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  1. How to keep the Nutty Buddy in place

    What works for me is the Shock Doctor compression short with pocket. The NB slides in easily and stays put. Unfortunately, the SD shorts come with a cup as well, so I have that one sitting around (as a backup?) unused. Took a shot directly to the NB in a 12U game this week (first time!). The SD/NB combo worked great as I hardly felt a thing.
  2. RHP Balk to 1st?

    This makes it clear that RHP and LHP are treated differently, at least for NCAA. I wish OBR and NHFS would have something similar.
  3. RHP Balk to 1st?

    10U Travel ball. At this age you see some weird things! RHP with runner on first. F1 lifts left leg (knee up), pivots, steps toward first and throws to F3 on the bag. Pivot foot stays on/near the rubber. Would this be a balk or legal play? My thinking at the time is that he is doing the same thing a LHP would do. Namely lifting the non-pivot leg and then stepping directly toward first. On reflection, I could see this as illegal, as he started his normal pitching motion (left leg lift) and did not complete the pitch. But then why doesn't this apply to LHP? Does RHP need to move the pivot foot first when making a pickoff move?
  4. Force3 Shin Fit

    Just received a set of Force3 Shins. For those of you who have tried these, how are they supposed to fit? I have the 16.5" size, and when in a crouch, they stick up from my knee an inch or two. Are they supposed to flex with my knee? or stay straight and stick up a bit? Any suggestions to get a better fit are appreciated!
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    Looks great! Thank you!!!!
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    I see this post as (correctly) left-justified. The reply box doesn't have any justification selected, so It appears the default is center-justified. Once I submit a post or reply as left-justified, the whole page is formatted left, until I move to a new page. New pages are mixed (either left- or center- or random-justified). Could there be a global setting to select left-justified as default? (as opposed to none or center)
  7. This came up in a recent discussion within our HS umpire group. NFHS rules. R3, one out. B5 hits fly to F9. R3 leaves early, before the ball is caught by F9. He crosses (touches) the plate and then realizes he didn't tag up properly. R3 goes directly back to 3rd base and touches it before the defense can execute a live-ball appeal. Questions: a) Can a runner correct a baserunning error after scoring (now considered a retired runner, by rule)? b) Would an appeal be upheld at 3rd? c) Would an appeal be upheld at home? d) If the appeal is denied, does R3 need to stay at 3rd? or has he scored and corrected the tag-up? I was very surprised at the correct interpretation of this play I'll post it later.
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    I cleared my Chrome cache and temporary files. Still seeing center justified, but not always. SHFT+F5 sometimes restores it to left justified, but changing pages will again show center. IE is also showing center justified. Looks like others are seeing same issue, but not bothered by it. To me, much easier to read long posts as Left justified.
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    Shift+F5 fixed the issue for the page which I am on. After navigating to a new page, it is center justified again.
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    I haven't been on the site for a couple of weeks due to the holidays. Today, I see everything center justified. Was this change made deliberately? IMO, makes reading long paragraphs more difficult. -Robert
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  13. Catcher not in control of mask

    Would anyone invoke 8.01 (b) here? If the flying mask/helmet interferes with your ability to work the game, then you could be justified in removing the catcher from the game.
  14. Coach pitch umpire positioning

    We teach umpires to be positioned to the side of the plate away from the batter (near to the fence). This position allows for the judgement of swing/no-swing. Also, they are in front of the players and coach/pitcher for managing the game and communicating the count. When the ball is put into play, they move into the infield, near the "mound" to view the plays and make calls. "Time" is called every time action stops.
  15. Dropped third confusion

    Pony is 14U, played on 55/80 field. At this age, they should know when U3K applies.