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  1. zoops

    First games of the year!

    Lucky! -35 to -45 wind chills have been prevalent here in the upper midwest the last 10 days.
  2. zoops

    2019 NCAA Test Question

    Yes; didn't hear any reference to it in the video - just that the new interp is more restrictive. Just wanted to make sure, sorry for wasting your time.
  3. zoops

    2019 NCAA Test Question

    Just to be sure, the guideline given by Tom Hiler (I believe) a year or two ago about blocking the base if the incoming throw is within 60' of the base is now gone? In order to be considered “in the act of fielding”, the throw: a.Must be on target and arriving at approximately the same time as the runner. b.Can be within about 60 feet on the way toward the play. At that time, the fielder can block the pathway of the runner. c.Must be in flight directly toward and near enough to the fielder so he must occupy his position to receive the throw. d.All of the above. e.a and c.
  4. zoops

    2019 NCAA Test Question

    I'd go all but c on that one (so choice F)
  5. zoops

    2019 NCAA Test Question

    Have 3 I'm not totally sure of, any guidance appreciated as always. In order to be considered “in the act of fielding”, the throw: a.Must be on target and arriving at approximately the same time as the runner. b.Can be within about 60 feet on the way toward the play. At that time, the fielder can block the pathway of the runner. c.Must be in flight directly toward and near enough to the fielder so he must occupy his position to receive the throw. d.All of the above. e.a and c. About all I'm finding on this one is below but I've talked to others who thought E was correct. Note 1 If the fielder is about to receive a thrown ball and the ball is in flight directly toward and near enough to the fielder so he must occupy his position to receive the throw, he may be considered “in the act of fielding the ball.” F8 leaps high to attempt to catch B1's long fly ball. His momentum causes him to crash into the fence. The ball pops out of his glove and goes over the fence in center field. a.Home run. b.Two-base award for B1. c.Three-base award for B1. d.Legal catch Not finding any rulebook case on this one. R1, R3, 1 out. The pitcher steps toward 3rd, fakes a throw, then immediately turns and throws to 1st base. The pickoff attempt goes over F3’s head and rolls toward right field in foul territory. R3 scores and R1 is thrown out at 3rd trying to advance there. a.Balk is called. Let play continue but if R1 is put out at 3rd, call “Time” and put him back at 2nd. b.Balk is called but “Time” is not called until all play has ceased. R3 scores and R1 is out. c.Legal play. d.Balk for faking a throw to 3rd base. Call “Time” immediately and nullify any further play Appears they probably want B here according to the rule below but I know I've seen this discussed where some interps say the ball is dead when the pitcher fails to throw to third. (2) If a balk immediately is followed by a wild throw by the pitcher to a base that permits a runner(s) to advance to or beyond the base to which that runner is entitled, the balk shall be acknowledged. The umpire will call the balk in the usual manner, but shall not call "Time" until all play has ceased (runners have stopped trying to advance and/or a fielder is in possession of the ball in the infield).
  6. zoops

    2019 NCAA Test Question

    Kind of bummed to see no video questions this year; always liked those.
  7. zoops

    2019 NCAA Test Question

    So just 'c' correct?
  8. zoops

    2019 Changes

    Will be interesting to see how strictly they want this enforced. I'd say at least 75% of the pitchers in the NCAA games I worked this past spring would have been violating this rule. Could be a real pain as whiny coaches will say a pitcher is violating the rule even if it's only by a couple inches.
  9. zoops

    2019 Changes

    I'm assuming this one will change the guidance of allowing the catcher to block the base if the incoming throw is within 60' of home? Other rules changes approved include: Defensive players will not be allowed to block a base without possession of the ball at any time
  10. Probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the case of odd rules-related situations; might even help the general public learn the rules a bit (I can dream). I don't see a lot of value in asking an umpire why he called a pitch that was 2 inches outside a strike, kind of like asking a third baseman why he booted a ground ball.
  11. zoops

    Proposed Rule Changes

    Agreed. Almost every pitcher I see in my NCAA games is violating FED's rule for the feet. I see no problem with the rule as it is now.
  12. zoops

    Fulmer calls out PU

    Unfortunate double standard - if an umpire were to criticize a player's performance with phrases like 'god-awful' in the media he'd be given a healthy suspension, if not more. I believe Joe West's punishment was 3 games for his remarks on Adrian Beltre, which were practically in a joking manner.
  13. I was playing T-ball and such in the early 90's and don't remember ever having umpires, other than just coaches keeping control of the game, until I was at least 12. No issues that I remember and our group won our conference all 3 years of HS ball so I don't think it ruined our futures too badly
  14. zoops

    Simulating Delivery & Disengagement

    Backward. There was no issue there; only possible argument is that the leg kick looked the same, albeit backward.
  15. Had an American Legion game a few days ago where a RHP with R1, after coming set, lifted his right leg and disengaged the rubber with a high leg kick in the same manner that he would normally lift his left leg to start his delivery. OC put up a mild protestation that it should be a balk. Thoughts?
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