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    High School, Travel, Recreational (12+)
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  1. Rules differences from obr

    If there are 9 players, the starting pitcher is a P/DH and can be replaced in either capacity. For instance, if the pitcher is replaced as pitcher, he can remain as the DH.
  2. Transition to SB

    I meant the rubber, but baseball is my first spring sport, and baseball terms sometimes sneak in even when I am thinking about softball. Some terminology is different: "hub" vs "working area", "holding area" vs "library" etc. In addition, U1 has to buttonhook to get into the infield on plays, because he starts outside the 2B or SS with runners on base (In 3-man, the same applies for U3, or U1 in the counter-rotated position). I've also looked at 3-man mechanics diagrams in the NFHS softball manual, and U1 pivots before going home. This is a headscratcher to me, because a baseball U1 in a 3-man game stops at 1B to watch the touch at 1B, before going home as R1 rounds 2B. Is this actually done in HS playoff or NCAA 3-umpire softball games? Any other mechanics quirks that a baseball umpire would need to know when doing softball?
  3. Plate Coat

    I've looked on the Honigs website, but plate coats are not listed there, only jackets. Does this mean that plate coats are just an item that is made-to-order, and that I would need to especially call for one? What would be a ballpark figure that I would be expected to pay for one?
  4. U1 in 3 Man

    I was able to work 3-man as the U1 this year at a Sectional Final playoff game in MD, and I can say that it isn't easier than 2-man, but it is simpler. Once I was able to read the manual and have a few situations where U3 went to the deep B position, I was able to stay in A with confidence, and have great looks at pickoff attempts at 1B. After the runners moved up to 2nd, I was able to get to deep B, cover the back of my U3, and make calls on pickoff plays at 2B. I was even able to go out on a ball to RF with a runner at 1B and make a call (no catch)! It did take a little bit of adjustment (with 2 outs, U3 and I reverted back to me in A, him in C, what we would be in for a R1/R2 or bases loaded situation), but it was a very enjoyable experience. This is why 3-man as the U1 is not easier than, but simpler than 2-man.
  5. 1st game in 26 years.

    Well, in that case H would be U3's between inning rest position, and I would be U2's rest position (generalizing for more than 2 umpires). Would deep B and deep C then be L and M, with outside C being referred to as the N position? Obviously, D, H, L, and M exist only in 3-man mechanics, and I and N only in 4 man mechanics. If @wwsodeputy would work the playoffs, then it might be useful for him to know that, as most states use 3 or 4 man mechanics at some point in the playoffs.
  6. 1st game in 26 years.

    G, J, and K? I only know about A, B, C, and D positions. Anyway, good luck with your season.
  7. Rule Differences From OBR - FED / NFHS Edition

    There is a link to Steve the Ump, a website run by an NJSIAA umpire about various aspects of umpiring baseball. That link is specifically about the differences between HS and pro rules. This is a list of differences from UmpireBible, grouped by categories of rules. Both are very informative, and up-to-date resources, especially the UmpireBible link.
  8. Rules differences from obr

    Here is the 2018 CCA Baseball Manual as a PDF. I was somehow able to find a link to this on the Internet. Enjoy! It should prove useful. 2018CCAManual.pdf
  9. Women in the profession

    Who knows, maybe Jen Pawol makes it to the big leagues for real. If she can become at least a AAA/MLB call-up, and work some regular season MLB games, more will follow. The big question that needs to be answered if associations are to recruit (female) umpires is why would someone want to umpire. If that question can be answered for the membership in general, then it would be possible to derive the reasons why a woman would want to become an umpire. If baseball associations can do a better job in recruiting officials from other sports, maybe the number of female officials can increase (especially if the sports in question have significant female participation, e.g. volleyball, basketball, and/or softball).
  10. High School Playoffs

    No steals of 2nd, plays at 3rd, or going out from D? I had a lot of pickoffs at 1B and 2B, including a few bangers.
  11. High School Playoffs

    Congratulations! Go on and make your unit proud! How crazy is it that Georgia actually does 3-man series for the playoffs. Just like SC. I guess it is a thing to have playoffs played as series in the South, to eliminate the luck factor involved in winning 1 game. Congratulations, and it sure sounds like fun. If I ever end up moving down South, I'd definitely love to work a series like that.
  12. High School Playoffs

    OK. I asked because I saw some associations (the North Coast Officials Association, for one) post the names of postseason crews that they have had, particularly those officials who have worked a championship game, on their websites. Have you personally ever been selected to work in the Southern Section playoffs? AFAIK, the tournaments use 3 umpires throughout, until the final round, when they use 4.
  13. High School Playoffs

    Is CA as anal as NJ when it comes to discussing the postseason? I thought it was a more open place, from what I saw on different association websites (North Coast Officials Association and some others posted the names and crews of umpires working in the section and CIF tournaments). This is how I think it works, so correct me if I'm wrong. First, teams in each section play a sectional tournament, with the winners going on to the CIF tournament. The local associations control umpires for the sectional tournament, but the CIF makes the call for the state tournament. Or is CA like some other states, where the governing body controls all playoff assignments (NJ or SC)?
  14. High School Playoffs

    That's awesome. If I ever do get a car, and find a job down there, I'd love to work baseball there. Are there any umpires who also do basketball, because basketball playoffs overlap with the beginning of baseball season? I'm asking because I currently work football and basketball as well as baseball, and I am reluctant to give up either sport. I'very read the rating criteria for SCBOA, and they look objective to me (test scores, camp attendance, clinic attendance, peer evaluations), so I guess the criteria that the SCHSL office in Columbia uses for baseball are also objective. In basketball, you need to work at least 10 varsity games to qualify for the SCHSL playoffs. Is there some similar requirement for baseball? MD has a games worked criterion for football (6 varsity games), but not for baseball.
  15. Delayed call puts runner at disadvantage

    It is relevant, because the ball is not in the fielder's possession when the "tag" is made. Because there is no possession, there cannot be a tag. Because there is no tag (although there appears to be one), the base umpire must signal "safe", since the play on the runner failed. I would use either "Safe, on the ground", because the ball rolled away, or "safe, no tag" to explain the situation.