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  1. Richvee

    Balk Rule - runner at first

    I had it at 3B to end a game.... R2, 2 outs, last inning team AB down a run. RHP comes set. R2 breaks for 3rd. (I don't know why). F1 steps, throws to 3B, out by 20 feet. Game over. ...Let $h*t show commence...Coaches, parents, players, all going nuts..."You don't know the rules, you're the worst umpire ever"...all the fun stuff..2 post game ejections followed, and 2 parents following us to the cars. Closest I ever came to having to call the police.
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    Right Handed pitcher balks

    Most tourneys I do are FED based. Which, along with LL, seem to be the only rule sets still allowing it.
  3. The fact the this guy took this much effort to categorize "whites" and "non whites" speaks volumes about who has the problem with race and ethnicity.
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    Throwing the bat

    hahaha...I get it..
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    Fly ball

    No catch. A CATCH is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it; Once the ball hits the fence it is no longer considered "in flight"
  6. No doubt it can be done with quality shirts. I'm just sayin' they went that route here in NJ, and the quality/value of what we have to buy is horrid. I do understand though...I think the practice of the "kickback" was invented in NJ.
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    You Make The Call

    #1- There is no "in the act of fielding" in FED. I've got OBS all day. F2 set up right in the path and was waiting there for the ball to arrive.
  8. Be careful what you wish for. We now have a "standard" shirt with out logo on it. It's the cheapest POS I've ever owned. Flimsy doesn't even begin to describe how bad these shirts are.....and the markup because of an embroidered logo is a crime.
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    giving count

    It depends. I'll give the count sometimes after a foul ball before putting the ball back in play. Maybe after several pickoff attempts, or SB or WP. If action is continuous I'll rarely give it. But I think I know what you're getting at I'm guessing you're asking about the timing of giving the count between pitches? This is a pet peeve of mine, very common with untrained umpires. A pitcher will be on the rubber, just about ready to go into his motion and PU will bellow "TWO BALLS ONE STRIKE!!!!!"... Causing the pitcher to flinch, or the batter to duck from being startled.
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    Right Handed pitcher balks

    What does LL Jr's have to say about the fake to 3B from the rubber? Is it now everybody but FED that has this as illegal?
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    Penalty or play?

    Absolutely. I don't remember his score, but I believe Mr. Boone had one of the lowest out of everyone who took the ESPN rules test a few years back. Ah yes..A little research reveals the embarrassing 1/10 correct. https://www.closecallsports.com/2013/06/espn-baseball-quiz-media-scores-low.html
  12. I agree with you 100% about navy. We're the same here in NJ, though black is getting more popular for regular season, still, the powers that be still insist on navy for state playoffs. The problem in HS is, there's plenty of "old timers" that whine about buying anything new. They're still bitching they had to buy a new pair of pants 6 years ago when high school phased out heather grey for baseball. NJ just switched from an arm patch to a logo on the breast, and that implementation took 3 years and there's still guys who haven't got one. (Granted the new logo shirts are horrible quality, but that's another story). One of the worst feelings is emailing a partner you have never worked with before, and you mention you have black and navy shirts, they answer you and it reads "I only have navy".. You know you're probably in for not-so-great pregame, game or post game.
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    Penalty or play?

    Reading this and laughing to myself....What are the chances Aaron Boone knows this rule.
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    Angel having a tough night. BOS @ NYY

    The double standard is out of control. Thursday morning. MLB radio Steve Phillips and CJ Nitkowski are talking about CC calling out Angel postgame for the "3 missed pitches", and how "terrible" he is....they're basically agreeing with him. Then, they play Porcello's comment where he said "Just throw strikes on the white and there won't be any problems".....Well, Phillips and CJ go off, saying Porcello was "out of line" because we all knew he was referring to CC's comments, and that's throwing a fellow player under the bus and that's wrong, Blah-blah-blah.
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    Schutt Scorpion leg guards

    You can run a stop sign and not have an accident... That doesn't mean keep doing it. Add me to the force 3 group. Untouched fastball direct hit off the knee Sunday..Maybe 80-ish? Ball ended up near F6. When I tell you I didn't feel a thing, it's not an exaggeration. I've sworn by these for 2 years now, but even this shot surprised me at the lack of any sensation on my knee.
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    Angel having a tough night. BOS @ NYY

    Agree with this. I've always thought it would be great to see stats that included all the calls where a team held up the game so they could check the video and decided not to challenge because, although the play was close enough for the team to want to take a look at the video, it was the correct call. Every one of those situations represents a very close play that was umpired correctly.
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    Balk Rule - runner at first

    Did he step towards second? If Yes..Then this is a balk. He cannot step to an unoccupied base. Unless.......Did R1 break towards 2B prior to the pitcher stepping to second? He is allowed to stepand fakeor throw to 2B if R1 made an attempt to advance. If R1 was simply leading off, and the pitcher spun and stepped to 2B, (throw or no throw) we have a balk.
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    After working Babe Ruth and some older OBR based leagues in the summer of '17, I found myself flinching on the fake to third move in FED this spring. Now with NCAA going that route, the flinching in high school may get worse. Hopefully it doesn't escalate into an erroneous balk call during a FED game.
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    Yes indeed. We were were basically told " They say the answer is a balk, Let's move on" Side note. I believe that is Dan Merzel speaking. Umpiring in the Arizona Fall league this season.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    I see what you're saying...Sort of a "jump turn" that a RHP would do without the "turn". I've never seen that. I've only ever seen the LHP's step back and sling it over to 1B without a step.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    Interesting. Can anyone explain to me why this is a one base award for an overthrow and not a balk? If he didn't step off the back first, and didn't step to 1B with the right leg we have an award of 2B for a balk, not because his status is still a pitcher.
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    We'll , that might explain your umpire calling a balk. Its a bit of an inside joke. You see , all rule sets and interpretations agree, since a feint to 2nd is legal, a feint can be a throw not directly to the base. It is not a balk in any ruleset. ----Assuming F6 isn't closer to an unoccupied 3rd base -- thats another issue . anyway... A few years back, on the New Jersey High School umpire refreshed test that we are required to take each year , this exact question was on the test. NJSIAA said the answer is this is a balk. They would not listen to opposing few points at meetings or through emails. So the running joke is it's not a balk in any code anywhere unless you're playing HS baseball in NJ. Perhaps your umpire is a believer in the NJSIAA interpretation
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    Only in high school in NJ.
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    The conflict is...What if the batter has a foot on the ground in the box and a foot on the ground out of the box and the ball hits him or his bat a second time
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    No one said there was a set in the OP. We're just conversing about starting to come set, stopping for a moment , then stepping off to "hide" the start/stop. Just some conversation..he board hasn't exactly been hopping lately.