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  2. Field Regulations And What to Do?

    FED rule 4-4-1: A game shall be forfeited to the offended team by the umpire when a team: g. on its home field, fails to comply with the umpire’s order to put the field in condition for play. FED rule 10-1-2: Umpire jurisdiction begins upon the umpires arriving at the field (within the confines of the field)…
  3. I pulled a Suzuki

    She tried, but I'm not a very good listener
  4. Diamond Big League Mask

    @thunderheads Sold. Lock it up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  6. Field Regulations And What to Do?

    Measure it. Fix it if necessary. Don't start until it's ready. That said, the way the dirt is exposed can make a field look wrong even if it's right.
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  8. Hey everyone, such a great forum to impart knowledge. Has anyone ever encountered a high school field that the bases definitely appear to be less than 90 feet apart? I was reading the NFHS handbook and see that on Article 12 that if both coaches agree to play that a game can not be protested due to field regulations. However, what if the visiting coach protests due to the bases being too close together before the game? What happens and how is it resolved?
  9. I pulled a Suzuki

    Didn't your mother tell you to quit pulling your Suzuki?
  10. verbal obstruction ?

    I'd like to know what F4 said, but I'm inclined to say that's nothing. For one thing, in the end it sounds as if there was no hindrance. The case play illustrating Hopkins's (overly broad) statement about verbal OBS shows what the hindrance here would look like. No hindrance = no OBS. For another, both teams got the outcome they expected when the batter popped up to F6: B out, R1 back to 1B. To disrupt that by inserting an OBS call would be poor game management. Even in a different version of the play that results in a DP, I can see a no call being right. If the batter had hit a soft liner to F6, with R1 stealing he's probably a dead duck on appeal. In that case again, a slight hesitation hear 2B is probably not sufficient hindrance to get OBS. In general, live longer, and don't make borderline OBS/INT calls. A "KTSO" to F4 after the play seems better here.
  11. I pulled a Suzuki

    Don't worry, this is the extent of comparing my talent level with Kurt Suzuki. This is what I'm referencing: So last night I was in a high school varsity game. No super-stars on the team, I'm guessing pitches were in the low to mid 70's. Fast ball comes in high, the catcher completely whiffs it, and the ball hits my F3 Defender v2 right about in the same place as it does Suzuki in the video from the above link (just below the eye opening, and almost dead-center left-to-right). And darn if I don't have an abrasion and a bruise right where he did. Today I got my mask back out and I think I figured out why. The back of the bracket the springs are attached to is right behind the stitching of the padding, so there's essentially no padding there. It seems like if the mask gets torqued downward, the brace can hit your chin with very little padding. Don't get me wrong, if I was wearing my old Diamond with the memory-foam pads, I'd have probably had a concussion, but it's still frustrating that I got hurt wearing what should be the best thing on the market. Here are some photos I just took https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPAODLBoWknDserLMt52N7iiYM07uIMWYrTbd19sB2WxDZbF5r9PMEl1p0sbJGNYQ?key=aWhPUXdBWVhFVFRhWUJpNGVweW5YT3dLazIxZkN3 1) The bruise and abrasion on my chin 2) How the mask sits on my face (yes, I know the straps are twisted, I was just trying to show the positioning 3) A close-up of the brace and the padding (or lack thereof) in that location.
  12. Diamond Masks

    So a follow-up question. I have black and silver Diamond iX3 masks with Team Wendy pads. They are light and comfortable to wear. My question, what would be the cost/benefit of going to titanium, magnesium or other alloy metals? Is an ounce or two less weight worth $100 or more dollars? Is the protection level that much better??
  13. verbal obstruction ?

