I will be learning scorekeeping by scoring high school fastpitch (softball) games beginning mid-March. There are a number of rules differences by comparison to MLB. This post concerns the re-entry rule.
In fastpitch, a player who is taken out of the game may re-enter later in the game. This is treated like a substitution and the re-entering player assumes the batting order position of the player for whom she (it is a girls game) subs. Such re-entry could apply to several different players during the course of a game.
On the Reisner scorekeeping system, this seems simple to handle. Just treat it like an ordinary substitution. The player (name and number) will then appear twice on the scorecard. This shouldn't cause any problems since the subs, etc, all reference event boxes. The only wrinkle is that in totalling the player stats after the completion of the game, you have to total both entries for the given player.
Should be no problem, but I'll let you know how it works in real life after the season starts.
I have no idea how one would handle re-entry (especially multiple players coming and going) on the traditional scoresheets. I'm thinking it would be a real mess.
There are some other rules differences; courtesy runners, automatic out call on leaving base too soon (runners cannot leave the bag until the pitch is released), and maybe some others.
on May 25, 2017, 04:05 pm
One suggestion that has helped me with totaling stats for substitutions and even re-entries during pre-season or exhibition games is to draw a vertical line when a new player is batting (yeah, PR are left out of this...I did not say this was perfect).
That creates a quick visual cue to be aware of offensive subs while scanning the line. I will also usually use that moment to do the totals of the removed player (in pencil when re-entry is possible).
I used your scorebook last year at both the Seattle Mariner games and the Everett Aquasox games (about 15 games at each). It's an excellent scorebook and fits perfectly on the clipboard I take to the games.
— Jack Fleming, Shoreline, Washington
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