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  1. Mechanically, you should not be making both calls. If you're the BU, you have the ball in the air into "the gap", as the OP states, for catch/no catch and probably grabbed a pretty obvious OBS call. But, you shouldn't have the play into 3rd base as the PU should be rotating over to take the play in the cutout. That's a problem here. Even 4-man, somebody is calling the OBS and an other umpire is making the call at third base on the clean hit to the gap. Furthermore, mechanically on the play at third, you have 3 choices - 1) OUT, 2) SAFE, or 3) TIME! Regardless, a call has to be made on the play bearing in mind OBS has already been called.
  2. First, I plucked this off a board on facebook. Responses were all over the place, so wanted to see how it does on here. FED rules......So, it's given that the OBS is a delayed dead ball. The primary debate is when to kill the baseball. Runner on first base. Batter hits one in the gap. As R1 crossed second he is obstructed by the short stop. A play is made on R1 and he is called out at third base. The B/R overruns second base, the third base man throws to second but throws the ball into right field. The B/R goes to third and is safe at home. When the ball became dead at the end of playing action the base umpire called time and awarded R1 home because of the obstruction. He told the coach that R1 needed to come out of the dugout and touch third then touch home. Did the umpire do right as per the obstruction rule? If defense appealed would R1 be out because he touched home after a preceding runner?
  3. Here is a link to one of the places....worth the read. As far as being shut down, it appears they're still up and running. https://www.bigdawgbatrolling.com/bat-shaving.htm?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4eaJBhDMARIsANhrQAByVIsR2Z9nt8WewMnbQBbOz4zTf5Xy908TREuVHhl-gJquVYeQKegaAv6IEALw_wcB
  4. There was a company in Arizona about a decade ago that you could send a bat to. They would pop the end cap and shave the inside of the barrel, decreasing the weight by as much as an ounce, which dramatically increased the trampoline effect, and thus performance, of the bat. I think they got shut down though. Those guys were good from what I heard, little to no evidence of tampering.
  5. New price - $75 with shipping included.
  6. I guess it depends who you pregame that with, but I would agree, the open wing (if available should get a better look). My mind still thinks instinctively towards 2-person mechanics.
  7. I was at this game and saw Rehak get hit and make the safe mechanic. Crowd was puzzled all around, especially when LaRussa came back out. It definitely looked like the P was asking for a new ball after the conference, so I can understand how Rehak killed the ball not expecting the appeal.
  8. The verbal "NO CATCH" with a safe mechanic has never gone sour for me. A quick glance to a partner (middle if 3 or 4 person) to check if they have closed or open fist (always pregame it), then sell the crap out of it one way or the other.
  9. On an enforcement note, FPSR is an immediate dead ball at the time of the interference in FED, correct? I believe it is delayed in NCAA and OBR.......maybe
  10. At first, I thought they called "passing" on Bohm, the BR. But it turned out they called the out at first on the batter runner because they stepped on the bag, retiring the BR, prior to tagging R1. The mechanics were hard to read because of the point on the putout of the BR. The timing of the point is what led me to believe he called "passing" while R1 remained on first. Great case play.
  11. Just curious how many guys wear the throat protector on their masks. I just picked up a Wilson titanium and am considering one since the angle of the built-in guard is steeper than my old aluminum (which I did not have one attached). Do you prefer the 4" or 6" guard? Any recommendations on brand/model? Thanks to all.
  12. I know they make the compression shirts NOCSAE approved over the heart in youth sizes, but I've never seen adult versions. And........I submitted - C was wrong answer.
  13. Question from a state FED test: The catcher shall wear a body/chest protector that meets NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture. The body/chest protector options are: A. Traditional chest protector w/ NOCSAE approve pad attached. B. A compression shirt that has a NOCSAE approved cardiac cavity. C. A newly manufactured traditional chest protector that meets NOCSAE standard. (my answer) D. All of the above I don't see anything in the rule book other than it has to be marked with NOCSAE logo and approved, but I don't have anything newer than a 2019 case book either. Just making sure I'm not missing something on compression shirts.
