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  1. D'oh! And I am usually on top of that distinction! Thank you -- now I can say "No coach, that is not an appealable play." 😉 My goal is NOT to be a redass with coaches making appeals. I do believe in the value of being and educator as well as an arbiter. That said, you are going to get what you give with me. If a coach is trying to do the right thing and just doesn't know, I am going to help him. If this is his sixth trip out after complaining the whole game ... well, sounds like he should be an expert to me. He doesn't need my help. Requiring a coach to be specific in his req
  2. Alright, I'll go ahead and bring this up ... I was always taught (yes, even in clinics) that you don't go for help on bunt attempts. I don't know why and I have always disagreed with it (same as a swing to me), but I have followed what I was taught. In reality, I don't think it has ever even come up in one of my games. At least, I don't remember it. So what would be the logic of that? Is it just that a bunt attempt is easier to see (barring getting screened) and judge?
  3. NEVER use incorrect lines. That is just lazy. Yes, they are wrong for both teams, but you know what the foul line is by rule. That said, do NOT allow those lines to remain in place because now you are putting the players in an unfair position. Discuss it at your plate meeting -- "Coach, that line is wrong. You know and I know what the foul line actually is, so we are going to wipe the lines out and play ball the right way." Then wipe the lines out and play ball the right way.
  4. I'm going to take a slightly different approach ... You had the call you had for a very good reason -- the catcher blocked you out. NONE of that is a proper request for an appeal or reason for you to go to your partner. What do we always say about coach appeals? "They must be specific." What is it you think I missed coach? No fishing trips. The catcher got close (too late) but still did not ask the appropriate question. If you knew right away that you were missing part of the whole picture ... meaning once clear, you saw the batter with his bat still out
  5. But is his hand a part of the money he is handing over? IF "the hand is part of the bat" then the foot is in solid contact with the ground to which the base is securely attached ... ergo all runners are always safe since they are part of the base.
  6. I appreciate that! Wait ... that was sarcasm! 😉 I didn't ask you to go with what I say. I asked people to follow the rulebook which does NOT support that absurd interpretation. Why do we bother to have a rulebook?
  7. I saw the monsoon they were trying to play in ... unreal. My son and I spent the weekend dodging the rain and constant rescheduling to watch the Oxford Regional. On a side note: they may not have won, but Southern Miss put on one hell of a hitting clinic over the weekend. Their first game they lost with 9 hits. The next game they won 21-0 on 24 hits and 6 homeruns. Their third game they put up 12 more hits with 2 homeruns. Their fourth game 13 hits and a homerun. Fifth game 11 more hits, 6 of which were homeruns. 69 hits and 15 homeruns over 5 games was something to see!
  8. Just want to add: KNOW YOUR CODE. No judgment on the play posted because I don't call LL ... just a reaffirmation for the uninitiated that the rule is different across different codes (different orgs and baseball vs. softball).
  9. I'm like @SeeingEyeDog in the regard that I do not do it for the money, but I also don't give away my services and time for free. Nobody paid for my clinics and training. Nobody bought my gear. Nobody pays my annual dues to several organizations. Nobody buys my shirts. To me, asking me to do it for nothing is disrespectful. I've done charity tournaments where they said "We know this is below the normal pay, but we want to give you something ..." and afterwards I have happily torn up the check to give back to the organization, but I don't sign on if you ask me to do it for nothing.
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    Since I put all the work in a new thread, I'm just going to copy and paste this over here, too. Maybe these need to be merged? Copied from Again, I disagree that FED and/or NCAA allow the fourth out to come on a force out/"BR not making it to first base" out. 2-20-2 ART. 2 . . . A half-inning is the interval during which one team is on offense (batting) and the other is on defense (fielding). A half-inning ends when there is a third out or when, in the last inning, the winning run is scored. In either case, if there is a delayed out declared by the umpire for a baserunni
  11. Again, I disagree that FED and/or NCAA allow the fourth out to come on a force out/"BR not making it to first base" out. 2-20-2 ART. 2 . . . A half-inning is the interval during which one team is on offense (batting) and the other is on defense (fielding). A half-inning ends when there is a third out or when, in the last inning, the winning run is scored. In either case, if there is a delayed out declared by the umpire for a baserunning infraction, a possible fourth out may be recognized (9-1-1d, e). 9-1-1d,e d. when a third out is declared during a play resulting from a va
  12. Thank you @Jimurray ... that brought us right to the point I was making. I agree with the call in your play and it shows that @aaluck had it right. How could you have CI/CO in that play if you are saying this is a play at the plate and not a pitch in the originally posted play? You can't because it is a pitch, not a play, where the batter and catcher have certain rules to follow.
  13. Interesting @Aging_Arbiter ... Wondering why these other shirts don't seem to be out on the market yet. I have conflicting opinions on the website ... looks like the guy really could use some marketing/business savvy to help him out. Not sure if it is just a pop-up middle-man site or somebody who is trying to build something but needs some business help. If your experience turns out good, please let us know. If the guy could use some help, I know of a organizational development consultant who has been looking for some consulting gigs on the side ... 😁
  14. Along the lines of @johnnyg08's suggestion ... after every game (or day of games) think about the oddest thing that happened, or that one thing that is bugging you because you aren't quite sure ... go home and look it up. If you are using a digital version, use the search feature. We all know the rulebooks like to bury important things in unusual sections. A digital search is a great way to find ALL 623 times a word is used in the book. Follow up that rule you looked up ... think of another variation or make sure you know how all players are affected (e.g., OK, the batter was out b
  15. Hey @Aging_Arbiter ... ahem. 😁 I saw them the other day and I think that may be my new favorite umpire shirt (knocking off the USA Softball Navy). I would love to see them become common! This is the best picture I could find ...
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