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agdz59

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  1. Does this count as making a mockery of the game?
  2. Correct. The OP asks about NFHS.
  3. Not the balk. The ball on the illegal pitch.
  4. Yes. Rule 6-1-3 which defines the set position. Penalty,if no runners on, is a ball. Dead ball when the infraction is called. My question: anybody out there call this? I have not seen it ever called in my limited experience.
  5. I believe the HDX has a lot of velcro connections that make it very customizable. I watched a video at ump-attire on adjusting it. You may want to check that out. When I got mine adjusted, it covered the collarbone just fine.
  6. Thanks for the cite Mr. Blue. It is indeed hard to balk to second.
  7. A guy I respect a lot put it like this: "It's almost impossibe for a pitcher to balk to second base with his motion." To get in a position to throw to second quickly, they are almost forced to spin or jump. They can feint there all they want. About the only way to balk via a throw is with a 'gorilla-arm' balk where they are swinging their pitching arm while taking a sign and then sling it around while still engaged. Other than that, you got dropping the ball, throwing to a fielder too far away to make a play or when there is no runner there and nobody coming from 1st. Others can probably name more ways to balk to 2nd but that advice has helped me focus on the right stuff while in C.
  8. I did bring this situation up at the next meeting. My partner was not there and I described the situation without bringing up his agreement with the coach. Everyone confirmed I got the call right. I did see the coach a couple of weeks later. He didn't mention it and neither did I. Thanks again everyone.
  9. I'd like this a billionty times if I could. Agree with everything you mention. I'll have to mention the "kill it immediately when mercy rule attained". That alone would solve most time issues.
  10. Pop up slides. Illegal in FED, legal in college.
  11. agdz59

    Balk and HBP

    A couple of weeks ago I called a balk in a high school game where the pitch got jacked for a home run. I apologized.
  12. agdz59

    Balks

    I haven't yet but I will. Admittedly this is a corner case that I'll bet most of us have never seen and will probably never see. So even if the local interpretation is different than that expressed here, I'd think the chances anyone has been subjected to it is miniscule. I'll let you know what I find if it differs from the interpretation here. What got me so put out was that I looked up the rule, its seemed very black and white. Not the first time I've been surprised by rule organization / interpretation.
  13. agdz59

    Balks

    Thunderheads I hear you and after this I will let it lie. But with respect, this whole thing just points up yet another inconsistency with the rules that is very frustrating for me. For example: The rules clearly state a batter must attempt to avoid being hit by a pitch. If he does not, a ball shall be called. We all know this. Yet, we choose to ignore the rule with a justification that is not part of the rule book. In the case of this non-balk, we won't make an exception for what is clearly an intent by the defense to deceive? We penalize the defense for obstruction when there is no intent. If there is intent, we can make the judgement that there was malicious contact and penalize further. Here is a case where there is clear intent to break the rules and we can't make an exception to penalize the defense? This exception would, to me, be much more appropriate than the exception we allow awarding the offense for not attempting to get out of the way of a pitched ball. Just for one example. I'm done.
  14. agdz59

    Balks

    The pitcher doesn't have the ball! Thats the point here. He doesn't have the ball because he is conspiring to deceive the offense. That is a balk on my field. All day long.
  15. agdz59

    Balks

    No, he has. I called "play" assuming he had the ball. F5 has tagged the runner who relied on my call of "play". Both of us were deceived. The defense clearly was actively conspiring to deceive us. I am going to penalize them. Its this close to making a mockery of the game. I'm done here. You know where I stand and that is not going to change.
  16. agdz59

    Balks

    No sir. The rule says the pitcher cannot engage the pitchers plate without the ball. He has deceived me to put the ball in play. I am the plate umpire, when I say the ball is live, the ball is live. He is on the pitcher's plate with out the ball while the ball is live. With the clear intent to deceive. Thats a balk in any game I'm calling. Kick me out of the association, don't promote me, I don't care. Until the rules change to include a comment that "Though the balk rules are present to prevent the defense from deceiving the offense, the defense is allowed to deceive the offense by having the pitcher engage his plate without the ball. Ignore any rule that says otherwise, we were only kidding.", I am balking that every. Damned. Time. Period.
  17. agdz59

    Balks

    And I agreed with you in that case.
  18. agdz59

    Balks

    Yes. But if the pitcher engages the pitcher's plate to help the deception, I'm calling a balk every time. Same with the case if time was dead and he engages the plate to get me to put the ball in play. The defense has deceived. By rule, I'm calling the balk.
  19. agdz59

    Fair or Foul?

    There is one crucial piece of information missing, while the ball was traveling from fair to foul territory, did it cross over or beyond first or third base? The answer to that question gives you the answer to your question.
  20. In our association, PU is normally the one to call FPSR. Is it the same where you are? FWIW, I think you got it right. Veering into the fielder doesn't help. The rule states the movement must be away from the fielder (College rule is MUCH less ambiguous about these details then NFHS unfortunately) Just last night I had a coach upset because I as PU was calling FPSR. Wondered how I could see the running going in standing from where I was. Just fishing IMO.
  21. NFHS 8-3-3-b states the ball must be a batted ball touched by the detached equipment. Only other wrinkle is the ball must be fair, or a ball over foul ground that is judged fair or has the chance to be fair.
  22. agdz59

    Balks

    I don't have a problem calling a balk in this situation and would not apologize for getting it wrong. The defense has tried to deceive. I, in good faith, put the ball in play. I, in good faith, am calling a balk. That's a terrible interpretation if it has become canonical. Take a rule that is crystal clear and then decide not to apply it in a situation clearly meant to break the rule. It's not my fault I put the ball in play - the defense WANTED me too so they could get a cheap out. It's not on me, it's on the defense. I just don't get this culture sometimes.
  23. agdz59

    Balks

    No - I took it from here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2007/08_the_pitcher.pdf. Maybe its from an older copy of the rule book. That same wording for both rule and comment is now 6.02(a)(9). https://umpirebible.com/OBR16/6.0.htm#602a. If the defense did not call time and I have that situation, it isn't going to be the offense that learns something, its going to be the defense that CLEARLY has violated the balk rule cited by me by deceiving runners on base. If that rule exists, that is the time to use it. If that is not the time to use it, what the hell is that rule doing in all codes that support a balk. A pitcher CANNOT step on the pitcher's plate without possession of the ball.
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