Next SABSA Meeting
Wednesday February 10th 7:00pm
Catpult Finance Office 39 Charles Street, Norwood
All Welcome! This is the best place to start if you are interested in scoring baseball!
Official Baseball Rule 2020 Arrives!
Finally got my OBR 2020 book – well, two of the three ordered. Check it out.
One slight disappointment…
The book seems to have shrunk
Game Changer Enthusiast?
SABSA is seeking competent Game Changer scorers to assist during the Junior National Showcase in early January. You will be with accredited SABSA scorers and entering games into Game Changer. If you are interested please Contact SABSA below.
Check out the Revised Fixtures
BSA has adjusted the games fixtures after the last Covid-19 break.
Updated ORS Rule for Scorers
BSA requires scorers to complete Prescribed Point on the Official Results Sheet (ORS) for ALL Players listed on Team Sheets!
Rule 3.5.1 in Local Playing Rules and Conditions
• Pres Points – ALL Players with Prescribed Points MUST be recorded on the ORS exactly as written on the Team Sheet submitted by coaches REGARDLESS if the player participates or not.
BSA CANCELS ALL ACTIVITIES FOR 2 WEEKS FROM MONDAY 16th NOVEMBER
Due to rewly imposed Covid-19 Restrictions, Baseball SA will be postponing all competitions and training activities effective from midnight tonight (Monday 16th November 2020, 12am) for a two week period. This includes:
- SABL Seniors
- SABL Juniors
- Super League
- Little League Select Program
- High Performance Training
- Use of the Indoor Training Facility and Gym
- Use of the West Beach diamond’s
- SABL Club trainings – Metropolitan and Regional
Updated Hot Weather Policy
BSA has recently updated the Hot Weather Policy. There are particular responsibilities for scorers involving Junior players participating in Senior and Women’s Divisions with regard to noting parental Concent to Play forms.
Please familiarise yourself with the new policy available here: BSA Local Playing Rules and ConditioIns
Interpreting BSA Pitch Limits Protocol
A team forfeited a game for breaching the Pitch Limits protocol when they mis-interpreted this rule from the BSA Local Playing Rules and Conditions
3.14.2 A pitcher reaching their maximum number of pitches in an assignment may complete the batter before being removed from the mound.
The team interpreted this provision as meaning you could breech any “pitching threshold” or “assignment” on the last batter without penalty. This error may have been because in the old days (2 years ago?), a pitching “assignment’ in junior tournaments was designated either Minor, Sub(stantial) or Major with increasing days rest required for each pitching threshold reached. The following chart is from a 2018 NSW document.
It is understandable that this rule could then be interpreted as meaning a pitcher starting a final batter before reaching a pitch count which would require any days rest could exceed that limit without incurring days rests or other penalty.
However, the provision to exceed – without penalty – a pitching limit is for the ‘daily maximum” pitch count only.
Perhaps the rule could be rewritten as:
3.14.2 A pitcher reaching their daily maximum number of pitches may complete the current batter before being removed from the mound.
New MLB Rules
Don’t hold your breath.
I ordered my printed copy of the Offcial Rules of Baseball over
a month nearly 3 months ago…. got this message from Amazon:
We’re awaiting a revised estimate from our supplier,
Vale Peter Ditrich
SABSA is saddened to hear of the passing of Peter ‘Dodo’ Ditrich.
Peter was a much loved umpire and we’re sure all scorers who had the pleasure of working with him would agree that he always brought a smile to the diamond and the scorers box.
We will certainly miss Peter and his catchphrase ‘If no one else says it, have a fantastic day’. Such a small gesture and comment, but one that had a huge impact.
Vale Peter Ditrich.
From BSA: It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Peter ‘Dodo’ Ditrich.
Dodo has been a much loved and valued member of the baseball community for many years, his umpiring career spanning over 1,300 SABL games. His passion, smile and kind nature on and off the diamond was without parallel.
Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with the Ditrich family at this very difficult time.
In the words of our friend Peter, “If no one else says it, have a fantastic day”
Vale Peter Ditrich.
Errors in SABSA online Div. 1 stats?
SABSA scorers are nationally accredited and undertake training and examinations in order to score for Division 1. But, yes, we can make mistrakes. However, please consider that there are some scoring decisions that are not obvious. Check out Item 28 of “Scoring Issues” in the column to the right.
