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About jms1425

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    Cleveland, OH

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    CBUA (college), Suburban Umpires Association (HS)
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    college, high school
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  1. Nice. I used to teach at Ashland HS and live there. Nice town. Coach Schaly does a nice job with that program, too. I have some of their regular season games this year. I'll be sure to ring your brother up if I get the chance. lol
  2. College spring tournament in Florida. One of the places northern teams go to start their year a little earlier than they could at home. -- there are 2 "versions" of the tourney, but there's an "umpire registration" link on each. I'd imagine this year is closed out, but there's always next year.
  3. I am packing my equipment bag tonight (including my uniforms) to ship it via Fed Ex (half the cost of the airline), and I am trying to decide whether to bring my powder / Carolina blue shirts. Do guys bring those, or is this strictly black?
  4. And for the Collegiate Umpires out there, this was specifically discussed at the NCAA meetings this January. Illegal pitch and a ball with no one on, or a balk with runners on base. "9-2-l The pitcher shall not: Art l. A pitcher is not permitted to jump or push forward off the pitcher's plate with his pivot foot and then bring his foot to the ground and make a second push-off prior to delivering the pitch. PENALTY—This is an illegal pitch and shall be called a balk with runners on base. Note: A pitcher is not in violation if he pushes off the pitcher's plate with the pivot foot and maintains contact with the ground with the pivot foot without a second push-off from the ground. "
  5. I know your play was Fed Rules, but here's the NCAA rule, since other levels have been brought up. I made bold the relevant part: "C) In the situations listed below, a partner who is 100 percent certain he has additional information unknown to the umpire making the call should approach unsolicited and alert the other umpire to such information. However, the ultimate decision to change a call rests with the calling umpire. 1) Deciding if a home run is fair or foul. 2) Deciding whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or ground-rule double. 3) Cases in which a foul tip is dropped or trapped by the catcher. 4) Cases in which a foul fly ball is caught or not caught. 5) Cases when an umpire clearly errs in judgment because he did not see a ball dropped or juggled after making a tag or force. 6) Spectator interference plays. 7) Balks called by an umpire who clearly did not realize the pitcher’s foot was off the rubber. 8) Changing a call of “foul” to “fair.” Note 1 Umpires may conference, after a batted ball that has passed the first or third baseman on the fly, first touches the ground behind the base and has been ruled foul. After consultation with the entire umpire crew, the Crew Chief will place the base runners where the crew believes they would have advanced had the ball been first ruled fair. The Crew Chief and crew should be conservative on their placement of base runners. From this perspective, they got it right.
  6. Yeah, agreed. I think they would have been better to say, "This is a voluntary release and therefore a catch. True or False?"
  7. Correct - no catch. In that case he would still not meet this portion of the requirement for a catch: "secure possession in the hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it"
  8. Here's the rule in its entirety. I made bold the most relevant part. "Rule 2-16 Catch: The act of a fielder in getting secure possession in the hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it, providing the fielder does not use the cap, protector, pocket or any other part of the uniform in getting possession. In establishing the validity of the catch, the fielder shall demonstrate complete control of the ball and that the release of the ball is voluntary and intentional. Only two circumstances may be interpreted as creating a voluntary and intentional release. 1) When the momentum of the catch is complete; i.e., the fielder has reversed his direction and is running the ball back toward the infield or; 2) When the fielder is reaching for the ball to make a throw. a. It is not a catch if, simultaneously with or immediately after contact with the ball, the fielder collides with a player or fence or falls down and, as a result, drops the ball. Art. b. It is not a catch if a fielder touches a fly ball that then hits a member of the offensive team or an umpire and then is caught by that fielder or another defensive player. Art. c. If the fielder has made the catch and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw (i.e., reaching for the ball in the glove) after the catch, the ball shall be judged to have been caught. Art. d. It is not a legal catch if either foot is touching dead-ball territory when the catch is made (see 6-1-d-4)." As the rule states, there are only 2 circumstances creating "voluntary release," neither of which occurred in this play, so if an umpire were to make the statement in the question, he would be incorrect (as shown by the correct answer being "False.")
  9. In case anyone going through the full thread can't discern what the actual right answer is....
  10. For the first time, I'll be heading to Florida to work the RussMatt in Central Florida. I'm really looking forward to getting back on the diamond, especially getting a little jump on the season here in Ohio. Is anyone else going to be there? Has anyone been there before, and do you have any tips or advice or secrets in terms of travel, working these games, etc? Baseball season very nearly is upon us, gentlemen, and our winter sports depression is coming to its end!
  11. @JimKirk - this is the thread I was telling you about yesterday in Chicago. It was great to meet you, and thanks again for all you do for umpires!