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  1. maven

    2019 Fed change- pitchers feet

    Yes. 6-1-3 has had a word deleted. 2018: "Before starting his delivery, he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitcher's plate and with his entire pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher's plate." 2019: "Before starting his delivery, he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitcher's plate and with his pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher's plate."
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    TV Blooper

  3. So dumb luck takes the force off?
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    Unusual activity warning

    Yes: I'm Captcha'd just hitting the site, even when previously logged in.
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    It depends on what the umpire yelld.
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    Runner intentional interference

    For this play I'm watching for hindrance. When F6 fields the ball cleanly and makes the play he wants to make, I've got nothing. In a play with hindrance, I'd get 1 out here. For OBR, the criterion is willful and deliberate attempt to break up a double play, but unless the runners do something dumb only 1 out is likely. For FED, the bar is lower (DP is possible), but I'd treat it the same.
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    Game 4 - RLI No Call

    I think they're all there, but PU didn't. Runner out of lane Quality throw Hindrance of fielder taking the throw I wonder how this call was graded. PU was ruling on the tag at HP and got to the BR late. U1 had a weak angle on RLI, but might have had info if asked.
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    Game 4 - RLI No Call

    PU judgment that it was RLI.
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    Interesting Play

    Huh? You posted exactly what I recalled. My point was simply that if the BR does not immediately return, F3 can tag the base and need not chase the runner around. The rest is umpire judgment: if I judge that action is "relaxed" (to use J/R), then I might kill it to allow a player to retrieve his equipment without penalty. If not, then I won't. None of this is about trumping rules. And as far as I've been paying attention in this thread, I haven't disagreed with you, so I'm not sure why you're picking a fight.
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    Interesting Play

    I seem to recall WUM having a new-ish interp that F3 can retire a BR who fails to return immediately by tagging the base, not only the BR. However, depending on level, heat of the game, etc., for game management I might treat this as a standard "BR dealing with equipment after acquiring 1B" and kill it before the festivities begin.
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    CI, BI, nothing, Benintendi swing

    No hindrance = no INT.
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    CI, BI, nothing, Benintendi swing

    It can't be CI/CO: the batter has a right to an unimpeded opportunity to hit the pitch, and the pitch has ended when possessed by F2. If you like CI/CO here, then we will have to rule it a batted ball when that swing dislodges the ball and drives it into fair territory. It might be BI, depending on all the usual BI conditions.
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    Balk Rule - runner at first

    Apparently not. This is pretty basic, even for rec ball.
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    Unusual activity warning

    Yes. I log on exclusively from non-mobile devices. I get the errors only (a) on weekends, and (b) when I'm using my VPN. During the week or turning off the VPN, I do not get "Captcha'ed". Correction: I'm now Captcha'ed any time I connect while using VPN.
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    Has anyone ever had a 4th out appeal call?

    Verbal appeals are dead-ball appeals. Often coaches will start hollering about leaving early while the ball is live, and that action does not constitute a proper verbal appeal. Then, when the ball is dead, we can ask the coach to repeat his accusation. At that point, it becomes a verbal appeal. No specific verbiage is required for a verbal appeal, but as with live-ball appeals the runner and base in question must be clear.
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    45 ft. running lane violations

    RLI has 3 necessary conditions to be called: BR with at least 1 foot completely out of the lane A throw to 1B Hindrance of the fielder taking the throw at 1B Different codes can add slight wrinkles (OBR requires a "quality" throw and FED has an unintelligible provision about "the ball being fielded or thrown to 1B"—WTF does "fielded to 1B" mean?), but all have these 3 conditions. What's unusual about the rule is that (1) ordinary INT generally involves fielders making a play on the ball, not receiving a throw, and (2) runners are generally entitled to run wherever they want.
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    Has anyone ever had a 4th out appeal call?

    I've had it several times.
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    You Make The Call

    Do you have a question? I can't tell what PU called: it appears he signaled safe, then time, then wandered out to BU after words with the coach. Pretty obviously OBS, but the mechanics (other than setting up at 3BLX) need some work.
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    NFHS changes 2019

    Neither one. NCAA mechanics in all sports are designed around a more complex rule set and have more exceptions and more elaborate mechanics. NFHS has vastly more officials than NCAA, many of whom have little or no "professional" instruction, and many of whom have rather limited mobility. A mechanic might be "good umpiring practice" for fit individuals with proper training, but not feasible for many FED umpires. Part of the objective of FED mechanics is to simplify, simplify, simplify (this priority is probably second only to safety). As baseball is a complex game, simplification is possible only to a certain extent. Compromises are made. But it is possible to be simpler than CCA mechanics and still have a reasonable set. My state has its own mechanics manual that's neither FED nor CCA nor MLB. So that's fun, too. If the mechanics are intolerable to people, then they should not work the games that impose those mechanics. Nobody but umpires ever cared who takes the BR into 3B. I never quite understood the outrage surrounding this issue.
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    Angle vs Distance

    Yes. Angle supersedes distance because we can see tag/no tag from a long distance if we have the right angle, and if we have the wrong angle being close won't help.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    I'm not sure where you guys see this. As I read the OP (could be wrong), he's asking whether F1 may legally feint and disengage simultaneously. It's nothing to do with starting to come set and then disengaging instead.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    Hm. The OP states that the ball is in his pitching hand; you're probably right that the hand is by his side, so separating the hands won't be the issue. The OP did not actually say that the hand was by his side (might be in the glove). We have seen that question often enough as well. In any case, we agree that the answer to the question is 'no balk', whether or not the hands are together when F1 starts to disengage and feint, provided the acts are roughly simultaneous.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    I'm not sure what you're thinking, but I know that you know that F1 cannot feint to 1B while engaged. Being set or not is immaterial.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    Technically, the disengagement must occur (be completed, with the pivot on the ground) prior to the hands separating for the feint. Nobody, at any level enforces it this way (or should do). There's no advantage gained by this kind of feint, so it's legal by philosophy (assuming that he does in fact disengage legally).