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  1. Dislodged base after slide

    Can someone please provide a cite and quote for the OBR ruling? TIA.
  2. Cooooold Weather

    It may be inappropriate to post this in the collegiate section, but yesterday, I worked a 10 y/o travel game where one team's F6 started crying because he was so cold and had to be taken out. Then, when that team came to bat, three kids refused to hit and instead stayed on the bench under a blanket. Not exactly the boys of summer.
  3. Biggest blowout ever?

    A pitcher named Thrower is not a good sign.
  4. Greetings from MI

    I agree about watching local games. Before the game, introduce yourself to the umpires in the parking lot and ask if you can sit in on their pre-game. (If they don't pre-game, they might not be good mentors for a new umpire!) After the game, again ask to join them in case they discuss any issues. You can also ask them why they did some mechanic or called something you were uncertain about. Attend clinics put on by your local MHSAA chapter and LL group. Besides the books that Cav mentioned, there are a number of helpful manuals that you might ask for for your birthday or holiday presents. Often, a manual will provide authoritative rulings on situations not directly clear from the rule books. As you follow threads here, you will notice posters will cite to these manuals, rather than the actual rules.
  5. LL Omission/Loophole?

    Isn't it also implicit in Rule 8.01(b) that a LL pitcher may only do one of three things from the set position: "From such Set Position the pitcher may deliver the ball to the batter, throw to a base or step backward off the pitcher’s plate with the pivot foot." A second stop, pause or "set" is not one of the permitted acts. Expressio unius est exclusio alterius: the listing of items justifies the inference that items not mentioned were intentionally excluded.
  6. Blind call

    I'm with Richvee, but, parenthetically, I don't see how you could have called the runner out if you did not see a tag.
  7. Batter Interference on Strike Three

    "If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play." Comment to Rules 6.03(a)(3) and (4). In the clip, the PU points, indicating "non"-interference?
  8. Greetings from PA

    Here, middle school girls play spring soccer, but even those games have been canceled or postponed.
  9. Greetings from PA

    The Lehigh Valley/Bethlehem area is turning out to be quite an umpiring hotbed. It's lonely down here in Bucks County.
  10. Rich Marazzi, author of The Rules and Lore of Baseball.
  11. Check swing appeals

    Why the distinction?
  12. Using HC First Name

  13. Statute of Limitations

    Several newcomers have been resurrecting 5-10 year-old threads. How about a statute of limitations, where, after a certain period of time, threads can be viewed but are closed to new posts? It's easy enough to start a new thread, with timely information.
  14. Greetings from PA

    Not to worry: the rain that is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday will melt the snow.
  15. Greetings from PA

    OUCH! The forecast here in the Doylestown area for Monday, 4/2, is 1"-3" of snow!