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  1. My safety concern is the flash distracting the pitcher and him losing just enough control of that pitch such that B1 gets hit by the pitch. "Ma'am, for the safety of the players would you please turn off the flash? Thank you."
  2. FED rules. No, I did not encounter this. Just contemplating rules and this came to mind. Probably never going to happen...I think. IFF is declared, F4 catches the ball (or at least touches it with his glove). Offense claims F4 using illegal glove. You check, and indeed it is illegal. Now what? BR was called out before the ball was touched by the glove, so the glove had nothing to do with the out. Everyone should be awarded three bases per 8-3-3b. What takes precedence, the IFF or the illegal glove?
  3. Would it be considered runner (batter-runner) interference if his follow through hit the catcher and that contact made the catcher unable to run down the line and grab the ball as it rolled fair? It was still in foul territory and called foul in the OP so the play is dead, but what if the BU had not called it foul and what I proposed had happened? Would this be an example of the OP's question about interference with no one on base? Thanks.
  4. I got a specific confirmation e-mail from them last year so look for that shortly.
  5. I believe the team can refuse to advance on the balk. OBR 5.06(b)(3) "Each runner, other than the batter, MAY without liability to be put out, advance one base when: (A) There is a balk." Doesn't state that they have to.
  6. I understand experience is the best teacher and it takes time. Even though I may have called every pitch correctly, it's just awkward discussing pitches with a partner and not having the pitching lexicon to say, "Yes, that last pitch in the top of the sixth was a great (fill in the blank) ball", or being asked, "How's that pitcher's (fill in the blank) ball?" Asking the catcher what was just thrown doesn't do much for your credibility either. Will just be patient and keep working to develop ability to recognize the pitches. Appreciate the help.
  7. Is there a good reference (training presentation, book, or video) that effectively explains or shows, 1) what pitches look like from the umpire’s perspective, and 2) what pitches to expect based on both the batter’s count and positioning of the catcher? Most videos are about how to throw the pitch and the ones that do address the delivery path from catcher or umpire GoPros are not always clear enough to give a good view of ball movement nor are they aligned with the umpires’ eyes (most with catcher's mask), and most are shot for fun and not for instructional purposes. Havin
  8. I have both. Bought the 6 inch. Didn't like it, stuck too far out of shirt pocket. Bought the 5 inch, fits nicely. Get the 5 inch.
  9. Welcome to Texas, Hokie. Prayers on the way.
  10. Looking for any gems/pearls of wisdom to build a list of tips for new umpires. Below are the things I find myself reminding our new guys about routinely. The 10 Commandments of Umpiring by Ford Frick are excellent but those are geared toward umpire demeanor, I want to give them a list of mechanic type things to keep in mind. These tend to become my pre- or post-game discussion items with rookies. What are the most important tips you tell your rookies? The lines are in, unlike in other sports Slow down your call Never turn your back on a live ball Watch the pitch
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