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Bill johnson

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Jan. 28, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: scoring line in senior softball

DieselDan.. we have 5 mens divisions and 3 ladies divisions rec leagues here in The Villages that I sent out the SSUSA changes to telling them all as always that they had the choice to change their rules or keep their existing rules and to my knowledge no one has chosen to change
Jan. 26, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: scoring line in senior softball

yes I agree that he's over the line.. but in all my years of umpiring I've never had that scenario come up.. and as you know I'm a "stickler" for wording of a rule.. I hope I never have it happen and call the runner out when the catcher touches the strike mat holding the ball and then have the Mgr. come out and argue.. but blue neither one of his feet ever crossed the line...lol

and if since both feet didn't cross over the line can he be tagged?? ...

DD.. I wish wayne was around to help with this one..lmao

Jan. 26, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: scoring line in senior softball

rox11.. in your post you ask about the CL then you ask about scoring?? the CL and scoring line are 2 different lines.. yes the runner can score by "FALLING" (not sliding) head first over scoring line... as far as the CL I've never had a runner trip and fall head first over line but have his feet not cross over and I don't ever remember this question coming up.. DD is the runner that falls head first over the CL committed to home or can he return to 3B??


Jan. 15, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 9. Make safety bag plays safer

john028.. I have umpired senior ball for over 20yrs and I've seen more off line throws at 1st base than I can remember but I rally can't remember where there was a collision because of the defensive player COMING BACK to the bag.. the collisons happened when the defensive player crossed over into the runners lane to go after the bad throw .. what I don't like about the rule is that it REWARDS the defense for the bad throw from the fielder and makes it easier for them to record an out.. also the runner has always been told to make sure to touch the safety bag if there is a play being made on him and now you're going to allow the defense to use it..

how's this for a play.. batter hits a ball to deep SS and runner is racing down base line and 1 step away from the base when 1st baseman crosses over standing on the safety bag and reaches out to catch a bad throw on foul side of base line and runner collides with him .. using old rule with a bang bang play I would have obstruction on the defense for blocking the safety bag .. now I have no idea what the call would be because the defense is allowed to use the safety bag

Jan. 13, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 9. Make safety bag plays safer

i agree 100% .. and now the defense is being rewarded for making a bad throw
Jan. 13, 2023
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to delete a post

Hmmm ... I don't think that it's just the software that is antiquated.. lol sorry DD I couldn't resist
Jan. 11, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1st Base force out

DD... lmao .. yes I remember working with 1 years ago
Jan. 11, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1st Base force out

DD & John27 .. I haven't worked FHC in several years but I went to their website and reviewed their rules.. they do have a few "strangely" worded rules but not the 1 mentioned in the OP

Jan. 11, 2023
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1st Base force out

that's a great question to start the new year...
Dave, 1st instinct was to say runner is safe because this would not be an out on a tag play... but I would have an out .. I believe the glove is an extension of the arm as long as the glove was secure on his hand and the ball secure in the other hand ..
Dec. 19, 2022
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving from Volunteer Umpires to Paid Umpires in our recreational yet competitive Senior Softball League

Dave, I totally agree with you and when I umpired for neighboring city rec leagues a few nights a week all paperwork work was filled out and taxes were deducted... I'm talking about a 6 team league of about 80 guys who are friends and neighbors who played 1 day a week here in the villages... we weren't concerned about the IRS.. and to this day I know of 1 smaller league of lower division players who still just hand the umpire their fee
Dec. 18, 2022
B.J.
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving from Volunteer Umpires to Paid Umpires in our recreational yet competitive Senior Softball League

ted, we used to have a 6 team league that I umpired games for here in the villages .. it was a 1 man system that only played once a week and the home team was responsible for paying the umpire and it was considered a gift .. not sure if it was legal but it was a local league of all players from our div 1 rec. league
Nov. 24, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pinch Hitter

