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MidAmUmp last won the day on June 4

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  1. Who is responsible for the batter runner if he stays at 2nd base in this situation? This is why we teach that you are responsible for runners...not bases. The plate umpire is responsible for the lead runner. The base umpire is responsible for the batter/runner.
  2. You don't need to bring your entire closet. A couple black and/or lt blue jerseys will be fine. We send out an email prior to the camp answering these questions.
  3. We talk about it at the Mid-American Umpire Clinic, September 7-10 in Springfield, Missouri where there are only a few spots available. (Was that too shameless of a plug?)
  4. The plate umpire has the entire field in front of him. Unless R2 and B/R touch 3rd and 1st at the same time, the plate umpire can get both touches.
  5. No where in OBR does it say an offensive teammate cannot physically assist a runner. It specifically says the 1st & 3rd base coaches cannot physically assist. So if you were playing under OBR, the UIC was wrong. As far as abandonment, it's a had to be there... If he entered the dugout, I'd call him out. If he stayed on the field, what's the difference between high 5-ing players around home plate before he touches it vs. high 5-ing players by the dugout? It's a 4-base award and the runner establishes his own baseline. The rulebook doesn't say he has to run in a direct line between the bases. Is it odd? Yes. Is it out of the ordinary? Yes. Do those two things automatically result in an out being called? No.
  6. If the entire infield is playing in, they aren't going to attempt a pickoff (or they shouldn't). They've sold out and the play is going to the plate. As the others have said, you need to be in B with runners on 1st and 3rd. I probably wouldn't move very much from B. Just get out of the way when the ball is hit.
  7. Just an FYI to anyone considering attending either the Mid-American Umpire Clinic or Mid-American Advanced Umpire Clinic...Both clinics are very close to selling out. Normally we don't sell out until mid-August but registrations have come in much earlier this year. If you are planning on attending, you need to act now and lock in your spot.
  8. Then he's cheating and it's a balk. That's what I said in my first paragraph.
  9. What I'm saying is use common sense. If the kid is cheating, balk him. If the kid can't pitch and chew gum at the same time, use some common sense. Do we let some shoulder movement go when a kid is trying to figure out how to pitch and he's turning his shoulder to 1st once he's come set? We should be answering yes. If we're not, we're nothing but a rule enforcing booger picker, and all we're doing is demonstrating that we have the ability to read. If a coach wants to argue why you're not calling it a balk, tell him why. He should be smart enough to take advantage of the situation and steal on first movement. As I stated earlier, that kid isn't going to spin and throw to 2nd he's either going to pitch w/ no chance of the catcher having a play on the runner -OR- he's going to stop his delivery and then he's truly balked.
  10. What I'm assuming is the pitcher is pausing to ensure he's balanced. My 10 yr. old son is learning to pitch and has been taught (he's right handed) from the stretch to lift his left leg, bring his arms straight out (left arm pointing home, right arm pointing toward 2nd) and balance himself before striding toward the plate. So when he's actually pitching in a game, he hesitates during his motion to make sure he's balanced. While it may technically be a balk, young pitchers are trying to find their balance point. They aren't deceiving anyone. They aren't gaining any advantage and the only person they are putting at a disadvantage is themselves, because when the offensive coach sees this he should be smart enough to tell his runners to go on first movement and either have an easy stolen base or cause the pitcher to actually balk (no 13yr old is going to be smart enough to spin and throw directly to 2nd). 10 year olds are learning how to pitch, period. 13 year olds are learning how to pitch from 60'6". Personally, I would let it go, but I also don't work 13 yr. old baseball.
  11. Is it a possibility that the kid is simply making sure he's found his balance point? I'm teaching my 10 year old son this right now. He comes to a complete stop with this left leg in the air to make sure he's balanced before he throws. My personal opinion is unless the kid is falling off the mound, calling balks in 13 year old baseball is simply showing off your ability to read the rule book. I would let it go. What advantage is being gained?
  12. I tweeted this...
  13. If the NCAA basically came out and said to hell with any consequences of an incorrect call that is changed on consultation/replay, that would be great. We could ignore the fact a runner didn't tag up or a passing situation, etc. and we just place them where they would have gone. Personally I don't see that happening anytime soon. Other things to take into consideration are MLB has a very highly trained staff of less than 100 & HD replay with a gazilion camera angles at each ballpark. We have probably over 3000 umpires who work under NCAA rules with varying levels of ability & replay at probably less than 100 schools (give or take 25) with limited camera angles. I've offered the advice before that in those situations where you just don't know on a fair/foul (note: this is maybe once every couple of years situation) to leave the ball live because we can always change it to foul and bring them back. It may come to if we just don't know on an outfield catch/no catch to call it a catch because we can always get together and change it to no catch and advance runners. Easier said than done when you have less than a second to decide.
  14. I'm speaking in general, not about the exact play that occurred yesterday. I'm just explaining why we can't move runners up with common sense as we can in other situations. In some situations, yes, the runner may tag up (as he did yesterday) in other situations the runner will read the ball down and not tag he's at a disadvantage if we change it to a catch. So basically our options are - crew consultation/replay if avail., change call and return runners to TOP base OR Stay with call on the field and not allow the call to be changed. Sucks either way...but the less poopy end of this stick is to leave runners at TOP base.
  15. You can't Award bases as you see fit because of base touches/tag ups. R2 sees the ball down and takes off for 3rd. Umpire calls it no catch. Crew gets together, goes to replay, comes back and says catch. R2 never tagged up and cannot now legally tag up because the ball is dead. So if we place R2 on 3rd because common sense says that's where he would have ended up had we got the call correct to begin with, we either have to also say R2's non tag up is ignored because we screwed up and put him at a disadvantage -OR- we put him at a disadvantage once we put the ball back in play and allow the defense to appeal that R2 didn't tag up -OR- we out him back on 2nd and play on.