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The Man in Blue

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    Land of Lincoln Officials Association
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    NFHS, USA Softball, USSSA, Pony
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  1. Appreciate everything you do UIC! Keep up the good work! You know us low-level umpires are high-value targets ...
  2. As many of us work multiple rule sets, I find it valuable when additional rule sets are brought to the table even if the original question was specific. Personally, I think it helps to provide context — both as an understanding of why a misinterpretation could happen and to help me explain to a coach why he or she is incorrect. I find it very helpful when I can say, “Coach, you would be correct if we were playing Rules XYZ. However we are playing ABC and there is a difference between the two on this one.”
  3. Last year it was presented at our clinic as a “new interpretation” without any rule change ... which caused great consternation.
  4. But there are rules that give the umpire authority to take action.
  5. Yet one more reason OBR should not be used for youth sports. For NFHS, isn’t this a case play or point of emphasis?
  6. So their “appeal” allowed the players to play against their next opponent, a “key Top 20 matchup”. Then the players served their suspensions the following two games against unimportant opponents (including a mid-season tournament game against a team from Canada) ... And what does it say about NJ education when you have an “Acting Director of the Office of Controversies and Disputes”?
  7. More disgusting ... Despite NJSIAA’s policies which University plays under, the 10th ranked school filed an appeal with the NJ Department of Education who stepped in (overstepped?) and allowed the ejected/suspended players to play the next game which was a “key Top 20 showdown”. The school is also arguing they should not be barred from the post-season. https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/2020/01/doe-overrules-njsiaas-brawl-suspensions-allowing-1-teams-barred-girls-to-play.html
  8. Another dead horse I like to bet on ... I mean beat on ... WARNING: CONTROVERSIAL OPINION — This is possibly the most ignorant mentality in officiating. “We don’t use their rules. We use our rules. Unless our rules don’t cover it, then you should be expected to know a completely different set of rules that you aren’t supposed to be using.”
  9. Leaving the horse out of this ... three things to ask yourself in situations like this: 1) What is the status of the player? (Batter, batter runner, retired runner, none of the above) 2) What protections are afforded to that status? (They are different) 3) Is intent a factor in the rule set you are working? (Some it is, some it is not.)
  10. Copied and pasted from the 2018 NFHS rulebook. Sorry, I should have cited that. Signal a catch on a line drive or fly ball? Well, yes ... that’s what I call an out.
  11. Perhaps because there is not an official NFHS “no catch” signal ... I assume you are referring to this:
  12. I love the inconsistencies on this board ... “Don’t EVER do something not In the manual ... unless it isn’t in the manual and then you should go ahead and do it anyway.” Umpire mechanics were developed for consistency and to make us look as if we know what we are doing and have authority. Yes, mechanics can and do change. Different sanctioning bodies have different mechanics for various reasons. If your state’s arm of NFHS has a mechanic, use it. What I said was NFHS does not have a prescribed mechanic ... that does not give you carte blanche to make up your own or use another sanction’s. That said, yes, you need to manage the game. Game management and mechanics are two totally different things, don’t get them confused. Use verbal commands to this. Ask yourself this: Who needs to know if the ball was caught or not? The catcher and the batter ... are either one of them looking at your arms sticking out while you are standing there behind them? When NFHS (or any sanction) prescribes a physical signal, I will use it. Until then, I use the mechanic they prescribe ... which is none. I will manage my game. This is from a softball site I found online, but it is just as applicable here:
  13. There is no NFHS mechanic. By default that means the correct answer is you do nothing. (Unless your state association has a defined mechanic.) Personally, if it is an uncaught third strike, I simply give a loud “Strike 3!” and nothing else. If it is a caught third strike that is close/questionable, I give a loud “Strike 3 - batter’s out!”
  14. Pretty soon he’ll start slamming his bat on the dugout ceiling.
  15. 180 degree turn ... tell me your thoughts when it is phrased this way: I understand the rules cited but I still can't see how I or anyone else could realistically allow the offense to benefit in the situation described.
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