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  1. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    U1 in 3 Man

    How would you adjust from being U1 in a 2-man game to being U1 in a 3-man game? I know the mechanics changes that are in the manual (you don't go inside unless there is a runner at 2B without a runner on 1B, you do not pivot, you go to home plate on rotations, etc.). You (the typical HS/JUCO/sub-AA pro umpire) have worked many 2-man games on the bases and have ingrained habits that help you be in better position. How would you "undo" those habits when you work 3-man? Do you say "no pivot unless U3 leaves", "go home", "stay in A [with a runner on 1B or R1/R3]" to yourself in situations where 2-man differs from 3-man, as a reminder, or would you use different strategies? Are there any other mental or mechanical changes that you use as U1 in a 3-man game? I have worked a 3-man scrimmage at HP, so I understand the adjustments to be made there (slightly different rotations, check with U3 on swings by left-handed batters, signals to the middle umpire, if someone is inside, or to U3, if both base umpires are on their lines).
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    U1 in 3 Man

    Well, I went to 3-person camp, and it seems that U1 was more difficult for me than I initially expected. U3 was easier (run across the diamond from D position to 2nd base, unless I go out), go to 2nd (if in the middle), or slide between 2nd and 1st, whereas I need more 3 man games to be able to unconsciously know when to slash inside from A. If I get more reps, I can read the play and runners faster and get to where I need to be. Unfortunately, most games are 2-man, so it would be really hard to get the practice, unless my assignor was willing to give me unpaid games, or some umpires working fall ball were open to inviting a 3rd to work with them.
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    Experimental Mechanic for tag plays at home

    Don't laugh. There actually was a play where an MLB home plate umpire had a fair/foul call up the 1st base line and potential runner's lane interference, and had to return to the plate to take the play there. He fell, and made the call from the ground. Spoiler alert: he got the call right. Close Call Sports called his position the "Worm position". I'd probably call this the same.
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    That's a great example of the wedge too. You're in the catcher's (right) hip pocket, and have an excellent look at the play. BTW, what league is this that allows you to wear red?
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    Football Shirts, Narrow stripes

    Maryland still uses the narrow stripes. DC and Virginia use wide stripes, though.
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    The wedge basically means getting in the gap between a fielder's glove and the base for tag plays. The most common example is for a play at the plate, but it can be applied to plays at other bases (U1 calling a pickoff at 1st base in the 3-umpire system, U3 calling a steal at 3rd base, etc.). To do that, move to stay in the fielder's hip pocket, except when the fielder moves off the base (catcher moving towards 1B). I was able to get a play at the plate correct by using wedge principles during a game at a 3-man camp this past week (runner rounds 3rd to go home, catcher comes up the line to field the throw, catcher tried to tag the runner, but missed, and runner slid by him to score). Another key part of the wedge is to get closer to the fielder than you would otherwise, because the closet you are (with the right angle), the less you have to move to make adjustments (quiet steps is the term used by instructors), and the more of the gap between glove and base that you can see.
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    MLB Balk Rule

    Where is the most updated MLBUM available, anyway? I've checked the Wendelstedt Umpire School store website, and the latest version I can find is 2016. If batter and runner advance, I'd leave it as it is, because the spirit of the rule is fulfilled (the balk did not prevent R2 from advancing, so no reason to punish the pitcher twice). This is the reason why if there is a balk, the ball is put in play, and everyone advances at least one base (think home run), the batted ball (HR) counts, not the balk.
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    YOU make the call.

    IFF (ball could be caught by an infielder [F1 is an infielder] with ordinary effort), batter is out, none of the questions are relevant, now there are 2 outs, R3 and R2 score, R1 goes to 3B, and play resumes R3/2 outs and HP calling "Play", because the ball became dead. And that''s all, folks!
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    NFHS changes 2019

    I understand, but I have never heard the "push" term before. I've heard (and used) the terms slide or reverse rotation, as well as executed it myself as U1 in a playoff game. I'll be going to Rochester for a 3-man camp next week, so I'll be getting a lot of practice with that, and the other fine points of 3-man mechanics. Besides the pitching rule, NFHS just approved post factum of standard umpire practices by adding them to the rulebook.
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    NFHS changes 2019

    What is the "push" signal? I use the "point to the base where I'm going" signal to indicate a possible rotation in 2 or 3 man mechanics already, so there is nothing new, except for the pitching rule change.
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    Horrible news - @grayhawk

    That is terrible! God grant him a speedy recovery, and let him return to the field. If not, he might make a good observer/interpreter/instructor instead.
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    High School Playoffs

    I've noticed over in the collegiate section of this forum that there is a thread dedicated to NCAA Postseason umpires. I thought, why not make a similar thread for high school folks good (or lucky) enough to work in their playoffs. I'd like us to be able to congratulate each other on our playoff assignments, reflect on our playoff experiences, and learn more about each others' playoff tournaments. I am a second-year umpire in MAC/NVBUA, and have worked playoffs in each of the past 2 seasons (last year, I worked a 4A Sectional Quarterfinal game, this year a 4A Sectional Final game). Maryland (MPSSAA, the governing body for public school sports) runs 2 tournaments to determine a state champion for each of 4 classifications (1A is very small schools, 2A is small schools, 3A is medium schools, and 4A is large schools), first the Regional Tournament, to decide the state semifinalists, and then the State Tournament, starting with the semifinals at 4 different sites (Cannon Stadium in Anne Arundel County (3A), Harford Community College (2A), McCurdy Field (Harry Grove Stadium) in Frederick (1A), and Shirley Povich Field (4A), also the home field for the Georgetown Hoyas baseball team), and then all four finals at Ripken Stadium, home to the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League. MPSSAA pays for two umpires for the Regional Tournament, however, MAC supplies 3 umpires for as many playoff games as possible each year. For the State Tournament, MPSSAA assigns and pays for 3 officials. Last year, I worked a 2-man Sectional Quarterfinal (1st round) game as the plate umpire, and I had to suspend it because the steady drizzle to start the game had turned into a torrential downpour. I was stuck in position behind the catcher, so my partner and I decided to call the game. It was resumed on the following Monday with a different crew. Today, I worked a 3-man Sectional Final (3rd round) game as the first base umpire. It was an eye-opening and exciting experience, because I had never worked 3-man before this year. I had practice as the home plate umpire working 3-man in a preseason scrimmage (I was able to do a rotation with no one on), so I knew association practices and the 3-man rotations from that perspective. Today, I was able to get many nice looks on pickoffs at 1st and 2nd base due to the closer positions that 3-man allows for (Short A and Deep B really open up the wedge for those types of calls), and enjoyed making many close calls on pickoffs. I was also able to go out with a runner on 1st to rule on a potential low catch (the fielder dove, but failed to catch the ball, and R1 was forced out at second). Because I had read through 3-man mechanics manuals before, I was able to get into the groove after the 1st half-inning ended (I only had to remind myself once to stay in A with a runner on 1st base). It was a great experience, and I'd love to be able to work a Regional Final game this year. If not, I might get other 3-man playoff games next year.
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    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.
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    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?