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  1. Appreciate all the comments, they've been helpful. Interesting that if a batted ball strikes the umpire in the infield, the umpire kills the play. If the lights go out on an infield hit, the umpire kills the play. In both cases we don't know what would have happened. In one case we put the batter on 1B and in the other we might replay it (for FED). On the bright side (pun intended), since they were those newer lights, they came back on immediately and the game continued.
  2. NFHS. R1. B2 hits grounder towards 3B. F5 gloves it fair just behind 3B. Just before he gloves it the stadium field lights go out. Bleacher lights remain on. There is enough light to see that F5 gets the ball. BU calls "Time!" and kills the play for safety, so F5 never throws to 2B or 1B. Once the lights come back on, is it a "do over", or do you place B2 on 1B and force R1 to 2B (like if the BU was hit by a batted ball)? Happened last night and the PU put B2 on 1B and advanced R1 to 2B. DHC was furious that it should have been a do over instead. Thanks.
  3. If he drops it from the stretch/set, then don't we have an illegal pitch? Which would be a balk? He hasn't begun his pitching motion. NFHS reference? 6-2-4a says it's a balk if it "does not cross the foul line", it doesn't address if it DOES cross, that's what I'm looking for. It makes sense that it should be, but it just doesn't say that. Perhaps it's just such a rare occurrence (if ever) that we let NFHS 10-2-3g handle it? In which case I'd call it a balk as well.
  4. NFHS. What's the ruling if...with a runner(s), F1 in the stretch or set, F1 drops the ball and it rolls across the foul line? Rule 6-1-4 addresses dropping a ball during PITCH, which this is not. Rule 6-2-4a addresses ANY dropping of a ball while TOUCHING the pitching plate, but it does not explicitly tell us what to rule if the ball crosses the foul line, only what to do it if does not. Why not just delete reference to the foul line in 6-2-4a? If F1 drops the ball while touching and it's not part of a pitch, make it a balk. Why the distinction, and if the distinction is important, why not address what happens when it crosses the foul line? Thanks.
  5. I'm eating an Oreo right now, so I'll call this the Oreo principle. We don't care how the fielder gets the ball (one side of the cookie), and we don't care what happens to the ball after the tag of the base (other side of the cookie). We are only concerned with the creme filling...did the fielder have secure possession of the ball when he tagged the base. Sometimes immediately after F3 gains secure possession of the ball while in contact with 1B the BR collides with him and the ball falls out of F3's glove. Coaches and fans will scream, "Safe! He dropped the ball when the runner collided with him." Don't care. If you judge that F3 had secure possession of the ball for even just an instant while in contact with the base, the BR is out. Always have milk with Oreos.
  6. NavyBlue

    Walk Off Balk

    FED. Bottom of 9, score tied. R3 and R1. Balk called. R3 scores, but R1 does not advance and touch 2B (runs toward teammates instead to begin celebrating the win). Does 8-4-2-p apply for abandonment? Can we just say that R1 was taking a circuitous route to 2B for his balk award and R3 scored during that circuitous route so at best it's a timing play out and the game is over? Or, can we just say that this is nothing because 9-1-1e2 does not apply since R1 was not forced?
  7. Single game, behind the plate. Double header, first game behind plate, second game behind mound. This is a fatigue/safety issue for the umpire. This is the cost of a nationwide shortage of umpires.
  8. What is the "it" for which the passion is fading? Gotta define the passion and that might help reignite it. Are you in in for the money? Love of the game? Joy of providing a game for the kids? A craft you want to perfect (or at least achieve excellence)? Is it just an evening hobby? Figure out the why and you'll find the answer.
  9. Chapter charges the school $100 for a three-hour scrimmage (funds the chapter). Umpires each get the $20 state travel fee (we send 3-4 umpires). Each umpire works on average 3-5 scrimmages, 2-man mechanics.
  10. I got a pair in September as well. Worn for 20 or so games. Agree they are light and responsive. Quite comfortable. Only gripe is that the tongue is pretty soft (flexible) so the edges can roll as you put the shoe on. Just need to work a finger in there to smooth the edges before tightening the laces. Once on they're great, very happy with them.
  11. Look back rule, no lead offs, read definition of softball strike zone, depending on age group you might see a rising pitch, batter's box is narrower and longer towards pitcher's mound, drag bunts. If the girls are good, it's actually a fun, fast game so don't underestimate it (again, age dependent).
  12. Conbo61, I see your point in your tricky scenario. You have R1 a step or two away from 2B when he becomes out (now a retired runner) and the thrown ball hits him. I could see the calling of FPSR. Now back the runner up 10 feet, 20 feet and the thrown ball hits him. Heck, R1 fell down and he's 50 feet away and gets hit. When does him getting hit transition from FPSR violation, to retired runner interference, or to maybe nothing at all?
  13. I'm with SH0102, nothing beats study of the rule book. Try combining rules and then figure out how to handle the situation. This forces you to think through the rules. E.g., balk with a hit by pitch on ball four or strike three; catcher's interference with an outfielder throwing his detached glove and hitting the batted ball such that the ball goes over the fence; batter is walked but when he tosses his bat it hits the mishandled pitch by the catcher and knocks it further away from the catcher who is trying to recover it to retire a late-stealing runner; infield fly ball with R2, F4 and F6 all converging and watching the ball in the air when R2 and F4 (unprotected fielder) collide while R2 is trying to return to 2B and the resulting collision knocks R2 into F6 (protected fielder). You could even write each rule number on slip of paper and draw two (or three) out of a hat and see what you can come up with. For a hard reference, if you are calling under different rule sets (NFHS and OBR), then there a few books and documents that compare the two rule sets. Spend time understanding the differences and you'll find that you will understand the rules themselves much better.
  14. "You'll pick up your BU when you get to the field, and if you don't, give me a call, I'll ump with you."
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