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  2. 2018 NFHS Exam

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    Nobody, including those on the rules committee, want a ball added to the batter's count in this situation. Considering the pitcher is allowed the drop the ball with no runners with no penalty, it would be beyond ridiculous to penalize him for simply stopping his pitching motion.
  4. dead ball

    Well, there's the whole "through, or by" requirement in OBR and NCAA to absolve the runner of interference. If F5 was playing way off the line (perhaps a "shift" situation), then it doesn't matter if it "passes" him or not. The runner will be out if the ball was over fair territory when it hit him. Conversely, if F5 dove for the ball and missed it (through, or by F5), and the fair ball hit the runner, then he's not out and play the bounce. I suspect the OP's question is based on 60 foot bases, because there's no reason for R3 to be on the bag when the ball was batted otherwise. A lot of youth ball is played on modified OBR (LL and PONY, for example), so the "through, or by" principle should be in effect. If that's the case, then in the vast majority of cases, the runner will be out when a fair ball hits him while he's standing on the bag.
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    Who starts the contact? Did the coach initiate the contact to advance or stop the runner? No, he simply slipped and fell and slid into the coach. You can't look too far into a play like this. Think about the average situation you would have this, wet conditions, runner headed home, MAYBE he scores, maybe he doesn't. But he fell and doesn't have the chance to. I'm sure that's a win for a HS defense, in which the odds of them completing the play to get him out are slim. Nature of the game.
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    Come on now - there's a big difference between using the ground vs using your coach to help stop yourself. No, I'm not a newer official, thank you. My point is still this: The rule book and case book are unclear and very brief. Neither say "intentional" in the few times they cover this, at least that I've seen. I said there are probably deeper interp books that explain this better, which is what I'm looking for here. We've covered that if it's accidental, truly accidental, let it go. But what is the definition of assisting the runner? Must it be intentional? Furthermore, can a baserunner use the coach as a device to intentionally stop himself? I also disagree that it has to be a BIG for it (or anything weird) to be called, depending on the circumstance. But, I get your point - see my other example above, I've not called the "ball" on a start/stop with no one on. So I get it. That being said, I see too many officials let the "big/weird" call go because they are afraid to make it. Say a running lane violation, a balk, an illegal slide, a batter's interference, a guy bunting while out of the box, etc. There are officials I work with that would never, ever call a guy out for contacting the ball on a bunt or swing outside the box. Not worth it to them to have to stop play, call and out, and explain what they have. But is that right? To me, no, but that's just one man's opinion. I don't really care whether something is forgotten about in a week or never forgotten - make the call you think should be made, don't ignore it because it's a weird/tough call/controversial. That line is different for everyone. Not making a call is making a call. I called this interference a couple years ago when there was a guy on 2nd, a throw from 2nd to 1st on the BR on which the runner advanced from 2nd, and after touching 3rd, took an aggressive round. 1B pumped a throw to 3rd seeing he was a bit out there, and as he did this, the 3rd base coach stuck out his arm to kind of catch him/stop momentum (perhaps a slight push/lead back) back to 3rd. I called the out. I'm not sure that the runner knew a throw might be coming, but the coach saw it, and basically helped lead the guy back to 3rd by using more than just words.
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    From the 2016 BRD (section 311, p. 208): FED Official Interpretation: Rumble: If a runner collides with a coach in the box, no interference is called and the ball remains alive. (4/89) FED Official Interpretation: Hopkins: Unless the contact is intentional, it is not interference when a runner crashes into a coach in the baseline. (Website 2001, #12) 2001 NFHS Baseball Rule Interpretations SITUATION 12: With R1 on second base, R2 on first base and two outs, B5 gets a base hit to center field. R1 touches third base and advances to home as the throw from F8 comes to the plate. R2 has touched second base and third base when he collides with the third-base coach who is in the baseline watching the possible play at home plate. Before R1 touches home plate, the throw is cut off and thrown to third base where R2 slides back safely. RULING: The play stands with R1 scoring, R2 at third base and B5 at second base. This is not interference by the third-base coach. If he were to assist R2 in getting up, this would then be interference by the coach. (2-21-1c)
  9. Weight Loss Group

    My second year in college. I can't speak to lots of experience, but what i have noticed in my short time, that for the most part it's game management is the key in the higher levels. And slowing the game down. Had my first games this weekend of the season, was NOT in anywhere near shape to be ready(as I sit here at my desk my legs are on fire and back is barking some fierce). Kudos to you for getting into a manageable spot and continue to work
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    Think of it this way: the purpose of the rule is to prohibit coaches intentionally helping their runners. The rule does not aim to prevent collisions. By your reasoning, when a runner slips and falls and so gets back to the base before being tagged (suppose the throw went home), the contact with the ground gave him an unfair advantage. So, we should remedy that by calling him out, because if he hadn't slipped he would have been thrown out at home? Some advantages and disadvantages are just how the ball bounces. We're not there to fix fortune. I'm guessing you're a newer official, and if so (even if not so) please allow me to share some advice. Don't pick fly poop out of the pepper. For any infraction, and especially when it is going to create or nullify an out or a score, MAKE IT BIG. When in doubt, err on the side of no-call. When we no-call action that should have been called, it's forgotten within a week. When we call something that is not there, people remember that crap for years.
  11. Weight Loss Group

