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Rule question

» stattad: I looked in my rulebook and can't find anything that covers this. It ...
      »Fred S: Rule 8.1.C.The ball is dead and runners may not advance unless ...
      »cuda65: I play ASA in McAllen, Texas and they allow stealing. In the ...
      »Fred S: Right forgot that part.
      »Tommy00: But, it is not a force out. The catcher would have to tag the runner ...
      »OZ40: Tommy In all the senior ball leagues I've seen and played in, if the ...
      »Tommy00: OZ, I 100% agree with that, except for the fact that the OP said it ...
      »stattad: OZ is right. The catcher can never tag a runner at the plate.
      »stick8: Stattad, was this a senior league or regular mens league? I've never ...
8 April 12, 2016 1015

Batter batting out of order

» Steve in Tucson: I'm looking for clarification of the wording in rule 7.1 - Batting ...
      »B.J.: it is worded that way because if the defense were to appeal that the ...
      »B.J.: to add to that if the wrong batter makes an out and the defense does ...
2 April 7, 2016 690

Re-classification

» CAT: Can anyone tell me how an individual can reclassify his status to a ...
      »SSUSA Staff: There is no specific form to fill out to APPLY for a modification of ...
      »CAT: Thank you for the immediate responses from the SSUSA staff. We are ...
2 April 6, 2016 1112

Batter Runner reaching first base

» Steve in Tucson: Referring to Rule 8.4 (1) - Batter Runner reaching first base: The ...
      »OZ40: Key word in that sentence: "his touch of ONLY the bag in foul ...
      »k man: Another scenario, defensive player is pulled across white bag, not ...
      »OZ40: K man, in your different scenario the 1st baseman is clearly ...
      »Steve in Tucson: Thank you all for your comments. This helps so I can inform our ...
4 April 2, 2016 700

coaches touching a runner

» 1jonsey: had a runner round 3rd base and was held up by the base coach, as h ...
      »garyheifner: Very common for a 3rd base ump to high 5 a guy in his HR ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Pretty harsh (and probably incorrect) call on that one ... The intent ...
      »Joncon: """Obviously, ump used no common sense.""" Or he was unfamiliar ...
      »Nancy Allen: Gary, there is no guarantee that an umpire knows the rules, but a HR ...
      »B.J.: I agree with the point about the umpire using common sense...but that ...
5 April 2, 2016 1010

Mask On Field

» HJ: Our league has been encouraging fielders to get Face Masks. A number ...
      »OZ40: I would say that the existing rules covering interference would cover ...
      »B.J.: since this is a local league I would write up a specific rule ...
      »Az Iz: Watched and played in many, many games...never seen it happen! I ...
3 March 28, 2016 867

Appeal Play?

» TexasTransplant: I posted this on the Softballfans.com umpiring forum and got two ...
      »TimMcElroy: No run scores. This is not an appeal play. Rule 8.3 C The ...
      »k man: Not just the batter, but when there is a force situation, I can't ...
      »1jonsey: Tim, I read the rule but why isn't this an appeal? I have a couple ...
      »stick8: Texas transplant that umpire was correct. If he just goes into the ...
      »1jonsey: stick so batter is only called out without an appeal if he enters ...
      »OZ40: Sounds like comparing apples to oranges to me. In "Texas Transplants" ...
      »stick8: 1jonsey, unless he is out on a force any base runner who goes into ...
      »B.J.: STAFF....In rule 8.3C it only mentions the batter-runner is out when ...
      »OZ40: A runner only has to advance if he is forced to. So I cannot see the ...
      »B.J.: oz40...yes....I didn't put in that runners were forced to advance
      »OZ40: I would think this is an appeal play. 2 years ago at the Winter ...
      »B.J.: OZ40 I agree with you I think it's an appeal play also...what I'm ...
      »k man: OZ - Page 45 of SSUSA Rules 2015-2016 there is a note after the ...
      »crusher: SSUSA and SPA are both Hit & Sit for ball over the fence. Base ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Texas Transplant ... You proposed the original hypothetical before ...
      »B.J.: Staff....thx for the detailed explanation for the above scenarios...
16 March 26, 2016 1141

Which base?

