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  1. Im 100% in agreement with you on that but to beat the heck out of this dead horse this rule DOES NOT say ANYTHING about ENGAGING THE RUBBER. The word engaging does not appear in the sentence.
  2. and that's the problem. If a pitcher is standing with his pivot foot just behind the rubber (after stepping off without the runner seeing that) with his hands together how in the world is the runner to know he is off the rubber? From there he can snap throw. Most of these fields the rubber is the same color as the dirt and I cannot sometimes tell if he's on or not.
  3. I agree it appears to be just an empty rule, that should not be enforced, as the OP ump did. Which is why my question to you and @Jimurray is, why even write this down in the rule book? It has nothing to do with engaging the rubber, as it CLEARLY states it ONLY applies to disengaging the rubber and it appears to give no penalty.
  4. It's a violation (if it were as it is written). And a pitching violation with a man on base is usually a balk. Otherwise, do we just tell him as many times as necessary to stop doing it? If its not a violation then why even write it down? Rhetorical question, they obviously just write stuff and expect folks to know its not as it reads. This really irritates me. Looks like this guy is trying to get it right by actually reading and learning the rules.
  5. I don't do anything under OBR so it doesn't effect me, and it wouldn't be a balk in anything I call.... BUT this is the problem with poorly written rules. Why is it so hard for these folks to clearly state a rule? What does "When the pitcher disengages the rubber, he must drop his hands to his sides" have to do with engaging the rubber? In fact, I see nothing in the rules about engaging the rubber and hands. A new umpire, without the benefit of folks on here, if I read (as I did above) "When the pitcher disengages the rubber, he must drop his hands to his sides" the furthest thing from my tiny mind would be "oh so this explains how he must engage the rubber". Now, this guy at his game may have gotten it wrong, but I blame that on the rule wording. Someone who has read and retained that rule is not a guy out there "winging it" from what he learned watching TV--he has obviously read (or misread) the rule despite it clearly stating what must be done when disengaging the rubber. If someone said I had to read the book tonight and do a game tomorrow I would have probably made the same call for the same reason and cited THIS rule. Again, if you both @Jimurray and @Thunderheads say no balk I'm good with that and have nothing to argue there. But to say he is out there making us all look bad "making up rules"? He read it and applied it word-for-word.
  6. Not to bicker but wouldn't the rule read "When a pitcher engages the rubber, his hands must be separated" as opposed to ...
  7. Thank you @Tborze mine are obviously older. Either way it appears to be a balk. So good call I guess...or maybe not according to @Jimurray.
  8. I don't do anything using MLB rules but found this... 8.00—The Pitcher. 8.01 Legal pitching delivery. There are two legal pitching positions, the Windup Position and the Set Position, and either position may be used at any time. Pitchers shall take signs from the catcher while standing on the rubber. Rule 8.01 Comment: Pitchers may disengage the rubber after taking their signs but may not step quickly onto the rubber and pitch. This may be judged a quick pitch by the umpire. When the pitcher disengages the rubber, he must drop his hands to his sides.
  9. Interesting. Any particular historical reason for the interest in baseball by these ladies in this area. Nearly 20% in both players and coaches is quite high and unseen here in the US. In the last 5 years I can only remember seeing one female playing baseball...at any level, around me.
  10. Baseball, football, wrestling and basketball. Love to stay busy in the evenings and afternoons and this is the perfect way to get some exercise and keep me off the couch. Football around here (Alabama) is king of the sports. With middles school, JV and varsity we get in 3-4 games a week. My advice to you as an umpire in football..... Back judge or umpire are the positions you want (although most new guys usually start on the line). Why.... Keeps you away from the screaming coaches. After 2 hours of hearing "That's holding!!!" and saying "get back guys" on every play you'll understand and thank me.
  11. aaluck


    You would have nothing under NFHS as this appears not to be intentional. What rules are you playing under?
  12. I cannot intelligently speak to the safety, although I know a guy that had several concussions prior and swears by the mask, he loves it. What I can tell you is I ordered one and returned it immediately. It is huge and sticks out from my face in a manner that made it hard to see the ball and also made it VERY front heavy, just wearing it around the house I felt like I needed to tilt my head back just to keep it on. They claim it comes in at 27 oz. but I have to believe thats without the pads--its heavy. Again, some people love it and I have no problem with that--it may be perfect for you. It's just not for me.
  13. I agree. If I'm doing a LL game and someone hits one out I'm running in front of home plater and waving my arm (not finger) in a circle--maybe even yell "that's outta here!!". Make the kid's day, make it a huge deal for him.
  14. Maybe I'm missing something... I wouldn't have interference on either runner in the diagram. I see the ball well past F3/4 for R1.
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