Next SABSA Meeting Wednesday 12th June 7:00pm — AGM

Our next meeting will be the at HUB39 (formerly Catapult Finance Office) 39 Charles Street, Norwood (upstairs). All Welcome! This is the best place to start if you are interested in scoring baseball!

Nominations for Scorers (Women / Men) of the Year Now Closed

SABSA members have been contacted to suubmit their vote on the nominations for both Men and Women’s competition Scorer of the Year. Voting concludes on 23rd February.

Congratulations to the Giants. All the info here!

Link to ABL Standings Click here to go to SofaScore ABL Standings
GameChanger Games: Womens League DIV-1 Mens League DIV-1

Scorers Required for Country Championships

Greg Bradshaw, Secretary of the SA Country Baseball Association Inc. has put out a call for scorers for the Country Championships which are being held at Glenelg Baseball Club during the October long weekend – Saturday, 30th Sept to Monday 2nd October.
There is likely to be 6-7 games on the Saturday, 7 games on Sunday and 3 games on Monday.
The draw will be confirmed next week.
This is a great opportunity to get back into action scoring baseball or to try your hand for the first time! Food and drinks vouchers will be available!
If you are interested, please contact Cathy Hill, V.P. SABSA at: Country Championships Scoring Enquiry

Great Response for Scoring ClinicsEOI’s still being assessed as of 27th August – more info soon!

SABSA has received over 50 Expressions of Interest for baseball scoring training. Our priority will be organising suitable pre-season clinics for candidates with little or no previous training. Accredted scorers looking to advance their skills and recognition will likely be accommodated after the season starts. All who submitted EOI’s for scoring training will be contacted.

Should I award an Error or a Hit?

SABSA has had some enquiries regarding how the determine the awarding of a hit or an error on a batter’s play. This decision is based on whether or not an out on the batter could have been made with “ordinary effort” by the fielder. Not sure what ‘ordinary effort” is? Check out this article for a definitive guide: Ordinary Effort


Nationally Accredited scorers from various South Australian clubs will soon be offering training for scorers in various venues. Training may also be available via Zoom. Training will be tailored for all levels from novice to Level 3 aspirants including GameChanger Teams.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) closed 1st August.
Those who submitted EOI’s will be contacted once clinics are determined.

Is SABSA Retiring GameChanger Classic???

Short answer is yes.
Long answer is that the Junior League Nationals are being help in Adelaide at the end of May and will be scored on the old “Classic” version of GC. Once these Championships are completed, SABSA President Michael Phillips will investigate what is required to move to the new app and put out information on this. As the “Classic” version is not being supported from Dec 2023, SABSA will have to use the new version from the start of our upcoming season.
Stay tuned.

Vale Danny Dunn
Heartfelt condolences to Lorraine, Kel, Matt, Chris and family from all SABSA members.

Vale Marie Mortimore
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Mortimore family, Woodville B.C. and friends on Marie’s passing.
A Life Member of Woodville Baseball Club, Marie scored Div. 1 for many years. She also travelled to Queensland and USA scoring Masters games, accompanying her husband Keith.
Marie was always willing to help out to score. In recent years she scored Super League and ABL games. Marie was also keen to learn. She learnt to score the TABS computer and Game Changer entering Div1 men’s and women’s games for SABSA.
Marie also ran scoring clinics .
Marie was respected and loved by many. She will be sorely missed.


Carol, Enza and Michael scored the double-header of the series. Series won by the Giants 2 games to 1! Congratulations to all!

Enza, Carol and Steve still hoping to start the rain delayed 2nd game on Saturday night… But, alas. the game was Rain-Postponed to Sunday 29th Jan at 1:00pm as the first game of a double-header.

Lorraine, Karryn and Laura scoring the 1st game of the Semi-Final series with Geelong-Tuatara. (Giants won 5-3)


Michael Phillips, Enza Henty and Steve Eads had a great time scoring the exciting South West Division Title winning game against the strong pitching and defense of the Geelong-Korea team.

Giants’ Jordan McArdle hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the 8th innings to score the only runs of the game.


You can now view league, team or idividual stats or download an Excel file for Division 1 Men & Women and Super League Season stats in the Stats link above. Thanks to SABSA!


Congratulations to Pat Beatty, Anne Bradbrook and Lorraine Dunne, SABSA Life Members who were inducted in Baseball SA’s Inaugural Hall of Fame for their continuous and passionate impact on SA Baseball through excellence in scoring.

COMMUNITY PASS for GameChanger

Thanks to BSA for securing a community pass for this year’s Div 1 Men, Div 1 Women and Super League competitions.
To follow these competitions, use the links below.

DIV 1 MENDIV 1 WOMENSuper League


Peruse through our Level ‘O’ (for orientation) Module for the very basics of baseball scoring. Start here!


Check out the “”Stats & Live Games” link above to access the BSA 2022-23 season games. Many will be scored live.

SCORERS WANTED for Country Championships

The Country Championships on October 1-3 (a long weekend) are being held at Glenelg Baseball Club. This is a good chance to get some scornig in before the season starts. If you are interested in helping out, please Contact SABSA.

