I think the FPSR needs to be re-written to be much more clear. The language is ambiguous and spread all throughout the rule book, mixed in with regular runner interference. It is extremely difficult to understand the rule and apply it consistently without a lot of reading of the rule book, case book, mentoring, and trial and error.
There are two aspects to the FP/SR: On a Force Play, the regular Slide Rule gets ONE additional requirement -sliding directly into the base. INTERFERENCE on a Force Play (not JUST slides (See CB 8.4.2W, haha)), gets two additional penalties -BR also out,and runners return to TOP (8-4-2b) (different for regular runner interference, which is TOI - (8-2-9)). I could be right, or wrong on the details above, duh, because the rule is hard to understand, duh, but this is how I enforce it, in my games, until I don't.
Anyway, IMO, the most confusing rule in the NFHS rule book. The intent of the rule is simple I am sure, but they don't make it easy.
I have it. I think it's worth the $30 I spent. I refered to it a lot when I was starting out 5 years ago. I actually copied the flash files to my phone so I could watch them more conventiently.
It's more of a reference tool than an instructional source. Especially if you learn visually, or have a hard time visualizing from just text. I have spent thousands learning how to do this job and I have wasted hundreds on garbage materials such as "see a balk call a balk". This $30 was not a waste of money.
If I were to prioritize my top few purchases, the virtual umpire camp would not be one of them, however. I would recommend you prioritize your purchanses and do research because I think $30 toward "Maximizing the Two Umpire System" is a much better investment than the Umpire Camp CD. Check out this thread:
It is my understanding that the ice water towels applied to your core spots (chest, neck, skull, spine) facilitate the transfer of body heat to the surface, then the alcohol component in Florida Water/Spirits/Aftershave/etc evaporates quickly and radiates the heat away. Seems to really help in humid climates where the sweat simply won't evaporate, and instead creates a hot water coat. 99 degrees in Norco, CA yesterday with 42% humidity. I did four games. (I prefer to be one-and-done , but I was helping out). The Ice Towels, Florida Water, and Pickle Juice (for electrolytes) made all the difference.
One league I work was smart and codified that the automatic can't be a third out, so it carries to the first out of the next inning. I like that. I hate it when teams try to manipulate and take advantage of the poorly thought out, but well intentioned time limits, automatic outs, balk warnings, and other nonsense. As umpires we know what the intent of the rule is and when they bastardize it, our hands are tied and we can't make it right. I suppose we can make it fair if we really wanted to , but it's just not worth the headache.
If you let the play go, then there is no INT on R2 and he is not out, and the BR is out on the play at 1B. If you killed it, then R2 is out and BR safe at 1B by rule. The only possibility of a DP I see here is that hypothetically if R2 was out on the tag during contact, then subsequently interfered with F6's throw to 1B.
The "no water bottles" directive I am most familiar with comes down the training line in my unit, along with wash your cap and don't use horns to signal the count. So I imagine they are referring to the big red Thermos water jug hanging on the fence.
As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with bringing a 16 ounce Arrowhead disposable clear bottle and sticking it the fence behind you. . Even during playoffs, when I knew we were being watched, I still brought an 8 ounce bottle and put it in my left ball bag. Same size as a baseball. As long as I didn't accidentally hand it to the catcher, no one would know. I wasn't about to risk the home team not having water for me in the dugout.
I have done this twice with good results. Once after a heated EJ and another time in the parking lot. After the EJ, the coach continued to yell at me. I told him in a calmer and much quieter tone, "Coach, everything you say from this point forward goes in my game report to the league. So far, all I have is the ejection and nothing else." He stopped immediately and didn't continue with anything of note, but if he had, i would have taken two steps away and turned 90 degrees and started writing and not responded to him again. In the parking lot, it was a little harder. The mom, of course, followed me out and belittled me. I gave her the same speech about the game report to the league , and she didn't seem to care much. She asked for my name, and I responded with "No problem, I'll trade you my name for yours so I can attach it to my report." (I already knew who's mom she was, obviously.) She trailed off at that point.
I still wonder if pulling out a cell phone camera would make sense in that situation. Lately, cameras everywhere seem to be reducing the asshole problem in this country. Luckily, it happens rarely enough that I don't spend a lot of time on it.
All that said, probably the best advice is getting in your car with your gear on and leaving. Smaller timeline, less opportunity for anything to go wrong, less to explain later.
My Cheat Sheet for putting the ball in play, (and catching all the things that can bite me)
After calling "FOUL!", "TIME!" or otherwise calling the ball dead: F1 on the rubber, with the ball [5.11]F2 ready [4.03(a)]B2 ready [4.02], [PBUC 6.17]Eight fielders in fair territory [4.03]Runners returned to their bases (or close enough) (after a foul ball) [5.09(e)]Partner is ready [Common Sense]"THREE Balls, TWO Strikes. . . PLAY! "