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  1. Kevin_K


    Why use one at all?
  2. @ilyazhito....You might want to take a look at this group: Mid Atlantic Collegiate Umpires They work in congress with United Collegiate Umpires
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    Dp/Flex lineup

    What is this "softball" you speak of?
  4. If they are twitching they are moving. If they are moving they are not set. If they never come set in the stretch, they balk. If they stop and then twitch, they balk. I prefer to keep it simple, mainly because I am nowhere smart enough to out fox a a club house lawyer. DHC: What did he do? K_K:" Stop-Start!" or "He did't stop!" KISS
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    To see or not to see

    And even that didn't work!
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    To see or not to see

    Scissors? Is that still allowed?
  7. Kevin_K

    To see or not to see

    Never move to the outside shoulder of the catcher unless you are willing to make a permanent career change to finger painting. Moving out puts you in the kill zone for foul balls. I have been taught to move up. Sometimes you will not see a pitch until F2 catches it. Use all the information you have at that point to call the pitch. If F2 catches it like a strike call it a strike. At first, it is hard to trust yourself when the pitch is not visible, but all the other aspects of calling pitches, especially timing and tracking, will give your calls legitimacy. Only you will know whether or not you saw the entire pitch and no one will squawk if you do everything the way you should.
  8. And, for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of NJSIAA Baseball committee: The third inning begins with Smith as F1 and Thomas as F3. B3 is 20 for 25 the last 3 years against Smith so Thomas replaces him as pitcher. After striking out B3, Smith returns to pitcher and Thomasto F3. After an out, the coach switches them again and Thomas retires B6. a. Each time Smith and Thomas becomes pitcher, umpire should allow 8 warm-up pitches. b. Smith gets his five warm-up pitches to begin the inning. Thomas gets 8 warm-up pitches and Smith gets none when he returns to the mound in the same inning. Explanation Rule Book 6-2-2 Exception For the unitiated, here is the exception: The starting pitchers may warm up by using not more than eight throws, completed in one minute (timed from the first throw). When a pitcher is replaced during an inning or prior to an inning, the relief pitcher may not use more than eight throws completed in one minute (timed from the first throw). At the beginning of each subsequent inning, the pitcher may warm up by using not more than five throws, completed in one minute (timed from the third out of the previous half-inning) (3-1-2). In either case, the umpire-in-chief may authorize more throws because of an injury, ejection or inclement weather. It is important to remember, however, that in NJ the NFHS Interpretations are immaterial as demonstrated in this 2012 interpretation: SITUATION 15: Runch, who was the starting pitcher, takes the mound in the fifth inning and takes his five warm-up throws. After getting B1 out, he changes positions with the first baseman, Lewis, who takes his eight warm-up throws. Lewis gets B2 to pop out and Runch now returns to pitch. How many warm-up throws is Runch allowed? RULING: When Runch became a first baseman, he obviously no longer was the pitcher in the game. When he legally returns to pitch later in the same inning, he is considered to be a relief pitcher. Accordingly, Runch is allowed up to eight warm-up throws to be completed in one minute timed from the first throw. (6-2-2c)
  9. I would even go as far as asking for a case play where a ball hits a scoreboard or any other object that may be above the height of the outfield fence but over live ball territory. Are there any ball parks that might fit this bill? Perhaps a college field shoehorned into a section of the campus where another building may extend into the field of play?
  10. Do you have a citation for this? I would love to be able to shove it up their ask about the inconsistency.
  11. That would be a question for the rules interpreter. So far, he has not answered the question.
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    Bases loaded appeal

