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2020 "Majors" player looking to play 2021 "AAA"

» Arsenal25: I played with a majors team during the 2020 season and was looking to ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Arsenal25 ... [Part A]Everyone is a "free agent" from the date of the ...
      »Legend1960: What state are you from , we are looking for a maj player to pick up ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Our records show he just turned 41, is from New Mexico and played ...
3 Oct. 19, 2020 319

What constitutes a batter's "full swing"?

» Turbobob: The whole gist of this post is to hit the ball so it is not called a ...
      »B.J.: there actuall is no real definition in the rulebook stating what a ...
1 Oct. 11, 2020 141

55 Major Teams allowed in 50AAA World Tournament

» grambling 44: HOW AND WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING SEVERAL 55 MAJOR TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Because the two (2) 55-Major teams are the equivalent rating index ...
1 Oct. 9, 2020 390

Middle infielder positioning

» Turbobob: In tournament play for 70 Plus, using 11 defensive players (5 ...
      »Donna McGuire: SSUSA does not say where defenders must play, other than the catcher ...
1 Oct. 9, 2020 201

60AA Seedings

» Rick63: Based on run differential and totals runs allowed, we feel we are ...
0 Sept. 18, 2020 352

COVID 19

» TOMAR77: Could I get a copy of the COVID 19 Rules ? Would like to provide to ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Tommy ... See the subject post in the pink priority message section ...
      »TOMAR77: Thank You for reposting. Will get copies to distribute to my ...
      »LouieHawgs: Tommy: Good luck in St. George. Play good and be safe! Your old ...
      »TOMAR77: Back at you Louie ! Nice to know Old Hawgs are still around. Maybe ...
4 Sept. 14, 2020 363

Happened to us.. follow up

» B.J.: Dave, a couple things.... there are differences in answers given ...
0 Sept. 9, 2020 358

Happened to us

» stonecityorbin: Dave, got a rule interpretation for you. This happened to us at a ...
      »DaveDowell: Hi Jack ... I wasn't there to see it, but I'm going to make a couple ...
      »stonecityorbin: Hey Dave, thanks for adding the caveat about the player losing the ...
      »B.J.: I agree with Dave that it's tough when you don't see the actual ...
      »grayhitter59: ok let's try this one on. runner on second and third no outs, ground ...
      »DaveDowell: Manny ... You get yourself in some odd places on a baseball diamond! ...
      »chico senior: None of rulings can be considered correct until Wayne has his say.
      »B.J.: chico... lmao
      »Wayne 37: I don't have to be there to see it. [insert eyeroll] Simple call. ...
      »Omar Khayyam: Couple of interesting scenarios if ball is not caught until fielder ...
      »Wayne 37: Omar, two things to remember. 1) Runners may legally advance when ...
      »B.J.: omar, yes I have always IMO thought the rule as written leaves many ...
      »bkb555: unlike the NFL, the ground CAN cause a fumble in softball
      »Omar Khayyam: Thanks Wayne and B.J.. Now I will wait until it happens in a game ...
      »titanhd: Wayne "A fielder can run 20 yards with the ball in his glove, but the ...
      »DaveDowell: StonecityJack ... Sorry I didn't keep an eye on this thread as it ...
15 Sept. 9, 2020 1114

"Illegal" player?

» Sisavic: I noticed that a player who is listed as a sub on the lineup card and ...
      »DaveDowell: Mike ... Here's a reading assignment for you that should answer your ...
      »Donna McGuire: Mike, please also look at the 2019 rules committee minutes. The ...
      »Sisavic: D & D - Got it, thank you.
      »Wayne 37: SSUSA should consider changing the rule that a substitute who is in ...
      »DaveDowell: Wayne ... You're about nine months late to the party on this one ... ...
      »Wayne 37: Thanks Dave. I believe I had an older version of the rules saved to ...
      »Wayne 37: Omar, two things to remember. 1) Runners may advance legally when the ...
7 Sept. 8, 2020 1040

Pitchers stance and ball presentation

» joebodyman: Two questions I have: 1) It is my understanding that A pitcher is ...
      »B.J.: 1) yes once the pitcher receives the ball from the catcher he must ...
      »berger: B.J., maybe I'm misreading the rule. I read it to say the pitcher's ...
      »B.J.: yes it is the pivot foot..
      »joebodyman: Thanks guys. Always appreciate your input.
      »Wayne 37: Berger, consider the pitching box as the rubber, and you'll be fine ...
5 Sept. 7, 2020 650

