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  • Birthday 11/26/1965

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  1. I wasn't making an attempt at humor. This league has local rules that address, in my opinion, the relatively low level of play for the age group. When enforcing the rules of the league it is probably a far better idea to use the rule book to solve problems than to create problems, as our friend @JonnyCat has mentioned many times in the past. Regardless of what league or what level or what sport one may be officiating, One will probably find it far more productive to officiate with the book rather than by the book. By enforcing the rules that you are wondering about in this situ
  2. I might suggest that in this case, it would be a good idea to not go looking for trouble. You will probably find it.
  3. Sometimes game management is about establishing a relationship. Most knowledgeable coaches recognize that your offer to repeat themselves is an opportunity to correct their inappropriate comments. I would suggest that @Richvee is giving a pass to comments that are ejection worthy, but by affording the offender a chance to reflect on his transgression(s) is, in essence, saying that the warning has been issued without spelling it out in specific terms. If an umpire has no experience working with said coach, this pass may help the coach realize that he is working with an umpire who has some
  4. That call belongs to U1. As you have indicated, the concern is the positioning he adopted to make an anticipated call at 3B. One of the principles beaten into my head when I started umpiring was that I should be still whenever I needed to make a call. Instructors have repeatedly referenced the idea of a camera needing to be motionless when capturing an image. In the haste to get to the 3B cutout, U1 abandoned his responsibility to see the catch/tag up sequence properly. I would have a hard time accepting any justification from any partner about them being on the move for this part of the
  5. In my best @Senor Azul voice: From 2007 NFHS Interpretations SITUATION 19: With R1 on first and no outs in a close game, the first baseman is playing about 20 feet in front of first base in case of a bunt attempt by B2. The pitcher, in the stretch position, throws to F3 in a pick-off attempt on R1. RULING: This is a balk. The first baseman is not in proximity of first base and is not close enough to legitimately make a play on the runner. The ball is dead and R1 is awarded second base. (6-2-4b)
  6. @SeeingEyeDogindicated in the OP that it was a "a pop fly which is going to come down in the vicinity of me in A." Per the 2018 CCA Manual (I don't have the 2020 pdf, but it is the same) the catch/no catch responsibility belongs to U1. Per the 2018 CCA Manual, fair/foul is also the responsibility of U1 What am I not seeing? Infield Catch.pdf Fair Foul Cov.pdf
  7. Your first reaction should be based on the actions of the defensive players. They need to gain unaltered access to wherever the play is going to occur. I would suggest that rather than abandoning your positioning near the foul line to get inside that it would be best to remain in that vicinity, reestablish your position on the foul line, and rule on the play. In my pre-games it is established that U1 has all fair/foul calls from the front edge of 1B all the way down the line. Don't forget the priorities of catch/no catch and fair/foul. These can't be forsaken in order to stay ahead of a p
  8. Correct me if I am wrong, @MadMax, this is a site about baseball, isn't it? There are lots of other places that indulge in many other topics, but I have found this site most attractive because of its focus on umpiring. My season has been chock full of not only baseball, but boys and girls volleyball as well. Since the beginning of March I have been a part of 27 volleyball matches and 25 baseball games, including HS varsity, JUCO, and DIII. In volleyball there are never any rainouts and no need to layer up for those balmy 38 degree March days were a zephyr like breeze caresses my cheeks at
  9. You can in NJ this year: NJSIAA Baseball and Softball modification for the 2021 Season only: The game may be started with 8 players (no out in the 9th batting order spot), however must finish with eight players to be counted as a game. If the lineup is reduced to seven players, the game is over and should be reported as a forfeit
  10. If your partner has had "10+ years experience with multiple high school playoff and championship games under his belt" he would be using the standard mechanics on a 90' baseball field. In the 2 man system, when the BU is in B or C, the standard is that he will have primary responsibility on the catch/no catch on balls hit from the left fielder to the right fielder, without regard to the number of outs. Variations on secondary responsibilities like tag ups may vary depending on any number of circumstances, but the idea that the PU has primary responsibility on all fly balls with lass than
  11. New Jersey is too small to have a section called central.
  12. In today's fairly quiet varsity game I had a minor disagreement with the DHC that helps emphasize how important on field communication is and that sometimes we can fail to do the little things that really good umpiring contains. Top 5, home team up 7-1. R1, 2 outs and 2 strikes on the batter. F1 throws a 60 foot breaking ball that the batter attempts to check his swing on. He does not. I clearly see the swing, the pitch bounce, and hear the ball skip into F2's glove. F2 had dropped to block the pitch and I pointed at the batter with my left hand and told everyone that, "Yes he did!".
  13. Kevin_K


    FED interference rules do not address team personnel who are unauthorized to be on the field. The only penalty for this is a warning and an ejection on the next violation(3-3-1). The dead ball table in addresses interference by others connected with the team, but each reference in the table offers no guidance on bench personnel. This might be an instance where 10-3-g is invoked by the UIC to fix a situation not addressed by the rules. If that is the case, the crew needs to have a discussion about what they all saw and to have a remedy that corrects any hindrance that the interference may
  14. Older, more physically mature, and baseball savvy F2's are usually far better at protecting their PU then their younger counterparts. Getting hit is part of being an umpire, but it is likely that those who work 12U are getting more shots because of F2 bailing out, missing a pitch, or suiting up with the tools of ignorance for the very first time. I will accept the inherent risk of 80-90mph fastballs because the guy in front of me understands his responsibility not only to his team, but to the guy standing behind as well. Because there are others who are willing accept the risks associate
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    Another oldie

    Make your call. If you are 100% certain F3 held the bag tell everyone as you are making your call: " He held it!" or something like that. If you are not certain, make your call as you would normally. If anyone asks you to get help, call time if necessary and conference with your partner(s) so only the umpires are a part of the conversation. I am not a fan of yelling across the field to get input on a play. If no one asks you about a pulled foot or a swipe tag, the call belongs to you and stands as it was judged.
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