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Discussion: Need rule interpretation--Senior co-ed Rec league

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May 14
Men's 65
14 posts
This is the text of the rule..Is it the batters choice, MAY walk at a 4-1 or 4-2 count or a MUST walk at a 4-1?
"All batters start with a 0-0 ball/strike count and are allowed 4 balls and/or 3 strikes. However, intentional walks are not allowed. A batter may choose to receive at least one strike before talking a walk"

Note the words MAY and at least(more than one)
Gentleman..your thoughts.
May 15
Men's 70
4355 posts
bandylegs17 ... SSUSA does not have a separate Co-ed rules set except for the International Co-ed rules (at Rulebook pages 78-80) that's small part of the World Championships ... We suggest you contact the persons in authority at your Local League who created that language to see if they can better explain "what they think they meant!" ... Good luck ...
May 15
Men's 65
14 posts
Dave, I posted the non SSUSA rule here to get interpretation from some really knowledgeable folks here as there are mixed views on what it means from those in the league.
Does the rule say the batter MUST walk at 4-1? It looks as if the batter MAY CHOOSE to stay in the box with up to 2 strikes before deciding to walk......?
May 16

1113 posts
bandylegs.. I deal with many rec leagues of all different div's and the MAIN problem is when they make up their own rules.. I always tell them DON'T use wording that leaves a gray area that can lead to different interpretaions of the rule.. my advice is to look up the definition of the word MAY and then ask your board members to give their definition.. I believe that will answer your question
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