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  1. 2018 NFHS Exam

    IN the case of coaches' interference with the runner rounding third, that question is almost exactly what was on the NCAA exam in 2017. The NCAA ruling it IS interference, the runner is declared out immediately, and ball remains live. The rationale is because the runner slipped and then collided with the coach, the coach aided in stopping the runners' momentum. It need not be intentional to be interference. NFHS may see it a little different. But, the coaches' box is not a sanctuary. In my judgement, he needs no avoid interference with HIS runner just as he needs to avoid it with any fielder.
  2. Follow Through Interference

    May be stretching, but how about 8-5 (l) under When runners are out?: "The individual attempts to score when the batter interferes with the play at home plate provided two are not already out." I know this is a reference to R3 stealing home, but, if the follow thru hindered to the extent that perhaps his glove went flying or cracks the C in the back of the head, I believe this applies in the modified case that the infield was drawn in and the ball hit traveled directly to F4 with the intent to come to the plate with the baseball. If you do pull the trigger on INT, I think you bang the batter-runner out and put R3 back on third. Call R3 out and prepare for armageddon from the OHC.
  3. NCAA Exam Thread

    Totally agree with you on liking FED and new OBR standards!
  4. NCAA Exam Thread

    So in this play, we need to examine the hypotheticals. If the runner had deviated his path to avoid any possible collision because the catcher had been blocking the plate illegally (prior to ball in dirt circle or 60 feet) do you call the obstruction then? If the answer to that is, YES, how is this a legal play as the questions asks? I believe in that case you would have to call obstruction because the plate was blocked and in no way can we say the "act of fielding" took the catcher into the baseline - He was already there.
  5. NCAA Exam Thread

    Agreed! The throw took him away from the direction of home plate. The NCAA wants "the act of fielding" to take the catcher towards the base path in order for it to be a legal play. If the answer is "True", they just complicated matters even more so.
  6. NCAA Exam Thread

    First, thank you NCAA for not flooding the exam with batting out of order questions. With that said.....let's go over Question # 44: The current batting line-up is Abel, Baker, Charles, Daniel, Edward. Charles, who had batted leadoff the entire season, is put in the third position for this game. Charles, expecting to lead off, bats first (not realizing he is listed third) and strikes out. Baker comes to bat next and doubles. The home team head coach appeals that Baker batted out of order. · a. o Rule Baker out and bring Daniel up to bat. · b. o Rule Baker out and remove him from 2B and bring Charles up to bat again. · c. o Rule Daniel out, remove Baker from 2B and bring Edward up to bat. · d. o Do nothing as this is legal. Baker is the second batter on the line-up card and the second batter up in the game. I initially thought it was legal. However, I changed it to ruling Baker out and bring Daniel up to bat (Answer on here). Anyone agree/disagree?
  7. Hit em with the old 7.13(2)

  8. Online Clinic

    I ran into the same problem. All the videos/slides have a locked icon on them.
  9. Hit em with the old 7.13(2)

    The bottom pic from Jimurray is from the NCAA video on 3/21/17. That particular video proclaims the play 100% legal on the catcher's part and mirrors the Contreras act identically. So, NCAA, perfectly legal to block plate as they are in act of fielding the ball, whether the ball takes them into the path of the runner, or not.
  10. Starter uniforms for rookies

    I wore charcoal Nike golf pants all this past summer and the only comments I got on them were how good they looked. They have a flat front, but were perfect base pants for the hot/humid days in late June/early July.
  11. ball bags no interior pockets

    The Smitty XL bags, like blue32 recommends, have much smaller inner pockets and do not get in the way. I only use them for my indicator on occasion and leave my brush in the main compartment. Great size, too. I had as many as nine baseballs in my 2 bags this past weekend working a college fall game.
  12. TCU - NC State balk

    I agree. I've got nothing. The hand wiping on the pant leg before coming set is awkward, but not a visible violation. Ballsy call in this type of situation and very surprising a 4-man crew in a Regional Final does not get together on this one.
  13. Seeds

    Big League Chew!!!! Nothing else comes close, ha
  14. Between Innings

    Every memo in Iowa reminds of of keeping good pace of play. I address it at every pregame conference when I work the plate. On the bases I keep a stopwatch either out in my hand or dangling at my side. That lets coaches know we're keeping enforcement consistent. At 50 seconds between innings from the first infielder taking his position (not exactly the rule) I begin walking from shallow RCF towards the 'A' position. This signals to my partner that the next pitch is the last warm-up pitch.
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  16. Ump-Attire.com Service Guarantee

