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  1. Situation: JV game, solo. 2 outs, R1. As the pitcher leans in for the sign and starts to come set F3 loudly is yelling BACK! BACK! to R1 and of course smacking his glove. He is so loud as to break into my concentration of watching F1 do his thing. I glance over and it is obvious that he is trying to make R1 think his base coach is yelling back. I watch R1 keep looking over to see who is yelling as well as notice he has really shortened his lead as he is not certain who is yelling. Thinking that this behavior is not what we want HS players to do and that to me the pattern of play was being disrupted by R1 halving his lead I enforced obstruction on F3 and awarded R1 2nd base. I also thought that F3's action was preventing the 1st base coach from being able to do his job due to F3's yelling at R1. Next pitch was strike 3 for the end of the inning. 2-22-1 Obstruction and Fake Tag ART 1: Obstruction is an act (intentional or unintentional, as well as physical or verbal) by a fielder, any member of the defensive team or its team personnel that hinders a runner or changes the patter of play as in 5-1-3 and 8-3-2; or when a catcher or fielder hinders a batter as in 5-1-2b, 8-1-1e, 8-3-1c and 8-3-2. When obstruction occurs, the ball becomes dead at the end of playing action and the umpire has authority to determine which base or bases shall be awarded the runners according to the rule violated (Exception 8-4-2c, 8-4-2d). ART 2: A fake tag is an act by a defensive player without the ball that simulates a tag. A fake tag is considered obstruction. ART 3: The fielder without possession of the ball denies access to the base the runner is attempting to achieve. The only reference to verbal obstruction I could find in the case book is not specific to this situation but to hindering a stealing runner: 2.22.1 Situation A: R1 attempts to steal second. F2, upon receiving the pitch, throws a pop-up to F6. F5 yells "get back, get back." R1 thinks B2 has hit a pop-up and starts back to first where he is tagged out. RULING: This is verbal obstruction and R1 shall be awarded second base. So did I punch the clown on this?
  2. Hit the nail on the head... you can only leap/hurdle if the fielder is prone on the ground. Any other time and the hurdle is not legal.
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    Wilson Special Masks (Flag, Camo, Pink, Blue)

    The hat needs the CIF logo embroidered on it. Shirts, jackets, etc... they need the CBUA (California Baseball Umpire Association) worn on the pocket, or just above the pocket.
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    Throwing the bat

    I'm thinking that you, as the coach, have little to no impact if little Jimmy's mom and dad want to make a to do about it. As a BOD member, as much as it hurts to say it... I will defend the manager since the decision was taken out of his hands. Now I feel icky, I sided with a coach ...
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    Wilson Special Masks (Flag, Camo, Pink, Blue)

    We lost that flexibility in So Cal... we can wear 2 shirts: Black with the white pin stripe down the flanks, or the blue with the black pin stripe. We can also wear a shell if desired, provided it is the proper one. Starting this season, we must also wear a CIF logoed hat. Gone are the days of us matching in pretty much anything we wanted to wear.
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    Throwing the bat

    First, if we are at tournament time, I am going to enforce the tournament rules. Warn and then eject. Also, in tournament, most teams play with enough on the squad that MPR is only one at bat, which this player just had. The kids have had a whole season to figure out how to play so this resolves the issue your mentioning Rich of a MPR violation as the Manager is no longer on that hook. In our regular season, we play CBO, even at the Majors division locally, so the chance of an offender coming up, getting warned and then doing it again prior to meeting his defensive MPR is slim... BUT... if it happened, and I told the coach that player needs to be removed from the game due to his repeated violations two things are going to occur: 1) The coach is going to comply. If he does not, then I just EJ the player. Same result for me, other than filling in a report. Most likely ejecting the manager as well, but I hope they see the light. 2) As the UIC of our league, I will defend the coach from an MPR violation. I am ordering him to do something, and I am disqualifying the player per 9.01d. Under 9.01b: Each umpire is the representative of the league, and Little League International, and is authorized and required to enforce all of these rules. Each umpire has authority to order a player, coach, manager, or league officer to do or refrain from doing anything which affects the administration of these rules and to enforce the prescribed penalties. Since I disqualified the player and ordered the manager to sit the kid, I would defend the manager and argue that no MPR violation happened since the player was precluded from obtaining his MPR due to his actions, and my administration of 9.01d and d.
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    Bush League Play

    That is exactly what I was thinking. If you want to play the game (of being stupid), you have to know the rules. But let's be serious... you walked the bases loaded, and let's assume this scenario is still going on, which let's face it, is NEVER going to continue... Now they walk another batter... you think the OHC, or the 3rd base coach which is standing right next to the base is not going to motivate his R3 who should be scoring to move? That kid, if he refused, would be running fences until next December.
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    On deck batter

    Gerry spoke about this at one of our association meetings. His response was that the batter knew what he was doing, purposely ignored his command to move back in position, and basically left him no choice in the matter but to eject him.
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    Verbal OBS (FED) - Was I right or being OOO?

