Next SABSA Meeting
Wednesday 13th May
Postponed from scheduled April date
7:00pm – Catapult Finance office 39 Charles Street, Norwood.
All Welcome! This is the best place to start if you are interested in scoring baseball!
BSA COVID-19 – UPDATE
18 MARCH 2020
The Board of Baseball SA have convened and unanimously arrived at the following decision to cancel all trainings and games immediately for all Clubs and Affiliations, effectively ending the 19/20 baseball season today.
Thank you, Scorers!
Thank you to all volunteer scorers who assisted during the 2019-2020 BSA season at all levels of the game!
Interested in the Game Changer Scoring App?
Find out more about Game Changer here or click here for Nov. 2018 Game Changer Scoring Notes
CABS 2019 in Review
Find out what is happening nationally in baseball scoring.
FB Query on Live Scoring
There was a query on our FB page why so many Golden Grove games seemed to be scored live. Good question. And informative response by SABSA President Michael.
Comes down to availability of volunteers and availability of resources. Scoring both ‘the book’ and ‘live’ at the same time can be a challenge, and there are only a handful of Div 1 scorers that have done the training for this IT program. All games are entered into ‘the system’ in the days following. We weren’t sure of ongoing interest in live scoring during the home/away rounds so our aim this season was to live score at least one game per round, and we’ve been pleased that some weeks it has been possible to have two games scored live.
Vale Fred Halligan
SABSA notes with sadness the passing of Graham “Fred” Halligan, Life Member of BUASA. Please go to the BUASA Facebook page for further details. Our sincere condolences to the Halligan Family.
Someone telling you how to score?
No, not a player, a coach or a fan. Those are easily dealt with as long as you know your rules. But what if it’s the other scorer offering advice? Under our Code of Conduct, CABS Accredited Scorers are required to keep abreast of rules and changing techniques of scoring and to share scoring expertise and knowledge with other scorers. Accredited Scorers have spent some time and effort in gaining their national accreditation so there is likely sound reasoning behind any advice offered. Also under our Code of Conduct we are required to be respectful and open to discussion. So use that opportunity. We have all made mistrakes when scoring. That’s one of the reasons it’s good to have two scorers at each game!
THANK YOU BSA !
SABSA is very appreciative of Baseball South Australia’s support in the development of scorers through the recent provision of an iPad to the association. This will enable further training and practice with the popular GameChanger app.
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Level 1 & 2 Exams
Good luck to all candidates who undertook written exams on Monday 14th October! And a big thanks to Laura, Kylie, Bev, Sue and Bronny for delivering the training and to the Glenelg Baseball Club for the use of their clubrooms during this training.
Video Errors! Test your Skill
SABSA has contracted Major League Teams to produce some error situations on video for our training purposes. (Not really, they managed to do it without our prompting.) You can watch the videos here and test your scoring acumen! They are also available in the “Resources/Training” link above.
Level 2 scoring clinic
SABSA Level 2 scoring clinic September 2019!
Candidates hard at work!
Increda Bulls 2019 Winter Champions
Watch the 2019 Bulls Grand Final Championship game here with the Increda Bulls victorious over Bulls Deep for the coveted Martin League Trophy. Note the fine umpiring by Kym Smith and asking the scorer “Ready to go?” before the first pitch!
SABSA Level 1 and Level 2 scoring clinics
Clinics started Monday 9 September! See column to your right for general clinic information.
New SABSA Facebook Page
Thanks to Laura and Kylie for organising a Facebook presence for SABSA.
New working with children checks
From 1 July 2019, people working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a valid child-related clearance. Click here for more information.
Scorers Revision 2019
SABSA President’s Report 2019
Read Michael Phillips’ 2019 Report delivered to the SABSA AGM.
ORSR Statewide Consultation
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is actively seeking community input to inform three projects which were identified as priorities for this current Strategic Plan cycle. The three priority projects are;
Game On, Getting South Australia Active, The South Australian Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan; and The Grants Review.
More information about all three projects can be found on our website at orsr.sa.gov.au/statewideconsultation
Wonder why they call it winter ball?
Bull Park at Sturt Baseball Club
ORSR Facilities Survey
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is creating a new plan for infrastructure related to sport and recreation in South Australia.
If you would like to offer your ideas and priorities for future facility provision, please Complete This Survey by May 17, 2019.
2018-19 BSA Scorers of the Year
Congratulations to Lorraine Dunn and Michael Phillips on being selected in the BSA 2018-19 Team of the Year, pictured here receiving their awards from Mark Brougham, Operations Director BSA.
