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Old Tue May 08, 2018, 11:21am
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
I'm going to wait until all awarded bases are touched.

If the B/R veers off to join the celebration before reaching first, I'm going to see if the defense picks up on it. If I get any inkling the defense is aware of the situation, now we have to wait until the B/R either touches first base or goes into dead ball territory and rule appropriately.
I'm halfway there. I'm giving the defense an opportunity to make an appeal. If it is apparent that is not forthcoming, my partners and I am leaving the field.

Sometimes I think part of the problem is that you have umpires anxious to get off the field. IMO, if the teams see you watching, either of them, the more likely it is you will see the play come to a resolution before leaving the field.
The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
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