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Softball/Is there a travesty rule?


As an umpire in an ASA men's and coed league, I have run across this problem a few times.  Is there any ASA rule which applies to a team intentionally not making an effort to make plays which would result in outs in order to allow them to bat another time or two?  I have heard the word "travesty" tossed around but do not find it mentioned in the rule book.  I find it disgusting for teams to do this.  This team runs up big leads and then just goofs around to avoid the run rule.

Hi Chuck,

Nope, no travesty rule for that.  I understand the players pay for and want to play and bat.  I usually side with them on that if it doesn't get too egregious.

If they push it too far you can remind the manager of ASA 5-4-e "if a team employs tactics noticeably designed to delay....the game".  We would have a forfeit, but that's a hydrogen bomb to use.



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I can answer all questions about book rules and "case book" rules governing the playing of ASA softball. Have a REAL situation that happened and are not sure the proper rule was applied, ask me.


I am a registered ASA umpire, a MASA "At-Large" umpire since 1996 and a retired District Umpire-In-Chief. I have very extensive experience in MASA State Championship and ASA national qualifying tournament play both as an umpire and an Umpire-In-Chief. I completed 3 ASA National Schools including the ASA national advanced umpire school in Ok City("Bernie" for those who know him was the lead clinician, I survived the week and couldn't let my kids watch the game tapes when I got home. No, I love you Bernie). I was one of 4 "Yankee" umpires selected to umpire the Men's D National East Championship in 2002 in Winter Haven FL

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