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  1. 2 points
    I posted this on the Collegiaet board (having read that first): Yes. I've had (too) many discussions over the years on this play (well, usually about the similar play happening at second) with other umpires who put way too much stock in the phrase "a runner is never required to slide" from the rule (or maybe case) book. It's kind of like the "a pitcher can't throw to an unoccupied base" phrase -- not enough read the rest of the rule to which that applies.
  2. 2 points
    Depends on your area, I suppose. It would be frowned upon here -- just get one with your state association logo (or whatever is required) on it.
  3. 1 point
    Regarding the idea of an uncaught third strike, why would the ball bouncing be different than any other pitch hitting the batter when he swings? F2's rarely catch a pitch that hits the batter and we know that the pitch bouncing first makes no difference.
  4. 1 point
    If he's not out, you don't need the rule? You need the definition of TAG, which requires that the ball be held securely in hand or glove, assuming the glove is properly worn. In pro rules, it's in the definitions section at the end. In HS rules this is 2-24-4: "A tag out is the put out of a runner, including the batter-runner, who is not in contact with his base when touched with a live ball, or with the glove or hand when the live ball is held securely therein by a fielder." If his hand comes off, but the ball stays in the hand, that's also not an out.
  5. 1 point
    Our District has a great training program which includes 3 or 4 mechanics clinics (4 hour fast start we call them), an 8hr mechanics certification day, an 1.5 hour 'advanced' clinic where we work 3 man rotations and the like as well as a complete rules program which includes five 2 hr. classes on Wednesday nights to completely cover all the bases... All of this, and I was having issues recruiting locally. Those of you who have been in LL for a while can attest that what I described here is RARE and almost no one does the number of clinics and outreach that comes from CA D62. When I reached out to the 'body politic' of our league, and which in reality IS the league, the responses I received as to why we were having issues recruiting new people was scattered, but there were some re-occurring themes: * Too much training... the parents felt that all of the above, mechanics and rules was overwhelming, especially for those parents whose kids are just starting out in the lower divisons, * Too hard to get to the rules meetings at 7pm on a Wednesday night in traffic (5-12 miles for most people, but hey LA traffic is a bitch), * We should just pay umpires, because, you know someone else can do all the work... I mean, we all just fall off trees, right? To combat some of these our BOD heavily hit on the fact that we have to have officials, that LL does not really like the paying umpires route, that paying does not get you 'better' umpires, it just gets you a body in many cases and that the majority of the 'assassins' are already working College and HS ball at the same time which means few available folks for LL to pay. So I put together (and I will share it if you would like to look it over) a very basic intro to umpiring which we rolled out as a league. We did a 3 hr rules/mechanics intro on a Saturday morning where myself and a couple other District Staff umpires went through the basics of the rules and on field mechanics; hopefully we provided these people with enough information to be dangerous to themselves and others. I was able to attract, out of a 230 kid LL program roughly 25 first time attendees, many of them Junior umpires ranging in age from 11-16. Our league does provide some compensation to the juniors when they work games. Our thought is to try and get new to the league parents involved earlier in their kids LL career by giving them a soft shoe intro to running games. I would not want one of these people to jump on a Majors game, however for Minor C (kid pitch/coach pitch hybrid) or even Minor B, I would be fine with them... hopefully a few will want to keep improving and decide to take advantage of our spectacular district training, but in the interim I did get new people to jump in. You have to start somewhere, and as mentioned in a prior post, you need retention, but if the program is new, or rebuilding, you have to start at the attracting people stage.
  6. 1 point
    I was told this a couple of weeks ago and sworn to secrecy. I had the same 2 questions marked wrong.
  7. 1 point
    How many players or even coaches do you know that have EVER read a rule book? I used to try and teach rules to my players when I coached. From the actual rulebooks no less. Tough duty for sure. Parents? Never gonna happen. I am an advocate of a simple 25-50 most commonly encountered rules test (similar to the 50 rules myths handout many of us have seen over the years) being administered to players, coaches and most of all parents. Fail the test and you go back to the parking lot to study before you are allowed entry to the ballpark to play or coach or watch little junior play baseball. That just might help increase the baseball rules IQ of any organization that enforced that requirement. I would administer it EVERY game. Build some empirical knowledge. Maybe. A guy (umpire) can dream can't he? My .02............
