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  1. NCAA Exam Thread

    What am I misunderstanding on this one? 4-4 tie is the correct answer according to the test. I took the rules below to mean that since the HT only scored 2 runs in the inning while the VT scored 4, you would revert to the score at the end of the previous inning. Or does "has scored in the uncompleted inning the same number of runs as the other team" not mean in that specific inning, but for the whole game? After 6 innings, the home team leads 2-0. In the top of the 7th, the visiting team scores 4 runs. In the bottom of the 7th, the home team ties the game with a 2-run homer. However, with one out in the inning, the game is stopped due to rain and is not completed. There was no special conference rule or prior agreement in place for this game. a. The game is suspended and will be continued when possible. b. The game ends in a 4-4 tie. c. Visiting team wins 4-2. d. Home team wins 2-0. Rule 5-10-a-2: Art. a. A regulation tie game shall be declared by the umpire-in-chief: (1) If the score is tied when play is terminated after five or more equal innings; or (2) If the team that went to bat second is at bat when play is terminated and has scored in the uncompleted inning the same number of runs as the other team. Rule 5-8-b: Art. b. It shall be a regulation game if called by the umpire at any time after five innings have been completed, and the score shall be that of the last equal inning played, except that in the following circumstances the score of the game shall be the total number of runs that each team has scored: (1) If the team second at bat has scored more runs at the end of its fourth inning than the team first at bat has scored in five completed innings; (2) If the team second at bat has scored in an unequal number of innings more runs than the team first at bat; or (3) If the team second at bat is at bat when the game is called and has scored in the incomplete inning the same number of runs or more runs than the team first at bat. (4) By conference rule, or mutual consent of both coaches before the beginning of the contest, a game may be stopped after seven innings if one team is ahead by at least 10 runs.
  2. NCAA Exam Thread

    Figured that; I'm a teacher and that pretty much tipped it off that is was false but figured I'd check.
  3. NCAA Exam Thread

    "In this situation, the plate umpire should issue an “official warning” to this coach and hope he returns to his position." This is the video question where the coach comes in to argue a called strike 3. It seems like it should be false according to Note 2 below. Applicable rule is 3-6f (I think): Note 1 - Balls, strikes and half swings are not to be argued. After a warning, any player or coach who continues to argue balls, strikes or half swings shall be ejected from the game. Umpires shall record the warning. Note 2 - If a coach leaves the dugout or his position to argue a ball or strike call (including a half swing), the coach may be ejected without warning
  4. NCAA Exam Thread

    I know this one was discussed a bit previously, but I figured it would be a decent one for more discussion. Not sure I would say the catcher was "in the act" (NCAA gave the definition of the ball being in its last 60' of flight) as it appears he's blocking the base from the time the ball left F6's hand. Is it legal since the runner is not in the dirt circle? The online clinic talked a lot about the dirt circle, but more from a runner's responsibility to avoid a collision. There is also this note to rule 8-7-4b: A catcher shall not be deemed to have hindered or impeded the progress of the runner, if, in the judgement of the umpire, the runner would have been called out notwithstanding the catcher having blocked the plate. However, the question on the test reads: "The catcher was blocking the plate as the runner attempted to score. Legal play as he was in the act of fielding the throw." I don't really agree with the underlined as he was blocking the plate well before the last 60' of flight. .
  5. Assigning Expectations

    I was describing something different - the OP where a game is delayed 2.5 hours. Although I guess my 2nd paragraph would apply to both threads.
  6. Assigning Expectations

    To the OP, if I arrived for a 10:00 game and wasn't notified prior of the field not being ready and the game doesn't get underway until 12:30, I'm going to ask for some sort of compensation for the "missed" game. Even if a thunderstorm comes through at 9:55 and causes a delay, we shouldn't be expected to sit there for 2.5 hours for no pay. This of course is assuming it's a run-of-the-mill doubleheader, not a state tournament or something like that. The topic of this discussion is one of the reasons that many areas struggle to have enough baseball umpires. I know of many areas that have next to no baseball guys and are flush with basketball officials. You never know if you'll be at a doubleheader for 3 hours or 8 hours - with basketball and football, you pretty well know your game is going to be done within a certain time frame. Nothing that really can be done about it but just my opinion and observations.
  7. American Legion Rule Changes

    I also have some mixed feelings about the 7 inning games. It is nice to have a 9 inning game with two good teams playing - a 7 inning game can feel pretty short and a mistake or two can really bury you. On the other hand, trying to run a tournament where you're playing four 9 inning games in one day can get long, especially if there are any delays whatsoever. Those loser-out games between teams with no pitching left can be pretty brutal having to go 9 innings as well. Overall I think the change is a good one. It will also allow some of the teams from smaller towns to have a little more of a chance as the pitching demands won't be quite so great. Having to play four or five 9 inning games in 4 or 5 days really wears down a pitching staff. With the pitch count, am I right that if you throw more than 80 pitches on a Wednesday you can't throw at all until Monday? I'm all for protecting arms but that seems a little much to me.
  8. What a call!

    Great call; looked like Counsell was arguing that the fielder pushed him off the bag...really Craig?
  9. ALWS

    Yeah, those darn Cliff Keen shirts...at least they're free!
  10. ALWS

    What's the experience like in Shelby? I know a couple people who have done one and have good things to say. Had you worked an ALWS before?
  11. My goodness that's about as easy a call as you'll see. Would have been interesting to hear what Hinch was arguing - that there was no contact? Doesn't seem like you see very often where the crew chief comes in and gets the EJ. Is that the usual practice for the CC to come in during a fairly civil argument and tell the coach he has to stop or be ejected? Seems like that should have been PU's job. I'm not a Joe West basher by the way...
  12. Double Play Attempt

    Being discussed in the UEFL page...
  13. I think he was agreeing that the runner's attempt to interfere with the throw from F3 to F6 for the first out did not lead to hindrance (the slide is a separate issue). I know maven will be back so I'll let him fill in the rest.
  14. Interesting play. I don't think the runner trying to get in the way of the throw to 2B is an infraction since it caused no hindrance. The slide and return throw is more fuzzy, but I don't think the runner hindered the throw but obviously that is debatable. I see Gregorious making a sloppy throw, not necessarily because of the runner. I'm guessing that is why the call was not overturned, because the video did not have indisputable evidence that the umpire's judgement was wrong on the field and there was no rules misapplication? Certainly an easy INT call on the slide in FED, NCAA, etc...
  15. Full brawl NYY vrs Detroit Tigers

    Seems it's kind of like fighting in hockey where they only half-heartedly punish it. Almost like it's something to drum up excitement during a long regular season. I could really care less about pros throwing at each other, but the part that annoys me is when high school (or lower) teams start to think that every time someone gets beaned there's intent behind it because they see it on tv. We have one coach in our area who likes to play that card and I just want to say you're watching too much sportscenter coach.