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  1. Not sure if there is one, but I don't think I need a rule to know you cannot just blatantly push a runner off a base to try to get a tag out, but I had a situation that I thought was more of a "that's good baseball" play. Where do you draw the line on this? For example, I had a play where a runner came in hard to 3B standing up and beat the ball/tag by about 2 sec. His momentum took his body past 3B. I'll try to help you envision... as he tried to maintain contact with the base, all his weight was on his front foot. He was taking tiny little stutter steps with his front foot as he was stretching his back leg (foot/toe) with all his might, maintaining contact with the base by dragging the toe of his shoe along the base inch by inch as he tried to fully stop. He had about 3 stutters (and subsequent "inch toe drags") when the 3B has caught the ball and applied the tag. He did a swipe tag and after making contact continued to hold it as the player continued to stutter. After about 3 more stutters, the player's foot came off the base and I punched him out. I caught a lot of SH*# of course from the offensive coach as he tried to argue that his kid was forced off the base, but I told him something along the lines of "he just tagged him coach, his momentum took him off the base, he just tagged him, he's playing baseball". To be clear on what my judgement was on the play: 1) I do believe the runner would have 100% maintained contact with the base if a tag was never applied. 2) If F5 did not continue to press/hold the tag on the player, the swipe in itself may have been enough for him to lose contact (point being a stiff breeze would have taken him off the base). 3) The tag that was applied was very "fair". Standard tag. Realistically a little extra pressure I'm sure was put on the leg, but like I said... I felt like it was a good baseball play vs. bush league tactic.
  2. My understanding is that once the pitcher steps toward 3B and feints, then subsequently takes a 2nd step with the pivot foot toward 3B, they have disengaged the rubber and now become an infielder.
  3. Forgive my ignorance, but what are you talking about? I mean I read the link, but not sure what their impact is or what you're saying it should have been.
  4. So anything B -> C and beyond balk all day. I can get on that train. Thanks
  5. Not sire what You mean. A RHP has the right side of their pivot foot off the rubber toward 2B to start? Meaning they don't have to move very much to disengage?
  6. The only verbage I see defining how to properly disengage the pitchers plate is "backward". What qualifies as backwards... only directly back? As in directly toward 2B, or is there a little room to play? See my image below. A is obviously good, but what about the rest? I had a 13yr old kid stepping off more like C and was letting it go. At what letter should I draw the line, or is it somewhere inbetween?
  7. Thanks Grayhawk. Appreciate you guys not giving me too hard a time for these noob questions, lol.
  8. Just to clarify, correct on the pause and the forward? Another question regarding pickoffs... Can a pitcher perform a pickoff move or disengage the rubber in the middle of moving from the stretch to the set position? Or once he starts his natural movement from going from the stretch to set, does he have to come set before making any other movements? Last question. Someone asked me this and I didnt have a great answer. Why does a pitcher have to come set? What I mean is, why does the rule exist? What advantage is it taking away from the pitcher?
  9. Poorly worded perhaps. I understand it's not a balk when executed properly. My question is, is there anything to look for when the pitcher executes it to call a balk? I had a pitcher raise his knee up, start the spin (leg moved a few inches), pause for about a half a second, then finish the spin and he choose not to throw ... Did the pause make it a balk because he didn't step directly to second? Also, if the pitchers free leg moves forward toward the plate at all, he can no longer make the move correct?
  10. I have been asked to be on the bases for the state championship tonight (2 man crew) and according to coaches/UIC, I have pretty much been the only one calling proper balks the entire tournament (thanks to you guys). But... The local UIC tried to convince me of a few intricacies with pickoff moves. Please clear the air for me, as I am unsure. Please correct me if I'm wrong on any of this... Unlike MLB, According to LL rules, a feint to 3B is still legal. 8.05(b) The above being true, the UIC told me a LHP can't feint to 3B on a pickoff move where he doesn't first disengage. But by my understanding that is irrelevant. He said only a RHP can feint on a direct step with his free foot. ?? He also said that in LL the feint to 3B, throw back to 1B "trick" play is not legal, but I see nothing in the rulebook that precludes that. A RHP can step with free foot, feint a throw, and then step and plant pivot foot for a throw back to 1B correct? Can someone please explain when the traditional 2B spin move pickoff is a balk? My not so common sense tells me it is not a direct step, although I understand it's legal. Point being, as long as it's a continuous motion toward 2B it's good? (Ie No pauses, no free leg moving toward the plate) Thank you guys.
