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  1. Mudisfun

    Appeal calls

    ^^^^ this. BUT be very careful on how you go about this as there is a very good chance that you will be engaged in an argument and will be protesting from the parking lot. Sometimes people see what they want to see. If the BU 'KNOWS' he saw the tag, there is little you will do to convince him that he might be wrong. If your coaches have been fishing all game, arguing calls or making a bunch of cat calls for 6 innings, there is little chance that he is now going to go to his partner for you. Boy who cried wolf syndrome.
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    Even 90º+ Gets to the Best of Us

    Normal average day, I'll go through 2 bottles, maybe 3 if solo and there is a ton of running around. The other day when I got back to the car after drinking a ton? Barely was able to use the restroom before our 2nd game started, so I know even then I was not taking in more than I needed, but at least I avoided that heat headache that often comes with being in the sun all day and under hydrating.
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    Even 90º+ Gets to the Best of Us

    Even during the HS season, at least in my experience, it has been rare to be offered drinks by the teams or schools. I don't want to trust they will, so I bring my own mini bar to the party.
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    Even 90º+ Gets to the Best of Us

    Games this weekend were 100+... 1st game on the dish I went through 5 water bottles and 1 sports drink. Back at the car, another 2 bottles of water and a sports drink. Next game on the bags went through my ice water thermos and another 2 water bottles. Never cramped up, felt like cramping or experienced other issues... just was DAMN hot! And for those old school guys who think bringing water on to the field is 'weak' or 'not good optics'... pound sand. When umpiring games starts paying my mortgage and all the other bills, then maybe I will worry about that optic.... and at mid-40's I don't think umpiring will anytime soon be paying my way!
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    30 minutes minimum... and get the kids out of the steel fenced enclosed dugouts... have them wait in their parents vehicles, in the gym... anywhere but in the lightning rod of a dugout.
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    Ball stuck in/on offensive player('s uniform)

    I definitely do not have interference. The defensive team made a poor throw, hit the runner with the ball and then the DHC wants him called out since he grabbed his body where he was hit, just by happenstance delaying the ball dropping to the ground? Sorry coach... I am not bailing your team out that far. I have nothing on this play other than a safe at first and play on.
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    Moving hands/elbow after coming set

    Sadly, the worse part of this tale was the coaches and their reaction. The best answer would have been to tell you "thank you" and that they would say something to the kid, even if they had no plans to do so. By spouting off like that, they just created an environment where any calls you make there after will be perceived to be aggressive towards their team and they will use that as justification for acting like jerks. In due course an ejection will be forthcoming and they will complain to high heaven that you were just being vengeful... No good deed goes unpunished as they say. Next time, if you think it is a balk, call the balk. If it is not a balk, ignore it. At 11, most of the kids can't figure out how to come completely still, not turn their shoulders a little when set and trying to see 1st etc...
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    Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Update sent from our association: As it turned out, due the seriousness of his condition, his surgeon determined that his best chance for recovery was to immediately remove the herniated disc in the C6-C7 vertebrae of the neck which was pinching the blood vessels in the spinal cord. If not treated aggressively, the loss of blood flow in the tissues of the spinal column could cause severe damage and limit his ability to walk and to perform basic motor functions. The procedure took 6 1/2 hours to perform, and his Dr. did insert rods & pins to help stabilize. The good news is an additional surgery should now not be needed. He is able to move the toes on his left foot, but not the right (though he does have some sensation). His grip with the left hand is strong, not so much with his right and he's having quite a bit of left arm pain that will probably exist for some time to come. Next step is to start therapy and get him out of ICU. I cannot even begin to tell you how much he misses baseball already, but he's focused now on just being able to walk again. The recovery process will long, difficult and slow. He really enjoys having visitors. The only limitations are the # that can visit him in ICU at a time. The hospital policy is 2 visitors at any one time, but the nursing staff is able to stretch the rules a bit as they did today. Also, should you stop in, he may be asleep as he's under constant management for the pain. Many of you have reached out to me wanting to know what you can do. Christine told me that she & Steve feel tremendous strength from prayer. Please continue to pray for them both. He'd also like to see his brothers in the umpiring community for a visit. It has also been suggested that once Steve is able to go home, the OCBOA brotherhood provide home-cooked, or restaurant food for delivery. Christine will certainly have her hands full, and I know the family would appreciate that very much. If you are able to help, please email me and I will keep a list and provide further details when able.
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    Dropped third strike dead ball.

    I would just go back and fix my typo... but that would make these comments, which are funny BTW, seem odd. Spell check can be a good and bad thing... good when your spelling is bad, awful when you actually spell a word correctly but use the wrong word!
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    Dropped third strike dead ball.

    Well, the umpire got one part correct... D3K with less than 2 outs and 1st base occupied... the batter IS out... he was out as soon as he sung and missed that 3rd pitch. As for the rest? Unless there is a local rule that runners cannot advance on a D3K, then the umpire got that part wrong.
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    Another "OOO"??

