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  1. I haven't seen it, and can't answer a question about a judgment call without the video. I gather that the runner touched the base when he slid in at first, then stood up on the 1B side of the base. Regarding the rule: if the umpire judged that the runner retreated behind 2B, then yes, he'd have to touch it again on the last time by or be liable to be called out on appeal for missing the base. If the umpire judged that the runner did not retreat, then he could not be called out for a missed base appeal. In any amateur game, if all the runner did was stand up after touching the base, I'd never rule that he had retreated behind the base.
  2. I don't think this was ever a rules difference in FED. None of the FED principles of departure (safety, simplicity, etc.) would motivate a change.
  3. Johnny, I know you post these for discussion here beyond Gil's site, but I'll post that discussion as well. This seems awfully black and white to me.
  4. Your BU might have gotten fooled. If it's FED, the balk call killed it. Skip the penalty and move on. Maybe he fooled his coach, too. OTOH, he might have been right. If a LHP gets to the balance point and only then moves to 1B, that's a step balk. That's the line Andy Pettitte used to walk.
  5. Sure, why not? He's allowed to pick without coming set, and the otherwise legal move (as I'm assuming it is—stepping directly to 1B, etc.) is just a pick to 1B. Ugly ≠ illegal, and unusual ≠ illegal. The only constraints on picks are stepping ahead of the throw and to an occupied base (unless...). The burden is on those who contend that this move is illegal to cite the rule prohibiting it.
  6. Not the standard mechanic. Your old-school subtlety is passé. From HOK, after PU calls "ball," stand up suddenly, throw hands in air, and turn to outfield, vocalizing "for füch's sake."
  7. For me it will depend on several factors, including: How inexperienced is partner? At this level? How well do I know partner? How many pitches (percentage) is he missing? The higher the degree of all 3, the more likely I am to say something. But that won't happen until a break between half innings.
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    I can't recommend this approach at all, at least for anyone who aims to advance beyond 9U. Learn the rules and apply them. There's an INT rule and an OBS rule, and one of them is relevant (even if we go with a no-call). Answering coaches should cite the rule and explain our application of it to the current situation. Appealing to 'fairness' is begging for an argument (because coach doesn't think your ruling is fair).
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    9U? Probably nothing. Without intent to hinder, it can't be INT. And even if we call OBS, unless the runner was likely to get to 3B, we'd only protect him back to 2B.
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    In general, no. I'd have to hear more about the nature of the contact to say more.
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    Do the runs count?

    And it's a force out because R1 was forced to advanced by the batter becoming a runner, and put out by the defense before touching his advance base.
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    Is this a balk?

    To expand on Matt's answer: we'd be looking for something that was distinctively a pitching motion. Throwing and pitching have many of the same motions involved, and anything in common is not illegal once F1 disengages. For example, he's allowed to throw to F2 when disengaged, but he can't wind up to do it.
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    The runner being at a disadvantage isn't illegal. If F1's actions were otherwise legal, the fact that R1 is still on the ground is irrelevant. Batters should step out during a pickoff to prevent this problem. I'm not punishing the defense for the batter's/offense's ignorance.
  14. A batted ball completely on or over foul territory that touches a player between HP and 1B becomes foul. This happens most often with a fielder, but can happen with any player (or umpire). So, as described, foul ball.
  15. As for your first claim here: it depends on who's on the field. The point of making it delayed dead is to give the offense the opportunity to advance farther, and not to penalize them for a defensive infraction. Otherwise, all they'd need to do to keep runners from moving up behind the lead runner is to obstruct him. That said, I agree that the best mechanic is to kill it when the obstructed runner is apparently retired, assuming that happens at or before his awarded base. If he has advanced beyond, then I think it better to leave it live.
  16. Looks like it's still 5.10. See p. 50: https://content.mlb.com/documents/2/2/4/305750224/2019_Official_Baseball_Rules_FINAL_.pdf
  17. Joe has looked feeble since the merger. He's still got a job.
  18. For kicking the ball? I dunno: did he intend to injure the ball?
  19. He can continue in a step to 3B until he reaches the balance point. After that, he's committed to pitch to the batter.
  20. Stepping and throwing to 3B for the purpose of making a play is legal. It's an oft-forgotten exception to the "may not throw to an unoccupied base" provision of the balk rule.
  21. Interference by a retired/scored runner. The ball is dead, the run counts (had he been ruled safe), and the runner who would have been played on is out. No. Interference with a thrown ball must be intentional. Play the bounce. Same rulings, all codes.
  22. In the stretch, the hands must be apart. When set, the hands must be together. When F1 checked 1B, he didn't move his hands. So it wasn't a move to come set.
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