If you believe there is a discrepancy between the Division 1 online stats and those recorded in your official scorebook, do not contact the BSA office. They will not be able to help you. Please follow the Stats Discrepancy Process detailed here.
Of course, if you have any general scoring questions, please submit a scoring enquiry here.
Woodville BC Requires Div 5 Scorer
Any scorers out there who can assist the Woodville Baseball Club?
WBC next Div 5 game is at 3:00pm on Sat 17th October.
Contact WBC through Woodville@baseballsa.org.au
BSA Season 20-21 Starts Saturday!
The Baseball South Australia 2020-21 baseball season opens this Saturday, 10th October.
Keep in touch with Div 1 scores and live games here: Division 1 Stats and Live Games.
Find all Junior and Senior Competition schedules here: Competition Schedules.
MLB Official Baseball Rules (OBR) 2020 – Changes
There are significant changes to the 2020 OBR.
1. For the USA, the DH has been added to National League games.
2. All extra innings games in the reglar season will start with a runner on 2nd base. The runner will be the player in the batting order immediately preceding that half-inning’s leadoff hitter (unless that is the pitcher – then the player preceding the pitcher), or a pinch-runner.
The print edition of the 2020 OBR will be available soon.
BSA Hot Weather Policy – Scorer’s Responsibilities
When the Heat Policy is enforced, a junior player playing Senior Division 1 or lower or Women’s League MUST have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian submitted to their Club and forwarded to the officiating umpire on the day of play. If the consent form is not provided, the junior player must not participate.
Consent form submission should be noted by the scorer on the Official Results Sheet in the ‘Comments’ section.
The Junior Player Hot Weather Policy Consent Form can be found at Appendix A on the BSA Hot Weather Policy (11/12/2019)
Follow BSA Super League 2020 Here
BSA Super League commences September 23. The link to the games can be found under the ‘Stats’ menu.
ABL New-Look Structure for 20/21 SEASON
The Adelaide Giants will join an ‘International Conference’ primarily based in New Zealand for the 2020-21 season.
SABSA Prepares for Season 2020-21
President Michael Phillips is currently updating SABSA netbooks in order to undertake live scoring for the upcoming Division 1 BSA season.
Be sure to check here and on our FB Page to see what games will be scored live each week. All games will be entered on line as soon as practicable so that stats are updated regularly. Season stats may not be available until the season is well underway as those stats will not be reliable until there are a few games entered.
As you follow the games, I draw your attention to our well established ‘Stats Discrepancy Procedure” should you have a query or concern about the published statistics.
Registered for the Forums?
Register to participate in our Forums with Scoring Resources for Level 1, 2, 3 and novices available. Ask you questions or share your experiences. All you need is to confirm your details by email.
SABSA Scoring Clinics Underway!
On behalf of SABSA, six experienced and nationally accredited scorers have offered 32 places in various Baseball Scoring Clinics. The first of these clinics will commence on Monday 24th August. Several clinics will use the online platform Zoom for the first time.
There may be opportunities for more scoring clinics later in the season, so keep in touch if you wish to advance your baseball scoring skill.
ABL Schedule Delayed
“The Australian Baseball League’s 2020/21 schedule release has been delayed but Baseball Australia chief executive Cam Vale says it is not far away from being locked in.ABL News 14 Aug 2020
‘The Rundown’ (Subscribe Here)
Winter Baseball – Training Opportunity
Winter Ball is a relaxed, friendly competition and provides a good opportunity to investigate scoring.
Come and sit with an accredited scorer for an informal session during a live game!
SABSA President Report AGM 2020
32. How did the batter get to first? Safe hit or Fielder’s Choice?
Had an enquiry today about this situation:
No outs, runner on first.
Batter hits ground ball towards second base.
Runner on first advancing toward second gets hit by the groundball.
Ball finally fielded by pitcher.
Safe hit or Fielder’s Choice?
Runner out HBB 4 [Rule 9.09(c)(2)]
Batter single to 1. [Rule9.05(a)(5)]
31. You may really want to reconsider using Pilot ‘FriXion’ pens. …
“The Pilot Frixion Ball Fine Erasable Gel Pen allows you to erase mistakes and rewrite over them.” Sounds so good for scorers! Well, not really. Truth is “Pilot FriXion ink operates by turning clear when exposed to increased temperature due to the friction of the eraser on the page… Pilot FriXion pen ink turns clear at 60°C and regains its color at 4°C.”
