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    Hey folks, I know I post many things on here that SWMBO does/says etc., but I feel this worth mentioning as it may be beneficial to some of your local organizations. As the UIC for my local LL for 15 of the last 20 years, SWMBO stepped up to run concessions this year. She is also helping our Safety person, who has been on deployments and in training. SWMBO went out and got seven (yes 7) AED units donated to our LL organization. We have 1 at each of our fields now. Last evening, one of those units had to be used. While initially, one thinks about catchers taking a foul ball to the chest, pitchers to the chest, etc., this was a dad coaching Tee Ball. He collapsed during a game. There happened to be 2 nurses at that game. One started CPR, and the other retrieved the AED. After one cycle of CPR, and one shock from the AED, his heart beat and breathing returned. He was talking to the EMT's loading him into the ambulance. My contention is that I am "self proclaimed" FIFTY TWO and FAT and that very well could have been me that dropped. If at all possible, I encourage you to make mention of this to your local organizations and ask them to acquire an AED for the field. You never know when the life that is saved may be yours.
  3. 2 points
    I barely remember the outs of the current half-inning. No way I'm remembering what happened a full inning before.
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    Yes. Note that the FED definition of "proximity" is actually "close enough to R1 to reasonably make a play" -- see this case play 9from an old book, so the exact reference might be different): 6.2.4 SITUATION J: With R1 on first base and two outs, F1 attempts to pick off R1. As F1 pivots to throw, he realizes that F3 is not on the base, but is in his normal defensive position. F1 completes the throw without interruption. The coach of the offensive team wants a balk called on F1. RULING: As long as F3 is in the proximity of the base, F1 would not be guilty of a balk. Proximity is umpire judgment and is based on whether the fielder is close enough to the base to legitimately make a play on the runner.
  6. 1 point
    I've been active on this site for about a year now, and lurking even longer... Maybe I should introduce myself! My name is Garrett, I'm a 17 year old Junior from Kansas City, and I'm going into my 4th year of umpiring. I started umpiring at 14, the age the league I played in up to high school starts umpires at. The league I started in had very, very minimal training, but I spent quite a lot of time bettering my umpiring on the internet, primarily via umpirebible.com. By the end of the second year, I could tell that I need some higher level baseball, and I wanted to move on. Last year, I started doing daddy ball tournaments through the MSBL, and got to do some of my first games that felt like real baseball. Last spring was a huge turning point in refining my craft, and becoming more professional. I was able to attend the MLB umpire camp in KC, and got a lot out of it, I found UE, which has been a huge resource, and got my own set of real umpiring gear. At one of the tournaments I worked for the MSBL, another assignor (I think he was there as the USSSA rep maybe?) asked what I was doing during the weeks, and invited me to umpire at one of the larger leagues in the Kansas City area, which has been a large source of games for me. At this point, I'm doing mostly 11-13U ball, with a few 9U, 10U, and 14U games here and there. This year I've only been able to work 4 games (two 12U's and two 13U's, probably AAA or MAJ for all of them), and have felt very good. While no where near perfect, I feel I'm quite good for this level of ball and would love to move on to even better baseball, but I'm unsure where to go from here, as I'm still in High School and will be for another year. Ultimately, my goal is to do college ball, hopefully DI, as a way to stay in baseball, while making a little money. Heaven knows I'm not good enough to make it as a player In essence, my question is, what should be my next step in umpiring? I know there are decent number of UE members in Missouri/Kansas, specifically in the Kansas City Area, so if you have any local advice or opportunities, I'd love to here them. One thing I've thought about is doing Middle School baseball, but I'm not sure if the baseball would actually be better, and if it would be worth the cost of getting registered when I still have a few years before I'll be able to do HS ball. Regardless, this site has been an enormous help (and time sink) for me, and I look forward to many more years of helping, and even more being helped, by all of you in our mutual goals of umpiring. Thank you all!
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    The single best thing I have done for my umpiring career
  8. 1 point
    If I had a Power I definitely wouldn't cover that up either
  9. 1 point
    Same numbering and wording in the 2019 casebook, for reference.
  10. 1 point
    Seeing Hamari looking back as he's departing 2nd. Good for him otherwise he'd be making that call from way way away...
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    A few thoughts... -Use written warning and restrict then if you have to eject do so - don't call coaches out if the dugout especially to look at lines in dirt. We don't want them doing it to us, don't do it to them. It's judgement. Leave it at that. -I wouldn't tell coaches to swing the bat or a certain zone you are going to have. They will figure it out. Doing this at plate meeting may create tension before anything happens -I know it frustrating but try not to umpire with emotion. Coaches are already emotional and unrational during arguments. We need to defuse it if possible. Being at their level does no good. just my 2 pennies...
