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    HS JV Game EJ on Friday

    When did 15 after 4 come in? School or travel?
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    I don't know enough from just a still to say if it's FED FPSR or not. Did the fielder just get the ball in front of the bag, giving the runner no opportunity to do anything? Then nothing, the contact is n front of the bag, the runner didn't interfere. Or did the runner have ample opportunity to slide or veer off but chose to actively come into the fielder like this? Then absolutely FPSR. If egregious, we'll move on to MC as well.
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    Spin move question

    I think whoever is saying that is totally misinterpreting a 'spin' move where the pitcher does NOT gain ground but merely spins on the free foot - which is a balk - with a jump step or jab step move. As others have said, as long as there's no movement to home first and the pitcher generally gains ground towards first, we're fine.
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    Guidelines for Intentional Drop

    If you feel that he intentionally manipulated the ball to the ground or otherwise intentionally dropped it, then call it. Allowing to hit the arm or body? Other than sounding extraordinarily stupid and painful, why would they do that and risk it bouncing uncontrollably away? But it would still be your judgment. All they have to do is allow it to drop untouched and we're fine. For HS, consider this case, which directly answers your first question: 8.4.1 SITUATION G: With the bases loaded and one out, B5 bunts a ball in the air. F3 uses the back of his glove to gently knock the ball to the ground where he picks it up and throws to F2 who touches the plate and then throws out B5 at first. RULING: The ball is dead. B5 is out and the runners return. Manipulating the ball to the ground is prohibited. Allowing the ball to drop to the ground untouched is not considered an intentionally dropped ball.
  5. Meh, Hinch was being a little weasel and knew exactly what he was doing. "We have technology to help you get better"? In the 1st inning of a spring training game? STFU, little guy.
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    Pitched Ball in the Dirt

    Unless for some reason, you think the batter stepped into the pitch or otherwise permitted the ball to hit him, yes. It's just a pitch, just like any other pitch. The only thing it can't be is a called strike.
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    Some Sort of Record..

    I'll be 43 in....2012
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    NFHS - Hit by Pitch or ???

    From the description, the kid was clearly taking evasive action to avoid getting hurt. Of course he's getting first base. I have very little patience with absurd coach arguments like this.
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    Can we talk HSMs?

    I had an All-Star MVP4000 and absolutely loved it. It was well-balanced, protective, and actually cooler on hot summer days if there was even a hint of a breeze. I tried the v1 version of the F3 Defender HSM and hated it. Poor vision, uncomfortable padding, and just didn't feel right. Don't know about the v2 but if you like the fit, I would strongly consider it. I wouldn't touch the Wilson if it was free - that big ole flat forehead is an invitation to a concussion. Contrast it with the much more angular design of the All-Star. Plus heard enough warranty and support issues with Wilson to shy away from them. In my case, I ended up selling my All-Star (along with my Diamond ultra-lite with Team Wendy pads) to finance my F3 traditional mask, which I absolutely love. But if you're thinking of going the HSM route, I wouldn't consider anything other than an All-Star or potentially the F3 Defender if you like the fit. If you can take the cash flow, order both from Ump-Attire or Purchase Officials. Both offer free returns, so no risk to trying them out.
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    Skunk in the outfield illegal

    How so? For most of that time, no play was being attempted on the runner out there, and when there was one, did he veer more than 3 feet from a line from his outfield spot to 2B? Maybe but not sure from this video. I'm just not sure this was a problem that needed a solution. Did it really violate the rules - or just someone's sensibilities? I'm fine if they want to call it a travesty, it's stupid bush crap, but I think it deserves more than just a short case, to avoid unintended consequences like someone calling it on a runner taking a wide turn or stopping to try and draw a rundown in the 'normal' way.
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    NFHS Interpretations 2019

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    What if You KNOW You Don't Know A Rule?