Team forfeiting their seeding games

» tall_thunder: I read a team would not be playing their seeding games, but be at the ...
      »HAT MAN: Click on forms upper right then scroll down to rule book
      »lowprofile: I gotta believe that team is going 0-2 losing both games by forfeit ...
      »HAT MAN: Sorry i meant tournament
      »DaveDowell: tall_thunder ... It's SSUSA Rulebook 15.5 on page 76 ... It's been ...
      »DaveDowell: Just to clarify the "consequences", in a 27-team bracket where you ...
      »Alamo: Does this mean that anyone can ask for a new time in the future?
      »DaveDowell: NOPE ... Later start requests have a high probability of being ...
      »Mikelmart: So because of this teams defiance my team and other teams had to face ...
      »DaveDowell: Mike ... I'm a bit unclear on the Tony Curtis/Sidney Poitier ...
      »Mikelmart: Dave, Tony and Sydney starred in a movie called "The Defiant Ones". ...
      »DaveDowell: Thanks for the "cultural enhancement" Mike! ... I looked it up after ...
      »Dbax: Cmon Dave, its a classic!
      »Mikelmart: And I was 2, that's why we have Turner Classic Movies and late night ...
      »Dbax: Exactly!
      »Bushor1159: Good morning one and all. I play for the Vancouver USA team and I ...
      »DaveDowell: No worries, Jeff ... This one is ancient history now ... I was the ...
      »Bushor1159: Dave-Thank you for your kind words and we appreciate everything that ...
17 Sept. 3, 2020 1329

Wild Throw

» SCUBA: Runner on 1B. Batter hits the ball through the infield to the right ...
      »DieselDan: From what I can recall from umpiring decades ago, out of play throws ...
      »stick8: Scuba, on that grounder to short was Usain Bolt on first base? ...
      »Wayne 37: SCUBA, First scenario: you place the runners from their last ...
3 Aug. 31, 2020 466

rule 8.1, touching bases in order

» baseballbill: When a runner passes 2nd base and has to return to first and returns ...
      »Wayne 37: Upon proper appeal.
      »DaveDowell: ▲ Agreed ▲
      »Wayne 37: Bill, The best way to make an appeal is wait until the umpire has ...
3 Aug. 31, 2020 365

1-1 count

» 4040club: Is it true that a 1-1 starting count is in effect for ALL age groups ...
      »DaveDowell: YES ... The "1-1" starting pitch count was adopted at the December, ...
1 Aug. 16, 2020 216

Runner on 2nd helping batter with inside/outside pitches.

» jgoff5113: When I'm a runner on 2nd base, I am looking right down the line of ...
      »Jon44: As a hitter, that's the last thing I want to see/hear when trying to ...
      »DaveDowell: Nothing in the SSUSA Rulebook prohibits that stunt ... As a common ...
      »Dbax: Lol! This is slow pitch!
      »jgoff5113: Fine Jon44; then in your case, you would simply tell your teammates ...
      »jgoff5113: Hmmm...OK DaveD and Jon44, so both of you would find such verbal ...
      »DaveDowell: Oh ... I thought you were seeking counsel on the legality of the ...
      »jgoff5113: Thanks Dave. Really, no argument desired. As I wrote in my previous ...
      »titanhd: WOW! I guess you CAN just make this stuff up!! What next "banging on ...
      »Benji4: Man I have seen some bizarre stuff posted on this website but yelling ...
      »ju25: What if the pitcher throws a curve and you yell inside and it ends up ...
      »Mikelmart: If the pitcher was throwing a curve and you yelled out "inside" and I ...
      »ju25: K's cost you a case in Metro Detroit
      »DaveDowell: ju25 is closer to the real market conditions here in NorCal ... Last ...
      »lowprofile: I think we've all played against...that guy behind the plate in our ...
      »jgoff5113: So it seems like we can all agree that, for better or worse, it is ...
      »FOFO: Dave, Is a team allowed to set up a camera in centerfield, use a ...
      »B.J.: FOFO.. this is only allowed if you are playing in Houston
      »Dbax: Thanks FOFO! Lol.
      »FOFO: Any time Dbax
      »Wayne 37: jgoff, I have a radar gun if you want to use it
      »ju25: Loved it when Greinke was yelling out the signals.
      »ju25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BagwHv7sVo
      »AJC: Greinke actually yells out what pitch is coming when Pablo, the ...
23 Aug. 13, 2020 875