    Was partnered with a former minor league umpire. My timing was quick in my plate games... slower in game 2 but still too quick. By the 4th game... it was just baseball with bigger and faster players. Enjoyed it a lot.
  12. Wow; limiting visits to six by anybody, including the catcher.
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    In looking at the rule book and the case book, I can't find where it says "intentional" anywhere. Just "assistance." I think that's a big sticking point here. It might be in an interp book I don't have, though - and that's why I brought it up here - I am looking for more clarity. Or are we supposed to infer that "assistance" means "intentional"? I would argue that you could easily "unintentionally assist" a runner. To me, my second example is clearly assisting him and helped the runner gain an unfair advantage. Intentional? Perhaps not. So if it's accidental, let it go. What if it's not accidental on the player's part? Let's say the coach stands still, hoping not to get in the way of his runner. Even throws his hands up. The runner uses his coach to help stop his momentum (say he grabs on to his waist as he goes slightly past him) and/or pushes back off his coach to help him get back towards the base. The coach didn't intentionally assist the runner, but the player intentionally used the coach to gain an advantage. By the definition of "not clearly an intentional attempt to help a runner advance or return by touching him," this wouldn't be assisting a runner and an out...which doesn't seem right, but maybe it is. I think the question is bad but the rule book/case book don't help much here.
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    Yes and no. To know whether the judgment mentioned in option (b) is correct—that the coach did not in fact physically assist the runner—requires more information. But to know that option (b) is the best answer requires no additional info: given the judgment, there is no further penalty. As described, this is not "physically assisting the runner," as it is not clearly an intentional attempt to help a runner advance or return by touching him. Merely the fact that the runner might benefit from accidental contact—which itself would be difficult to assess—does not make such contact illegal. We have to call an out for this: use it only where it is OBVIOUS. Also legal, and for the same reason.
  15. Opening the Season

    our weather was fine yesterday(just a bit cold in game 2 because we got into nighttime and I kept breathing moisture into my mask and my nose started dripping). The game on the other hand........3:30 11 inning in first one 3-2 that no one could push a run in 8th, 9th, 10th.. second game 3:00 7 inning game 11-6. both coaches came out on my partner twice each.
  16. dead ball

    Building on Ives's answer: It matters where the ball is when it hits R3 on 3B. If the ball is over foul territory when it strikes R3, then it's a foul ball; if the ball is over fair territory when it strikes R3, then it's a fair ball. A runner who is hit by a foul batted ball is not out for INT: it's just a foul ball. If the ball is fair, then we have one more thing to consider, namely where F5 is playing. If he's playing "in," and the ball passes him before hitting the runner, then we play the bounce: point it fair, play on (maybe verbalize, "that's nothing! Play on!"). If F5 is playing back, then we have INT: the ball is dead, the runner is out, and other runners return. Being in contact with the base is no protection from this infraction.
  17. Weight Loss Group

    you look the part! thoughts on your games?
  18. dead ball

    If a fair batted ball hits him in fair territory before it has passed a fielder he is out and the ball is dead If a fair batted ball hits him in fair territory after it has passed a fielder and no other fielder has a play on the ball then he is NOT out and the ball is in play.
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    The problem, to me, is that the question is a poor one - we need more information (seems to be a trend). We have no idea if he was rounding third and stopping, going to score, etc. No idea what base he ended up trying to go back to. There's a couple scenarios in which I could imagine that being played out and it's assistance (even if not intentional). 1) Guy rounds third, he's being sent home. Problem is, he's (likely) a gone goose at home. He runs into the coach (which stops him early/from getting into a pickle further down the line), and as a result, scampers back to 3rd safely. Without that coach contact, he's out. A better example... 2) He was trying to stop his momentum rounded third to hold up, slipped and fell, and the collision with the coach actually kept him closer to the base/helped him stop quicker than if he had just slipped/slid along the grass in foul territory. It's possible he's out without the contact, but in this case he gets back to third safely. To me, simply saying "accidentally collides" doesn't give me enough information. Side note, I think I had this question on the test last year and got it wrong, and I think I put "b"...so now I don't know what to do
  20. dead ball

    If a runner is standing on third base and a batted ball hits them while they are in contact with the base, is it a live or dead ball?
  21. Nutty Buddy and tights

    if you don't find it, ....come back on to this post of yours and let us know! There's been many answers and solutions/personal opinions to this question out there
  22. Nutty Buddy and tights

    Ok thanks.
  23. Thirsty Pitcher

    Just good sportsmanship.
  24. Nutty Buddy and tights

    Within the Equipment forum, do a search for Nutty Buddy ..... this subject has been discussed numerous times and your answer is in there!
  25. 2018 NFHS Exam

    Agreed -- again, it's why we get paid the $65. You need to decided if the coach positioned himself to cause contact so Rx would return to third, or if the runner took a poor turn / slipped / etc and made contact. The question tells you what happened, but it's not as easy to determine on the field.
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