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About humanbackstop19

  • Birthday 07/24/1982

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  1. I curious to know how umpires are selected to work high school postseason through different states. In Iowa, there are a few evaluators that work around and watch umpires work. However, a big part of the selection process comes from coach recommendations. Are there any other states that rely mostly on coaches, or do any have umpires recommending umpires? I am not disgruntled (quite the opposite), but curious as I have a committee meeting this coming weekend and would like to share ideas. Thanks!
  2. This is a perfect case in point where I WISH coaches would get into the rule book. I ask coaches at plate meetings to police their own dugouts, so we don't have to. We always look like the aggressors when we have to enforce rules like this, but it's our jobs. JUCO regional last year I ran way too many players back into their dugouts as an in-the-hole hitter timing up pitchers beside the on-deck guy (during a live ball even), despite me previously asking an assistant coach to address it. After several warnings they asked, "what are you gonna do, eject us?" My response, "By rule, YES, the next offender will be ejected."
  3. All Star System 7! Pads are securely attached with velcro, but come out easily and can be washed in the machine.....Air dry
  4. Anytime there's a force play on the batter-runner at first base, a play is being made on them; making it required they are inside the RL at 45'. If they're making a turn.....there's no play being made on them; so they don't have to be in the lane. If there is a play being made on them and they are running outside the lane after 45', they are running illegally to first base. A penalty only comes into play when interference occurs during the play.
  5. NOOOOOOO! We have the safety bag in Iowa HS ball. IMOP (as an umpire and coach), it causes way more train wrecks at the bag than it is designed to prevent. Its implementation had nothing to do with the runner's lane either, nor does it prevent RLI (call it at least twice a year). I would estimate 95% of RH hitters run to first base illegally, but the interference rarely manifests itself.
  6. NCAA follows this guideline as well. Agreed, FED requires all runners to touch awarded or forced bases in this case.
  7. The logical answer is that Dodger catchers are better receivers/framers than National catchers. It is a measurable stat now for MLB catchers how often they can get calls on pitches out of the "measurable" strike zone called a strike. IMOP, it's all skewed though.
  8. Not sure what pro mechanics are, but CCA also adds in 6-man section: B. When U2 goes out, the line umpire on the side the ball is hit also drifts to the outfield in that direction.
  9. With 6 umpires, you'd think at least one, if not both of the guys in the OF would have gone out on this ball and been able to make a ruling right away on a lodged ball situation.
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  11. NCAA RULE: 8-3-h If a fair ball goes over the fence in flight or is prevented from going over by being touched by a spectator or by a fielder’s detached equipment, all runners, including the batter, are entitled to score; Note: If a batted ball hits the top of the fence while in fair territory and then bounces over the fence, it is a home run.
  12. Catchers are always asking for time to relay signs to defense in R3/R1 situations. I'll usually grant it the first time, then tell them we need to keep that ball in play the rest of the game for that - no further explanation unless asked.
  13. Not sure what the batter's ox rule is in softball. But, I'm requesting the batter to remain in the box if the P is set and ready for play. I'll verbalize, "The ball is in play", the same I do if the hitter requests time and I don't grant it.
  14. If you're anywhere close to the 5'10"=5'11" range like I am, the All Star System Seven is outstanding! Superior collar bone protection. I will say with a thicker neck, it may be problematic, but fits me like a glove!
  15. Neither FED or OBR books clearly define "tag". However, NCAA defines a tag as: (abbreviated) "touching a runner with the ball or with the glove while holding the ball securely and firmly in that hand or glove" That definition makes a physical contact with the glove necessary. In the Baez play, he never actually touches the runner. He only fakes having possession of the ball. FED does declare a runner out when : 8-4-h: is touched by a live ball securely held by a fielder or is touched by a fielder's glove or hand with the live ball held thierin, while a baserunner is not touching his base. Simply put, Baez never touched the guy, so how is it a tag, real or fake? I do agree that you could call type 2 OBS as the runner was coming back into second base and Baez impeded his progress there. It would be a huge stretch to award third on this play.
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