Sturt Wins 2018-19 Division 1 Championship
New Level 3 Scorers
Three SABSA members have recently achieved CABS Level 3 Scorer national accreditation. Pass on your congratulations when you next see Kylie McBain, Laura Mosel and Karryn Przibilla. Also, well done to Michael Phillips and those who assisted them in the Level 3 Clinics.
New CABS Co-ordinator
CABS would like to announce and welcome Connie Stoyakovich, who has been chosen as our new Coordinator. Connie comes to us with many years of experience scoring Nationally and Internationally, including as the head scorer and statistician for the Australian Academy Program (MLBAAP) from 2007 to 2014. Connie also held a position of Assistant to the CABS Coordinator for a few years, working with the inaugural coordinator, Paula Kenning.
We would like to thank Lorraine Dunn for all the hard work she has done as Coordinator. Lorraine leaves us with a 13 years service contribution as a Tech Comm and Coordinator. (from CABS Website)
New CABS Technical Commissioner
On completion of Steve Eads’ time as a Technical Commissioner, Jeanette Irwin has accepted her nomination to fill that role, effective immediately.
Thanks so much to Steve for his many years of hard work and innovations and thank you to Jeanette on accepting the appointment.
(from CABS Website)
Lorraine Dunn recently announced her retirement from her volunteer role as national Co-ordinator for the Council of Australian Baseball Scorers (CABS).
It is timely to recognise her service to the baseball community.
Lorraine previously served as one of the three CABS Technical Commissioners and worked tirelessly to support the CABS aim of cultivating and advancing Australian baseball scoring. She was recognised with Life Membership for her service.
Lorraine has officiated at ABL and Claxton Shield games, National Youth Championships as Tournament Scoring Co-coordinator and scored in countless local and state baseball games. In 2011 Baseball Australia (BA) recognised Lorraine’s contribution over 40 years to Australian baseball when she was named BA Official of the Year at the Diamond Awards Ceremony in Queensland.
Along with husband Danny, Lorraine has been actively involved in the Goodwood Baseball Club and in 2009 was also awarded life membership. Son Matt is a 600+ games Division 1 veteran and their grandchildren now actively participate in the club baseball program.
Lorraine is well known to all Baseball South Australia (BSA) clubs through her previous role as the S.A. Baseball League Operations Co-coordinator. Lorraine served as front of house for the BSA and among other critical tasks managed the arduous responsibility involved in season fixturing for all grades. Lorraine was an early supporter, advocate and facilitator in implementing electronic scoring and statistics compilation for South Australia.
SABSA members know Lorraine as a stalwart champion for due recognition of the important role scorers provide as officials of our beloved game. In serving SABSA in virtually every capacity, Lorraine has assisted many scorers to flourish and become more proficient at what we do. Again, SABSA recognised her service with Life Membership.
We all appreciate Lorraine’s hard work over many years. We are grateful to her for sharing her experience and providing us with assistance and guidance. We continue to value her support and friendship and wish her and her family the very best.
Ordinary Effort Podcast
MLB and Queensland scorer Connie Stoyakovich has highly recommended “Ordinary Effort Podcast” produced by two scorers in the USA: Read More
2018 Super League Finals Results!
The Super League Grand Final 19th Dec. saw the CRUSHERS (1) vs CARP (0).
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.
21. Visitors in the Scorers Box? According to our Code of Conduct: • unofficial visitors are not encouraged to remain in the score box / game scoring area. It can be very difficult to score accurately when there is unnecessary distraction in the scorebox. If you have visitors, please encourage them not to stay and talk!
20. Assists with No Put-Out? Had a query regarding rule interpretation with regard to awarding assists when an error is involved in a play such as 6-E3. Confusion seems to arise from the phrase in Rule 9.10(a)(1) concerning when a put-out results “or would have resulted except for a subsequent error by any fielder.” Anytime you have recorded an assist on the play (i.e. 6-E3) the player is credited with an assist. The quoted phrase is to ensure that an assist is credited if there was – or should have been in the judgement of the official scorer – an out on the play. The error in the 6-E3 indicates the put-out would have been made, except for the error by firstbase. Hence an assist is credited to shortstop. This is similar to Rule 9.12(d) Comment: “When a fielder muffs a thrown ball that, if held, would have completed a double or triple play, the official scorer shall charge an error to the fielder who drops the ball and credit an assist to the fielder who made the throw.” So, even though there is not a put-out, a fielder gets an assist. Likewise, a runner may be charged with “caught stealing” when not put-out. Rule 9.07(h): “… if such runner is put-out, or would have been put-out by errorless play.” For example, in 2-E4 CS.