So you will lose your games if you leave your scorebook in the back window of your car on a hot, sunny day!
30. Who is on First….? Who knows? Who cares?
SABSA had a recent enquiry asking if there are any rules requiring coaches to inform scorers of substitutions. Short answer – not really. There are rules requiring coaches to inform the Head Umpire of substitution. And the Umpire must inform the Official Scorer when two or more players enter the game at the same time. While the Official Scorer is required to list all players in the game, sometimes it seems we must figure out for ourselves who actually participated.
You can imagine the scenario in which the last out in the game is an extraordinary diving catch by the right fielder, who unfortunately happens to break both wrists in that truely magnificent effort. Imagine our surprise when we see the same fielder take the same position in a game the following week! What a fantastic recovery!
Meanwhile, we hear about some poor sod who is having trouble getting an insurance claim through because the insurance company says the official record of the game did not record any involvement by the claimant. Hmmm? Is it possible we missed a substitution. Oh, well.
In scoring for the Giants, the first thing scorers check when players take the field is that their uniform numbers match the scorebook positions. If not, we note the substitution. (Of course, this assumes the players’ numbers are correctly listed and a player has not switched shirts for some reason.) And of course, at that level the Umpires are very good about ensuring the Scorer (who is some distance from the field action) is aware that there are changes.
In BSA baseball competitions, not every player has a consistent, unique uniform number. And if you are scoring for a team you don’t know, it is very easy to miss changes. As well, a fair few games are umpired by first time club Umpires who have a few other worries to contend with!
If you are interested in following up the relevant rules check out the Official Rules of Baseball: Rule 5.10(b); 5.10(b) Comment; 5.10(c); and 9.03(a).
The only reference to the issue in the Baseball SA Local Playing Rules and Conditions (updated 11/11/2020) is Section 3.5.1 regarding the Official Results Sheet.
By the way, both of those documents can be accessed through this website!
29. CABS Scoring the Tie Breaker 1 Runner procedure
CABS has just published an extensive document explaining how to score the 1 Runner On Base Tie-Breaker procedure. It is available here: CABS scoring the Tie Breaker 1-runner
28. Can this be right?
- Fielder drops a fly, but the batter is still out?
When an Umpire calls an ‘Infield Fly” and the fielder drops the fly, the batter is still out. Rule 9.09(c)(1).
- The batter is not out when a foul ball is caught?
True when interference is called on a runner during an “Infield Fly” play. See Definitions: Infield Fly.
- A runner is caught stealing, but is not out?
If a fielder muffs a throw, and in the scorer’s judgement, the runner would have been out if the throw had been held, the runner is charged with caught stealing (but not out!), the fielder with an error and an assist is credited to the fielder making the throw. Rule 9.07(f)
27. Level 1 Scoring Clinic Questions
- What is a DH? The DH is a Designated Hitter who bats for the Pitcher. See Offical Rules 5.11. A DH is not allowed in BSA Junior grades.
- What is the difference between the Home and Plate Umpires? The ‘Home’ Umpire and the (Home) “Plate” Umpire are different terms for the same person.
- Our scripted game uses the term “miss hit’ which was fielded by the pitcher. What is a ‘miss hit? How is it scored? The term ‘miss hit’ is used to distinguish a poorly hit ball from an intentional bunt. It is scored the same as a well hit ball. It is the scorer’s judgment call whether the batted ball was intentionally bunted or just a ‘miss hit.” Bunted balls are important to note in many statistics and playing provisions.
26. 3-2-8 Double Play ???
Check out this amazing play from the MLB Cardinals. Thanks to Connie Stoyakovich, CABS Coordinator for sending it to us.
25. Batting Out of Order – BOO
How the umpire decides on appeal …
24. Scoring Quizzes
23. CoronaVirus COVID19
Latest Info from Australian Department of Health
22. Scorers NOT responsible for policing the pitch count! Baseball SA Local Playing Rules and Conditions – updated 04/02/2020 2:00PM – 4.14.8 The umpire has the authority to police the pitching rule, scorers must not intervene. Our reponsibility is to keep an accurate pitch count and report it to officials when requested. (Although, this could be interpreted as only Umpires determine balls/strikes – no matter how tempting it may be for scorers to ‘intervene.”)
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