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    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
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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)?
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    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.
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    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.
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    Baseball Umpire

    Some of the questions are obvious, like questions 3 and 5. Others are not so obvious (The answer to Question 7 depends on the rules used. In high school rules, there exists an option for a coach to verbally appeal a baserunning infraction while the ball is dead. In other rule sets, the ball must be alive). No intent = no interference, if the base coach is where he ought to be (in the coach's box). If not, then strict liability applies (any contact with a thrown ball by base coach = out). Yes, for ball 4 the batter is only awarded 1B, because the award for a pitch that goes out of play is one base for any runner. Because Ball 4 entitles the batter to become a runner and awards him 1st base, he receives the right to run to 1st base without jeopardy of being put out. The fact that the pitch goes out of play is irrelevant, and only requires the plate umpire to toss the pitcher a new baseball, and put said baseball into play. 6 should also be obvious, because the left fielder failed to demonstrate control, and did not release the ball intentionally or in a voluntary manner. If you want to ask rules questions in the future, be more clear as to context (test vs real-life application), rules code (HS vs OBR (pro rules), etc. That way the other posters won't poke fun at you. Umpires do have a weird sense of humor, sometimes .
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    Baseball vs Softball

    I am both a baseball umpire and a softball umpire, and have noticed that some other users have experience umpiring both as well. I have also noticed that there are significant differences in mechanics between the two sports (softball umpires are less likely to call "Play" or point to the pitcher to signal "Play" than baseball umpires), and that some softball umpires do not want baseball mentioned in connection with softball. AFAIK, some baseball umpires with bad mechanics have borrowed their non-standard mechanics from softball (using "Dead Ball" on a stoppage of play, a big no-no for baseball umpires), and some softball umpires have inappropriately appropriated baseball mechanics (pointing on strikes), so some degree of crossover is inevitable (plate mechanics are similar in both sports, and the process of taking a play at a base is also basically identical). Do baseball umpires have a similarly dismissive attitude towards softball and softball umpires as (some) softball umpires do towards baseball and baseball umpires? Are there any baseball mechanics that are seen as unnecessary for a softball umpire, the way that brushing the rubber and bases and/or carrying the ball to the mound is for a baseball umpire?
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    High School Playoffs

    Congratulations! It's surprising that SC has its state championship so early, but maybe the warmer weather down there does allow for baseball to begin sooner than in other states. It's also really cool that the championship is a series, not 1 game as in MD. I'm guessing that y'all use 3 umpires throughout the tournament (or at least for the semis and finals).
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    A plea to all umpires (especially my partners)

    Indeed. In a game involving military teams/ROTC/Boy Scouts, I would tell the band to play "Taps" for the baseball, every time one of my partners call "Dead Ball" . Hearing that a few times would teach my partners to stop saying "Dead Ball" on a stoppage of play.
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    Delayed call puts runner at disadvantage

    In a situation where there is a close play (tag or force) on a runner, and the fielder drops (or otherwise fails to secure) the ball when trying to make a play, when the attempted play ends, I signal and say "Safe!", and then point to the ground (where the ball fell) and say "On the ground!" Should a fielder fail to control the ball on a tag (or force play), I say and signal safe, and do the "juggling" signal that a football official would use to indicate that a pass was not controlled, and say "No control!" Should a fielder be off the base in an attempt to complete a force play, I do the "sweeping signal" with both arms, and say "Safe, off the bag!" This way, I inform the players (and other participants/spectators) that something unusual happened, and that the runner is not out, when an out could have been reasonably expected.
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    High School Playoffs

    Well, how does the postseason work in TN? Have you, or anyone else you know, had any postseason assignments this year? I'd love to hear all about it. I know that NJ is anal about its umpires not talking about the playoffs, but what is it like in PA? Have you, anyone you know, or other U-E users from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, gotten any playoffs this past year? In MD, teams are divided into 4 Regions by size (from 1A to 4A in increasing size order) and geography (e.g. 4A South includes all big schools in Prince George's County), and these regions are divided into sections, for ease of scheduling. Regional champions advance to the semifinals, from whence the winners advance to the State Championship at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Local associations select officials to work in the regional tournament, if both teams are from the same association coverage (2 PG teams get a MAC crew, but a Montgomery County team playing a Frederick County team gets a neutral crew, because MoCo and FredCo use different associations in the regular season). I know that PA has 12 districts, and that both public schools and private schools are involved (MD only has public schools competing in the state championship, so local private school associations [WCAC, IAC, MAC [the conference, not the association], etc.] compete on their own). That said, how similar is the PA system to the Maryland system. Does PIAA assign officials to all rounds of the playoffs, or is there some local control involved? What are the eligibility requirements, other than passing the rules test and attendance at the rules interpretation meeting (or completing an online clinic [VA and some other states replace the rules clinic with watching an online video])?
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    ball in glove and hand on base

    He's out! Since this is a force play, the requirements are more relaxed (the second baseman merely has to touch the base with some part of his body before the runner on 1st arrives). If F4 had tried to tag the runner, instead of the base, his actions would not be considered a tag, because a tag on a player requires contact with the ball in the hand, or the ball in the glove touching the runner.
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    High School Playoffs

    Maven, does the ban also cover talking about past assignments? AFAIK, there is no competitive advantage to be gained when the game is done. Re: OH, how are things done there? Does your local association (SUA) make playoff assignments for some rounds, or is it all done by OHSAA, from the first round to the state championship?
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    High School Playoffs