    I purchased a mask from Ump-Attire.com in March. Wore it maybe 25 times they spring/summer. Without going into the specs of the mask (though will say it was $100+), I recently noticed it had a 2 cracks after a game in which I did not take a direct hit. I was puzzled how it could have happened. I loved the mask and had taken several direct hits before with no apparent damage! So, I reached out to Ump-Attire.com's customer service and asked how strong they were about their 100% satisfaction guarantee on the site and further explained the issue with the mask. By the next business day I received a response that I could send the mask in for inspection and if it was deemed defective they would contact me with further instructions. I sent the mask in and received another email simply asking me if I'd like a replacement or another product free of charge. Within minutes and a few more exchanges, no questions asked, a replacement was ordered and on its way priority mail free of charge! 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE fulfilled by Ump-Attire.com! Thank You x a million!
  17. Mask broke wilson dyna lite

    I had the same mask, same type of break, and same great experience from Ump-Attire.com
  18. DH/Substitution/Re Entry

    Here's a twist that has been a topic of conversation this summer. Say Smith is DHing for Jones who is the P. Once Smith reaches, a coach wants to lift the DH and put Jones on the bases. Then, coach tries to put a courtesy runner in for Jones immediately after inflammatioinitial switch . Is this allowed? Our state association has declared yes, though I disagree with it.
  19. Fingers to the mouth balk

    FED game last night in which in 6th inning, R1, R2; pitcher goes to mouth after a pitch and receiving ball from catcher. Without ever wiping off his fingers he went to the mouth with, he wipes only the baseball on his pant leg. I was 100% that he was weeping only the ball and not his fingers. I balked this as soon as he came set for the next pitch. Was this the right call and was the timing of the balk call correct?
  20. Throwing over dead ball territory

    Is there any rule set which specifically covers or restricts a defensive player from throwing over any dead ball territory?
  21. Fingers to the mouth balk

    Good call. I pooched that one. Lucky it didn't cost them any runs in what was a good ballgame.
  22. I was coaching a JV game last night on opening night in Iowa. While on offense, our BR with nobody on base strikes out on a curve ball. The pitch hits the catcher in the chest protector and bounces 35 feet up the first base line. The BR turns and take probably 5 steps towards the dugout. As catcher is giving chase, I yell at my BR to RUN, RUN, RUN! PU snaps back, "He's out!" The catcher was still chasing the ball. I responded with, "No, he's not. He has until he enters the dugout area," (referring to that situation since it was only the first out) which the BR was still 25 feet from. PU rips his mask off, takes a couple steps towards me and yells, "No he doesn't, that's a SOFTBALL rule!" I could do nothing more than shake my head. Rule citation: FED 8-4-1 (i), and this situation is explained in more detail in this year's case book.
  23. Distant Slot?

    This was a HS district playoff game in Iowa a few years back. Talk about distant slot positioning, lol!
  24. Distant Slot?

    Since this time, he has improved slightly. Now, he looks straight over the top and wears the balloon, LOL. And, unfortunately, yes, he still gets postseason assignments. This particular individual also works the bases entirely in the "B" when in the middle, regardless of situation. I share my frustrations @Panther32 that in Iowa, unless we're within 30 miles of Des Moines, we don't get any type of formal evaluation, for better or worse. It's the good 'ol boy system at its best when it comes to postseason around these parts.
  25. Opening night in Iowa, dropped third strike

    We both umpire high school in the same area and the same levels of competition. However, there is no local association. It sucks, but attempts to put one together have failed. Having been around this umpire before, I knew that approach would not end well. I thought about bringing it up as I handed him some ice after taking a shot to the forearm on a foul ball, but history of watching this guy work many games told me better. He also works HS softball, and probably did mix up the rules, or he just tried getting one past me. Either way, he was there for a paycheck, not for love of the game or making sure the kids get a fair game. Experienced coaches can easily tell when that's the case. I agree, most good umpires would be receptive to a gentle approach and question, then go do their homework. The BEST umpires will admit when they're wrong............on the next date they see the coach.