Hard to believe anyone has any difficulty at all in interpreting the Official Baseball Rules (OBR), isn’t it? (Ever wondered why SABSA has a ‘Rules Committee?”) Google ‘UmpireBible’ for interesting contrasts between scoring myths and the OBR.
19. Code of Conduct
This is riveting reading! All members of SABSA and CABS are bound by a Code of Conduct. (Available here)
18. Credit the Batter or Substitute Batter? Under Rule 9.15(b): When a batter leaves the game with two strikes against him, and the substitute batter completes a strikeout, the official scorer shall charge the strikeout and the time at bat to the first batter. If the substitute batter completes the turn at bat in any other manner, including a base on balls, the official scorer shall score the action as having been that of the substitute batter.
17. Not enough batters? The Automatic Out (AO) for fewer than 9 batters in the lineup is not credited to any fielder. Inform the Umpire that the next batter if followed by the AO. This is to assist the Umpire in deciding when to call Time on the play – especially if there are already two outs.
16. Caught Stealing or Not? Unsure sometimes of when to score the CS? If the runner on first base is put out at third base on a single base hit to right field by the batter, the runner is out on the play. Do not score a Caught Stealing because the runner tried to ‘stretch’ the single hit into a double. One good rule of thumb is to never score a Caught Stealing if you would not have awarded the runner a Stolen Base on the play. For example, if a runner attempts to advance because a pitch eluded the catcher, and is subsequently thrown out, award any Assists and the Put Out but do not award a Caught Stealing.
15. Please Do Not Cross Out! When making position changes, just write the new position number directly above the existing number. Drawing a line through the existing number makes it difficult to read and/or copy. 5’s can start to look like 8’s! Also the “Ch” column directly to the left of the batter’s name is for when the change occurred. It is not for noting the new position number.
14. Adding to your scoring repertoire If you have the basics down and are starting to feel comfortable in your scoring, then stretch out a little. If you are not using colours, try to add one – just one – such as BLUE for pitching stats: K, KC, K2, WP, Sacrifices or the horizintal line at the top of the batting box to indicate a change of pitcher. Comfortable with that? Then add GREEN for batter stats: Hits or the vertical line on the left of the batting box to indicate batting change. After that, try RED for those pesky errors and PB’s.
13. SABSA Clinics – General Information
- First step is to seek advice from a senior accredited score at local club – perhaps an “Orientation” session can be arranged if you are new to scoring.
- Clinics and the number of sessions and progression to exams are organised to suit the participants
- No previous knowledge or experience required for Level 1 clinic
- Exams are not mandatory
- Exams are sequential – Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4. Level 4IT
- Level 2 Accreditation required to score BSA Div 1
- $5 fee for exam if undertaken
- 1 year at Level 1 accreditation is a prerequisite for Level 2 clinics
2 years at Level 2 accreditation is prerequisite for Level 3 clinics.
- CABS Membership ($10/yr) is required for national accreditation. Ongoing membership is usually covered by your local club.
- Outline of “CABS National Accreditation”
- Purchase Official Rules of Baseball at Amazon It is highly recommended to have an ORB book!
- Link to required Code of Conduct
12. Should scorers be responsibile for Pitch Count Limit warning? This issue has been decided! See item #22 above: 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.
Severe penalties are in force for breaches of Pitch Counts under local BSA Pitching Rule 4.14. If the pitch count is for the purpose of preventing player injury, then perhaps scorers should contribute to that protection in all games at all levels – as is currently the practice in youth tournaments.
What would be the best practice to implement? Should scores inform the Umpire or coach?
11. Pitch Count Balks/IBB ? Under BSA LOCAL PLAYING RULES AND CONDITIONS, balks are treated differently than under The Official Rules of Baseball. BSA: “4.14.3 A balk pitch delivered to the plate whether it is hit safely or not shall be considered to be valid for the purpose of recording the number of pitches in Junior grades, however a balk pitch of any type in Senior and Women’s grades, whether it is delivered to the plate or not, shall not be recorded in the number of pitches. An intentional walk, where pitches are not thrown, will not count towards a pitcher’s pitch count in Junior, Women’s or Senior grades.
10. So Who is on first? (Abbott and Costello had it sorted out…)
This is the routine!
9. Why is my LOB stat different? Have you ever noticed that Australian baseball scorers record LOB’s differently to the MLB? This came to my notice whenever we try to reconcile Official Scorebook stats with either TASBS in our Division 1 games or the ABL computer program when scoring the Bite. The official BA stats program, the Automated Scorebook (TASBS) as well as the MLB online program the ABL and Bite employ, displays LOB differently to that in our official BA scorebook. SABSA assigns an LOB to the runner if the runner is left on base at the completion of the half innings. The other programs display how many runner(s) the final batter left “stranded” on base.
