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  1. Softball vs. uat game 3

    I apologize. It is under rule 11.15.1. I'm guessing you haven't seen or read it either. 11.15 Illegally Batted Ball An illegally batted ball occurs when the batter contacts the pitch and: 11.15.1 Any part of her foot is touching the ground outside the lines of the batter’s box. Note: In cases in which there are no batter’s box lines evident, good judgment must be used, and the benefit of any doubt must go to the batter. And yes, I do know what bold is for, not my first rodeo
  2. Softball vs. uat game 3

    I'm guessing then you haven't seen the current NCAA softball rule book for 11.2.5? Check it out.
  3. Softball vs. uat game 3

    It is doable, but not done well (because of the difficulty level, especially in college) or consistent. Yes, and the ump is supposed to give the batter the benefit of the doubt when the chalk lines are gone. Until replay is used (which could be a while), it will still be missed and/or inconsistent.
  4. Softball vs. uat game 3

    Yes, but she doesn't assist with substitutions. They don't see the teams, but also don't do much homework. They piled on with Dean about the double header following the LSU series being so bad for the students/players. They ignored the fact that the AU players were out for spring break, so they did not miss any school. Also, the games were literally on their way back, since they were not flying. They also forget that the team has to be given a day off each week and a travel day does not count as one. They (previous regime) was forced to schedule it then to not waste days, yet give the players their required day off and some rest time following. Slapping puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the defense. Most coaches do not like having to defend against it. It definitely creates an added element and excitement to the game.
  5. Softball vs. uat game 3

    NCAA is only sanction currently using "part of the foot".
  6. Softball vs. uat game 3

    I didn't say the rule change is minimal. I said the change to their approach is minimal. All of AU slappers have not changed. Brown did change her starting point. Across the NCAA, most slappers have not changed their approach in terms of what/how it is being taught. Several coaches have just said "they have to learn to stay in the box". Sure, there is a mention, but nothing new in their drills or teachings per se. NCAA is the only sanction using "part of the foot", rest is still "complete foot".
  7. Softball vs. uat game 3

    If you remember, Myers always kept someone with him to help manage/record substitutions and roster management. Most of the announcers/PA/TV/radio are clueless on a lot of things (substitutions/rules/strategy). In fairness to them, pay is not that great, so allows little time for preparation and homework. While softball has grown for the good, the officiating and commentating has not caught up yet. Dean is definitely learning a lot on the fly about SEC softball. If you are at games, watch the home plate ump. He signals to the press box for all official changes. Now, it is hard to know some of the exact nature of the substitutions from the gestures, but coaches are given details during the changes.
  8. Softball vs. uat game 3

    All of your slappers are aware and taught from an early age about being in the box. The rule change is minimal to their approach. By the time they are in college, they have been called out numerous times for being out of the box. You will see some have tried to change their starting point further to the 1B side to help compensate some. If you watch on TV or at games, easily 70% (and being generous) of time they are out of the box. It's a tough call for the home plate umpire. Always has been, because his primary responsibility is the pitch.
  9. Softball vs. uat game 1

    Yes, some have higher ceilings than others. That’s normal. That tells me what he has seen, he felt like those gave him the best chance for success. If you had seen players in high school, summer, and practice, I would tend to agree with his evaluation. Buy what you want, just the way it works.
  10. Softball vs. uat game 1

    Sometimes a coach sees enough in practice and individual sessions to have a feel on ability and where they fit on the depth chart. At that point, you want those with a higher ceiling to get the experience and development.
  11. Softball vs. uat game 1

    KY beat LSU 4-1 and Hoover gave up 2 - HR's.
  12. Softball vs. uat game 1

    Actually, a starter has one re-entry into the game. He ran for Tannon twice, after her hit and then the BB. At that point, she was burned. No idea why he started Podany, then immediately went to Crocker. That limits your roster management with two players with some experience. Bottom line, Myers came in coaching at a high level, understanding exactly what it took to win a national championship, and how to manage/motivate his roster to maximize their potential. Dean does not have that experience or expertise yet. It is obvious he is learning on the fly, because the players can sense when a coach is unsure (practice, games, on/off field). Myers may have made mistakes, but he made them with a plan to win championships. Hope Dean is a quick learner.
  13. Softball vs. lsu (game 2)

    Talked to some college umps and coaches on the call just out of curiosity on the two calls. Both umps said they would have called interference. All coaches said they would have been tossed and was surprised Dean didn't object more, because he had a clear case. All said the obstruction was the right call, but they believe the rule will again be changed at some point to help clarify. Hoping ump calls don't determine the outcome today.
  14. Agreed, Myers did attempt less steals at AU (as little as anywhere he has been). Why? He had reasons, but he and I can agree to disagree It's all about timing on when to run when you get to the SEC, Supers, and WCWS. You can't run yourself out of an inning when runs are a premium in those games.
  15. I'm not sure why everyone says Dean is more aggressive running bases compared to Myers. If you look at their history at the schools they have coached and how much emphasis and time is spent in practice on it, Myers teaches a more aggressive style. Yes, Dean does attempt more steals at AU than Myers did, but that's it. Myers attempted a lot more SB's at AZ St, but not sure why he changed his pace at AU. Myers spent a lot of time every practice on situational base running, where Dean spends very little on it. He definitely benefits from a roster that was taught well by Myers. Hopefully, he will find a balance of when to run and when not to as SEC looms.