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  1. First let me say I am not a Yankee fan, in fact I am a Mets fan. The graphic on the Twins broadcast does not actually follow the ball based on the picture above. It's a good pitch, however not a strike in MLB. I understand its a big situation, but the catcher has to do a better job receiving that pitch. Just my opinion.
  2. 1. R1 is awarded 2nd base. 1 from TOP 2. R2 is awarded home, and BR is awarded 2nd. 2 TOP (Time of Pitch)
  3. After 6 years of umpiring, 3 clinics, 4 camps, countless pre-season scrimage work, 40-50 games per year, I was selected as a 5A/6A umpire this year. Worked District all but 1 year, regionals all but 2 years, worked 9 regional games this spring, and worked day 1 (2 games) of the 2019 5A state tournament in Oklahoma. I just want to say Thank you to everyone on this site for making me a better umpire. This site has forced me to be a better rules guy and a better at game management. What has impressed me most, guys here have reminded me that you always have room to be a better umpire, to never stop learning. Again, Thank you!
  4. 1. Time of Pitch or Time of Throw, 2 bases. 2. All runners get 2 bases from the Time of Pitch (TOP). R1 goes to 3rd, BR goes to 2nd. Example of TOT would be base hit to right field, R1 heading to 3rd base and ball goes into dead ball territory. Then you would place runners 2 bases from time of throw. 2 from TOP would be first initial throw infield by a fielder. 2 from TOT would be back end of double play or a throw from outfield. 1 from rubber if an attempted pick off, 2 if pitcher disengages. i'm sure someone will give you the rule.
  5. sthomas13100

    Ball 4 Balk

    ....And unfortunately, in FED we have a runner at second with a 3-0 counts. Enforce the balk.
  6. I use my Wilson memory foam pads with my mask until it warms up, then switch back to the TW. Wilson seems too soft in warmer weather and TW seem too hard in colder weather.
  7. 2 man, less than 2 outs, R1 & R2. On tag up responsibilities, PU has runner at 2nd and BU has runner at 1st base is what I have always believed to be the case. This past weekend, was told BU has the tag up at 2nd along with catch/no catch in the cone, PU would have tag up at 1st, but PU has the call at 3rd if he comes. I have looked in my FED umpires manual and can't seem to find it. I've only been umpiring for about 5 years at the HS level, please clarify. Thanks
  8. sthomas13100


    Rule set matters on this one. OBR, as long as all runners, including the BR advance one base, the balk is ignored. NFHS, balk is enforced, runners advance 1 base and it is a" no pitch". Yes, in HS we penalized the wrong party here, most guys here believe this rule should be changed in HS.
  9. My OP was probably too wordy, USSSA which is OBR with modifications.
  10. I might not have described it well enough, huge flat spot as I saw it had to have occurred by more than just this at bat. 7-4-1 Sit D if this occurred under Fed. Looking for the OBR with USSSA mods. But thanks for above case, not sure I've read that note before, good stuff. Thanks for the info.
  11. Rich, understand that we don't know when it was dented, but in FED it doesn't matter as long as it is discovered before the next pitch. That was the exact argument the offensive HC made. FED rules 7-4-1 a does state exactly what the UIC said and FED 1-3-5 defines an illegal bat. I am admitting that I am not as familiar with USSSA modifications.
  12. sthomas13100

    Illegal Bat

    Had some drama yesterday, doing 13 major USSSA game. Bases loaded with 1 out, batter hits deep sac fly to center field, R3 tags up and scores and all other runner advance to tie up the game. Pitcher backing up the throw, picks up the bat and bring it to me, a huge flat spot on the bat. Confer with my partner, we call the batter out for illegal bat and return all runner TOP. I mainly do FED/HS, was not sure about my ruling, opposing team protests and it takes our UIC about 15 min to get there. He states the defensive coach can takes the result of the play OR batter is out and all runners return. I found OBR 6.03 (a) (5) and read some USSSA specific rules, USSSA was no help, poorly written. OBR reference backs my decision, but does not specifically make reference to a dented bat (obviously). Looking for some insight, any help would be appreciated.
  13. OK, I've been persuaded. No rule support.
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