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  1. Gil, nice job! Love your work. It would be interesting to see an analysis of the check swing ejections, including QOC. Since a checked swing decision is umpire judgment, that could serve as a nice case study to help newer umpires understand what is/isn't a checked swing.
  2. ousafe


    I was taught to count to 5: plate shoes, shins, cup, CP, mask. Has worked for me so far!
  3. Agree - in OBR, "backswing" seems to be defined as the bat carried all the way around and back behind the batter. This was not that, it was more along the "backswing" definition in FED. So if it's not on the (OBR) backswing, then it seems it's just straight up INT, as you say.
  4. @grayhawk: 9/11 Reds @ Mariners Top 9th inning 2 out Uncaught 3K, batter swats ball away inadvertently on the rebound off the catcher.
  5. @grayhawk, video would be great to discuss balks in depth. Include how to talk to coaches when they ask why/why not. And I will gladly volunteer to be a reviewer on it, if you want a "new HS ump" perspective! I need to clean up this part of my game before the association will think of giving me a varsity game...
  6. I agree that 12's should be playing on something like a 70' diamond. LL has the Intermediates division at 70' for 12 & 13 y/o's. But because of the LLWS, 12's focus on the majors division @ 60'. LL Juniors is 90' and for 14's (and younger if capable). Keep in mind that kids hit their growth spurt at different times, and for the smaller kids a 90' diamond is huge. That can be an issue for the late bloomers.
  7. @ArchAngel72 , in my experience a "that's nothing" call from a partner tells me he's very experienced. It means that not only did he see the action, but processed it and came to the conclusion that there was no infraction AND understood in the moment that others might think otherwise and that his "no infraction" judgment needs to be communicated accordingly. I considered it an important milestone in my own development when I signaled my first "that's nothing" on the field. I am working hard to make it a more natural part of my game for sure. FWIW.
  8. I do a lot of LL, and that's a strike all day long. That said, at the HS level they do complain about the "LL zone" ha ha! (And hitters will have to get used to the pitch at the midpoint...or truly in the corners...)
  9. I think I have a new called strike three mechanic!
  10. ousafe


    This ^^^
  11. Correct. That grand slam immediately after a balk call? In Fed it didn't happen.
  12. I get the part about the runner being able to run anywhere when the ball is thrown. I dont get the part about being able to run anywhere when reversing direction and the trailing defender, with the ball, is in the runner's way.
  13. Lets see if I understand this. We have an attempted tag by F6. We have a baseline, yes? F6 never gives up the ball. BR runs a big loop around F6 to reverse direction toward 2B and *get around* F6, who has the ball. I'm having an extremely hard time believing this is not out of his baseline. Just because the fielder didn't reach out in his direction as he was running the big loop? [Edit] I guess this comes down to what constitutes a tag attempt?
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