    This question has been answered already..... several times. No runs score when the batter-runner made the third out at first base.
  13. According to my chapter interpreter, ground rules cannot supersede rule book rules.
  14. Guys from NJ could send you the bizarre plays made up by our testing committee that occur with the same frequency as an unassisted triple play or a game where the shortstop never touches the ball during any play.
  15. A head scratcher...... While inspecting the field prior to the game, the umpires notice that the screen attached to the left field foul pole has rotated to a position within the fence line. The Home Coach tells the umpires that they have tried to return the screen to its original position, but it won't budge. In the third inning, B1 hits a fly ball that strikes the screen on the foul pole within the field of play. It ricochets off the screen and over the fence in fair territory. The umpires should: A. Rule it a Home Run. B. Rule it a ground rule double as it struck an obstruction within the field of play. I have been advised the correct answer for this test question is B. (On the field might be otherwise) I have tried to find a rules reference and the closest I find is : Rule 8. 3.3 . . . Each runner is awarded: c. two bases if a fair batted or thrown ball becomes dead because of bouncing over or passing through a fence, or lodges in a defensive player's or umpire's equipment or uniform; or if a live thrown ball: Does hitting the screen and ricocheting satisfy the "bouncing over" reference above? I am conflicted because of Rule 8.3.3 ... Each runner is awarded a. four bases (home) if a fair ball goes over a fence in flight or hits a foul pole above the fence, or is prevented from going over by being touched by a spectator, or is touched by an illegal glove/mitt or detached player equipment which is thrown, tossed, kicked or held by a fielder; What say you?
  16. Kevin_K


    If his non pivot foot broke the rear plane of the pitching rubber and a pitch was not delivered it would be a balk. The situation, however, can dictate the application of a rule. The position of the umpire would greatly impact his or her ability to actually see the foot break that rear plane. A coach at 1B or 3B may have a significantly better view than an umpire. Further, if F1 was that uncoordinated or unfamiliar with the basic mechanics, he might get more leeway than a polished F1 who does something he knows he shouldn't. Umpiring is not always black and white.
  17. In NJ, surprisingly, pitch limits are not our monkeys and protests are not our circus. But, just for kicks try this: http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/5333143695036146594/north-hunterdons-win-over-phillipsburg-stands-despite-pitch-count-discrepancy Rules are rules until they aren't.
  18. According to the Appendix E Section 1.b: An umpire is urged to seek help when his view is blocked or positioning prevents him from seeing crucial elements of a play. An umpire is also encouraged to seek help in instances when he has any doubt and a partner has additional information that could lead to the proper ruling. If I am PU and I am not sure, I would ask my partner(s). If my partners had information for me I would hope that they would embrace Appendix E 1.c and approach me unsolicited to alert me to such information. I know I would do the same. The philosophy has definitively moved toward getting it right rather than sticking with the initial call.
  19. Ball lodged in an umpire's or catcher's equipment is one base.
  20. I think you might be over-estimating the market share that Kool Aid may have with the yutes of today. Seems to me that most would have never come in contact with it since it isn't sold in 16, 32 or 64 oz bottles they can sip on throughout a game even when they ride the pines for the entire game. You don't think precious would be expected to drink from a common cooler would you? And as a side note, if Kool Aid broke through the wall now he would probably be taken down by the local tactical team for creating a public concern, trespassing, promoting a conspiracy, and endangering the welfare of children. Just sayin......
  21. IIRC this is not correct based on what the interpreter said at our state meeting. It's incorrect because PU is supposed to direct the home team to their dugout first. Not that there is anything that would verify this in writing, but why would we want or need anything like that?
  22. The first sign might be damp drawers and a significant gap in last night's memory. Just saying....
  23. Here is the rule: ART. 2 . . . Any runner is out when he: a. runs more than three feet away from a direct line between bases to avoid being tagged or to hinder a fielder while the runner is advancing or ­returning to a base; 1. This is not an infraction if a fielder attempting to field a batted ball is in the runner's proper path and if the runner runs behind the fielder to avoid interfering with him. 2. When a play is being made on a runner or batter-runner, he establishes his baseline as directly between his position and the base toward which he is moving.
  24. Aw c'mon Rich! Are you really going to keep everyone else from partaking in the joys of our annual grammar and baseball test?
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