    You know I get annoyed when coaches complain that we 'took the bat out of their hands' and other complaining like that, but... In this situation? WOW. The umpire REALLY take the bat out of their hand. Not only to get an out here but to negate two LEGALLY obtained runs? Wow... just wow. Shocked the coach was not also asking you if based on this horrible rules decision if his subsequent ejection would be nullified when the rules committee made the correct ruling...
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    OBS at Home Plate then Malicious Contact

    I think you covered it. Just keep in mind... MC beats out OBS, so MC prior to the runner scoring, time, out, EJ, no run scores. After the plate, score the run, time, EJ, no out since the runner is no longer 'live'.
  13. Maybe the umpires, when they go together... one of them said he saw the extra ball entering the field of play and was already calling time prior to the ball being hit? There is processing time between seeing/acting so maybe in that person's mind they had already killed it? If not... well, looks like a protest opportunity was missed.
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    3-2 steal, ball 4 mechanic

    Working a college summer league game yesterday... R3/R1, 2 out, 3-2 count. I am in C. R1 breaks on the pitch. From C the pitch looks close, no swing, and F2 comes up throwing... don't know why since batter is either walked or struck out for the 3rd out, but I digress. I do not see or hear a call on the pitch by my partner as I turned with the throw which beat R1 by 5 feet. Tag is applied and I wait a moment and then just mechanic an out. F6 rolls the ball at the same time R3 heads for home. As the fielders start leaving the field, my partner is calling time and loudly saying, ball 4,, ball 4. We place R2 at 2nd and B/R at 1st, scoring R3 who advanced on the throw. DHC comes out and wants an explanation as to why R3 scores since he is claiming that my mechanic of calling R2 out hurt the defensive team as they thought they had 3 outs. Now, I know that the defensive team is expected to know the situation, especially F2 who has my plate partner, according to him loudly saying ball 4 several times as F2 comes up to throw. We got together with both coaches since this was a scrimmage and decided that R3 would go back, which I know in a real game is not going to happen. So mechanically how do I fix this for the future, or should college age players be expected to know what they are doing? In this scenario, either the B/R is walked or out, and any play on R1 is irrelevant since he is either forced on the walk or the inning is over. Would this be an instance is not making any call, possibly calling time, confirming the pitch call with my partner and either saying inning over or pointing to R1 and telling him to stay at 2nd?
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    3-2 steal, ball 4 mechanic

    Typo... B.
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    No call or Out

    I give the count on any steal, or other non-pitching play which distracts people from the battery. I give the count on 1-2 or 2-1 and then 3-2... If there are several fouls I'll tell the batter and F2 still 1-2 or still 3-2 or whatever so they are in the know. If there were several pick off attempts in a row I'll normally announce the count just to remind everyone where we are. As for your play... stand and observe... after that 5 minutes passes (30 seconds in real time) then maybe 'that was strike 3' or something like that to get the players moving. And as for level of play... I have players at all levels asking the count... They are focused on hitting and not counting to 3
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    Is this a balk or not? (Video)

    His right leg, IE pivot foot is the foot he led with in his throw to first. This, as most of us have agreed is not a legal move. If he jumped turned, then his right foot would not be 1/2 way down the mound towards first but somewhere on top of the mound and closer to 3rd base. This is a side step off the mound and not legal. The other plays you posted are plays to 2nd, which are not apples to apples.
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    Calling Balls/Strikes Early

    Completely agree that during the game is not the time to do it... at best you annoy the guy, at worse he sees it as arguing balls and strikes and sends you to the parking lot. If you know the assignor, then that is the place to send a nice, well written note. If not... not a lot to be done... move on to the next game.
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    CHC-LAD mechanics lessons

    Was just clarifying where the runner advanced from.
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    CHC-LAD mechanics lessons

    It was R2 who rounded 3rd and then came home.
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    3-2 steal, ball 4 mechanic

    Agreed... this was more directed for F2 who made the needless attempt on R1. My PU was surprised he made the throw.
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    Borrowing players

    You can always contact the district administrator and explain what is happening.
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    Borrowing players

    This is much more of a player agent question than a LL rules question... however, if she is in the same LL program, regardless of SB or BB, she may be eligible for use. I would recommend that the first place to check would be your leagues player agent and then the website. Check under your documents section and then find the local rules. Normally your charter documents reside there as well as procedural and local rules. Depending on what is in your local rules will provide, hopefully the legit answer. Also her current age is not the determining factor, but her league age which is determined by what age she was on a specific date. Now as for the LL International Tournament? This most likely would not fly...
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    Borrowing players

    Is the LL Softball part of your LL program? Is this player on the player agents list of pool players? If completely outside, I would talk to the BOD as the manager/coach prior to the game as mentioned before. They should not be bringing kids from outside the program to fill out the roster just for a in-house playoff game.
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    Late force out call

    How do you lose a game when you are the home team, 2 outs and the game is TIED. So what, you went extra innings and then the other team beat you? Cry me a river. Hanging your teams failure to complete their running assignment on the umpire is chicken $hit... your R1 failed to do his job, your base coaches failed to do their jobs. The only person in this post who did their job was U1 or U2 who watched, waited and then ruled when the ball was thrown to 2nd for the force out.