SABSA Incorporates

In order to ensure continued affiliation with Baseball South Australia (BSA), SABSA has adopted a new constitution (after 45 years!) and sought to incorporate under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 Section 20(1).

SABSA was successful in our application and became an incorporated body on the 16 August 2022. (See certificate)

Scoring Clinics Currently Underway!

Training clinics for Basic Scoring, Accreditation Levels 1 and 2 and GameChanger are currently being held in by SABSA volunteers. To register your interest for future clinics please Contact SABSA.

Automatic Outs

Here is a concise statement covering everything you want to know about AO’s.

Scoring Clinics To be Held

Nationally Accredited scorers from various South Australian clubs will soon be offering training for scorers in various venues. Training may also be available via Zoom. Training will be tailored for all levels from novice to CABS Level 3 aspirants.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) closed 30th June.

Also, if you are a GameChanger enthusiast, please ensure that you undertake training so that you can score games properly according to the Official Rules of Baseball.

CABS offers two Accreditation Levels for GameChanger:

LEVEL GCR (GameChanger Recorder)
Demonstrate ability to input a game employing the GameChanger app.
At this level, you input the game as scored by the Official Accredited Scorer.

LEVEL GCS (GameChanger Scorer)
• Level 1 accreditation
• Competency in GameChanger

SABSA New Constitution Adopted

Members attending the June 8th AGM voted to adopt a new SABSA Constitution. The new Constitution and associated Regulations are available through the menu above under “About.”

SABSA Proposed Constitution

Members will be presented with a new SABSA Constitution to endorse at the June 2022 Annual General Meeting. Please read all relevant documents available here.

GameChanger Stats – what are all those abreviations?

There is a (rather exhaustive) list of all stats collected by GameChanger available under our “Resources/Study Guides/GameChanger Manual” menu. Or just click here!

Online Training Course for Scorers

Baseball Australia has launched a new learning platform to provide online education for coaches, scorers, and umpires. Please visit this BSA site for more information and the link to register and undertake the self-paced learning.

Guidelines for Time Limited Games

Please read the BSA Scorers’ Guidelines for Time Limited Games to ensure a consistent approach for all BSA games.

CABS Review 2020-21 !

Read CABS Coordinator Emeritus Connie Stoyakovich’s final Year in Review 2020-21 document.

SABSA Scores 6 Out of 6 !

SABSA President Michael Phillips reports that for the first time, all 6 BSA Division 1 games were scored live on Saturday 20th November. Well done to all who assisted.

If you have GameChanger skills and would like to contribute to South Australian baseball, please contact SABSA here.

Significant Changes to BSA Local Rules & Playing Conditions

All scorers need to be aware of the recent changes to the BSA Local Rules and Playing Conditions. There is a Summary of Changes under the ‘Resources/Forms’ menu above . As well, there are links to extracts for the Age Matrix, Pitch Count Rules and Pitching Rules.

The entire Local Rules & Playing Conditions document with changes highlighted in yellow is available on the BSA website here:  BSA Local Rules & Playing Conditions or if not accessible, on the SABSA website here: BSA Local Rules & Playing Conditions .

Download the updated SABSA Pitch Count Sheet.

Scoring Issues

41. 2022 AGM Revision Quiz

SABSA President Michael Phillips prepared this short quiz for our recent AGM to test our baseball scoring knowledge. Try it out yourself here. Once you have answered all the questions, check the answers available here.

40. Does the batter get a SAC Fly?

With 2 out and a runner on third base, the batter hits a deep fly ball to right field who drops the easy catch and the runner scores. Does the batter get a Sacrifice Fly?

No. Not with two out. That should have been the third out and no run would have scored. By the way, no RBI either as the run scored due to the right fielder’s error. Rule 9.08(d)(5) and 9.04(a)(1)

39. Out for failing to tag up after foul ball

On a foul ball (not caught) the ball is dead and the Umpire should not put the ball into play until all runners have tagged up after the foul. Rule 5.06(c)(5)

There is no out available (on appeal or by tagging the base) because the runner fails to tag up after a foul ball.

If a runner did not tag up after a foul and were to advance or score, the defense could appeal to the umpire that the ball was still dead and the runner should not have been allowed to advance. Lots of luck with that.

By the way, if a runner fails to tag up on a caught fly (fair or foul) and advances, and escapes detection or appeal, the runner cannot be out (tagged or on appeal) after the first following pitch, or any play or attempted play. Rule 5.09.(b)(5)

38. A little tricky …..

Two out, runner Abel on first base. Batter Baker hits a safe single to shortstop who throws wild to first base. Runner Abel goes to second base on the hit and then on to third base on the wild throw. Batter/runner Baker holds on first,

While Batter Charles is up, Baker on first steals second base. Charles hits double to left field, both runners score. Daniel strikes out.

Are the runs Earned or Unearned?

Seems straightforward. The error was only an Extra Base Error, so does not count as a chance for the third out which would have made both subsequent runs Unearned.

So are both runs Earned?

No. Baker was only able to steal second base because the Wild Throw Error allowed the front runner Abel to advance to third base. Abel should have ended the half innings on Third Base and only scored due to the wild throw error – an Unearned Run. Even without the error, the first run would have scored on the double safe hit – an Earned Run.

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