Rob64, my mistake yes the starting pitcher may re-enter.. I was thinking of if the pitcher was removed by the umpire

Nov. 24, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pinch Hitter

No, neither pitcher can re-enter at the pitching position ... pitcher A may re-enter but at another defensive position, pitcher B is done for that game and team must come up with a new pitcher
Nov. 24, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home plate issue

rangeview.. I agree with screamer for the most part but I teach and use a little different system.. with a 2 man system and your scenario the HP has the catch and tag up of the lead runner on 2B the HP ump should move up the 3rd base line to view the catch & tag and possible advance of runner.. the BU has the trail runner (excluding low line drives)the BU should buttonhook into the IF and position for viewing 1st touch by the outfielder and tag of runner on 1st .. for a bases loaded play it is almost impossible to set up and watch all 3 runners at the same time.. HP would have catch and lead runner BU would view catch and have runner on 2nd then glance to 1st.. as screamer stated above this should be discussed before the game
Nov. 22, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pinch Hitter

4.7 SUBSTITUTES
A substitute may take the place of a player whose name is in his team's batting order. The following regulations govern player substitutions:

A. The manager or team representative of the team making the substitution shall immediately notify the plate umpire at the time a substitute enters. The plate umpire shall then report the change to the scorer prior to the next pitch. If the violation is discovered prior to a pitch being made (legal or illegal), there is no penalty and the illegal substitute shall be declared legal.

B. Substitute players will be considered in the game when reported to the plate umpire. A player will not violate the substitution rule until one legal or illegal pitch has been thrown. The use of an illegal substitute is handled as an
appeal by the offended team while the player is in the game. If the team manager or player in violation informs the umpire prior to the offended team's protest, there is no violation regardless of how long the player or
players were illegally in the game
Nov. 22, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pinch Hitter

they are not pitch hitters they are considered substitutes and a substitute is considered in the game when the Mgr. tells the HP umpire... no plate appearance is required for a player who came in while the team was playing defense in the field and they then can be substituted when they come to bat.. I believe once the sub has been announced he must at least take 1 pitch before he can be substituted for but not by the player who he subbed for since he himself was a sub and cannot re-enter ... boy is that confusing..lol
Nov. 1, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ow to appeal a call

JB.. a full explanation was given above.. and a pitcher is not required to be involved in the appeal
Nov. 1, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ow to appeal a call


JB.. below are the types of appeals that can be made..
If your appeal is on a runner, leaving the base to early on a caught fly ball. you would wait until the ball came into the infield and secured by any defensive player. If the ball is still live he would appeal to the Umpire by throwing the ball to the base and telling the umpire or tagging the runner that you thought left too early. If time had been called when the ball was returned to the IF you would make a dead ball appeal by naming the runner and the base you are appealing that the runner left before 1st touch of an OFer

1.1 APPEAL PLAY
An appeal play is a play on which an umpire may not make a decision until requested by a manager, coach or player. The appeal must be made before the next legal or illegal pitch, before an intentional walk or before the pitcher and all infielders have clearly vacated their normal fielding positions and have left fair territory on their way to the bench or dugout area. On the last play of the game, an appeal can be made until the umpires leave the field of play.
A. Types of appeal plays:
1. Missing a base.
2. Leaving a base early on a caught fly ball before the ball is first touched.
3. Batting out of order.
4. Attempting to advance to second base after making a turn at first base
(umpire's judgment).
5. After the third out in order to nullify a run.
6. Illegal substitute must be made while they are in the game and
before the umpires leave the playing field.
Oct. 22, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How would you call this one?

T2.. there is no need for B/R to re-rouch 1st base and there is no penalty for having 2 runners on the same bag as long as the defense doesn't tag them.. and any further advancement by the B/R is legal as long as he doesn't pass runner ahead of him
Oct. 22, 2022
B.J.
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How would you call this one?

Stick, I know you like to sometimes word scenarios a certain way.. in passing him I would assume he took the turn at 1st base and passed him
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