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  1. I umpire at the HS and college level. I’ve tried the Douglas, the Wilson Gold, and the All Star Cobalt, but none gave me the fit/look I’m after. Perhaps I didn’t give them enough time, but I am really anxious to find a solution.
  2. I’m 5’6 and about 160 and looking for the lowest profile chest protector I can find. I currently wear a Champion P2, which I love, except for the shoulder pads. I truly look like a linebacker. I’ve tried several different protectors and just can’t seem to find the right fit. Any suggestions/recommendations would be much appreciated!
  3. In NCAA 2-man, which umpire has primary responsibility for calling interference on the force play slide at 2nd base?
  4. NCAA rules...R1, 1 out. Batter hits grounder to deep short. SS makes errant throw to 1B. Offensive team’s dugout is located on 1B side. One of its players lifts the netting of the dugout to allow the errantly thrown ball to penetrate. What’s the ruling?
  5. I’m looking for a good low profile chest protector with SMALL shoulder pads. I’m about 5’6, 160 with an athletic build. I currently wear the Champion Body Armor, which is a good fit, but the shoulder pads are too big. I’ve tried the Wilson Gold, but the shoulder pads still seem too big. Maybe I’m trippin’, but I think I look like a linebacker. Any help would be much appreciated.
  6. Thanks for the replies. I call "Time", but I have worked with several umpires (maybe who also call softball) who have said "Dead ball."
  7. Are the following situations instances in which calling "time" or calling "dead ball" really doesn't matter and can be used interchangeably? *HBP *Batter (out of the box)/runner hit by a fair batted ball *Ball goes out of play
  8. NCAA rule set: 1B coach (also head coach) of Team A is complaining that Team B’s pitcher is hiding the ball and not allowing his baserunners to see the ball because he doesn’t have it at his side or behind his back. I didn’t notice initially, but after he brought it to my attention, I noticed the pitcher had the ball in front of him and wasn’t in compliance with the rule. Should I have: A) Told the coach to kick rocks and that I’m not calling that B) Warn the pitcher, and call a balk if he doesn’t correct it (since it is a rule) ??? Any insight is much appreciated.
  9. Thanks for all the replies. I wasn’t aware that the ball being thrown from behind the runner was a prerequisite for calling RLI.
  10. Perhaps I’m just not looking in the right place, but if a BR is called out for interference in NFHS & NCAA for being out of the running lane (hit with the throw), do other runners return to bases occupied at the time of pitch or time of interference? Example: R1, 1 out. R1 running on pitch. Batter hits ball to 3rd, runs illegally the whole way, gets hit with throw & is called out for interference. R1 reached 2B before the interference. Does R1 return to first or stay at 2nd? Would like to know for Fed & NCAA. Thanks
  11. For all the rules gurus: Question 1: Under NFHS rules, is the player who toes the rubber at the beginning of an inning mandated to pitch to/retire one batter, or is that only for the starting pitcher to begin the game and a substitute pitcher at any point thereafter? Example: Team A’s starting pitcher has pitched 6 innings. He toes the rubber to start the 7th & throws one warmup pitch when Team A’s head coach sends a relief pitcher to the mound. Would the starting pitcher be required to stay in? Question 2: Under NFHS rules (or any rule set), can more than 2 batters be outside of the dugout timing up the pitcher between innings? I have worked with umpires who’ve enforced this & I have as well, but I didn’t know if it’s a rule or something done under the umbrella of game management. I know pitchers may not like seeing 4 & 5 batters out timing them up. Thanks for any help!
  12. Thanks, JSam21. I have the uniform part covered. I will at least look the part!
  13. Any advice/tips on trying out for college associations? I think I’m ready, but I’m still nervous. What are the biggest things they look for?
  14. BlueMagic

    MLB Balk Rule

    Is there anywhere I can find a concise summary of the MLB balk rule? I’m used to Fed rules and am unsure about the offensive team’s options under the MLB balk rule. Scenario: Runner on first. 3-0 count on batter. Balk called, pitch is delivered and it’s ball four. Does the batter return with a 3-0 count with the runner now on 2nd, or does he get to take the result of the pitch and the base on balls?
  15. Why would BR get first base on his fair batted ball that would’ve been caught if there was no interference?
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