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  1. 3 points
    If this means what I'm reading, I'm surprised you weren't ejected.
  2. 3 points
    Even if it's not covered under OBR, I enforced it as if it were in all youth games I did. >>shrug<<
  3. 2 points
    I see your side of the argument, but I just won't agree with it. Here's the problem, Arch - if I can use your "first name" - as I see it: you strike me as a guy that likes people. Sometimes, this is a lot easier gig if you don't. That sounds glib, and I'm not gonna lie when I say I'm using it for comedic effect. But I tend to go out on the field not looking to make it a good time or a good day for the players and coaches. I'm not looking to make it a bad day, either - I'm out there to call the game according to the rules. If I want it to sound noble, I could say I'm out there for the game itself. Sometimes, it DOES end up being just a good time for everyone involved. Most of the time, it's a "neutral time" - everyone gets, or doesn't get, what the day gives them. But my EJ totals are pretty tiny for the number of games I've done - other than the 30-dudes-at-once game I wrote about back in April or so - and I tend not to have too heated a time with participants in general. I try to be READY for it, if it happens, but it seems rare. I'm not sure why, but I've learned to ride that luck. But to get away from my freshman philosophy discussion, fact is, ERR'BODY knows it's two bases on a ball thrown out of play. So it's simple: dude's on second? Show him the way home. Otherwise, you've "coached" him if you say otherwise. And/or you're coaching the defense that "..... hey, something's kinda funny here!" So don't do that.
  4. 2 points
    And then it's PU-- and U1 shouldn't delay the pivot or he'll miss the play at first.
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    Prove that it was crying wolf. That isn't what has set civil rights back. Statements like yours have.
  7. 2 points
    Over the course of my twenty + years in the classroom, I have learned that close scrutiny of the attire worn by female students will do nothing but cause me significant troubles, whether the attire is within or beyond the guidelines of any dress code. That mountain is not worth dying on.
  8. 1 point
    I think you hit the nail on the head. Protect the young guys if they are getting picked on. Notice how all of the attention is diverted from the young guy, to the crotchety, grumpy, butting his nose in, I did it my way, ole veteran. Strategy has been working for years. and for the progressive thinking, here is an old music video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TflugBpsBuQ
  9. 1 point
    Appreciate the citation @maven. I can’t imagine how the snark wasn’t helpful in answering @spark2212‘s question. From maven’s link to the MLB rulebook: A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touch- ing a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball (not including hanging laces alone), while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove. It is not a tag, however, if simultaneously or immediately following his touching a base or touching a runner, the fielder drops the ball. In establishing the validity of the tag, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball. If the fielder has made a tag and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the tag, the tag shall be adjudged to have been made. For purposes of this definition any jewelry being worn by a player (e.g., necklaces, bracelets, etc.) shall not constitute a part of the player’s body.
  10. 1 point
    I’m assuming West ran him to shut down his going after another young umpire. Kudos to West for nipping that crap in the bud.
  11. 1 point
    R2 can NEVER become R1. It's the same question you asked before, just in a different format. If the defense is trying to tag R2 and R2 runs toward first, he's out of the baseline. If a runner is not attempting to return to a base missed, he can be appealed.
  12. 1 point
    When you see the coach coming out... Just call time. It is that simple.
  13. 1 point
    I have attached a template to make several cards per sheet. Print page 1 and 2 on the same page and 3 and 4 on the same page front and back. Trip - Replay Card (2019 edition 1).pdf
  14. 1 point
    Just bad timing. F3's foot came off the bag and Gibson was about the make the "safe, off the bag" call when F3 stabs back at the bag before the BR arrives. Changes the mechanic from safe to out mid-stream.
  15. 1 point
    Hey guys, I have a Mizuno Ti up for sale, PM me for pictures or search it up on eBay. As of right now I can't find the original harness for it but still looking. Thanks.
  16. 1 point
    There's one passing reference in an instructor comment in the Little League RIM (2019) to verbal interference. That, plus the definition of interference as "any act which...confuses any fielder attempting to make a play," is enough for me to get it in that code.
  17. 1 point
    I've been accused more then once of having a slow hook. I also believe that if the HC is a good baseball guy most issues can be handled by him without everyone knowing about it. Late in a game like that you just want it over. Having said all that; a middle school kid turning around and screaming at me about balls and strikes? Gone, past tense, as in you were playing in a game and now you're not. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    No, it's not in OBR. In fact, there's a pro interp that explicitly allows it. I haven't tallied your exact score, but you seem to be in the range of 30–40% correct answers. I recommend that you do a little homework before answering.
  20. 1 point
    Living in Florida lightning is taken very seriously. All of our city/county parks have lightning detectors. When they go off clear the fields. No one allowed back until the all clear sounds. I've seen fields cleared under sunny skies and not cleared under dark skies! Lightning can easily strike up to a half hour before "the storm" gets to you and up to a half hour after it passes.I Obviously, better safe than sorry.
