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jjb last won the day on November 10 2017

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  1. Multi-State Tournament. High Intensity. As Staff, it was an exercise in diplomacy to keep teams happy and keep the tourney moving. No one complained about the fee, as we made it abundantly clear beforehand. Couple times I had to tell teams, "you may want to re-consider before protesting". Worked more than once. Two out of three protests were on pitching rules, one was a ball in play/out of play issue. It was an experience, I gotta tell you.
  2. No, not really. I UIC'd a UTrip WS. We'd been to a couple before, and saw them deal with "My runner was safe and the Umpire called him out, we protest." Didn't matter that the Umpire explained that they couldn't, they just wanted to hold up the game and b^#ch. So, when we ran our own, we imposed a 100$ protest fee. Out of about 48 games, we had three protests: one upheld, two denied. Quiet tournament. Spent the money on fruit, water and Gatorade for the Umpires.
  3. jjb

    Throwing the bat

    I liked our League's rule: the Umpire has the option to (1) warn (2) call him out or (3) eject. This allows him to judge the player, the infraction, or the frequency. So, if you can tell that the kid's working on it, or if he just not interested in trying, you can judge accordingly. Very seldom have we had to eject; they usually figure it out.
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    Out or foul ball?

    If the ball hits third base and skitters into foul territory, is it a fair ball or foul ball? There ya go......
  5. jjb

    Out or foul ball?

    I hear ya, Maven; I just figured he was confused enough as it was, and just answered the original question.
  6. jjb

    Out or foul ball?

    Touching the bag is irrelevant in your OP. The question is simply: was the ball in foul or fair territory when it hit him? Foul territory=foul. Fair territory=out.
  7. jjb

    Out or foul ball?

    If the ball hits him in foul territory, it's foul. If it hits him in fair territory, he's out. The runner is only protected from an Infield Fly. That's why the runner at third is taught to take his lead in foul territory. BTW, the rule that "the runners' not out if he's touching the base" is a softball rule.
  8. I'm a Sox fan and I'm ok with all of it. Cora thought Severino was retaliating, and Hamari only warned both teams. This puts the heat on Cora's pitcher to not throw inside for the rest of the game. So, Alex came out to lobby for an immediate EJ of Severino. Hamari told him no, and launched him when he ran through the stop sign. Sounds like everyone did their job and hopefully, it's over. Not like we haven't seen this before....
  9. jjb

    Time between games

    On the other hand, what do you do when the TD schedules you for three games in a row, and schedules the games 5-10 minutes apart? When you tell him that you will need to switch from plate gear to base gear, he tells you "just leave the plate Umpire out there". We're talking upper 90's out there....
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    Situation From the Other Day

    First, you have to know your rules. If the Infield Possession rule requires the runner go back, he goes back. Mud's right: you got a couple coaches who knew they had a rookie out there, and used your inexperience to take advantage of you. If you know the rules backward and forward, you'll feel confident about your rulings, which will give you the confidence to shut the coaches down. Don't be afraid to assert yourself. A simple, "Look gentlemen, we're not having this tonight, so knock it off", will generally stop the nonsense. And a coach threatening to pull his team should always be followed by your response "If you're pulling your team, coach, I'll be happy to rule on the forfeit: now what're you going to do?"
  11. My guess is that you're new to the profession; if so, welcome. You've got a lot to learn, just like any other skill. Relax, have fun, and, as I've told countless rookies: "Hey, you're going to make mistakes; a ton of little ones, and a few big ones. It's ok, just learn from them". You haven't answered the question about training, but, if you're not getting enough, try going to a few games, sit behind the fence and watch the other Umpires; where they go, what they do, and how they handle issues. And, don't worry about coaches; you're doing a job they're not qualified to do, and know about half of what you know. Welcome to the site: there's a ton of experience out here, and happy to help out.
  12. jjb

    Appeal calls

    "But...when a questionable call changes the game or ends it, don't the players deserve at least a chat with the home plate umpire to hear if he seen the play the way the field umpire seen it? We tell our players to do your job to the best of your ability. They deserve the same. We understand that this might of been the umpires 2nd or 3rd game of the day, in 80 degree heat, etc. But again, the job is to get the call correct". No, they don't. In fact, if the Home Plate Umpire engages you at all about the play without the Base Umpire's permission, he has violated Rule 8.02(c): "No umpire shall criticize, seek to reverse or interfere with another umpire’s decision unless asked to do so by the umpire making it". That's what we're trying to tell you: you have to ask the Umpire making the call to get help, and it's up to him to get it or not. The best way to start the conversation is ask him "what did you see?" This will give you the information you need. If he answers "I saw the tag with the ball in the glove", then you can ask him to check, as you saw the ball in the other hand. If, "however, he answers "It was in the other hand, but still an out", now you've got something to protest. And, it's got to happen when it happens..
  13. jjb


    T: Federal (NOAA, not LL) Guidelines say this: See the "flash", start counting, "one one thousand, two one thousand", etc.. If you hear the "boom" by "thirty one thousand", it's not safe to be out there; get 'em off! Having said this, think for a minute; suppose you kill a game and you didn't have to; what happens? They re-schedule the game (something they do all the time). Now, suppose you didn't kill a game, but you should have? You're talking a life-changing decision. What will you decide? Is a parent going to sit in the ER saying, "well. at least we got the inning in". ...
  14. jjb

    Hit by pitch

    Short answer; no, the Umpire will gesture to the Coach to check on him. Long answer; Unless the kid is hit in the face, or the head, the chances of injury at this level is pretty slim. Most of the time, the batter hitting the deck is because of (1) shock, or (2) a cry for attention. I've always interpreted it when I've trained Umpires as this: "You have a little sister, and punch her on the arm. She's not hurt, but immediately looks around for Mom. If she doesn't see her, she'll punch you back. If she sees Mom, she'll immediately fall to the ground like she's been shot." I've found that, unless the injury is severe, the less reaction the better.