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    I would agree. I just find it highly unlikely that the scorekeeper ALSO records it as a walk and says nothing when BU calls out R1 (they're also the home team in this scenario, so scorekeeper is likely theirs). It would greatly depend on whether scorekeeper is tracking balls/strikes/pitch count. But, I guess, if you do have it as a walk in the book(or both books) the umps would probably go with it - though they could conceivably correct the scorekeeper "no, that was ball three" (or, even better, "I called that pitch a strike - don't really know why everyone thinks I called a ball"). I think the likely ending is B1 replaces B2 with a 1-0 count.
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    I think you're right that it's a much more likely scenario. However, is this not a situation where you'd go to the book and check if they have a walk? I guess the argument is that there's a very good chance that they have it wrong in the book with all that happened, but it is the official record of the game.
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    Great video for illustrating how grey reality on the field can be very different from the black and white of the rule book. The point of the rule is that when a fielder is trying to make a tag, the runner is down to two options: slide, or attempt to legally avoid the tag. I've got him out because it's Bryce Harper.
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    I'm happy with the Out West Plate Coat I have.. High Quality IMHO - I wear suits often for my "real" job.. The pockets are perfect size also.. 3 buttons, so you can do the one button deal at various heights to get the correct look with your CP (I use the middle button with my XV)..
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    Yea, again. I did not have a rag or "marker" and normally a verbal queue to my partner or a signal would have sufficed, but I was alone as my partner called in just before the start of the game. So I used what I had on hand (or head rather).
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    Yes, and: The followup question is usually, "how can it be a feint when he actually threw the ball?!?" The answer is that "feinting toward 1B" is in fact elliptical for "feinted a throw to 1B." He feinted a throw TO 1B, as pitchers may legally do to 2B, by actually throwing the ball to a fielder who was NOT near the base. This is the provision of the balk rule that he violated (namely, 6-2-4a's prohibition of "any feinting toward the batter or first base").
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    BTW.....the lead-off hitter hit the first pitch of the ballgame for a HR. The game ends 1-0. Can't remember working a game and that happening before.
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    Some do, but not to the level you'll find at Mid-America. You'll probably get a night or two for a few hours and get a very basic overview of 2-man mechanics.
  20. 1 point
    Right, so if F3 is not near the base and the ball sails over his head: yes, balk.
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    Depending on where F1 threw the ball, this might not be properly a balk. But the outcome is the same either way (because the throw went out of play), so fine. If he threw the ball near-ish 1B, and there was no fielder nearby to receive it, and that explains how it went out of play, then it's not a balk. Play the bounce (out of play, make the award, etc.) The rule requires that F1 step and throw to a base. If he did that, then it's legal, even when there's no fielder there. (The Evans balk video has a play where F1 steps and throws and the ball rolls right up to 1B and stops: legal). This is the converse of the question we get about throwing to a fielder who is not near a base.
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    Was the throw at the base or F3? If to the base and there's no F3 there, no balk - his pick-off throw was toward the base. If to F3, then a balk.
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    This is a seriously messed up situation that should have never happened... How does NO ONE notice? Regardless, it's far too late to correct it at that point. There may be other, better ways to handle this, but here's how I'd call it. R1(or BR, which ever happens first) should be declared out when they abandon their efforts by going to the dugout. Ends the half inning. Next up is whoever bats after the batter who walked. (You got that part right) EDIT: addressing parts of the OP I didn't address A walk is not a dead ball, and it's up to you and your players to know the situation. It's not the umpires fault, and it's certainly not the defenses fault, you just screwed yourself. I can't think if any reason that R1 should even be discussed as the next batter. That's totally illogical.
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    Even if you can't call HS ball just yet, I wonder if you could register anyway and attend the meetings, get to know people, and through that networking probably get additional opportunities? If you can't "register" maybe the local Association would let you attend and learn what you can. If you were in our area, we would love to have young guys who were interested and wanted to learn!
  25. 1 point
    What he's saying is it progresses the game further along, even if it ultimately results in a longer game. It's semantics, but in some ways he's technically correct. In an untimed game it would speed up the game, but I personally have no problem labeling it a delay tactic.
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    The way the lookback rule is written, the pitcher must be the one in possession of the ball while in the circle. The stipulation to that is the pitcher can NOT be attempting to make an additional play. The way you’ve said both situation, I don’t have a lookback.
  27. 1 point
    Join in the fun, don't make the call at home, instead call time and meet with your partner to discuss the play. As soon as time expires, call the runner out, game over.
