Next SABSA Meeting Wednesday 10th August 7:00pm

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!


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)
Pre-requisite:
• 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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