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About johnpatrick

  • Birthday 12/31/1957

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  1. Little League (Intermediate) - Play at the Plate

    You got it right. "Waiting to make the tag" rarely comes into play. When it does, the runner typically slides or gives himself up.
  2. Inside move to second base not a balk?

    It's legal to throw or feint to 2B. It would be impossible to do either without the free foot crossing the back edge of the rubber.
  3. First one this year

    Why do I care more about your kid's safety than you?!
  4. Tapping a plate with bat

    How about just listen to the umpire and stop that silliness. Ejection would be my ultimate result, not an out. Can't see it ever getting there though!
  5. 4)Don't listen to bonehead coaches regarding proper umpire mechanics
  6. Detached equipment

    Wow, I've never seen it.
  7. First throw from infield awarded bases

    On the first one, technically you got it right, but practically speaking a fielder generally doesn't throw the ball to 1B after the runner has already touched it. Time slows down as the ball trickles toward the dugout and the runner is clearly well past first. Maybe he did touch first before the throw, but chances are, he didn't. If you never award the batter runner 3B on a ball thrown from the infield you'll be right 99.9% of the time.
  8. Interference on Double Play Attempt

    Depends on the ruleset. This would be nothing in OBR/LL.
  9. Dropped 3rd strike

    Again, did the throw pull him into the path? If so, nothing, if not obstruction. 2018 RIM: “Train wrecks are still going to happen and are not to be considered as obstruction. Example: Throw from the shortstop to the first baseman in an attempt to get a batter-runner out pulls the first baseman down the line toward home plate and the first baseman and the batter-runner collide. This is a train wreck because the defensive player is doing what he/she should be doing (fielding the ball) and the batter-runner is doing what he/she should be doing (running the bases)."
  10. Drop 3rd

    The "why" I was given in pro school for the change was simply to make it easier on the umpire. No more deciding what's "in the vicinity of home plate" or not. Since LL is OBR based, barring any other guidance, it's how I would rule in LL as well.
  11. Out or foul tip

    OBR. Assuming it's caught, it's either sharp and direct to the catcher's hand or glove (foul tip) or not. Your definition "... this one had about a foot arch on it " said it wasn't, so it would have been an out if caught.
  12. Easy as it gets plus a story

    Wow Mom! You da Man!!!
  13. Force Out?

    4.09 in the LL rule book.
  14. Improving tracking and timing

    See the ball leave the pitcher's hand. Here's the important part...see the catcher catch the ball. How he/she catches the ball will help you call the pitch. Decide in your mind what the call is and then communicate it. SLOW DOWN!
  15. Coaches jawing at each other

    Tell both coaches to "keep your comments directed at your own team...if not, you're done". Follow through.