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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. zoops

    Simulating Delivery & Disengagement

    Backward. There was no issue there; only possible argument is that the leg kick looked the same, albeit backward.
  8. 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?
  9. Also did not know that AL says the catcher must have the ball in order to block the plate. Assumed they used the "in the act" provision since most of their rules mimic OBR.
  10. zoops

    Mound Visits

    Based on my searching, FED does not have the OBR stipulation of not being able to visit a pitcher twice during the same at-bat. True?
  11. zoops

    Where is the arrow pointing?

    No doubt about it. I think it's a silly point of emphasis but I know that doesn't matter.
  12. zoops

    Knee Pop

    I agree that it's the toughest one IMO. I've had a couple instances this year where a team was asking for it but I just couldn't see it. I also don't want to go crazy and start calling it all the time.
  13. zoops

    Where is the arrow pointing?

    Both look illegal to me, although the first one could use another angle to be definitive. His feet look parallel to the rubber though, which is a pretty good indication. Seemed like NCAA really wanted this called the last couple years, but maybe their mindset is the CWS is not the time to go after it...
  14. zoops

    Knee Pop

    I think I have trouble picking up "knee-pop" balks on RHP's. For sake of the discussion, let's assume 3 man crew, runner on 1st. Other than the obvious looking for the front leg to move before the back leg, what are some things PU and U1 can key on?
  15. zoops

    6A UIL Championship Collision

    Agree with this. I have no problem with U1 telling the BR to get out of there and knock the staredown off. I also agree with no MC. In my mind, MC is a deliberate attempt to initiate contact that can cause harm. The BR did not initiate this contact, and although he did extend his arm a bit upon contact, I think that's just a normal human reaction when you collide with something. The BR had little opportunity to avoid this collision. Trainwreck.