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Warren Baum

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Men's 50

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Sept. 19, 2023
wbaum
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

My point is still, the box does not get moved forward for ssusa. The entire plate is now part of the strike zone mat, not just the area behind the plate. If the box is fine in "behind plate is a strike games", then why can't the box be adjusted to compensate for the repositioning of the ssusa strike zone? The box can remain the same size. I just feel it should be moved forward to compensate for this. If the lines are painted, as on turf, then by utilizing the same rule that usssa uses, this will easily provide for such an adjustment no matter where the box is painted, or for when the box is wiped away during play.

Nobody is asking for batters to be 5' out of the box, to be that much closer to the pitcher, like the above photo example. I am only 6' tall, but can't imagine how difficult it must be for a 6'4" batter to hit a ball at the front of the mat because their naturally longer stride requires them to step out of the box to hit a pitch that is 14-19"" shorter than organizations who don't include the plate as a strike. The photo above demonstrates an unsafe scenario. Fairly allowing batters to hit the entire strike zone does not put the pitcher at any further risk.

Doesn't is seem right for ssusa to create a place for batters to stand that is the same as it would be for a strike zone that traditionally starts 14"-19" back? Allowing that same distance forward because of the plate being a strike is only fair. This also eliminates the overly ambitious umpires who can't wait to call a batter out for the heel being 1" over the line.
Sept. 18, 2023
wbaum
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

Am I the only one who feels the stepping out of the box rule needs to be changed? Organizations, who don't use a mat, consider a strike to be a ball that lands behind the plate. The SSUSA strike zone begins where the front of the plate begins. This is 17" closer to the front of the batter's box. For a batter to hit balls that would hit the front edge of the mat, the same way they can hit a ball that hits the back of the mat, they need to be allowed to use the same stride length for both instances. For this to happen with a ball landing on the front edge of the strike mat, an average batter's stride will have the batter stepping out of the batter's box, causing many ambitious umpires to call the batter out. The batter has NO advantage over hitting the same ball that would land at the back of the mat, should they be standing at least 17" farther back in the box. In SSUSA, the batter's box does not get adjusted for this shorter distance from the front of the mat to the front of the box, in relation to the location of the strike zone being moved closer to the pitcher. I believe there are other organizations who will allow the batter to step 1 foot out of the front of the box, as long as they keep 1 foot behind the front of the plate.

It is time for SSUSA needs to make a rule change to resolve this issue.
Nov. 4, 2021
wbaum
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team for 2022

Hope you land on a team Michael quickly! Someone will be lucky to have you. Hope to see you out there.
Warren
June 8, 2021
wbaum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Centennial park 50's

Loved playing ball this weekend against some great 50+ Major competition. Seems like any team can win on any given day.

Would make a great beach volleyball court in some places. I agree, definitely high risk for running injuries in that soft sand infield between the bases. Most of the infield was blown to Utah anyway by the end of Sunday. That's just the way that complex is in the afternoons. It did take the fun of the game away on Sunday though, since it was so hard to have any consistency with the pitching.

As per field quality, I would play there any day over quite a few other fields I have played on over the years, where bad hops were non stop, and outfields were a mess. The ball rarely bounced in the sand at Centennial. Wasn't hard to field anything, in my opinion. Getting to the ball and stopping was an issue, at times, then setting your feet for throws. Running bases was the real unsafe issue.

May 15, 2021
wbaum
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rockin Reno and Carson City

Thank you!
May 14, 2021
wbaum
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rockin Reno and Carson City

Has there been an update to whether or not 50s will definitely be in Carson City or not? Trying to make trip plans, and would be nice to have accurate information so I can make sure I look for lodging in the right town. Thanks
Oct. 4, 2020
wbaum
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50's Team for 2021 roster...

Contact the Scrap Iron organization and get your name to them.
https://www.coloradoseniorsoftball.com/scrapiron-contact-us
July 17, 2020
wbaum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EVENT UPDATE Rocky Mountain Championships 2020 Cancelled

We have games schedules, at the complex, tomorrow, so will see if they are really cancelling all events, or just select ones, like big tournaments.
July 17, 2020
wbaum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EVENT UPDATE Rocky Mountain Championships 2020 Cancelled

Yet many other metro/city complexes in CO are open and running leagues now. Aurora just has the advantage of 12 fields. There are many 4, and even some 6 field complexes in the area, up and down the front range. Too bad a few of those can't be used for various age groups, or do all the age groups need to be at the same complex?
May 19, 2020
wbaum
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Net for Pitchers

Why hasn't anyone ever just made a batted ball, that hits the screen, a dead ball out? Just assume any ball that hits it would have been fielded by the pitcher and an out made. Want to stop players from hitting up the middle? This will cause the batter to think twice about hitting in that direction on purpose. It's slow pitch softball. Hit the ball somewhere else. Put more gear on a pitcher and the batter feels less guilty about hitting up the middle.

Don't make it a dead ball do-over, or foul, giving the batter another chance/mulligan for a better hit. How many times would those balls hitting the screen been outs that are taken away? Without it being an out, what's to stop batters from trying to get as close to the screen as they can for that hit up the middle if there isn't really any detriment, especially if they can have that mulligan, should they end up hitting the screen instead?
Feb. 15, 2019
wbaum
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 60 AAA Scrap Iron team looking for 1 outfielder and a pitcher

Wish I was 60 Bruce. Can't pitch, but I would definitely play outfield for you guys. Good luck this year.
Warren
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