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  2. That's pretty impressive. In the men's league I work for, the main area of concern is both teams having 9 at game time.
  3. Many of our fellow Umps here are cops. If the kid who's beaned parents decide to take their anger out on you. Should they ignore it because you deserved it? As an umpire for kids, the most important thing is safety. Allowing kids to throw at each other is a big violation of that responsibility. If I was your assignor, you would be done working for me and would let other assignors in my area know as well. If you truly believe what you wrote, please do everyone in your area a favor and stop umpiring today.
  4. I have recently had family relocate to the metro Cincinnati area and will be spending some time this summer in the area on the weekends. I am looking for reputable tournaments that I may possibly be able to get involved with. Any information is a help. Thanks
  5. Even in the low-level NCAA ball I do that casual profanity is rampant. I've had coaches swear during their arguments but that's not what I'm talking about. Players yelling the F word every time they get out, etc...I don't see much of a place for it in the game. After all, those NCAA commercials always say "400,000 athletes, and most of us will go pro in something other than sports." How many professions would tolerate you screaming profanities on a regular basis (coaching it appears)? It would be a slippery slope to try to legislate against it though, as you said. I guess it's just more disappointing that coaches allow their players to do it.
  6. 10.2.3 n. Order the lights turned on whenever he believes darkness could make further play hazardous. Whenever possible, lights should be turned on at the beginning of an inning. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. Not in FED.
  8. I got that beat by thirty minutes. 69 minutes in 2010 in a college wooden bat league. Nine complete. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you, @Gil for being Johnny-on-the-spot. Good conversation feeder. http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/05/milb-strikeout-definition-of-swing.html
  10. The protocol is that you as the umpire are responsible for ensuring the field is safe to play on. If in your opinion it is not, then you are responsible for notifying the home grounds keeper to fix it, or you call the game. The key here is that it is at the discretion of the umpire, specifically the UIC or HPU. The protocol for lights is to have them turned on at the beginning of the inning before they are actually needed. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. It looked to me that the batter was taking a warm-up swing more than anything else. I do not believe the pitch was struck at or that he intended to hit the ball. Does merely waving the bat in space constitute a strike?
  12. Wow. You could not be more wrong. High school sports are educational endeavors before they are anything else, so lets get that square before this conversation continues. The field is an extension of the classroom. If you don't believe that, you should not umpire at the high school level. In that light, there are times when as arbiters of the rule set we are bound by, we have to take steps to ensure sportsman-like behavior is adhered to. And if it's not, we remove the offender from the game for two reasons. One, it's a learning experience that if you cross a certain line, there are consequences that are beyond your control. Two, removing the cause of trouble will hopefully prevent the escalation of that same trouble, or keep more trouble from occurring. You are paid as a professional umpire to follow these and other mandates. If you choose not to, you're not doing your job in its entirety, and you're picking and choosing which rules you'll uphold and which ones you won't, and that's never a good position for an umpire to be in. So my suggestion to you is realize the value you add by taking care of problems before they get out of hand. Doing so it a critical part of game management.
  13. "Was he shooting at Mr. Johnson?" "No, Mr. Johnson was hit by a stray bullet." I hear intent in "at", which is clearly the way bunts are interpreted; it's not the position of the bat.
  14. A Minor League Baseball batter strikes out after half-heartedly swinging at a pitch slowly rolling toward the foul line that he cannot reach from his position in the batter's box—is this the correct call? Umpire Sharshel rules Fuentes has struck out.The Play: With two out and none on in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. A STRIKE is a legal pitch when so called by the umpire, which: (a) Is struck at by the batter and is missed; It doesn't say "attempt to strike the pitch" It says "struck at" How far away does the pitch have to be for you to rule this was not struck at?
  16. I believe this is a balk under FED rules.
  17. It's not really covered in OBR.. And, sometimes, the line is misplaced -- I'd rather have no line than a (grossly) incorrect line. Some codes require that all four sides be marked.
  18. Is it legal for the umpire to remove the inside line of the batters box
  19. Here's the OBR rule (emphasis added): ( h) (7.06) Obstruction When obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call or signal “Obstruction.” (1) If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batter-runner is obstructed before he touches first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall advance, without lia- bility to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruc- tion. The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base he had last legally touched before the obstruction. Any preceding runners, forced to advance by the award of bases as the penalty for obstruc- tion, shall advance without liability to be put out.
  20. This could be used to justify using the 10 spot or not using the 10 spot: 2009 SITUATION 9: The home team is using a DH for its pitcher. The DH is listed to hit in the No. four spot in the lineup. On the lineup card posted in the dugout, the coach places the DH in the No. four spot and the pitcher in the No. 10 spot. The pitcher misunderstands the lineup and comes to bat after the ninth player. With the pitcher at bat and a 2-2 count, the opposing team brings the infraction to the attention of the umpire. RULING: This is illegal substitution, not batting out of order. The pitcher is declared out and restricted to the bench for the remainder of the game. The role of the DH is terminated and the player who batted in the No. 1 spot is considered to have been substituted for in the game and may return only if he has re-entry eligibility. (2-36-3d, 3-1-1, 3-1-3, 3-1-4a)
  21. Well, it's not answering the question/complaint posed by my coach in the OP. If there is no protocol, then I'm fine with judging as I see fit. I'm asking if a protocol exists for repairing a mound during the game. I know, for example, that lights are to be turned on as soon as requested ... we need not wait until an inning has been completed.
  22. ^^^^^THIS ^^^^^ In OBR (yes, I realize this a FED thread), there's language about a pitcher not being allowed to vary his wind up OR set deliveries in quick fashion to purposely catch a batter off guard. The consensus is, if the batter is set, any legal delivery is fair game. MLB is PATHETIC at calling balks … not just with R3, but with Kershaw's double set, any pitcher with a "name" blowing through a set, and even Rookies who "wow" the crowd with a new and brilliant move to 1B (albeit totally illegal). **See Dodgers' Julio Urias. His "move" is a balk … 90 out of 100 times, yet it gets called 5 out of 100 times at best. It's wrong. If I were his Manager I'd encourage him to keep using that move until Rob Manfred does something about it. It amazes me that Cueto gets called for balks, but he BEGS for them with all his shenanigans. It makes it hell on FED and NCAA officials who will call balks when they don't call them in THE SHOW.
  23. 5.2.1 b. the umpire considers the weather or ground conditions unfit for play; 10.2.3 His duties include those listed in 10-2-1, 2 and the following: a. Inspect the condition of the field... Is that official enough? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  24. I came across these in a an OLD box in my garage and figured I'd throw these up here before I try eBay. These are size 10 and as close to unused as can be, without being brand new. I think these saw action in 2 or 3 games before I had to take a 12 year hiatus. I have the shoe bag as well. PM me if you're interested.
  25. Thanks, Mike, for the "unofficial" take. My question was/is, "does anyone have an official take on this?"
  26. Sounds good to me. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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