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Forum: Softball Wed Nov 12, 2008, 10:59am
Replies: 36
Views: 3,729
Posted By WestMichBlue
To counter all the "Hooray" posts I offer this...

To counter all the "Hooray" posts I offer this negative one. Well, maybe not negative, but more "cautionary."

Unless the clinic is in your area, you are going to spend $200 - $300 for fees,...
Forum: Softball Sat Nov 08, 2008, 09:51am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,303
Posted By WestMichBlue
Good point for a general rule, and specifically...

Good point for a general rule, and specifically for the OP here. However . . . .

For years umpires have used the common sense application of a "step and a reach" to determine whether or not to...
Forum: Softball Sat Oct 25, 2008, 02:37pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,013
Posted By WestMichBlue
The DH was created in 1979, fast pitch only, and...

The DH was created in 1979, fast pitch only, and could not play defense. Also “re-entry” was created that year for starters only. A DH could not return, and a starting pitcher could not return to...
Forum: Softball Thu Oct 23, 2008, 11:54pm
Replies: 28
Views: 1,833
Posted By WestMichBlue
ASA 1933: Rule 25.8 "If, on any play which starts...

ASA 1933: Rule 25.8 "If, on any play which starts with a batted ball, the ball is overthrown into foul territory at first, third, or home base, runners shall be entitled to advance one base in...
Forum: Softball Sat Oct 18, 2008, 07:30pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,000
Posted By WestMichBlue
That particular situation is not covered by the...

That particular situation is not covered by the NFHS book (nor ASA). A close rule is 8.4-3h (ASA 8.5-i): a fair batted ball deflects off a defensive player and goes out of bounds in foul territory....
Forum: Softball Tue Oct 14, 2008, 10:34am
Replies: 50
Views: 2,955
Posted By WestMichBlue
I raised this issue with a former member of the...

I raised this issue with a former member of the NFHS committee. His personal interpretation was to go with the "triangle" view, but he said that he would check with Indy. Today the following came...
Forum: Softball Sun Sep 14, 2008, 06:28pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,136
Posted By WestMichBlue
I think that you missed his question, Mike. Can...

I think that you missed his question, Mike. Can you retroactively call interference after the play is over? It is supposed to be an immediate dead ball. If you failed to think fast enough, can you...
Forum: Softball Mon Aug 18, 2008, 09:01pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,708
Posted By WestMichBlue
Are you sure? The information I read indicates...

Are you sure? The information I read indicates that Easton did not abstain, but reclused himself prior to the vote because his company sells equipment used by olympic sports. The I.O.C. did not...
Forum: Softball Mon Jul 21, 2008, 03:10pm
Replies: 98
Views: 4,028
Posted By WestMichBlue
But, to answer your question (it might matter to...

But, to answer your question (it might matter to someone else) ASA Case Book, 2007
Quote:
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Forum: Softball Fri Jul 04, 2008, 08:36pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,474
Posted By WestMichBlue
Would you fix this mistake?

JO Tournament, 16U, ASA rules

R1 on 1B, 1-1 count on B2, PU calls IP, B2 swings and misses.

PU re-sets count to 2 - 1. B2 hits next pitch into LF for single, R1 stops at 2B.

Umpires...
Forum: Softball Fri Jun 27, 2008, 08:25pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,165
Posted By WestMichBlue
Anyone have a clue why "no pitch" would be...

Anyone have a clue why "no pitch" would be declared? If a runner is off the base, the pitcher shouldn't even be allowed to step up on the plate.

WMB
Forum: Softball Tue Jun 24, 2008, 11:00am
Replies: 34
Views: 2,285
Posted By WestMichBlue
Think football helmet, with a ring of padding...

Think football helmet, with a ring of padding around the crown of the head. That is the protection you speak of; also the reason why hats don't fit.



If you get hit square in the center of...
Forum: Softball Tue Jun 24, 2008, 09:44am
Replies: 34
Views: 2,285
Posted By WestMichBlue
Vindication! (finally)

ASA and the "Helmet."

