Re: Doc replied to my question
Posted by Doc on October 30, 2019, 2:06 pm, in reply to "Doc replied to my question"
To answer the question about Pitching Area vs On the Rubber; probably has more to do with keeping a more traditional type of Slow Pitch Softball game vs Not. The only issues between calling one vs the other, is “Pitcher walking on the rubber/area without pausing before delivering a pitch. It is much easier to get away with walking or stepping before you deliver a pitch when a Pitcher’s Area is used. Umpires can be deceived by the motions of a veteran pitcher. The other concern is the same as the batter’s box, when no lines are present then it is left up to judgment of the umpires to determine what 2’ x 6’ looks like. Again, a savvy pitcher can make all of his/her pitches look like they are coming legally from the pitcher’s area. |
Not sure I said what you claimed I said. So, let me state what I did say here.
- I think Floating Rubber is an ambiguous term for the Pitcher's Area, (which remains constant). A mat used for home plate doesn't make it a "Floating Plate".
- I never said upper level umpires will be confused. It may come as a surprise to you that I deal with USSSA baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch umpires, not just the Conference. I do believe there exists some inconsistencies in the application of the 2x6 pitcher's area across the country.
- I think the two sets of rules, Rubber v Pitcher's Area comes from the Conference attempting to stay true to traditional rules. I know that sounds like double talk because we have pitcher's runners, 10 fielders, 2 on deck hitters etc. but pitching from the rubber is "Old School" Tradition.