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  1. Correct about me and, if I'm any judge, about noumpere too.
  2. Yes, that's the case. From your original description, the runner was not in the way. If there's any doubt about that, I'd call FPSR. From THIS further description, the runner seems to have been in the way and would need to peel off. This sounds as if F6 had to "play around" R1, and altering the play of a fielder is illegal. Sounds like FPSR.
  3. maven

    Flying start

    IIRC, this is called like coach INT: live ball, point and call the out, runner out immediately. This is a baserunning infraction unrelated to the actual retouch. Judge catch/no catch as usual.
  4. maven

    Flying start

    IIRC, all codes are the same.
  5. So if there was no hindrance, what exactly was the infraction? We know that runners don't have to slide, but if they don't they cannot hinder the play of the middle infielder. And you've stipulated that R1 didn't hinder. Sounds like HC might be right, at least about the rule. If there was an FPSR violation in the play, your description so far isn't capturing it (at least as I'm envisioning the play. It's also possible that your idea of 'hindrance' isn't expansive enough. If the middle infielder has to "play around" the runner going in standing, that's hindrance—no contact is required
  6. You have the rule correct-ish, but your operationalization of it and game management need rethinking. A runner is out when he runs more than 3 feet from (around) a fielder trying to tag him. To be called out, we need a runner and a fielder with the ball making a tag attempt. Otherwise, runners may go where they will. Ducking, rolling, jumping (as long as it's not over the fielder) do not violate this provision. If that's what you saw, and the runner did not go more than 3 feet wide of the fielder, then I'd say you ruled correctly. "A step and a reach" is, however, considerably m
  7. Did your son ask the "girl" her pronouns? Maybe "he's out" was correct.
  8. I was taught to verbalize all calls at 1B, but with an intensity proportional to how close the play was. On plays that aren't close, F3 probably can't hear me. And the call is "He's out!" not merely "out." Two words helps distinguish the call from the one-word call of "safe."
  9. maven

    Wrong Ejection

    So much? Sounds like somebody needs a hobby... But yeah, ejection.
  10. I suggest asking the umpire.
  11. As noumpere points out, the FED penalty is the same as NCAA, it's just written poorly. Here's the breakdown: With 2 outs, the batter is out; OR With less than 2 outs: If R3 is advancing on the play: If R3 is tagged out, disregard the INT If R3 is not tagged out, then the ball is dead, R3 is out [, and other runners return to their TOP bases] If R1 or R2 are advancing on the play: [If the runner is tagged out, disregard the INT] If the runner is not tagged out, then [the ball is
  12. INT on a force play is "upgraded" to FPSR. This makes a difference because (at least in FED) the penalty is different: the runner is out (whether or not retired during play) and the BR is out, AND other runners must return to their TOP bases (for regular INT, it's their TOI bases). All FPSR is INT; not all INT is FPSR.
  13. Your original statement here is incorrect and misleading in several dimensions. First, it's not a definition, but a restriction. Second, it concerns force plays, not only force outs (not all force plays retire the runner, but fielders are protected during all force plays). Third, the rule imposes no additional obligation regarding slides: a runner must slide legally or avoid a fielder making a play in ALL plays, not only force plays. FPSR does not add this provision. Fourth, your statement here is quite generic ("a" force play slide rule), but your response backpedals to the NCAA rule. And, fi
  14. Argue? "Slide or avoid" is a pretty standard (universal) interpretation. And if there's an "instead," then sliding isn't actually required, is it? "FPSR = must slide" is a common myth, and your interpretation doesn't help debunk it. Our association still has umpires calling youth runners out when they peel off at 2B.
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