  8. 1 point
    I agree....But that's a pretty odd concept. One almost zero high school players would know.
  9. 1 point
    I agree on a force play. If not a force, I have nothing.
  10. 1 point
    I believe FED would want this called interference. IF you slide, it must be a legal slide. If you don't slide you have to still avoid contact. Going in standing up doesn't relieve the runner of the responsibility to avoid contact.
  11. 1 point
    Got the official word. This is a violation.
  12. 1 point
    When I posted, I thought that George was just reading the rule/exception. After another listen, he did add the italicized to the rule book verbiage: A runner need not slide directly into a bag as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder. In this case interference shall not be called. If he did mean to indicate that the play shown should not be a violation, he certainly could have been clearer.
  13. 1 point
    Thanks for the info all! All my gear was stolen last year so I have to go shopping for all new gear again. I was on the fence over the champion vs Schutt CP's. Just ordered the Schutt/Adams from Ump-Attire. You're a great salesman @MadMax If I don't like it I'm blaming youlol what are the secrets to modifying it????
  14. 1 point
    I didn't hear it that way. I heard it as him reading the rule to us. In this clip I think we have the runner not sliding and altering the play.
  15. 1 point
    Men’s Wearhouse just did mine last week. $10/per pair.
  16. 1 point
    Got a reply today. The question about the close play 1B and BU asking for help, and the the question I got "wrong" about over running 1B will be disregarded and 4 points added to those who had these questions. One with no right answer, and one, marked incorrectly.
  17. 1 point
    Dammit, @BT_Blue, I read your post too late... My fellow Vulture just reported back last night – he was asked in to do a simulated game for Padres pitchers. When we're PU for these games here in Phoenix, we outfit ourselves with 2 ball bags (at least! I've been tempted to get a third!) so as to carry multiple ball types – Major, Minor or Foreign (I was PU for a game versus the Korean Nat'l team, for example). As they're prepping for the game, the ball tote (singular) is carried in and dropped at the backstop – all Big Leaguers, baby. Wide-eyed, my fellow Vulture fills his ball bags and heads to the plate, whereupon the first catcher hoists off his mask and introduces himself – Austin Hedges. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember the particulars of the mask he had (only one guy in the Vulture group needs to be the tech-nerd). Annnnnd Play! PS - Oh, and on that note, by being PU on these games, we are getting the chance to see (and try out!) some really top-notch masks. I held a FM4000MAG in my hands (it's like it's not even there!... but look at that Jay Leno chin!) and tried on several Mizuno masks that you just can't get here in the States, including a Mizuno Titanium. Yes, I'm gobsmacked-in-love.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    ... a pig wanders on the field and eats the ball (inside the pork home run)
  20. 1 point
    This year, I told both our coaches the following about throat guards on catcher's masks: "Do you all see these scars on my throat? Of course you don't, BECAUSE I WAS WEARING A THROAT GUARD. The league gear has them, if anyone brings their own to the game, they need one on there too."
  21. 1 point
    I heard too many horror stories of close calls not to add one. Take advantage of the lesson taught by someone else's pain. I will say that for the first two years I had it attached incorrectly. I had the TG hanging from THE EXTENSION. This was a problem when I would look up to find the ball and the TG would catch on the top of my chest protector. When I would bring my head back down the TG would push my mask up and off. Not much of a safety issue, but definitely bad optics. I believe Mr. Kennedy has a video posted here about the proper way to attach the TG. It should be strapped to the lower bar of the mask proper. Once I made this switch I have had no issues. Found the video:
  22. 1 point
    Foul ball off the catcher's helmet. Hit the throat guard on the way up and took my mask with it. Without the throat guard it would have knocked my mask off and hit me like an uppercut. I still enjoy chewing and swallowing my food.
  23. 1 point
    Me three! Since year two as an umpire. Mild pop to my throat and I got them for all my masks.
  24. 1 point
    You spend mucho to protect yourself from taking a shot to all parts of your body, most of which result in non-fatal outcomes. Why would anyone not spend ~$10 to protect themselves from a shot to the front of the neck (blunt neck trauma) which can be fatal? For me, it's no brainer. https://www.utmb.edu/otoref/Grnds/blunt-neck-inj-2010-12-17/blunt-neck-inj-pic--2010-12.pdf