many 70 M+ players can play 65M. In Vegas.
      »crusher: Lefty, sounds like SSUSA office will need to answer. ...
2 July 16, 2017 598

Collision at 1st Base

» kenk85: Batter-Runner bats resulting in a ground ball to 1st Base, Defender ...
      »Q19: Remember, defense obstructs, offense interferes. Did the defender ...
      »B.J.: Q19 is correct...I would consider this incidental contact where both ...
      »HJ: I had a violent collision at first with a guy. I am told my left leg ...
      »B.J.: the rule is that depending on your base length 65' or 70' there ...
4 July 15, 2017 1170

You make the call!

» titanhd: Runner on second base- 2 outs. Batter at plate. Umpire calls two ...
      »DaveDowell: RULING Run scores ... Base runner on 2B following his double ... ...
      »B.J.: WOW... just when you think heard it all...lol
      »Paco13: What about this one. Actually happened to me at Roanoke. Ball ...
      »Paco13: Forgot to say there were two umpires...Next question who's call it is ...
      »DaveDowell: SSUSA Rulebook 6.15 (at page 37) SHORT PITCH A pitched ball ...
      »Paco13: That was not the call...
      »DaveDowell: But should have been! ... Oh, and that's the Home Plate umpire's ...
      »titanhd: Just for the record. The umpire "cancelled" the hit called the the ...
      »DaveDowell: titanhd ... Although the untimely decision made will probably appear ...
9 July 13, 2017 911

Playing in different Divisions...

» joeysoftball13: Can someone please clarify for me; if you play for say a 55 Major ...
      »SSUSA Staff: jeysoftball13 We answered a question VERY similar to this on ...
      »joeysoftball13: Thank you!
      »Lumberjack16: Can a 70 Major (home state)player that also plays as a 70 AAA ...
      »SSUSA Staff: A player may not play for two teams in the same age group in the same ...
4 July 9, 2017 1465

Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

» txnighttrain: Could a player that is 60 play on a 50 AAA and a 60 AA team. ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Nothing has changed ... A player may not play on 50-AAA (rating ...
      »txnighttrain: I guess then some illegal players got into the Texas State ...
      »grayhitter59: I can't believe you are going to protest a 60 year old playing on a ...
      »LP: cheating is cheating no matter the age
      »grayhitter59: I don't understand. The team that got cheated here was the 60's ...
      »DaveDowell: LP ... And "cheating" as defined here anonymously may not be ...
      »LP: Dave i may have been a bit strong on my statement it's just that ...
      »txnighttrain: First of all I was on the 60 AA team that complained. Second, I need ...
      »txnighttrain: I was told that they could play because the rating was different and ...
      »txnighttrain: So you know this is not anonymous, this is Al Schoelen and I am not ...
      »txnighttrain: One last thing. Do you really thing it is appropriate to make roster ...
      »grayhitter59: Mr. Schoelen, I will apologize to you sir, but as how you wrote your ...
      »grayhitter59: Question, I am playing on a 55 major team and I want to play on a 50 ...
      »BruceinGa: The 55m and 50AAA have the same rating, 7. You should be able to ...
      »STL0: If a player is currently 54 years old, rated today as a 50 major ...
      »SSUSA Staff: STL0 ... Not exactly correct ... The player's rating experience ...
      »STL0: Thanks for the clarification Staff. It was hard to figure that one ...
      »boston: Could I get some help with this one scenario. According to how I ...
      »DaveDowell: boston ... A player's age is not as important as his rating ...
19 July 6, 2017 2392

Thrown Ball "Out Of Play"

» Softballer48: SSUSA Staff...Please clarify when a thrown ball goes out of play; ...
      »lb16: It is always 2 bases. The confusing comes from where the runner(s) ...
      »Duke: lb16, you are correct, but generally, it is not usually referred to ...
      »lb16: Duke, yes I was just trying to simplify the answer so most would ...
      »HAT MAN: Duke question. It says the base runner gets the base he is going to ...
      »lb16: Some organizations differ on this.Most say if you already acquired a ...
      »stick8: Easy way to remember: 1) A throw that goes out of play from the ...
      »Duke: HAT MAN, As lb16 has pointed out, different organizations might word ...
      »Softballer48: Is there an exception when a thrown ball goes out of play after ...
      »stick8: Duke, if a batter hit a grounder to short, the shortstop bobbles it, ...
      »B.J.: Softbller... no that would be penalizing the offense for a bad throw ...
10 July 1, 2017 888

Is the rule implying "a runner cannot leave the base until after the ball is batted" ...

» Turbobob: About a month ago, I made a post asking when is it legal for a base ...
      »DaveDowell: Turbobob ... This may not directly answer your question, but here ...
      »B.J.: Turbobob... it is up to your league officers to make sure rules are ...
2 June 27, 2017 918

Can you play both 40's and 50's?

» ballplyer19: I will be 50 next season and was wondering if I can legally play both ...
      »HAT MAN: you can play both with some rules. if you are major plus in 50s ...
1 June 27, 2017 553
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