  11. I believe what was discussed above is OBR, so Im guessing Fed is immediate? Meaning every balk kills the play immediately and everything is a no pitch, batted or not? If not please explain.
  12. There is a lot of great discussion back and forth here. But I just have to jump back in one last time, even though I said I wouldn't.... When you say "he did", that is a judgement call. Both myself and the other BU, (who were there in real life), were not convinced the player was actually appealing or that he even heard his coach through the 40+ fans and entire dugout yelling. Example of all the things that were being yelled at the same time by 40+ people: "Tag the runner, tag the runner!" "Touch the base, he didn't tag" "Throw it to second!" "2, 2, 2, 2!" "Tag him Johnny" "He left early!" "He didn't tag!" "Go back to second" (offense side)" "Stop, stop, stop! (offense side)" "Nooooo!" "Goooooo!" "There's two outs already!" "Only 1 out, get em!" Obviously, I did my best guess on the myriad of things being yelled, but the point being, it was chaos for that kid. I'm not sure if he made out a single command independently from the combined yelling. The kid caught the ball as the runner (who was about two arms length away and most likely could see him in his peripheral) ran right in front of him. The kid then applied the tag as quickly as he could after catching the ball (less than 2 seconds after touching the base in my estimation). Simply comparing it to a throw back to 2nd where there is no other possible reason anyone would ever make the play is unfair in my opinion. As I have stated in many previous posts in the thread, many of these kids would routinely apply tags to runners after they reached base safely (sometimes 4 or 5 seconds after) and look at me for a call (which I would just look at them back, until they threw it back to the pitcher). Take it with a grain of salt, as I have less than 15 games under my belt. One thing is that I am convinced is - that during that play - I was not convinced the player was appealing the play vs tagging the runner cause that's what he knows how to do. I was unsure to say the least and felt strongly that it was the latter. If you still feel that you would grant an appeal on the play, I will not argue that you are wrong, but I definitely don't think its a clear and shut case like you make it out to be. My take away is that it's a judgement call on intent to appeal.
  13. I know there was some sarcasm there, but I wish I did have someone to demonstrate mechanics to me, but anyone I start asking questions to I realize knows less than I do (either rules or mechanics), and once they try to convince me something I know that is right, is wrong, then I stop asking them questions. But anyways, yes, I was implying that it was 3rd strike (dropped 3rd strike) on my last note. When you said the out stands, are you talking about R1 advancing to 3B on a past ball and getting thrown out at 3B? If so, ya I understood that. He is only protected to 2B and anything beyond that is at his own risk. So since I passed the test (thanks for the link and the explanations @noumpere < thanks), just curious what side of the debate you were on? lol p.s. just got back from my 13-14 yr old game and felt like a boss out there with my balk knowledge. My PU was just like (I'm gonna let you call all the balks after I gave him a brief explanation of what I found out here). Confidence boost 1000. Thanks again.
  14. @Jimurray Hopefully this isn't over simplified, but this is what I took away. If I'm wrong please correct me. Whenever there is a balk, always point and verbalize "Balk!" or something along the lines of "That's a Balk!", then assess the situation... Did a throw (pick off throw or pitch) happen or is a throw imminent - if NO - Immediately call "Time" and enforce the balk Did a throw (pick off throw or pitch) happen or is a throw imminent - if YES - let the play unfold was the pitch or pickoff attempt caught by the defense - if YES - Call "Time" and enforce the balk was the pitch batted into play OR was the pitch or pickoff attempt wild (past the defender) - if YES - let the play unfold Once it's clear that the batter and all runners (just runners on pickoff) cannot or won't advance at least one base safely then call "Time" and enforce the balk from where everyone started (examples: Caught fly ball, ground ball stopped by the infield where runners don't all advance, caught pickoff throw) If the BR and all runners (just runners on pickoff) advance at least one base, then let the play stand Notes: If the pitch happens and it is judged ball 4, and the BB would force all runners to advance, then allow the play to happen. Otherwise call "Time" (no pitch) and enforce the balk. If the pitch happens and it is swung on while also a wild pitch and the BR and all runners advance one base, then let the play stand. Otherwise call "Time" (no pitch) and enforce the balk I wrote this up real fast cause I got to go, so I might have missed something important.
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