Opening day is tomorrow for NJ HS. Here is part of an email from our association interpreter, a very opinionated individual...
We do not go to our partner on a check swing because the coach has requested it. We can go to our partner IMMEDIATELY if needed. We all must be consistent in this mechanic all the time. Coaches have told me and umpires that some umpires still go when requested by coach. Please stop that and be consistent and the coaches will understand better and not ask.
While I know that we are not required to in HS, but I have always done it as long as the coach hasn't been a d!ck about it.
12u under OBR. I am in 'C' with runners at 1st and 2nd.
Batter squares to bunt, pitch is WAY inside, pitch hits batter in the stomach. Partner calls TIME and tells batter to take first. All sounds fine, EXCEPT the batter CLEARLY offered at the pitch.
DC politely approached plate and conversation goes like this:
DC: Sir, didn't he offer at the pitch?
PU: Coach, the batter was hit by the pitch.
DC: Yes, I know that, but didn't he offer at the pitch?
DC: Can you check with your partner?
PU: No, that's not an appealable call.
I know the initial call is his, and I'm only to get involved if HE asks for help...but when he is mistaken on a point of rule (as opposed to judgment) should I have done anything? I had been trying throughout the entire time to quietly get his attention, to let him know I had info he ought to know. The coach walked back to the dugout scratching his head.
On a bases loaded grounder back to F1 ..... he flips to F2 for the apparent force at home ..... not so fast!
The downside of replay (or upside) ...it can see just about anything. I think Mark Ripperger, from his angle had the out, as we probably all would have called it .....
This is the stuff you see now, thanks to replay