70s Senior League Situation

» Brock: Situation is bases loaded, one out, 5th run on third. Batter hits ...
      »stick8: Brock based on your scenario the runner on first is not required to ...
1 Aug. 10, 2020 293

additions to roster

» titanhd: Team A and Team B both enter a TOC tourney in the same age group. ...
      »SSUSA Staff: If the Team "A" players are NOT in the same age division as Team "B", ...
1 Aug. 1, 2020 303

illegal courtesy runner

» alan--23: we had this come up in league play the other day bases loaded 2 ...
      »DaveDowell: It's not conmpletely clear to me from your fact pattern description ...
      »alan--23: yes it was before a pitch to the next batter, thx for the answer
      »coop3636: Dave If the illegal CR is not noticed before the batter doubled, the ...
      »DaveDowell: Brett ... You didn't "miss" a thing in focusing on that precise issue ...
      »B.J.: Dave, I'm still not sure on what you ended up with for an answer ...
      »B.J.: Dave, I'm still not sure what the answer is on if the 2 runs score? ...
      »stick8: In the scenario Alan-23 posted I side with coop3636 on this one. In ...
      »DaveDowell: Hi guys ... The distinction I draw from your analysis, and which ...
      »B.J.: Dave, thx for the well explained answer... and yes it does explain ...
      »DaveDowell: B.J. ... I think your theoretical may have wandered a bit far ... The ...
      »B.J.: Dave, I'm not trying to bust your chops.... we've had this ...
      »DaveDowell: B.J. ... In the real world, if only about 7% of the umpires and team ...
12 July 30, 2020 832

Equalizer clarification

» Satxsb30: Need to get a clarification of equalizer rule when a 70M plays a ...
      »Satxsb30: Thanks
      »DaveDowell: "NO Equalizer" game ... The Rating Index numbers are equal (R/I=4) ...
      »DoubleL10: We had this same controversy at the Aggieland Classic. Our team, San ...
      »JBTexas : Dave, didn't you mean 70 or older teams plays with native 11 players ...
      »DaveDowell: CORRECTION Maybe the Director needs to have this tattooed on his ...
      »HSquared: Dave, I think that's a visual we can all do without... lol
6 July 30, 2020 454

Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

» jgoff5113: Situation: Runner on 1st with less than 2 out. Batter pops up in the ...
      »grayhitter59: some years ago same thing happened in a game that I was playing, I ...
      »DaveDowell: Correct call ... See Rulebook page 7 1.37 INTENTIONALLY ...
      »lb16: grayhitter59 - Is there a rule listing for this in senior softball? ...
      »jgoff5113: Thank-you Dave, for citing the rule from the book. No double play.
      »DaveDowell: You're welcome jgoff5113 ... lb16 ... I tend to agree with your ...
      »grayhitter59: I once asked that a rule be instated that the batter/runner must make ...
      »Benji4: There are other ways to still complete the double play. 1. Never ...
      »OZ40: Good points Benji, There shouldn't be any rule that says a fielder ...
      »Benji4: Here is the problem when an umpire says you should have caught the ...
      »TimMcElroy: Growing up, my mother always told me that two wrongs don't make a ...
      »Benji4: Tim Normally I would argue with you, however, SSUSA has recently ...
      »TimMcElroy: Funny you bring golf into the conversation- Being a big time player ...
      »Wayne 37: Instead of using the words drops the ball, usin guided the ball to ...
      »DCPete: Maybe right next to the "Runner has to run rule" you can add the ...
      »grayhitter59: Tim, if you remember this actually occurred in Naples several years ...
      »stever: Don't know what the discussion is about. Dave quoted you the rule.
      »DaveDowell: stever ... There's a popular game here we refer to internally as ...
      »alank: Dave. Following up on the rule, if the defense thinks they've ...
      »grayhitter59: The Batter is out. Period Stever, my post with Tim was not meant ...
      »DaveDowell: alank ... As always, I'm going to give you the honest answer ... ...
      »stick8: This happened to myself a couple weeks ago. Im batting. Bases ...
      »txnighttrain: It is always an umpire judgment call. Making an argument about sun in ...
      »DaveDowell: txnighttrain ... I'll try to make this short, but it remains ...
      »Benji4: txnightrain I also umpire and always side with the defense if the ...
      »John Mc: As an umpire, I always side with the rule book.
      »Benji4: John Mc Send me your rule book please. Mine doesn't have a section ...
      »B.J.: I agree with John Mc ... I have umpired in many different ...
      »DaveDowell: And there you go ... A very simple question answered completely and ...
      »B.J.: Dave, if it wasn't for redundant answers you wouldn't have anything ...
29 July 25, 2020 1566
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