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  1. You know, this is a good question. I have a feeling that it stems from the people making mechanics books wanting to draw arrows in the book, but as Matt (and others) have said, it's U1's until called off. There's not a great way to put that in a mechanicgram, so I imagine that's why.
  2. There seems to be some misunderstanding with how the 2 umpire system works. In 2 man, you can only go out from A, never B or C. Perhaps you mean you step up to the grass dirt line (or approximately so if there is no infield grass)? That would not be considered going out, and you would still be responsible for the plays at all bases. Also, this sounds like it should absolutely be your ball. Even if F9 takes a step or two to the line, it won't be challenging fair foul barring some weird alignment by the outfielders. Technically, by the book, yes, that would be PU's catch no catch. In practice, unless it's challenging fair foul, U1 should take it. On a screamer, I can't imagine a scenario where it would be PU's, except that if he were to dive somewhat back towards the wall you may get blocked out. But I don't think I've ever seen that before.
  3. A Carlucci. They were custom made by Mr Carlucci for each person. You went to a tailor and sent him the measurements. The holy grail of CP's.
  4. In practice, I agree. If he is going straight in and his hip is a little outside the 15" when contact is made, I'm not calling a violation. But by the rule, yes, you could call a violation on that. But you'd better start thinking of a new hobby.
  5. For both FPSR rules (FED and NCAA), the runner must slide with everything, legs, trunk, and arms, in a straight line between the two bases (usually first and second, but applies elsewhere). If any part of him is to the right of the bag (assuming that's where the fielder is) he is liable to be called for an FPSR violation.
  6. I was at that game, about 400 fett away, directly down the right field line, and noticed it. Looked pretty good from what I saw, even if I'm still getting used to the look of it. I'm still going to wait for it to become more mainstream before adopting it myself, but I'm interested in using one in the future.
  7. For the record, we never covered this situation at pro school this year.
  8. For the record (it's been mentioned a few times and noumpere explained it pretty well), the voluntary strike mechanic is approved and expected in MiLB. It is rare outside did that though, and should only be used if pre gamed.
  9. I really doubt that OBR (or NCAA) treats it as BI, and I don't think FED should either. I think it would be just bog standard INT. Same as a batter stepping towards first after ball 4 not being guilty of INT, unless it was intentional, on a throw to 3rd or back pick to 2nd etc.
  10. Yep, one shot. If you hit submit, you can't go back and change answers, even if the due date hasn't come yet. We get a packet in January with rulebook's, preseason guide, dates and times for meetings, and the 100 question test. A month or two later, the test opens, and you are randomly given 50 questions. About a month after that, it closes and you get your results.
  11. There were a number of questions that just made no sense this year, and some that didn't ha e the potential answers in the written test. Didn't care enough to dive into the rule book when I got those questions when taking it. Last year got 100%. This year got 92. In Kansas, you can only take it once, and then the day(ish) that the seasons starts they release your scores. 90% qualifies you for post season. They do let you review the ones you got wrong.
  12. D'oh, meant two strikes, not outs. That's a really dumb mistake on my part.
  13. Assuming that F3 was the protected fielder, that's type one obstruction (BR obstructed before first base), and assuming the ball was fair, BR to first, R3 stays at third. However, if the ball was foul AND dropped, BR comes back to bat with a strike added to the count (unless there were already 2 out)
  14. I will throw in that there are places that legitimately pay travel. I have a buddy who's association pays a fixed rate per mile driven.
  15. Personally, I don't think I would accept a (known) one man JV game for 2 game fees. Doesn't pay enough to make that headache worth it.
  16. I actually thought about this, and considered commenting on it. Even in this case, we don't aren't calling foul. If the ball falls, we raise our hands, call foul, and then point again.
  17. Fair enough, but I'd say that the pointing foul should be relegated to just those occasions. Even then, there is the verbal disambiguation, though that doesn't work if you have a loud environment so the point still probably is necessary.
  18. I'm of the opinion that we should entirely get rid of pointing foul balls. On a close fair/foul (the type that needs an umpire), you never see JUST a point to call it foul. The only time you see a ball pointed foul with out the raised hands first I'd when it's obvious to everyone, or the umpire has just killed the ball by raising their hands. It's always superfluous.
  19. I don't know, I see this as pretty solidly in the HTBT camp. I really don't think it's as black and white as accidentally pointing it foul always or never results in a foul ball. If I have a fielder pull up and not get to the ball resulting in a triple, I'm probably kicking myself all the way back to the plate, where I'm going to have an irate batter who just got robbed of a double. If the fielder nor batter runner immediately react, I'm probably triple pumping my corrected fair mechanic and living with the verbal assault that is about to come my way. Matt, I'm interested in your comment about pro school. It's not entirely clear which comment it is meant to address, but when I went this year, they had us verbalize every single foul ball (which, no, I don't do that, but I did for the duration of my time at school), and they never had us point without first giving the "eirily similar to a time mechanic" mechanic. I suppose some teaching must have changed?
  20. Crews haven't been assigned yet. That would be amazing though!
  21. I've got a buddy who drive 5 hours one way for a single game, and drove back the same day. Did it as a favor for the assignor. I do think he's crazy. Personally, my aspirations go much farther than HS, not that there's anything wrong with HS ball or umpires who stay there. Ideally, I will be in pro ball in 2024, and then make it all the way. If not, I plan to work my way up to the highest levels of DI ball. The quickest way to do that is to work your butt off, drive long(ish) distances, and do assignor's favors. The assignor that's next up on the food chain will often say that guys are "stepping over dollars to pick up dimes". An example: I'll be working Northwoods this summer. I would make WAY more, possibly as much as 4x as much, staying home and working ball here. However, I'm hoping that my experience in the NW will lead to me being better prepared to be hired/promoted in pro ball, or at the very least, get a lot of 3 man experience so that I can advance to the DII level. So yes, in the short term, I'm making less, but if I can eventually make it to pro ball, or start earning what I would in DII/DI, I come out way on top. Plus, I enjoy it. Sure the driving isn't fun, and sometimes the pay is considerably worse than if I stayed at home and worked youth ball (but not always. Some conferences pay much better), but I enjoy working higher level baseball, and working with higher level umpires. It's true, I wouldn't umpire if I didn't get paid for any of it, but the money is what lets me umpire, not what makes me umpire.
  22. I'm a lucky midwesterner, living in a big city. I have 5 schools under an hour from me! If I got into one of the other conferences, I'd add a couple more... But I will still be making 2, 3, occasionally 4 hour drives for games. But hey, High School ball will all be withing 35 minutes or so.
  23. Now THIS is the post that speaks truth. I'd rather be "miserable" on a ball field than doing basically anything else anywhere else.
  24. The top of the 8th had 11 runs and 4(?) Pitching changes, and lasted over an hour, with many errors. Oh well, that's baseball for you.
  25. On Saturday, I did a DIII double header, 2 9's, 2.5 hours from home. First one was about 2.5. second one was 4. If it wasn't for Covid, I was gonna have another one afterwards! I think this is the first time where I, ironically, can say, thank you Covid.
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