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    https://www.outwestofficials.com/collections/baseball-jackets ?
  30. 1 point
    You know what will really speed up the pace of games? Eliminate pitch counts. Yes, pitch counts. Single-most disruptive affliction on tournament baseball. Why’s that? The obvious thing is what we see in the pitching changes that take 3-5 minutes!! Coach has to go out there, huddle the kids together, pick the kid that may or may not be able to put a ball over the plate without bouncing, then the kid has to shed all the EvoCuffs and lucky bracelets and batting gloves and sunglasses (because, of course we know you can’t wear sunglasses* while pitching; to be fair, kid wasn’t wearing them on his face while in the field), then retrieve his pitching glove (which, of course, has the extra-long laces and is as close to whitish tan as one can get), then change his shoes from spikes to plastics or flats, because we’re playing on a combination field with a portable mound, then take no less than 9 warmup pitches, half of which hit the backstop! Nearly ten minutes later, when we resume the game, we now have a weaker pitcher, or at least a different pitcher, who has to “find the zone”. He might just be different enough, though, to spoil the outburst of runs the batting team has hung on the previous pitcher, thus staving off an early run (mercy) rule. Or, worse yet, he is weaker than the outgoing pitcher, who simply hit this ambiguous pitch count number, but was completely effective and in a groove, and now the batting team starts teeing off, and the defensive team starts committing even more fielding mistakes and errors. But hey, little Logan’s arm has been preserved. That’s all that matters. Insidiously, what ends up happening as an undercurrent to what I just described, is that batting teams start telling their batters (through a torturous amount of signs before every frakkin’ pitch, often with those stupid football number-code sleeves) to tactically take or fake-bunt at pitches!!! So each at-bat becomes a prolonged, energy-sapping affair, repeated until finally a third out is recorded, often by sheer miracle (or interference!). In the meantime, only 3 runs have scored, all off passed balls, wild pitches, or U3K’s uncompleted. Here’s the thing: no one – no one – is naturally talented at Fortnite. How do these kids (and twenty-somethings, to be fair) get so good at it? They play it incessantly and repetitively, and without limitations on when and how often, they build up skills through experience. Fortnite actually awards for frequency despite failure. So these kids are playing it over and over and over and over... and over... and over... and good grief, Colby, are you playing it again?!?!? I’ll hand it to Colby’s everywhere – they’ve gotten to be better video game players because of it, despite losing a major percentage of the time, and watching others do those goofy dances over their avatar’s corpse. It’s motivated them to get better, or in some cases, exact retribution so they can dance over a defeated adversary the next time... Wouldn’t these same kids benefit from pitching as frequently as possible to build up arm strength and pitching skills, or, on the converse side, swinging at as many pitches as possible to build up the batting skills necessary to be an effective hitter? No wonder games hit their time limits in the 3rd inning!!!
  31. 1 point
    6" is too long for me, a 4" covers the top part of the Schutt shell by about 2". It's stopped a foul ball off the catcher's mitt from going under my mask, so it stays.
  32. 1 point
    Hopefully this may help some guys...I agree...this side of the game management equation is something that simply isn't instructed...and it *should* be.
  33. 1 point
    Just claim the coach's clock was wrong and you had the time past the limit. Of course, if a clock is visible to everyone, then that won't work. Why were you "livid"? Because a coach forced you to stay out there an extra inning longer than you thought? Sorry.
  34. 1 point
    More advice: Never make the third out at 3B.
  35. 1 point
    Nice example of being "Big" on a time play...
  36. 1 point
    I guess I'm in the minority, but I kinda hate the shirt over CP. I love seeing a protector under a CP. Maybe that's just me though
  37. 1 point
    This Sat was my opening day for HS (prep schools start before 4/1 for the jersey guys out there) and let me tell you it was one of those days where you are reminded why we love this game and why we do what we do. 70 and sunny (cant remember the last time I wore short sleeves for a march game if ever) well pitched and well played. I've gotten to know both coaches well and they were their usual respectful selves. After a really great game decided late all players on both teams went out of their way (we were halfway out the door not sticking around for handshakes) to come over and thank me and my partner for our time. What a day, what a game. Just one of those that instantly puts you in a great mood and reminds you why we do it. For all the long car rides, the asshole parents, the time we sacrifice, and the work we put in, yesterday was a day where it was obvious why we do it. And to all my brothers in blue in jersey, happy opening day! PS- best part the game was an 11 am first pitch. By 12:50pm me and my partner were drinking an adult beverage (or two) at a rooftop bar enjoying the warmth. 1:30 to start the year, not too shabby

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