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  1. Awkward daddy ball situation. Need Advice

    What?! The possible play is the runner loses contact with the bag during live ball and is tagged by the fielder. And you are the only person on the field who doesn't see it. Why should the runner not be out?
  2. Awkward daddy ball situation. Need Advice

    I'm with udbrky. I'll wait to see if the fielder will release the tag or if the runner will stand up. After a few seconds (five?), and I can see that the players are in stalemate, I call time. As soon as the pitcher catches the throw back to the mound, I'll call "play". Never had a problem doing this. Telling players what to do seems too much like coaching.
  3. 10u travel tournament

    Three "That's enough"s is two too many.
  4. D3K

    Tell them that the purpose of the rule is to prevent a catcher from getting an easy extra out on a strikeout by simply failing to catch the ball, then throwing to a base for a force out, then to first for the putout of the batter-runner who just struck out. The rule is always in effect except when a cheap double play is possible. Similar reason for the infield fly rule. Both rules protect the offense.
  5. Out, return runner or other

    FED 8-4-2-g, clause 3 (?): Any runner is out when . . . his being put out is prevented by an illegal act by anyone connected with the team." The on-deck batter illegally hindered the catcher attempting to make a play on the batter-runner; the batter-runner is out.
  6. Putting the ball in play

    Should you put ball in play immediately upon a pitcher having a ball and touching the rubber, regardless of readiness of batter, catcher, runner, and fielder? What if the runner is tying his shoe, the catcher is walking back to the plate from retrieving the foul ball, and the batter is out of the box doing warm-up swings and watching the third base coach. I don't protect the runner or fielders, but I wait until I have pitcher, batter in box, and catcher all attending to the ball. I may also put up the stop sign until we're ready to play.
  7. Runner

    But presuming R1 did not move more than three feet away from a straight line between first base and himself, which line is established at the time of an unmentioned tag attempt by the fielder on R1, R1 is safe. Runner chooses his own base path prior to a tag attempt on him, and once the batter-runner is out, the force is off and R1 need not attempt to reach second base.
  8. Insurance null and void IF?

    A few years ago when I was still a lawyer, I looked into this casually as a follow-up to a discussion my association had about not continuing to officiate after the game ended on a runs-ahead rule. I tracked down the actual policy, which said something like it covered all umpiring activity, with no express exclusion for any "not-a-real-game" umpiring. My opinion thus was that the policy did cover any umpiring activity, even "not-a-real-game" umpiring. Also, I believe courts construe ambiguous language, especially in insurance policies, against the drafter (i.e., the insurance company), strengthening my opinion. But don't quote me. I also knew that my state supreme court had some years earlier spelled out a strong assumption-of-the-risk rule for participants in any sports activity, so I felt doubly protected from liability. (If I recall correctly, the case was a gung-ho jerk in a Super Bowl party halftime touch football game caused grievous bodily injury to a non-athletic woman; held: he was not liable because she assumed the risk of all injury by participating in the game). Your state's mileage may differ. In fact, I believe that at least in my state, umpire insurance premiums are essentially donations to the insurance company, except for paying for a defense lawyer and for a satisfying superfluous sense of security. Of course, I'm a cynic. Disclaimer: Insurance coverage was never my specialty, I relied only on superficial research and law school knowledge, and I am no longer a lawyer. But I still believe my opinion is correct. I would like to hear of any final trial verdicts (not settlements) holding umpires liable for any umpiring activity. Preferably with citations to an official source, and not to friends of cousins. But it is a foolproof way of declining to continue to umpire games that are going to come unglued because the participants no longer consider them for real.
  9. Ball thrown in dugout

    BTW, time of throw is when the ball leaves the thrower's hand.
  10. Rizzo/Hedges

    Looks like a model violation of the rule to me. Catcher has possession of the ball and not blocking the plate, runner deviates from his path and initiates avoidable contact while still on his feet. Out. At the levels I work (below college), the out mechanic and the eject mechanic would be almost one motion.
  11. Balk Questioning by nice (ignorant) coach

    Not funny. Offensive.
  12. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    Or MidAmUmp, for that matter.
  13. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    Because the pivot foot is in the second base quadrant? I personally would accept a step that cleared the pivot foot, but who am I to argue with Jim Evans?
  14. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    Well, if you don't step "to" second base, you have not balked "to" second base. IIITBT2B lives!
  15. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    Jim Evans' balk video: "Failure to step toward 2d base when throwing or faking a throw is a balk. If the pitcher's free foot does not land behind the rubber when throwing or faking to 2d, he has balked." [emphasis added]