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  2. maven

    Interference - Initial Throw Retires

    Result if initial throw retires a runner: ignore the INT, 1 run scores, no runners, 2 outs, next batter due up. Result if initial throw fails to retire a runner: enforce the INT, no runs score, R3, 2 outs, next batter due up.
  3. R1 and R3. 0 outs. Count is 0-2 on the batter. Batter swings at the next pitch and falls over the plate. Interference is called. The initial throw retires the runner stealing to 2nd base. R3, comes home safely. Then, for the sake of argument, is it the same result if the catcher threw the ball into center field?
  4. LMSANS

    Other Sports to Officiate

    I had an old umpire/referee try to get me to officiate track/field meets. You sit on a beach chair and record the measurements. He said every school assigned an "assistant" that did the leg work for you.
  5. MadMax

    Where should I put my water bottles?

    Depending on where you/we are, it has come to that. Tournaments are notorious for prodding umpires to "camp out" on fields to rattle off 2-6 games at a go. And, the parking lot is often not within visual range... of anybody. Here in Phoenix, there is a 3-field complex that is infamous for having its parking lots prowled by lowlifes who break into cars (or find cars left unlocked) and completely clean them out. In broad daylight! Sure, if you park in a secure location, or you can store your gear bag in an actual locker room or umpire change room, or some kind of central hub (groundskeeper's shack, etc.) then you really can be confident in taking as little as possible to the field. But if you can't run that risk, then valuables must be kept close at hand somewhere.
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  7. Guest

    Runs per inning AAA Dixie youth

    Is there a run limit for Dixie youth AAA per inning for regular season play
  8. Senor Azul

    Right handed pickoff move

    From the 2017 Jaksa/Roder manual (p. 147): There are two types of steps that are legal—jab or stutter step and a jump step. Jab Step (of the pivot foot): In cases of a right-handed pitcher throwing to first, or a left-handed pitcher throwing to third, or any pitcher throwing to second, a pitcher can take a jab or stutter step with his pivot foot before stepping to the base with his free foot. The motion of the stutter step and the resulting step of the free foot must be fluid and continuous; if the two motions are not continuous, there is a balk. Of course, the latter step must bring the free foot into the air and replace it on the ground in a completely different spot that is closer to the pickoff base. Jump Step: A pitcher can, without balking, jump (i.e., both his feet go airborne simultaneously) before his non-pivot foot retouches the ground in a different position: this is a jump step. Again, the latter step must bring the free foot into the air and replace it on the ground in a completely different spot that is closer to the pickoff base. From the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (section 6.19, p. 102): It is legal for a right-handed pitcher to begin a pickoff move to first base by first moving his pivot foot in the direction of third base provided that he makes a legal step toward first base with his non-pivot foot before throwing there and provided that the move is continuous and without interruption. A pitcher who makes such a pickoff move is considered to be in contact with the rubber when he makes his throw to first base.
  9. Fair enough. I will stop trying to read something that is not there.
  10. All you need to know is "hit within the infield". If that happens then the penalty applies. Whatever happens after never happened.
  11. yawetag

    Other Sports to Officiate

    Funny you both said that. I have already emailed the assigner in the area for volleyball. Waiting to hear back. I know very little about the sport, though, so there will be a learning curve. But I don't doubt I can get educated by the fall, when the season starts. It also appears around here that the schools provide line judges, which means I'll probably be thrusted into the person at the net. That will be a fun shock my first time.
  12. kylehutson

    Right handed pickoff move

    It's by interpretation, rather than "letter of the rule". To throw to first, the non-pivot foot (left, for a right-handed pitcher) needs to gain distance and direction toward first base, regardless what the pivot foot does. A feint to first base (in all codes) is a balk. The only way a right handed pitcher can legally feint to first is to disengage with the pivot (right) foot off the back of the rubber and *then* he in an infielder like any other, and can fake, or throw, or whatever.
  13. Stk004

