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Jan. 20, 2024
Donna McGuire
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

Markanthoni24,

SSUSA does NOT allow pitching screens in its tournaments. The issue has been discussed at several Rules Committee meetings, but screens never have been approved. So they would not have been on the fields at the Winter Worlds in Phoenix in November.
Jan. 8, 2024
Donna McGuire
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commitment Line question

Sorry B.J., but my post was correct.(Actually, so was yours.) I pulled our rule from the 2015-16 rule book. You pulled from an earlier book, when the commitment line was in a different place. What I posted was correct for 2015-16. (We moved the commitment line in 2013.)
Jan. 8, 2024
Donna McGuire
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commitment Line question

Back when our base paths were 65 feet, the commitment line was 40 feet from third base and 25 feet from home plate.
Dec. 15, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New bat rule clarification.

ju25 and BruceinGa: As long as your older bats have the SSUSA stamp on them (sounds like they do), they remain legal. The 1.20 or 1.21 bpf means those bats were legal when manufactured. They remain legal as long as they have that wonderful SSUSA logo or say “SSUSA approved” on them.

Dec. 10, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's the rile

Picture it this way: A foul tip cannot be caught for an out. A ball fouled backward remains a foul tip in SSUSA play unless it goes higher than the batter’s head. Then it becomes a foul ball that can be caught for an out. So if a batter has a courtesy foul left, the foul tip cannot be caught for an out. (This also used to be the rule in ASA/USA play, but it was changed in 2006 to allow catchers the opportunity to make more outs.)
Sept. 9, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal batter substitution

Batting out of order is the same. Wait until the at-bat ends to appeal. Otherwise, the correct batter enters the box and assumes the count. As for how other associations handle this situation, our rule is the same as USA Softball (formerly ASA). As far as batting out of order, our rule also is the same as Major League Baseball’s rule.
Sept. 9, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal batter substitution

He is in the game and continues his at-bat.
Sept. 8, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal batter substitution

The unreported substitute rule and illegal batter rules can be found on page 26 of the SSUSA rule book. The short version: If the defense wants to get an out on the play, wait until the at-bat ends to appeal. After the at-bat, if the player is properly appealed, all outs on the play stand, other runners return to the base occupied at the start of the at-bat, and the batter is called out. (Appeal too soon, and the defense will be disappointed. No out will be called.)
Aug. 19, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rocky Mountain update Saturday night

Games at Quads B and C are canceled for Saturday night. We expect to start the first sets of games on those quads at 8 a.m. in the morning, (with Quad A starting as planned at 8:30). Managers will be notified tonight of the new schedule. If there is a rain delay in the morning, we will notify managers at that time.
Aug. 4, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships rain delay

Wapelhorst update: Games will not start until mid-afternoon at the earliest. We hope to have an update by 1:15 p.m.
Aug. 4, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships rain delay

Peruque Park now has a 2 p.m. start time, which we believe is a solid time. Games will be reduced to 5 innings (or 45 minutes until open, whichever comes first.) The original 8:30 games will play at 2 p.m; the original 10 am games will play at 3 p.m.; the original 11:30 games will play at 4 p.m.; the original 1 p.m. games will play at 5pm.; the original 2:30 games are to play at 5 p.m.
Aug. 4, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships rain delay

Peruque Valley Park is delayed again. We expect to start at noon. Parks officials will update us at 10 a.m. to confirm a noon start.
Aug. 4, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships rain delay

As of 6 a.m., we have a rain delay at Peruque Valley Park. We hope to start the 8:30 am games at 10 a.m. The park will provide an update at 8 a.m. to confirm the start time.
Aug. 4, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentionally Dropped Fly Ball or Line Drive

The SSUSA rule says a fielder cannot intentionally let the ball drop. (The ball does not have to be touched.) See rule 1.37.
Aug. 4, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships rain delay

Wapelhorst Park is in a rain delay this morning (Friday). We expect an update by noon and will post that here. The rainout line is 636-944-6001. An update also will be put on the RainoutLine ap, for those who have access to that. (We will not play before 1 p.m. at the earliest.)

We expect to hear news from Peruque Valley Park’s grounds crew by 6 a.m. and will post an update here.
Aug. 1, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentionally Dropped Fly Ball or Line Drive

The batter is declared out. Yes, the other runners return to the bases they occupied before the pitch. For the scorebook, record it as a caught line drive or fly ball. (In other words, record it the way you would have if the fielder had NOT intentionally dropped the ball.)
Feb. 8, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: legal catch

I thought so, too, B.J. Maybe I should have added this paragraph from the USA Rulebook: “If the ball is merely held in the fielder’s arm(s) or prevented from dropping to the ground by some part of the fielder’s body, equipment or clothing, the catch is not completed until the ball is in the grasp of the fielder’s hand(s) or glove/mitt.”
Feb. 7, 2023
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: legal catch

The fielder must hold the ball securely in his hand or glove to record the out. (The ball cannot be trapped against his body.)
Oct. 31, 2022
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ow to appeal a call

JBTexas, can you be more specific on what you are appealing? (There are live ball and dead ball appeals. A live ball appeal on a base left too early, or on a missed base, still requires the defense to tag the runner or the base while in possession of the ball. A dead ball appeal does not require the base to be tagged.)
Sept. 21, 2022
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Left behind at Worlds

During Session 1 at the World Championships, a player left his bat bag, which was full of equipment, at a ball park. It still has not been claimed. If you left it, please contact the office at 916-326-5303 and describe your bag and its contents. We would like to return it to its owner. (We have a few other lost and found items as well.)
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