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Discussion: Walking to pitch

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Dec. 17
Men's 60
3 posts
According to the rules for pitching that I've seen, *No “walking the box.” Pitcher must come set and pause facing batter with ball in front of body. Pitcher may take one step while keeping pivot foot in contact with pitcher’s box.**. yet when I bought this up to the umpire and tournament director during worlds in Vegas I was told it wasn't going to be called since the pitcher does it all the time and they didn't want to slow the games down and it would provide an unfair advantage to the other team since he can't pitch without walking? I expressed my displeasure but was told this was a decision made when another team complained. why have a rule if it won't be enforced?
Dec. 17

3534 posts
Jay10 ... This is very likely a situation of an umpire "..making it up on the fly.." and does not reflect the intent of the rule or any valid instruction he (or she) might have been given from an official source ... We apologize for his error ...

March 11
Men's 65
2 posts
During the last Vegas tournament in September I watched three games and played in two games at the field of dreams. All five games had pitchers that were taking two steps(walking). I asked each umpire between innings and four out of five umpires would not enforce the rule. This should be addressed to all the umpires before the tournament starts.
March 14
Men's 65
705 posts
If you get that answer from an umpire, just call for the tournament director to straighten it out.
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