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Feb. 16, 2021
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When sliding is NOT an option

There is a fine line between obstruction and interference on some plays at the bases. The National Rules Committee tweaked the obstruction rule this year to try to prevent some of the collisions that have been happening. Yes, the runner has the play in front of him or her and should try as best possible to avoid the collision. But if the defender isn’t fielding a batted ball, or isn’t in possession of the ball, he cannot block the base. Our tweaked rule took out the obstruction definition language “about to receive a throw,” which ASA (now USA Softball) did some years ago. So to answer Randall’s question, the call would depend on the totality of the circumstances. If the fielder was blocking the base without the ball while awaiting the throw, the correct call is obstruction; award the runner the base. Let the fielder know she cannot block the base without possession of the ball. Reminder the runner she can run to the side of the base to avoid a collision and still be called safe. However, if a runner has room to avoid the contact, and intentionally plows into the fielder instead, that changes things. Now you have an ejection.
Feb. 10, 2021
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitchers attire

Pitchers sometimes tape an injured finger. Example: taping two fingers together after jamming a knuckle on one finger.
Nov. 27, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Safe r out

Actually, the rule book does cover whether or not this situation is a dead ball. But before citing that rule, I want to stress that obstruction CAN be verbal.The key to an umpire calling obstruction is whether a fielder impedes the progress of the runner. The rule book does not say how “impede” must happen. It most certainly can happen verbally. Meanwhile, not all obstruction in SSUSA play is a delayed dead ball. See Rule 8.4(10), which says: “If play is being made on the obstructed runner or if the batter-runner is obstructed before reaching 1st base, the ball is dead, and all runners advance without liability to be put out to the bases they would have reached.”

Oct. 9, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Middle infielder positioning

SSUSA does not say where defenders must play, other than the catcher must be in the catcher’s box and the pitcher must be touching the pitcher’s box, and all defenders except the catcher must be in fair territory. Teams may play five infielders or five outfielders, or any other combination of infielders and outfielders they desire. (Many 40s men’s teams play five-man infields and use only three outfielders. Many 70s teams will use a “rover” who might be an infielder for one batter and an outfielder for the next batter.)
Sept. 1, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: "Illegal" player?

Mike, please also look at the 2019 rules committee minutes. The change to the unreported substitute rule is on the last page. Look under the tournament tab and click on the rules tab under it.
Aug. 9, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: KC Classic, Lee’s Summit, MO

KC Classic, Session 2, ended after one round of games today because of rain. The places were awarded as follows:
- 50 Major: 1. S&S Exteriors. 2. Persuaders.
- 50 AAA: 1. KC Vintage. 2. KC Monarchs.
- 55 M/AAA: 1. KC Stampede. 2. American Mortgage Pros.
- 60 AA: 1. Buck’s Run Farm. 2. OKC RedHawks.
- 60 M: championship bracket rained out.
Aug. 7, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: KC Classic, Lee’s Summit, MO

KC Classic Session 1 results:
- 65 Major/AAA division: 1. KC Kids. 2 50 Caliber. 3. Plainsmen
- 70 AA: 1. St. Louis Vision. 2. R&D Leverage
- 70 M/AAA/65AA: 1. OKC Outlaws. 2. KC Kids. 3. KC Renegades
- 75 AAA: 1. Senior Redbirds. 2. Midwest Express

July 26, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Qualifier results

Session 2 results:
50 AAA (9 teams): 1. 417 Legends, 2. Scrap Iron Hitmen, 3. KC Monarchs.
50 Major (6 teams): 1. Miken Franchise, 2. Dudley Lightning, 3. B&B Drywall.
55 AAA (6 teams): 1. KC Stampede, 2. KC Vintage, 3. St. Louis Road Dogs.
55 Major (4 teams): 1. Dudley Lightning, 2. Iowa Demons, 3. KC Monarchs.
60 AA (2 teams): 1. Buck’s Run, 2. Red Hawks.
60 AAA: (7 teams): 1. Blue Speed, 2. 50 Caliber, 3. Big Daddy’s Donuts.
60 Major: (2 teams): 1. Mayhem, 2. Scrap Iron Xplosion.
July 24, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Qualifier results

Remainder of session 1:
65 AA: 1. Scrap Iron Diamonds. 2. OKC Street Outlaws
65 AAA/Major: 1 KC Kids. 2. Scrap Iron Classics.
70 AAA: Midwest Express. 2. USA Patriots.
70 Major: 1. KC Kids. 2. OK Ark

July 24, 2020
Donna McGuire
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Qualifier results

First session so far:
80/75 Division: 1. Minnesota Masters. 2. Antiques of KC
70 AA Division: 1. St. Louis Vision. 2. R&D Leverage

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