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    Land of Lincoln Officials Association
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  1. Kind of funny that an action that takes less time is considered a delay.
  2. Now that I said that ... I may be thinking softball. I thought NFHS had it and a baseball case play where F5 “cuts off” a pitch and tries to throw out a runner stealing ... but I cannot find anything. Disregard, I may have been imagining that.
  3. While that may be literally correct ... No. Don’t go looking for justification for something to call. A runner is assumed to have touched a base until there is an appeal. There is a proper penalty/process for trailing runners if a runner is called out for missing a base on appeal. Use that. Logic: since there is a defined and specific penalty/process you should not be applying something else that could be applied in theory.
  4. NFHS Rule 1 Players, Field and Equipment SECTION 1 POSITIONS OF PLAYERS ART. 4 . . . At the time of the pitch, all fielders shall be on fair ground except the catcher who shall be in the catcher's box. A fielder is in fair ground when at least one foot is touching fair ground. Rule 2 Playing Terms and Definitions SECTION 9 CATCH, CATCHER, CATCHER’S BOX ART. 3 . . . The catcher’s box is an area 43 inches by 8 feet. See official measurements in Diagram 2. OBR
  5. Which is what I said ... There is a difference between “helping him up” and “pushing him back”.
  6. The wording was weird (plus a typo), so not so obvious. I don’t know of any runner that is going to slide, miss home, know that he missed it, get up, and then go back to touch the plate. They generally are crawling, sprawling, and brawling to get back ...
  7. Except he is no longer a runner ... and then assistance doesn’t matter.
  8. I need some clarification on the OP ... I’m reading it as the runner slid into home and a teammate assisted him up from the slide ... The runner is “assumed” to have touched home ... the help up was not assistance in his base running (which was assumed complete), just assistance in getting up. I got nothing under that circumstance. NOW ... the runner is rolling around on the ground and the teammate is pulling him up and pushing him towards the plate while saying “go back and touch home” ... then I possibly have something.
  9. Like any other obstruction or interference ... you don’t need contact or even an act necessarily. Did it prevent the hitter from the opportunity to swing? Oh yeah. Some codes have verbiage about preventing a ball from entering the strike zone, but OBR does not appear to have that specific wording.
  10. Especially at that level. It isn’t so much about the play or the game as it is teaching the catcher to quit trying to get himself killed.
  11. It still boggles my mind that you can do two years before you get behind the plate, but more so that anybody would let you do that. You must have umpires growing on trees there! I know that new umpires are always hesitant to get behind the plate (and sometimes they don’t have all their gear yet), but I gently push them to do it. You can’t hide out on the bases forever. Get over the fear and do it. (Personally, I prefer the plate.) That said, I agree with @Biscuit that a good mix is best, especially when you are starting out. Early on I found myself doing so many plates that my base work was starting to suffer.
  12. Yes, yes! I didn’t mean to infer I was working on the cancellation policy ... but just as you pointed out, I’m trying to make sure the umpires aren’t caught up in that. It is not fair to expect people to sit around for that long because either nobody wants to make a decision (had that happen once when the TD was somebody’s kid with no onsite support) or wants to play that cheap-@$$ game of chicken because he doesn’t want to give money back. My first draft is basically one game ‘s time limit to make a decision, and then either umpires are released or paid to stay and wait (1/2 game each additional “time limit” plus full pay for games worked afterwards).
  13. I need to move to NH if umpires are making that kind of money up there! Glad to hear the good news and that you have a great outlook on things AA! I “visited” New Hampshire several years ago (was there for two weeks for mutual aid during Hurricane Irene) and fell in love with it. Beautiful area ... especially those “back 40s”! Also, happy anniversary! (My wife and I had our 24th last weekend!)
  14. Thank you @yawetag! That’s the type of thing I am looking for! Looking forward to hearing from others. Some of the issues that have come up in the past have been organizational issues they have (or lack of organization). Some have been umpires manipulating things. I’m trying to strike a good balance of give-and-take that benefits both the umpires and the organization. For example, as umpires we typically don’t expect to be compensated during a rain delay, but a few years ago we had a situation where a TD would not cancel any games during a rain delay (teams could chose to leave in which case they wouldn’t get a refund) and we were approaching a four hour rain delay and expecting umpires to stay. That isn’t kosher either. Please feel free to chime with anything related, such as what you expect or would like to see changed in your umpiring world ... this is going to be a long project!
  15. I am taking the plunge and have agreed to do some UIC work for a local complex. Yeah, yeah ... I didn’t learn my lesson when I dabbled for a tournament last year. One of the things that I want to bring to the table is assistance with developing written policies. The organization identified pay policies as a place to start (due to a lack of policies and some shenanigans that have occurred). My first step is to do some benchmarking. I have some ideas (and a rough draft already) ... but I’m curious how those stack up. Do the places you work have specific policies on pay and what do they look like? Specifically, looking for things like: * games canceled after the tournament has started * rain delays * having to work solo * incomplete games * other unusual situations
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