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    HS JV Game EJ on Friday

    Top of third inning, 1 out, R1/R2. Batter hits the ball to the outfield. R2, rounding third, attempts to score. Catcher is set up legally in front of home plate where he receives the ball. Catcher positions himself to the third base side of home plate, in position to tag R2 who was not yet to the dirt circle. R2 illegally lowered his shoulder in a non-defensive manner and created a collision, malicious contact, with the catcher versus legally sliding, attempting to avoid, retreating or giving himself up. I immediately called time, declared the runner out, and ejected him from the game for malicious contact. The score at the time of ejection was 6 to 1 in favor of the visitors, who ultimately won the contest 18 to 2.
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    HS JV Game EJ on Friday

    The game ended. I thanked God for getting the coaches to agree to a mercy rule at the plate meeting, which saved me another 1/2 hour of calling ball after ball... I then drove home, ate dinner and hung out with the kids. :-)
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    HS JV Game EJ on Friday

    You may have read it before, but I bet you heard about it on the phone before that... smarty pants!
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    Opposing coach picks substitute

    Keep in mind, this only applies when teams are batting 9... Most leagues, at least in my neck of the woods, play CBO, so there is no re-entry issues for Majors and below.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    So @grayhawk ... as our official RI... what, when this happens again, is the interp for our group in So Cal?
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    Some Sort of Record..

    Besides... most rule sets, unless playing FED, do not have a restrict requirement. 8 year old players, act like a jerk, go to the car. "I restricted him to the parking lot".
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    Minor Leagues to use Computer Strike Zone

    But, but!!! We want the WHOLE zone called.... until it is against us, and then we don't!
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    Information available signal

    I found that using this new signal, below, really is subtle and lets only my partner know we need to speak:
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    Pitching Limits and Umpires

    I'm also sure the pitching to one additional batter was the reason the score was 11 to 4 If the announcement went out every 1/2 inning, then the coach should be even more responsible for ensuring his player did not cross over the threshold... seems lazy on the State to not make the coach responsible.
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    FED: Bat Rules

    I have seen this in travel tournaments where they want to use FED, but you have 12-13 YO players who cannot swing a drop 3. Just make sure that you are cognizant of the rule, if it applies in today's game. Once the coach says yes to all players and and equipment being legal, your good...
  11. 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?
  12. 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.