    Right handed pickoff move

    The only legal way to step off (disengage) the rubber is by stepping backwards. The pitcher is allowed to move his pivot foot towards third base before completing the pickoff, but he must throw to first base. That and a jump turn are both considered moves from the rubber, so he has to throw to first base.
  14. BRUMP

    Other Sports to Officiate

    +1...i dont do it myself but Ive heard nothing but positives about volleyball...I know @Kevin_Kdoes volleyball here in Jersey. Im sure he could offer you some mroe insight
  15. JSam21

    Finding the pitched ball

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heine_Meine
  16. Guest

    Right handed pickoff move

    When a right hander is doing a pickoff move to 1st base, can their pivot foot land in front of or beside the rubber? Let's say they move their pivot foot first, and they put it in front of the rubber, but outside of the edges of the rubber, do they still have to throw the ball to 1st or is that like stepping behind the rubber? I would think that if they do a jump turn (simultaneous move of both feet), they have to throw it regardless of where their pivot foot lands, but what if their pivot foot moves first and instead of putting it behind the rubber, they put it beside, but outside the edges of the rubber. It must be legal, but I haven't found a rule specifically addressing that foot positioning.
  17. noumpere

    Where should I put my water bottles?

    I thought the same thing, along with car keyS (plural), hand warmers AND ice pack (one or the other), pen (just carry it and a piece of paper in your pocket)
  18. kylehutson

    Other Sports to Officiate

    Volleyball is great. No rainouts, quite a bit of walking, but no running. And, like everything else, they're also looking for more officials. I've thought about pickup up wrestling as well, but I'm holding off on that for a bit.
  19. Thatsnotyou

    Where should I put my water bottles?

    I have to ask - you need your wallet on the field?
  20. kylehutson

    Finding the pitched ball

    I think he's saying that if he did, he at least got Google to believe it.
  21. Thatsnotyou

    Dealing with coaches

    I always go to the team coming out on defense for a few reasons: 1) I can have better eyes on the batters and how close they are getting to the plate. I can stop the kid from trying to jog around, or creep up. They aren't behind me. 2) More subs come on the defensive end of things, so I'm already on the side of the defensive team coach. 3) I can also easily turn around to the dugout and tell the coach/dugout to please get someone to warm up the pitcher, without having to yell across the diamond. 4) Generally you're getting chirped more on balls/strikes from the defensive side of things, be it the coach in the dugout, players, an unhappy pitcher, whatever. I'm avoiding any post-inning nonsense by standing on the other side.
  22. yawetag

    Finding the pitched ball

  23. yawetag

    Other Sports to Officiate

    It has become clear to me that I might have to stop umpiring baseball. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a degenerative disc issue in my lower back. After suffering through my back "going out" on a yearly basis, I had it happen twice in a month in 2017. A trip to the doctor and some x-rays showed the issue. I didn't umpire at all in 2018, as I was spending my time looking for a new part of the country to move. I didn't have any back issues. When I returned this year, I was fine until my 5th or 6th game back. I was working the bases and as I started to jog from my position between 1B and 2B to A, I felt my back tighten. It was a chilly day, so I thought it was a muscle issue and dealt with the tightness through the game. The moment I got home, the pain got worse and became obvious it was my old issue cropping up again. Maybe I'm throwing a "correlation = causation" here, but it's becoming apparent that umpiring is not helping my back issues. But, and to the point of this post, I don't want to stop officiating. I have zero experience in any other sport, so anything I go into will take some time for me to actually learn it and the officiating behind it. That excites me. So, fellow umpires, what sport should I look into? It needs to be one that doesn't require a lot of running (I think that's the biggest issue with the back - the constant jarring on it). I have some ideas, but wanted to throw it out there before I put some bias in the results.
  24. sgvump

    Wash mask pads

    Thanks guys!
  25. HokieUmp

    Finding the pitched ball

    You made that name up.
  26. HokieUmp

    Baseball Tweet of the Year

    Well, sure - he'd be the one guy, ever, called out on the "travesty" clause. FINALLY, we'd get to use it.
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