    Good point. If NCAA and MLB would just stop with this nonsense of requiring a Kabuki theater of a live ball only appeal, we'd all be better off!
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    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    To say that since the case said pitcher and first baseman, so it must only apply to that EXACT situation, and to put it in this memo like that, is one of the most insanely pedantic and childishly surly things I've ever seen in this context. But in a way it does highlight the sloppiness of NFHS sneaking it in with a last-minute case and not removing contradictory cases. Just remove the glove from the definition of a lodged ball in the rule if that's what you want to do.
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    Pitching Limits and Umpires

    In OH, we do not track nor enforce pitching limits either. If a coach thinks there's been a violation, it's strictly between them and the state association office. No other rules other than pitch limits.
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    Advice for Gear? Younger levels

    Welcome, fellow Ohioan. It's great to have some younger folk in the ranks! My son started out in almost the exact same path - youngsters till he was 18, though he did get certified at 17 so he could do middle school and freshmen games. One thing that helped him - and me starting out - was to scour the local Play It Again or other used sporting goods shops. Honestly, for shin guards, a decent used catchers' set will work just fine. You can often find Champ-Pro guards, as well as All-Star (which I'd much more recommend). Same for chest protectors, though those may be a bit more rare. I found a Wilson Charcoal a few years ago for $30 and a Diamond Ultra-Lite mask for $15.
  16. Can't get the DH to the NL soon enough for me, enough with this useless parade of pitchers hitting. It's a waste of time, a waste of an at-bat, an unnecessary risk of injury to pitchers, an incentive to replace starting pitchers and others too early, and just an anachronism that I'm perfectly happy to see go the way of the dodo. Sure, some purists will wail and gnash their teeth, but many of them are dying out anyway . Players grow up their entire playing lives with the DH at nearly all levels except the NL of MLB. And "that's the way it's always been!" is not a compelling argument to me - unless said person also wants to bring back a HR counting on 1 bounce, a catch being a catch on 1 bounce, the hitter asking for a low strike vs a high strike, etc. Beside, the DH was first proposed in the 1890's, it's not just some idea that was created out of whole cloth in the 1970's.
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    Infield Fly

    Either, both, it doesn't much matter. A couple times I've been U1 and had to bail because the fielder was coming right at me. PU called it, as he should have.
  18. I agree, I wouldn't call just an arm as "hurdling the fielder". But I think that's what's causing all the angst about the POE picture above - it looks like it is just hurdling outstretched arms. I can see how that would be confusing.
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    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    If so, then this was a very sloppy and improper way of changing the interpretation. Change the rule to exclude glove from the definition of lodged if this is the desired result. Do it right, from the start rather than a backdoor case slipped in without announcement.
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    Pitch count question

    Indeed, this is entirely state-dependent. Edited to add: in OH, we have no umpire involvement in this issue whatsoever...we don't keep track, we don't enforce, we don't report. If a team thinks there's been a violation, they take it up with the state on their own.
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    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    True, but the overrunning was an announced change, with the rule changed but an old case missed. I can understand that. This is kinda the opposite - no change to rule or existing cases, just a new, contradictory case just appearing out of nowhere. It's reasonable to use the new interpretation, but I'm going to wait for further direction before doing so. And let's face it, this is kind of a unicorn play in the first place!
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    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    Until I see a clarification or official word from NFHS or the state, I'm ignoring the new case. It's in direct conflict not only with long-standing cases still in the book but also the plain letter of the rule as it exists today. If they want to change it, then change the rule and do this in an orderly process, not by sloppily backdooring a contradictory case play under the radar like this.
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    Car storage

    I just rock out a couple of these in the back of my 2004 Honda Odyssey with the back seat folded down...
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    On deck batter

    I am mostly on the get on your side perspective, and virtually ALWAYS in a varsity game or anything played on a varsity quality field, but if the fences are that tight and it's customary, then I'll allow flipping. In my experience, that's almost entirely on non-school fields - which I don't really do much anymore.
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    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    Nearly right there with you, brother.....HS, a few of the bigger summer tournaments (15U and up only) and that's pretty much it anymore. Avoiding the unholy trinity of 10U-12U like the plague!