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  1. jonathantullos

    FED: Bat Rules

    I received this email earlier about a modification that Mississippi is making to the bat rules for middle school games. Is anyone else seeing this? What are your thoughts? NFHS Baseball Rules Book 2019. Rule 1 Section 3 Art.2c3 states, the bat shall have the following characteristics and components. 3. Not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g. a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces). The Rule Book also states, "In order to make NFHS rules skill-level and age-level appropriate, the rules may be modified by any organization that chooses to use them. Therefore, the MHSAA is modifying the bat rule for seventh and eighth graders only, to allow the bat not weigh, numerically, more than FIVE ounces less than the length of the bat. This policy goes into effect for this 2019 season.
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    You Make The Call

    I've got obstruction, score the run.
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    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    Yeah, sorry about that. Obstruction, not interference. I also read the case study quote wrong. Like I said, long day.
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    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    Oh. LOL Sorry, I meant obstruction (it's been a long day).
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    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    I saw the case book quote above my post but not until after I posted. If that's the way FED wants it called, fine... But I also don't agree with it.
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    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    Yep, that's interference all day long.
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    Ohio High School letter to parents

    It's sad that such a letter is even necessary but I think we all understand why it's needed. I love baseball (and football) and I love officiating. I've had run-ins with parents after games, one so bad that I had to be escorted off the field by law enforcement after the game was over (side note: The host school refuses to play the visiting school where this happened due to this incident). The parents need to calm down and realize that this is a game - it's not life or death.
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    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    I appreciate your concern. I should have noted that I have since moved and such a warning may no longer be necessary. What I was dealing with before in another state... Well, I won't get in to that. But, again, thank you. Have a good evening.
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    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    We can agree to disagree on that. I had a run-in with an assistant my first year and thus I make sure to make this clear from the very beginning. If you don't like it, don't do it.
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    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    FWIW, in FED if an assistant comes out to argue, it's supposed to be an automatic EJ. At the plate meeting I let the HCs know that I will not be talking to their assistants per FED rules. Never had an issue.
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    Car storage

    Unless one literally travels and calls games every single day nonstop, I see no need for such. I have a Force3 bag for my gear and a closet I keep it in when not in use. I hang my uniforms up in said closet. So... Yeah.
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    How Would You Handle This?

    The call should have been made immediately per FED rules. What should have happened is "Dead ball, that's interference, runner's out!" Don't score the run.
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    NFHS changes 2019

    @lawump , any hope of getting the "start each inning with a runner at second in extra innings" rule anytime soon? This was a change I had hoped to see for this year. As an aside, I'm glad the pitching mechanic was altered. Like others have said, I never saw any reason to enforce that in the first place.
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    Skull Caps

    When I first started, I used the usual mask-hat combo and for this year I switched to a bucket. I like the bucket but it is cumbersome to take off on plays, and holding while trying to write or talk to coaches is a bit awkward. I'm considering trying a mask with a skull cap/field helmet. Does anyone currently do this or have any advice?
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    Skull Caps

    If anyone had an issue with me wearing one, I would tell them to get over it unless they want to cover my medical bills and lost income due to a traumatic brain injury. Do you wear it with the bill facing forward? If so, do you have problems getting your mask to fit?
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    Skull Caps

    I would also be interested to know if the model given to the MLB guys is available for purchase. So far, Google isn't helping.
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    Mississippi Assignors

    Can anyone tell me how to get in touch with the high school baseball assignor for the Meridian, MS area? I've been trying to find a list but have nothing. OK to DM. Thanks.
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    Would You Toss?

    I had a debate in a group on Facebook on this and wanted to bring this to you fine people. Hopefully the video can be seen but just in case... It appears this is a FED game. Kid hits a homer and as he leaves the plate area he does a bat flip. I said the kid should have been tossed for intentionally throwing his bat and because it also appears that this was an act of taunting. Some disagreed. What say you? https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1204004369722998&id=451763554947087 Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    Mississippi Juco

    Trying to help out a friend back home but we're both coming up empty. Does anyone know who assigns umps for the Mississippi juco conferences (MACJC and MissLou)?
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    2018 POE

    Not in detail, just a quick reminder. Something along the lines of, "Don't forget that we are really watching any sort of taunting, that no jewelry is to be worn by any player, and we will be watching the pitcher closely." Coaches reading the rulebook is just as much an expectation for them as it is for us so we tend to assume that they have at least skimmed it.
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    2018 POE

    Some other thoughts about the POE in general: Mostly, it seems like common sense. One thing I noticed about more senior officials in my association was they would remind the coaches of the POE during the plate conference so I began to take on the same practice. I anticipate more of the same this year. We don't have much trouble with the jewelry ban here but I've heard of some schools in other regions (mainly larger ones) where supposedly this has been a problem. I have never seen an anthem standoff at a high school game but we all know what happens when such a thing becomes an issue at higher levels. The taunting is more of an issue than anything but, thankfully, not a very large one. Bottom line: A simple reminder seemed to do the trick and I don't foresee that changing in my neck of the woods during the 2018 season.
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    2018 POE

    If that's how things are in your area, thank God I don't work there. If we start picking and choosing which rules we will enforce, then coaches and players can pick and choose which rules they will obey. You do no one any favors by not making calls just to be in the good graces of a coach. That's a lesson I learned very early on.
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    ISO: Wheeled Bag

    ISO: Wheeled bag, the Wilson bag or similar. Would prefer less than $100 but let's see what you got and how much you want for it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    Kneeling for National Anthem

    I understand that but, again, we can't intervene. It simply is not our place. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    Kneeling for National Anthem

    Serious question: Why is this a debate for us? And why would we intervene if an athlete chooses to kneel? That's not our place to correct that, that is their coach's call. My thing is, we are to remain neutral and this should also be a place where we remain neutral. Having said that, if the game I'm calling includes the national anthem (I've only been to one school in my HS region that had it), I will be standing. If someone else chooses not to, that's their choice and is between them and their coach.