For example, with runners at first and second base, the batter hits a pop fly for the third out in the half innings. The scorebook will show an LOB for each of the runners left on first and second base. The online stats programs will record two LOBs for the batter.
So our individual LOB stats will vary, but the team total should be consistent.
8. Runner Interference Query? Hi, had an incident a few games back, runner was at 2nd, batter popped up, shortstop went to catch, runner was in the way and the umpire called interference on runner, (that made the 3rd out) how does the batter get marked in the book? Safe hit to first? Muffed fly 6? Fielders choice? Thank you, J’ “J – good question! Sounds like a Level 3 exam scenario. The number of outs and whether the interference is judged intentional or not is critical in determining who is called out. In the situation you described, but with less than two outs, both runner and batter may be called out. However, Rule 7.08 (b) Penalty 1 “With 2 out, the umpire shall declare the batter out.” Rule 10.09 (c)(7) “When the batter-runner is called out because of interference by a preceding runner … the official scorer shall credit the put-out to the first-base fielder.” So, batter out INT3 – first base gets automatic credit for the out.”
7. Who Changed the Stats? After the School Sports Australia U17 Baseball Championships held in Adelaide in 2018, SABSA had an enquiry regarding the discrepancy between stats displayed during the tournament and those after the tournament.
During the tournament SABSA compile the ‘conference’ stats on currently available games. After the tournament, when all games are available, we refer to Rule 9.22 which establishes ‘Minimum Standards For Individual Championships.” We opt to use the minimums required for ‘national association’ players instead of the more restrictive Major League player minimums. For championship batting stats, the batter must have at least 2.7 times the number of scheduled games in Plate Appearances and for pitching champion, 80% of the number of scheduled games innings pitched. As there were 8 scheduled games for each team, batters had to have (2.7 X 8 rounded to) 21 Plate Appearances and pitchers must have pitched for (80% X 8) rounded to 6 innings pitched. Of course, we still list all ‘other’ individuals as well so that everyone can see their stats, but those achieving the required minimums are listed first. That is why it may appear that a pitcher far down the list appears to have a lower ERA than the first pitcher listed – note the innings pitched. Likewise for batters who may appear to have a higher Batting Average, add the At Bats plus BB, HPB and Sacrifices to see if they reached the minimum Plate Appearances. And thanks for noticing and enquiring Joe!
6. Code of Conduct: All members of SABSA and CABS are bound by a Code of Conduct. (Available here) As Officials of the game, scorers should act appropriately. We could generally base our behaviour on that of the Umpires. Hence, present ourselves professionally (even as amateurs!) with the prime objective to record the game accurately. There should be no barracking, drinking of alcohol, smoking or any actions that would bring detriment to our position. Here’s a question: How should our behaviour as Officals of the game be monitored?
5. W/L Pitcher after tied game I got caught out in an old Level 3 question regarding W/L pitchers.
Both starting pitchers were relieved in the 6th innings with the scored tied. The 1st relief for the Visitors was replaced in the 9th innings after two outs.
I cleverly noticed that the game was tied after 5 innings – so of course, W/L calculation starts from scratch again.
The visitors went up two runs in the top of the 6th and maintained their lead to win the game.
So who was the winning pitcher?
First clue – the winning pitcher should come from the winning side! (The Visitors in this scenario.)
Yep, the starting pitcher for the Visitors was the winning pitcher. He was still the pitcher of record when his team took the lead in the top of the 6th.
So remember not to discount the starting pitcher just because the scores become tied.
BTW – who was the losing pitcher?
4. No steal on safe hit: If a runner advances on a batters safe hit, even though the runner may have talen off for the next base on the pitch, credit the runner\’s advance to the batter. It is not a steal. You should only credit a Steal if you would have scored a Caught Stealing had the runner been put out.
3. Scoring Symbols Remember to add the batter number to both WP and PB‘s. For example, if there is a WP on Batter 7, score any advancing runner(s) as: WP7. This assists with the correct interpretation of game play when compiling stats. Scoring Symbols
2. RBI or SF ? Should you score a SAC Fly or RBI on MFF3 if runner comes home after the foul is dropped? SAC Fly – possibly – 9.08(d)(2)If the runner could have come home had the foul fly had been caught – scorer’s judgement call. RBI – Yes – Rule 9.04(a)(1) (Assuming less than 2 outs, of course)
1. Want to know more about scoring? Experienced scorers at most clubs run clinics to get you started Contact you club secretary or SABSA for more information.