  21. 1 point
    ... which means that the kiddie ball shenanigan of running a Walk to 2B won’t happen either. Or, they won’t try that again! Sooooooo... you’re good! No worries! Addendum: Oh! I just saw this in the Reds vs. Cubs game. No one on, 1 out, Ball 4 skips in the dirt. Batter (Kemp) drops the bat and starts to go to 1B. Catcher (Barnhart) immediately presents the ball to PU (Laz Diaz), who calls Time, and exchanges the ball. Kemp wasn’t even at the 45’ yet! What gives??!! How dare he!!! How dare he call Time and stifle and prevent an offensive opportunity!!! Oh, and what did Barnhardt do? Jog out to have a (charged) talk with his pitcher! Kiddie Ball Shenanigans. Know your context.
  22. 1 point
    Scary stuff... This is why, as much as I hate it, lightning in the area has to be taken seriously.
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  24. 1 point
    With my luck, I'd have been given the game we had rained out and never rescheduled.
  25. 1 point
    They wiil! Twelve games, twelve kids, everyone gets it for one game!
  26. 1 point
    For reference, only the NCAA requires F1 to either step and throw to second or pitch to the batter when the knee of the free foot leg (any part of the stride leg) crosses the back edge of the rubber.
  27. 1 point
    A quick read... https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27609761/what-really-happens-mlb-replay-review-room?platform=amp&__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR3nNYTH_L3zGPrXZETNzTBm3pV_uTes2tJvlwsDDbnpAQS3mjW-Jebf6sc
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  30. 1 point
    @urout17 Good find thanks for sharing
  31. 1 point
    As it should, given the dynamic in this particular area (and in the US as a whole.) Those things play a role more often than not, and to deny that is to maintain the system that keeps it happening.
  32. 1 point
    The Man in Blue asked me this in the runners-out-of-order thread and rather than derail that thread, I decided to create a new one with Jimurray's admonition. I think doing is better than reading at first. Go to a clinic, learn the basic rotations and mechanics, then get out there and embarrass yourself. That will drive you to the book to figure things out. I remember my first encounter with the book - how surprised I was with its organization (lack thereof) and obtuseness. I was expecting first principles and then breaking down the fundementals into organized sub-units. But my god, its all chopped up and a little bit here and more over there and 5-6 level deep in subsections. I personally think the rule books are a mess. But I'm not really sure how to fix it. There are so many nuances to situations that have to be covered, you're going to have a lot of details and exceptions no matter how you present the information. So I really think get out and get your feet wet as soon as you can, then go into the book and learn things as you encounter them. They stick with you that way. And somewhere along the way you'll say to yourself 'Damn, I need to read this thing every day. I'm going to put this thing on the toilet and read 3 pages every BM!' I'm not quite there but I AM reading the delayed-dead ball table in the NFHS manual before every game and reading over the two-man mechanics before every tournament. That's a start.
  33. 1 point
    My boss is already commenting on the time I'm in the restroom at work. Imagine if I took a rules book with me!
  34. 1 point
    One more reason we don’t want coaches bringing the book out on the field ... who knows where it has been?
  35. 1 point
    Thanks everyone. Thought I had it right. :-)
  36. 1 point
    The best mechanic is to brace yourself for the coming storm ... get your thoughts in order, remain calm, and prepare your words.
  37. 1 point
    Do nothing. Think of it this way - if he had touched the plate on his first time by, and then come back and stomped on the plate after a following runner scored, what would you do?
  38. 1 point
    But calling time to sweep the plate, and putting it back in play doesn't take any more time. It really doesn't, at least for me, as I'm a pretty quick pointer, and rarely stutter. "PLAY!"
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    I really do see your point, but with respect to the crap show, my answer is, "So what?" We are not responsible for the game participants' lack of rules knowledge and ignorance is no excuse for them to blame us for their deficiencies. Make the proper award, and handle your business if they voice their displeasure when the runner is called out on appeal. Not my circus, not my monkeys.
  41. 1 point
    I came "this close" (think Maxwell Smart) to getting that rule changed. Most on the committee agreed that it was kind of silly to have the rule (once I explained it to them). In fact, our preliminary vote was to do away with this rule. However, when we discussed it further, there were several on the committee who felt that if we changed this rule we would have to make a major overhaul to the dead ball appeal rule (which no other rule set has). So, my proposal to adopt the MLB rule was tabled to allow further investigation as to how the dead ball appeal rule would have to be modified should the MLB rule be adopted. Of course, now I'm no longer on the committee. Just a little history.
  42. 1 point
    Then we run into that wonderful FED rule that says the runner cannot legally retouch 1B if he's on or past 2B when the ball goes out of play.
  43. 1 point
    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.
  44. 1 point
    Be careful about saying things like that. It might sound like you now have a vendetta, but more importantly, every game is/should be a fresh start. That next game, you will know who you are dealing with, but it's a bad idea to express it. Suppose you toss the kid in a later game, and the coach does not think the ejection was warranted. Now it's "You've had it in for him ever since that earlier game." That is, don't say things that can come back to haunt you.
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