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  1. LRZ

    Shin guards question

    Note that the UA description reads: "This is a great umpire shin guard for lower levels, softball or just those who prefer light weight, less bulkier shin guards. It is less protective than others; but, designed that way so that it's much lighter." [My emphasis.] No wonder catsbackr retired them. On the UA website, these are well within your price range: https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Shin-Guards/DLG_Diamond-Umpire-Shin-Guards I don't vouch for them, however, as I wear Force 3s.
  2. LRZ

    Penalty or play?

    I am curious about how this played out in the Astros/Rockies game.
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    Coach on field

    Only if it's you I'm dealing with, 'cause you know better!
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    Coach on field

    Mr. Rich Ives, can you please provide a cite? Thank you.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Well, isn't that the way the rules have been drafted to resolve the tension between runner and fielder, to avoid these kinds of collisions? At least in amateur baseball, having a runner called out, rather than awarded home on obstruction, is better, as a matter of policy, than having a kid trucked, with the potential for serious injury.
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    Little League

    That's why I said it was tangential. The lesson for the OP is (1) go to the umpire whose call is in question and (2) one umpire cannot overrule another. You and I know these things, but posters may not.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    "Usually" implies the occasional exception: in the circumstances, this might have been one.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Even if the catcher had no business being where he was without the ball or playing it, this is the kind of violent collision the rules were intended to eliminate by removing the "self-help" of the traditional "baseball play." If the runner must alter his path ("is impeded"), the remedy is obstruction. IMO.
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    Little League

    I get which team is which, but what I'm picturing is the OC asking the PU to "review" (i.e., "overturn"?) the BU's call, instead of going to the BU and asking him to get help (if other than a straight judgment call).
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    If that is not MC, then the concept is meaningless.
  11. LRZ

    Little League

    A tangent to the OP's question, but this is the part that bewilders me.
  12. LRZ

    Catcher's Interference on Steal of Home

    Applying Occam's razor, I think it refers to pitches that bounce first.
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    Situation From the Other Day

    Welcome to the club! When you umpire, forget that you are a teen-ager. You are the game's arbiter, the fulcrum of fairness between two teams, and you might as well learn now that you will often have to tell a coach, "That's enough." Warn, then eject if necessary: as an officiating cliché has it, the only ejections we regret are the ones we didn't do. And I hope your supervisors (presumably adults) back you up when you have to exercise your authority and game management skills.
  14. LRZ

    Catcher's Interference on Steal of Home

    A conundrum? If the catcher reaching or stepping in front of the plate on a pitch is not CI, how can the PU call the pitch a ball or a strike when it never reaches the plate?* *I don't think this is what is meant by the definition of a ball as "a pitch which does not enter the strike zone in flight and is not struck at by the batter."