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  1. 5 points
    Was his mom on the field? Was she within the fence? Was she in the dugout? If she was none of those places, then there’s nothing you could... or, really, should do about it, despite it being a crass outcry, bordering on profane. We are to govern that which occurs within the confines of the fences (the ball field); ours is not outside the backstop and the fences. If she is causing a disruption that is affecting gameplay, then it needs to be addressed through proper channels, whether that be through or in conjunction with the team’s head coach, or the Tournament Director, their Field Marshals, or a Site Supervisor. You should not, though, go independently in picking a fan out, ejecting him/her, and then holding up the game to have that fan removed. Please understand, whether our calls or judgements are right or wrong, they are not immune or impervious to reactive outcries from the spectators. You can’t possibly expect to do this job devoid of being questioned or reacted to. Do you see college, Minor League, or Major League Umpires tossing fans during their games for their displeasure on a call? Lemme tell ya, what that mom said was Sunday banter compared to the verbal filth spewing from college and Minor League fans. Have I experienced this? Yes I have... I had a dad bang on the fence and call me a m’er-f’er... in Spanish... so loud that the other team’s parents recoiled in stunned disbelief and shock. What did I do? ... I was already beckoning over the Head Coach of that team to fix it, while the Site Supervisor and Field Marshal wove their way through the crowd and removed the fan on their own.
  2. 4 points
    Wow, @HokieUmp just took me back to my elementary school days............ Steel slides that melted your skin as you slid down them on hot days........... Swing sets that were 15-20ft high and kids would see how high they could swing before the slack of the chains snapped them backwards and sometimes falling to the macadam playground surface. Monkey bar play sets about 6 feet off of the (same macadam surface) ground. All of which, helped to shape a generation. You either learned: a) I need to make sure I concentrate and get good at (insert playground activity) so it doesn't hurt........or b) don't do that.
  3. 3 points
    @Razzer does ... Maybe that's next in line for UmpLife
  4. 3 points
    Wow I go away for a couple of days and this is still brewing... I stick with my statements from the prior thread. But wow who would have thought it would still be discussed. All this is going to do is make them come up with more clever and innocuous signals. But even at this level how much control do 12-13 y/o have ; none is anywhere near a Maddux and can put the ball exactly where they want it. If I adjust my helmet with both hands, its inside; one hand outside; brim middle. If I have 1 hand on my knee its inside, 2 hands outside, no hands middle. You get the idea. They will become more clever, making the rule impossible to enforce. From the article I actually agree with Keener: You don't want to EJ a kid at this level Unless the umpire is 100% sure, a warning is appropriate. So I stand on my original thought. It will have to be ridiculously blatant for me to touch that. They may be relaying signals, but ow do I know what they mean or they're tipping pitch locations? Maybe it's some sort of other offensive signal? Then whats to keep the catcher from setting up inside and getting the pitch over the middle (might not work on the opposite side - at lease for a called strike). Still a whole lot to do about nothing.
  5. 3 points
    This is no mere "second ball" scenario, as the umpire lost track of the game and HE threw the other ball in. The cited rules all address the "accidental" second ball from a bull pen or neighboring field. Apples and oranges. My point earlier was that it's a mistake (and poor officiating) to expect the rules to magically solve all the crap that can happen when we screw up. Nobody can write a rule book like that (well, absent an escape clause: "The umpire has authority to rule on anything not addressed in these rules"). The general prescription is the one I provided earlier: do what seems fair to both teams, apologize (once), and get the ball back in play as quickly as possible.
  6. 2 points
    Because it never makes you look good and never goes the way you think it will.
  7. 2 points
    Did they really say "timing play?" Doesn't that disqualify the witness?
  8. 2 points
    He became a runner. He was not put out. Gotta go somewhere. Put the sub on 1B.
  9. 2 points
    As Bruce Froemming once said when challenged about his vision, "Well, the sun is 93 million miles away and I can see it just fine."
  10. 2 points
    OBR: Home run counts. Ejection takes effect after the runner scores. NCAA: Home run counts. Ejection takes effect after the runner scores. FED: Home run counts. Ejection takes effect after the runner scores.
  11. 2 points
    You can watch my plate job (its archived for the next few weeks at www.ESPN3.com) from Sunday at the Legion World Series (North Dakota vs. Massachusetts). In the middle of the game, the assistant coaches (they had 8) started yelling at me about balls and strikes. You can actually see me look in the third base dugout and turn my hands up by my side as if to say, "really?". (Note: Massachusetts was losing 8-1 or 9-1 at this point and would be eliminated if they lost.) Shortly thereafter, between innings, I called the manager (they are not "head coaches" in Legion ball) out, took out my line-up card (to make it look like I was talking to him about a line-up issue) and told him that "either he could take care of his assistant coaches yelling at me about balls or strikes, or that I would And, if I handle it, several of them are not likely to be around for the end of the game." The bottom line was that I was not going to be their punching bag because they were getting crushed and about to be eliminated from the tournament...especially when I was having a solid plate job. Amazingly, I didn't hear another comment from an assistant coach for the rest of the game. The moral of the story is that sometimes giving the head coach/manager a chance to handle his team is the best option. It can be a very useful game management tool.
