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jms1425 last won the day on November 28 2016

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  1. NCAA rules. This was not my game, but heard the story, so I hope I am representing it all correctly. R1 R2, no outs. Deep drive to center field, over CF head. Ball is bounding on the ground, CF catches up to it at the warning track, gloves it, takes another step or so in stopping his momentum, goes to plant his foot to make a throw back to the cutoff man when his foot slides just under the edge of the centerfield fence and gets caught under the fencing. CF tries for a moment to pull his foot free but can't, then raises his hands over his head (with the ball still in his glove). At the time he raises his hands, the BR had touched and was a step or so past 2nd base, R1 had touched and passed 3rd, and R2 had touched the plate. Waddayagot?
  2. "...if he drops the ball due to his lack of body control or control of the ball, it is not a tag. A voluntary and intentional release is substantive proof of complete control." If you think this is a voluntary and intentional release, then you have a tag and an out. I don't see this is a voluntary and intentional release. One problem in this example is that, despite using what 99% of the time would be good timing in making his call, the fielder dropped the ball after the umpire has signaled an out. We all hate the "Out! No, wait - SAFE!" thing, but I don't think the umpire has any choice in this one.
  3. One thing that jumped out at me was how the pitcher is holding it, turning his hand more than most do to fully expose the shiny swoosh. Maybe it's more innocuous than I'm making it, but, like I said, I noticed that right away, which was suggestive to me that he knows it can be distracting, and is tryin got take advantage of that. If it flashes at me (like with Mudisfun and his sunny day point) then it becomes distracting to me, and I'll make him change it. Otherwise, I am probably not going to do anything about it unless someone complains.
  4. And better to do it this way now than to balk the kid next month in the playoffs.
  5. I have no problem with it either, with the conditions noumpere laid out. I file this sort of thing under "preventive officiating." When you do things like this, it helps me out next week. Or maybe you the next time you have that team.
  6. It happened in the Indians game a couple days ago, so a lot of people are curious. So many people seem to think that it's a force out, but it's not. This is a time play. Even the Rangers manager had a lengthy discussion with the umpire after the play.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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. "
  11. 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.
  12. Yeah, agreed. I think they would have been better to say, "This is a voluntary release and therefore a catch. True or False?"
  13. 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"
  14. 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.")