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  1. I would not give an out, as F8 did not make an unmistakable appeal. If F8 asks to appeal, I would tell him that he needs to touch 2nd base and say what he is appealing. If he says that he is appealing R1's failure to touch 2nd base, and I did not see R1 touch 2nd, I would declare R1 out, with no run scoring. If F8 does not ask for an appeal, the game is over and the home team wins. A putout must be an intentional act by a fielder to retire a runner, kicking the base is not an intentional act to retire the runner, so I would not recognize the "forceout" unless F8 appeals to me.
  2. I voted for Segal, because I liked his ejection of Crawford over a correct called third strike, and because he got other calls right, especially those involved with ejections. I also believe that he should be hired by MLB as one of the full-time umpires. I'd love to be a #3 or #4 on Chris' crew.
  3. That is what I do. I have MD and DC patches on magnets, so I attach an MD patch to my shirt when doing a public school game in Maryland, and a DC patch when in DC for a high school game. Why exactly do OH users say that the OHSAA has arcane uniform requirements? AFAIK, navy is pretty common for high school baseball uniforms (MD umpires wear navy in the playoffs, VA has navy and powder blue as options, umpires wear special shirts with embroidered VHSL logos on the chest, and flags on the left sleeve).
  4. Apparently, MD and VA now both allow navy and powder blue shirts, so there is an alternate option for warm-weather games. Another association in the area (Southern District Umpires Association), which does Southern MD public schools and most MD/DC private schools, uses black as its base color, whether for public or private school games.
  5. ilyazhito

    You Make The Call

    Obstruction. The catcher was not fielding the ball when he did not provide access to the runner from 3rd base to reach home. Only after the catcher possesses the ball may he block the base from the runner. R3 scores on this play.
  6. ilyazhito

    NFHS changes 2019

    Is it because of "we don't want to be like college" snobbism, or because they are not aware of good umpiring practice? I don't know how many NFHS rules committee members umpire, especially at the college level, so I can't infer that the committee members know either NFHS or CCA mechanics.
  7. ilyazhito

    Insurance null and void IF?

    On a similar note, wlll insurance cover me if I work as an "extra" umpire for no pay (e.g. as a 3rd umpire on a game with 2 paid umpires)? I am a NASO member, and I would like to get 3-man experience, but there aren't many leagues that do use 3 umpires for games, at least not on a paid basis.
  8. ilyazhito


    This is an absolute disgrace. I should not be expected to go into a gym and have to be possibly attacked by one (or both) of the teams, and then go to the hospital. NASO might be able to pay me something, but what happened in the two videos is just wrong. If this happens with any consistency, no wonder there is a shortage of officials.
  9. ilyazhito

    LLWS Discussion / Umpires / Plays / Etc ...

    Does this umpire also do softball? In softball, making the verbal call while down is the SOP, but it really messes up timing to do that. This might be one of the reasons why I might drop softball next season. RE: the U2 going away from a play, that is stupid. The situation described is a classic going-out situation for an umpire stationed outside the basepaths, whether 60' or 90'. LLI really needs to re-write the book on this to match CCA 4-man mechanics (6 is just 4 with 2 extra umpires for fair/foul calls and trouble balls deep in the outfield).
  10. ilyazhito

    U1 in 3 Man

    Indeed. THAT is the reason why inside umpires rarely go out. This is also the reason why U2 is inside with runners on base in a 4-umpire system. Indeed, at the 3-person camp that I attended, this is probably the reason why we were taught to not go out from inside (only when on the lines).
  11. ilyazhito

    U1 in 3 Man

    I'm just saying that going out from the inside in 3-person is not common practice, probably because mostly 2-person umpires would be doing so incorrectly in their respective 2-person games. Higher-level umpires (MLB) might do that, because they know how to adjust coverage for the baserunning that their partners leave behind, but it is probably better if amateur umpires don't leave their partners with baserunners in unplanned situations.
  12. ilyazhito

    U1 in 3 Man

    I'll have to look through my manual again to make sure. The gist is that you don't go out willy-nilly in 3-man, and that umpires don't go out from the inside in any system. If U2 is stuck inside and there is a trouble ball, U1 or U3 might go out in 4-man. Do you have any experience doing 3-man, particularly as U1? I'd appreciate hearing whatever helps you make your reads quicker. It might help me as well.
  13. ilyazhito

    U1 in 3 Man

    I think that Rice was confusing 3-man with 4-man, where you DO go out on any fly ball, CCA or MLBUM. Still, 3-man does take more reading than 2-man (go out or pivot, U1 never rotates in 2-man), so I need to get some practice in 3-man to make sure that I can improve my reads. Probably the most difficult situation for U1 is R1/R2, less than 2 outs, because of the number of variables that could happen. 3-man U1s, feel free to chime in and tell me if that was your experience?
  14. ilyazhito

    U1 in 3 Man

    Yes, HP could help out if there was no rotation, or a reverse rotation with no potential play at the plate. If there is a likely play at the plate, HP must stay to deal with that. U1 would then pick up any obstruction at or around 1B, which would most likely be of the Type 2/Type B variety.
  15. ilyazhito

    Mask Porn?

    I also use an F3 V2 with a throat guard with no logo. Works better than my Markwort with Team Wendy pads. Felt nothing when hit in the mask with batted balls.