  12. 2 points
    Just trying to picture this...The sunglasses on his cap caused him to whiff on the catch how???
  13. 2 points
    The interpretation is not correct, ... it's been spelled out to you that it's not correct. don't be "that umpire" .... please. If you're misinterpreting a rule, and trying to apply it where it doesn't belong, that means you're making stuff up. Don't do that.
  14. 2 points
    Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez took issue with MLB umpires ("Awful!") for a missed HR call (correctly overturned via Replay Review) despite Keith himself having missed the same call during his first (and second) viewing of the play. With the bases loaded during Friday's Mets-Royals game, 1B... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. 2 points
    I believe the technical term for your response is the YGBFKM stare.
  16. 2 points
    How about a way to tag your own post with the ruleset being used, similar to the tags that get added to some topics? That way, if I give Fed, I can tag it as such. Have this ability through the whole forum, but make it "strongly suggested" in the Ask the Umpire section. Now, the issue would be people actually using the tags. Secondary proposal: section admins that only have rights in the Ask the Umpire thread, solely to keep order there and add tags as needed. Tertiary proposal: One, two, three.... Not it!
  17. 2 points
    1. See the red part. It's not retired runner interference if the defense didn't have a play on another runner. 2. See the blue part. R3 never scored. When interference occurs, the ball is immediately dead (even though in this instance, we do not call time until after the fair/foul status of the ball is determined). The "play" they made on R3 all happened when the ball was already dead, and that "play" would have never been attempted if the fielder not been prevented from making the catch because of the interference. BTW, I am answering for baseball. I have no clue on softball rules.
  18. 1 point
    Well said, @Kevin_K. The only real “tricky” part with swimming is that, from a technical standpoint, certain cuts or types of swimsuit create an advantage, whether by reducing drag for being present (eg. longer on the legs) or not being present (eg. midriff baring 2-piece). But, as soon as you/we/they start determining a “decency and decorum” standard, you’re opening Pandora’s box.
  19. 1 point
    Whenever @lawump has those threads about what should be changed in FED, I always forget to mention this nugget.
  20. 1 point
    I’m not buying the assumption that pulling the bat back is “backswing (OBR) or follow through (fed) Int. By definition, those are when the batter swings and the bat goes around. This is a check swing/recoil. In the above play, the ball is dead because the batter interfered with the catcher’s ability to field the D3K. (6.01(a)(1)). Nothing to do with backswing. In FED, D3K int has to be intentional. Here, it is not intentional so in FED, this play is “ play on”.
  21. 1 point
    But it is a "do not reverse" button.
  22. 1 point
    Don't wad them up after your games... Hang them back up and then when you get home immediately soak them in oxyclean and detergent for an hour or so. Then wash them and hang dry. Inspect them before you dry them to make sure all the stains come out. If they didn't... repeat the process.
  23. 1 point
    Have your crew's second base umpire act like an NBA referee during an in-bounds play: have him move his right arm, parallel to the ground (almost like a safe call with one arm) as he counts off the seconds. LOL What a joke.
  24. 1 point
    I put sneakerballs in my shoes, bottom of my bag, and use dryer sheets as well
  25. 1 point
    I guess you should have led with “It’s navy.”
  26. 1 point
    They didn't have a better angle and there was no Oakland feed. Check_swing.mov
  27. 1 point
    We're a week away from the clinic! Turns out I am going, and would like to know, who else is going?
  28. 1 point
    Being it's 90° there today, it's probably to change out the cooling packs they can wear under the chest protector.
  29. 1 point
    Cooperstown Dreams Park is 50-70 – 50 ft pitch, 70 ft basepaths. 21 of the 22 fields are identical, with 8 ft high outfield walls set at a uniform 200 ft distance. Leading off and stealing (attempts) are allowed. During pool play, Balks are 1 warning (immediate Dead Ball, ala NFHS) per pitcher; thereafter, and then in Elimination Bracket play, Balks are called and enforced ala OBR. There are no DH’s. CDP uses a unique continuous batting order / Extra Hitter hybrid. It works for them, and has spawned its use in other local youth leagues. There is no pitch count. No wooden bats (broken bats are a hazard); no big-barreled bats; no altered bats. Anything else is allowed. Little League fields are much too small. It is my “professional” opinion that there should be 2 distances for baseball: 50’-70’ and 60’6”-90’, and that’s it. 12U is the cut-off. If a 10 year old wants to “play up”, then let him, he’s either gotta sink or swim.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Are you saying he calls a wide zone on your team and not the other? If he calls you one way and the other team different, I'm with you. Though I don't know what you do about it. If he calls it the same each way, what's the issue? I watch MLB games just about every night and the zones you see called are different. The teams adjust. Walk-fests are not fun for anyone and don't teach the game. Get the kids swinging and putting the ball in play.