I switched to the helmet five years ago, which meant that I was not wearing a hat during the game. I wear a hat to the field, and up to the throwdown after the initial...
Forum: Softball Mon Jun 23, 2008, 09:22am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,410
Posted By WestMichBlue
Personally, I think that you are wrong. USSSA...

Personally, I think that you are wrong. USSSA rules are almost a mirror copy of NFHS, and thus are very close to ASA. For the most part, all you have to remember is to take out the DP/FLEX and learn...
Forum: Softball Mon Jun 16, 2008, 10:38pm
Replies: 67
Views: 3,898
Posted By WestMichBlue
I've run into this many times at a high school...

I've run into this many times at a high school sports complex with baseball and softball fields, football stadium and track, soccer field, and tennis courts.

On any given school afternoon it is...
Forum: Softball Mon Jun 16, 2008, 09:09am
Replies: 34
Views: 2,148
Posted By WestMichBlue
Are you seeing metal cleats in summer play?

This past week was the first tournament (USSSAA) since high school play ended in this area. Sure enough, there were several U16 teams with metal cleats. I took the issue to the TD and he decided to...
Forum: Softball Fri Jun 13, 2008, 01:25pm
Replies: 60
Views: 2,971
Posted By WestMichBlue
In my view, the question should be: "What...

In my view, the question should be: "What provided the impetus to propel the ball out of play?"

Was it the pitcher, whose fast ball had enough energy to richocet off a bat and go over the fence?...
Forum: Softball Wed Jun 04, 2008, 10:17am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,243
Posted By WestMichBlue
I see this as a tag play. By time this pic was...

I see this as a tag play. By time this pic was snapped, the glove has come up; the player's legs have buckled and she has come to a stop; both heads have turned towards the umpire - who is only a...
Forum: Softball Sat May 31, 2008, 01:31am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,875
Posted By WestMichBlue
For those that are bashing USSSA, apparently you...

For those that are bashing USSSA, apparently you do not call U-trip and do not have a rulebook. There is almost no difference between USSSA and NFHS books, and thus only minor differences between...
Forum: Softball Sat May 31, 2008, 01:09am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,721
Posted By WestMichBlue
You either have No Call, or you call...

You either have No Call, or you call Interference. If no call, then you allow the play to stand. If interference, then someone must be called out. There is no rules support for just sending runners...
Forum: Softball Sat May 31, 2008, 12:43am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,419
Posted By WestMichBlue
Well, yes it is ambiguous in the ASA book. That...

Well, yes it is ambiguous in the ASA book. That sentence stands alone with no parameters to identify the timing or location of a violation. Taken literally, one could call an IP when the pitchers...
Forum: Softball Fri May 16, 2008, 01:20pm
Replies: 3
Views: 822
Posted By WestMichBlue
Obstructed runner contacts defender

Sit 1: R1 coming home, F2 blocking the plate, play goes to 3B. F2, watching play, fails to move and R1 knocks her down in attempt to reach plate. (Not flagrant or malicious.)

Sit 2: F4 is set...
Forum: Softball Mon Apr 14, 2008, 10:00am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,738
Posted By WestMichBlue
I will work a tournament almost every weekend...

I will work a tournament almost every weekend this summer. There is not a single one that doesn't schedule 3 man rotations (plate, bases, off). Typically 10 to 12, maybe 14 games (depends on whether...
Forum: Softball Mon Apr 14, 2008, 09:38am
Replies: 27
Views: 1,906
Posted By WestMichBlue
Coach's complaints about glove and/or shoelace...

Coach's complaints about glove and/or shoelace distractions are bull crap. A batter should be coached to pick up the ball as soon as the hands separate and focus on finding the ball off the hip as...
Forum: Softball Thu Apr 10, 2008, 08:09pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,288
Posted By WestMichBlue
NEVER GUESS AN OUT! WMB

NEVER GUESS AN OUT!


WMB
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