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  1. rzanew

  2. Catcher not in control of mask

    Would anyone invoke 8.01 (b) here? If the flying mask/helmet interferes with your ability to work the game, then you could be justified in removing the catcher from the game.
  3. Coach pitch umpire positioning

    We teach umpires to be positioned to the side of the plate away from the batter (near to the fence). This position allows for the judgement of swing/no-swing. Also, they are in front of the players and coach/pitcher for managing the game and communicating the count. When the ball is put into play, they move into the infield, near the "mound" to view the plays and make calls. "Time" is called every time action stops.
  4. Dropped third confusion

    Pony is 14U, played on 55/80 field. At this age, they should know when U3K applies.
  5. Make the obvious call?

    It was a close game, with each team struggling to get runs in. We ended up tied after 6 innings, and played 9 until the home team won with a walk off. Brief discussion with HTHC over the call. They accepted it and moved on. Had I called the out, we would have been done an hour earlier, with home team winning.
  6. Make the obvious call?

    Are there any times where you would make the "obvious" call, rather that what you actually see? In C. Childress' book "151 ways to ruin a baseball game", item #83 Make an unusual call on a routine play, Carl makes the argument that perception is reality and that "if he's gonna be out, he's gonna be out" and make the call accordingly. My dilemma came recently in a 14U playoff game. R2, 1 out. B1 hits a fly ball to right-center. R2 is tagging and goes as soon as the catch is made. Good throw by F8, and F5 has the ball (way before R2 arrives) and puts the glove down right in front of the base. It is expected that the runner slides into third, hitting the glove for the out. Here, R2 slides (feet first) to the OF side of 3B, and, in my judgement, misses the glove, which never moved from in front of the bag. The ball had beat the runner "by a mile", and I called him SAFE! Quite the unusual call on a routine play. Should I have made the routine call of out? Again from Carl: "If everyone sees an 'out', the umpire is generally better off calling the 'out'. Only in the most unusual cases should the umpire insist on anything other than the routine call." I'm not sure this play qualifies as one of the unusual variety. (Could be I've been watching too many MLB replays where the tag barely misses the runner. Everyone thinks he should be out, but review shows the correct call to be safe!) I'm trying as best I can to be right on every call. Should I change the way I judge routine plays? This one is bothering me a bit.
  7. Little League Catcher to Pitcher rules

    This is one of the loopholes in the restriction. It is legal according to the Little League rules (actually in the Regulations).
  8. U3K Positioning

    Thank you for the advice. I'll try to read the player's movements and then get to a position to read the play. Right now I automatically move left, so I'll have to pause and read, before reacting.
  9. U3K Positioning

    I'm having some trouble with the tag attempt after a uncaught third strike (u3k) and batted balls in front (or on) the plate. I almost always move to the left for any play (batted ball, bunt, u3k, etc.). I have been straight-lined a couple of times recently on the catcher's tag of the BR, and couldn't judge whether there was contact for a tag or not. I'm debating whether I should be moving to the right to get between the catcher and batter and see the tag attempt more clearly. What is the proper mechanic to be in position to see the tag on u3k or even a batted ball right in front of the plate? Should I move left or right to get the best view of the play? Does it depend on whether the batter is right- or left-handed? On a ground ball to the infield, I clear the catcher to the left and trail the BR up to first base. On a fly ball, I step to the left and potentially gain distance toward the fielder making the catch. On a bunt, I move to the left to watch for BR/Catcher interaction and then rule fair/foul (depending on the location). About the only time I move to the right is a sharp hit down the third base line. In other words, I'm conditioned to move to the left on just about every play. If I need to be moving to the right, how can I best change my behavior? Thanks!
  10. Runner interference on attempted DP

    Assuming the start of the play the bases were loaded and there was 1 out, with the DP ending the inning, no runs would score. Assuming no outs to start, for FED, all runners return to TOP base. You have 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd (no runs score). For OBR, runners return TOI (time of interference). Assuming a fast runner on third, you might get one run in.
  11. Many of the youth league teams I work (10U/12U) cheer or chant when their team is at bat. Generally, they are supportive of their team. However there is one chant that I have been shutting down, as IMO, this is directed specifically at a player on the other team. The chant goes: "3-2 what you gonna do, walk him, walk him". I tell the coach that in my opinion this is directed at the pitcher and is unsportsmanlike. They can cheer on their own team, but anything directed at the opponents is verboten. Am I being an OOO? Opinions?
  12. Yellow Lenses

    i started using yellow lenses last fall. under the lights, i think it provides better contrast between the ball and the background (grass, fence, etc). Daytime/daylight doesn't make much difference. Can't say much about prescription or contacts, as I don't wear them currently. It also has the added benefit of keeping dirt and dust out of your eyes, from the catcher nabbing that pitch headed for your nose, and the ensuing puff of dust and dirt particles. These are the ones I've been using: http://www.amazon.com/Besgoods-Polarized-Sunglasses-Glasses-Unbreakable/dp/B00Q2KNPKO?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00
  13. Junior Umpire uniform

    Thank you for all the replies. Honigs is out of the XS for the season. Unless i'm missing something, officialschoice only has M-XXXL (not even a S). I'll try a plain navy polo shirt and see how that works out.
  14. Junior Umpire uniform

    My son (age 13) has started umpiring in our local rec league (coach pitch). Does anyone know where to get uniform shirts for him? He is slightly smaller than most 7th graders. He would wear a Youth Large size, if I could find it. I can only find Adult Small, and that is way too big for him. Any ideas?
  15. 8-4-2f on a force play

    If R1 is not put out on the play (beat the throw, F4/6 off the bag, etc), then he would still be a "runner". As such, he could still interfere with the play (illegal slide, etc), and FPSR could apply.