  32. 1 point
    1. Because I've seen it happen. No - really! 2. 28" bat + 12" arm extension = 40". The outside chalk line is 6" + 17" + 6" = 29" from the inside line of the batter's box. So small kid can stand 11" inside the batters box - basically in the middle - and reach a ball pitched on the chalk of the other batter's box. That's where I call minors and some majors LL games and I see plenty of hits. Believe it or not - even from farther outside than that!
  33. 1 point
    Defensive holding, five yard penalty, automatic first down. Oops, wrong sport, sounds like Obstruction, if so, score the run.
  34. 1 point
    This statement is true as far as it goes. But my bar for "if necessary" is extremely high: we'd be talking about a very hot game between 2 teams that hate each other, and they give me no choice but to get involved in this action. In most cases, a simple return of the runner to base and a joking "nice try" to the fielder are sufficient (when making this ruling, I will sometimes add the informal sweeping arms/off the base signal and verbalize "he pushed him off!") If the runner seems pissed, I might further tell him to cool it, and give the fielder a KTSO. You might regard these as informal warnings, which they are. A Warn & Eject sequence will be written down and communicated to the coach. Note that per FED 3-3-1 PENALTY, a written warning entails restriction to the dugout, so we'd need a sub to replace the offending fielder. (OBR-based codes do not as such have a restriction provision.)
  35. 1 point
    BUT .......YOU CAN ........... take it off and have Douglas make you a custom pad!! That's what I have! I HAD a 15 just like this one, and put gap protection and Thooks on it ..... THEN, I had Jeff make me a 13.5 pad and had him cut me a lower piece of plastic for the bottom ... BOOM, custom 13.5" Douglas!
  36. 1 point
    here's a sharp call from the game Here's the missed bangers, happened on consecutive batters IIRC :
  37. 1 point
    did you see the NJ/LA game today? 1BU had a rough time on consecutive bangers
  38. 1 point
    NJ doesn't allow it by any players in high school. Perhaps you're seeing a "trickle down" effect in your area of NJ.
  39. 1 point
    On this board and on another, I have tried to post when I am offering an alternate rule set. It is very helpful to have discussions across rule sets, but we do need to be careful to point out when we are doing that. Simply posting “an answer” is not necessarily sufficient if it is the right answer but in the wrong code. I like yawetag’s idea of tagging rule sets and nominate him to implement that ... See what happens when you leave a meeting for a few minutes!
  40. 1 point
    I second this. I don’t want to sell a mask under false pretenses but this could help people know what to look for as buyers.
  41. 1 point
    We should publish and sticky a post in the Umpire Equipment board that lists the U-E confirmed weights of the Icon models, and perhaps some other select offerings (Wilson Titanium, Wilson Aluminum, All-Star FM4000MAG, Champro Rampage, etc). At the very least, we need the weights of the frames for the: Nike Titanium Icon Nike Hollow Steel Icon (w/ vinyl dip) Adidas Titanal Icon Adidas / Reebok Hollow-Steel Icon
  42. 1 point
    I also say shame on the manager for not coming out to question the call
  43. 1 point
    Eject the pitching coach for allowing the kids to throw curve balls at that age!
  44. 1 point
    I think the parents want the win. The kids don’t give a sht at the levels I’m familiar with.
  45. 1 point
    In fact, there are a ton of times a "that's nothing" with a safe signal is the proper mechanic. A few examples: - When a batted ball almost hits a runner, but just misses him - When F2 blocks a pitch and gets tangled up with the batter who is legally in the box - When there is an overthrow and a runner and fielder get tangled and immediately untangled - When a base coach unintentionally gets hit with a throw Essentially, you would use it when something odd or unusual happens that isn't an infraction, and you need the coaches to know that you saw it and rendered a judgment on it.
  46. 1 point
    Like this: I guess that was not a topic that interested @ArchAngel72.but actually it's not "nothing", it's "nothin"
  47. 1 point
    Great transaction with @acpar72. Fair price, fast shipping, paypal, product in excellent condition.
  48. 1 point
    Protection, a some point, is a trade off. The ill fated Davishield was a very low profile c/p. Trouble is that it couldn't protect you against a baseball. My AllStar System 7, IMO, the best protection you can buy ( if it fits your body). And yeah, it's a bit bulky. I've got what might be the "Holy Grail" of protectors. Low profile, and "cool". But trust me, it doesn't protect as well as my AllStar. In the end, you need to cover all your boney parts with protection against the velocity of the balls attacking you at the level you're working at.
  49. 1 point
    I didnt care. Even when I lived in California I wanted one.
  50. 0 points
    Don't roll around in the dirt! I wash them inside out, with the recommended "cap full" of detergent, along with a scoop of Oxy-Clean.
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