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  1. CJK

    Is the play dead?

    Why so much arguing? That doesn't sound like a fun league at all.
  2. 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.
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    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.
  4. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Make a significant adjustment to his path, probably not. Make a significant adjustment to his lean and upper body rotation, certainly. He pulled his arms in, leaned forward, rotated his upper body, dropped his shoulder, and drove through F2 all in a matter of a step and a half. If he extends his arms, has a backward lean, or tries to duck away, he's safe on OBS. If he loads up and leads with his shoulder and elbow at chest height, then he's out for MC.
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    Little League

    Sorry, guys. I thought was a chance to look at the broader situation and maybe learn something, not just second-guess some guy on a neighborhood field in NJ. Thanks for helping me put it into perspective.
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    Little League

    I don't think these are reasonable blanket statements. 1. R2 has a huge jump compared to B/R, especially because s/he's off on contact with 2 outs. R2 can likely be well around 3B and headed home by the time F4 actually makes a throw, and it's pretty common for the F4 for pat the ball in the glove, check the seams, shuffle the feet, and take something off the throw, all because s/he "has time." Once all that has happened, if F3 is off-balance from the effort of stretching enough that s/he may have pulled his/her foot, I'd say a decent runner has a pretty good chance of scoring. 2. Depending on the level of the umpire, the timing of this call should be such that it's unlikely that the fielder could react to it in time to get a moderately hustling R2 at home. It's not a video game with instant feedback, and there should be no hurry at all to make an out call at 1B if that's what the umpire had.
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    Suggestions for CP?

    Because the OP isn't specific, I think this statement needs some qualification. I've used an iX3 at all levels of fast-pitch softball, and never once felt vulnerable. I might wish it had a little more ventilation, but the protection is fine *for softball*. I don't wear it to work baseball, but I can believe that the spacing of the plates would be an issue there. The size and speed of the ball makes a big difference in the amount of energy a CP can distribute. I know it's mostly baseball umpires here, and I respect that, but I think it's important (especially in the gear threads) to appreciate that the internet brings all kinds of umpires here, and if the site can give softball guys (like me) good gear advice for their level/sport, it's the right thing to do. Heck, it might even be a way for you to offload some gear that's not appropriate for higher-level baseball, but just fine for all levels of softball.
  11. CJK

    Dropped 3rd strike

    I'll add that the run wouldn't score even if the defense played on R3 at home, R3 was ruled safe, and then B/R was retired before reaching first (whether by tagging the base or the runner). This twist isn't even all that common at lower levels, when the batter hears 3 coaches, 25 parents, and a half dozen grandparents all start hollering, sees R3 coming, and jumps back out of the way. The defense may try to make the play at home on auto-pilot, and once the dust clears, it dawns on somebody that B/R is still standing there, so F2 makes a tag. B/R out, and no run scored, even though R3 was explicitly called safe!
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    How does this happen?

    I know it seems like you couldn't possibly blow this call, but I've missed an obvious swing like this before. I was working very bad softball, and I flinched hard on that up-and-in pitch, believing it was going to be the 5th or 6th time in that game that the catcher couldn't be bothered to move her glove and instead used my face to stop the ball. What I can't put my head around: how does the base umpire get it wrong on the appeal?
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    Slide or attempt to avoid

    By rule, the runner doesn't have to avoid contact, s/he has to attempt to avoid contact, which s/he did. No violation. By rule, the defender does have to hold the ball securely throughout the tag, which s/he did not. Safe.
  14. Whistle the puck down when you lose sight of it. No goal.
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    Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Do they have children? I ask because an umpire here locally is recovering from a year-long battle with leukemia, including radiation, chemo, and a stem-cell transplant. The advice when somebody tried to set up a gofundme to help him with his bills was that donations would be better served going to the kids, as a college fund, than to the umpire and his spouse. The reasoning was that insurance, medicare/medicaid, and whatever else would get in line after available funds, so anything given to the family would just be eaten up, whereas money given to the children would actually be available to the family moving forward. I know there are lawyers and financial advisors who visit here, so maybe they could shed more light on the situation to help you maximize the benefit of your fundraising efforts.
  16. CJK

    Follow through interference?

    Once action has relaxed, pick up the bat and fling it at the coach.
  17. Also, you need to pay attention to the calls in this order. When a defender is running/sliding/diving near the line, it's critical that you focus first on where the ball is when it is first touched. From there, the transition into determining whether it's caught is seamless. But if you focus on the catch, your eyes/brain won't process fair/foul as well; just ask the guy who will tell you that they were 2 strides past the line, that ball was 8 feet foul when you and the catcher both saw him touch it 2 feet fair. ("Horrible.")
  18. In addition to what BT_Blue says: learn from your mistakes. For example, missing the fair/foul call is often a product of bad timing. Relax, slow down, see the play, judge the play, and then make your call/signal.
  19. CJK

    Chirping Assistant

    I don't feel bad for him, because he did do something wrong. He made a conscious choice to hide the identity of the loudmouth.
  20. CJK

    Even 90º+ Gets to the Best of Us

    I'll quote Chris Rock: You can drive a car with your feet if you want to; it don't mean it's a good f---ing idea!
  21. CJK

    Run counting on force out

    Oh, Steve R1. I thought you were talking about Steve F9, and I couldn't think of any rule obligating a defender to retouch 2B.
  22. CJK

    Appeal calls

    Mike, can we have time? <walk calmly to the calling umpire and stand NEXT to him/her, not facing him/her> I know you saw the tag with the glove, but did you see the ball in the bare hand during the tag? Do you mind checking with your partner to see if s/he had it? If I make that call, and you come running out, or holler at me from across the field, or try to go to my partner, or want to alpha me in any way, I will be INCREDIBLY unreceptive to almost anything you say or ask. If you come to me calmly and respectfully, like a grown up should, I can listen to you say or ask almost anything, and I'm likely to want to help. It's human nature.
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    Moving hands/elbow after coming set

    Q: Were they intentionally acting like massive douchebags, or did it just come naturally? A: Who cares? Send them to scream at their windshields. There's no room for that level of ass-hattery around 11-year-olds.
  24. CJK

    Chirping Assistant

    Well, I'm going to start throwing out your "dummies" until it quiets down over there.
  25. CJK

    How quickly they forget

    Umpire bumper sticker: · “ If you have 100 monkeys misbehaving, KILL ONE, watch the rest of them straighten up”- Bigumpire