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  1. Think I'll pass on a $70 timer. Kinda stinks for a northern guy, I can't really work weekdays with my real job so even if I work every weekend that the weather allows I'm lucky to get 6 doubleheaders. $175 for cbua registration, $75 for association dues, buying hats the conference wants, put in all the time to learn the little NCAA rules/test, blocking weekends that end up getting cancelled at the last minute with no compensation, kinda makes a guy wonder...
  2. zoops

    NCAA Test

    They want A.
  3. zoops

    NCAA Test

    Immediately is correct
  4. zoops

    NCAA Test

    Last one from me...I know this play has been discussed before but I'm not sure what the consensus is on it in NCAA. It's obviously B or C...Rule 9-3-m-2 makes me lean toward B... If a balk immediately is followed by a wild throw by the pitcher to a base that permits a runner(s) to advance to or beyond the base to which that runner is entitled, the balk shall be acknowledged. The umpire will call the balk in the usual manner, but shall not call "Time" until all play has ceased (runners have stopped trying to advance and/or a fielder is in possession of the ball in the infield). R1, R3, 1 out. The pitcher steps toward 3rd, fakes a throw, then immediately turns and throws to 1st base. The pickoff attempt goes over F3’s head and rolls toward right field in foul territory. R3 scores and R1 is thrown out at 3rd trying to advance there. a.Balk is called. Let play continue but if R1 is put out at 3rd, call “Time” and put him back at 2nd. b.Balk is called but “Time” is not called until all play has ceased. R3 scores and R1 is out. c.Balk for faking a throw to 3rd base. Call “Time” immediately and nullify any further play d.Legal play.
  5. zoops

    NCAA Test

    I assume they want choice E for this one since A&B are true but D is not, but all the literature I've seen says something to the effect of "it is at the sole discretion of the crew chief" (not in consultation with the crew)? Which of these guidelines are correctly stated? a.Each head coach is allowed a maximum of 2 challenges per game. b.A coach’s challenge can be used to review any of the 12 types of plays at any time during the game. c.The crew chief (with consultation from the crew) can decide to review any of the first 6 plays (a – e) at any time. d.The crew chief (with consultation from the crew) can decide to review any of the newly expanded list of plays (g-l) at any time. e.a, b, and c. f.All of the above.
  6. zoops

    NCAA Test

    Ended up finding this one basically verbatim in the pre-season guide as well.
  7. zoops

    NCAA Test

    I was also leaning toward choice C due to the rule you noted and 5-5-c: Any player other than the pitcher may be substituted for at any time when the ball is dead...(although I also thought projected substitutions were not allowed).
  8. zoops

    NCAA Test

    Figured I'd start discussion on this. One I was having trouble finding: R1, R2, no outs, 3-2 count. R1 and R2 are stealing on the next pitch, which is in the dirt. B3 swings and strikes out. The catcher blocks the pitch back toward to the batter who unintentionally deflects the ball. a.The batter is out on strike 3. R1 and R2 stay at 2nd and 3rd respectively. b.The batter is out. R1 and R2 return to 1st and 2nd. c.The batter is out for interference. Both R1 and R2 must return to their “time of pitch” bases. d.The batter is not out on strike 3. The defense must throw B1 out at 1st on the dropped 3rd strike. R1 and R2 remain at 2nd and 3rd respectively.
  9. No doubt about that. The number of stabbing, lunging, slashing, horrible bunt attempts I see at all levels is astonishing. I gotta think it has something to do with the homer-centric nature of the pro game nowadays.
  10. Congrats on working the ALWS again, the crew looked solid in the games that I watched. Too bad there were so many rain delays but what can ya do. Since it's been in the news a bit that Legion participation is down quite a bit in some areas of the country, just wondering if you are noticing a weaker ALWS field in recent years?
  11. The new language makes it sound like that is not the case now . From NCAA.com: The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a 20-second action rule in baseball that will be enforced before all pitches in the 2019-20 academic year. It will be optional for a school to have visible clocks to keep the time between pitches. If no visible clock is used, one of the base umpires will keep the 20-second time limit on the field. If the pitcher is at fault for violating the 20-second action rule, a ball will be awarded in the count. If the hitter violates the 20-second action rule, a strike will be awarded in the count.
  12. So it appears that NCAA is expanding their pitch clock to 20 seconds on all pitches. I've always carried a stopwatch on the bases for timing between innings but have never kept track between pitches. For those that have, what are some tips? I guess what I'm getting at is I don't want to be peeking at my stopwatch when the pitcher balks or makes a quick pickoff attempt.
  13. No mention of scouting out hot moms in the stands?
  14. As the article mentions some areas are doing ok as far as Legion teams go; including my area of the midwest. But it does seem like participation has gone down in general - just like all sports there is more specialization and fewer 2 & 3 sport athletes. Many FB and BB players are training for those sports all summer and give up baseball. As with all youth sports there is lots of money involved and people have figured out ways to make a living off of it with the travel teams, etc. so I can certainly see it pulling the more serious athletes/parents and instead of playing with the kids you grew up with you go play with other kids who are stars or at least think so. Certainly seems as though people think they have to dedicate their lives to a sport to be good at it. A few other observations of mine: - More rules in Legion ball. Let's face it; people want to load teams with talent - Legion doesn't really allow that. - Decline of Legion posts. Was just talking to our Legion commissioner a couple days ago; he said less that 10% of the teams in our state receive any funding from a Legion post anymore. Some teams charge over a grand to play now. Some teams have cut back their schedules, argument could be made that it's due to funding; certainly some of it is due to kids being busier. My small-town legion team played 60 games in our 2-month season in the early 2000's and there was no player fee. Now they play maybe half that.
  15. Had a kid hit what would have been a 3-run homerun on one in a postseason game last year. A couple base hits in college games this spring. It's not common but it's not the rarest thing.
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