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Irritated by column on application of softball rules at the JV level [letter]

Letter to The Aegis

5:22 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

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Editor:

I am writing in response to Randy McRoberts commentary concerning JV softball in Harford County. After reading the article multiple times I'm still not sure what point he is trying to make. Having a run rule in JV softball is normal. Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and a variety of other counties in our state have it. It is there for the same reasons that game shortening procedures are in place for football and basketball in our county: to prevent massive blow outs when the end result of the game is obvious. As an official, I have been on the softball field when a team that is winning by a huge amount does not attempt to soften the blow in the least. I have had 30-0 games in the 3rd inning, and the team that is ahead shows no signs of slowing down. I'm not sure if the team on the losing end is learning anything at that point.

There are specific procedures in place for ending a game in JV softball, including a time limit. I would think that a good reporter would research and question the appropriate people about the facts. I'm the head of high school softball umpires in Harford County and I've never been approached.

My daughter also played the game in high school a few years ago and when we had to play one of the less talented teams, I knew it was probably going to be a long day. I accepted it. The run rule is there for a reason and a little more investigating would have explained the situation better.

Rick Morris

VP softball

Northeastern Maryland Officials Association