» FreeAgent10: Rule about a runner going to first says he must touch the orange bag ...
      »VegasPaul: If there is no play I believe he can touch the white. Rule 8.4(1) ...
      »SSUSA Staff: We concur with VegasPaul's interpretation
      »FreeAgent10: Thanks for the info.
3 March 22, 2016 491

Open inning ruling

» AZ sfbl: Today in Phoenix we were playing in the semi finals and this ...
      »E6 in AZ: Play by play for what occurred today: As I walking to coach 1st at ...
      »SSUSA Staff: For tournaments played under SSUSA sanction and rules, the game ...
      »lb16: Pitch being thrown or not has nothing to do with it. Once the 3rd out ...
      »E6 in AZ: SSUSA Staff: Thank you for your attention on this matter, which ...
      »AZ sfbl: SSUSA staff what is going to be done to this region director that ...
      »SSUSA Staff: AZ sfbl - We responded above solely to the rules issue raised ... Any ...
      »Dbax: Congratulations to Az. Old School on a great performance. You guys ...
      »Hitemdeep: if you guys have played in Ricks tourneys before this is very common. ...
      »BruceinGa: Hitemdeep, you can vote with your wallet. Refuse to play in his ...
      »Dbax: If this is a SSUSA qualifier, does he have the authority to make up ...
      »Hitemdeep: Easier said than done Bruce. There are no other tournaments to play ...
      »Garocket: Lots of tournaments in this area are going to round robin pools with ...
      »Dbax: Rocket, that may be true, but the rules for an SSUSA qualifier as ...
      »E6 in AZ: Looking forward to your St. George tourney at the end of the month. ...
14 March 19, 2016 1819

Rule 6:16 once more

» garyheifner: I posted the following and looks like it didn't go thru. Excuse me ...
      »B.J.: Gary, here is the amended rule ... 6.16 WIND OR ...
      »garyheifner: B.J That sounds correct, thanks
      »tall_thunder: When did this amended rule take place?? Had this problem in February ...
      »B94: TOC is played under 2015 rules. The amendment to the rule is for 2106 ...
4 March 14, 2016 653

The new sun rule 6.16

» garyheifner: Under the new rule: If batter requests pitcher to move, Ump and TD ...
      »B.J.: this is the amendment made for the EFFECT of rule 6.16 in Dec ...
      »garyheifner: Thanks for the reply
      »Player: Gary, you play the outfield - or did (LOL). So, what about a rule ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The actual complete language of the amended Rulebook 6.16 is in the ...
      »garyheifner: I like where this is going. How about, any ball hit where the ...
      »B.J.: 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS.....EFFECT: Softball is an ...
      »SSUSA Staff: B.J. - Please re-read this provision in the complete Rulebook ...
      »RIK56: As a pitcher i think this is a bad rule,you are telling the pitcher ...
      »NYGNYY: Not sure if there is a right or wrong answer here. However I do ...
      »titanhd: I tend to agree with NYGNYY.This is a clumsy attempt to rectify a ...
      »Bballer3: Not too sure about this rule. Right handed batter states he can't ...
      »19: Why does senior softball insist on making a mockery of a game we all ...
      »BruceinGa: I agree with titanhd and NYGNYY, the tournament staff and director ...
      »nails: there is no need to protect the batter, just a useless rule, . Now if ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Protecting the pitcher is already addressed in the same rule, calling ...
      »B.J.: STAFF...Thx. for the explanations...IMO the rule didn't need to be ...
      »k man: Since games are timed, will there be a stoppage of time in order to ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Whether or not to stop running time will be an umpire's judgment, ...
      »garyheifner: Moving a pitcher into the area of a pull hitter does bring up a good ...
      »16wood: We played in Hemet, CA, 2 weeks ago (SCSSA) and played 2 early AM ...
      »tall_thunder: When was this sun rule amended. We had this problem in Florida during ...
      »Dbax: This is a 2016 rule. TOC was played under 2015 rules.
22 March 13, 2016 1692

Throwing the glove during a play.

» Rock25: Saw the previous discussion on this topic, but did not see any ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The glove, in the hypothetical given, must make contact with the ball ...
1 March 11, 2016 496

Distance between pitching rubber and plate

» balco: What is the correct distance between the front of the pitching rubber ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The official SSUSA pitching distance is 50' from the rear point of ...
1 March 11, 2016 561

legal age

» VOODOOSPORTS: I have been told two different things regarding age. A friend turns ...
      »SSUSA Staff: YES A player's age is determined by whatever age (s)he attains ...
      »JackZ_SLC: Good to hear. At one time was it not the rule that the player had to ...
      »DoubleL10: JackZ_SLC based on my personal experience that has not been the case ...
3 March 2, 2016 777

SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

» SSUSA Staff: The link below redirects to the Official Minutes of the 2015 SSUSA ...
      »SSUSA Staff: We have published the final version of the rules changes, new rules, ...
1 March 1, 2016 5073

Thrown Glove Makes Contact with Batted Ball

» SCUBA: The left center fielder throws his glove and it makes contact with a ...
      »Rick35: Dead ball...runner awards an extra base, hence home. (run scored and ...
      »Clean Up: Throwing a glove at a ball during a game!! How old are thes ...
      »stever: If a batted ball is contacted by a thrown glove all runners are ...
      »SCUBA: Gentlemen, I appreciate your responses. I really do. But no one has ...
      »SSUSA Staff: THE CALL: If the tag was made on the batter-runner, he is awarded 3rd ...
5 Feb. 27, 2016 1011

Sno Bird

» roach: What are the rules of Sno Bird
      »wagon487: https://seniorsoftball.com/forms/form_region_chg.pdf
      »SSUSA Staff: General Snowbird Rules ... Snowbird card has one year term and ...
2 Feb. 20, 2016 569

Intentional walk rule

» jackbrun: According to the rules, is it permissible for a batter to refuse an ...
      »SSUSA Staff: We can't speak with authority to the ASA rule, but in SSUSA there is ...
      »BruceinGa: I am curious, why do you ask this? Have you witnessed this in local ...
      »jackbrun: Bruce - In a local open league, there is a player that has verbally ...
      »BruceinGa: Wow, the umpire needs to take control of the game! If he doesn't, ...
      »spoonplugger: His team should straighten him out or get rid of him.
      »Fabe: Wow! To let an individual player to have that much influence can be ...
      »taits: i'd walk him on gereral principals if nothing more. Perhaps he can't ...
      »Q19: In our SENIOR leagues here in Sacramento (SPSSC & GSSCS), every team ...
      »Q19: Hey "jackbrun", does this "meanie" play on the SENIOR tournament ...
      »OZ40: Sounds to me like a time bomb waiting to really go off. Why so much ...
      »stick8: Good points Oz. Just play ball and whatever happens, ...
      »neck10: stick thaats why we don't let you um in traverse city lol drink a ...
      »neck10: ump
      »neck10: I hit a pitcher in the fore head once in league play about 12yrs ago ...
      »joel 1975: you should never walk anyone in league play unless it set's up force ...
      »BruceinGa: I've lead our league in walks for many seasons. It was never a big ...
      »Fred S: Joel: Everything being equal I agree. But when you got studs ...
      »Omar Khayyam: In our senior league, intentional walks are not allowed, even to fill ...
      »Turbo 34: I think the biggest reason players hate to walk in league games is ...
      »jackbrun: Q19 - this player is not a senior player. He plays on an open ...
      »OZ40: Another option is to make the pitching screen optional in the league. ...
      »Fred S: What we have done is to walk a batter you have to have one strike on ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Good idea, Fred, but it won't work in this particular situation where ...
      »Katzy63: I've personally umpired Jackbrun during a couple of these games with ...
      »garyheifner: Possibly have the pitcher go back to the 60' line. Launch the ball ...
      »jackbrun: Gary - Great idea but the league rules makes the pitcher pitch from ...
      »lewis: Jackbrun have your pitcher roll the ball across the plate
      »k man: I know this is a longshot but maybe before you play the next game you ...
      »jackbrun: It has been determined that he cannot refuse an intentional walk. ...
29 Feb. 18, 2016 1863

ASA Playing Rules for Seniors

» SB-Bill: My Senior League does not separate players by age so we have local ...
      »BruceinGa: You may want to look at the ASA rulebook.
1 Feb. 18, 2016 474

Sliding into first base

» Randall: Is sliding into first base legal in SSUSA?
      »swing for the fences : yep
      »SSUSA Staff: ONLY when returning to 1st base after having legally acquired it ... ...
      »lb16: Might I ask why it's an out? Other than it's in the rule book.
      »SSUSA Staff: There is no need to slide into 1st base or Home plate (same rule ...
      »OZ40: Initially sliding into a base was to SLOW the runner so that they ...
      »16wood: Some runners slide/slid (present/past) into 1B in order to avoid a ...
      »TM44: I think the reason for sliding into first is a safety issue. When I ...
      »So Cal Z: I have a hard time with this one, last year at worlds we were knocked ...
8 Feb. 16, 2016 1008
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