Archived Articles – Latest article at the top of the column – updated 13/10/2020

New MLB Rules 2020 2021 ?

Don’t hold your breath.

I ordered my printed copy of the Offcial Rules of Baseball over a month 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.

"... have a fantastic day."
” have a fantastic day.”

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”.

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.

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.

Here is an interesting description on the evolution of 19th century baseball rules.

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.

Full Super League Schedule here.

ABL New-Look Struture for 20-21 Season

The Adelaide Giants will join an ‘International Conference’ primarily based in New Zealand for the 2020-21 season.

Read the full ABL announcement here.

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.

Click here to enquiry about future scoring training.

Scoring ClinicsUpdate – EIO Closed

SABSA received 31 expressions of interest to attend Scorers Training Clinics.

A draft schedule for clinics and venues will be provide to prospective participants. Their responses will assist to finalise dates and venues. As well, ZOOM Clinics may be offered. SABSA would like to begin Clinics well before the BSA Season commences.

Click here to enquiry about future scoring training.

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.

He expected the schedule would be released within the next two weeks, subject to the decision on the season’s structure and the final touches being applied. Vale said international travel restrictions had caused a significant impact on finalising plans for the upcoming season.”

ABL News 14 Aug 2020
‘The Rundown’ (Subscribe Here)

Scoring ClinicsUpdate

SABSA received 31 expressions of interest to attend Scorers Training Clinics.

A draft schedule for clinics and venues will be provide to prospective participants. Their responses will assist to finalise dates and venues. As well, ZOOM Clinics may be offered. SABSA would like to begin Clinics well before the BSA Season commences.

Click here if you have a Clinic enquiry.

Scoring Clinics

SABSA is seeking expressions of interest from people keen to attending scorers training.

Please register your interest by Friday 7th August 2020.

The number of responses will be used to determine the method of delivery and group sizes. We are considering delivering this training using Zoom but if numbers are large then alternatives may need to be organised.

Click here to register the following information.

  • Your name
  • The club you are affiliated with
  • Level of accreditation you already have (None/Level 1/Level 2)
  • Your scoring experience (i.e. None, number of seasons at Juniors/Age level, CABS accredited Level 1 – Level 2, etc.)

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!

Request more information or book a session!

SABSA President Report AGM 2020

Click here to read SABSA President AGM Report

BSA Covid19 Infection Control Training

Link to the BSA recommended Covid19 Traing Course

The BSA recommended online course for clubs ‘Covid Officer’ should take less than 30 minutes — even if you view all the suggested videos. You can retake the course until you pass the simple checkbox quiz at the end. And you recieve this wonderfully designed and satisfying Achievement Certificate!

Covid19 InfectionTraining Course Certificate
Covid19 InfectionTraining Course Certificate

AGM Level 3 Revision Scorebook Page

Open the scorebook image required for the Level 3 Revision. You can print (A4, landscape, colour, fit-to-page if necessary) or view online during the Zoom meeting. The Revision questions are here.

Pitch Count – To Tell Or Not?

Local Playing Rules and Conditions concerning policing Pitch Counts was updated 04/02/2020:
4.14.8   The umpire has the authority to police the pitching rule, scorers must not intervene.
What is the “pitching rule” — does this mean scorers should not ‘help’ the umpire call balls and strikes? Is it clear now whether or not scorers should inform the Umpire when senior pitchers are approaching pitching limit ?

Baseball’s most bizarre rule – Why?

Here is a great article from the MLB regarding the Dropped third strike – Strangest baseball rule .

2020 SABSA Online AGM ?

We are investigating holding an Online AGM in June. Stay tuned here and on the SABSA Facebook page for more information!

2020 BSA Scorer of the Year


Enza Henty — 2020 BSA Scorer of the Year

Congratulations to Enza for being selected as BSA’s Scorer of the Year for 2020! Enza contributes not only to her local club (West Torrens) but also to the ABF as a National Tournament Scorer for Juniors/Seniors and to the ABL as Scorer for the Giants. Enza is a highly regarded SABSA member and committee volunteer (currently Secretary and Rules Committee) who is always willing to assist others.


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.
Read more…

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.

Click here to read CABS Coordinator Connie Stoyakovich’s Review of 2019.

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.

SABSA 2019-20 BSA Division 1 Live Games Schedule

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.

Graham Halligan

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!


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.


Visit our FB page for all the latest! Click here to visit

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.

Click here to visit

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

Click here to take the Revision Quiz from the 2019 AGM! These were the topics that seem to create some difficulties for scorers this last year.

SABSA President’s Report 2019

Read Michael Phillips’ 2019 Report delivered to the SABSA AGM.

2019 President’s Report

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

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

Lorraine Dunn and Michael Phillips receiving their BSA 2018-19 "Team of the Year" awards.

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.

Full Team Listed Here

Sturt Wins 2018-19 Division 1 Championship

Sturt Baseball Club Division 1 Champions for 2018-19 – Final Series games and stats online here!


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

Connie Stoyakovich

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

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).

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