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Which Home Plate

» Wes: Was a catcher this weekend and the bases were loaded ball hit to ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Wes - Bad call if this was an SSUSA sanctioned event under SSUSA ...
      »Nancy Allen: I have only ever seen SPA mats with a painted on home plate.
      »lumpy10: Sounds like you should have done what Clean Up suggested and used ...
3 June 15, 2015 1190

new rule

» grayhitter59: Just read this new rule, don't really understand. Is the first ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Different penalties for two different infractions ... ALTERED ...
      »grayhitter59: Thank you, now I understand.
2 June 13, 2015 1097

Rules

» downtowndobie: What are the rules difference in AA and AAA ?
      »SSUSA Staff: There are two principal differences between AAA and AA ... 1. AA ...
      »taits: So when did the rule change for AA , HR's... it used to be one then ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Before you did! [grins]
      »taits: Your right. You have the ability to edit, I don't. tis the only ...
4 June 10, 2015 1211

infield fly rule

» hurdler52: Ok, bases loaded, one out. Batter hits pop fly to infield and the ...
      »Nancy Allen: What? When the batter is out, there is no force play at 3rd. Since ...
      »stick8: That umpire was WRONG!! Since the infield fly rule was called the ...
      »hurdler52: I think that the one who had a hot date was the umpire! I was pretty ...
      »neck10: in our league the ump's call that infield fly rule wrong the ball is ...
      »T.C.Sr.: But there is two key words he is supposed to say at the end: "if fair"
      »stick8: Had a play umpiring in a GM league a few years ago. Bases loaded one ...
      »neck10: stick you can't argue a rule it's a rule try to argue with a cop ...
      »neck10: we had a play in alpine fest in the 80's ball hit's top of fence ...
      »Nancy Allen: Stick8, good call. The most crazy situations that I have had all ...
      »stick8: Neck you mentioned a rule change. Shifting sports here to high school ...
      »Labamba32: Speaking of prominent players not knowing the rules, how about ...
11 June 4, 2015 1410

ball tipped over fence with no bome runs left, bases loaded, playing rules were ...

» tall_thunder: In a tournament where the rules were, 3 Hr, walks after, there was ...
      »dug8: Our team had the exact scenario happen 10+ yrs ago in NSA and it was ...
      »SSUSA Staff: In SSUSA sanctioned events, a four-base-award (it's not a ...
      »stick8: USSSA changed in 2013 to hit and sit for a ball tipped over the ...
      »Labamba32: Ok fellas I spend some time thinking about this and reviewing the ...
      »17Black: This just happened to us in Indianapolis last month. We were over ...
      »JT25: I think we should go back to running out Homeruns....what is this ...
      »Labamba32: I agree with 17Black that the runners should be allowed to just walk ...
      »B94: I'm not sure if it were the case in this scenario, but the part of ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The rationale for our previous response is this: The batted ball ...
      »paul0784: Wouldn't this have been safe to have all runners run the bases till ...
      »neck10: should kno the rule before you start the game!!
      »E6 in AZ: Neck, Have some class. Player had a question and asked. Don't dog ...
      »neck10: Im just saying you should kno the rules what if the outfielder hit's ...
      »Labamba32: SSUSA Staff - I guess I'm still unsure of your interpretation for ...
      »SSUSA Staff: CLARIFICATION In any four-base-award situation, "hit and sit" for ...
      »Labamba32: What is your interpretation based on? I haven't seen one bit of ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Labamba32 ... Our interpretation is based upon the totality of the ...
      »Labamba32: SSUSA Staff - You are making my point for me with your statement that ...
18 June 3, 2015 2232

Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

» maddogatc: Used to be that both feet needed to be completely within the batter's ...
      »BruceAZ: Maddog, as long as you're touching the lines you're ok, here's the ...
      »Katzy63: Not to confuse the question, but the foot placement before the pitch ...
      »mad dog: bruceaz....what assoc are you looking at....as ASA has it that the ...
      »B.J.: mad dog...this is SSUSA not ASA this rule and 7.3 are both in the ...
      »Paul C: I disagree with Mad Dog. ASA rules are same as SSUSA. See ASA rule ...
      »B.J.: Paul C....ASA rules are completely different than SSUSA here is ...
      »Dbax: You guys are saying exactly the same thing. Both feet must be in the ...
      »Katzy63: SSUSA Rule 1.5: The batter's box is 3-foot by 7-foot area to which ...
      »B.J.: guys here is the difference between SSUSA and ASA in SSUSA you can ...
      »Dbax: Doesn't make sense B.J.
      »mad dog: DBax....it is been that way for ASA and if i remember right USSSA...i ...
      »Dbax: Mad Dog, BJ stated that in ASA that the lines are part of the box ...
      »rrengineer99: so according to ssusa rule 7.5(c),see above, when i was called out, ...
      »Dbax: Yep.
      »FOFO: I ump NSA and the rule is the same as ASA. You must start with ...
      »B.J.: with the above posts (ASA, USSSA, NSA) I think that is why there is ...
      »Semmy: Okay, sorry if this gets misconstrued as being inflammatory, but it ...
      »Semmy: Sorry, I just realized my error. The front of the batter's box isn't ...
      »BruceAZ: Semmy, look on page 94 of the SSUSA rule book, it gives the ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Semmy ... Your "geometry is a bit off here, so here's a quick ...
      »garyheifner: This was a very good discussion. I saw the rule violated many times ...
      »Semmy: Thanks to all for the clarification. :)
      »garyheifner: A question: In the post by the staff, it is noted that a short pitch ...
      »Mango: I know there was a degree of controversy in Reno with "out of the ...
      »B.J.: gary....no you can't hit the ball on the bounce..it is a dead ball ...
      »Tim Millette: Reno was a disaster when it came to the batters box. We played ...
      »The Screamer5: Agree...the box rule is inconsistently enforced just about everywhere ...
      »DieselDan: I'd suggest that players who occasionally have this issue print the ...
      »Mango: Screame 5 I'm interested in your thoughts as a u trip ump for over ...
      »Katzy63: Why move the box forward? The rear of the strike mat is almost at the ...
      »garyheifner: Forgive my memory loss, it was at either Ft. Meyers winter nationals ...
      »Benji4: Most Pitchers stand 3 to 5 feet behind the pitching rubber so why not ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Benji4 ... This particular message board topic is a popular annual ...
      »paul0784: B.J.-ASA Rules are not the same as SSUSA. Just take a look at the ...
      »paul0784: B.J.-Sorry you are correct and Paul C is not.
      »Mario: Just an observation, since they made the plate a strike they have in ...
      »D-Ballgame: My question is, why is it SO heavily enforced on the turf fields and ...
      »SSUSA Staff: D-Ballgame ... The principal (and REALLY simple) reason it's "..SO ...
      »Garocket: Staff I have been playing for 40 years and have never seen a batters ...
      »Garocket: Your diagram in the back of rule book shows 4 up and 3 back. Is it ...
      »SSUSA Staff: 4' forward 3' back from the elbow pivot point is correct ... I got ...
      »Mango: Mario- that was exactly my point.
      »The Screamer5: Good question Mango. Common sense would suggest that the box be moved ...
43 June 3, 2015 3826

One up Rule in the Open Inning!!!

» JT25: I would like to see SSUSA go to the One up Rule in the Open In the ...
      »crusher: Game tied going into top of open inning & HR's are tied at ...
      »JT25: Thats when strategy comes into play if your visiting team thats the ...
      »17Black: I agree with crusher on this one, and I do believe that is why some ...
      »17Black: I did play in a tournament somewhere a couple years ago where our ...
      »JT25: It's always advantage to be the home team and that's why I think the ...
      »JT25: That's a great point 17black the visiting team could go 1 up but the ...
      »Mango: JT, You bring up an interesting topic for discussion. You state that ...
      »garyheifner: Just to express an opinion, hated the 1-up. We get "3" take them ...
      »LeeLee50: JT25, The HR is fair just the way it is. 3,6,or 9 HR's isn't that ...
      »PlanoPlayer: JT25: I would like to see one up in all innings not just the last. ...
      »Gonedeep43: And what if you come to the open inning and haven't used any ...
      »JT25: Thanks for all your comments, I just believe going 1 up in the open ...
      »Grimmie: JT25 we do have tourneys like this. Our Southside team is playing in ...
13 June 2, 2015 1309

Missing 1st Base Before the Throw Arrives

» SCUBA: If someone asked me as an umpire what I would call if the ...
      »Garocket: That is the correct ruling in ASA as well as major league baseball. ...
      »Garocket: Sorry missed the scenario of runner missing second base That is ...
      »B.J.: SSUSA is the same as ASA a runner is always presumed to have touched ...
      »cal50: I am interested in clarification on this one. If a batter hits a ...
      »Garocket: He makes a safe call because the runner got to the bag before the ...
      »stick8: You guys are killing me!! lol Cal50 in your first scenario yes the ...
      »cal50: I hope to see you in Tennessee.
      »Garocket: Stick I would have to disagree with you if there was two outs before ...
      »B.J.: Stick...Garocket is correct on this....no runs would count...any ...
      »stick8: BJ and Garocket you might be right. Consider this scenario: runners ...
      »B.J.: stick...no...Garocket must touch first...lets say Garocket ended up ...
      »B94: I think the runs still count because it's an appeal play not a force ...
      »B.J.: B94...yes it is an appeal play... but it doesn't matter if it's a ...
      »Garocket: The appeal is on a forced runner. The runner batter runner is forced ...
14 June 2, 2015 1457

boundries

» garyheifner: Question: If I moved like out of the USA. Ex. To one of the islands ...
      »taits: A can of worms, read 13.1(2) pg 61 Maybe you'll see it ...
1 May 31, 2015 734

Since I live in Texas

» Dancer: Since Texas has no state on its southern boarder, can I grab players ...
0 May 22, 2015 518

rain delay rules

» johnperry: This past weekend we played in a T.O.C. tournament in Leesburg, Va ...
      »Nancy Allen: I am glad that you got your games in. Not to belittle your concern, ...
      »Hitemdeep: We were rained out in vegas last month. In the 5th inning down 2 we ...
2 May 21, 2015 866

Bat Thrown Out Of Tourney, Why Not Player????

