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CJK last won the day on July 27 2018

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  1. CJK

    Ebay finds

    I've never seen a 3d printer print paper. I've only seen them print plastic. And I have one at home that can print small pieces (about 7x7x7) using mostly the cheapest plastics (ABS and PLA). Neither of those is suitable for a throat guard, though, unless you want one that looks cool but will break down in the sun and probably split and slice your jugular if it gets hit. There are 3d printers that can print materials like carbon fiber-infused nylon (nylon carbonite), which is billed as being nearly as strong as steel. The spools of material aren't too pricey (in the $80-$100) range. The low-end printers for the material are quite a bit pricier ($5000-ish). Let me add that my son had some 3d parts printed for his Eagle project ( about 7x2x5 plastic pieces that sit on the top of a 1 1/4 inch pipe and support lighting elements. We had them printed by a service that we found on the internet (I think about $60 for 10 pieces). He got other quotes (online and locally) for up to $250 to print the same parts. He could have had the part designed for another $250 or so, but we did that ourselves. We learned about designing and printing the part from the DoSpace in Omaha, but ended up downloading a free program to design the parts on a laptop at home. I'm sure you could find places online (and probably locally, if you live in a city of any size) that will print your design.
  2. All of this assumes that the ball is not touched by a player, of course.
  3. CJK

    Batters helmet

    How will you evaluate whether it's actually protective? I mean, what if it's of low quality? And how will you defend yourself legally if that unapproved "protective" equipment shatters and a shard of it goes into the catcher's eye? What will you do if it's your own eye? If you follow the rules the way they're written, NOCSAE and NFHS are on the hook. If you don't, it's you.
  4. CJK

    Can IFF be called after the ball is dead?

    I don't disagree with you in principle, @beerguy55, but every umpire makes mistakes, experiences brain cramps, misses a call due to poor timing, or whatever. Sometimes, we don't really have a way to fix it. This thread contains a good example of an instance where an umpire might err, putting one or both teams in jeopardy, but has a way to right the wrong.
  5. CJK

    A Mitch Kupchak-er

    We do, and that's why we require the coaches to ensure that their players are legally and properly equipped. But "player safety" is not carte blanche for behavior that is inappropriate or can be perceived as inappropriate.
  6. CJK

    Can IFF be called after the ball is dead?

    I think the wording "In this case" is very important here. In the case play, it's probably the right thing to do, assuming that the runners did not attempt to advance until after the ball touched the ground. In fact, it was probably the right thing to do in the OP, as well. However, if the runner from 3rd (for whatever reason, including simply not being aware of the situation) had advanced immediately and been "almost home" when the ball touched the ground, it would probably be right to score that run. And if the runner from 1st (again for whatever reason, including simply not being aware of the situation) had advanced immediately, s/he may very well be declared out because s/he would have been doubled off 1st or tagged out at 2nd as the trailing of the 2 runners standing there. The OP umpire's (and the case play's) solution of "everybody goes back" will probably be right most of the time, but it's not a rule. Sometimes, you have to be the umpire, make an unpopular decision, let someone (respectfully) express their disagreement/displeasure, and live with it.
  7. CJK

    Appeal play

    What a perfect citation. This is exactly the situation I had in mind.
  8. CJK

    Appeal play

    Since the original question has been pretty thoroughly answered, I don't feel bad about this minor hijack: Suppose R1 was going on the pitch and the ball was hit in the air to F7. As R1 is rounding 2B, s/he sees the fly ball and heads directly back to 1B (missing 2B). F7 makes the catch and throws toward F3, who does not catch the ball. R1 sees the throw get away, touches 1B, and advances to 2B as F3 retrieves the ball. There are no longer any oustanding appeal-able base running errors, are there?
  9. That seems like it could be disastrous if you end up with a slicing ball near the line.
  10. CJK

    Is the play dead?

    Why so much arguing? That doesn't sound like a fun league at all.
  11. CJK

    Shin guards question

    Quite possibly true in higher-level baseball. When it comes to softball, though, I've used them at all levels and I love them.
  12. CJK

    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    It's a better parallel if the punching bag is standing there ahead of time and just slides over 2 feet right at the end. Plus, the instructions for the test need to indicate that the punching bag might move, and also make clear that it's completely against the rules of the exercise to cause significant damage the punching bag.
  13. CJK

    Penalty or play?

    If I'm enforcing that penalty correctly and the coach asks how come his runner can't score, I'd ask him if he's saying he wants the option to take the play. If he doesn't even ask a question about it, though, I'm not going to do his job for him.
  14. CJK

    OBS at Home Plate then Malicious Contact

    I wish this training would hurry up and make its way to the fields where I work. I feel like coaches are teaching catchers that my toe is a hat hook and they should hang the helmet on it whenever they can.
  15. CJK

    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    I'm not sure anyone really thinks that the runner decided halfway home that he was going to truck the catcher. And I feel like everybody agrees that the catcher stepped into the path of the runner, and that he did it late. In fact, it seems to me like everyone agrees on all those things (which makes this OBS), and even that contact is virtually unavoidable. It's the reaction of the runner to the catcher's movement that's inappropriate. He could have put out his hands out, elbows bent, to protect himself. He could have drawn his arms into his body to protect himself. He could have tried to turn his body to duck/squeeze/dance past the catcher. Any of those would have been fine and entitled him to an award of home plate. Instead, he reacted by lowering his shoulder and driving up through the chest of the catcher with his shoulder and elbow. That's not what you do to protect yourself. That's what you do when you want to knock a guy out of his shoes and make him blow snot bubbles. There are sports where that's appropriate game-related action, and baseball isn't one of them. That's why it's MC.