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jms1425 last won the day on November 28 2016

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    CBUA (college), Suburban Umpires Association (HS)
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  1. Keeping shoes white

    Scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner. Spray it on, let the foam sit for a minute or so, then wipe it off with a towel. Easy-peasy.
  2. In 3-man, with R2 or R2-R3, U1 goes back to "A" with 2 outs. In the 2017 CCA manual, there are two different mechanics for a clean base hit in these two situations. With just R2, the book (pg 166) shows it as a slide (reverse rotation, push, whatever you call it) where U1 comes inside and takes the batter-runner into 2nd, and U3 has plays at 3rd. But for R2-R3, page 175 shows it as U1 staying at 1st, U3 staying at 2nd to take plays on the BR there, with the caveat that it can be a slide "by conference adoption". Any insight on why the book shows two different mechanics on essentially the same play? And which do you think is the better approach? The slide makes more sense to me, as U1 has a whole bunch of nothing to do if U3 takes the BR into 2nd. Then, if there is a misplay at 2nd on the BR, U3 now has to try and beat the BR to 3rd for any subsequent plays. With the slide, U1 can easily take the play on the BR at 2nd, and U3 is there at 3rd waiting if something blows up. Thoughts?
  3. TCU - NC State balk

    Man, I gotta be honest, even looking for the front leg moving at 1:07, I don't see squat. Is it because he wiped his pitching hand on his pants then went straight to the ball just before comes set (and all before he steps off)? I just don't see anything here.
  4. TCU - NC State balk

    My apologies if this was posted before, but I can't find it. What is the violation here?
  5. Nice Rotation PU to Third

    Is it just me, or is this a textbook example of "looking up the guy's a**"? My first reaction to seeing this was "PU needs to go 2 more steps, get even with the base, then take a power step to his left as the ball arrives to stay in the wedge and get a better look." And here come the "He's a MLB umpire - who-the-hell-are-you-to-critique-him" comments..... lol
  6. The pitcher may be telling the truth - he did not intentionally hit the umpire. But the catcher is another story. Whenever the ball hits the umpire, the catcher checks on the umpire to make sure he's ok - whether the catcher got crossed up or not. At the very least, Hicks' actions show a wanton disregard for the PU's well-being. I mean, really? The guy gets hit with a 92mph fastball and the catcher doesn't even have the common decency to turn to him and make sure he's ok? F*%k that guy.
  7. Top Three Stupid Arguements of 2017

    No way. NO WAY this is true...... Please tell me you're messing with us......
  8. Balk Questioning by nice (ignorant) coach

    Umpteen coaches, in various wordings: "Nobody's called that all year!" Me: "I'm sorry to hear that, Coach, but we're gonna get it right today."
  9. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    I think all I want to know is how you know that this is the "way they want it called."
  10. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    In none of the rules you quoted does it say the pitcher must clear the rubber. The closest is 9-1-b-3), that *IF* his foot breaks the plane of the back edge, then he MUST throw or feint to 2nd (or pitch to home plate), but that is not the issue here. And as Rich said, in all three pics I posted, the non-pivot foot steps in the direction of 2nd base. Only in the first pic does it "clear the rubber". I don't remember the video test question, but that would be the kind of applicable evidence I was hoping for. Naturally, we can't see the old tests, though, so I can't refer to that. Not to mention others have said "legal in all three", so there still doesn't seem to be a definitive answer. So what is the starting point for that determination? In all three pics, the non-pivot foot finishes closer to 2nd base than it began. So, if the non-pivot foot's starting point is the line of demarcation, then all 3 moves are legal. If the line of demarcation is the closest point from the pitcher to 2nd base (say, his pivot foot's rear edge), then the first two moves would be legal, but the 3rd would not. This is the essence of the question.
  11. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    @MidAmUmp - Can you give a citation (rulebook, supplement, etc) for support? I haven't found anything anywhere that says anything about clearing the rubber. Plus, the 2nd pic would not be "borderline" if indeed he has to clear the rubber - unless "clearing" it amounts to getting "some portion of your foot past the back edge." Is THAT the interpretation? BTW - this came up in a D3 game this year. I'm in C, the pitcher made what I believe was a move that looks like the 2nd picture, and the coach started yelling that he has to clear the rubber. I remember hearing that, too, but given my angle, the shadows that were at work, etc. I could not tell if he cleared it or not, so I did nothing (i.e., no balk). Afterward, I dug into the rule book and could only find the issue of "gaining ground." Hence my question here.....
  12. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    With a runner on 2nd... When a pitcher makes the inside move for a pickoff attempt, what constitutes "gaining ground" toward 2nd? Assume the pitcher is using the set position, so the non-pivot foot is in front of the pivot foot. Where must the non-pivot foot land in order for him to "gain ground"? 1) Does it have to "clear the rubber"? 2) Can it land partially on the rubber, as long as the non-pivot foot is then completely behind the pivot foot (which is in contact with, and parallel to, the rubber)? 3) Does just some of the non-pivot foot landing behind the pivot foot suffice? That is, the non-pivot foot is now closer to 2nd base than it was to start. Maybe these pics will better illustrate. Which of these is/are legal moves?
  13. Batters box

    Yup. NCAA 1.3.A: Batters' boxes, catcher's box, coaches' boxes, next batter's box and the 3-foot first base restraining line shall be laid out in accordance with the diagram. All lines must be marked with chalk or nonburning white material and must be 2 to 3 inches in width. The line is inside the diamond proper at first and third base. The outside edge of the line should correspond with the outside edge of the base. Art. a. Before a contest, it is mandatory to line all four sides of the 4 feet by 6 feet batter's box as shown in the diagram above and on page 15. At the time of the pitch, the batter shall have both feet inside the batter's box. There's also this: Rule 3.6 Art j. Players and coaches are prohibited from deliberately erasing the batter’s box or other lines. Umpires must stop the individual from erasing the lines. A.R.—The umpire has authority to require the batter to stand in a proper batting position. He may require the grounds crew to reline the box. After a warning, individuals who repeatedly commit this infraction may be ejected.
  14. 2? F1 feet, DH listed

    @ElkOil gives good advice. Take one step back (away from F1) to widen your view slightly. Also, relax your eyes. Rather than "focus" on anything, just watch the pitcher. Just look at him. I keep my eyes directed near his midsection, but in a relaxed sort of way, which allows me to see everything from his shoulders to his knees, including the movement and stoppage of his hands when he comes set. Part of it is mental - just relax and observe the action, rather than using a "I'm-focused-on-this-body-part-and-intently-analyzing-his-movement" sort of way. Just my 2 cents.
  15. Do you guys think when an announcer does this (i.r., clearly misrepresents the rule in his on-air comments) that anyone with the network/team/whatever (other than one of us who might see him in a restaurant) ever goes to him and sets him straight? I would think somebody would tell him, "Ya know, your comments were totally wrong and here's what the rule REALLY is...." I don't know... Just wondering if that ever happens. Lord knows it needs to......