    I guess the Mafia runs the NJSIAA like they do other aspects of New Jersey, since umpires are forced to observe omerta . Is there any info available on the structure of the playoffs in NJ?
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    Watching umpires while I watch my son

    Maybe the PIAA should require that chapter meetings include a practical demonstration component, where officials will show how certain aspects of baseball (or other sports) mechanics work. If a meeting is scheduled for 2 hours, then 1 hour must be mechanics/applied rule practice. Then, chapters could get together with schools/rec centers and work in a gym or dance studio (a larger space) to be able to actually practice mechanics. A sample meeting structure could go like this: A. Introduction of the Presenter and Topic (~ 2 minutes) B. Relevant rules and situations (40 minutes) C. Relevant signals and group assignment (10 minutes) D. Move to practice space (dance studio/gym) E. Practice relevant mechanics (2-man situations early in the season for baseball, for later meetings 3-man (or other playoff-specific mechanics)) (1 hour) In this way, newer umpires gain some practical experience, and veterans stay up to speed on proper mechanics. Of course, this should be supplemented by preseason mechanics clinics (MAC provides those for 1st and 2nd year umpires), cage sessions, evaluation and feedback on one's games, and attendance at camps in the offseason. But a structure like this would be a step in the right direction for training.
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    Rookie Tips

    If you are the plate umpire, and you are working a game where you are responsible for lineup cards (e.g. a scholastic game), remember who gave you which lineup (I mark each of mine with a team's first letter (e.g. "P" for Potomac and "O" for Oxon Hill), or identifying letters (e.g. "Po" for Potomac and "Pa" for Parkdale), if teams share the first initial), to avoid confusion, make recording substitutions quicker, and know if you may be dealing with a BOO situation vs just an unreported substitute. Another tip as HP would be to watch at least a few pitches of a new pitcher's warmup from both sides. If you see his delivery, release point, and types of pitches that he throws beforehand, you will not be surprised if he throws a curveball that looks like it will hit you, and then swerves across the strike zone. You will also find out how good your catcher is, and if the pitcher has any quirks that you need to monitor later (strange position, not coming set, etc.).
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    High School Playoffs

    Wow! It's crazy to think about working U3 (3rd base umpire) if you're new to 3-man, because you have to cover the back side of plays, go out if on the line, and be in B, C, or D depending on baserunner configuration. Still, congratulations on earning a playoff assignment first year. We are one of few umpires working playoffs in our first years. Remind me again where Section XI is (I went to Arlington High School (LaGrangeville, NY), in Section I, and Section IX was across the Mid-Hudson Bridge for me). Maybe they are as desperate for umpires in Section XI as they were in Prince George County, MD last year (Last year, PG County introduced a new fingerprint policy. Many veteran umpires refused to have their fingerprints taken, but I did. I ended up working varsity games, and got chosen to work the playoffs, thanks to my work, and the recommendation of a coach for DuVal High School (a team I worked a varsity doubleheader for)). Congratulations, and I'm rooting for you to get a spot working next round. How do the NY playoffs work? Is there a tournament for all of NY, including New York City and the private schools (like the Federation State Tournament in basketball), or do the playoffs include just NYSPHSAA schools, with PSAL and the private schools on their own?
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    Watching umpires while I watch my son

    In many states (at least in the Northeast, and to some degree in the Midwest), the stadium field is also used for lacrosse (both boys and girls), or soccer (some states play soccer in the spring), and some of those games are evening games, so lights will be used a few times a week anyway. In that case, it makes no sense not to provide lights to baseball and/or softball fields, especially a portable setup that can rotate to provide night games on a variable basis (M softball night/baseball day, Thursday, baseball night/softball day, etc.). Re: locker rooms, I prefer to have a locker room, because I do not have a car, and have to travel to most games by Uber or public transit. In those cases, I just go to the school, and ask for the boys' locker room. I then change in there, and walk out to the field. I don't know if AD's respond to emails that umpires send to confirm games, so I'm not sure if asking for locker rooms in advance would actually be effective as a strategy. I guess that associations would have to push for locker room access.
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    Rookie Tips

    Ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when you are just starting. It also makes the veterans think more about their mechanics and judgement. It can be the difference between putting your foot in your mouth and nailing a close call .
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    Watching umpires while I watch my son

    That would definitely make sense. Installing lights, or buying portable light setups would help increase availability by allowing games to be played later in the evening. There should be no reason why football/stadium fields have lights, but baseball fields do not. Playing games later would increase availability for umpires who have outside jobs, and may not be able to leave work as early as students or retirees.
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    First one this year

    The person called the Referee, who is football's answer to a crew chief. He is responsible for administering the coin toss, announcing penalties, and declaring the ball ready for play. I'm surprised about a white hat in a baseball game, but maybe there was a game manager or tournament director there, and the OP called him the white hat out of habit, because he also works football.
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    0-2 purpose pitch

    Indeed, that is why I try to call the full rulebook strike zone in all my games, from the "midpoint between the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants" to the bottom of the knees, so that the pitcher can throw the pitch you describe and have it called as a strike. I want the pitcher to be able to throw all the strikes that he can, and the batter to have a fair chance to hit the ball, and the rulebook zone provides the best opportunity for both, so neither has too big an advantage. I don't call strikes if the catcher is outside, if he pulls the pitch into the zone, or if he turns his glove, because all these are tells that the pitch was not a strike, even if the pitcher hit his spot.
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