    FED Official Interpretation: Hopkins: Any verbal decoy, such as “I’ve got it,” is obstruction. (Website 2001 #14) 2001 SITUATION 14: With runners on first and second and one out, the batter hits a ground ball to the shortstop. The second baseman calls "I got it" and acts as if it is a pop-up. The runners stay at their respective bases and a double play is made, second to first. RULING: This is verbal obstruction. Runners will be awarded third and second. There are two outs since the out on the batter-runner will stand. (2-22-1; 8-3-2) From the 2016 BRD (section 375, p. 251): Almost all physical decoys, “dekes” as they are called, are legal: pretending to field a grounder, catch a popup, glove a throw, or throwing a “popup” into the air on a steal. The one physical decoy that’s forbidden is the fake tag.
  14. ADAMS HV-hdx received today thru hibbetts ( PICS )

    Of course I did. But what's the fun in that?
  15. Squeeze Play

    Some might make the semantic argument in FED that the bailing batter's swing was not obstructed. That argument would be refuted by a current caseplay. That argument also was used to support non calls of two college triple steals in years past that might actually have been CI. NCAA later came out with an interp that did not require a batter's swing to be hindered.
  16. Balk to 2B?

    Disregard this, I moved it to the proper spot. So a follow-up question. I have black and silver Diamond iX3 masks with Team Wendy pads. They are light and comfortable to wear. My question, what would be the cost/benefit of going to titanium, magnesium or other alloy metals? Is an ounce or two less weight worth $100 or more dollars? Is the protection level that much better??
  17. Ball?

  18. Squeeze Play

    I would also suggest, if the batter doesn't step out on the pitch, keep your mask on
  19. verbal obstruction ?

    I had this last night. R1 stealing, less than 2 outs. Batter hits a towering fly ball. F6 will catch it when it returns to earth, but before then F4 starts acting and talking like he has gloved a ground ball and wants to turn two. F6 doesn't go near 2B (he has a fly ball to catch) but fakes towards 2B, talking and trying to add to R1's confusion (who has no idea which way to go). R1 stops, then continues towards 2B (because of F4/F6 antics) before realizing that he needs to return to 1B (which he does without a throw). If R1 was doubled up at 1B, would this be verbal obstruction (award 2B) ? If R1 returned safely to 1B (as was the case), is this still a 2B award ?
  20. Ball?

    It's possible for the umpire to call a pitch in the strike zone a strike, and if the batter moves into a strike in the zone he will not be entitled to 1B (not a HBP). If the rule were otherwise, the crappiest batters could neutralize great pitching by sticking their arm in front of a strike and get on base.
  21. Runners Lane Interference feedback

    Correct call. You're positioned at 1BLX, which gives you an angle for judging the BR's position going down the lane. The only change I'd recommend is to bust up the line yourself a bit to get closer to this call. Being closer will give you a better look at any additional action on this type of play (which didn't happen here, but often does on this kind of play). The only reason to remain at the plate would be having a possible scoring play, which isn't the case here. So we basically treat it as a batted ball in the infield.
  22. Runners Lane Interference feedback

    Without a doubt. Freeze the video at :06 - the kid's left foot is a good 2-3 feet in fair territory.
  23. Ball?

    A pitch that the batter moves into (or doesn't attempt to avoid, or whatever the specific rules words are) is called a ball or a strike depending on the pitch's relation to the strike zone. Here's the OBR rule: (2) He is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless (A) The ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, or (B) The batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball; (2) If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball. If the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a ball if he makes no attempt to avoid being touched.
  24. Ball 4 wild pitch

    This interp might be a little confusing, because the batter was (presumably) moving on ball four. Keep the batter at first, and then instruct the on-deck batter.
  25. Cooooold Weather

    The "bubble wrap generation" at it's finest.
  26. Cooooold Weather

    It may be inappropriate to post this in the collegiate section, but yesterday, I worked a 10 y/o travel game where one team's F6 started crying because he was so cold and had to be taken out. Then, when that team came to bat, three kids refused to hit and instead stayed on the bench under a blanket. Not exactly the boys of summer.
  27. Ball 4 wild pitch

    There isn't an option to agree or disagree. Fed has their interpretation(s) which guide the ways rules are to be enforced. It's like saying that you agree with a runner being forced out when the ball is securely held by a fielder who is in contact with a base prior to the runner's arrival.
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