  14. Selling my old All Star System 7 CP. Wore it for 4 seasons. It's the shorter 13" model. In great condition with S7 harness and protection value is as good as it comes. Asking $85 + shipping. PM me with questions or private offers.
  15. Update: Took the first direct hit yesterday in a JUCO game. P was mid to upper 80's. Foul ball caught me square in the right shoulder extension. Big plastic "whack" ........ Did not feel a thing! Loving this thing more every time I wear it.
  16. I'm only 5'10" so took the abdominal extension off naturally. I took the should plates off as well, but kept them in the more marrow position.
  17. On a bounding ball like the OP suggests, there's no changing that. Only thing to do is swallow pride and hope you don't have to dump a coach for an admitted kicked call. Learn from it and burn the proper timing - pause, read, and react, then give the foul mechanic as "Dead ball", verbal "FOUL!", then point.
  18. OK, got my first in-action game test of the Cobalt vs System 7 in Saturday night and here are the main thoughts. First, compared to the System 7 (which I absolutely loved for 4 years), I could barely tell I was wearing a CP most of the game. It is much lighter, lower profile, and breathed very well. Even throwing balls back to the P was a helluva lot easier. I kept my System 7 just in case, but I think it's gonna hit the secondary market soon.
  19. Before we opened HS ball in Iowa last summer on June 15, our association all but stated publicly we would be refunded or carried over to the next year if the season got canned. We played. 94% out of 320+ teams played without any interruption over a 6-week season. Only a handful totally opted out.
  20. I've been guilty of INT before and enforced it. Sucks, but I learned from it. I examined the rule and 2-21-2 says: "It is umpire interference when he inadvertently moves as to hinder a catcher's throw........" FED is the only code with that definition and it does differ from the previous citation in this post, so it throws a completely different dynamic into enforcement. With that said, is it reasonable to judge in FED whether you went into the catcher, or the catcher came into you?
  21. In Iowa, we were told if unapproved baseballs were provided, and the home team had none, to check with the visiting team to see if they had approved baseballs. If neither team had compliant baseballs, we used what we had, but reported it to the AD of the home team and state association.
  22. I have the S7 shins and love them. My only improvement suggestion area, which does not looks like it was addressed in the new Cobalt shins, is I find the ankle protection is vulnerable. It does have a firm plastic insert, but not as protective as the Wilson flaps only slightly overlaps at the top of my mid NB plate shoes. However, they are low profile, light, and very easy to move around in. They breathe very well in hot temps and the pads come right out for easy washing. I'm only 5'11''. I bought a 17" pair and cut the top extension off. They fit like a glove with perfect placement in my knee cap and you cannot tell they were cut. That might solve your problem. If the price is right, go for it!
  23. In Iowa we got through our abbreviated summer season, in which games started on June 15 (normally around May 22), with less than 5 percent of baseball and softball teams' seasons being interrupted or ended by COVID 19. We had a full postseason schedule, ending at the end of July. Many teams played as many as 30 regular season games. Baseball has a proven case where baseball can be played safely, but precautions need to be mandated and upheld at each schools' responsibility. In states where Legion ball overlaps with a late start, that is quite the predicament to be in as a state official. I look forward to following this post to see updates and how other states handle this. Hope everyone gets the chance to work as much as possible. Stay safe everyone!
  24. From a rules standpoint....Agree. From a coaching fundamentals stance ("hit em in the chest!"), I'll let the coaches figure it out.
  25. Fielders (even LH 1B-man) taking a throw from in front of the mound are taught to take the throw with left foot on base. It sacrifices a stretch, but opens up a target to the chest and mobility to move laterally into fair territory (can't go foul, cause the train's comin through) or knock the ball down in front of them if it's low. Because the fielder could not do those things, it supports a poor quality in the throw and justifies a no-call.
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