    Thanks! From 18 months back... my game has evolved a little. I just eject them now
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    Bush League Play

    Different is not always illegal. Looks like the defensive team got what they wanted... they got you and your team to wonder what the heck. They were most likely hoping you would make a bad throw, or more likely get F1 to commit to run towards the base.... then R2 would retreat and try and drag F1 with him, thus allowing R3 a better chance at scoring. Or being 13, the kids could just be kids and could be doing something dumb...
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    Pitch count question

    Thankfully in CA we are not involved in this issue. If a coach feels the other team violated the rule, they can submit an appeal to their school/league and they handle the issue. We dodged a bullet on that one. I have no interest in officiating pitch counts in HS baseball... bad enough in LL, but at least there I understand the coaches (dads) not fully understanding all the pitching rules.
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    assigner fees for high school baseball

    For our association, game fees are roughly $80 depending on Varsity/JV/Freshman... assigning fees per game by each umpire assigned is $4.
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    Umpiring experience and job interviews

    A friend of mine was an HR VP for a large computer games maker. Whenever he saw umpire or similar on a resume, he told me that he would always make sure to interview that person. So yes, it can be helpful... but like anything else on a resume, it has to resonate with the person reading it...
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    giving count

    Without anything happening which would distract the players such as a pick off attempt, steal, an out being recorded somewhere... Normally I give the count with a 1-2 or 2-1, then 3-2... After several foul balls I'll give the count... anytime a player asks, I'll tell them the count, but then I assume the rest have forgotten as well and may announce the count. I love it after one pitch when the batter asks... like really? You took one pitch
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    Ball out of play on dropped third strike

    Was the B/R in the lane? You might be missing interference.
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    Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Brothers and sisters Steve aka @grayhawk has sustained what sounds like serious injuries in a freak accident. Info below from an email sent to our association members: Just this morning, Steve stopped by Windrow Park in support of two of our finest working a tournament Semi-final game. While the crew was getting dressed in the parking lot, Steve sat in one their chairs. The chair then broke, which caused Steve's neck to snap back as he fell to the ground. This created some immediate back pain, but did not appear to be serious at the time. Some hours later Steve began to lose all feeling in his legs and arms, and was admitted to Saddleback Medical Center. He is currently undergoing surgery to remove a disc in his back that the Dr's feel is causing the inflammation on the nerves which led to his condition. I briefly spoke w/ Steve and his wife, Christine, just before surgery, and they said assuming all goes well, another surgery will be needed to insert pins & screws. The recovery process could take a very long time. I know Steve personally and I know that many of you have formed a relationship with him via this very site, so I know many of you would want to know about this tragedy and would want to add him to your prayers. @Magic who is also our association VP I am sure is in contact with his family as well. When additional information is available, I am sure one of us will share it.... Prayers to Steve and his family.
  17. As a game management technique, for games that matter (so no travel ball scrimmages), I will hold granting time until B/R gets to 1st... I have had teams fake like they don't care about the B/R, get him to feel content and then snap throw when he is not looking. Would suck to call time as the ball sails over a fence
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    Catch or No Catch - Frazier Pulls a Fast One

    Last year... but who is counting. I do not live there, so not getting in to a argument on whose traffic sucks worse. It just sucks all around :-)
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    Out or not

    Long winded as always!
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    Catch or No Catch - Frazier Pulls a Fast One

    As a Mets fan, I would think you would understand the concept of traffic! All you need is the #7 train to break down and there goes your fans getting to Citi field on time! Try sitting on the 110, 5, 2 or any other litany of streets in the LA area and try and get anywhere before 8:30pm!
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    Catch or No Catch - Frazier Pulls a Fast One

    That's not how we roll!
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    Catch or No Catch - Frazier Pulls a Fast One

    hey... as an old coach once told me: "If you're not cheating, your not trying."
  23. What the hell is wrong with people? A frigging police Sargent assaulting an umpire? Who are we expected to call on if our own police cannot keep themselves in check?
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    Can the player be suspended

    I know in many areas, that if a person acts in such a fashion that the umpire feels it is necessary to file an 'after action ended' report with their league, the punishment brought upon the offender will be much more severe than what they would receive for simply being ejected. The thought being that in the middle of the game, in the heat of the moment, the coach/player may say or act in a negative way due to the ongoing emotion of the game. Finding an official after they have left the field, be it on the way to the lot, locker room or at their car raises the bar... you are premeditating to give the official a 'piece of your mind' or potentially escalating an event to a point of violence, and regardless of what transpired on the field, this behavior is never appropriate. No, maybe is the answer to your question... but most definitely if someone approaches the officials after the game, when off the field, in any negative or aggressive fashion it should be reported and dealt with by the appropriate league officials. As a board member, if a parent, player or coach was reported to our group, I would push for severe penalties depending on the overall nature of the conflict. Bottom line... let it go.
  25. Not specific to the call noted in the article, but many of the times they want 'clarification' seems to be on easy, black and white rulings that most umpires would not feel need to be explained.