» KGB: A bat was taken from a player this weekend in Loudon County Va as the ...
      »Dancer: I thought I read about this once on this board. It seems to me they ...
      »SSUSA Staff: The procedural aspects of handling a suspected altered bat are ...
      »Dancer: I see innocent until proven guilty.
      »TimMcElroy: KGB, A bat was removed from play at Phillip Bolen Park on Friday ...
      »DCPete: Tim, does this mean that from now on any bat that has the end cap ...
      »Paco13: If it is somebody playing 50 M plus. I have the feeling that he is ...
      »rdrman66: By any chance is this player on a team based in Florida but he lives ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Gentlemen ... We're not going to "try this case in the media" ... If ...
8 May 19, 2015 1659

Equalizer

» titanhd: What is the correct equalizer when 60AAA plays 60AA.We played this ...
      »JBTexas : one or the other not both at that age bracket, once you hit 65 could ...
1 May 18, 2015 569

Roster Rules for Tournaments

» monam33: How many major plus players are allowed on a major roster? How long ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Generally, the answer is three, subject to a limited number of ...
      »monam33: We have contacted Tiffany and George. George has not gotten back to ...
2 May 13, 2015 830

Rule 6.16

» garyheifner: I just noticed this rule for the 1st time. When the wind is so bad ...
      »cal50: I think this is a good common sense rule. Never noticed it before.
1 May 12, 2015 786

Outfielder caught a flyball with a first baseman mitt?

» JT25: I was playing in the Cinco De Mayo softball tournament this weekend ...
      »OZ40: I believe the only players that can legally use a mitt as opposed to ...
      »B94: To the best of my knowledge when a catch is made with an illegal ...
      »JT25: That sounds right but I didn't see that in the rule book. Thanks
      »mad dog: mmm...i thought they had changed that rule where you could wear any ...
      »Garocket: Not sure about Senior softball but ASA Rule states I am almost ...
      »taits: Look at 3.6 or at least it is in the 2010 book. I did not look here ...
      »taits: 3.6 is same but added dimensions to glove\mitt. IMO any one should ...
      »JT25: 3.6 Gloves may be worn by any player, but mitts may be used only by ...
      »mad dog: garocket...yes it was changed a few years back by ASA.....
      »Dancer: I am curious, even though I have a regular glove, but why would a ...
      »txnighttrain: I found the definition for illegal catch at 1.34 and then rule 3.6 ...
      »B.J.: only 1st baseman and catchers can use a mitt in SSUSA...the batter is ...
      »Q19: 3.6 GLOVES Gloves may be worn by any player, but mitts may be used ...
13 May 10, 2015 2580

Southwest Championship

» cv elite: We were playing a game Sunday morning after the rain delay. Wefound ...
      »Nancy Allen: I never heard anyone curse out a rule book before, but now I have. ...
      »cv elite: We did but nothing was happening so I had to go to Dave.
      »Marv19: Ok lets get the record straight. The ASA ROCK that I know is a 44/375 ...
      »tattooball: The difference between the rock and the ssusa trump ball is 2 ...
      »Marv19: Tattooball: Kevin to be clear your comparison above is between the ...
      »tattooball: Yes
      »jimperry19: Is punctuation not allowed in Senior Softball? Wow.
      »tattooball: No. I only finished the 9th grade but I get along pretty well.
      »Dbax: I'm pretty sure he's referring to the first post. Lol!
9 May 6, 2015 1343

new umps

» garyheifner: For Staff and TDs I have found it common to have a new ump or an ...
      »Nancy Allen: Gary, you are very correct. I present it to our umpires as "It is ...
      »Rich33: UICs and TDs... I'm sanctioned and worked in 5 assoc. ASA, NSA, ...
      »Nancy Allen: Rich, it would probably be better for you to contact the individual ...
      »Rich33: Thanks Nancy. I'll contact each director for each tourney we'll be ...
      »Nancy Allen: I sure wish that you could have done the two games that the golf ...
      »Rich33: Nancy. I was going to ask but didn't know if same division as us - ...
      »Nancy Allen: Thank you. I take a lot of pride in umpiring. It is also easier for ...
      »Rich33: You bet. And yep, we were on deck above. I hugged you Sun morn. ...
      »Nancy Allen: I wish that you had told me that you were Rich33. I guess my handle ...
      »Rich33: Thanks Nancy - same here.
10 May 5, 2015 1153

obstructed base

» Pahoa Boy: We had a problem with a call at Saturdays game. Runner on first ran ...
      »Garocket: I think you would have to revert back to Rule 10 section 1 in the ASA ...
      »curty: SSUSA has addressed this issue @ rule 8.6. This states that a runner ...
2 May 1, 2015 879

obstructed base

» umpire 14: No need to use the umpire has authority to make decisions on rules ...
      »umpire 14: No need to use the umpire has authority to make decisions on rules ...
1 April 29, 2015 592
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