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  1. The right hand is for strikes and outs.....
  2. One question asks if the pitcher must indicate "to the plate umpire" (emphasis added) that he is winding up from what would normally be considered the starting position for the set. A friend answered it "False", because the rule only states he must report such intention "to the umpire", which he took to mean "any member of the umpiring crew", and that was marked wrong. Given the difference in wording between the book and the test, I think False is the correct answer.... just a heads up on that one.
  3. Identifying Approved Bats SECTION 2. Bats passing bat testing shall be identified as approved with a tamper proof sticker at the taper area of the bat. The taper area is the area at the bottom of the barrel, just above the handle. a. Series at campus location – Bats shall be tested prior to the first game of the series. Bats shall be identified as passing by placing the opposing team’s tamper proof sticker on the bat. b. Single date of competition at campus or neutral location – Bats are shall be tested prior to all single dates of competition at a campus or neutral site location. Bats shall be identified as passing by placing the opposing team’s tamper proof sticker on the bat. c. Tournament or neutral site events – Bats shall be tested prior to the first contest during a tournament or neutral site event. Bats shall be identified as passing with a tournament or event tamper proof sticker provided by the host institution or entity. d. The tamper proof sticker shall be applied to the same location on the bat to allow a single tamper proof sticker for the applicable game, series or tournament shall be the prominently visible sticker to identify the bat a compliant. In other words, no sticker, not legal. So, if it was tested but does not have a sticker = too bad. If it was not tested, it should not have a sticker. To paraphrase a favorite movie.... No sticky, no use-y.
  4. Right... and that's what I would go with, but there's a special provision regarding follow thru interference, at least on a steal / pickoff attempt. No such provision regarding fielding a batted ball, so I was wondering if there is some special consideration on this that I was missing.
  5. B1 swings and pops the ball up above home plate, hits F2 on the follow through, and F2 cannot make a play on the ball that a) lands and stays in fair territory; or b) lands in foul territory. Ruling?
  6. Umpire swaps belts, ejects pair | 06/28/2021 | MiLB.com
  7. During a play, a thrown ball misses its target and is bounding towards a dugout. The ball hits an offensive player who is NOT the on-deck batter (i.e., he is out of the dugout, but should not be) and redirects into the dugout. Based on the player's location and direction of the ball, the ball would not have gone into the dugout had it not hit the player. How do you place runners? I'm mostly interested in NCAA rules, but would like to know other codes for this situation, too.
  8. Does anyone know where to find the regional and super-regional assignments? Not just who, but which guys are where.
  9. Given the way this play happened, the answer is never. Abandonment only applies to runners who have touched first base. Rule 5.09(b)(2): Any runner is out when: After touching first base, he leaves the base path, obviously abandoning his effort to touch the next base; He would be out by rule for retreating beyond home plate. From the 2014 edition of the PBUC (p. 84): In situations where the batter-runner gets into a rundown between first and home, if the batter-runner retreats and reaches home plate, he shall be declared out. Thanks, Senor Azul, for the interp reference:
  10. Now we have both a rule AND an interpretation that suggests once the pitch is past the batter and in the catcher's mitt, he no longer has the opportunity to hit the pitch. So, again, how can the OP be catcher's interference?
  11. Well, if this is the interpretation, I don't see how this is CI. How can a catcher hinder a batter's opportunity to hit a pitch if the pitch itself has ended?
  12. That looks like NFHS. Is there any such definition / interpretation for OBR?
  13. When is a pitched ball no longer a pitched ball?
  14. "As pitchers have gained velocity and used technology to improve the effectiveness of their pitches, the strikeout rate in Major League Baseball has increased for 15 consecutive years, from 16.4% of plate appearances in 2005 to an all-time Major League record 23.4% in 2020. " It has been somewhat startling how many more pitchers throw in the upper 90s now than ever before. But I think every single guy swinging every single swing from his heels has a helluva lot more to do with the increase in Ks.
  15. Yup - it seems everything is implied that umpires do not conduct the testing. I think the best support comes from "A best practice would be for teams to sticker their opponent’s bats to verify that testing was conducted with both teams present" and Senor's point that we ask coaches to confirm legal equipment, which we wouldn't have to do if we had done the testing. Thanks for helping me clarify on this, gents.
  16. Yeah, I had read that, and thought the same thing (umpires are not mentioned, only "representatives from both teams and a site representative"). I'm trying to figure out why someone would think the umpires do it. I'm hoping for some explicit statement that says "umpires conduct the inspection" or "umpires do not conduct the inspection". I know I have heard it said that we do not conduct the testing, but I wanted to be able to point to a specific document (written, video, etc) that explicitly says it one way or another.
  17. Compression testing is required for D1, as well as the visual inspection and ring test. D2 and D3 don't require the compression test until next year. But who conducts the tests, whichever ones are required? Will someone confirm for me whether or not umpires are supposed to conduct the visual bat testing / inspection before an NCAA game? And a reference to a specific NCAA document (like something on Arbiter, for example) would be much appreciated. We had some confusion around this issue this weekend.
  18. And naturally, I just sold them on ebay... Dammit... Sorry Chris..... LOCK IT UP!
  19. I asked about the mechanics of signaling this play, and got feedback from some very well-respected instructors (no names please, cuz I'm not sure which of them responded... lol) At the moment we deem a runner to have abandoned his attempts to run the bases, we should point at said runner, call, "That's abandonment," and then signal the out. Here's the rest of their reply: "...once [R3] stops, turns 90 degrees and commits to heading to the dugout, he is out and we can signal. This might be different if he stayed near the plate and R2 then passed him.. now we have PASSING which in theory would also be signaled right when it happens. Having said that, fully support this umpire for taking some time to unpack it all. I'd rather be late and right than early and wrong."
  20. Also, should PU have done this at some point, rather than waiting for the whole thing to play out? For example, once R2 touches the plate, R3 can no longer go back and touch, so would that be the moment at which to signal R3 is out? Thoughts?
  21. How do we signal "abandonment"? By pointing at the runner committing the abandonment and then signaling an out? Honestly, I've never thought about that before..... That is, how to signal the call when it happens.
  22. The announcers say PU called out R3; the box score says it was an appeal, and he was called out for missing the plate. That's not what happened - no appeal was made. That, of course, could have happened, but it didn't. There are two other options: R3 out for abandonment, or R2 out for passing R3 before R3 touched the plate (and, of course, R3 never did touch the plate, before or after being passed). If, as the announcers say, R3 was called out for abandonment, then that's the 3rd out, inning over, no one scores. If we go with "R2 passed R3 before he touched the plate".... Then R2 is the one who is declared out... but would R3's run score? The answer is still no. Rule 8-5-m Note: "...With two outs, only those preceding runners score who have touched the plate before the batter is declared out. This is a time play, not an appeal play." Since R3 had not touched the plate before he was passed, his run does not score, and neither do R1 or the BR. Awesome play to learn from.
  23. This happened yesterday... Bottom 6, bases loaded, 2 outs, 1-1 on the batter
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